20201023

 20201023 - Up late and L at work, she left her phone on the counter and J&G at school. I got on the PC and had calls and texts coming in from everywhere this morning.

20201022 + Good Dr. Day

20201022 + Up in the am and L home from work waiting on her COVID test results. I headed to the Endocrinologist for a visit and all my numbers are good and or headed in the right direction! Home and got the PC fired up and watched some of the Supreme Court nomination process with L and got notes from the Dr. visit recorded. L got a message from her COVID test that she is NEGATIVE! I headed to the desk and was there the rest of the day. After work LG&I ran to Steinmart as the store is closing to check it out, J was at work. I got some stuff I could resell and we swung through Arby's on the way home to pickup dinner. Home and we ate and then G hit the Xbox, L recovered a footstool and I did some things on the PC. We watched the debate which was much better than the first one but so deceiving from both candidates... hard to pick... I worked on a app until 4:18am...

20201021

20201021 - Up in the am and straight on a call. L home again today and has a COVID test scheduled this afternoon, and J&G are online for school. J ran out for lunch and I got on more calls. I headed out after lunch to pick and order new glasses. $750 later they are ordered and will take 3-4 weeks to get... On to the storage units for work to take inventory. Back home and finished off the day. L made us dinner and LJG&I ate together before J headed out to go thrifting and G hit the Xbox in the shed. L&I watched TV and I got a couple more things done. J came home with a manikin arm from his shopping spree... G in and we did logic puzzles while we watched the World Series and then headed to bed.

20201020

20201020 - Up in the am and started my day. Lori home today, she had a low grade fever and stayed home from school, J&G online for school. I spent the entire day in the office on calls and updating an app. With L down J cooked a very nice meal for us and it was delicious. J&G got on their electronics, I did a bit of work in the garage and then got on the PC and watched some TV. Chris stopped over and discussed some legal things with me. G in from playing the Xbox in the shed and we watched game 1 of the World Series. I stayed up to late watching TV and doing nothing.

20201019 - Brace Repairs

20201019 - Up in the am and L at work and J&G on their PCs. The teacher strike is over but I am guessing the re-start up is going to be a mess for the next couple days. I got things rolling and had to take G to the orthodontist at 11 to get his braces fixed. Home and I got back to the desk and worked the rest of the day. L wasn't feeling well, but made us dinner and J&G joined us at the table for a nice dinner. After dinner I spent a bit of time cleaning up the hot dog steamer and then Andy showed up and we hosted a Booster meeting from the garage. After the meeting I got things cleaned up and then watched some TV with L and then stayed up way too late.

20201018 - NO COVID

20201018 - Up in the am and L ran to get G and J home from his friends. I got around and G&I headed to Raising A Hitter in Westerville to meet a couple of kids and dads from his team to practice hitting. Home and got organized for the day and coming week. L got notified that one of the teachers from school tested positive for COVID and freaked out. She was a mess and G&I finally convinced her to go get tested so she headed out. D stopped over and we got his 401k stuff set up as we watched the Browns get the crap kicked out of them by the Steelers. D left, L home, she tested negative. L&I headed out for a couple errands and hit Home Depot and Meijer to get some supplies. Home and I helped GpaW with an impossible logic puzzle while L cooked dinner. We ate and then L ran G to basketball. We then watched some of our scary Netflix series, L was too afraid to pick G up but I sent her out anyway so I could keep working on the PC. L&G home, Chris Pettit over to watch the Beyond zombie shoe, but the TV wasn't working so we just hung out and chatted a bit. Chris left, J home from work, I stayed up too late updating ads for the Boosters

20201017 + Garage Work

20201017 + Up in the am got organized and then I cleaned out the garage and brought party supplies up and got things organized for the OSU Party next weekend. D home for a bit to get some things and the heater for his icebox of a room hes renting. J home from work for a bit before heading out to spend the night at a buddy's L ran G to a friends house for the night. I finished up and L&I had a left over pizza dinner on the back porch watching football with our fire table. Too chilly so we moved inside and watched some football until we fell asleep in the living room. Moved to the bedroom and then I couldn't sleep... up too late doing logic puzzles.

20201016 + G's 14!

