Thursday, May 23, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 144/222, 2024 - Thursday

Okay, so today was a busy day, and this day is almost over. As usual, it started with a nice walk, and then it was off to the office. There was nothing hurried about the morning, but before I had time to blink, it was time to head home. The girls had appointments at the beautiful parlor at 1:30, and then they had appointments at the vet at 4:30. In between those two sets of appointments, I ran a couple other errands, and took a quick nap. By the time we got home, it was past time for doggie dinners, and the Piglet was convinced I was trying to starve her. I got them fed, and it was shortly time to go to book club at Judy and Bob's. We really didn't spend a lot of time talking about the book, we all agreed it was kind of odd, I liked it for a good part, but I did not care for the end of the book...the last six chapters or so. The book we chose for the next book club is Tom Lake, and that will be easy for me since I have already read it. In the meantime, I have three (at least) or maybe four books on my list that I will read in lieu of Tom Lake. I will probably take a quick look at it again before the next meet-up though. There was NO rain last night, and I am pretty disappointed about that. Just a trace overnight, and it is not looking very good for the near term. We can always use more rain.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 143/223, 2024 - Wednesday

With any luck, we will get some rain starting in an hour or two. Fingers crossed. We had a nice walk this morning, and I was scheduled for a full day meeting at the Austin Board of REALTORS®. There were probably 150 REALTOR® colleagues at the meeting from central Texas...Regions 8 and 15. A great group of my friends and colleagues, and the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Team delivered lots of good information for us, going forward. The meeting was over about 2:30, and the photo accompanying this entry are the wrap-up speakers, Holly and Melinda. Some of my favorite words are '...and in conclusion.' I made three stops on the way home, three stops that I won't have to make tomorrow. I did a little bit of business during the day as well, what I could do on my phone, calls and emails answered. Overall it was a good day. There are a bunch of severe storm warnings being announced, and the weather this year has been pretty violent...fingers crossed no one is hurt over night, and property damage is kept to a minimum.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 142/224, 2024 - Tuesday

It is Total Stranger Tuesday, and I met this lady at the ROMEO breakfast this morning. It wasn't enough that she let me take a photo with her, she wanted to see some of the other photos that I had taken on Tuesday mornings. Done. We had a good walk this morning, even though it was really warm and really humid outside. Then I headed to breakfast, then to the office. We went to a property manager luncheon to learn more about mold (always an interesting subject), then I headed home about 2 o'clock. Tonight was also the Neighbors Dinner, and there were 13 of us there. So, today had a theme, and that theme was food. I had plenty of food today! I finished the book club book, and we will meet at Judy's house for book club on Thursday evening. I will give it a day or two before I start my next book. Tomorrow, I have a day long regional meeting, and I am not really sure how long that will last. The length of that meeting will make a difference as to whether I make it in to the office at all. Time will tell.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 141/225, 2024 - Monday

There is a lot of machinery and electronics and buzzing and whirring that goes in to donating platelets. This is about the sixth time (not sure) that I have donated platelets instead of whole blood. You can do platelets every two weeks, and that is the schedule I am on. The only thing that could make the experience better would be if I could take a nap while all that is going on. Taking a nap while doing this is frowned upon, but I almost fell asleep again today. I can fall asleep generally if I am just still and quiet, which is kind of nice. I fell asleep on a plane once while we were still at the gate. When we took off, I thought we were landing. It's a gift. Otherwise, it was not a bad Monday. There was a nice walk in the morning, and we were joined by Pam and Paul's son Mitchell. Then a nice drive to the office with the top down. I have about an hour and a half left of the book I am listening to Strangers in a Strange land, and I already have my next book picked out, The Tatooist of Auschwitz. Tomorrow, after our walk, the ROMEOs will have a ncie breakfast, then I have a lunch meeting that starts at 11:30, and then the neighbors dinner starts aat 6PM. It seems like tomorrow will be a day plentiful with food. Like I need more food. BUT, it will be actual food as opposed to the stuff I usually eat on a daily basis; Twinkies, cookie, pimento cheese and naan bread. Time for a change!

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 140/226, 2024 - Sunday

I was relatively domestic today, all things considered. I got up at the usual time, and went for a nice walk. When I got home, I watched a little bit of Sunday Morning, and a little bit of it was all I could take. I did a little putzing around the house, and then it was off to brunch with Candy and Terry. It was nice to see them both, it had been a minute since the last time I saw them. After brunch, I stopped at HEB and bought $30 worth of beads and dryer sheets that are supposed to make your laundry smell fresh. It doesn't. The only smell is that I wasted $30 for something that doesn't work. I am such a victim of Madison Avenue advertising agencies. SO, the good thing though, is that I spent most of the day nekkid. When I do laundry, I do ALL the laundry. I did put on clothes when Jimmie and Linda asked if I wanted to go have ice cream, so there were lots of people that appreciated that. Sixty Minutes was delayed because of golf, and I did not want to miss the last episode of my program, A Gentleman in Moscow. Even though I read the book several years ago, the television series was kind of tense. The rest of the evening was rather free-form, meaning I did nothing of any significance, and almost forgot to make this journal entry. The photo accompanying this entry was taken on our Saturday morning walk...with the nice rains we have recently experienced, this little creek is running, and it is nice to hear it when we walk past.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 139/227, 2024 - Saturday

More or less, it was a pretty typical Saturday. We had a nice walk in the morning, and deviated in our routine just a little bit and took in some sites we don't see on a daily basis. That added about a quarter-mile to the walk, and that was just fine. After the walk, I did not have time for a nap before estate sales, but that was fine. I was just doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that in the house. The housekeeper was supposed to be here at 9 o'clock, but we left for estate sales before she got to the Curious House, and she was gone before we got back. We only hit four sales, and only two of us bought anything. Once I got home from the sales, I decided it was then time to nap, and I did that relatively successfully. Every now and then I would get up out of the chair and do this or that, but nothing courageous. At about four o'clock, I decided I needed to go to HEB for a few things that I decided could not wait until tomorrow. I got that done, and then it was almost time for the first house concert of the fourth season at the Curious House. There were twenty five people from the neighborhood, and I think everyone had a nice time, at least there were no complaints. Well, maybe a few, but nothing serious. I am a lucky man and I know it.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 138/228, 2024 - Friday

Well, we did get a little more rain overnight, so a total of 2.31 inches for the day. It has been a beautiful day today, and I don't think there is any more rain in the forecast before Thursday. High pressure. That is what we hate in central Texas, it means HOT. But, for now, the walk this morning was fun, and then I was off to the city. I had an 11:30 meeting, and then I ran one errand, and then back to the office. Everything is under control. One of our office neighbors lost his keys, so I was searching for them, and had no luck locating them. It seems he drover about two miles to an appointment with his keys on the roof of the car. Apparently he is even older than me, and drives slower than me. There are not too many people around that accuse me of driving slowly. Hmmm. My cell phone just rang, and my computer has a complimentary ring as well. I have never heard my computer offer a 'ring' on behalf of my cell phone. Change is not good. The photo accompanying this journal entry is just a few blocks from the river on Guadalupe. I don't care how loud the sirens are or how bright the lights are flashing, there is nowhere for this EMS guy to go when traffic is stopped. Also, on the way home this afternoon, I got to see and hear a crash on MoPac two lanes away from me. Once again, I still think most people don't even know when they are idiots. And idiocy is not restricted to drivers. I believe I am one of the only sane people in the country, and I know I am stupid. Hopeless! Estate sales tomorrow, and all will be right with the world.