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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wednesday 5-30 Starting New Jigsaw Puzzle

Just hanging out at the house

A few days ago I finished assembling the Old Shoe House jigsaw puzzle, today I took it apart and started a new one called Family Vacation. This puzzle is 2000 pieces and made by Buffalo. I really like Buffalo puzzles, they are well made and come with a poster that you can look at as you assemble them. First I separated the frame pieces from the other pieces, then we started to assemble the puzzle. Larry helped and we got a lot done. 

Family Vacation PUzzle

What we already assembled

Yesterday we had rented Dr. Strange, movie rentals from Google Play are good for 36 hours so tonight we watched it again. We had a very laid back day.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tuesday 5-29 Going to the Movies

What a beautiful day

Summertime is here, we had another 97 degree day with a lot of sunshine.

My tooth has continued to bother my so we have been avoiding the lake. Today Larry took me to the movies. He knows I like watching the Marvel Action movies and a new one was playing in Harker Heights. Their price for matinees is only $5.00 plus tax. We were the only ones in the theatre. We kind of wonder how the theatre makes any money. The movie was Avengers: Infinity War. I was disappointed because there were way too many characters fighting and the ending was a cliffhanger. Not the best Avengers movie but still it was good to go to a movie.

Going to the movies

In the evening we rented Dr. Strange (another Marvel action movie) from Amazon for $2.99. I thought it was a good movie. After the movie I worked out using Gold's Gym for a half hour and Just Dance for a half hour. We had a good day.    

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Monday 5-28 Memorial Day

We started the day out by going to the car wash to give the car a bath. From there it was off to Home Depot for a couple of small items and then to Harbor Freight where we used a 25% off coupon to purchase a small torque wrench that Larry will use when he works on the motorcycle.
Doing errands
In the afternoon I worked on my annual book and Sudoku. Larry read.
In the evening we went to Sun City to dance with the Sundancers. There were enough people for six squares and an extra couple. We had a great time celebrating Memorial Day dancing with friends. Brad did a few song for Memorial Day and did a super job calling the whole dance. We had a great day. LIFE IS GOOD!!!    

Square dancing with friends

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sunday 5-27 A Relaxing Day

Just enjoying the day

It was a beautiful sunny day. Larry asked if I wanted to go to the lake, I told him maybe tomorrow. My tooth wasn't bugging me as much today but I wanted to give it another day before going to the lake. I'm still putting the Oragel on it and it's helping. I'm still going to call the dentist on Tuesday.

I spent most of the day doing Sudoku puzzles and working on my annual book from last year's adventures. For the past eleven years I have written a yearly book about our adventures. A company called Blurb offers a program that allows you to write a book and upload it to them and they publish it. They offer a step by step program to create a book. The programs has different layouts for photos, text and photo/text to choose from. You choose the type and size of font you want to use. This year they have a new program called Book Write, where you have a lot more creativity freedom. If you can't find a layout you like you can draw your own. It's a lot more challenging but it's fun. I love what they offer.

The new carburetor for the motorcycle came in and Larry decided to installing it. It wasn't exactly the same as the old one so he took a couple of parts off the old one and put them on the new one. After he installed the carburetor he adjusted it and then took it for a ride. It ran great. He wanted to test it out with both of us on it so we went for a ride. 

We rode to Roger Park to check to see how many people were there. It was about noon and the boat ramp was busy with people putting their boats in and taking them out. Most of the boats on the lake were families enjoying the lake. Then we rode by the boat ramp on Arrowhead. We were surprised that it wasn't that busy. There were plenty of parking and the boat traffic was very lite. Usually in the summertime on the weekends the parking lot is full.

The motorcycle ran great with both of us on it. Larry thinks that the carburetor is running a little too lean so he's going to keep an eye on it. He'll make adjustments if he needs to.

In the evening we watched a DVD called Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. We have watched this movie a few times and I still enjoy it.  


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Saturday 5-26 Just Another Day

My tooth hurts
 For the last couple of years the dentist and I have been working on my back upper left tooth. I finally decided to get it removed but my appointment isn't for another three weeks. I've been living with a little pain, especially when I drink something cold but now everything hurts it. The last week the pain has gotten real bad. I took a couple of aspirin yesterday but it didn't do any good. This morning Larry got on the internet and found that people use Oragel for severe pain, they said it works. Off to Walmart we went to buy some. While we were there we picked up a few groceries. When we got home I put some on the problem tooth. It numbed it for a little while and I applied it a few times. It works until I do something stupid like eat a tostada shell and irritate it. I'm going to call the dentist Tuesday and see if they can get me in sooner.

At 3:00 is was 100 degrees at the house, it was hot.