20201016 - Up early to get blood drawn and get things rolling for a busy day. One of G's braces fell off yesterday so called the orthodontist but they can't see him until Monday. L at work, G up and we measured him, he grew 4.5 inches this last year and falls right between D&J when they were 14. G&I then headed to the AT&T store where he got a new iPhone 11 for his bday, he was very excited. We then went to Easton and got him a nice case and screen protector. We got some Cinnabon cinnamon rolls as we headed out. We stopped at an eye glass place quick to see if they had the magnetic sunglasses I love, no luck. home and I got to work and G hung out. L home and GmaB and Nicole stopped over. G's friends started showing  up early. I finished my day and J ran with me to the high school to pick up the hot dog steamer and we had to cross the picket lines of striking teachers. The protesters lined both sides of Hamilton Rd. and it was like nothing I've ever seen around here before. 

We got the steamer and headed home. L&I set up some games in the backyard and the rest of G's buddies showed up and played outside. J went with me to get the pizzas and we came home and ate, had an ice cream cake L made for G and he opened his presents. The boys went back outside and we kept them out there as long as possible before the enormous sound had to enter the house and take over the basement and then the room over the garage. I think they were up all night...

20201015 - Smithereens!

20201015 - Up in the am and L at school and J&G in bed with teacher still on strike... I joined a call and then got morning things done and then headed in to my office. G up and dealing with his phone that is smashed to smithereens...  unrepairable... We hit a post office and AT&T on the way home and are trying to decide what to do about his phone. Home and finished off the day and G&I had dinner with L, J is at work. G&I ran to his hitting lesson and and then home to watch some TV. J home late with burgers for everyone. G&I stayed up late doing logic puzzles and watching baseball.

20201014 + Tree Tunnel

20201014 + Up in the am and L at work and teachers still on strike... Got things rolling and G up seeing if he has any homework. I was at the desk all day getting things on many fronts pushed forward. With nothing to do both J&G eventually took off to go to friends. L home, I finished out my day and we headed to GFS the back way through one of our favorite tree tunnel roads to get a couple things for the party, but much less than in past years. We ran through McD's on the way home to pick up dinner. G home and LG&I eat together. G took off to the Xbox and L&I watched some TV and relaxed.

20201013 - ON STRIKE!? SERIOUSLY???

20201013 - Up in the am and weird day... L at a work day for school on Zoom training, J&G still in bed because our teacher thought it would be a good idea for the first day of school to GO ON STRIKE!? WHAT? SERIOUSLY??? The first day of a return to normal and this happens?! UGH! I worked all day and G had loud friends over. L home around lunch. Lonie and I joined a call about how the stock market reacts to presidential elections, J headed out for work at 5. I headed to the high school to pick up some programs to ship out and swing by the post office. Home and had some dinner and then headed out to the garage to clean up for the 10/24 OSU party and then ended up getting out the welder to fix up G's baseball net and then clean up. In and settled in front of the TV with L to finish out the night.

20201012 - Bad Dog!

20201012 - Up in the am and L at work and the boys still resting as they don't have school today. I got my Monday morning things done while I chatted with D, he is working for DataField today and it doesn't seem very organized... L home in the afternoon but couldn't get out of the car as one of the neighbor's pit bulls was on our front porch... I had to call to police, the dog ran off and L ran in. J lost his mind for some reason and left and G hanging out with some friends. I finished my day and then had some dinner with L. We then watched some football on TV and G came down to watch after screaming on the Xbox. Unable to sleep tonight...

20201011 + Getting Stuck

20201011 + Up in the am and J and Bryce up and ready. We loaded final things and took off to the Farm. Stopped to get gas and then back home to pick up soup and bread... THEN we left for the Farm. We made good time and we headed to the barn to get things started. Dad and I reviewed many future tasks, redoing some plumbing the basement, railings for the back porch and steps. We then checked on the staking crew, compacted the trash, moved the bush hog and looked for some lumber. We then headed to Minard's and Lowe's to walk around and look at supply options. Home and ready for some lunch but J and Bryce were out on the pug and called because it died on them below the pond... I drove out and then walked through tall brush to get to them and get them running again. They made it back and we had some lunch with the boys and mom and then I got to work retrofitting the back bath fan. The boys helped GmaW with a couple things at the farmhouse and we finished up about the same time, but they took a couple more rides on the pug. We packed up and headed home. We got home as L was pulling out taking G to basketball practice. L home and we got caught up on the day and watched some football. Chris over to watch The Walking Dead, but season 11 isn't released yet... so we watched the new 'Beyond something' or other spin off, it was ok. Up and shutting down and ready for the week.


20201010 + Springer

20201010 + Up in the am and L raking leaves and mowing the yard, I ran J to Wendy's so he could work and got home and got G up, we had cake for bfast. Doc's pool  is gone. L mowed, J at work, I got a couple things done before running to baseball practice with G. After practice D and his buddy Mason stopped by to get some stuff and help me clean out the garage. G&I put a spring on the back gate to keep Lilly in. L&I took Lilly on a walk and watched football the rest of the evening.

