Sunday, March 9, 2014

Wow! Two Weeks Without a Post

Right up front I need to say that I have tremendous respect for folks who manage to blog every day! I won't be there anytime soon!

Friday 2/21

Nancy is still feeling punk. We watched the US vs. Canada game, then took a quick run through the Sweden vs. Finland game. With Canada and Sweden in the gold medal game on Sunday we will have three Blackhawks on each team.

I made a quick run into town to pick up some meds and that was about it for the day.

In the evening I ran into Tucson and picked up dinner to go from BK Tacos.

Saturday 2/22

Watched the US lose the bronze medal game in the morning. Highest scoring team in the Olympics and then they get shut out two games in a row! Go figure!

We took care of Margo today as Karen and Gary were going to the rodeo. They are still parked at Lazy Days transferring stuff from their old trailer to the new one and did not want to leave her there all day.

Went in to town to the Fox Theatre to see Paula Poundstone tonight, an excellent show. Great thing is we walked out of the theatre in downtown Tucson at 10 PM and were back home at 10:30. It is always amazing - one minute you are in heavy downtown traffic and as soon as you get west of I-10 headed for Gates Pass there is virtually no traffic.

Sunday 2/23

Watched the Olympic Gold Medal hockey game in the morning. Made a needed run to the grocery store in the afternoon and otherwise took things easy.

Monday 2/24

Nancy is feeling better, but still not up to a morning hike. We skipped the Monday meeting again and puttered around home.

Went to Beyond Bread for lunch, than a stop at Trader Joe’s, JoAnn Fabrics, Nordstrom Rack and Total Wine and More to stock up on scotch and whiskey. That pretty much filled up the afternoon.

Tuesday 2/25

Nancy spent the morning studying her Spanish, I went to the oasis to get on-line without using the WiFi so I could pay bills. Then I applied Dri Wash and Guard to the upper front and upper left side of the trailer since it is an overcast day. Still warm and we are hoping for some rain - maybe by the weekend.

Wednesday 2/26

Nancy had her Spanish class this morning. I took the truck over to the east side of town and topped off the tanks, diesel being cheaper here than anywhere along the way heading back north. I also stopped at had the truck lubricated. Not due for an oil change yet.

Sunday there was a 1955 Willys CJ5 listed in the paper. After thinking about it for a couple of days I called Tuesday evening and made an appointment to look at it this afternoon. We got there a little after four only to find find that he had sold it an hour earlier! Oh well, wasn’t meant to be. Looked like one that would do the trick for us but it just wasn’t to be I guess.

Thursday 2/27

Off to Tucson Yoga in the morning. Had a really good class today. Stopped at Food Conspiracy and then Albertson’s. it was allmost noon by the time we got home.

All the weather folks on TV are excited here as they are forecasting a “major rain event” for Saturday - which means “all valley areas may get some rain, some up to 1/2 inch! Mountain snow above 7,000 feet.” In August they get serious rain, but this time of year even a sprinkle is an event. I think it was Nick Russell who said “1 to 2 inches of rain means the drops are that far apart!”

 Nancy is just about over her cold and I am trying to fight one off. Nancy did a lot of work on income taxes and I did not do much.

Blackhawks back from their Olympic break and pick right up where they left off, outshooting but losing to the Rangers and coming with 15 seconds of being shut out in two consecutive games. They just cannot get the puck in the net lately.

Friday 2/28

Well I’m pretty wiped with the cold now, Nancy is feeling much better. Other than going for a haircut at Pedro’s in Tucson Estates I did not do much. Did get caught up on my New Yorker magazine reading, cranked through two of them this afternoon.

Saturday 3/1

I’m still sick with a cold. Nancy is much better and she went off with Karen and a friend to the monthly sale at H. F. Coors, then they stopped at BK Tacos on the way home.

We planed on watching the Winter Classic game from Chicago - Blackhawks against the Penguins - and just as they got to puck drop our local NBC station went blank!

