By beckysdad on Aug 24, 2016 at 1:37 PM
Mike only worked the line very early in his career. He spent most of his career with the bureau doing plan checks, fire/arson investigations and inspections. His involvement with wildfires was always in the command center. He closed his official time as a fire marshall. He retired from that role and is now self-employed teaching the classes necessary for firefighters to keep their certifications current. It beats breathing smoke. I admire all the people fighting fires. It's unpleasant and dangerous work. The folks just got a new alarm clock and it's ridiculously easy to use. I didn't even bother to look at the directions when I pulled it out of the box. I can appreciate the worrying that it's not set right or that it's going to work. I have a very old little travel alarm that should have died many years ago. There's been more than one time that I set it just a minute or two ahead from the current time to test it when it's been a long time between uses. Sometimes I use the alarm on my watch as a backup though that's not as easy to use. Good to hear that the skeeters left you alone today. They're nasty and annoying little buggers.
By beckysdad on Aug 24, 2016 at 6:03 AM
Harvey...I love it! That was a great movie and it's awesome that Chuck would bring that into play. I appreciate his teasing nature. I mentioned door alarms to Mom yesterday. She was originally thinking about adding another lock to the door that Dad couldn't open. I'd had that thought before but when I mentioned it to Mike he brought up the possibility of a fire and why having doors that one can't open is a bad idea. Leave it to a guy that spent his life in the fire service to be so practical. Mom wasn't thrilled with the idea of a door alarm. She wants to mention it to the doctors thinking there might be an adjustment to medication that can fix this. I fully supported asking the docs but prepped her for the idea that at some point medication won't fix things as the disease progresses. She kept trying to reason through what it was he dreamed that would cause him to go outside. I'm curious as well but reason no longer enters into it. His brain just isn't right anymore. She mentioned to me that I nearly got a call Saturday night as Dad couldn't set the alarm clock. She lamented that he struggled with it for 30 minutes or so and he just couldn't figure it out. I was sort of amused at her finding his struggle so troubling. I asked her if she considered setting the alarm herself to end the struggles but she replied that the alarm clock is on his side of the bed and she doesn't know how to do it. Mom is quite the technophobe. Beeba is a name we normally associate with babies and their well loved blankets. We appropriated it for Dad's heavy flannel shirts that he wears over a t-shirt 98% of his waking hours year round. I hope the skeeters left you alone this morning.
By beckysdad on Aug 23, 2016 at 3:50 PM
So now you've fully embraced big pharma. I guess its a rite of passage as an American when you get your very own days of the week pill bar. It sounds like it will be manageable though. That's encouraging. You must be getting all my blooms. I hadn't thought about it much but I haven't had any blooms for some time. It's devoted all its energy into growth. I kinda feel badly for my Jasmine right now. It's like the poor little kid returning to school with a very bad haircut. There's no well manicured look. It's kinda tragic really. The back yard looks a lot cleaner though. That happened before brekkie while the lawn mowing happened a good while after. I felt kinda bad as the street sweeper made its weekly pass just as I was starting out front. It would have been nice if it had shown up right after I'd mowed, edged and then blown and swept everything out to the street. As it was I swept it up nice and tidy. It looks considerably better out there. I talked to Mom this morning. She woke up at 2:20 this morning to the sound of the door bell ringing. There stood Dad in his jammies and beeba. He'd had a dream that convinced him he needed to go outside to do something and he locked himself out. Fortunately with his bad back he wouldn't ever wander far but still going out at 2am is not a good thing. My brother and I are talking about getting door alarms to give Mom a heads up if Dad decides to go walkabout in the wee hours of the morning. The problem with that is that Dad gets up 2 hours earlier than Mom and he always goes out to get the newspaper first thing. I'd hate to wake her but...
