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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tuesday 2-25 Exciting Day, New Washer

We had a beautiful day. The temperature didn't get out of the mid 60s with a breeze out of the north.

For a number of years Larry has been a member of The Home Depot Seeds Program, this is where each month Larry gets the opportunity to choose products to review for The Home Depot. Some months he chooses nothing, either because we are traveling or there is simply nothing he needs or that interests him. This month they had some appliances and Larry decided on a Whirlpool Washer. They delivered the washer this morning.

Before the washer was delivered Larry disconnected the old washer and moved it to the garage. Then I cleaned the floor where the washer was. I decided because I already had the vacuum out I would vacuum the rest of the house.

When the washer was delivered they also installed it. Once it was installed I did my laundry. The washer is gray and about 1.5 inches shorter than our old washer. The control panel is a touch panel. There is no permanent press button but it does have a wrinkle control button. It also doesn't have a scrub tub like our old one. The machine has a tray for fabric softener, a detergent tray and a fabric brush. The detergent tray is very nice, it is a reservoir that holds 1 liter of detergent, you fill it up and the machine dispenses the correct amount of detergent. The machine also lets you know when to fill the reservoir. You fill the fabric brush with your favorite spot remover (Spray 'n' Wash) and use it to apply the spot remover, then you brush it in. You can set the machine to sound an alarm when the load is complete, the alarm dings but not that long, it only dings once and then shuts off. It will also send a notification to your phone. I'll continue playing with the washer to see how I like it. The washer came with a couple of samples, Tide Pods and a package of Downy Un-Stopables Softener, they are small beads you put in the wash.
Whirlpool Washer

Left side of control panel

Right side of control panel

Softener sample

Tide Pod

Fabric Brush

The washer filling up
Tray for the detergent

Doing laundry

In the afternoon Larry installed a electrical outlet in the bathroom to make it easier for me to vacuum the bathroom.
New outlet
In the evening we streamed the last two episodes of the first season of Vienna Blood. We enjoyed watching this series. Then we watched a couple of episodes of Bramwell. After Larry went to bed I watched a few episodes of Bones. I did my daily challenges and The Event: The Hard Road of 18 games. I did 19,000 steps.       

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Monday 2-24 Sadie Hawkins Dance

Smile and have fun

We woke up a little after 6:00 to say good-bye to Louise but she was already gone. She left exactly at 6:00, she had over an hour to drive to get to Round Rock and she wanted to leave early to avoid the traffic on I35. 

After finding out Louise was gone I went back to bed, Larry stayed up. I finally crawled out of bed at 8:00.

After breakfast we decided to go for a walk and give the car a bath. We walked the Nolan Creek trail for about an hour. We started at Yettie Polk Park and walked to Confederate Park, then we turned around and walked from Confederate Park to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where we turned around and went back to the car. As we walked we saw other people walking the trail. We also saw a group of Special Education students from Holland shooting hoops and playing on the swings. The walk was nice and peaceful along the shores of Nolan Creek.

Entrance sign to Yettie Polk Park

Nolan Creek

On the way home we swung by Walmart and filled the car. Then we went to Today's Car Wash to give the car a bath. While we were in Tucson it rained so the car was filthy. Larry wanted to get the under carriage cleaned again because of all the snow and salt we played in on our snow ski trip. He also wanted to put wax on the car so we decided to get the $16.00 wash, after running it trough the wash we wiped it down and vacuumed it out, it took a bit to get all the dirt off in the frame of the doors. The car looks pretty.

After lunch I decided to take a nap. I ended up taking almost a three hour nap I must have been really tired. 

Taking a nap

In the evening we went to Sun City to dance with the Sundancers. This year is Leap Year so the club decided to call the dance Sadie Hawkins, the ladies can choose who to dance with. We had six squares and a few people sitting out. The first two tips were mainstream tips but the rest of the tips were plus. We had enough people for two squares for an A2 tip. Our friends James and Jeanne were back in town and it was great to see them. Our friends DeAnn, Rick and Becky from Killeen were there and it was nice to visit with them. I got a chance to dance a couple of tips as a man.We had a lot of fun dancing with friends. 


When we got home from dancing with the Sundancers I watched a few episodes of Bones. I did my daily challenges. While visiting family in Tucson I only did 12,000 steps a day and it was below my goal of 15,200 steps. Now my goal is 14,000 steps but today I did 18,000 steps. We had a great day.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Sunday 2-23 Homeward Bound

Going Home

After a few days of visiting family in Tucson it was time to go home. We had a fabulous time.