I finished my jigsaw puzzle the Old Shoe House, it took me almost two weeks. It came with a poster, which is the same size as the assembled puzzle. I had a great time doing the puzzle. Now I have to decide what to do next. Larry finished reading a book and started a new one. 
The finished puzzle
In the evening we finished watching the first season of Ambassador and started the second season. Afterwards I worked out on Just Dance for a half hour. We had a very relaxing day.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday 5-25 Fabulous Lake Day

Fabulous Day at Lake Belton

While we were on our trip our new neighbor had a company clear his lot behind us, in doing this they cut the wire for our Invisible Fence by accident. We no longer have a dog but just in case we get another one we still want the system to work. This morning we dug up the wire and found where it was cut. Larry fixed it and then we re-buried it. Now the Invisible Fence is working once more. Larry also sprayed weeds in the gravel and did a little tree trimming on the side of the house where we can park the RV if we want to.    

It's early in the boating season and it's a little cool in the mornings so we waited until after lunch to go to the lake. There was a breeze but the lake was still very nice. There were more people on the lake than normal. I guess it's because of it being a holiday weekend. The lake was little rough caused by the boats so we ended up wake surfing, air chairing and floating. Today I had a little trouble getting up on both the surf board and air chair. It took me three times to get up but it was all good. It was nice to see people enjoying the lake fishing and doing water sports. We were there an hour and a half and had a fabulous time. 

Wake surfing on Lake Belton

Having fun wake surfing

Having a great time flying the Air Chair

Playing it save while flying the Air Chair

Later in the afternoon I worked on my puzzle and Larry read. In the evening we started watching another Amazon British series called Ambassador. So far I think it's very good. Then I worked out with Just Dance for a half hour. We had a great day.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thursday 5-24 Hot Humid Day

What a humid day we had

We woke up to overcast skies and cool temperatures, however, by late afternoon it was in the low 90's with high humidity.

This morning Larry worked on the motorcycle. It runs alright but it runs a bit rich. He decided to rebuild the carburetor. He removed it and in disassembling he discovered damaged screws so he knows someone has been inside it before. After cleaning and adjusting he reinstalled it and took it for a spin. It now runs a bit leaner but he doesn't feel it is quite right so he ordered a new carburetor.

Adjusting the carburetor

Reinstalling carburetor

In the evening Larry and Patricia came to the house and we all went to Sun City to dance with the Sundancers. There were enough people for two squares plus two extra couples. The dancing was very challenging and we had fun. LIFE IS GOOD!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wednesday 5-23 An Awesome Day at the Lake

An awesome day at the lake!!!!

We had an awesome day.

We had invited Louise out for lunch and to go boating. Louise and Alice arrived about 9:45. For lunch I made hot dogs stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon, along with that we had baked beans. Louise brought us brownies to snack on and for dessert we had Key Lime pie. Thank you, Louise for the brownies.


After lunch we went to the lake. It was a beautiful day with a few clouds. For the last couple of days we have had overcast skies and at times a little rain so we figured that the water in the lake would be a little cool. The water temperature had dropped a couple degrees, it's was 75. When you got in the water it was a little cold but you warmed up pretty fast. While at the lake we floated in the boat and went in the water a couple of times to cool off. There were only a few people at the lake. We were at the lake about an hour and had a great time visiting and floating.  

Awesome day at Lake Belton

Larry enjoying the lake

Louise having a fun at the lake
Larry and Louise floating in the lake


When we got home we visited a little while longer. Larry loaded Louise's puzzle board into her car and we said our good-byes. We had a good visit with Louise and Alice.

In the evening we finished watching Harrow. Harrow has eleven different houses on campus and the one that was followed for a year was called West Acre. The series had eight episodes and each episode covered different activities the 66 boys did besides studies. They did plays, sports, musical stuff like singing and playing instruments. Some of the activities they compete with the other houses. I enjoyed watching the series very much. Then Larry read and I worked on my puzzle. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tuesday 5-22 Doing Chores

Overcast Day

We woke up to overcast clouds and a 30 percent chance of rain.

Larry started the day off by fertilizing the yard. Then he spent the rest of the morning and into the afternoon reading. I did a little cleaning, laundry and worked on my puzzle.

Fertilizing the yard

Having fun reading

Doing chores around the house

In the afternoon we went to town to do our weekly grocery shopping.

After dinner we started watching an Amazon series called Harrow. Harrow is an all boys public boarding school in London. England. It was founded in 1572 and is still being used. The series follows one of the homes on a campus that houses 66 boys for a year. It is a very good series.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Monday 5-21 Red, White and Blue Dance

Just laying back and taking it easy

It was overcast all day and sprinkled now and then. We stayed around the house, Larry read and I worked on my puzzle. 

In the evening we went down to Sun City for their Monday square dance. This week it was their Red, White and Blue Dance in recognition of Memorial Day. They invited Charlie Robertson to call along side Brad Caldwell. They also invited Jerry and Lucy Pate to cue the round dancing. There were nine squares of dancers for the grand march and enough setting out for a couple more squares. There were a lot of round dancers. This was our first time to dance to Charlie Robertson, he is an International caller and did a good job tonight. The dance had two singing calls for each tip and two rounds in between the tips. Brad and Charlie called four mainstream tips and two plus tips. At the end of the dance Brad and Charlie did an A1 tip. We had enough people for two squares. We had a super night of dancing with friends.