By catsuberalles on Aug 23, 2016 at 2:41 PM
That's her prettiest, would have turned my head for sure. :) I too had a 70s pair of glasses. I especially miss her inner beauty, I don't know when I'll ever get over it. This passing has affected me like none other in my life. *** (By Fauxpaws on Aug 23, 2016 at 2:34 PM * Yep, that's a great one, too! Got the curled hair going in that one. =) I remember when those big glasses were in - I had a pair just like hers. LOL Face it - she was just beautiful, inside and out. <sigh>)
By catsuberalles on Aug 23, 2016 at 8:03 AM
You agree with heyman! She's a totally different person, face more angular. She could be time-transported in front of us and we wouldn't recognize her (if we hadn't seen the picture). I like her better in another younger picture, the one with the floppy hat. *** (By Fauxpaws on Aug 23, 2016 at 4:01 AM * Very kewl! They've both changed over the years, but then who hasn't? My favorite pic of her is the very early one where they're sitting on the couch. To me, she looks absolutely gorgeous in that one.)
By beckysdad on Aug 23, 2016 at 4:55 AM
Communing with critters is a good way to start the day. I hope they all come out to play. I'll get some yard work done after our walk this morning. The Jasmine has totally outgrown its bed and is covering 2/3 of the adjoining walkway and is also climbing up the wall. That bed is only about a dozen feet long so it will go pretty quickly. It won't fill the yard waste can but it could come close. The question will be if at some point before the garbage guys return if I'll drag it out front and do some of the detail work that ought to be done. Now that I think about it I'll probably wait until after breakfast to do yard work. I should mow and edge the front today but don't want to do that so early that it disturbs the neighbors. I guess I could split it up and do the back before brekkie and the lawn after. Oh my, the decisions us retired folks face. I hope you get some encouraging news from the doc this morning. I'd imagine you're anticipating something quite bad (we always do) and that the reality isn't nearly quite as dire.
By beckysdad on Aug 22, 2016 at 4:51 PM
Well, aren't you the mercenary? I figured if there was anything religious about you it would be the religion of hating all things Cowboy. I haven't spent much time playing mayor today. I had a follow up with the dentist this morning. He spent less than a minute looking in my mouth, said it looked good and sent me on my way. I go back for more xrays in three weeks. That frivolity was followed by a haircut and a quick trip to the grocery. I'm glad you didn't wind up stuck in the mud. Will those shoes have dried out enough for you to play in the mud tomorrow or have you made a date with Mister Bunny? He's far more fun than limb tossing anyway.
By beckysdad on Aug 22, 2016 at 6:07 AM
I didn't mean to be graphic. That just seems to be a favorite topic of oldsters on the phone. It will be interesting to see who you draft. That will determine which teams you cheer for this season. So here's an ethical question and I don't mean to be too personal but... It's your turn to pick and the only decent player still available is...a Cowboy. What do you do? Actually my city's population was 220k by the time I went to bed last night. It really has shaken up the zoning demand. It's going to take a while to sort out. The game was more entertaining that I would have thought as The Shark had a no-hitter going into the 7th when he gave up that homer. He really pitched well despite getting the loss. Syndergaard was just too good. I hope you enjoy your time in the yard and don't get stuck in the mud.
By beckysdad on Aug 21, 2016 at 2:41 PM
Diabetes and colonoscopies are significant enough that you can be excused for discussing them. So long as you didn't spend much time on the quality of your bowel movements then you're probably okay. It was nice to see less "hero ball" being played by our guys today. I've gotten spoiled watching the Warriors. It will be interesting to see how the style of play changes when Pop coaches the team next time around. I hope your draft goes well next week. Do you know your draft position yet? We just finished our patio time and I think I'll go back into mayor mode for a while. I've stockpiled a large amount of cash which is nice and things are running pretty smoothly. I've been biting things off a bit at a time but my next move will be a big one across the highway so there will be rapid expansion which always causes some chaos. I'm at about 175k citizens right now. I expect I'll be well above 200k soon. ESPN has the Giants game tonight so no Kruk and Kuip. It will only be entertaining if we win.