We woke up at 4:30 and got ready to leave. After getting dressed and loading the car we went to Shirley's house to pick up Louise. We were on the road at 5:00 (6:00 Texas Time). Larry drove 926 miles for 16 hours. We were back home at 10:00 pm. We stopped a few times on the way to eat and bathroom breaks. We started our drive home in the dark and got home in the dark. Louise and I napped on and off throughout the drive. We took I10 from Tucson and then we picked up US 190 east of Ft Stockton and drove it the rest of the way to Belton. It was a relaxing drive. When we got home we unloaded the car. Louise decided to spend the night because it was so late.

After Louise and Larry went to bed I watched a few episodes of Bones while I was doing my steps. I only did 12,000 steps because I ran out of time. 

Saturday 2-22 Say Good-bye

Say Good-bye

It rained on and off all day. The temperature didn't get out of the 60s. 
We spent the day at Shirley's house. It was too nasty to go anywhere. Shirley loves to drink coffee and her coffee maker died so on the way to her house this morning we stopped by Walmart and bought her a new one. She had a lot of K-Cup packs so we bought a Hamilton Beach Flexbrew, that uses both K-Cups and ground coffee. We surprised Shirley with another birthday present. Once the Flexbrew was taken out of it's box Larry asked Shirley if she wanted to try it out, what a dumb question to ask a coffee drinker. After making a cup of coffee with ground coffee, Larry asked if Louise wanted a cup of coffee, she also loves coffee. It was easy to use and only took a couple of minutes. Shirley had a great time playing with her new coffee machine.

Shirley's new office chair

Shirley's new coffee maker

For lunch we had the ham hock and beans I made yesterday, it was a hit. After lunch Ray and his girlfriend Mary came by to visit. We visited about an hour, Louise, Mary and Ray decided to walk around a neighborhood park. We decided to stay and visit with Shirley. We left  around 3:00 and went back to the motel to take a nap. We were back for dinner, we had leftovers. Larry and I had a ham sandwich with chips and Louise and Shirley had ham hock and beans. We were all finished with dinner and Larry suggested that Shirley invite Ray and Mary over for dinner. They came down and Ray finished the ham hock and beans while Mary ate some of the lasagna. We all visited for a couple of hours before calling it a night.

One big happy family left to right Ray, Shirley, Larry and Louise

We had a great three days of visiting with family.

We are leaving at 5:00 in morning to head back to Texas. Before leaving Shirley's house Larry loaded some of Louise's bags that way he didn't have to do this in the morning. We have a 16 hour trip to get home and we lose an hour when we get into Texas. Larry wanted to get on the road as early as possible. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Friday 2-21 Family Get Together

Just having fun

We had a super day. It was a little cooler today with a wind. 

Louise and Shirley decided to go to a few thrift stores. Larry and I decided to drive around Tucson to see what has changed in the last thirty years. We drove around downtown and around our old stomping grounds. I was raised in Tucson and lived in the middle of town, near Swan and Broadway. Larry moved to Tucson when he was a teenager and was raised close to Marana, it was interesting to see the changes.

As we were driving around we drove by Bruegger's Bagels. Many years ago in Round Rock there was a Bruegger's Bagels. Sometimes when we were visiting Louise we would stop by and buy a couple of bagels. Then they went away. But here in Tucson there are a lot of them. We stopped in and bought a blueberry bagel and a raisin cinnamon bagel. They didn't seem to be like we remembered but still good.

Last night when we were celebrating Shirley's birthday her old office chair broke so we decided to replace it. On the way to her house we stopped by Office Depot and bought one.

When we got to Shirley's the three dogs were very excited to see us. They all came to the door to say hi. Wendy found out that we weren't Shirley so she ran away and hid. After saying hi Larry started to assemble the chair. While he was doing this Louise and Shirley showed up. We told Shirley the chair was another birthday present. She was very excited about it. Once the chair was assembled Shirley tested it out and Larry did a little adjustment to fit her height. It's a very nice chair.

It was lunchtime so I made everyone a ham sandwich. While we were eating Ray showed up and I made him a sandwich. All three of the dogs were my best friends because I was playing with ham. They also know I'm a sucker and will give them some of ham.

The ham we have been dining on was a bone in ham so after lunch I made ham hock and beans. We visited all afternoon and I played with the dogs.

While we were driving around my sister Alexis called and asked what day was the best to meet up with her and some of the family. We decided 6:00 tonight at Jethro's Cafe and Tavern, which is my brother Greg's place of business. Around 5:00 we started our journey to Jethro's, it's clear on the east side of Tucson. Louise decided not to go with us instead she visited with Ray. It didn't take as long as we expected. People who live in Tucson complain about the traffic. We tell them they don't know what traffic is until you drive down I35.

