By beckysdad on May 26, 2016 at 4:49 AM
All three of us watched a few together and then I set Dad up with a few more to watch while Mom and me fixed dinner. There are lots of conversations that Dad seems to have trouble participating in. If you get him talking about his childhood on the ranch then he's happy and engaged. When we were driving through the Salinas Valley on the way back from Santa Maria he couldn't stop talking about the fields with their neatly planted rows. I really like finding stuff that keeps Dad involved. I've been to a few Sharks games and they do a great job of creating a real spectacle. One time was for a corporate event and we were in a luxury box. It was a great view and made for an easy way to snack through the game. Another time a friend of mine had tickets two rows off the ice down in a corner. He and I are both very mild mannered guys as a rule. This was a game against the Ducks and the joke about going to a fight and a hockey game broke out applied. About four fights at once broke out right in front of us. The refs would break one up and move on to try to control another one. As soon as they left the original guys started fighting again. I think six guys were ultimately ejected. Joe and I got caught up in it and were foaming at the mouth yelling and screaming. As we were walking back to the car after the game I turned to him and asked "what the hell happened to us tonight?" I really didn't like that but it makes me understand how riots get out of control. People just feed off the energy of a crowd and things get out of control. I hope WW has everything you want today. I need to make a grocery store run too. I also need to make arrangements to get my windshield replaced or repaired. I caught a rock on the trip to Santa Maria and it made a very small crack. Last night on the drive home I noticed that the crack had expanded and it's now right on the edge of the size where the line gets drawn between repair and replace. Next week I've got to have the brakes done, too. I've been very fortunate on the maintenance front for a long while but I can't go forever.
By beckysdad on May 25, 2016 at 10:17 PM
Soggy never killed anyone. I'm glad you're alright. =) Okay, you had me looking up inchoate. Now we're both a little more smartified. I did a search on Youtube this afternoon for sheep ranch operations and found some great videos for Dad. There were some that were specific to ranching in the 40s which was right after he was doing that as a kid. Then we moved on to some modern day versions and he got a real kick out of the changes. The Giants won in extra innings today. That was cool. The Sharks are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history. I'm not the bandwagon type so I haven't been going nuts over it. I may watch a game or two of the finals but probably not. I enjoy actually going to a game but I can't follow it on tv. It just moves too fast for me.
By beckysdad on May 25, 2016 at 11:24 AM
The Giants are looking very good right now. We finally got the bats going last night. The starters have all been money except for Peavy. He's on the bump today so maybe he can shake off this funk he's been in. Did you score your book? I'm reading Jenny's book on my Kindle. I love using a Kindle. I can adjust the font, highlight a word to clarify a definition and it automatically saves its own place. Whole my vocabulary is pretty good, I love being able to quickly see a complete definition. There are some words I have a good sense for but wonder if it really means exactly what I think it means. Oh...you asked about Becky's nail clipping exercise. It went quite well. She's come to appreciate the quid pro quo of one clip, one carrot chunk. She readily gives up her paw though sometimes has second thoughts when the snip is about to come but she's very good over all. Now when she walks there's no clip clip clip.
By beckysdad on May 25, 2016 at 5:22 AM
That was a longs stretch without any LOLCats. I hope you're okay. I was confident that Lizzie would be back because the show wasn't cancelled. It wouldn't have made any sense for Red to stick around if she wasn't in the picture. Well, the Dubs were dreadful last night. OKC killed us on the boards. Between that and our inability to play defense without fouling we stood little chance. We're capable of a three game sweep to pull it out but we've sure made things difficult for ourselves. Fortunately the Giants are making things somewhat better. I'm watching that game now and it's easing the pain. Are you doing anything fun today?
By buyerbware on May 24, 2016 at 6:39 AM
One of the cheezpeeps faved their cover of "We Will Rock You," so I checked Insane Cherry's channel. They credit all the youtubers whose videos they use (as "Talking Animals" does), but they have yet to hit the million mark. I'm hooked, even though I don't listen to the groups whose songs they covered!
By beckysdad on May 24, 2016 at 6:19 AM
That was a very sweet ending to Tony's time on the show. Reuniting him with Ziva would have been too predictable. The daughter gave him a strong reason to depart. I hear the door is open for him to reappear from time to time. That could be fun. I do watch Black List. i was really curious how they were going to resolve the Lizzie situation. That was an interesting twist all around. The Night Manager season finale was last night, right? Were you pleased with it? I think the whole season is available on line so I may binge watch that and add that to our shared viewing list. Becky and I will soon be headed out for a click test. I trimmed her nails yesterday so it will be interesting to see how much I was able to reduce the clicking sound when she walks. There isn't supposed to be any at all but I never get them trimmed back that far. If I get it back to a subtle sound then I'm satisfied.
By beckysdad on May 23, 2016 at 9:57 PM
There were no pictures in Muir's book. Think of all the things he saw. It's too bad there wasn't a little Ansel Adams in him. Jenny's book is off to an interesting start. She's really got me curious where she's going to go with this. So they decided no suspension for Draymond but they did upgrade it to a flagrant two. If he gets one more technical in the playoffs he's suspended for a game. That's obviously significant. Wow...I've neverbeen blamed for setting a good, er bad...example when it comes to cleaning. There was a real pitcher's duel going with the Giants and the Padres tonight. It was scoreless going into the ninth and we got a run in the bottom half to finally win it.
