Friday, April 12, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 103/263, 2024 - Friday

Bird or dogs? Bird or dogs? Bird or dogs? I'm going with the bird. I still have not seen any hummers at my feeders, and I might clean the feeders and fill them with fresh syrup tomorrow or Sunday. Jimmie and Linda two doors down have one or two at their feeders, and another friend of mine (Jill) in Kerrville reported her first sighting of hummers at her feeder. So, I will be patient and do what I can to attract me some hummers. The other birds are happily taking advantage of the water I put out in the front and back. There was also a juvenile Cardinal at this water station, but I was not quick enough to get a photo. We had a nice wak this morning, and then it was off to Austin. All was calm there, and I got everything I needed to do, done. I had a couple errands on the way home, one was to stop at Costco. I picked up a few things I did not get last week, and it is interesting that the coffee pods I use at home and we use at the office are no longer available in the Costco stores. SO, I order coffee from Costco, and it is out for two day delivery. It seems like a lot of trouble! After Costco, I wanted to stop at one of the local nurseries to replace the plants in the pots in front of the garage. I wanted some yellow bougainvillea. I never heard of them but Marian found some a couple weeks ago. I saw them online, but that seems silly to order plants online, so I settled for a couple multi-colored lantana instead. I will plant them tomorrow, maybe before we head off to estate sales. It should be a nice, calm, restful weekend. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 102/264, 2024 - Thursday

Even though I have not had a bad day, I was just thinking...maybe we should change the day of the week from Thursday to Turdsday. Just thinking. Spell check fixed it just a minute ago, but it did make me start thinking. And thinking is not one of my higher qualities. I am all set to renew my real estate license. No real rush, I have until the end of September, but I took my last required Continuing Education class today. It was a virtual class, so I did not have to wear pants. I think I need a total of about 21 or 25 hours of CE to renew, and I think I have 49 or so. I always liked taking my real estate classes, so I really don't worry about it. I just have to take certain classes every two years to comply. We had a good walk this morning, minus Richard. Richard is usually the one that is ready to go, so we will find out what was wrong tomorrow. Maybe he was just tired. We will see. Otherwise, the girls and I had a nice day at home, they think it is the weekend already, and they will be surprised when O head off to Austin tomorrow. I have a few things on my list of chores for the weekend, nothing crazy. As always, there will be estate sales, and that is always fun. Hopefully there will be a movie that I want to see, fingers crossed. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 101/265, 2024 - Wednesay

I forgot to mention yesterday that we had breeched the 100 day mark in this year. Today is day 101. The days are going by, and quickly. We had a nice, but chilly walk this morning. Here in this neighborhood, we were not hit with any hail, and for all the warnings, only 1.12" of rain. Rain is rain, so there is no complaining here. The lake even came up a few inches today, so that is good. I had a 9:30 appointment this morning, and then an 11 o'clock appointment, then it was in to the office. All went well, and I stopped at HEB on the way home. Interesting selections at HEB: Glucosamine Chondroitin, a blow dryer and two quarts of skim milk. I like being able to get everything I need all at one time. It ended up being a lovely sunny day today, and tomorrow is supposed to be today all over again, just hotter. I think the orchids like the window I have them in in the bathroom. It's a great big window, and they get bright light but not really direct sunlight. I think it is their happy place, and they are really proud of themselves. I am happy to have them happy, too. I have a class tomorrow morning, and I was supposed to give platelets tomorrow afternoon, but I was told I had given too much whole blood so I cannot give platelets until the 25th. It is all very confusing. I asked them to talk to me like I am a two year old, and I still didn't understand, but we shall just wait and see what happens on the 25th.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 100/266, 2024 - Tuesday

It's Total Stranger Tuesday! On Tuesday's, during the ROMEO Breakfasts, I find a victim who is a total stranger to take a selfie. Today's victim was the most reluctant, but she agreed. I think she thought I was going to pay for her breakfast, but nope, that is not part of the deal. Anyway, I think she is really cute, and it is a fun thing to do. It took almost exactly 24 hours for us to recover from the eclipse yesterday. It has been grey and gloomy ever since the eclipse yesterday, but the sun finally showed up about 1:45 this afternoon. We are still under storm warnings, and these should be done by tomorrow morning. I am always in fear of hail, and I want to do everything I can do to avoid hail. There are hail damaged cars all over central Texas, and I do not want to be a victim of that. So, there was no walk this morning, but it was not because of rain, although there was that threat...there was lightning, so I am not walking while there is lightning in the area. After breakfast, I was off to the office, and that was all good. Everyone has a story about the eclipse, and that is fun. Tomorrow, I have a 9:30 appointment, then an 11 o'clock appointment, and then I will be off to the office. On Thursday, I will be taking a class in the morning, then going to give more platelets in the afternoon. Maybe plasma. We shall see...