Alexis apologized that a lot of the family had other plans. My family who were there were Greg and his wife Roxy, Michael and his daughter Katherine and Alexis and Shirley. We had a very nice evening visiting with my family. Greg and Roxy have a very nice restaurant. 

Jethro's entrance
Left to right Alexis, me, Shirley, Michael, Catherine, Greg and Roxy

Friday, February 21, 2020

Thursday 2-20 Surprising Ma

Happy Birthday Ma
Happy birthday Shirley (Ma).

We woke up at 6:00, it's mighty early for me considering I normally crawl out of bed at 8:00. We got dressed and then we went downstairs to have breakfast. This Super 8 has a good breakfast. Then we put a small cooler together and left the motel. We had told Louise we would pick her up at 8:15. On the way to Louise's motel we stopped by Walmart and did a little grocery shopping. 

Today was Shirley birthday, she loves flowers so we picked up a bouquet of flowers along with some groceries. For lunch we bought a spiral ham with a variety pack of potato chips and Hawaiian onion rolls . For dinner we bought a family size Stouffer Lasagna and a loaf of garlic bread. After shopping we drove to Louise's hotel. Shirley only lives a few miles down the road from our motels. 

We arrived at Shirley's house around 8:30. Larry was calling her on the phone when her two dogs, Pooh Bear and Wendy started to bark. We hadn't told her that we were coming so she was surprised to see us. She was all dressed up to meet her friends at the Senior Center. She called them and told them that she wasn't going to be there because we were in town. Pooh Bear was very friendly but Windy was very shy and hid from us.

Larry and his ma

Shirley and me

Louise, Alice and Pooh Bear

We spent the whole day visiting with her and celebrating her birthday. For lunch we had ham sandwiches and chips. Pooh Bear, Wendy and Alice were happy I was preparing the lunch because they were treated with ham. Around 1:30 Ray, Larry's brother stopped by to visit for an hour or so. Then he went home to rest after working from 6 in the morning. 

While we were sitting around visiting Larry asked me how long it took for the lasagna to bake. I didn't know so I checked the box, it said 1 hour and 40 minutes. I had no idea it would take that long, dinner was a bit late. We baked the lasagna for the time the directions indicated and it wasn't done. I cooked it another half hour. I baked the garlic bread. We didn't eat until 6:30 instead of 5:00. Ray came back for dinner.

After dinner we all gathered in the living room, where Shirley opened her gifts. Louise bought her a few books, few jigsaw puzzles, dish washing soap and a few gift cards. We gave her four different coffees and a couple of gift cards. Ray and his girl friend bought her flowers and some chocolates. After she opened all her gifts we had cake. Before cutting the cake she pretended to blow out 82 candles on the cake. There weren't any candles on the cake at all.

Shirley's Birthday cake

Shirley, Pooh Bear and Wendy

The roses Ray and his girl friends present

The flowers we gave Shirley

Shirley opening her gifts

Shirley enjoying opening her gifts

We visited a little while longer and then we called it a night. We had a super day celebrating Shirley's birthday with her.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wednesday 2-19 Long Day

Larry and I haven't been back to Tucson in about five years. Tomorrow is Larry's mothers birthday so we decided to surprise her. We invited Louise to come along to Tucson. 

Yesterday, afternoon Louise and Alice showed up to spend the night so we could leave early in the morning. When Louise showed up Larry replaced the air filter and cabin filter in her car. It didn't take him long. For dinner I made bacon sandwiches with the European center cut bacon, along with that we had a can of Mexican style vegetable blend and beans made by Del Monte. After dinner we visited for a few hours before calling it a night.

Louise's car

We got up at 5:00 this morning and were on the road by 5:40. Tucson is over 900 miles from our house. We drove Highway 190 west all the way to I10. Highway 190 was mostly a two lane highway that went through a lot of small towns, by farmfields and ranches. It also went through Brady's downtown and we saw Brady's gorgeous courthouse. At one part they were working on a bridge and it only had one lane so they put a temporary traffic light at the bridge to control traffic. We had to wait but it was only a few minutes. Along the way the time zoned changed to Mountain Time so we gained an hour. As we we drove we saw a couple of bad accidents. One was an 18-Wheeler, the cab was gone and had been on fire. The other one an RV trailer was completely destroyed and was on top of a truck. It looked horrible. We hoped that no one was killed in either one of the accidents. The interstate was backed up going east for miles. We were glad we were going west. We stopped a few times; two times to fill up the car and two times to go to the restroom and to eat. Larry drove all the way, which was 16 hours. I dozed off a few times. Today we got to see a New Mexico/Arizona sunset. The reason I call the sunset a New Mexico/Texas sunset was because when we were watching the sunset we crossed over the Arizona state line. We had a great day. 