20201009 - Front Porch Sippin

20201009 - Up in the am and L at work, boys sleeping in, no school today, and I got on calls. Had a busy productive day. JG&I ran to pick up J's car, expensive repairs... They didn't change his oil so we have to take the car back tonight. G&I headed further out and I dropped G off at Luke's for the day. Home to a quiet house and got a bunch done in the afternoon. After work L&I walked down to Gahanna Grill and had a nice dinner and ran in to some folks we know and chatted a bit. Strolled home and then I ran out, dropped off a deposit at that bank, picked up a prescription, got a couple things at Home Depot and then picked G up at Luke's. Home and dropped G off and headed over to Penn's. We hung out on the front porch and sampled a couple bourbons and chatted on the front porch for a couple hours.

20201008 + Craving

20201008 - Up in the am and L at work, I made sure J&G were up and then headed in to the office for a couple meetings. Took a break at lunch and Lonie and I met Kevin and Derek for lunch. We had a good chat and got caught up. Back to the office for a bit and got a couple more things done. Home and hung out a bit. L cooked some dinner and LG&I and then G and I headed out for his hitting lessons.  I got caught up on stuff and called dad about the weekend while G swing the bat. We picked up some high school sport programs to ship out on the way home. Home and watching some TV with L and she mentioned she wanted some chocolate cake and I wanted something but wasn’t sure what I wanted so I just jumped in the car and ran up to kroger. I ended up with a large macaroni salad, chocolate and carrot cakes, sliced olives, dill hamburger chips, 3 bags of tortilla chips, large salsa, bag of Hershey kisses, bottle or Ready Whip and a pumpkin pie! Home and had a snack!

20201007 - Last 8th Run

20201007 - Up in the am and L at work and J&G online for school. I jumped online and started documenting the software framework right away. Took a moment and had a honest talk with J about grades and then spent the rest of the day glued to the PC flowing. L ran G to XC and J ran me to pick up my car after the oil change and drop off his to get an estimate on his bent rim and bald tires... J&I on to G’s last XC meet as an 8th grader in the ‘Battle of Gahanna’ where all of our middle schools run against each other. G had a good race and came in 4th overall. I headed home and L&G stayed for the awards banquet. When they got home G had an armful of awards. Up late finishing things up and preparing to go in to the office tomorrow. To bad and couldn’t sleep...

20201006 - Isn't it Ironic

20201006 - Up in the am and L at work and J&I on the phone with the high school trying to drop a class before the deadline. He has a couple other classes that he's not doing well in and we had a discussion about them. I had to take a walk afterwards, I'm just not wired like he is and can't understand why it is ok to not care about certain things... I talked to CB on the phone and he gave me some perspective... Back in the house, chatted with J and let him know I really don't care about the grades, I just want him to be able to graduate and be happy in his life. Down to the office for the rest of the day going down through tasks. L home and she ran G to XC, J headed to Wendy's for work and I was still at the desk. G home and changed quick and I ran him to Academy park for baseball practice. I had to go find an L screen that was 2 fields away and drag it back to the field G and his team was on. After that I was done helping and had a seat to write up some ideas on a software Lonie and I are going to build. Someone asked me what I was doing and they found it pretty ironic that I was designing a software to implement the most advanced communication devices available in the world today on a tiny little yellow paper tablet. It works! After practice L&I dropped the car off at Tuffy for an oil change tomorrow. Home and ate, spilled dill pickle juice all over L's kitchen rug (I'm a dead man) :-o We hung out in the living room for a bit watching TV, J home and upstairs studying until I went to check on him at 1:30 am and he was asleep sitting up in bed with his laptop on and in in his lap, he's trying. I was a bit longer mapping my ideas from the little yellow tablet to my online collaboration tool for a review meeting tomorrow and Thursday.

