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I am hoping that Cherie is still here and staying safe....and the flowers picture was lovely....it has become very quiet in our country....in our states....and in our houses....strange....
Hi Ernie, Susan and Kitty, Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I was having connection issues and couldn’t determine if the problem was my laptop or the cable connection. We have had problems for quite some time with internet connection and at times, our cable connection. After getting the runaround numerous times during phone consults and following their tips, which always ended up not fixing the problem, they finally sent someone out to replace the line. Seems to be ok now. I’ve been pretty busy helping with the grands, since school has been at home by computer and my daughter works from home. I am happy to see them and glad I can help. But, I am exhausted when I get home. Lol! It was very hot today at 90 and was outside with the grands while they were swimming and jumping on the trampoline. I don’t know where they get their energy! My younger daughter came with me today and gave them and my daughter badly needed hair trims. The youngest grand’s birthday is Thursday, so they are having a small party for her Saturday. So we helped with some household chores today to take some of the burden off of her mom. I have been exercising by walking as much as I can. I am very grateful to be a non-smoker, especially in this heat. I feel so much better than I did last summer! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy!
Morning Cherie. I'm up early to beat the heat and Verizon will be here between 8 and 12 to figure out why they cannot connect our old 4 wire phone landline. Want to hook up my dad's old 1957 rotory phone that I grew up with. So I have little time before I have to head out on our walk around 5 AM. It's already 63 degrees at 4:30 anyway.
I'm glad you are ok and your internet connection seems to be resolved. Also, you are getting to see your grands. Last eve was the first time my daughter and grands have been over in the couple months because they got a new dog that seems to have kennel cough.
Hope you enjoy your day and your grands.
Hi Cherie ~
Phew (as she mops her brow), I'm happy to hear that you are alive and well. Actually, we followed your last note or two and saw where you were having connection problems. Technology is oh so great when it works ~ but.....
I'm up early. Finn, my eight year old Golden Retriever, was panting throughout the night. He will have a bath and badly needed hair cut next week. His coat is very thick, rather like us wearing a fur coat in the summer. So, I rose and turned down the a.c. to 72, gave him two hemp chewie pills for dogs, fresh water and he promptly went back to sleep. Me, not so much. He's eight and a large breed dog (100.6 lbs at our last visit). I see changes in him as he ages and that's always so concerning to see what looms ahead.
Yes, I do know about the exhaustion that comes with watching the little ones. Bronwen (age two) can just about do me in. I have had her from one afternoon, overnight and into the next day. As much as I dearly love her, it's a lot but then she is only two and I'm blessed to see her and play with her.
Our kitchen is coming together. We will take a month off and then start the flooring in our main living room. I love the wood floors.
Take care. Carry on. Glad to hear you are smoke free and doing well ~
Hi Ernie ~
Too hot ~ too soon, in my opinion. I have been working indoors/and outdoors. Painted the shoe molding in the kitchen, closets, foyers and half bath. Not so easy on the knee or back being up and down but it all looks great. Love the plank vinyl flooring we put in the kitchen, foyer, half bath and hallway. We visited Menards with the rebates from the flooring, and bought a stainless steel back splash (20 cartons) of subway brushed that we will put on in a week or so. Rebates totaled the amount of backsplash plus caulking. All good. The new microwave will go in this week and if all goes well, the kitchen will be done in two weeks.
Daughter gave us an Ikea cupboard (glass front) that had some type of lacquer on it. Jim tried a deglosser and thought that would work. He painted it terra cotta and the paint would not adhere. Peeled off like skin. So, now we are sanding and stripping the piece and then to be painted. A lot of work but it stores lots of dishes in the kitchen for us!
We will take a break for a month and then continue on with the flooring in the living room.
Sounds like you are very busy with your projects. I love nostalgia and the phone idea.....Do you remember a party line? My grandparent's had one at their farm. I think they shared it with a neighbor down the road.
Take care. Going to cool down by this week-end. Not ready for high temps yet.
Yes, strange indeed. I just heard a rumor that our pool will most likely not open. It's a small pool and rarely used except maybe by neighbors on week-ends. A few of us with some aches and pains use it for therapy. Makes me sad if the rumor is true.
We have tickets to fly in September to see my cousin/husband in Denver. They reside in a residence assisted living (both in their mid 80's). I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that we would have to wear masks for five hours. I don't think I can do that. I find the mask extremely uncomfortable when I'm in a store, let alone for a five hour crowded plane trip. The travel agent said that he doesn't feel we can exchange tickets for another time down the road.......I don't want to lose the money but then I don't want to risk our lives ..... Hardly doubt a vaccine will be ready and who knows what September will even bring.
Lots to think about. Is Paradise quiet? Wonder if many people will travel down this summer?
Paradise is quieter then normal....but things are started to open...motels open at 50% some restaurants open for indoor/outdoor dining....we can't bring ourselves to do that yet either....thinking that the closer you get to Sept. the airlines might change depending on the COVID19 # at that time....if the numbers have risen they might reconsider...sad about the pool but stay away...we are going to stay here as long as possible...altho someone looked at the house yesterday and stayed for close to an hour....(we weren't here of course) and she loved the house....we will see....
Morning Susan. 70 degrees here at 7 AM, not as warm and humid as Florida but warm for 7 here. Might get our walk in before the next barrage of storms. I stayed up a little late knowing the storms were starting at 4:30 AM. Sounds great all the work you guys are doing, you will be very proud when it's all done.
I did the maintenance on our main riding mower yesterday and my 4-5 hours of exercise. Weight is still going down but it's a slow process. Made the mistake of eating pizza with the grands the other eve and my glucose is up a little for a couple days. Only 120 and 113, would be low for the past years but discouraging now. I'm trying to stay below 100 so next week will have to eat vegetables and leave the pizza for the others.
As for the mowers, I'm doing a lot of work on my daughter's rider. I might give her my spare rider, not sure yet if I can get hers working well. She has a much larger lawn than we do so its rougher on the equipment. Our riders are all most the same from the mid 90s, Craftsman 48" with 2 cylinder Kohler engines. I bought a spare when the next door neighbor moved a few years back, it's a late model John Deere but not as rugged as the Craftsmans. I had to take the mower deck off my daughter's mower to change the drive belt, then one of the mower deck belts broke so I had to order that and will have to remove the mower deck again to replace that.
I can wear a mask as long as I want to but I know that germs can easily get through a mask so it's a pain. We don't plan on flying anywhere this year though.
Yeah, we had a party line when I was young. 2 short rings was ours, a long was Waters, 3 short rings was Husteds. I have my dads rotary beside me right now, still has the number from back then in the center of the dial.
Have a great day Susan.
Morning Kitty, glad you are both doing well. Have heard it's very hot in Florida for some time. Hear a relative talking about what they heard from a Florida relative on Ham Radio. Hope you have good luck selling the house when you want to sell.
We are all doing well here, nobody we know has gotten sick.
Have a great day Kitty and stay cool.
the weather is hot...up to 91 during the day so yes summer is here.,,did bike around the neighborhood this evening.,,days are simple we do little...have shown the house twice the other day...no offer made yet...will keep everyone posted