By beckysdad on May 23, 2016 at 11:59 AM
I said goodbye to Mr. Muir this morning. I enjoyed the book. I wish it had been more of an exploration of what he founds wandering through Yosemite rather than a collection of essays about trees, birds, animals and such. He did do a couple trail stories from Yosemite and also Glacier Bay and those I really enjoyed. I expect we'll get word shortly that Draymond is suspended for game four. Given the way game three turned out I'd rather they had just thrown him out of that one and called it good. It's really too bad that high humidity seems to be a permanent feature for you when the temps go up. It seems you are either getting water falling through the air or have it hanging around in the air. It's a wonder everything doesn't rust. Now that I've finished Muir's book I can finally dig into Jenny's latest offering. I bought it on day one but just haven't been able to get to it.
By beckysdad on May 23, 2016 at 5:47 AM
MadBum was studly yesterday once again. While we took 2 of 3 from the Cubs watching wasn't nearly as enjoyable. All three of those games were televised on different networks so the games weren't called by Kruk and Kuip. That makes a huge difference. They boys should be back tonight though. That Warrior game was decidedly ugly. I'm usually one that will take up for Draymond but that kick looked intentional to me. We wouldn't win a game in OKC without him but I wouldn't bitch if he got a one game suspension. There's no place in sports for stuff like that. How cool that you have a pretty park to hike in so close. I wouldn't mind sharing the park with fishermen. They're a sedate group. It's not like the trails are open to mountain bikers. They're nuts. It's a lucky thing that Susan had some medicinal spirits on hand to help with the healing. It looks like Ma Nature is about to turn the heat up on you. That sounds like a recipe for activity in the morning and taking the rest of the day off. That's not so bad.
By beckysdad on May 22, 2016 at 11:25 AM
Yup, Madbum on the bump today facing Hendricks. It looks promising for the good guys today. The last world I created and played on for a long time was frustrating on the wolf front. I never ran into any wolves when I was carrying bones...and I did for a long time. Then I'd get frustrated and need some room when I was clearing out one of my mine caches so I'd leave the bones I was carrying in the mine with the intention of going back for them once I unloaded back home. Inevitably I'd get caught up in some other priority and not pack bones for a time and then BAM...wolves.
By beckysdad on May 22, 2016 at 5:35 AM
Mastiffs would be awesome. There are no dogs in Minecraft but you can befriend a wolf and have that as a companion. That's pretty cool. I ran into some early in this game but I didn't have any bones with me so I missed out on the opportunity to make a buddy. I didn't like those muddy conditions yesterday. I'd be afraid to run my horse for fear of slipping and injuries. That was sad that two horses died in the earlier races. Can you imagine going into the day with high hopes and instead your horse dies?That would be crushing. That was a fun victory for the Giants yesterday. Cain hasn't had a win since last season though he's pitched well in his last couple of outings. He slapped a two run double to help himself out, too. I was very happy for him. And here for your listening pleasure... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOuSsupEl4c
By beckysdad on May 21, 2016 at 8:29 PM
You started our Preakness discussion with good feelings for Exaggerator and Cherry Wine. I wasn't making a call when I followed up on Exaggerator. I just saw an opportunity for a fun riff. It made me smile to think of National Embalming School. It had been some time. It really is a song we used to sing. I think you'd enjoy it a lot more if I played something like Sims. I'm given to understand that there's a lot more companionship aspects to that game. Alas, there's no fair maiden component to the game. The enchantments are put on tools and armor to give them special powers. The bookshelves make the enchantments stronger.
By beckysdad on May 21, 2016 at 3:46 PM
I'm inclined not to judge Weather.com too harshly. We did get some sprinkles just a short bit after the window they predicted. It may not have even lasted quite fifteen minutes. To get that little rain predicted for such a short period of time so close about eight hours in advance is pretty good actually. Okay, Cherry Wine to win it is! The timing was great. I just tuned into the race in time for Maryland, My Maryland. It's the same melody we used in high school to sing "National Embalming School." Boo on your skeeters and gnats. We've been hanging inside all day. As I expected I've been spending lots of time addressing the Minecraft deficit I've been suffering from. I've got my diamond armor now and have built my first rail line. I'm currently working on another home that has a tricked out Enchanting Room that takes up the entire second floor. There's a nice mini mountain out one window that I modified so there's an attractive waterfall spilling down from the heights. I've got to create a lot more bookcases to finish off my enchanting room. So much to do... Good luck on the race.
By beckysdad on May 21, 2016 at 9:07 AM
Living in California it would seem silly for me to act like I really know anything about mudders. It's even tough for me to fall back on picking just based on name alone. If I did I''d have to go with Uncle Lino. He sounds like he'd be fun at family parties...particularly since he's a horse. Still it's easy to make a case for Exaggerator since he's the best horse ever, better than Affirmed, American Pharoah, California Chrome, Citation, Man 'o War, Seattle Slew, War Admiral and Secretariat combined. He could even beat Richard Petty and Mario Andretti after giving them a mile head start.
