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.
So hubby and I headed out.
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.
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.
While we were gone, my brother peeled the tape from the bathroom…
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.
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.
Oh, I guess I did get one of the bushes almost trimmed too.
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:
And cooked dinner.
The brother got the template made for the laundry room floor
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!