Monday, April 8, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 99/267, 2024 - Monday

Well, all it took was a positive attitude. I maintained that we would be able to see the eclipse, even with the naysayers prognosticating clouds, and it happened. There were some clouds, but overall, it was a great event outside the Curious House. Outside meaning three houses down, sitting on the driveway with Marge and Richard, and we were joined by Jess and Abbie and Sherice, our letter carrier. I really have nothing to compare it to, but it was great! I understand there will be eclipse overload for the next day or two, but it was the one and only time in all my years that I was witness to a total eclipse. Okay, I also have to proclaim, I think the word 'totality' is a pretty stupid word. Sue me. Okay back to ordinary stuff. We had a nice walk this morning, and after the walk, I did a few things around the house. We did not open the office today, we expected traffic to be a little bit crazy, and maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. I ran a couple errands, and took a couple naps, so all in all, it was a nice day. It did rain a little bit this afternoon, after the eclipse, and we are expecting rain tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday. Bring it on! I don't have a lot on my schedule the rest of this week, I am taking a class on Thursday, and going to give my second platelets donation that afternoon. Everything works out!

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 98/268, 2024 - Sunday

It turned out to be a beautiful day today, but it is not looking that great for the eclipse tomorrow. We have a 50% chance of clouds here at the Curious House, and if I don't get to see it, that will just be the way it goes. I am considering becoming an eclipse chaser; the next total eclipse is in Argentina in October, so, that is something to think about. There needs to be some kind of method to my madness. Chasing eclipses could work out to be fun. Our walk this morning was good, but a little sad too, because we did not win the Power Ball. We did win $12, so that means we are all about $300 down this year with MegaMillions and Power Ball. Whatever. You can't win if you don't play. After the walk, I took a little nap, then headed out to meet Reuben, Alisha and Terry for brunch. It has been a while since we could get together, and that was fun. On the way home, I stopped at Costco and Home Depot. I threatened to get my hair cut, but I changed my mind. Almost cut my hair, it happened just the other day. It's gettin' kinda long, I coulda said it wasn't in my way. But I didn't and I wonder why, I feel like letting my freak flag fly! Just as good now as it was then! I casually got a few things done around the house today, but I was certainly not in any hurry to do stuff. Tha's just kind of the way I like it, too!

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 97/269, 2024 - Saturday


Why should I be ashamed of myself, you ask? Well, the reasons are numerous, but the one I have in mind right now is because I went, once again, to Golden Chick and had 20 fried shrimp for $12. That makes two Saturday's in a row. Not sure how long I can keep that up, but I probably have another two or three Saturday's in me. As usual, the day started with a nice walk, me Paul and Richard. After the walk, it was estate sale day, there were five sales, and I spent a total of $3.25 through the first four sales. The last sale got me, and I spent a little more money, but I got a couple really cool things that I had NO IDEA I needed until I saw them. If you want to see, you will just have to come to the Curious House for a visit. It was cloudy and grey all day today, and I just hope it is not a harbinger of what is to come on Monday. If it is overcast on Monday, there will be a lot of pissed off people, for sure. When I was on my way to the shrimp bonanza, I saw a fire truck, so I decided to follow it. Not sure what happened, but it looked like someone was in the middle of a medical emergency. I hope everything work out well for all involved. We have a brunch scheduled for tomorrow, and that will be fun, it always is. Then, probably just a nice, calm day, working up to the eclipse.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 96/270, 2024 - Friday

Okay, I met with the CPA this morning, and all I need to do now is sit and wait. This is the earliest I have been this far along on my taxes in about three decades. It feels pretty good, too. So, as usual the day started with a nice walk, and then I headed in to the office. I had two or three things to get done before I headed to the CPA. I got that stuff done, and met with the CPA, and then back to the office. I had to touch a few more things in the office, and left about (I'm not sure when). On the way home, I stopped at HEB and got gas in the little white car, did a little bit of shopping, and then got home and took a little bit of a nap. I had a plan to have dinner with Paulina and Oliver, so the girls got fed early. We went to Jimmy Vegas for dinner, and then stopped for ice cream. Tomorrow will be a little bit busy, there are five estate sales, and a few small chores that I want to get accomplished around the house. 

