Sunday, June 25, 2017

25 June 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936:
Brownies. Went to baseball game Seals vs. Indiana (ours). Seal got 1 in first score 1-0 to the eighth. One-one in the ninth. Then we hit a homer score One-two. 
I guess today was pretty okay. Slept decently well. Ate in. Watched the F1 race which was interesting for a change because there were some minor wrecks and penalties and the usual winners didn't even podium. Also watched some Indycar. And the NASCAR race at Sonoma. I like the road courses.

Went to UVil as usual. Ate outside because it was warm (96 today). Shopped, had a frozen yogurt because lunch made my stomach feel not so great. Was kind of pleasant down there.

What else. Came home, watched the race, did some chores, albeit minor ones. Dinner. Oh, I finished off the Natural Light beer I bought, oh, maybe a year ago. I admit I'm starting to not like that plain domestic beer. I don't have any snobbery about it, mind you; if I could drink beer regularly, I would probably keep some around for those times I really just wanted something really light to guzzle. But mine is very tasty and low alcohol so it's about my ideal. I drank some of mine yesterday and then some of the NL and the latter really didn't taste like much of anything. I do find it refreshing though. I'll not buy 12-packs of domestic anymore, unless I can get some cool old fashioned kind, and then I'll buy 6 at the most.

Anyway, walked. Did nothing particularly embarrassing today. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

24 June 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936:
Two weeks of summer almost up. Gee. I'm getting brown. Sewed today and laid in sun. Daddy's sick with a cold. 
I made up for Thursday night by sleeping like a log last night. I woke up on my back in the bed and could barely stand up and make it to the TV room. No assistance though. Slept until 5.

Went out for breakfast. Damn thing keeps getting more and more expensive. It was like $27 today! Yay, go socialism.

Only did a few minor chores around the house this morning. Put my beer into the second fermenter, although that's only going to stay there for a couple of days. I do try to keep busy  although I do like alone time to try to set all the new behaviors in place. Being angry helps a lot.

Went to an estate sale and then to NGate for lunch and then a little shopping across the way. Came home and trimmed up the big rhody in front. Swept up the roof. Walked.

Around 88 today, 94 tomorrow. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

23 June 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936:
Listened to Radio. Went over to Aunt Lula's & tried to make flowers out of wood pulp (all the rage).Went up to Mary's & played. ([Memes] got a new kitten called Mitten)
Tired as I write this. Went up to the watershed to monitor and screen and the latter was killing me. Was very warm but nothing like Wisconsin; had I been there I would have been sweating buckets. Anyway, didn't find much. Not much monitoring, so I screened for a couple of hours, but I guess we're only supposed to stay until they're done excavating. So blehh.

Got back here around 3:30, after leaving the site at 1:30 and doing a bit of stuff at the Shop. We went to Ivar's Salmon House for dinner. It was okay. Walked at Laurelhurst.

Saw three deer on the way in, just nonchalantly waling alongside the road:

Sunny 80-ish today. Supposedly in the 90s tomorrow and Sunday. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

22 June 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936:
U. of W. crews won all three crew races (Whopee). We won over California & big crews back east. Read a Nancy Drew story. Played paper dolls. Poughkeepsie.[on the side]
 She was a very big UW sports fan even at that age.

First day back in this awful town, blehh. Couldn't get to sleep (ambien) and then woke up at 3 and was wide awake, but some ambien came to the rescue again so I was reasonably well rested. Workout was okay, although my right knee hurt on the presses. Sadly, can't work out tomorrow as I have to go up to the watershed. I came back and started in on some work, then went to Cascadia and finished a report. Got my materials for tomorrow, came back home and we (Spousal Unit took these two days off) went for lunch and got the vehicle washed. Stopped at the frame store on the way back and got a frame for my old Dodge Boys Rodeo puzzle and for some other little pictures we have.

I think I worked some more on the report after getting back, and then got my field gear ready. One of my boxes came, too. Mostly kept busy all afternoon. Made dinner. Walked up to the Slaveway to get some other things I'd forgotten at the QFC this afternoon. Waiting now for the cat sitter to come by and get paid. 

