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Old 06-03-2020, 11:51 AM   #1021
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Rainy day. Got done something on the list that has been there for a long time. I decided to do a HSA withdrawal for all of our medical expenses from when we established our HSA in 2010 to end of 2019. I had got a start on it back in January but was uninspired to finish it until today. Glad to have that done. I'll do it annually from now on.

I didn't want the opportunity to withdraw those past medical expenses to be overlooked if I get hit by a beer truck and I didn't want to stick DW and DD with the task.
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Old 06-03-2020, 12:14 PM   #1022
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Got to listen to my whole house generator working, since a nasty storm knocked out power in the area. Neighbors is working fine too.
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I got an early start on my daily walk today since it was forecast to be in the low 90s today, which it was. I might have to post to the “This weather is awful“ thread!

A former coworker lives down the street. As I approached his house I saw him getting into his car carrying a briefcase. The smile I had almost broke my face!
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Another guy and myself volunteered from 8 to noon trimming trees along central avenue in a small community. The went to ranch till 330 to water tree nursery I have started in hopes to get some wild berry trees a good start to life.
I then got home and had to cut 10 inch stubs from a tree in my back yard. I had to go up about 20 feet on ladder and chain sawed off 3 to 4 foot long ~10 inch around ash stubs from a live tree. I have a belt and scare strap unit so just belted off up in tree.
I'm tired and watch news now. Lol
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:27 PM   #1025
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I was looking something up and by dumb luck came across a reference to Max Baer known best for his roll as Jethro Bodine in The Beverly Hillbillies.

He is the only cast member of the TV show still alive. It must be all those smarts from having a 6th grade education.
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:52 PM   #1026
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I had my annual physical today and I'll get the results of the blood work in a couple of days. My Doc was impressed by my fast recovery on my hip implant and for being the healthiest 76 year old patient she has (maybe she was just being nice?).

After the morning appointment, DW and I went out to a local diner for a late breakfast as I was starved (fasting for the blood work).

I spent the rest of the day running errands and ordering a birthday cake for DD who turns 41 next week. Yeah, she still likes a family party.
I had my annual physical this morning and was told I am getting fat. (Thats in my words, not hers) I also get to start PT for a hip problem from a skiing fall in February that I aggravated last week.
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Went out and picked up a few things......noticed a few, getting unkempt, guys trying to emulate that stranded Italian opera singer, Robinson Caruso.
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I had my annual physical this morning and was told I am getting fat. (Thats in my words, not hers) I also get to start PT for a hip problem from a skiing fall in February that I aggravated last week.
I put on 10 pounds during this lockdown. Doc didn't say anything about that. Good luck with the hip recovery.
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Retired end of April so the daily routine is very new.

Got out for a ride down to the river for daily workout on my mountain bike. Really hot today so was out early. Connected with a couple former team mates on my ride which was nice.

Then yard work. Mostly pruning fruit trees but some mowing too.

When the heat became too much, retreated inside mid-afternoon for a gallon of water and a nap.

Now have some meat on the grill. Tonight itís skinless chicken with some dry rub.

Tomorrow will be more of the same!
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We went to the gym, and after working out we went to our favorite restaurant for lunch. After that we drove to the boat launch to watch the birds and sailboats. All of this was typical for us prior to the pandemic, so it makes us happy to be getting back to our normal routine.

It was dark with thunderstorms, so the only birds we saw were ravens and sparrows. The seagulls seemed to have disappeared for the day. We didn't see any sailboats either.

We are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Cristobal, although it is too soon to predict whether or not it will head towards us this weekend.
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Old 06-05-2020, 11:35 AM   #1031
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For lunch.....and, subsequently, DW posted on the Sourdough Blog she frequents:

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Experimented with some left over master recipe pizza dough. Filled it with mozzarella, blue cheese, broccoli, green pepper, green onion, mushrooms and hot salsa. Baked on preheated steel (500F) about 8 minutes each side. Experiment was a success!
Me, I call it a Pizza Cornish Pasty.
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Well, I was going to mow the grass but it started raining so I took a nap instead.
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Just got back from a couple of days out in the RV for the first time since things shut down in March. Met up with another couple who were also tired of being cooped up. We took advantage of the Texas state parks re-opening for camping. Not many others out there, surprisingly, although the place is booked for the weekend. It was very nice in the mornings and after sunset, miserably hot in the afternoons - but that's why we have an RV with A/C! Surprising variety of wildflowers still blooming, and many many birds happily singing. We also got visits to our campsite from a very large rabbit, an armadillo, and some frogs. Much fun for all.
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Today, the young wife made her first batch of butter, which will go quite nicely with the sourdough bread she has perfected during the lockdown. Yesterday, we got the 50 lb. bag of high gluten flour that we had ordered (none to be had in the grocery around here), so she's got a lot more bread yet to make. Mmmm, good!
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Today I started sorting through a bunch of old papers... kept some, recycled some and most will go to shredder once the annual shred events open. Shred pile is only about 10" high at this point... but more to go!
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DW and I spent a few minutes on Facetime with two of our grandsons this morning. One, a college senior, is celebrating his 22nd birthday while his younger brother is graduating from HS today. His mom made him wear his cap & gown for us since the graduation "ceremony" will consist of him and each of his fellow graduates walking individually through the halls of his high school to say goodbye to their teachers (waving from inside the classroom door), then picking up their diploma before exiting the building. Kinda sad.

On a more positive note, a local Chevy dealer is giving away a new car to one lucky graduating senior. There are 400+ graduates in his class and yesterday his name was drawn as a finalist to receive one of 30 keys that may start the car. Those 30 graduates, key in hand, will meet in the parking lot in front of the school today at 1:00 and each will get a chance to see if their key will start the car. One of those kids is going to have a very memorable day.
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On a more positive note, a local Chevy dealer is giving away a new car to one lucky graduating senior. There are 400+ graduates in his class and yesterday his name was drawn as a finalist to receive one of 30 keys that may start the car. Those 30 graduates, key in hand, will meet in the parking lot in front of the school today at 1:00 and each will get a chance to see if their key will start the car. One of those kids is going to have a very memorable day.
What a wonderful thing for the car dealer to do!
I feel for the graduating seniors this year, they have missed out on so many memories of their last year in HS
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Made our little doggie very happy today. After our regular morning walk, I got to take him to the farmers market for the first time since March. It has been open every Saturday but they did not allow dogs or strollers until today. They expanded it to twice the usual size as more vendors have returned and this allows much more space for personal distancing so they let dogs and babies come back. Came back with a heap of great produce for the week (and a whole striped bass for dinner tonight).

Cleaned the backyard fish pond even though I had just done it a few weeks ago as our water lilies have gone crazy with leaves and blooms this year. Pulled off the fading leaves and blooms and generally tidied it up.

Made BLATs (BLTs with avocado) for lunch. Yum. Now I'm catching up here although I do feel a nap coming on.
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DW and I spent a few minutes on Facetime with two of our grandsons this morning. One, a college senior, is celebrating his 22nd birthday while his younger brother is graduating from HS today. His mom made him wear his cap & gown for us since the graduation "ceremony" will consist of him and each of his fellow graduates walking individually through the halls of his high school to say goodbye to their teachers (waving from inside the classroom door), then picking up their diploma before exiting the building. Kinda sad.

On a more positive note, a local Chevy dealer is giving away a new car to one lucky graduating senior. There are 400+ graduates in his class and yesterday his name was drawn as a finalist to receive one of 30 keys that may start the car. Those 30 graduates, key in hand, will meet in the parking lot in front of the school today at 1:00 and each will get a chance to see if their key will start the car. One of those kids is going to have a very memorable day.

Is it the whole car or a one or two year lease....an implement dealer made a big deal about a truck giveaway when it really was one years use of a new truck...
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What a wonderful thing for the car dealer to do!
It sure is! Car dealers get such a bad rap (some of it of course well deserved) but it's nice to know there are some good apples out there as well.

After two days of off & on rain I could finally cut some grass and try out the lawn striping roller I bought last week on Amazon. (Local store was out.) It's a plastic roller you partially fill with sand and it rolls along behind a walk-behind mower, bending the grass in the direction you're walking. It's really too dry now so I'll take it off until fall but I wanted to see the results:
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