What are you doing this weekend?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
What are you doing this weekend?
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Fri, 06-06-2014 - 7:52pm

Will this be a nice weekend weather-wise? Will you be getting out and doing anything fun?

We're already gearing up for the weekend here. Enrique's 100 Mile race starts on Saturday morning at 6am so today was spent with him finishing up the preparations. My job today is to get a certain dinner on the table at 6pm which is much earlier than we normally eat. He plans to go to bed at 8pm, the sun will have set by then but it won't be completely dark yet. We're getting up at 3am on Saturday, I'll drive him to the start (about an hour east in the mountains) then come back home, and return to pick him up on Sunday mid-morning unless I get notified that he dropped out early. He expects to finish in 30 hrs which will be around noon. So I won't plan to do anything that I cannot stop suddenly if I need to get him. I'll probably do yard work on Saturday. Sunday we may not get back home until mid or late afternoon and I have no idea what to expect after that....don't know if he'll want to eat or just go to sleep, if he'll be able to climb the stairs, if he'll be nauseous, etc etc. Don't know what Monday and Tuesday will hold either....it often takes 24-48 hrs for soreness to really hit. He kept his work schedule clear through Wednesday! Its a little bit nerve-wracking but the good part is that he has assured me that if he's feeling poorly he will drop out. Since he turned 60 he has become more practical in that way, he accepts that he isn't Superman and that he can't just push through the physical exertion like he could when he was younger.

I'm caught up on post-travel stuff, all of the laundry is done and the refrigerator is stocked again. The cat sitter watered my garden so everything is doing well---the tomatoes really grew in just 5 days. I had a good time but I had mostly exhausted the things to do/see in the immediate downtown area. If it hadn't been so hot I could have gone further afield...there is a botanical garden I wanted to see, and some missions, but it was just too hot and humid to be out walking around for very long. If we go back it will need to be in March or April!

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Fri, 06-06-2014 - 8:33pm

Nothing big planned-the house is not sold yet, so the weekend will be spent trying to make sure things are "prettied-up" inside & out. Mike used the lawn tractor by the waterfront today & I mowed the lawn around the house. I still have to use the clippers close to the trees & around the flowerbeds, & I need to weed the gardens. At one point this evening-we were both doing the lawn-I had started it yesterday but when it went from a gentle sprinkle to a downpour-I quit. So today, after running errands & then visiting Mom, I had to finish up.

I'll be glad when this stage is done & we can begin stage #2-packing & finding a new house.

Nora

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Fri, 06-06-2014 - 9:10pm

That race sounds waaaay too grueling for me to ever consider, now or even way younger! 

Nothing huge here.  Dh has something going both tomorrow (Sat) morning and Sunday morning so I'll do house chores while he's gone.  DS works all day tomorrow too at his 'Saturday job' (he loves loves loves his new more 'real' job although it's just part time too).  We'll all go out to eat tomorrow night at a 'beef and brew' house down in our arts area; they have a number of veggie things ds can consider.   I have Philomena to watch, and we'll be watching the Canadian Grand Prix (F1 race) Sunday.  Maybe I'll get to read a bit; we'll see.

And best of luck Nora for someone to jump on your place - you sell before you look for another house? We did a bridge loan assuming we would have a bit of time to sell our old house before we got this one and were then committed to that for like 3 months and ended up selling the day we put it on the market (so wasted money on the bridge!).

Sue

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Fri, 06-06-2014 - 10:57pm

Housework, yardwork... I need to RoundUp all around the foundation in the stones that trim the house.  I still have 2 Endless Summer hydrangeas that need to have the dead wood trimmed.  Had the driveway sealcoated, so Bree & I were out all day.  Since we are a "private" road, it is narrow, & there are no curbs, or "street" parking--it's in the garage, on the driveway, or on the lawn!  Between here and there, I stopped at a garden center I like, just to browse, and stumbled across a couple tiny Heucheras on the remainder table-- a "Melting Fire" and a "Vulcano".  So now I have to plant tomorrow also.

It was hot today --up to 86-- but by late afternoon, a breeze from the north picked up, and  the eastside deck was shady and wonderfull!  I grilled, and we ate outside, since it was breezy enough to keep the bugs away.

Rae & Lolo are shopping for bridesmaids dresses this weekend, and altho they both insist they can take the kids with them, my spidey sense tells me I may be babysitting...

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 06-07-2014 - 12:40am

Nora, is escrow there typically one month, or is it longer? What will you do, where will you go in the interim of selling that house and closing on a house in Midland? Are there many homes on the market up there? Have you physically looked at anything there yet to get a good sense of what is available? 