By beckysdad on May 21, 2016 at 5:33 AM
I could probably have put wind in quotes as it was nothing dire. That's why I switched to breezy as I developed my excuse. It wasn't pleasant though and it was hardly urgent that I get additional yard work done. It's nice to have an understanding boss. I love the forecast from Weather.com this morning. They're getting quite precise in their predictions but it's enough to make on snicker about our weather. There's a chance of rain today and they're predicting that it will start at 11:45....and end at 12:00. Yup...that's California. It wasn't my best batch of brownies. I didn't leave them in the oven long enough. It's been too long since I made them so I leaned too heavily on the recipe and not enough on my own experience. The recipe urges really watching things after 25 minutes of baking and I now remember that it's more like thirty minutes for me. Even then I need to let it go a while. As it was the brownies didn't set up as well as they should have. The brownies from the outer edge are excellent while the inner area didn't set. The solution to that is to put those on little plates and keep them in the fridge. The taste is still wonderful but the consistency is more like fudge. That's not really much of a downside unless one has their heart set on eating with their hands. This requires a fork. I should make a note on my recipe. I suppose if WTF wasn't in their vocabulary before, it will be now after the squirrels see the nom highway has been dismantled. The stinkers are smart enough and persistent enough that they'll work something out though. Hunger and the promise of easy food sharpen the mind. Are we going to have a repeat in the Preakness?
By beckysdad on May 20, 2016 at 1:15 PM
Soggification is a good reason to avoid yard work. Too much wind is another good reason. That's why I only mowed the lawn this morning and skipped all the trimming that needs to be done. There will be a better time for that activity. It was too breezy this morning. Bravo on trimming those limbs away. Those squirrels need to work for their food. It's a slippery slope. They'll soon be on welfare and having a bunch of babies if we're not careful. I thought about a shopping run today but realized I had enough good stuff to last me through the weekend and put off going to the store until Monday. I satisfied my need for new yummy noms by baking brownies. If I'm going to spend any time with Mr. Muir today then I'll have to bring his book inside.
By beckysdad on May 20, 2016 at 5:42 AM
Mom has not only gotten used to the TV. She really likes it. We were watching a Warriors game together a few weeks back when I turned to her and said: "Getting a new TV was one of your best ideas ever, Mom." We all got a good laugh out of that one as well. The staff at Sister's place really are very sweet and caring. It's probably the best situation Sister has been in in years...aside from the whole being very sick thing. She seemed to really appreciate the visit and me taking the time to drive the folks down. It really was much better than I anticipated. So, how did you entertain yourself yesterday? Were you able to get out in the yard and deal with more of those weeds?
By beckysdad on May 19, 2016 at 9:25 PM
part 2: just a quickie. Mom was lamenting Dad's inability to follow the score and action of Warrior games. I suggested there was an obvious solution for that. Mom started speculating about various medical procedures or new glasses options that I might suggest. She finally paused long enough to let tell her my obvious solution to Dad's inability to see the score and follow the action.. "We need to get a bigger TV". That cracked her up and made the whole trip worthwhile. I couldn't resist.
By beckysdad on May 19, 2016 at 9:21 PM
How in the world did your mother ever survive without at least having the ability to fly the bird? At least you gave her the knowledge. I can imagine how much fun that skit was at dinner. Boy, this was a long day. I was up at 3 and got through my normal morning routine before leaving at 6:30 to get the folks. The drive down was uneventful though my GPS took us on the inland route so no coastal vistas. I figured we'd do the coastal route on the way home. We got to Santa Maria at about 10:30 but Sister wasn't there just then. She had to see the doctor for an urgent matter which I'll spare you from hearing about. Sister had done a nice job prepping the staff for our arrival. The folks were ushered inside right away and I was directed to move my car into the gated area so Becky could be in an enclosed area. Becky and I hung out in the courtyard there for about an hour. I did slip in to use the restroom and they warmly invited me to come in and join the folks but I wanted to hang with the Beckster. Sister came rolling in after that hour I greeted her and her attendant as they unloaded. Sister asked if Becky ever got people food as she had set aside a chicken breast the night before for Becky. Various nurses and attendants came outside from time to time to try to lure me in for lunch with everyone but I stayed with Becky. They tried again after the dining room cleared and told me Becky could come inside so I relented. They were very sweet. They tried like hell to feed me once I got inside and they all fawned over Becky. I was adamant about them not feeding me lunch...even before I knew they were having salmon cakes. The gal that runs the kitchen insisted on baking some chocolate chip cookies from the dough she had prepped in the fridge. Sister looked pretty good and she wasn't in any pain but she's got a real battle in front of her. The funeral situation worked itself out well. Sister plans on being cremated. That removes the details and power struggle of funeral preps. Mom doesn't get to do a dress rehearsal for a funeral. She seemed bummed about that but couldn't argue the logic of sister's decisions. We did the inland route again on the way home since the day had run long. Mom couldn't stop herself from asking me for a short detour so we could drive by one of the California Missions. That was a major source of conversation on the way home...
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