21 June 2017 (Wednesday)

On this day the last several days in 1936:
16 June
Ruth came over about 10:30. We made are[sic] own lunch. Went down to church for Commercial Club Dinner. (Played paper dolls too)
17 June
Ruth’s birthday. Went over about two o’clock. Stayed till after 8:00. Ate “the birthday dinner” with them. Sewed & played.
18 June
Stayed down at store. Sold 37[cents] worth of things. Lloyd came down. Played in sand. Went over to Ruth’s Party.
19 June
Took music lesson. Ate lunch. Bob came down with his bike. Rode it. Played house with Mimi & Chuck. Played baseball. Surprise party for Allen[underlined].
20 June
Practiced. Walked over to Ruth’s. Went down to Audrey’s ‘cause John was there. Ate. Went out. A miracle, I[underlined] stayed all nite at Ruth[underlined]
21 June
Harold’s birthday. Went to S.S. Went to Brotherhood Picnic. Swam from 2:30-6:00. Bob’s afraid of the water. (Last Friday) Leslie King & Grace Crosby were engaged. 
On flight back to Seattle. Kind of bittersweet, as usual. I’m so very comfortable in Wisconsin but there’s nothing for me here. And I dislike Seattle. But then, I probably don’t belong anywhere except where the Spousal Unit is.

Haven’t kept up with this, I know. By the time I get home from Mom’s it’s after 7 and and my first priority is her Facebook entry.

It was a good trip, I got quite a lot done. Main things are the signing of the release papers for the annuity so she can still pay for a few more months; having a successful birthday party; getting at least the landscaping done. I didn’t do much socializing, except for at the party of course. Mainly I didn’t want to bother anyone so I let them contact me if they wanted to get together. Consequently, I only did some things with the usual crowd of the Pool People and the relatives (sans Michele). Only went out for fish once. Stopped going to the Gille’s after about 5 days because I was just getting fat. I did, however, drink a beer almost every day.

Tim’s daughter’s wedding was okay, may have written about that earlier. Drove to Spring Green and made it to the motel, and drove over with Tim and his brother. Didn’t know anyone for a while, so I just hung out and observed. Finally Tim’s mom, Rita, recognized me and from then on I had a few people that I knew. Tim, Beth, Jim and What’sHerName Reideman, and Tim’s parents. Didn’t really visit with anyone new except my dinner tablemates. Too loud though. The DJ should have turned it down and shut up during dinner; as it was we could barely hear each other. They played some silly game, too. A band, which included the father of the groom, played for a while and to be honest they were pretty good. Too loud though. The kids liked them. Stayed until about midnight. Then woke up at 5:50 which was okay, and decided to just drive home at 7. Back in Fondylac by 9.

Rest of the time was fairly busy. I went to Joe’s Fox Hut Tuesday afternoon as my Bar of the Trip. Kind of nice. They had Schlitz on tap which you never see anymore. I had one. Schlitz wasn’t my thing — they had probably almost gone under by the time I came of drinking age — but I like it anyway. Or at least the idea of Schlitz.

Rental car was awful, a Jeep Compass. Ick ick ick. Wimpy rough engine, bad seating position, everything awful.

Flight is okay so far. Trying to get texting access without luck.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

15 June 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1036:
Slept late. Cleaned room. Played piano. Went over to Hebert’s (Their 16th anniversary) Ruth, Bob, and I played games. 
It's all over.

Woke up at 3 and had to pop an ambien because I was WIDE AWAKE. Maybe because I ran out of chamomile; I totally miscounted. Could not find any locally, but I found some other junk with chamomile in it.

