Sunday, February 19, 2017

Week of February 13 - 19, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
Dad attended his regular temple session on Wednesday evening.

Cub Scouts went well. Boys loved making and flying paper airplanes and Dee made me a super fancy airplane shooter. I had to spend quite a bit of time updating...and changing the calendar.I also did my preparations for our next meeting on Wednesday. We are creating boats.

I was blessed to talk to one visiting teaching sister at the hospital. Her husband's progress is slow, and his second surgery was postponed over and over. We are still praying for fluid to clear from his lungs and surgery on leg and then spine to happen. My visiting teachers came on Monday. I did get to go with my companion and complete our other visits. Dad home taught on Sunday evening and finished home teaching for the month.

I am in Mosiah 21 in my Book of Mormon reading.

I have indexed 5389 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
The Wilkins Family had a wonderful week. There were lots of practices and games, and Mike and Allison are both busy working. The kids were super heroes and surprised Mom when she was absolutely exhausted. Allison shared:

"After Grace's eye doctor appointment, Adam's basketball practice and shopping with all 4 kiddos at Sam's Club this morning (on only a couple of hours of sleep the past few nights), I told the kids to put the refrigerated stuff away, throw the rest on the table and to watch Sam, because I needed a nap. Woke up to a clean kitchen, an organized refrigerator, meat that had been weighed and packaged in the freezer and a shelf that looks like it belongs in a grocery store. Sometimes I think my little heathens just might turn out okay after all. ;) Love them!"

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 They made it through a week that included many appointments with flying colors! Grace also got a rebound in her basketball game on Saturday and was very brave when Mom changed her new earrings. There was bleeding, but all survived!

The Ethan Rice Family
Cameo had a great week beginning with her dad still there helping. She took him to the airport on Tuesday afternoon and then did her best to feed an infant, take Kaylee to and from preschool, cook, clean, launder and work six hours each day. The family went out for a Chinese dinner Friday evening, and Dad got to chat with Ethan on the phone, a rare treasure. Ethan is working many long hours, and hopefully in the next couple of weeks, he won't have to work the night shift too. Saturday, Cameo, Kaylee and Wade packed their things, and Ethan sadly loaded his sweet family for a trip to Phoenix. Hopefully, this will help Cameo until Ethan can get down to working one shift, and he won't have to worry about everyone. Cameo made it through the airport (Ethan could at least help her to get to the right terminal. I barely got to the right place alone!) and  made it safely here.

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We enjoyed having them at church with us on Sunday, and I had a good time in Kaylee's primary class.
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 Dad held Wade for the first time at church and Wade smiled and chatted with him. He wasn't so thrilled with Grammy though.

He liked Aunt Kayty's pink hair!




Today, Wade was NOT a fan of Grammy!


The Doran Rice Family
Doran had a good last week at his job. Amber fought a nasty cold all week while having to work many hours. We delivered some snow peas to them on Saturday. Kooper was very busy with his trucks and Amber and Kelsie had just returned from a pet adoption event.

Morgan
Morgan is working many many overtime hours.

Kayty
Kayty had an ok week. Good Monday off. Work days were not so good, since the implications of permanent employment were misleading, so she is busy searching for a new job while waiting for the axe to fall at the old one. She has health insurance until March 1st. Lots of prayers for her now. She enjoyed her dinner group on Sunday evening.

Total saves for the week: 2 minor ones

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan is busy studying for school. He didn't get the math score he wanted, so he studies harder and harder. Tests in that class take five or more hours and total grade is from those test scores. He got the ingredients and made some awesome Gumbo on Wednesday/Thursday.

Work
Dad's work days go twelve hours or more and include many meetings, lots of drawing changes, and visits to suppliers as need arises. He prepared for his upcoming trip to Mexico and scheduled a trip to Utah in early March.

My week was full of laundry, cooking, cleaning, mopping, dusting, vacuuming, hauling boxes from the attic out to our trash pile, shoveling and raking chicken compost for dad's gardens, organizing, painting, preparing for scouts, and snooping in other trash piles as I jog. I ended up jogging home with an empty five gallon bucket...not an easy task! and finding some nice window screen frames that dad can make a screen for our bedroom window and his office window. We need a way to have windows open and Lilly Rae not escaping.

Dad's Garden
Peas are flourishing! We picked 5 pounds 6 ounces of snow peas on Friday. Spinach is going to seed. Tomatoes are taking off now, and we had nearly 2 inches of rain on Saturday and Sunday.

Other highlights
Wade Wallin came to see the progress so far on the master bathroom  and advise us on the next steps.Termites need to be treated and then framing begins on the wall of the shower stall.

Not so highlights
Kicked a dowel on the back porch when I foolishly didn't have shoes on...probable broken toe, though I could wear my church shoes on Sunday. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week of February 6 - 12, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
Though cub scouts was cancelled on Wednesday, the day was too crazy and so we chose to attend the Thursday evening temple session together.

