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By beckysdad on Apr 24, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Elf clearly has mad napping skills. Being a cat, I would expect no less of him. Art fairs can be fun though the art and wine festivals around here seem to be filled with pottery, leather purses and macrame plant holders. You find the occasional wood carver and painter that have some talent but it all seems rather repetitive. Has your rain stayed nice and gentle? It was fairly cool here but I still sat out on the patio and got some reading done. He's a pretty clever writer. There was just a decent plot twist that left me scratching my head and curious to see where the tale goes now. Clippers and Spurs tonight as well as the Giants and Rockies. Burgers for dinner so all is right with the world.

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By beckysdad on Apr 24, 2015 at 7:38 AM

Let's hope your sister's trees hold up better this time through. Is her area likely to see any tornadoes? They're going to cook you a bit this weekend, right? I was on the website for a New Orleans newspaper this morning getting their take on the game last night and reading their comment section. I was struck by the eloquence of one Pelican fan when talking about Curry's abilities. "Curry could not miss if he was backwards , blindfolded while being punched in the nads standing 10 rows deep into the stands..." That's a bit of an exaggeration but I appreciated the sentiment.

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By beckysdad on Apr 24, 2015 at 5:08 AM

The Giants had to come back from a two run deficit and win it in extra innings. The Dubs were down by 20 at the start of the fourth quarter, tied it up with 2 seconds on the clock and won it in overtime. We were simply awful for the first three quarters and the Pels couldn't miss. That was a crazy game. Sketti noodles are a very effective multi-tasker. All those freaks of altitude go through life without understanding many solutions to the mysteries of life. I kinda feel sorry for them. Hail the size of peas or grains of rice would be sufficient, Ma Nature...no need to go overachieving. We had a 60% chance of rain tomorrow at one time...it's down to 20% now...we should get some clouds though...sigh...

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By beckysdad on Apr 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Yep, I'm 5'7" so in the real world I'm short. Around the family though, I'm the one that gets asked to grab things off of shelves. How sad is that? Excellent that you got to have a nice visit with Auntie. Let's hope you get some good news on that front in the coming days. How did things go in the yard? I'm still watching the recording but I already know we managed an extra inning win over the Dodgers so break out the brooms...we got a sweep! Green finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting today. It's kinda screwy in that he got more first place votes than Leonard (45 vs 37) but Leonard received more total votes (333 vs 317). Green was left the ballot entirely by 45 sports guys from the east coast that can't stay up late enough to watch Warrior games and be informed. Green was very diplomatic and had great things to say about Leonard (deserved) but I'll be curious to see how he plays against Davis tonight. I think he's gonna be pissed!

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By beckysdad on Apr 23, 2015 at 9:36 AM

The sad thing is I'm the tallest one in my family. That's not good for any of us. I hope it's a good visit with Auntie. Can she write to communicate at this point? I'm not quite half way done with Koontz now. With the RV trip on Tuesday and seeing the folks yesterday, there's been no additional progress. Reading doesn't look likely today as the Giants finish off their series with the Dodgers this afternoon and then the Dubs play Nawlins tonight. I'm astounded that we've taken both games from the Dodgers so far. I expect a sweep is too much to ask for but we'll see how it goes today.

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By beckysdad on Apr 23, 2015 at 6:12 AM

It's not that big a deal. My waist isn't all that high. ;^) On the plus side, at least for the moment, it's nice and green over there. Thunder isn't all that unusual for you but I'm hearing concerns about tornadoes, too. Let's avoid that if we can, shall we? That environment would be a bit too stimulating for those baby birds.

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By beckysdad on Apr 22, 2015 at 2:20 PM

That is a new single season record. He broke his old NBA record of 267 or so. I didn't expect you to watch all 22 minutes. Like I said, it's rather gratuitous. How long after hatching might you get a glimpse of the babies? That will be fun. You'll notice that I've not posted any pictures of the garden area. The soil must be quite fertile as I have a love waist high crop of weeds growing over there. They don't seem to be bothered by the lack of rain at all. We have plenty of sunshine to go around and pounding out an extra chicken breast or two wouldn't be any trouble at all.

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By beckysdad on Apr 22, 2015 at 10:34 AM

There you go mentioning yard work again. Makes me feel guilty about not getting out back and tending to some of that which needs attention. Okay, I'm over it. Yep...folks day today. I'm not certain what's on the to do list other than make chicken cordon bleu for them for dinner. Okay, perhaps there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I'll admit this is gratuitous. That said, I watched it all. He's so much fun to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hWoPMkVlME all 286 of Curry's 3 pointers from the regular season.

