Friday, September 22, 2017

Still waking up earlier than I'd like (5:30 this morning)
but may just have to get used to it.

While my upper body is still sore from Tuesday's workout, my legs have (almost) recovered from last Friday's session.  So it was more or less a 'regular' session today.  I did get in a little cardio beforehand, but not as much as I had planned - because even though I left the house early to do just that I spent a good 10 minutes looking for my lock (going through the console - twice - and peering under all the car seats and stuff on them.) But it apparently had vanished into thin air since I last used it on Tuesday. 

When checking in at the gym I thought it couldn't hurt to ask if someone had found a purple lock and turned it in (though I didn't really see how I could have left it behind!) and sure enough he opened the drawer and there it was.

Marilyn sent me a book recommendation today -
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman.  

And she seems fairly confident I will enjoy it:

Have you read this?  I haven't quite finished it, but if it's not your thing, I will eat expired dog food for a month.  Read it next.  You'll like it.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

This year I did not make arrangements for attending services, so am missing the annual blowing of the shofar.  (Even though I have one here at the house, I will not be blowing my own horn!)

These days the weather is delightful in the early mornings (I love being able to open the doors and let in some fresh air) and today I spent a couple of hours doing yardwork: trimming, raking, sweeping, watering, etc.  Everything just keeps looking better and better, and I noticed that the volunteer scarlet sage/salvia (which had been a lovely addition to the plants out front - until it bit the dust literally overnight last spring) has popped up again. 

After a long absence the neighborhood peacock reappeared in our backyard, though he seems to be missing a lot of his tail feathers and is looking quite a bit worse for wear.

I ended up having lunch with Wanda and then making a sortie down to 35th Ave. with her.  She needed a bottle of something to set the dye in the fabric from yesterday's class, and while I didn't need any fabric I was more than willing <g> to tag long.  As it turns out, I found her the perfect fabric she needs for the background of her Kaffe Kake project.  And (anyone surprised?) I found some gorgeous elephant fabric that will "probably" find its way into something for Andy. 
The rest of the afternoon was spent "attending" his class lectures and catching up on the reading assignments.  SO FAR I feel like I have a good understanding of the concepts!

This evening I watched the next episode of The Viet Nam War documentary, which I'm continuing to find informative and interesting.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another fun day at Busy Bees. 

And I was busy; not only did I bring food today, but was also responsible for the tip-of-the-day.  So I shared the chiropractor's warning about the importance of standing with legs apart when reaching forward, especially crucial when doing it repetitively, as when rotary cutting.  I certainly learned MY lesson a year ago, when I tore my gluteal tendon cutting strips and was in agony for three days.

Show & Tell is always fun, but I especially enjoyed seeing the results of my recent bag class.
Betsy, Monica, Louise, Nancy, Sharon, Laura, Patty

I knew about the fabric dying class today up at Jeannie's (because Wanda had mentioned she would be there.) So after lunch I popped up to give Jeannie the flamingo fabric I had found for her while shopping with Wanda several months ago.  Turned out I also knew several other women in the class, including Melissa, Anne, and Penny. Jeannie seemed very pleased with her gift, and it will be fun to see what she turns it into. 

She invited me to stay, but I certainly wasn't dressed for dying, plus I had a couple of other errands to run, including a final stop at our neighborhood Walmart grocery for some apples and honey for tonight.

Heading in I saw the reminder about flu shots, and since that's on my list I figured I might as well go ahead and get that taken care of today. 

When they pulled up my account, it showed that both Rx refills I had called in just an hour or so earlier were ready to be picked up.  That was definitely a surprise, because one wasn't scheduled to be ready until tomorrow, and the other one even later since it had expired and they needed to call the doctor before refilling it. 

Time to get back to my homework.

Last night, when I was getting ready for quilting today, I could not find my camera - even though I looked everywhere it should be (again and again.)  At some point I tried to figure out the last time I'd had it, which was the end of last week at the cabinet store.  Before I called them today to see if I'd left it there, I popped out to the garage and emptied out my car console - and there it was! 

Now I will be able to take pix at Show & Tell today, where I'm especially interested in seeing all the finished mesh bags from my class two weeks ago.

Spoke with Tom last night (somehow missed his call on Monday and had to settle for his voice mail.) He was "hiding" in his truck because it was a tad nippy up there in Oregon. He may be doing more of that since rain is expected for today.   Too bad he's missing our glorious weather; the past several mornings I've even been able to have the doors open to enjoy the nice coolness - at least for a little while.

Yesterday I did make more progress watching the tapes of Andy's classes and catching up on some of the readings.  So far I am not having difficulty with the presented concepts - but of course it's still quite early in the semester and things are still rather basic. 

It was a little disconcerting (at the end of the last class I "attended") to hear him mention that "since Evidence is an upper class course for second-year law students" he expects us to have obtained a certain level of legal literacy. 

Of course that certainly does not apply to me...
so shortly I could find myself in very deep waters without a foothold!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Naturally I would have liked to sleep past 5:30 this morning.  But on the plus side, I should have plenty of time for housekeeping (to get ready for the exterminator who is scheduled for this afternoon) before heading to the gym.

Spent some time on the phone this morning working out the issues with my Discover card.  I had assumed we had reached our credit limit, but after Rene looked into things that turned out not to be the case.  Not sure why my card was deactivated the end of May while Tom's, on the same account, is still working fine.  But (in theory) it should be working now.  Of course I won't know for sure until after I try (again) to order the kitchen appliances.