Crossing my fingers that the buyer appears on your doorstep soon!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 06-07-2014 - 12:45am

"That race sounds waaaay too grueling for me to ever consider, now or even way younger! "

Sue, are you or did you used to be a runner?

IMO this race sounds insane! And technically its not really a race but an event. Dh will be walking the majority of it, and every finisher gets the same swag. But the first one to come in gets the bragging rights.

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Sat, 06-07-2014 - 8:43am

Nope; I swam for 2 years in HS, 4000 yards/day which then 'cured' me from swimming much after that - now I 'dangle' or just hang around on a float in the pool!  No more laps for me...  And I was 'serious midpack' as dh would call it - I did it for the exercise and for me; not that into competition (ds did the same thing for 2 years in HS and has that same mindset - just try to do better than previous personal best)  College, grad school, after but before ds, and for the last 3 years, just volleyball and a lot of walking and some hand weights.

Sue

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Sat, 06-07-2014 - 11:24am

We can set our time frame-with the buyers' agreement of course. And we will probably go for Bridge-financing to allow us to move out & into the new house. We were in Midland looking around, & a realtor there has been working for us-he knows our limit, our desires & there are a lot of suitable homes on the market there. But there are a lot here-some not far from here are priced quite low for country homes. What their current owners know (& aren't telling)is that a new sub-division has been approved to go in there in the very near future, it was publicized in the county paper-but if you live in town the name of the area means nothing. I wondered if I could go along & write on their "For Sale" signs-but I guess not. Like writing on the election signs-or burning the ones for the idiot who is our incumbent-against some kind of law?(LOL)

I was reading the Real Estate section last evening-& I really think it is priced fairly-there are small lots on small lakes-no buildings, that are almost as much as our house w/the well, septic, house & all amenities. So Mike & Jason are right-I just need to be patient. Unfortunately-not something I'm known for! And it isn't as if we are facing a move in Winter imminently.

Nora

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Sat, 06-07-2014 - 1:40pm

Yesterday we hosted a casual dinner party with 3 couples we invited.  (everyone now being retired, we can choose whatever day we want to invite people!).  Ray wanted to do most of the cooking - we barbecued skewered beef, but I helped in the kitchen to prepare some food for cooking.  It was, I would say a joint effort.  It was an enjoyable evening. 

Not so much planned for today or tomorrow.  Eric will probably come to supper tomorrow - not sure about Christine.  Of course Patrick is in Vancouver.  We may do some gardening work today.  Nothing hugely ambitious.  I'm really not that keen to do much anyway!  But it's a lovely bright sunny day here.  Not too hot at all (rarely have that problem here anyway! And we are far from really into summer weather yet). 

Elspeth, I was wondering...And maybe this is a dumb question, but why does Enrique do such gruelling races?  I guess for a runner, it is a challenge to be undertaken?  I just cannot imagine! But I never ever did any running in my life.  Never wanted to!

I hope he doesn't suffer too much as a result!

Shirley

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sat, 06-07-2014 - 1:46pm

  Not much happpening this weekend.

  Last night we went to dinner at the Veteran's Center.   They kept announcing that they had a surprise at the end of the evening.  The Bose Corporation gave a set of headphones to every veteran in attendence.

  Nothing on the schedule for today and tomorrow except for normal weekend chores.  I ran my errands this morning and as I was getting home DH was heading out to do his errands.  That is one area where we have a difference in personalities.  I prefer to run my errands alone, he prefers to have me go with him   I try to balance it out with going with him sometimes. 

  The high both today and tomorrow will be in the low  90s.  When temps get there I usually do any outside exercising in the morning and pretty much stay inside the rest of the day.  After spending my work week in a non air-conditioned shop I have no interest in spending my weekends in the heat. 

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Sat, 06-07-2014 - 7:24pm

I thought of Enrique today, Elspeth. We stopped at the little General Store in our village (we have 1 General Store, 1 Bar/restaurant-that was once a garage-and a garage. Used to have a bootlegger-but he died). Anyway-we stopped on our way to the cemetery & were astonished at the number of bicyclists. They seemed to be from the Ottawa area-looking for water & a public washroom. The water was easy-the washroom-not so much. Phil was trying to direct them to the bar (across the road)or the ballpark-the store does not have a washroom. They were all so slim-I felt very out of place!(Ottawa is about 100miles from here)

And as we were ready to leave-about 8 or 10 motorcyclists went zooming toward Ottawa with "Outlaw" patches on their backs. The road through our village is very quiet-usually-I can see the cyclists using it but not motorcycles, not unless they wished to avoid the highway & the police patrolling it?

Nora

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