A Day with Dad and then Some

My dad may be seventy-ummmm something, but he is independent. Which is why it was surprising when he called needing us to give him a ride to Shenandoah. Was his car broken down? His health bad? No, he’d just gotten a cancelation notice on his insurance and didn’t want to drive uninsured.
Lol!
So hubby and I headed out.

Cloudy days again

Cloudy days again

We took him to the insurance company where it came to light that a payment had not gone through, so he paid to reinstate the insurance and now he’s legal again. Hurray!
We had lunch at the ever tasty Mondo’s, bought some stuff at Walmart, then went back to his house where we found these near his back door.

Chupacabra prints! Lol!

Chupacabra prints! Lol!

We then hung around for awhile and looked through some of his DVD collection, wherein we found old vhs tapes that just have hours of random stuff on them circa 1996. He pawned them off on us, so now we have to dig out a VCR and look through them some time. Should be fun.
As you might guess, hubby is in the market for a job, so since he has a CNA license and experience in boy’s homes, I suggested he check out Clarinda Academy and the rest of the complex. It was too late to ask if they were hiring, but we did drive through it all – and surprisingly I managed to find it without GPS. (This is a miracle for me as I can’t find anything and in fact get turned around even in the doctor’s office and can’t remember which direction I came from). We then took an insanely back way home. And found some prime candidates for photos. Assuming we remember how we got there.

Blue skies and a gravel road

Blue skies and a gravel road

While we were gone, my brother peeled the tape from the bathroom…

Ta-dah!

Ta-dah!

Only….

It pulled the primer away from the walls!! What the heck????

It pulled the primer away from the walls!! What the heck????

Yikes. Which means we had to cut the bubbles off with an exacto knife or else the wallpaper border won’t stick.
Speaking of border, the brother picked out a discontinued pattern of which there was only one roll available.

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We thought “well, if we skip the windows and are really, really careful it will be enough.” Only, we forgot to skip the windows. Meaning we’ll be waiting on another roll to come along on eBay. We might be waiting months. And yes, i signed up for alerts via eBay, but there are two palm breeze patterns, this one and one that my brother hates, which is the one that is usually on eBay and amazon, so I was not optimistic about the latest alert. But, to quote Gomer Pile, surprise, surprise, the newest alert was the right one and should be arriving in a few days. Yay!
I have to say I feel a bit glum because productivity has slowed. A lot. The brother got more done when he was here alone than we have. Part of the trouble is we get up late – falling right back into that night schedule – and once it gets dark no one wants to work anymore, me included. Then throw in some family drama, and the only thing I got done Tuesday was to take the planter hooks down off the side of the house.

No more mismatched hooks!!

No more mismatched hooks!!

the hooks will be used for something else eventually

the hooks will be used for something else eventually

Oh, I guess I did get one of the bushes almost trimmed too.

Gone but not forgotten. I need to haul all the branches to the burn pile.

Gone but not forgotten. I need to haul all the branches to the burn pile.

Hubby or the brother need to go in with the saw still and cut the really thick branches because my clippers won’t.
Other than that I ate lunch:

Chicken sandwich and shortcake ala Villisca Foods

Chicken sandwich and shortcake ala Villisca Foods

And cooked dinner.

Boiling pasta on the hot plate!

Boiling pasta on the hot plate!

I love the twibbly noodles!

I love the twibbly noodles!

The brother got the template made for the laundry room floor

Nice template

Nice template

But then it was too dark to cut the flooring, (the driveway is the only place big enough) and besides the cracks between the boards need filled with putty first anyway, so it’s just waiting. The kitchen walls need finishing and sanded and then painted. I could work on the cupboards except they’re full of stuff and frankly I have been stuck on the laptop working on book covers to make the money to buy the putty and other things. And if I’m doing that I can’t very well be plastering or sanding… Bah! There’s just not enough time in the day!
On a happier note, Oreo has finally made a limited edition cookie I like.

They're pretty close to the picture too

They’re pretty close to the picture too

Do they really taste like cookie dough? I dunno, but they’re tasty, so I’m not complaining.
Another thing I have been remiss about in all these blogs is mentioning the basement. Yes, it’s Iowa. Basements ate compulsory here.

Though the photo did not do it justice, the walls are sea foam green

Though the photo did not do it justice, the walls are sea foam green

Look! It's a basement!

Look! It’s a basement!

More basement

More basement

A mysterious old hole that's been filled. No idea.

A mysterious old hole that’s been filled. No idea.

And this photo makes the condition of the bricks look waaay worse than they are. Not that they're great but there not that bad.

And this photo makes the condition of the bricks look waaay worse than they are. Not that they’re great but there not that bad.

We will eventually have to tuck point most of the basement and replace bricks and…*sigh*.
Okay. Now we need something cheerful. How about a scruffy caterpillar?

Wow he's scruffy

Wow he’s scruffy

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Despite popular belief, he is dagger moth caterpillar and should not be squashed just because he looks scruffy.
Also we finally had to hang a curtain in the front room because the sun shines right on my laptop.

Stylish

Stylish

The sad thing is we have some nice curtains but have not bought curtain rods yet. Ha ha!
Oh, and hubby finally shaved his beard.

Count the gray hairs....

Count the gray hairs….

Much better

Much better

What prompted this? The afore mentioned job hunting, of course. So cross your fingers for him.

Even though he had the arduous task of removing all that hair, he managed to smoke chicken and baked potatoes for us on Wednesday.

Yummy

Yummy

He’s such a good hubby.

And that’s it from me. I am now officially caught up on the blogs! Yee-haw! Let’s see if I stay that way.
Have a good one!
Jo 🙂

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About Joleene Naylor

An independent author, freelance artist, and photographer for fun who loves anime, music, and writing. Check out my vampire series Amaranthine at http://JoleeneNaylor.com or drop me a line at Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com

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