By beckysdad on Aug 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM
I don't know, I expect it was more that Becky came to the conclusion that chances of success weren't high and snoozing a bit longer was very tempting. Citrus is about the only thing I've found she doesn't care for. I might have sent the fireworks video along. It's the sort of thing I'd do. I had to water my carpet roses this morning. I've never had to in the past as they got enough water from when I watered the lawn. Since I let the lawn go in back they haven't gotten that. They've hung in there very well but I knew I had to take steps. Did you watch much football yesterday? Did anything catch your eye. I watched a bit of the Niner game but with so few starters playing it wasn't all that entertaining. I'll watch the men's basketball game here in a bit. It would be very disappointing if we didn't come away with gold. I watched the men's soccer finals yesterday instead of the Giants. I'd been watching the women exclusively up until now but I wanted to see the grudge match between Brazil and the Germans. Germany crushed them 7-1 in the World Cup two years ago and Brazil hasn't recovered. Brazil won yesterday but the World Cup is more important than the Olympics to soccer fans. I was very content watching the ladies but I was blown away by the speed of the men's game yesterday. I take nothing away from the gals but damn the men were fast. That assumes you can wrap your mind around the notion of the pace of a game being fast when two or three scores are all you usually see. ;^)
By beckysdad on Aug 21, 2016 at 6:11 AM
I ran onto a site for drone addicts and there were tons of videos, some of which were awesome. I didn't see it on this site but there's a great drone video that was shot right up in the middle of a fireworks display that was incredible. I really enjoyed that Italy video, too...such striking landscape. I hope it dries out for you today and that it's not too soggy. I expect it will be tomorrow before you can really venture out, eh? I got busy in the back yard yesterday morning and filled the yard waste can again. There will be another full can in the coming week. I don't know if Becky is being quite smart this morning or very lazy. I started making scones at 5:30 and Becky didn't get out of bed. I guess she knew that she wasn't going to be a beneficiary. I'll finish the prep work in a minute and then I'll be able to pop them in the oven after we get back from our walk...yum. This is the last of my blueberries...sigh.
By beckysdad on Aug 20, 2016 at 11:37 AM
Rain seems appropriate for the suckiness around you. Let's hope some of the suckiness departs with the rain. I noticed it was 106 in Roseburg yesterday!!! I'm sure glad that doesn't happen very often. It was very nice to see SF get another win last night. I'd love it if this was a sign that things have turned. Now I know you've been dying for a city building update so here goes. I've done a bit more zoning that has worked out well. Right now there is far more demand for tech jobs that some of the dirtier industries so I've been bulldozing some of the smokestack stuff and tech companies have filled in those spaces. With the last big growth spurt I had I ran into some traffic problems and the average commute had gotten up to about 65 minutes...no fun. I did some digging into the traffic patterns in my region and built a limited subway system between some of my dense residential and an industrial area in the next city over that employs a good number of my citizens. Over the period of a few game months the average commute has dropped back down to around 40 minutes. Citizens have much happy and mayor is big time good guy. Yay!
By beckysdad on Aug 19, 2016 at 3:14 PM
Well, that's sucky news on the Chuck front. It will be interesting to hear the doctor's assessment and plans for going forward. I love the try not to worry about it too badly in the meantime line. Not knowing is the worst. It's too bad the news came on a Friday.
By beckysdad on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:38 AM
You're sure right that it doesn't take much horseradish to get the job done but I still like the heat. Mom challenges Dad and corrects him much more directly than I do. I take pains to try to make sure he doesn't feel badly about mistakes. That's not a criticism. After 66 years of marriage it's sure not my place to question their methods. Mom's a very strong woman and there's nothing she wouldn't do for him. I can see how damp and dreary would be getting old. The fact that you're having to deal with that in August has got to be annoying, too. Hey, the Giants won last night! Madbum hit another homer, too. My city is up to 150k citizens. I'm kinda struggling with zoning decisions at the moment as there are trade-offs with each area and no clear choices. When do you expect to get Chuck's test results?
By beckysdad on Aug 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM
I guess foggy makes sense if he's not one to rise early. I can see toning the horseradish down some if it's a bit too much for you. I prefer mine straight. It's good for clearing out the nasal passages. There have been times when Dad has forgotten Mom's name but he always seems to stay in touch with the fact that she's the woman who loves him and takes such good care of him. The sad thing is she really never gets a break from it. She's dealing with it all the time. At least your shopping is all done and there's no watering required today.
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