20201005 - $16

20201005 - Up in the am and L at work and J&G online for school. Had a cable guy in our yard working on the neighbor's house this morning. J headed out for lunch and G made instant mashed potatoes and hamburger gravy for lunch. L was running G to/from practice when I got a call from an auction house making sure I come and pick everything up tonight...??? This usually doesn't happen. The auction houses I deal with have my card on file and once a month I swing by and get the stuff I have won.  But tonight is different... See I go in to some auctions and put $1 on anything I think I can arbitrage on ebay or if Lori or the Boys or someone I know might want it. Well I did that for this auction and bought $16 worth of stuff, I usually get out bid on most things and end up with only a handful of stuff. Tonight I won 2 upholstered chairs and an ottoman, a metal garden sofa and chair, 2 bar stools, 2 shelves, a handful of paintings, plates and other assorted items that took DJG&I 3 trips to get... $16 worth of stuff filled up our garage! We did take a break between loads to have dinner and D joined us. It was nice to have everyone at the table until J&G got in a SCREAMING match about who gets to sort metal posts at the Farm. REALLY!? There are several million things to do at the Farm and they are going to fight about posts that haven't moved in 2 decades.... smh... Eventually everyone calmed down and got the last load. I went out to deposit checks but for some reason the ATM was not accepting deposits last night (handy because I make only 1 trip a month to the bank)... On to Home Depot to return the supplies we didn't use for repairs up at the farm. Home and I thought D was going to stick around to watch some football, be he got out of crazy screaming town ASAP... I stayed up and got a couple things done on the PC until late.

20201004 - Farm Fixin

20201004 - Up in the am and got G and Luke around and we headed up tot he Farm. We made good time and met up with GpaW and headed to the barn where we gave the boys instructions on bundling fence posts, weighed them and got them working. I then removed the old washing machine outlet box and installed a new one. Dave stopped over to help out and had lunch with us. I got a call from a friend that saw a bunch of police cars by my house... Neighbor's dogs got out and were running around the neighborhood with no collars; multiple police cars at their house trying to secure the dogs... Unfortunately all were returned... After lunch GmaW and the boys went back down to the barn to bundle more posts and Dave and I finished up the box install and put in a new ceiling fan. Out of time and we all headed out.



Got home and the boys helped me put the tools away. L took off with G and Luke to drop a shipment off at the post office for me, take Luke home and drop G off at basketball practice. I got a call shortly after they left that G got the package stuck in the shoot at the post office, so I had to go to the post office and see if I could fix things there... package deposited and shoot locked. L home and cut my hair, looks like she was more focused on talking to me than straight lines or common lengths :-o Chris over, today was his 53rd bday, and he J and I watched The Walking Dead season finale. It was GOOD and left plenty of new story lines open. Up late watching a series on AI and and getting organized for the week. 

20201003 - Campfire

20201003 - L got me up to early and we headed to the Pick Lakeview Invitational to watch G run. G ran well today and came in 16th out of about 200 runners with a time of 12:32! Gahanna won the whole thing and G got a couple trophies. We left G there to ride the bus home and L&I stopped at a couple auction houses to look around and pick stuff up.Home and got G and headed down to Beliner, D&J ran and picked up lunch for all of us and joined us at the game. G's team played pretty good for only their second game and G got to pitch and did well. He struck out once but had 3 other really nice hits. The game ended in a tie and we headed home. Home and L getting things cleaned up and G&I ran to Home Depot for a couple more supplies and then picked up some Popeye's for dinner. L's girlfriends over for pizza and hanging out on back porch. G's buddy Luke over for the night. We played Trouble and watched some college football. Not up too late.

20201002 - Can't Sleep

20201002 - Up in the am and L at work and J&G online for school. I got some more done on the new PC and got caught up at work. Had a call with a publisher about printing my blog in to a real book... L&I headed out after work and got supplies for the jobs at the Farm this weekend and then swung through KFC on the way home to pick up dinner. Home and ate with G and then I headed in to the office to work on the new PC until late. Couldn't sleep again tonight...



20201001 + 26 Years

20201001 + Up in the am and L at work and J&G online for school. I got online and got some things done. J worked this evening and it was rainy out today so G's baseball practice was cancelled. L&I slipped out and headed to Cheesecake Factory for dinner. My meal was good but it seemed that they didn't drain the pasta L got and her food was swimming in bowl of water... We walked over to Barnes and noble but it was closing so only stayed a minute. Home and hung out watching some TV until J got home from work.

20200930 - G Called Up

20200930 - Up slow and L at work and J&G online for school. I had a slower day so I broke out the new PC and started the install process. I looked for the hard drive and couldn't find it. Lonie informed me that the tiny little chip I am pointing to is now what a 500GB drive looks like. AMAZING! After work L&I took G to a 15U game he got called up for. G held his own and had some nice hits that we caught in the outfield, but for playing up he did his job, especially in the cold and light rain. Home and was up way too late getting the new PC set up, then couldn't sleep...


