Summer's last holiday

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Summer's last holiday
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Thu, 08-28-2014 - 8:12pm

We're about to head into a long weekend, and the "end of summer" even if the weather still seems like summer...is it still summer-like at your house? Do you have any plans for this upcoming weekend? Any cookouts of picnics or outdoor activities?

No plans yet here but there are some possibilities. A friend is trying to arrange 3 couples getting together for dinner out on one of the nights. On Sunday some of the inlaws will be in town for an afternoon baseball game. Dh thinks they will stop by our house either before or after the game, I just hope that they give us some warning. Summer is definitely still going strong here, we've been having some warmer than normal temps, so watering will be on my schedule. And figuring out more ways to eat cucumbers, of which I have a couple dozen!! Beyond that, just trying to stay cool by running the AC every afternoon.

Today we saw an exhibit at the Natural History Museum, it was a traveling show called Pirates! based on the recovery of the pirate ship Whydah that sank in 1717 off of Cape Cod. Very interesting exhibit with lots of very well preserved artifacts, and lots of general information about pirates in that era.

I've been having a lot of trouble with the boards, has anyone else? Its taking over a minute to load each page. It was timing out when I tried to log-in so I haven't been able to post for a couple of days. Supposedly "they" know that the problem exists but I don't know anything more. Hopefully I will be able to log in again in the coming days but if you don't see me around that's the explanation.

I hope that everybody has a relaxing long weekend.

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Registered: 11-24-1997
Thu, 08-28-2014 - 9:11pm

Elc - I thought Calif. has water restrictions because of drought conditions.  You mentioned about watering - am I wrong on this?  As for our weekend plans - we're invited to a friend's BBQ party Sat. night & we're told to bring bathing suits & towels.  She has a pool but given her location on Long Island, she's 5 - 10 min. from the beach!  Not looking forward to wearing a bathing suit after gaining some weight the past year.  The rest of our weekend will be quiet.  We're holding off spending any money until the pension starts in Oct.  Until we know the exact dollar amount, no spending until then.  I can't wait to travel & do things afterwards.  I've been working on the treadmill daily so I can lose the weight.  I also started cooking at home.  Now that we're retired - no more Chinese take-out, restaurants, etc.  Can't believe how many nights per week we ordered take out or ate out because I didn;'t cook at home.  

Also I met with Volunteer New York.  I have to attend a group meeting on Sept. 16th.  Hopefully I'll be reading to kids and helping them succeed in school.  The glaring issue in the suburbs is the affluent school districts vs. the low income districts.  I would like to see some of these disadvantaged kids succeed and think about college in their future.  Why should the affluent districts whose residents are earning $150,000.+ have the edge of sending their kids to the best universities?  In the low income districts, students are just happy to attend the local community college or just graduate high school.  They don't understand the impact of a 4 yr. degree.

Kathy

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 08-28-2014 - 9:28pm

Saturday we are having a personal shower for Rae, here at home.  Only about 30 people, but still, when it is at home it's a ton of work.  Since it IS summer's last gasp, that is the theme.  During the cocktail hour, we're having a mimosa "bar".  We'll have champagne on ice, and an array of fresh squeezed fruit juices, and fresh fruit garnishes.  People can make their own mix.  Fresh watermelon juice, with slices of Meyer lemon, or blueberries,  Orange juice with blood orange slices, or raspberries.  We'll also have a red sangria, and sweet tea.  The fresh fruit garnishes should look nice in both of those drinks, too.  We'll have fruit salad, and taco chips with 7-layer dip to soak up the alcohol.  For lunch, we're serving fried chicked, coleslaw, potato salad & sweet Hawaiian bread, on paper plates, for a picnic feel.  People can spread onto all the outdoor spaces.  It should be fun.

Sunday, Dh golfs, and then we're invited to our next-door neighbor's usual Labor Day party.  All the neighbors, all our kids who grew up together, and all our grandchildren are invited, so this should be fun, too.  Easy to walk home, if we get a little under the influence, and to let the dogs out once in a while.