Workout was good. Did some work. Went to see Mom, she was very tired again. Did some errands. Finished putting the fabric in the back of the house and cleared out the south side of the porch. There was an old bed frame there, huh? I went and ordered more rock and that came around 4 so I went out and spread that in the area behind the house. Still have some left over, but I think I can just spread it around the existing places. Need to move the old dirty rock though. Will need to go to the dump tomorrow, too. Tomorrow will be busy. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

14 June 2017 (Wednesday)

On the last few days in 1936:
11 June
1 more hr. Didn’t do anything in school. Got candy bar for prize. Played with Mimi & Chuck today. Saw Bob.
12 June
Wonder of Wonders we’re out o’ school. Saw Bob & Floyd. Got 14 A’s. Had surprise party on Mom & Dad (25 anniversary).
13 June
Sunday School Picnic. Went all over the park. Awful hot day. Went swimming at Echo Lake. Water fine.
14 June
25 anniversary. Had party (all relatives). Woody, Verne, Dorothy & I went to locks. Still hot. Saw Bob. 
Not been keeping up with this. Last entry was last Friday. Quick summary:

I don't remember what I did Saturday, apart from riding the bike out to the Eden Grill for breakfast. 

Sunday we had the bday party for Mom and it went quite well. About 20+ people showed up and Mom was very happy. She even had some cake. Really nicely turned out to which I attribute Mom's many years of being a good friend and family member. 

Monday I worked out and then started in on the landscaping, which I may have started Saturday. I tore out everything in the back and north side of the garage and put down fabric and edging, and did the same for the old tree circle. May have also started to rip out the 8 miles of ivy roots in the back of the house. Ended up taking out all the rock, too. Well, most of it. I think Tuesday night we had a rip roaring thunderstorm and I drove home right in the middle of it (and recorded it!). Took a while because half the time I didn't know what street I was on. 

Today I ordered stone, 1 ton of it, and it was there when I got home this afternoon around 12:30. Only took a couple of hours to put it all in. Looks nice. Even had some left over and did a little portion by the porch. Tomorrow I'm going to try to fabric the rear of the house and put the rocks back in, and then clear out all the crap from the south side of the porch. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

9 (maybe also 10) June, 2017 (Friday)

On the last few days in 1936:
7 June 1936
Went to Sunday School. Ruth came up after S.S. Went to Ruth’s cousins with them. (Heberts). Played paper dolls. Dolls dresses [unk] off at wrong time Rob.
8 June
Had Mastry in Oakley’s. Didn’t see Bob. Practiced. Read. Played outside with Mimi & Chuck until late (in fact 8:30)
9 June
Had ‘nother Mastry in Oakley also in Purvus’/ Came home and read a wonderfull[sic] story in the American Girl. 10 hrs. Didn’t see Bob.

Haven't been keeping up with these things, I'm afraid. Almost non-stop busy-ness since arriving in Fond du Lac. Flight out was fine as was the drive up, although the Buick SUV I got was awful. Wimpy engine. Slushbox transmission. And the suspension somehow managed to be both floaty and hard at the same time. Glad to be rid of that. 

As a quick summary: Thursday I spent getting supplies for my stay and organizing things. Mom has been chatty a lot. Been saying some goofy things but not much. Thursday afternoon I went for a bike ride in the afternoon and then rode up to see Mom after Gille's. Friday (yesterday, I'm actually writing this on Saturday morning the 10th) I spent the afternoon doing some landscaping work around the garage. Much of it is overgrown with weeds so after my brother had laid down some black fabric I ripped more of it out. Had to go to Fleet and get a new shovel though, and a hoe. Very sweaty work. Didn't go out for fish last night as I didn't really ask around and nobody offered, so I had a pizza instead. 

I'm going to post some of the stuff I put on Mom's Facebook page to provide some more detail on what I've been doing.