20200929 + FUNd Run

20200929 + Up in the am and L at work and J&G online for school. I had my morning meetings and then got tangled up in unplanned stuff the shot the rest of the day. L pulled me out of the office to go to G's XC FUNd Run. It was a nice event and L&I walked the mile together in 20:19. I see no reason to run that far or in G's case twice that far...  CRAZY After the event we headed home for dinner that we picked up at KFC on the way. We then settled in and watched the Presidential Debate. It was a horrible spectacle. I don't believe either of the men running and with our untrustworthy news providers I don't even know where to go to learn the actual truth. What a horrible state things have fallen to.


20200928 - NO SLEEP

20200928 - Up in the am, L at work and G online, I got J up so he wouldn't miss class and got to work myself. Spent the day at the PC catching up on all sorts of things. L home, G's xc practice cancelled, J in to work. I finished my day at the desk late and headed out to have dinner with L&G. After we ate I headed to Scouts to drop off awards, Home Depot to return pipes I didn't need this weekend, swung through McD's to see how late their lobby was open (trying to find a place for Bible Bangers to start back up...) and dropped off a package at the post office. Home and back at the desk finishing up a couple things and then watched some football with L, G joined us after we shut his internet ff for being too loud... All to bed, I DID NOT SLEEP AT ALL...

20200927 + Farm Work

20200927 + Up in the am and L got G from sleep over and he went to bed, J to work and L&I headed up to the Farm. I got tools and parts loaded up and I opened the garbage disposal we bought last night just to make sure it had a dishwasher connection. It did but I also found out the disposal in the box was an old one that someone had returned... So on the way we stopped at Home Depot and swapped it out for an actual new one, that I opened in the store to confirm it was brand new. It was a nice day and a quick drive. We got there and for whatever reason dad wanted to review all the things we looked at last weekend, so we looked at the breaker in the milkhouse, looked at the wiring to the water heater and then looked at the garbage disposal... Land mom headed out to buy cat and cow food and lunch for us and I got to working on the garbage disposal. 30 min later new disposal in and working perfect and aerators replaced on the kitchen and utility room sinks. L and mom showed up and we had a nice lunch. John and Mary showed up and we chatted for a bit before we headed down to the Farmhouse where in short order I removed and bypassed the old knifed fuse box to the water heater. There was plenty of other small things that could be done but dad wasn't feeling up to it so we all sat on the front porch and chatted a bit before L&I headed home. We got home and L ran G to basketball and we had pork chops on grill and watched football on the back porch while I got next week lined up for work. In and watched some more football until we all headed to bed.


20200926 - 16th and Lead Off

20200926 - Up in the am L had ran G to catch the bus for a XC meet. I got around and L&I headed to Pickerington to watch G run, he got 16th out of 139 kids and was mad because the top 15 got plaques and he missed it by 1 second... We got G and headed to Berliner for a baseball game. it was G's 1st game with new baseball team. G was the lead off hitter and got a standup double on first at bat and he played short the entire game. The boys looked really good for never playing in a game before, but their hitting needs work. The game was a success and they won, Arsenal (7) @ Licking Valley (2). Home and L&I ran to Home Depot to get some supplies to take to the Farm for tomorrow's repairs. L ran G to a bday party sleepover. The McClains came over and we walked downtown for a couple drinks and dinner and to catch up. We walked back home and hung out around the new fire table for a bit before they left. I was up late watching TV and J headed out camping for the night.

20200925 - Warm Viewing

20200925 - Up in the am and L at work and J&G online for school. I got around and on the PC. I had a couple of meetings and paid bills for the next couple weeks. G got eyes checked and all good. After work L&I walked to the Gahanna Grill for dinner and had a nice meal. A bit disappointing as we found out our favorite waiter was moving the Queens NYC. Home and we hung around the house and didn't do much this evening except hang out with the new fire table and watch J's friend Donovan Varney play football on TV.

20200924 - Hanging by the Pit

20200924 - Up in the am and L at work and I got J up and G was already online. I headed out and stopped at the post office, Scout store and then the office. We had a meeting with an IT company today, Chatted with CB a bit and drove the IT guys to do a bit more cleaning. Lonie and I headed to MicroCenter where he got a new microphone and I got a new PC for the home office. I chatted with dad on the way home and then J helped me carry in stuff from the car and Amazon deliveries. unpacked and delivered the new alarm clock to J&G and then sat down at the desk to get online for the first time today. Got only a couple of things done before it was time to head to G's XC meet. L drove me there so I could finish up a couple things. It was in Westerville and Sam was running and it was the first time they have been in a race together. Both boys did well, well G had a crap or some other excuse but still came in 13th in the 2 mile event with 13.03 and Sam 44 at 17:43. We hung out with Rich, Nicole and Lena during the race. After the race we headed home and we swung through Popeye's to get spicy chicken sandwiches for dinner. Home and we ate on the back porch and I started putting together the fire pit that arrived. L ran to get G from school and home for a min and G&I headed to hitting lessons. G did good at lessons and his coach asked him to join his team for a game next week. On the way home we ran out to pick up some Booster stiff from a lady's house. Home and I finished the fire pit, hooked up the gas and hung out on the back porch with G until midnight.