I wrote a final letter to my inmate Sister Nena and wrote a first letter to my new inmate Sister Jessica. Nena sent me a final letter, since she will be released to a halfway house on Valentine's Day. She is so excited to get out of the prison, and is very anxious to be reunited with her daughter soon to leave on a mission and hopefully her younger son, who is kept with his father in California. I hope she continues to correspond in the halfway house and she will be in my prayers to continue the progress she has made. Sister Jessica is 26, a mother of four, and will be incarcerated for a few more years, so I will have a great chance at sharing messages I hear and witness.

Our ward held a special fast today for a brother in our ward who was in a very serious motorcycle accident on Friday morning. He will need multiple surgeries for the compound leg fracture, the crushed hip, the broken vertebrae. I am his wife's visiting teacher and will try my best to keep in touch and help in any way she needs.

I had Cub Scout committee meeting before church and left with a huge list of assignments! Blue and Gold Banquet assignments, pinewood derby assignments....

Dad gave his High Priest lesson this week rather than next and felt he studied and prepared and was guided by the Holy Ghost in his teaching. 

Dad visited two home teaching families on Sunday evening.

I completed reading the February Ensign Magazine and am in Mosiah 7 in my Book of Mormon reading.

I have indexed 4705 names so far this year. I was able to index the marriage records for Chang and Eng (their last name on Wikipedia is Bunker. When in line to turn in American Citizenship papers, they saw they had no last name and asked the man behind them what his last name was...Bunker. So they took that one.) These two gentlemen were joined by a ligament at their sternum and shared a liver and were discovered as teenagers in Thailand...then called Siam. So Chang and Eng were the first Siamese Twins. They married sisters, Adelaide and Sarah Ann Yates on 13 April 1843 and I indexed their marriage records. The ended up having more than ten children each, and it was quite scandalous for the time. After all the records I have gone through (which now with marriage records that included five additional names per record), this is the first famous one!

Family

The Wilkins Family
First, we have to share the completed Super Bowl puzzle...
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Sam does them his own way...
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The Wilkins had a very busy week, with work, school, sports, scouts, activity days, dances,etc.
Grace and Dad had a wonderful time at the school Daddy/Daughter event
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And everyone had games...at the same time...at different locations on Saturday. Allison had great help from friends. She was at Josh's game and you can surely tell he is doing what he loves to do!!
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The Ethan Rice Family
 Cameo had more success at getting in her six hours each day, thanks to her dad being there to help.
Ethan has been working every single day for over a month, but finally got an evening off to enjoy dinner...
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And a wonderful entire day off on Sunday.
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At Clayton County International Park
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The Doran Rice Family
Doran continues at his old job this week and may help Amber's company relocate to a larger facility. Kelsie and Kooper are doing well and happy as ever!

Morgan
Morgan and Christy had a busy work week.

Kayty
Kayty went to the zoo Monday for her birthday and spent way too much time in the snake enclosure!!She worked the rest of the week, had a treat at her regular Thursday meeting
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 ..and went to church on Sunday.

Total saves this week: Two with seizures

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan has been busy with school projects and homework, and Jessica continues to work and keep Annalee safe. We were able to facetime a few times this week with her. She is talking up a storm! She is also becoming quite the artist...
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...or was this her list of what Daddy was doing instead of watching her when this happened?

Work
Dad's work week was busy, as always, and even busier when he was told his co-captain had quit and he is now solely responsible for reports from Supplier Development Engineers from Arizona and Utah going East till they encouner the East Coast engineers...plus he still has suppliers of his own to contend with. Days are over 12 hours long and calls and messages come throughout the night. He took a vacation day on Friday and fought a 5th grade class. Well, most of the class was pretty good, except the one kid who greeted him with "I have ADHD" and had predetermined he did not have to behave.

I mixed cleaning, laundry, mopping, vacuuming, scrubbing 1 bathroom, baking homemade bread, cooking breakfast, lunches and dinners, with hammering up the thinset in the bathroom. There was a tool available, but we just weren't sure it would work in our circumstance...and the tool costs over $150, plus the dust from thinset powder all over the house would take me months to clean up. So, I hammer and chipped away some every day.We finished on Saturday...and only my room needs a good dusting next week.

So worth it!!
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New samples...
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 And the floor medallion dad purchased at a yard sale for $5
I haven't been able to decide about the bathroom cabinet...paint, toss. And there is not room for two bathroom sinks, so I figured that maybe I will just have Dad sand, re stain, and seal with a shiny varnish...the brown oak does go with this. Then I only have to decide sink and counter top (and where to put all my stuff since there is no room on that cabinet for my things AND his...)

 Dad's Garden
He is cabbaging and snow peaing us to death!! We have had Snow Pea Chicken Sundays for weeks. I think I will make some egg rolls this week using more of the cabbage. The weather has helped the tomato plants turn around and they are thriving now!