The courthouse in Brady

The one-lane traffic light

Watching a truck come through the one lane bridge

The New Mexico/Texas sunset

While driving down the road Louise and I played computer games. We did our Event: Klondike Adventure with 20 games. It took us longer than normal to solve the games because the internet would go away but we had fun doing the challenge.

Once we checked in the motel I did 12,000 steps. I missed my goal, which was 15,300. 


Tuesday 2-18 Relaxing Day

Relaxing with your best friends

It was cold all day, it never got out of the 50s. There was a little breeze.

Larry started the day out by going back to his dentist so she could remove his temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one. The dentist did not want to deaden the tooth because it would make it more difficult making sure the fit was correct. It was pretty painful but he was able to get through it. I didn't go to bed until late and Larry's appointment was early so I didn't go with him.

Larry read a book and I played my daily challenges and the Two Game Tango Mini Event, 3 games of Free Cell and 3 games of Tri Peaks. I didn't do too well, it took me 19 minutes and 39 seconds. I came in 78th in my group. After I finished my computer games I worked on my annual book. I'm finished writing it but I need to shorten the book so I'm going back through to see what I can get delete.

In the evening I watched an episode of Bones. I did 18,000 steps.

We had a very relaxing day.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Monday 2-17 Sundancers Dance

Awesome Day

The day started out overcast along with a little fog and rain. By the afternoon the sun was out and the temperature got up to the high 70s. It was an awesome day.

Larry read, I finished a book yesterday. I did some housework. I did my daily challenges and World Tour of 30 games. 

In the evening we went to Sun City to dance with the Sundancers. We had seven squares for the mainstream tips and five squares for the plus tips. The format tonight was an hour and a half of alternating mainstream and plus tips. After the dance Brad called a half hour of A2, we had two squares. We had a super night of dancing with friends and to Brad.

Square dancing with friends

On the way home we stopped by Murphy and filled up the car. Then we went to Walmart and bought a couple of things. Once we were at home I finished doing my steps of 16,000 steps. Then I watched a few episodes of Bones.

Relaxing in front of the television

We had a super day.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Sunday 2-16 Special Visitors

Our special visitors

We had another beautiful day. We had sunshine with a breeze. It got ups to the low 70s.

While we were waiting for it to warm up Larry looked out the back window and saw a couple of foxes walking in our neighbors backyard behind his fence. We watched them for a little while. They were causally walking along the fence in both the neighbor's yard and our yard. Then they walked around the two empty lots next to our house. Then something spooked them and they ran off. 

After the foxes left we decided to go for a walk. The City of Temple had been working on building a new park called Crossroads. We decided to walk around it. Crossroads Park is a 284-acre complex.The master plan for the park includes over 2 miles of trails and connects to Pepper Creek Trail, that has over 4 miles of trails. The final construction of the park was a 27 hole disc golf course, 4 baseball fields, 4 softball fields, 7 soccer fields, 6 tennis courts, a public playground and a multi-use field. As we walked around we saw the baseball fields, softball fields, tennis courts, disc golf course and playground. The baseball fields all had a screened in area for pitching practice and a playground. The soccer fields weren't completed. They had a very nice concession building with restrooms. We walked for about an hour. It was a pleasant walk because there was a breeze. 

Welcome to Crossroads Park sign

A cool climbing apparatus

A swing at the playground

One of the baseball fields

When we got home there was a couple of packages waiting for us on the porch. Yesterday, Larry went on Amazon and ordered us a couple pairs of ski socks to replace our old ones. My socks are Weierya Ski Socks, they are 86.1% cotton, 12.1% chinlon and 1.7% spandex. Larry's socks are Andake Merino Wool Ski Socks. I'm all set to go snow skiing with all my new equipment. 

Larry's new ski socks

My new ski socks

After lunch Larry went outside to treat for weeds in the gravel and blew out the garage, porches and driveway, While he was doing this I finished reading a book. 

Larry spraying the gravel in the front of the house

Spraying weeds in the back

In the evening we watched three episodes of Bramwell and an episode of Narrowboat. Then I watched a few episodes of Bones.