20200923 - Busy Doing Little

 20200923 - Up in the am and L at work and J&G online for school. I got some work done and got things lined up. Did some Booster stuff and then L home. J headed out with friends and LG&I had dinner. G vanished to his room and L&I took Lilly on a walk. L left us at Bob & Tina's corner and Lily and I took the shorter way home. Back tot he house and finished up Booster stuff. D had his frist day at Amazon today, said it went well. Talked to dad and he's frustrated with a heart monitor he has to wear for 30 days, watched some TV with L and read a book about publishing a blog to an actual book until bed time. Couldn't fall asleep again...

20200922 + Final Cleanup

20200922 + Up in the am and L at work and J on the PC for school. I ran G to his orthodontist appointment in New Albany where he got some new braces added to a couple of teeth and things tightened up. We swung through McD's ont he way home for some sausage mc'mufffins and then swapped cares with L at her school. Home and I dropped G off and headed in to work with a couple stops to deliver things on the way. In to the office and Lonie and I ran to the computer and hardware stores to get supplies. On our trip Lonie told me that the parrot that was his mothers had died over the weekend and he was very upset about it. It was the last thing he had of his mother's...  Back to the office to finish up as much cleaning as we could do in the IT room. Looks pretty darn good now!  Home and got on the PC for the first time today and got some things done. L ran G to and from XC practice and J was at work. D stopped by for a visit with one of his buddies and we had a nice chat with them. Headed to bed when j got home and slept good. 

20200921

20200921 - Up in the am and L at work and J&G sleeping because they don't have class again today for whatever reason... I got things done around the house and online for work and L texted me, apparently G does have school today and missed all morning... This is a mess!

20200920 + Proof of Light

20200920 + Up in the am and L and a couple of her friends here cackling in the kitchen. J at work and G making plans with friends. I got myself around, shipped some ebay things and then headed up to the Farm. Got there and Dad, Mom and I headed out to do a couple jobs. We moved Curly's water and then worked on the spring in the orchard to get the flow a bit better. Got things dug up* and cleaned up a bit and flowing. On to the next job at the Farmhouse, working on the lamppost. I took apart all the wires leading to the switch in the dining room and out to the lamppost, making sure they were taped off and labeled. We then removed the old top and put a solar top on the post. I was very skeptical that enough light would hit it to make it light up... Done with our outside jobs we headed in and worked on how email works, the stroke erased the email process from dad's brain and it is one of the few things he is going to have to retrain himself to do. He seemed to get it and I left some papers for him to help. We then took a long stroll down to the Barn and over to the wood house, farmhouse and chatted about possibilities and dreams. Some of ours line up and some are a bit off but very close. But I let him know it doesn't matter if we are aligned at all, he has worked his entire life there and whatever he wants to do is fine and I will help him do it.

It was getting later in the day so I headed home. Home and L&G just finished dinner so I grabbed a plate and caught up with L and what all her and her girlfriends got done today and G had 4 boys at the house all day. J was doing some things with friends and got home a bit later. L&I watching some football. Got a text from dad that the solar light WORKED! AMAZING!

* Spring in Orchard Notes: there are two plastic tub covers. The one further up the hill is dead, don’t waste time on it. The one downhill is a sump pump basin with no bottom and holes drilled in the sides to let groundwater in. This one is active and connected to the hoses

20200919 + Hanging Out

20200919 + Up in the am just in time to get to G to baseball practice, I helped where I could... G did good in the field today and hit really well. Home and L was in a cleaning frenzy... I dis mantled the Hyundai fan for the second week in a row and removed leaves and nuts from the cabin fan. I took the filter out this time and it is obvious something chewed through it... I called the auto parts store to see if they had a filter in stock and Dawn, the lady i had to evict years ago and stuck me for a couple grand, was working the desk and she confirmed she had what I needed, so I ran there and she had my options ready for me. I got the filter and ran home and replaced it. Next was L's headlights that weren't working... I looked in the fuse box and after I got all the peanut shells vacuumed out all the fuses looked good. I removed the bulbs and both headlights were burnt out; back to the auto part store. Dawn wasn't there this time so I had to find the bulbs on my own... Back home and got the bulbs in and all good. L was now hanging out of the upstairs window and cleaning the siding... G showed up, didn't know he was gone, with 5 kids in the backyard and jumped on the trampoline and played wiffle ball. I finished up all my jobs and settled in on the back porch. L joined me eventually. We sat on the porch and watched college football until it got too cold for us and we went in and finished the night.