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By beckysdad on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:08 AM

At 92 it's tough to expect a great deal of healing to occur. I've never been 92 so I don't know how strong my desire to fight through stuff would be. I'm thinking I'd be thanking everyone for coming and grateful to have played the game for so long. I could be horribly wrong about that though. Just having such a broad inventory was enough to draw me from 2 1/2 hours away. I wasn't going to be buying yesterday so the prices didn't matter. This guy's knowledge was seriously lacking. It makes me hate the buying process all over again. The best way to get me to buy is to answer all my questions and provide me with enough information to make an informed decision. Luring me in only stiffens my resolve to never do business with that dealership. There was plenty of irrigation going on as I drove through the area. I suppose that I could be charitable and assume that much water conservation had taken place and it was sheer experience and ingenuity that was responsible for the apparent health of the fields and not disregard for the current crisis. Yeah, I kinda choked on that comment too. What are you up to today?

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By beckysdad on Apr 21, 2015 at 3:32 PM

pert 2 I mentioned how disappointing it was that the vehicle wasn't there as it showed as being in their inventory on their web site. I asked if there was a chance that for just a minute I could just poke my head in the 2014 that they sold the day before. No chance...the new owners are "very finicky". Besides, there's no chance he could sell me that one. He was also no use when I asked him about the battery capabilities of the Two 6V AGMs that come standard so I could determine whether I'd want the upgrade to four instead. These can run the rest of the RV...not for starting the rig. He also wasn't sure if they'd recharge when the RV was driving or only if they were hooked up to shore power. Grrr... So I'm left with good feelings about the brand after looking at them but totally unimpressed with the dealership. Not the end of the world as I'd likely buy from a dealer in Oregon. It was a nice drive though and all the farm country I drove through was lush and well watered...

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By beckysdad on Apr 21, 2015 at 3:21 PM

Any update on Auntie? I thought they'd already put the ventilator in and that it was a necessity at the time. It doesn't sound quite as dire as I thought but still not good. Maybe she'll bounce back. Were you successful in your goofing off? That's an important skill that can't be taken for granted. I got a wild hair and did a road trip today. I was on RV Trader.com this morning looking for Roadtreks for sale within a reasonable distance. I thought I might slip out and do a hands on inspection. The good news is I found a place that had six different Roadtrek models in stock. I could do all my research in a single day. Even though I've pretty much decided on the model I want, there were a couple others I thought might be suitable as well. The bad news is it was almost 150 miles away. What the heck...I was up for a drive. As I looked closer at the site I saw that they had a 2015 of the model I want and on sale for 113k...sticker is about 145k. I was amazed that there's that much room in their margins to be able to sell it at that price. I'll tuck that little gem away for future haggling. I loaded Becky in the car and off we went. I was greeted by a very friendly guy when I got there and told him that I was interested in looking at their Roadtreks. He replied that he had the "perfect person" for me to talk to...and then he proceeded to poke around the office to find out which salesman was next up in line...ugh. So much for a specialist. After sending someone in the back room they figured out that my "specialist" was the guy sitting in plain view fifteen feet away. So then we walked out to where the Roadtreks were parked and he asked me which model I was interested in. Told him the one I thought I'd settle on but mentioned two other models that I wanted to look at. He couldn't find the one I was most interested in so "it must be in the upper lot" So we grabbed a golf cart and rode up there...nowhere to be seen. They did have the 2014 that they sold the day before but he couldn't find the 2015. We rode back down and I checked out a couple other models while he tried to find out what was up. My own exploration of the other models confirmed much of what I felt and thought about the brand...that's good. He returned and told me that they'd sent the 2015 to their Beullton lot the day before. If I wanted to leave a deposit he could... I'd already told him I drove 2 1/2 hours to get there. to be continued

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By beckysdad on Apr 21, 2015 at 5:09 AM

New Orleans played us very tough last night. We sure didn't play our best game but still came away with a victory. It will indeed be interesting to see how things go on their court. It's very hard to beat the Dubs at home and we've got the best road record in the NBA this season. Still it's the playoffs so who knows. I had to poke Syl with a stick just to see what was going on. A snippet would have been enough to tide me over but I suspected the flood gates would open once she got started. This makeover/turn around really would make a great documentary. I know I'd watch it. It will be nice when they get down to just sailing the boat. The leak is plugged and there's less bailing necessary but it's a heck of a retrofit that's going on. Let's hope you get some better news today on Chuck's aunt.