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 95/271, 2024 - Thursday

It is the weekend eve, and that is pretty darned exciting. Just in case you were wondering, the poop in the tree was still there this morning when we walked. Apparently, poop in a purple bag in a tree has a pretty long shelf life, I will keep you all up to date on this topic. Baklava is a baked Mediterranean pastry dessert. It is made with buttered flakey layers of thin phyllo dough and finely chopped spiced nuts, drizzled with sweet syrup and lemon. The most common nuts used are walnuts and pistachios, but hazelnuts, almonds, and cashews are sometimes incorporated into baklava. NOTE: I know a woman in Playa named Hazel, but she is not nuts. Just to be clear. The nut mixture and sweeteners vary depending on which region the baklava comes from. You're welcome! I bring this up because, last night, Pam brought me a HUGE container of baklava. It looked like some sort of an entree to me, not a dessert, and I was planning to have it for dinner tonight. I was bragging during our morning walk about my good fortune, when I was told that, if I had the baklava for dinner, I would be bouncing off the walls for a couple days. SO, for dinner tonight, I had a couple pimento cheese flips and a little baklava for dessert. Very good! Oh, and for lunch today, I had a brisket grilled cheese sandwich from one of the food trucks across the street from the office. Very good, too. Apparently, this journal entry is about food and poop. Interesting.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 94/272, 2024 - Wednesday

I am relatively confident that you have never seen a bag of dod poop in a tree before. And...it must have been a really, REALLY tall dog! So, let's just think about this for a minute...WHO walks their dog, and is very conscientious about picking up after the dog, AND THEN hangs the sh*t in a freaking tree? I am baffled with the thought processes of some people, but maybe I am just over-thinking this. Whatever. Other than that, we had a nie walk this morning, me, Paul and Richard. After the walk, I did my ordinary stuff, and then headed in to the office. It was a quiet day, and I did manage to get the three or four numbers I needed to meet with my CPA on Friday. DONE!  I left to head home around 1 o'clock,  had no errands to run, so I got home early, and took advantage with a nice little nap. I had a four o'clock zoom, and that was good, and after that was the news, and dinner. Now I am ready to call it quits for the day, and have a nice evening with the girls. I hope I don't toss and turn all night thinking about dog poop in trees. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 93/273, 2024 - Tuesday

Okay, this day is almost done, and I am a little bit stressed out. Unfortunately, I brought all the stress onto myself, and that is not an unusual occurrence. I do that a lot. First world problems, and it will all work out. We had a great walk this morning, and James joined me, Paul, and Jack. Richard was feeling a little bit queasy, so he did not walk.James and his girlfriend (Kim) moved a couple houses away from me about five months or so ago, and it has been fun getting to know them. James walks with us every now and then, and this morning, he presented us with Easter goody bags that Kim made up for us. Very, VERY sweet! Good neighbors are the best! After the walk, the ROMEOs all regathered for breakfast, and and Richard made it too. We all had the usual, which is a lot of laughs and problem solving. In addition, Richard ordered a cinnamon roll, and it looked REALLY GOOD. I may have to go back sometime for one of those. It was huge! I also got my perfect stranger selfie, and that is what is adorning this journal entry. Then on to the office. It was a good day in the office, and I got everything done that needed to be done, and between office time and home office time, I am 'this close' to being ready for the CPA appointment on Friday. THIS CLOSE! I just need about four more numbers, and that will be it. I will be done with everything by noon tomorrow, and ready for the MAN! For dinner, I had something was was frozen, something that had a best by date sometime in 2022. Whatever it was, it has not killed me yet, so I think I am good. Time to go pet a couple girl dogs, and pile up in the big chair and watch some tv. Lator, gator!

Monday, April 1, 2024

Volume 16 - Day 92/274, 2024 - Monday

Hmmm. April Fool's Day. Jody's birthday. Martha's Birthday. Our little company was started 24 years ago today, too.  lot of things for me to remember on this day every year, and it is all easy for me to remember. The day started with a nice walk, as usual, there were four of us. After the walk, it was a little bit of breakfast for me and the girls, and today, being the first, is pill day for the girls. Then it was off to the office. Even though today is the first of the month, it was a calm and quiet day. That is not always the case for property managers, but today was nice and calm. I left the office at about 1:30 and made it home about an hour later. There were no stops on the way home, and I had a pimento cheese flip, and that was my lunch and dinner. I was going to have some salmon for dinner, but it looked kind of bad, it has been in the refrigerator for eight days, so even I had second thoughts about it. I need to figure this ready-made-meals thing from HEB thing out, because I am not really that keen on wasting food. It may mean I need to go to HEB more than once a week. It is supposed to rain pretty heavily tonight, and maybe even some high winds and hail. I got all the catkins off the furniture on the back deck, so when it rains it won't stain the cushions. That is the plan, anyway. After a little bit more of doing nothing, I headed off to my HOA Landscape Committee meeting, and it was a good meeting. The photo accompanying this journal entry has nothing at all to do with the topics of the entry, it was just a neat bit of an old car I saw this morning on the way in to the office. I think it is an old Pontiac, not sure. Joe Mac?