June 7:
Friends. . . .Romans. . . . .Countrymen. . . . .Lend me your eyeballs.
Rolled into Fondylac around 5:15. By 5:30 I was firmly ensconced on the porch with a Culver's salad and an Old Style. I'm beginning to like the cut of this Old Style's jib, tellyawhat.
Went and saw Herself shortly thereafter and She was in a delightful mood. She clearly said that it was "So good to hear your voice Tony".
I note with some dismay that She had nothing to say about actually *seeing* me.
Anyway, She was quite chatty and pretty clear with only minimal weirdness. She did seem fixated on email again. And going to "Mom's house" but "without Barb and Jeff".
We watched about 25 minutes of Ultimate Fighting ("Oh woooooow") before I realized that the Brewer game was actually on the *other* FS1 channel and at that point, as one can tell by the accompanying photograph, thus ended the visiting.
Still planning on a Sunday birthday shindig; going to find out about the appropriate venue tomorrow or Friday (still somewhere within the confines of the Lutheran Home though); I'm imagining more of an hour and a half or so of people dropping by rather than everybody showing up at once, so don't worry on a particular arrival time.
Morelatertatafornow.
UPDATE: FYI, I obtained a Buick Enclave as a rental and I have two observations:
1) I now know what the term 'slushbox' refers to.
2) After ten minutes I threw my Ambien out the window as I apparently don't need them anymore.*yawn*
June 8:
Update du jour:
Apart from the stuff I posted earlier anyway.
Herself was in a good mood most of today. Chatty, mostly understandable. Very interested this evening about what the Brewers were doing, even though we were watching the Yankees-Red Sox game (but She was commenting upon them as well). She still defies my efforts to get her to use the TV remote, even though it would allow Her to switch to either baseball or at least something more interesting than Rachel frickin' Ray (my opinion, not (necessarily) Hers).
I spent much of the day doing necessary errands and biking around Fondyberg which is nicely flat compared to Seattle. I remain firmly convinced that riding to Gille's, thence to the Home, and finally home-home effectively cancels out a small Badger sundae.
Otherwise, thanks to everyone for keeping the ancestral manor house in good shape. When I got in yesterday there was a small band of roving gypsies camped out in the basement, but after giving them a couple bottles of arak they left peaceably and continued their roving ways.
Today's Artifact from the Life of Mom is from a trip to Thailand She took with Jeffy in. . . .1988? 1989? I can't figure out what Jeffy is carrying, but despite their apparent grim visages, it was a pretty good trip.
That is all.
Again.
I think.
June 9:
I didn't get in until around 9:45 because I spent the first part of the morning working on a [censored] report. We had arranged to meet with a nice banker lady and a nice. . .notary lady (I guess) to have Mom sign something. And by "sign something" I mean gamely scribble something on a piece of paper and call it good. (Note: I really did not just say that, it was an official and proper document signing, duly witnessed by all of us).
She was quite chatty and after I had gone looking for the speech therapist and came back, Janice was in for a visit. So we chatted a bit and then I went out into the lobby/sun room to continue working on the [censored] report.
As for me, I spent the rest of the afternoon in the back yard hacking my way through the tangled underbrush next to the garage. Managed to fill up the entire giant garbage bin in about an hour. Happily, no deadly creatures jumped out at me. Couple spiders, meh.
Then, after the standard Championship Supper of pizza, beer, and a Gille's sundae, I rode back to the Home where dear Mother was very chatty -- most of which was understandable -- but much of it revolved around email and where Tony had gone off to. *harumph* After Phyllis called I changed the channel on the TV to what I hoped will have the Brewer game on at 8:30. She may end up watching Ultimate Fighting again though.
Note: When riding one's bike around these parts at dusk I have two pieces of helpful advice:
1) Wear sunglasses because riding through the swarms of whatever [censored] bugs these are will end up flying into every orifice on one's face, especially one's eyes.
2) Don't attempt to retaliate at the [censored] bugs by opening your mouth and calling them "[CENSORED] BUGS!' because then, well, you know. (*crunch crunch crunch* Yum! Protein!)
Today's Artifact From the Life of Mom is a very small (like 3"x2") photo that was in a little frame on a dresser. I don't remember ever seeing it before. Probably been in the frame like that for 50 years. There's no date on it, but I look about 2-3 so it could be in Colorado or maybe Sun Prairie, ca. 1964-65. It was pretty faded in the upper left, but the nice man at the Staples tried to get it cleared up as best he could (he did it gratis, too; damned decent of him).
I'm the little goober next to Mom. Jeffy in front and Barb (Bj) over to the left. Dad seems happy.
I swear I saw that dress (it's green) not too long ago when we were cleaning out closets.
Good day.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

6 June 2017 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1936:
Got up early and went to town. Got a bathing outfit, etc. Met Hebert's. Ruth & I got everything alike. Been a sweet day. Might rain tonight. Saw Bob. 
Odd that she "went to town" although I guess that would mean downtown? Also I like the "bathing outfit".