Monday, we'll rest.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 08-28-2014 - 9:51pm
BTW El, we saw Pirates when it was in Chicago at the Field. It was a fascinating exhibit, complete with a section of the ship you walked on to enter, and recreations of scenes using mannequins. All the newer exhibits, especially the traveling ones, have this Disneyland feel, and personally, I enjoy them.
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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 08-28-2014 - 11:04pm

No plans. It is unseasonally cool here; I might  do some clean up in the garden.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 08-29-2014 - 2:45am

Kathy, yes we are in a drought and there are restrictions but in my area at least, outside watering is not prohibited. We can water before 10am and after 6pm. Also I'm watering mostly vegetable plants....I tore out the front "lawn" (weedpatch was more like it) 10 years ago to create a cottage garden so much of the area is veggies and herbs. I don't feel as bad watering plants that will give a return. The former lawn in our backyard is dead, back there I'm watering just enough to keep the magnolia tree alive. Also we conserve water indoors in several ways.

I believe that some parts of the state have prohibitions on outside watering, probably in northern CA. They have been more impacted than SoCal (in that they received a lower percentage of their average annual rainfall) and also we have different sources for our water. 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 08-29-2014 - 3:02am

Sabr, the set-up at our museum had the ship but it was near the end. They had to divide the exhibit between 2 floors because the space for traveling exhibits was not large enough for all of it. Ours started with a short film that finished with thunder and lightning and the screen rose to reveal the ship's bell in its watery display case. Kind of theatrical but in a good way. And I enjoyed the Tavern with the talking mannequins. There were a couple of costumed pirates wandering around the larger space, answering questions and engaging the visitors. We saw one outside discussing where the show was going next so maybe they travel with the show?

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 08-29-2014 - 8:13am

  We rarely have any plans for Labor Day.  Just enjoy having a day off work.   We hit the hottest part of the year about two weeks ago and our daytime highs are running in the upper 90 to low  100s so it is still summer for us,

This year we are spending it in Michigan.  DH and I flew in yesterday morning and the girls are flying in tonight.  My dads funeral is tomorrow and we fly back on Monday.

We are getting a break in the heat,  highs here should be in the 70s the time we are here.  DH actully turned on the heater in the hotel room last night. 

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Fri, 08-29-2014 - 8:53am

We will be spending this last summer weekend in a predictable way-we'll be packing most of our possessions into boxes! (& trying to clean all the appliances, as they don't go with us). I have almost finished the first pair of curtains to put in the new house-suddenly we'll have neighbours...curtains will matter!! And will make another pair to take when we drive there to take possession of the house on the 16th. We figure to drive up on the 15th, see the lawyer on the 16th, make sure things are okay in the house & return here on the 17th.

On the 23rd the moving truck comes-they load what we've packed & we will dash around to vacuum & clean what has been hidden by boxes, then load pets & anything we didn't box up into the van & car & drive to the new house. The truck will unload on the 25th. This house is ours until the 30th-but the neighbours will keep an eye on it for us for those few days because we will be busy unpacking-400km away.

As for the weather-September is forecast to be more summery than August was! However, after that, we are supposed to have a long, hard Winter. As long as we get moved in, I can unpack my books & my knitting-plus get my ordered bulbs & plants in before the Winter comes-I am prepared to wait Winter out!

Nora

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Fri, 08-29-2014 - 9:25am

A/C running 24/7 here - yesterday was the first time in well over a week where the heat index was ONLY 100.  Got to 111 the other day; very sticky and still and yuck.  So summer still going strong here too.

Weekend - dh works tomorrow, I am having lunch with a friend. Then we're doing home prep for having dh's family over for a final pool party (might not be final if this heat continues!); I'm just donig tacos/nachos so I can prep inside at any time, even tomorrow if I want, and just reheat the meat Sunday.  Thought that was less hot/streesful than a bbq with this heat we've had.

Beyond that nothing specified; I wanted Monday to chill - not sure doing what; if it's not raining (which it will tomorrow, and might Sunday and Monday too) ; maybe I'll see what's at the movies as I have a coupon for a local theater. There are a lot of things going on around town but they're mostly weather-dependent and it sounds like we're in for wet all 3 days.

Sue (no issues with site)

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 08-29-2014 - 11:58am

Been very chilly here; I had to wear a coat for my walk yesterday. I don't mind; I am not a summer heat person.  It's a bit warmer today.

The street is a mess; the city is  working on the drainage. We have had problems with flooded basements in this area and the city has got a plan to fix the problem.    So, we have to live with dug up streets and front yards for a few months. DH & I will be taking a few walks to check up on the progress.

The next phase of the house renovations start next week. Plus, I am going to start packing up DH's stuff for him. He moves into his new place on Oct 1st. Next week, school starts so he will be too busy to pack himself.  September will be spent packing DH's stuff and painting ceilings and walls. 

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