Friends having fun dancing to Brad and Charlie

More friends having fun

Jorge and Austin

Ted and Nancy

Larry enjoying the dance

Bruce, Pam and Gail

Brad, me and Charlie

Paula and Lucy

Round dancing to Lucy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday 5-20 Dancing A1 to Dan Clairmont

Rainy Morning

Larry woke up to sprinkles, when I woke up it was overcast and very humid.

So far this year our yard is looking good, Larry wants to keep it looking as good as possible so this morning he applied per-emergent. About two months ago he also applied per-emergent and fertilized.

About an hour later the rain came. It rained hard for awhile. Larry was looking out the back window and saw the turkey standing in the rain. He was soaked but didn't seem to care. What a crazy bird.
Earlier this year Larry rebuilt our motorcycle helmets and they work really well but the lining that goes over the foam doesn't like to stay in place. It has not been a big problem, you simply make sure the lining is in place before you put the helmet on but Larry wants to fix it. When he was rebuilding the helmets he experimented with different adhesives so he knows which one to use on the lining. Yesterday he glued the front and today he did the back. The sides are left to do.

While Larry worked on his projects I worked on my puzzle.

Dan Clairmont has been teaching five couples A moves and they have gotten through A1 and are going to start A2 this week. He decided to call a special dance for the students, he invited more experienced A dancers to come to the dance and help out. The dance was at 4:00 in Liberty Hill, which is 50 miles from the house. We weren't sure if we were going to go because of the rain but it was going away when it was time for us to leave. There were enough people for three squares. Everyone had a great time.

Having fun square dancing with friends

On the way home we stopped at Denny for dinner. When we got home we watched YouTube videos. Afterwards Larry read and I worked on my puzzle. I also worked out with Just Dance for a half hour. I hadn't worked out with Just Dance for over two months so it was tough but I was glad to do it. We had a great day. The rain cooled everything off and it felt good.  

Working out

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Saturday 5-19 Just Another Day

Just another day

Everytime we take the boat out of the lake we wipe it down with Wax As-U-Dry. Years ago you could purchase it almost anywhere but over the years it has gotten difficult to find. You can find it on the web for astronomical prices but this morning we found some at Auto Zone. We only use about a bottle a year so we are are set for awhile.

Every third Saturday local merchants get together and line a few streets in downtown Belton to sell their wares, the event is called Belton Market Days. We haven't been in a long time so we decided to attend .Usually as the weather gets hotter there's not a lot of vendors who attend but today we were pleasantly surprised, we had to park a few blocks away. We walked around for about a half hour checking out what they had to offer. There were food vendors, clothing, homemade honey, homemade salsa, arts and crafts. There was a play area for kids. There was a little breeze so it was pleasant to walk around. We didn't buy anything.

When we got home Larry put the front tire back on the motorcycle, it appears he solved the flat tire problem.

When we were using the motorcycle to get around Chattanooga we used the phone as a GPS but I had to hold the phone and tell Larry where to turn. When we got home he ordered a phone holder and a power box to power the phone to keep it charged. The power box has a volt meter and a couple USB ports. In order to get power to the power box he had to remove the seat and the gas tank. Once everything was installed we went for a ride to test it out. Everything worked perfect. Now Larry can use the GPS on the phone without me having to hold the phone. We had a nice ride.

Installing phone bracket and power supply

While Larry worked on the motorcycle project I worked on my jigsaw puzzle.

In the evening we watched a few YouTube videos, we even watched a few of the videos we created a few years ago. It's always fun to reminisce. We had a very relaxing day.       

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Friday 5-18 Having Fun on Lake Belton

Let's go boating!!!

What a great day. Larry started the morning out by putting the last coat of polyurethane on Louise's puzzle board. Next up was the motorcycle, at times the front tire has been low on air so before we go for a ride Larry has to check the air pressure, sometimes it is fine, other times it is low. The last couple of days the tire has been going flat overnight. Larry decided to work on it. The tires are tube tires so he figured he would remove and patch the tube. It didn't take him too get the tire off and when he went to remove the valve stem from the tube he discovered it was loose. He tightened it up and put air in it. He's waiting until tomorrow to make sure that was the problem before he reinstalls it. While Larry did his projects I worked on my jigsaw puzzle.

Louise's puzzle board
The motorcycle front wheel

Next we went to town. The first stop was getting rid of the boat's old oil. Then we filled the truck up with gas. Next we stopped at the UPS Store to pick up our mail. Then we went into Walmart and picked up an oil filter for the boat Larry had ordered. While there I picked up a couple of things.

Doing errands
After lunch it was a little windy but the sun was out so we went to the lake. When we got to the lake there was only one other vehicle in the park lot. We launched the boat, Larry parked the truck and trailer, then I picked him up at the dock. It was too windy to water ski but we assembled the Air Chair. We both did a set and it was a lot of fun. The water is 77 degrees. After flying the air chair we floated. Afterwards we wiped the boat down and headed home. We had a super day at the lake.

Larry having a blast air chairing down the lake

Having fun chairing down the lake

Wiping down the boat

After dinner we watched an old Sherlock Holmes series on Amazon. It was The Leading Lady, filmed in 1991. It was ok considering it was done in 1991. We had a great day.