Woke up in the middle of the night and needed assistance getting back to sleep. First time in several day. Not really worried about anything, just the usual mind-going-a-hundred-miles-an-hour. Went to the floor in the TV room but went downstairs when I couldn't get back to sleep there. Once out, I was out.

Rode my bike to the gym and then went up to the HUB to meet Sharon. We got the problem with the data entry fixed pretty quickly. Turned out it doesn't like this "<>" as a symbol for "not equals". Although it should have said that when I first entered it. Then went to UVil and met Engi at the SBux and we got her squared away on the data entry. Then I rode home and then drove over to McD's. And then drove to Cascadia and got my stuff uploaded to the network so it's there while I'm away, and posted an email about my projects, etc. Then back to UVil to cash two checks and get some dinner stuff.

Whew. Back home I packed up my stuff and did other piddly things and then met the prospective cat sitter. Nice girl. I think it will work out okay. She has a new kitten named Jack, too. Walked up to Slaveway to get eggs for tomorrow morning.

Not really looking forward to going to Wisconsin. Isn't that an amazing turnaround. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

5 June 2017 (Monday)

On this day in 1936:
Wore costume to school for dance. Saw Bob. Bumped into Lloyd & he saw me (miricile[sic]). Had Dancing at Field 4th & 5th periods. Read. 
Hmmmmm. Maybe Bob isn't her beau but she's too a shining to Lloyd.

Busy day. Got up at 4:15 and went to the watershed at 5:30. Then they weren't excavating. I did a little work, mainly doing a surface survey (found a neat little white thing) (no, I don't know what it was) and then cleaning off some old brickwork making up a manhole, tallied up some artifact counts, and then left. Traffic was not good so it took almost an hour to get back. Dropped off a camera at Cascadia and then went home, changed, and went to the IMA. Vicious, hard, angry workout. Which is good. Went to McD's and guzzled a bunch of soda and a hamburger and then went home.

Back here, I worked on a proposal, did some piddly other work things and then did the top step. Nails all went in nicely but the stuff I was going to fill in the nail holes with was hard as a rock so I'll have to get something else. Did some other cleaning-related stuff and also had to give the cats lots of attention. Jack was especially in need of attention.

Dinner, walked at NGate because the Spousal Unit had to get some stuff.

Also very big news but I will not relate that for a while. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

4 June 2017 (Sunday)

On this day in 1936:
Read in "Pollyanna". Practiced. Saw Bob. Mrs. Carkleks' birthday. Hebert's came over to go over there. Ruth stayed and we played paper dolls. 
Managed to sleep okay last night. Was on the floor most of the time and I was cold. Still, stayed there until 4:30. Ate in. I did some minor chores and then put a coat of polyurethane on the thresholds. Watched the start of the race and took a short nap and then went to lunch at the 5 Guys at NGate and then to UVil for the usual shopping stuff.

At home we watched the end of the race (Dover) and then I got onto the threshold. All is in place now and it looks reasonably okay. The top one has some weights on it overnight and then I am going to put some nails through it into the riser one so it is more firmly attached than just the silicone. But it fits pretty well. If all goes well from this point on I will have done a pretty decent job with it.

Also bundled up the big vine over the garage door and scissored up the ivy, took the tape off the posts in the back and some more stuff. Made steaks for dinner, were a bit over- and under-done for the wrong people, but okay. Started getting my stuff together for Wisconsin. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

3 June 2017 (Saturday)

On this day in 1936:
Had Quiz in Oakley's. Ladies Aid at our house. Listened to One Man's Family (swell). Uncle Nap came and Aunt Anna home. Saw Bob. 
Decent enough day I suppose. Went and woke up at 3:45, but stayed in the couch until 4:15. Meh. Went out for breakfast, I went different and had 4 bacons and two pancakes. Came home and started to work on the top of the basement steps. I was pretty patient (possibly a side effect of the drugs) and I think I did a decent job on it. Stained the two pieces this afternoon and will put on polyurethane tomorrow morning and then put them in place. Should look like it belongs there.

