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Old 04-03-2021, 07:34 PM   #721
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Attached my newly made birdhouse to its mounting pole and installed it in our community garden plot, then fertilized my lawn and planted 3 Azaleas and an Andromeda in our shade garden at home. Started my eggplant seeds indoors under the lights. I'm looking forward to tilling my garden beds, setting out the cabbage, broccoli and kale seedlings that I started indoors last month, and direct sowing the carrots, beets, radishes, chard and peas. I may do it tomorrow or wait until Monday; it has rained a lot lately and I like to till when the ground is not so muddy. I really enjoy this time of year, as the promise of an abundant garden lies ahead. I may not realize all my horticultural dreams, but I'll have fun trying.
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:11 PM   #722
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I spent half a day at the eye doctor office. I was just waiting for several hours, they were very apologetic about the wait. I would have left but my vision is changing and not for the better. He put me on drops for glaucoma six months ago and I saw him three months ago.

In any case he said it's not related to glaucoma, good news ! It's a simple secondary cataract, really bad news! I had one one my left eye a couple years ago and afterwards my retina detached(big issue when you have extra long eyeballs) and I had a a lousy year because of it. He knows I have spots of no vision in that eye as he reviewed my visual field test from today.

He started asking for about the recovery from the retina surgery, I told him I spent much of that year undecided if I wanted to stick a knife in the eye or put a bullet in my head... he's making a plan for me to see a retina specialist in half the time post cataract removal. I'm not sure what exactly that's going to do, maybe if I need retina surgery they'll be able to fix it faster. Not sure it's going to make recovery any easier or yield improved results but hey it's something.
Good luck, MRG, I have a friend with similar eye problems and it's been a struggle for him. I am fortunate to have great eyes at 77 and no cataracts yet!
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First bike ride of 2021 and took DW and MIL for their 2nd Covid vaccination, then took them out for pizza. Now watching the White Sox.
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Old 04-03-2021, 11:33 PM   #724
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It was a fun day.

Early workout at the gym, it always leaves me energized for the rest of the day.

Late morning, zoom call with 2 of my brothers somehow evolved into many of our male children, my BIL and some of his mail children all joining as word spread that me and my brothers and BIL were answering the question "was there anything you did that you did not tell us when we were young that you would tell us now (they all range in age from mid-20s to early 40s)?" It lasted for several hours and was thoroughly enjoyable.

A new golf irons set showed up yesterday, so late afternoon I took them to a nearby driving range to start the break-in process.

One son came by early-evening to do his laundry (he recently moved from an apartment with a washer/dryer to one without those appliances so we see him more ). He did not realize the NCAA semifinal games started at 5:15 so he stayed to watch both with us while he did his laundry (and of course he got a free meal from DW ).
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Yesterday I crammed 19' of upper and lower kitchen cabinets (bought used) plus a stove into a 5' x 8' cargo trailer and hauled them to our new cabin. I originally thought it would take 2 trips but we made great use of the space plus put some in the box of the truck.
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Woke up early with DGS to look for Easter eggs, he was so excited
DD and family coming over later for Brunch.

Happy Easter to those who observe!
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Attached my newly made birdhouse to its mounting pole and installed it in our community garden plot, then fertilized my lawn and planted 3 Azaleas and an Andromeda in our shade garden at home. Started my eggplant seeds indoors under the lights. I'm looking forward to tilling my garden beds, setting out the cabbage, broccoli and kale seedlings that I started indoors last month, and direct sowing the carrots, beets, radishes, chard and peas. I may do it tomorrow or wait until Monday; it has rained a lot lately and I like to till when the ground is not so muddy. I really enjoy this time of year, as the promise of an abundant garden lies ahead. I may not realize all my horticultural dreams, but I'll have fun trying.
DW and I are big time gardeners. She has a master's in landscape design from many years ago. I have a PhD in digging holes. But we also have 3 houses, so we're always playing catch up. I seem to spend most of the early summer just troubleshooting and adjusting the irrigation system.

We didn't go to FL this winter, so for the first time in 8 years we're getting to see our spring bulbs and pulling weeds before they're a foot tall. We have yard people, but they never do things the way we want it. So this has been a fun spring so far.

We're talking about selling the house in FL and just renting for a couple of months each winter. That plus the new house being a townhome will decrease the load, letting us really concentrate on the big house/yard. We'll still landscape the townhome yard, but after a year or two it will be mostly finished and just go to basic maintenance. I'm looking forward to having more time to work on my todo lists.
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Went for a short walk with DW down the path by the creek to enjoy the spring weather. Sprayed four gallons of weed killer in the back yard (the weeds are healthy this year!) with a four-gallon backpack sprayer, and started construction on a new R/C airplane. This one is a Piper J-3 Cub. The kit was made in China and I suppose something got lost in the translations. On the decal sheet that comes with the kit were perfectly normal decals for a J-3 Cub, but there's also one with nose art from the Memphis Belle. On a J-3 Cub?