20200918 - Lilly is 12!

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20200918 - Up in the am had a couple of calls and got the day rolling. L at school and J&G no school today... not sure how that happens after 6 months off??? I was on the phone on and off. all day and deep in to building an app. Finished the day and LG&I ran to Jimmy John's to get subs for dinner. Home and ate and Lilly got a couple cupcakes for her 12th bday and then L&I took her on a big walk. Back to the house and hung out the rest of the night.

20200917 - Yummy

20200917 - Up in the am from a sleepless night. L at school and J&G on their PCs for school. I jumped on a couple calls and then headed in to the desk to get the day rolling. J ran out for lunch and shipped some stuff for me and G practiced his swing during his break. I finished the day at the desk and headed over to the Mallonn's to meet up with Jason and Penn for a Maker's Mark bourbon online tasting. It was interesting and then the wives joined us after for some pizza and chatting. A nice relaxing afternoon and evening. Home and checked in with the boys and headed to bed not too late.

20200916 + Bigger Walk

20200916 + Up in the am and L at work and J&G online for school. I got around and jumped on a call and kept the day rolling. Finished the day in the back yard. and L made us dinner. L&I took Lilly on a bigger walk today and she did ok. Home and hung out in front of the TV the rest of the night.

20200915 - Wind In Her Face

20200915 - Up late with the good long nights sleep I needed and got some stuff done before my first call. Got the team rolling and attacked my todo list. J ran out for lunch and back, L home and I moved my office to the back porch and got a bunch done. After a bit Lilly and I had to run G to the school to catch a bus to his XC meet and L&J went to get their eyes checked. I got home and D was there. He put air in the tires of the big white car and then drove me to get our eyes checked. Nobody’s eyes really changed that much. But I wanted new glasses as my near vision changed a bit but they didn’t have what I wanted so I’ll have to find them someplace else. D ran me past the high school to meet Andy and pick up programs to mail out. Home and D took off, J was at work and I headed back out to the porch. L home soon and let me know that G came in 2nd! and then she sent me to pick him up from the bus. Home and we ate and then L took off on a speed walk while I finished up my stuff on the PC and then L&I took a stroll and invited L to come along as long as she didn't try to make us go fast... After the walk we watched some TV and got everyone to bed in good time.

20200914 - NO CRIERS

20200914 - Well I didn't sleep AT ALL last night. I did fall asleep shortly after Ls alarm to get up went off and she got in the shower...  After about 3 hrs sleep I was up late, got myself together and dug in to the world of catching up. L at her first day of school with kids for the year, J&G on their PCs for school. Dad called this am and something was wrong with my phone and he couldn't hear me, hope it didn't confuse him more... L home an NO CRIERS, first time ever! Boys done with school and G's friends started showing up as I was on the porch still working through email catch up. L made us some dinner and LJ&I ate on the porch while G continued to play. After dinner L took a walk and I finished up on email and then took Lilly on a walk, apparently we walk too slow for L... after the walk L&I hung out in the living room and reviewed old videos. G came down and we watched some Ninja Warrior before we all headed to bed and I crashed right away.

20200913 + Straight Rows

20200913 + Up in the am and got a couple things done around the house. J had left with some friends for an all day bday event on a lake and G not home from his bday party. I headed to the post office and grocery and when I started my car it made the weirdest nose... something was wrong with my cabin fan motor. I messed with the dial a bit but the noise didn't go away, unless I turned the fan off. I was going to head up to the Farm but knew the noise would drive me crazy so I swung back around to the house and took the fan out of the dash. leaves, rocks and seeds were in the fan housing. Removed them and silent again. Everything put back together and I headed north. I got tot he Farm as mom and dad were getting ready for lunch so I joined them. We chatted a bit and dad's speech seemed a bit better and less confused, he was able to express himself better than in days past. I then received very detailed and specific instructions on how to mow the grass around each of the buildings... so the part of his brain that thinks every detail of a task needs explained is still intact (can we trade that for improved expression?). But I listened and then got to mowing. A couple hours later and everything was mowed. I checked back in and they had nothing else they needed done so we chatted a bit more and I hit the road. Home and L&I took Lilly on a walk and ran in to a couple sets of neighbors and chatted a while. Home and I ate and caught up with L. We watched TV the rest of the evening and J got home and told us of his day on the lake. All to bed in good time. I need to get caught up this week.

