We were up early this morning and it was nice and cool. Nice!! We went for an early 3 miles and it was the best walk we have had in months. Oh, we were still needing a bath when we returned to Fred but it was certainly a much more enjoyable walk. On our first loop we met a new family of very young ducklings. Very cute.
After a bath and a quick breakfast we were on the road back to Oneonta. We received a call yesterday afternoon that Aunt Helen and Aunt Jean were going to move to a new room. They are now back on the rehab hall up close to the desk. Room 403 for the family. The staff said they would stay in this room permanently. The facility needed to make some moves that had nothing to do with our ladies and so we were told, the nurses on the rehab unit said that if they were going to get long-term care patients they wanted Helen and Jean. We had a very good experience on that wing for rehab so we were fine with the move. We helped get them moved and re-hung some pictures and arranged some things for them. They both said they liked their new “apartment” and seemed quite content when we left this afternoon. They are having a little problem finding their room again but the staff will help them until they get reoriented. Everything seemed good so we are happy.
Max got a hair cut while Anne went to the Whited Farms produce stand and purchased some fresh, home grown, Blount County tomatoes and another watermelon. Always glad when we can get our first locally grown tomatoes. Then we had a good visit with Donna at Blount Office Supplies. We really miss Donna and Barry. We will try to make up for lost time when we get things completed in Tuscaloosa. We returned to the mountain to check on the house and stopped at Helen’s to visit with Debra and Carol for a while. They were having a few days of visiting and playing Scrabble and other games. It was great to spend some time with them. Thanks for allowing our interruption of your game, ladies.
The storm that came through late yesterday afternoon did a fair amount of tree damage in our area and we were not sure what we would find on our tree covered driveway and house. We did have some limbs down but nothing that could not be easily moved and fortunately, no limbs on the house. Again we were very blessed.
We got back on the road just before rush hour and made it back to Tuscaloosa without problems. Once we got back to Fred, it was time to fry up some bacon and make BLTs. BLTs with Blount County tomatoes, and watermelon. Two of the best things of summer.
We have done a lot of work in Tuscaloosa the last few weeks. Hopefully we are about to see some fruits of our labors. We will let you know. It was a busy day but good day. Hope everyone has a great weekend. It is now 8:00 pm and it is still 90 degrees with a heat index of 98, so we may talk ourselves out of walking tonight.
It started off hot again today. By the time we did our morning 3 miles it was already in the upper 80’s. But like they say: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change.” Okay, that hasn’t been true the last few days but today was different. This afternoon we went back into our old “weather mode” with radar on the TV and NWS weather chat on the computer. There was no real damage around us but we read about a good bit of damage in other counties. When we saw the gust front approaching on the radar we did pull in the windward slides.
The good part for us was that the temperature dropped over 20 degrees in a very short period. And that made our evening walk MUCH nicer.
We decided it was time to let you know we are still alive. We just haven’t wanted to bore you every day.
It is still really hot in Tuscaloosa. Last night at 8:00 we were ready to go for our evening 3 miles and looked and it was still 92 degrees with 100 degree heat index. We did walk outside but quickly decided it was just too hot for a serious walk. We strolled around a bit but just couldn’t bring ourselves to do another 3 miles. We try to do 15 minute miles so even tonight when it was a cooler 89, it was a sweaty 45 minute walk. Tonight took a little longer because before heading back to the house, we stopped at Cookout for a couple of shakes. We tried a Snickers shake for the first time tonight and it was really good. We will be buying that one again.
You know we haven’t been doing anything interesting when we show you a picture of a freezer defrosting. The rest of the past three days we were cleaning out some cabinets, refrigerator and doing a lot of accounting. That’s about it. Hopefully things will improve soon.
Yesterday and today were both very hot and dry. We watched yesterday’s stormy weather to the north, but only got a slight drizzle here.
About the only thing of even the least bit of interest we did yesterday was make blueberry pancakes and top them with our homemade honey-blueberry syrup. The rest of the day was spent trying to stay cool and working on estate paperwork.
Today, however, we enjoyed a very good contemporary service at Forest Lake UMC, which is about a block away. The sermon was based on Act 8:26-40 and was entitled “Lay Mission.” It reminded us that we are all ministers and that we should practice our ministry all week long. We noticed the permanent graphics above the stage “Gather, Grow, Go, Give” and how well the message reflected those instructions.
After the service we drove back to Deerlick Creek Campground and looked around again. Then we tried to stay cool and worked on some accounting stuff. Oh, we did walk three miles this morning and another three miles this evening.