Monday, September 10, 2007

Good Health: Not the Worst Thing to Have

A member of an online community I'm involved in had very good news from a medical test recently. She designed a "badge," and asked that it be copied and display. Sounded like a good idea, so here it is.

There's more about the artist's experience at "A wish for you all!," on mrsnesbitt's place.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Second Day of School

Today, I discovered something important: It's not a good idea for a fifty-something guy, who's still exercising his way back from decades of arthritis, to do a brisk half-mile walk in this heat. It got up to around 95 yesterday, and wasn't much cooler today.

Oh, well. Live and learn.

Our #1 daughter came back for a few hours today. We talked her out of getting bangs: hardly the most earth-shaking decision in the world, but that's what family life is about.

Our son still thinks his teacher is great, and still doesn't like his arithmetic homework.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

First Day of School

I'm running late, so this will be a very short post.

It's hot: around 95 this afternoon.

Our son came home from school with good news. He thinks his new teacher is great.

On the other hand, he was agonizing over his arithmetic homework tonight.

Our oldest daughter is still between jobs, but hopeful about at least one prospect.

And I have got to get some sleep.


Labor Day Weekend, Day 3

As a treat, my wife prepared shish kebab for me to grill this noon. It's the first time I've tried anything fancier than burgers, hot dogs, and the occasional baked potatoes plus chicken.

It turned out well: first of more experiments, I hope.

Apart from that, we had a rather un-Labor-Day-like Labor day. I got some work done, and chores were done.

And now, the day is done.

All in all, a good day.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Labor Day Weekend, Day 2

I suppose some families are traveling this weekend. Portions of ours were: our #2 daughter was up here Friday, and caught a ride back to college yesterday.

Today, I saw our #1 daughter at Mass. She had been offered a ride here from Alexandria, and decided to spend a few hours with the family. Another pleasant surprise. Even better, she seems to be (very nearly) over whatever bug she had.

I grilled lunch again, in company with #1 daughter. It's a good opportunity to relax, enjoy fresh air, and have some good family time.

Actually, the fresh air is dependent on my successfully dodging smoke from the grill. The breeze blew it straight toward me today, but I've learned to dodge and weave while grilling.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Labor Day Weekend, Day 1

Our #2 daughter is back at college. Her ride picked her up about 1:30 this afternoon, bringing us back to having two kids in the house. It's relatively quiet here now.

Grilling lunch today was a special treat, since #3 daughter was able to keep me company. We must have both been distracted, since she usually sees to it that I don't zap the burgers. Today they came out rather over-done.

On the other hand, she noted that the back yard grape vine bore grapes. They're much smaller than what you'd buy in a supermarket, but have an intense taste. I wonder if our grapes are 'normal,' and the commercial ones have the taste of one grape, diluted through a much larger volume.

And now, in the evening, a south wind wafts the roar of the racetrack around our house.
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