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Old 05-25-2023, 12:27 AM   #861
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I wasn't done, apparently.
He texted me about Mike meeting him, and I offered to get him a hotel room at Moses Lake. He thought he might push on to Othello LOL. I said OK. That was crazy talk IMO.

A while ago I get this text:

"Yep, just got chased by a yearling and the biggest bull I've ever seen started at me. Moses lake it is. Wherever you think looks good is fine with me. Just need towels and clean sheets"

Haha that will open your eyes!!

I figured out a route for him and booked a room. He is settled in with a hot shower and a daylight start. It is much easier to dodge the bull elk in the daylight
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Old 05-27-2023, 08:51 AM   #862
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Always love to read about your life journeys and time spent!! Great stuff!

It seems I'm always on the go and I make it a point to enjoy every minute I have.

I removed all the tin roofing from a 3/4 century homestead 3 room home, that I'm going to take yesterday. Climbed up on top of peak to get nails lifted up to get the tin I wanted to get. Checked on some other things while at the ranch and enjoyed the wildlife while I was there and had another picnic.

I came home and made super of a paddlefish steak, wild asparagus, carrots, onions and wild black current. I placed all parts in tin foil and put on grill for 20 minutes. Wow! It was so good!

Bike ride this morning and GD's will be here sometime today.

Life is great and can't wait to wake up each day and have another adventure.
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I went to open the garage to go out to meet folks for coffee, garage door opener sounded funny, the door opened a bit, then closed. DH tried manual opening and got the door about halfway before the opener somehow clicked on and slammed the door closed!
Called the door people and they will be out sometime in the next 2 hours.
Probably time for a new opener, this one is 20 years old.
Maybe a BTD I don't know.
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Good news--garage springs covered under lifetime warranty! Only charge for repair today is the $75 service call, he is working on it now.
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Good news--garage springs covered under lifetime warranty! Only charge for repair today is the $75 service call, he is working on it now.
Lifetime warranty? That is good. I’ve already had to replace ours twice in 15 years.
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Had a really nice note touching on Memorial Day from a very old friend today. We became good buddies in Vietnam more than 50 years ago and have stayed in touch every since. He lives a few hundred miles from me, so we don't get together often and it's good to hear from him. He's about six years older than I am and one of the nicest people you could ever meet.
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One of the guys at work called and started asking about the availability of the mini excavator and some vague reference to a water line repair at his DMIL's place. I volunteered to haul it out there, rather than have him do it with no CDL and the wrong truck, etc.
I thought it was closer than all the way up near the Longmire entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park
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One of the guys at work called and started asking about the availability of the mini excavator and some vague reference to a water line repair at his DMIL's place. I volunteered to haul it out there, rather than have him do it with no CDL and the wrong truck, etc.
I thought it was closer than all the way up near the Longmire entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park
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Mowed the lawn all at once, which is something of a rarity for me. I got about 14,000 steps in the process.
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Mowed my lawn in the morning, then watered all the plants. After lunch, I went out to my garden to weed and water.

It has become hazy here and smells like a fire. I looked it up on the news, and the fire is apparently in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which is 500 miles away as the crow flies.
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Picked another batch of mangos today. We canít leave them on the tree to ripen more, thereís a parade of animals looking to share the feast. Iguanas and squirrels bite and knock them out of the tree and then it seems every animal in the neighborhood feasts on the partially eaten ones on the ground. Lots of blue jays and even a pair of cardinals.

So far DW has made a preserve and a crisp, and iíve had fresh mango every morning for the last 2 weeks. I also made mango daiquiris. Iíll probably start turning orange any day now. Weíve given 5 bags to friends and neighbors.
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This was yesterdayÖ..

My daughter-in-law is Chinese, she lived with her family in Beijing until she married our son in 2017. She last saw her parents in 2019 when our son and DIL visited them in Beijing after their 1st son was born.

Last Friday her parents flew from China (train to Shanghai, 14 hour flight to Detroit, then a 3 hour drive home to NE Ohio) and are staying with them for the next few months, up to 6 months which is the limit for their tourist visa. So yesterday we had them over for dinner! It was a lovely day and it was so nice to finally meet them.

They speak no English so our DIL was the translator in both directions. We welcomed them into our home and lives. We told them how much we appreciate what their daughter has brought to our family and how much we love her.

We share two grandsons with them so we had a lot to share about that. The 4 year old speaks some Chinese and understands quite a lot and they were thrilled with that. The 21 month old is a little wary of these new folks but he will warm up to them.

Our son and DIL made a nice guest room in their finished basement with a full bathroom. The grandparents seem comfortable and they will have plenty of time with the kids. We will have less time with the kids than usual but thatís fine.

The grandpa likes to ride a bike and we had an extra so we gave him one to use. He likes to fish at home so they will help him get a fishing license here. They love our son and DILís yard and garden and already took over weeding and watering. In Beijing they live in an apartment with no outside space, so this is a treat.

Besides the shared grandkids we have a lot in common. He worked for the Beijing water dept and is retired with a pension. My DH worked for county social services and is retired with a pension. We are almost the same age and both had 2 children. Iím looking forward to getting to know them better. Good folks and we thanked them for sharing their daughter with us.
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That sounds lovely, Sue J.
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I spent the long weekend with kids and grandkids. Grandson is 3 and makes the energiser bunny look like a slacker! His little sister is crawling now. We had a gathering for local friends. Lots of kids along with parents. Pulled pork and hamburgers with all the fixings. I set up yard games which the kids played until dark and we had smores after dark. It is so much fun. Yesterday we went to the Volunteer Fire Dept. Annual Pancake Breakfast. Great breakfast and a tradition around here. Grandson got a firemans helmet and got to sit in a firetruck and flight for life helecopter. He wasn't too crazy about Smokey the Bear though.
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Yesterday I spent most of the day mowing at ranch and at home. Garden at ranch is doing good considering I was hit by frost. It never killed the plants, but I removed all black leaves etc.

Hiked in to see eaglet and got a few pictures. Mom wasn't around that I noticed most likely out hunting nothing in nest that I could see.

Today I mow about 9 acres of grass for the State University Research campus in rural community.
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This past Saturday we hosted our 2nd annual backyard party. 90 friends, family, and neighbors. Both of my bands played. We got lucky again as a severe thunderstorm with lightning just missed us by a few miles.
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Hermit and SueJ--sounds like wonderful times with kids and grands!

Yesterday I spent the day with DD and DGS, helping her with clothes closets and organization.
DSiL bought dinner on his way home and we had delicious poke bowls.
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Went to chiro. Now at a senior expo. I’ve never seen so many old people in one place.
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Yesterday we ran out to the beach property with a friend of mine that I used to work with. His son-in-law wants to use it for camping, and he has a lot that has been in the family out there and has not been used for over 30 years. We made a plan to come back out with the big excavator and dump truck to clear his lot, as soon as I am recovered from surgery.
He suffers from pretty bad COPD and will not be able to help me at all but the son-in-law is willing and capable.
I took the weed eater out and welding gloves and implements of destruction but I couldn't get the weed eater going so I had to satisfy myself with clearing the gates.
It's pretty difficult to get a camping site on any kind of short notice in the PNW. Always having a place to go is priceless.
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Today I had the second carpal tunnel surgery done and I'm back home now.
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