20200912 - New Hats & Jerseys

20200912 - Up early and L&I headed to New Albany to watch G run in an XC race. G told L that this was not going to be a good race for him when she dropped him off... he was right, came in 20 something. I guess the $130 running shoes were a bad investment...We headed home and I got on the PC to get some stuff done and then headed to the garage to give it a good cleaning. Just as I got started I had to run G to baseball practice downtown. There was too much traffic for us to cut over and get off at the Greenlawn exit and we had to go down tot he Frank rd. exit. Well Frank rd. is CLOSED the direction we wanted to go... go we took back roads to get all the way back up to 70 and try again... So on track to be on-time turned in to 15 min late... How's it possible? Got to practice and it was a good one. The guy that runs the organization showed up with hats and shirts for the boys and they got them after practice and posed for a sec. Home and J still doing homework and L went with me to deliver G to a bday party at his buddy Andrews. Home and I finished cleaning out the garage and then retired to the back porch with some of the shepherds pie L made for dinner and she walked down to the neighbors to pick up some socks and stayed and chatted until after dark. I made another candle out of leftover wax and watched TV until too cold to be outside. In and up late editing videos.

20200911 - Best GLHS Football Game

20200911 - Up late and L at school and J&G online for school. I got some email and things done in the living room and then headed in to the office and decided to take everything to the back porch to get some more done. L got home and I had to go in and put jeans on, just a titch too cold for shorts today. Finished the day on the porch, came in and J upset we're keeping him home to do some school work this evening... G&I ran to the high school football game to pick up some of the programs I have been working on the last several weeks to mail out to folks that bought them online. I then dropped G off at a friends and headed home to eat. L&I ate on the back porch and L went, too chilly, and we watched the Gahanna football game on TV while I whittled away on editing videos. It was the best Gahanna football game we have ever seen! Too bad we couldnt be at the stadium to watch it live :-(

20200910 + Cleaning Cookies & Cut

20200910 + Up early and ran to get blood drawn and gas. Home and L had the boys up and ready for school and then her and I headed up to the Farm. It was a beautiful day and a nice drive until we got to Mansfield and it was shrouded in fog, lots of fog!  We got to mom and dad’s house and started cleaning things up to give mom a boost when she gets to bring dad home. We ran to Wendy’s for lunch and brought it back and ate at the picnic table by the spring house. Back to cleaning for a bit and then we ran and picked up dad’s car (D’s old car) from the repair shop. I headed back to the house, installed some seat covers in the car and cleaned some more while L stopped to get some groceries. We headed out about 4 and mom is on her way home with dad! :-o  A bit surprised as they were not able to pinpoint the cause of the stroke... He is on 3 different meds and has some follow up appointments at a place specializing in more investigation for stroke patients where they couldn’t find a cause, some physical and speech therapy. L and I got him about 5 and D was home, he ran G to XC for us and J was at work. L took D out on the back porch and cut some of his mop of hair. We chatted with D a bit before he ran off and then L cleaned the kitchen after J’s attempt at making cookies today and I got cleaned up. We only got to sit for a bit before I ran to get G from his buddy’s that he went to after XC and we went to batting practice. G had a good practice, we headed home, got something to eat and watched some of the first NFL game for the year. Was NOT happy that one player from the Kansas knelt and the Texans didn't even come out of the locker room for the National Anthem... Headed to bed and edited videos until late.

20200909 - Carpenters

20200909 - Up in the am and chatted with mom a bit before she headed up to Akron to be with dad today. After many years of being a therapist and taking care of folks that have had strokes, the reality of this is happening to us hit her this morning... She took off and I have a list of stuff to get done today. I jumped on email and a couple calls and then got to the task list. I spent a bunch of time cleaning things up andmid afternoon headed home. It was a quick drive and I got home and had a moment to sit and catch up with L and she told me all about the orientation she’s done with her students the last couple days and she’s excited for school to start. She whipped us up some dinner and we ate on the porch. After we ate I loaded some tools up and headed to D’s apartment to help him install some doors so he could have a lockable space. Each of his roommates came in at different points and helped with things and in no time we had a securable room for him. The boys helped me carry the tools back to my car and I headed home. Home and chatted with J a bit when he got home from work, he didn’t have a great day, he had to train people and doesn’t like doing that. We closed down the day and headed to bed. I took the pc with me and G came down a handful of times as he couldn’t sleep. Up too late and too tired to sleep.