For those not familiar with the name, the Memphis Belle is the name of the first B-17 in WWII to complete 25 missions and thus get to go home. The aircraft and crew were also subjects in two movies, one in 1944 and another in 1990. After years of neglect the airplane was finally restored and is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
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Final coat of varnish on a table refinishing for a friend. Went for a hike and then went kayaking for the first time this year. Practiced taking wildlife photos from a moving kayak.
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Went to the ranch and fished for the first time this spring. A beautiful Easter Day to be on the river and the outdoors.

This eagle was about 60 yards away watching the river constantly for a free lunch. He stayed about 45 minutes and we kept each other company.
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double checked all the entries and then e-filed our federal and state tax returns via TurboTax. feds have already accepted their return. each year we file a paper 8606 for my wife's inherited IRA because TT doesn't create one. it's a non-spousal and it was a non-deductable IRA so we track the basis each year.

and yesterday we finally received my brother-in-law's death certificates from the county health dept. now the treasure hunt can begin in ernest.

update: illinois just accepted their return.
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Old 04-05-2021, 03:54 PM   #733
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Today, we spent the morning in the community garden. I tilled our 1200 sqft. plot, amending the soil with composted manure, peat and a little sand (those bags are all heavy). The young wife weeded the paths while I was tilling. I was hoping to set out my cole crops (cabbage, broccoli and kale) today, but the wind was quite strong, so we'll hold off until it dies down. Maybe Wednesday.

We took a break for lunch (take out gyros), then came back home and worked more on our shade garden, adding some primrose and some Jacob's Ladder plants. Finally, I watered all the new plantings we have added over the past two weeks. I'm tired and sore.
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We spent the weekend with DD and her son, our youngest grandchild. We dyed and decorated a dozen eggs. First time for him, first time in a couple of decades for me. For dinner we had bison steaks on the grill.

After DD left a friend came over for Sunday dinner. She lost her husband 2 years ago and her children no longer live nearby, so she’s alone. Still working at 70 because bad things do happen to good people, so once a month or so she comes over for dinner and spends the night.
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Cleared away more of the dead landscape plants and shrubs killed by winter storm Uri. Still have to dig out the dead cotoneaster plants along the foundation at the front of the house and figure out what I want to plant as replacements. I may wait until fall to avoid stressing new plants with the brutal summer temps ahead.
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we've been dealing with the death of my BIL in Calif. on March 5th, getting him back home to Illinois, the funeral and the aftermath. BIL told nobody anything about anyrhing. we discovered, quite by chance, his trust document (wife and i are succesor trustees) but it's been a daily treasure hunt for his assets. this will be my fourth time either as succesor trustee or doing the legwork for the S.T. at some point we'll be heading to Calif. to clean out his condo and close some loose ends. he was a horder. gonma be fun.
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I hope the estate is working out. I've had to handle two estates (my grandmother and dad) and I can't imagine doing that four times...thinking of you...
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After DD left a friend came over for Sunday dinner. She lost her husband 2 years ago and her children no longer live nearby, so she’s alone. Still working at 70 because bad things do happen to good people, so once a month or so she comes over for dinner and spends the night.
Thank you for your kindness. My experience was most people that cared about my wife or I were back to their own lives after about two months. Two years is awesome.

Today did not go down very nicely. I had an unplanned root canal. It went OK but after the numbness wore off the pain was intense. Too much Tylenol helps. I also scheduled to have the tooth next to the one with the root canal extracted. Most other people on this board go on vacations. I go to the dentist....

My DD and her hubby have a dog that is mostly just crazy. The dog bit my grandson today. He got 4 stiches on his cheek. His first birthday is next week. I think the dog may come up and stay with me until they figure out what to do with him. He won't be staying at the kid's place anymore. The dog was a shelter dog that was not placed for over a year as a pup. The kids have had him for about 2 1/2 years. This is going to be hard on everyone.
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Took wifey to get her first Pfizer shot and feasted on fish & chips, hit Trader's on the way home, ordered up the stuff for the lazy susans for the kitchen corner "octogon" cabinet and made up my cut list for my glass door cabinet project.

Now drinking Tequila -
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RobbieB >>> you living like a KING! Sounds like a great day.
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Just spent ~2 hours on the phone with the US Census folks completing the quarterly Consumer Expenditure Survey, one of the sources of the Consumer Price Index. Glad I only have one more quarter to go, then one of you folks can get a chance to answer all those dang questions.
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