Also touched base with Doris, who will be my co-hostess at Busy Bees tomorrow.  I'll be bringing fruit (just like last week at Foothills) and she'll be responsible for some baked goods.  Since her Life is a tad hectic these days (there seems to be a lot of that going around!) she was a little concerned about "whether it would be okay" to buy tomorrow's goodies instead of baking them.  I assured her that if anyone should have an issue with that (though not really likely!) it will be that person's problem.  Anyone who likes to bake (like Peggy) is certainly free to do so - but for the rest of us, that's why bakery departments were invented, right?

* * * * *  a little later * * * * *

I had a reasonable workout at the gym, though I'm definitely not quite back up to speed yet.  In fact I'm still a little sore from my leg workout on Friday!  Next stop was Spencer's, where (happily) my Discover card did work, just as Rene promised - so now Adam can actually order the appliances.  Then it was a quick pop in at Winco for the fruit, and I was back home well before Ken was scheduled at 1:00.  (As usual he was right on time.)  While here he helped me close up Creepy's filter; I just don't quite have the strength for that final 'oomph' to get the clasp closed.

I called Bill (who did the kids' bathroom remodel) and he is willing to do the electrical fixes in the kitchen (put in some additional outlets, and move the outlet for the oven), and also tear out the wood floor in there.  So I'm making progress on my remodel To-Do List.

Speaking of lists, today I was able to set the DVR to start recording a new show, The Good Doctor, that premieres on September 25 and sounds promising, but <sigh> could not yet set This Is Us to start taping on the 26th... though I  should be able to access that tomorrow.  (Instead of "a day late and a dollar short", I was obviously a day too early!)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Not exactly sure how the morning got away from me...  

This afternoon I had a tune-up at the chiropractor. Of course I always feel better afterward, though luckily I wasn't terribly 'out of whack'.  On the way home I stopped in to see Mary, and return her key.  We had a lovely visit, as usual.

After dinner I was just finishing up dessert when Estera popped over with some yummy-looking goodies as a thank-you for helping with Willie's school shuttles last week.  Unfortunately I'm still too full of Wanda's chocolate cake to try one.  Of course the evening is still young...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I had a wonderful day yesterday at Pickin' in the Pines in Flagstaff.  Even though I left home later than I had planned, and traffic was extremely heavy heading north, I didn't miss too much since I arrived shortly after the first group had started.  I was a tad surprised by the price of admission; it certainly wasn't that much the other years I've attended.  But the caliber of musicians was excellent...

The weather was much nicer than I expected, sunny and quite warm.  Temps climbed higher than predicted, up to 71 by mid-afternoon.  I was sorry I was in jeans and a heavy tee since I would have been much more comfy in shorts and a tank top.  And speaking of clothes, of course a lot of people were sporting tees from bluegrass festivals.  The guy sitting in front of us was wearing one from the 2014 Four Corners Festival, held in Pagosa Springs, and one of the bands listed (Elephant Revival) is a favorite of Neil & Terry's.  This woman, Moira, was wearing a shirt that I just had to ask about, and it turned out to be the name of a "smash grass" band from Minnesota.

Of course I looked them up when I got home, and this is what Wikipedia had to say:

Trampled By Turtles is an American bluegrass/folk-rock band from DuluthMinnesota. The band members have mentioned as inspirations Townes Van ZandtBob DylanNeil YoungThe Rolling StonesNirvana, and Ralph Stanley. They have released eight full albums, three of which have reached US Billboard chart number one spots. Their fifth release, Palomino, maintained a position in the Top 10 on the bluegrass charts for 52 straight weeks. Their latest album, Wild Animals, was released on July 15, 2014. They have played internationally and at many popular music festivals in the US, and as of July 29, 2015, have played live in every state except Hawaii.

Tami and Allan and I thoroughly enjoyed our day together, and plan to make it an annual 'thing' each September.  Tami and I also firmed up plans for the upcoming quilt show in Havasu the first weekend in November, so I'll see them long before next September. 

She had forgotten to bring me some of her homemade chocolate, and I had forgotten to bring the ornament she purchased but left in my car the last time I was there.  Hopefully we can 'exchange' those items in November.

Yesterday I also picked up fliers for several other upcoming bluegrass festivals, one next month 'just up the road' at Arcosanti.

We had dinner at a Greek restaurant they liked - and I can see why. 
Our meals were delicious, and we left stuffed.

My accommodations at Mary & Jack's place were wonderful.  Her lovely quilts were everywhere, and I slept under a beautiful flying geese one.  But for some reason, not sure why, I seemed to wake up every hour and glance at the clock.  Never did have to turn on the heat, though it was a tad 'brisk' when I got up this morning.

I decided to head back home this morning, for (at least) 4 reasons: Tami and Allan would be heading home and not be there today, Sundays are often a lot of gospel music, the tickets are pricey, and (possibly most important) I expect to fade early today and figured driving home late in the afternoon with all the weekend traffic might not be much fun.  

During my drive home, I played the CD by Peter's new group, The Colton House Trio.  Since I had loved their set, it isn't surprising that I really enjoyed all the songs on the CD.  They were all about the Southwest, and many about rafting the rivers.  Didn't get to see him at the booth when I bought the CD, but as Tami, Allan and I were walking to the car yesterday we ran into him - so I got the chance after all to tell him how much I'd enjoyed their playing.  

I'm WAY behind on my Evidence class assignments, but since there are no classes this week I HOPE to use my time wisely and get caught up! So that's how I plan to be productive the rest of this afternoon.