Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend! What a wonderful, HOT time in H'ville! Record high temperatures predicted and records being broken daily...needless to say, we've planned a lazy weekend. Went to see the Avengers on Friday afternoon. Had to wait until our free ticket from lots of trips to the movies was valid! Still have to squeeze in MIB III tomorrow. We are just addicted to movies. Savannah spent the night Friday. We usually take her to the local car show which she loves because of the kids activities, but it was just too hot. We took her to the Adventure Science Center, our children's museum, on Saturday. She had a ball but grandad was pooped. He had to to chase her up and down the climbing area in the center!

Today was the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600! I have always loved open wheel racing and over the past years have learned to love NASCAR. Last year we got to go to the Indy 500 and so glad we weren't planning this year since they had record temps too! We've been to Indy 500, Daytona 500, and Bristol...we've been to Monaco but haven't seen the Grand Prix of Monaco...missed it by just a few days. Our bucket list is getting really short, so we need to think up some more fun things to do!

Just a few more days til we head to Florida with the Ledwell's. This is now our annual trip...would be great if we could ever convince Chris and Jenn to join us but we'll see them in July. I just love going to the beach, even if we mostly stay on the balcony or the pool deck and look at the beach. Can't wait to get to Dusty's and eat lots of oysters and Dewey's in Destin for fried shrimp. We found a condo in Destin we want, but no movement on the RV so I guess we'll wait...we really don't need both!

I know I've promised retirement tips in every blog entry, but I really don't have a tip this time other than to thank all our active and retired military for their service to our country. Because of them, we can sit in the comfort of our air conditioned home and watch racing...or cook out with friends...or go to the movies...and mostly just celebrate the freedom that we have to live large and safe! Have a great rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Commerce is alive and well!

I just made a sale on Craigslist! Savannah had outgrown her slide and "climbing" wall and her toddler bed so we had been trying to sell them by sticking them in our front yard. No luck and I'm just sure our neighbors loved seeing them on our driveway every day! For those of you following my trip through retirement, you know I've sold lots of stuff on eBay and probably made a profit...although I'm really not sure! So to move on to Craigslist is so much easier because it's free...and free is good! You do have to worry about someone mugging you when they come pick up the stuff, but with Woody around I feel safe. He's not exactly small and you don't necessarily have to open the door if the buyers look a little suspect! Our friend Wild Bill sells things all the time and he says you should meet the buyer at McDonald's or somewhere public...that might be tough with the couch and chairs I've also listed. So tip for the day...Craigslist is a great way to sell things, but take precautions and either meet away from your house or have a really big person to be there when the buyers come!

My consulting work is really slow right now so I actually have some time to catch up around the house. One of the things that I've found in my semi-retirement is that goofing off can expand to available time and then nothing gets accomplished! Savannah does help me by cleaning up the porch when she visits...she hates dirt! Guess I should let her use the sweeper rather than by hand! LOL! I am pleased that my screened porch garden is doing well. We have little tommy toe tomatoes on the plants...or at least on the higher branches since Andy the Yorkie has stripped the lower ones bare...he loves tomatoes but he needs to let them get ripe! Our gardenia tree has tons of blooms and we have sweet basil, rosemary and mint growing like crazy. I finally got my petunias out in the front bed but I have to admit that's all!! I desperately need to weed around the mailbox and in my Iris in the back, but I just have no interest! Preen works wonders but you have to weed first! The big beds are fine, but the little ones are suffering as I really don't like yard work! I hate bermuda just runs everywhere!! If you love gardening and just want to weed, come on over!

Hope you have a great week...things are good in H'ville!