Took a decent nap afterwards. Needed. Then I did some more stuff and then we went to an estate sale where they had some beautiful nearly-new old woods (golf clubs). Really wanted to buy them, but I probably won't be playing golf ever again so why bother. Went to the BBQ place for lunch.

After we got home we decided to go up and visit Norma at Holyrood and brought along four of the flamingos:

I sent it to one of her daughters and she replied with "OMG. You are the sweetest people in the world." That felt nice to hear. I like making them happy.

On the way back we stopped at a DQ for ice cream.

Once home the Spousal Unit went to the TV room to attempt a nap, and I went and cleaned the floor of my room, including Swiffering it all. I really need to do that more often. Made dinner, just potatoes and cauliflower on the grill because I was still basically stuffed from lunch and ice cream.

Walked. Then I swept up the back patio because it seriously needed it.

Oh, for about a half hour this afternoon after cleaning my room I drank some Knob Creek and watched a bit of a movie. Yay.

Friday, June 2, 2017

2 June 2017 (Friday)

On this day in 1936:
6 days 1 hr. Worried all day about not getting my pajamas done. Aunt Anna helped Mom today. Saw Bob.
Busy day. Slept okay although I woke up probably around 3 and was sweating so I had to throw the blanket off (on couch). Stayed in the bed quite a while, I think.

Workout was really good. Muscles didn't really get fatigued at all. It's the last day of classes, too. Came home, ate bagel, and then started doing things. I went and got my mocha and then went to the hair place and got that cut and also talked to Anne about looking after the cats. We may be paying someone to stay overnight anyway.

I went to the Dunn Lumber after that and got yet another potential threshold. This one will work, I think. Will attach it with silicone and screw the riser part in. Lunch at McD's. They're trying this thing where they have a couple of 'hostesses' bring you your food; they give you a number and you put it on the table. She even offered to get my beverage, which was my initial reaction: "I'd have to put my stuff down and then go get the drink, leaving it sit there." I dunno. There, I kinda just like to get the food and be by myself. (Unless I'm with someone, of course)

Went back home and did. . . something. Oh, cashed my two Cascadia checks, finally. Then went to NGate to meet Fiona. She was going to visit the cats, too. She may have stayed overnight, but probably not. Nice visit though.

Went to UVil after that and got dinner matériel. Did a little checking out of the Sidewalk Sale. Meh. Well, when we went back this evening I snagged a nice metal SBux mug like the good one I have, but without the handle. $7, usually like $23. I just hope it seals well.

Made dinner. More committed to my new lifestyle than ever. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

1 June 2017 (Thursday)

On this day in 1936:
7 days 1 hr. Not much happened in school. Read magazines. Practiced and did school work. Read a[sic] army story & one about football. 
As we saw with some earlier posts, she turns into a little football fanatic.

I had a reasonably productive day. Slept. . . .well, okay. I woke up around maybe 3 or 3:30 (I didn't look at the clock) and could not get my hip into a position to stop hurting. I was on the couch. Managed to get back to sleep though, until 4:30.

What else. Worked out and did legs, first time in over a week I think. Went pretty well, am concentrating on my calves because those will be seen in Wisconsin when I have shorts on. Which will probably be most of the time. Hopefully anyway.

Came back ready to go up to the watershed, but TT had left a phone message telling me they weren't excavating so don't bother. So I had the day free again. First thing I did was go to the lumber yard and try to find some sort of threshold for the steps. It's weird because it is tile on the kitchen floor but carpet on the step (riser). Have to find something I can really anchor to both surfaces. Bought a couple of possibilities and then went to Cascadia to drop off a screen and then to the Lowe's to find maybe something else that would work. Thence to the Spam's Club to gas up and wash the Urabus (which is what I am calling the SuBAru now because I was trying to figure out when a little tag on the windshield meant by URABUS when I realized I was reading SUBARU backwards heh).

Came home, gave Jack and Daisy some attention and worked on Engi's form some more and then went to UVil for dinner stuff. Decided to sit in the SBux for a break which was nice. Home, played the geetar, did some more work on the form (not in that order), poured a bit of bourbon, and made dinner. Walked.