We did some scrambling trying to get WGN radio via the WiFi, then we were able to get the live feed from Got to watch most of the game that way, in spite of constant delays “buffering”. We also violated the rules here at Desert Trails about hogging bandwidth. At least the Hawks won. The local station never did come back on the air!

Sunday 3/2

Still feeling punk. Watched some Sunday Am TV and Nancy made a run to the store for meds and a stop at the grocery. Otherwise we just rested. Weather report tonight - this was officially the warmest winter on record, with only two mornings that dropped below 32

Monday 3/3

Nancy was up fairly early, but I slept in. Finally starting to feel human today. Nancy took a hike in the desert on her own and then she worked on our income taxes. I took it easy all say as I wanted to be able to got to the lecture at the University this evening.

We went to Beyond Bread for dinner and then to Centennial Hall for another fascinating lecture in the series on the brain. Tonight was a really interesting one about the ancestors in our brains by a professor of neuroscience, who was very impressive in her own right.

Tuesday 3/4

Another quiet day at home. Nancy took a hike this AM while I slept in. She spent most of the day studying her Spanish. I did a run through on our windmill presentation and what I thought would be too long now seems way short. I need to actually rehearse it to get the timing established.

Blackhawks tossed away a game to Colorado tonight, handing them the inside track on home ice advantage during the playoffs. It is already looking like winning the division is not going to happen. 

Wednesday 3/5

Turned out to be a busy day. Nancy had her Spanish class in the morning. I did a little housecleaning and then went over to pool hall and got on line to check CC and checking account activity. Found an anomaly on the debit card we use for cash in the winter. Not much satisfaction when I contacted the bank. I cancelled the card, but they would only send a new one to our home address! Finally determined that there was a Chase Bank location in Tucson that could issue new debit card on the spot. Turns out though that it is waaay over on the far east side of town!

When Nancy finished her class we went to the farmers market in Green Valley, then stopped at the Fry’s in Sarhurita to stock up on groceries - geezer discount on first Wednesdays!

Stopped at BK Tacos for a late lunch then trekked all the way over the bank branch and picked up new debit cards.

Finally back home about 4:30 and just relaxed.

 Thursday 3/6

Regular class at Tucson Yoga this morning and for some reason it was really crowded, 26 people instead of the regular 12 to 15, which pretty much filled up the studio. No idea why so many folks were inspired this morning.

Stopped at Food Conspiracy on the way home. Nancy spent a good part of the afternoon finishing the income tax return, I provided moral support.

Blackhawks play tonight - fingers crossed! And the real team showed up tonight - 5-1 win over Columbus.

Friday 3/7

Finally got out for our morning walk in the desert today, first one I’ve managed since Febraury 17! Not much else to report today other than a trip into town to return library books and pick up some groceries that we forgot on Wednesday.

Mariachi band in the rec hall tonight, but we skipped it as we have already seen them twice this year.

Saturday 3/7

Up early this morning as we have volunteered to work at the Tucson Festival of Books next weekend and needed to go to an orientation and training session this morning at 8:30 AM on the University campus. Interesting season and we learned a bit more about the campus. Book festival seems to be amazingly well organized. We will be room monitors for author presentations next Sunday morning.

After the session it was too early for lunch, so we went east and stopped at Trader Joe’s and Bookman’s to kill some time. Ended up purchasing a couple of books that I really don’t need.

Then lunch at Beyond Bread and back home. Nancy studied some Spanish while I dove into one of my new books.

Sunday 3/9

Out for our morning hike, warm this morning but pretty breezy. Turned out to be fairly windy today, as it was yesterday afternoon.

Relaxing day, Nancy had a message this afternoon. Daylight savings time for everyone else means we are still on Mountain Standard time, which is the same as Pacific Daylight time. That means we are now an hour behind Denver and two hours behind home.

Blackhawks played late this afternoon and won in Buffalo. Tougher game than it should have been, the Hawks are still snake bit as far getting pucks in the net. Great chances but not enought goals.

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