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By beckysdad on Apr 20, 2015 at 5:26 PM

That's just an awful situation for Chuck's cousins. Without an AD they might not even be able to take the steps they might otherwise see as a more compassionate choice. I hadn't even considered that this could start rocking the FIL boat. Nobody needs that. Lets hope the fates are kind to everyone involved.

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By beckysdad on Apr 20, 2015 at 3:15 PM

I drafted a reply this morning that I thought sure I sent but evidently not. If hail like that only comes every thirty years or so and you skated without any damage then you should be okay. Sadly Ma Nature isn't that predictable (or kind) but clearly it's rare. While the Clippers are a very worthy opponent for us, I'd still love to meet them in the playoffs. They're dangerous but I'd love to see the Dubs give them a beat down. That's rough news on Chuck's aunt. I take it she didn't have an advanced directive that would preclude the ventilator. My dad has one and would view the pneumonia as a reason to look for the exit ramp. It's a tough call but one I understand. I don't know what to hope for with Chuck's aunt but I do know how difficult the situation is all around.

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By beckysdad on Apr 20, 2015 at 6:19 AM

Nickel and quarter sized hail is certainly more than I'd want to deal with. Are your vehicles exposed to that? I do like the idea of a nice light show, though. I'm glad your visit went well. Her attitude will play a big part in how this plays out. Rehab will be tough but a good attitude can help her get through it. I do hope this is a reasonably short transition period for Syl. Like you, I sure miss having her around here. I haven't heard from her either. The most entertaining part of yesterday was watching the Spurs and Clippers go at it last night. The Clippers are a very physical (and often nasty) club. They are on opposite sides of the bracket so if the Clippers and the Warriors progress they will meet in the Western Conference Championship. We lost to the Clippers in seven games in the playoffs last season when we were without Bogut, our starting center. The Dubs and the Clippers don't like each other at all. That would be a brutal and entertaining series. Looks like you'll get a couple of nice days. Will you be able to play outside or was there too much rain? Too much rain...what a concept...

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By beckysdad on Apr 19, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Ah, so the "I'm excited" was sarcasm. It didn't seem like your usual response but I thought maybe you were feeling adventurous. I'm glad to hear you got a good report on your aunt. Hopefully they feel good about doing surgery. How active was she prior to the fall? Our walkies are done. Now I'm trying to decide how to squander the balance of the day.

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By beckysdad on Apr 19, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Oh no...92 with a broken hip and not in good health to begin with is not good at all. Still they can do amazing things these days. I hope things go well. It would be nice if your storms yield all entertainment and no damage. It was pleasantly cool for our dawn walk today. We'll see how much of a breeze there is this afternoon. I did get some more reading done yesterday. I appreciate Koontz's sense of humor but it's more of an occult type story. That's not my typical cup of tea. It will be interesting to see how it develops over time.

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By 2katmom on Apr 19, 2015 at 7:39 AM

Hi there Fauxpaws -- got a new baby in the house. 1 yr old mixed breed - they say devon rex + domestic - pretty boy. He's currently in isolation til we get some time for DaVinci and he to adjust to the new world and make sure all is ok at the vets. Already a love bug when i'm spending time with him - tryig to split the time with DaVinci and him so that DaVinci isn't too resentful for the intruder when tehy get to have the whole house together. Fingers crossed that we get a quick acceptance when the door is opened. Hope all is well. Oh fudge - i missed your birthday too -- Hope it was a wonderful day and that you ahve a very happy year ahead with all your wishes coming true! **hugs** kris -- oh - here's the lol of Cupid -- http://cheezburger.com/8480551936

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By beckysdad on Apr 19, 2015 at 4:56 AM

So you pretty much missed all the fun, Dub-dominating part of the game and tuned in for the nerve-wracking, Anthony Davis highlight reel. He really is a special talent. We're going to have to find a better solution for him.You can't shut him down; you can only hope to slow him some. The need for lumber in Texas wasn't in question. I guess I just envisioned finished lumber being shipped in from elsewhere. I missed the ring ceremony yesterday...completely forgot about it. Before the game they passed out everyone's World Series rings. It helped create a nice buzz and changed the vibe of the team from one that lost eight straight to world champs. It was nice to get a win again.

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By beckysdad on Apr 18, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Sawmills are not the first thing that come to mind when I think of Texas employment. That really was great timing for both of them. The West is too tough to hope for four game sweeps in all their series. They might be able to do that in the East with six of their eight. The Hawks and the Cavs would play them very tough. The Spurs will give us the most trouble in the West. I'm liking the Dubs game so far.

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