Year of the House (part 2)
You see we are going strong. Dad has goals for figuring out the shower drain, a vinyl membrane for the floor, and where to locate the wall. (He is figuring out how to cut the least amount of the stone tile that will go across the shower stall floor and up the wall behind the shower spout.


Other highlights
Lilly Rey disappeared on Wednesday and after hours of looking and searching, we stayed home from the temple to get Kayty's help and ended up Dad heard her cries on the back porch and he and Kayty captured her. Not sure how she got out and since Happy Valley Road is very noisy and Lilly likes it quiet. She must have been so terrified!

Beautiful jogging this week! I even ran without a hoodie on Saturday...first in a long time! Weather has been perfect!


Not so highlights
None that stand out...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week of January 30 - February 5, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
Dad attended his favorite temple session on Wednesday evening. I was going to attempt a Friday morning session with our relief society sisters, but I had to clean, buy groceries and do lots of cub scout stuff.

Cub scouts was time consuming this week. Two hours of Scouting for Food flyer handouts on Wednesday night and Saturday morning food pickup took time too.

It was great to be back in church on Sunday and tell everyone about my adventures in Georgia. We had a wonderful Relief Society lesson and I was able to write letters to both my inmate sister that will be released in a couple of weeks and my new inmate sister who will be incarcerated for a few years. 

I have indexed 3944 records so far this year. I was accustomed to one name = one record last year. Now, when you type a marriage record, one record = six names and a date. It takes me almost two hours to do 100 records.

In my Book of Mormon reading, I am in Jacob 6.

Family

The Wilkins Family
These super kids all celebrated amazing report card success this week...
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All earned straight A's. (And Sam is obviously a Straight A Little Brother). Congratulations!!
I received this update from Allison early Sunday morning...

Hey! I am so sorry that I am such a terrible daughter and never call/write. We are all doing good. I started working part-time (every night) at the beginning of January, so life has been crazy! We had temple shutdown for 2 weeks and I had to work 6-7 hours a day, which threw everyone off. I'm still just getting caught up on the housework that was missed while I was working so much. Adam is on the school basketball team and is having so much fun. He has been hanging out with some friends on Friday nights the past couple of weeks, and I am so happy for him. He made the park of "King" in the spring musical. He got a weird infection 2 weeks ago that affected his kidneys, but he has recovered and is doing well. Grace is a "townsperson" in the spring musical and is also doing basketball. She's still trying to get the hang of it... today she was THRILLED when the ball was passed to her (but she ran toward the wrong basket with it). She has an amazing math teacher this year and earned the highest grade 1st semester (math has always been a struggle for her), so we are super-proud. She was such a huge help when I worked so much... putting Sam to sleep each night. She's such a sweetheart. Josh just started soccer at school and LOVES it (of course). He has really improved in his reading. He read the scripture all by himself in Primary opening exercises last week and did awesome! Sam is doing great and is talking more and more. He came in the bathroom while I was in the shower on Friday and was furious and said his first whole sentence: "Grace and Josh are playing MY Christmas game! I'm mad!" Why in the world they would WANT to play "Hi-ho Cherry-o" without being forced to by a toddler is beyond me, but I was thrilled with his sentence. He has his 3-year-well check last week and is the weight/height of a 4 1/2-year-old. The doctor is recommending him for speech therapy because he says a few sounds wrong. Our ward is getting re-aligned on the 12th and I am so hoping we get more youth! The kid's school (which I adore) has always taught in a more traditional way (not common core) and has refused to "teach the test." Their test scores fell in the 5% margin last year, so the state is threatening to shut them down mid-year. They have to present a plan in 45 days to show how they are going to improve test scores. Ugh! I'm sure it will all work out, but we are all a little worried about it. Adam is auditioning for LVA for piano (they are an arts magnet school, but are rated highly for curriculum as well). The school he's zoned for his good, but is only a 4-star school, so LVA is slightly better. We will see what works out. We miss you guys so much! Love the pictures of you with Wade and Kailee! Love you guys!
 While the men enjoyed the Super Bowl, these two enjoyed what seems to be a very challenging puzzle.
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Snacks were shared by all so it was a win-win!

The Ethan Rice Family
Cameo got up, got ready, and pumped all the way to the airport and got me there on time! She is a super hero!! Kaylee and I played a few upstairs hide and seek and tag before i had to go. Atlanta was a crazy busy airport!! I had been so careful what I packed, since I was frisked and xrayed, but still, they thought my very obvious boxes of Mickey Mouse Village accessories were potential explosives and had to rub some paper all over each box and test it for such. It was a pass, but I had to repack everything! I finally found the right subway, got to the right gate and headed home...on time! I had a window seat and enjoyed seeing the clear land across our nation.

Regular schedule returned and Kaylee went to school on Tuesday, though Ethan had to work day hours, which meant Cameo had to drive the nearly two hours of to and from, do her six hours of work for her job, and keep Wade full and happy. Kaylee loved school Wednesday, and Wade had a great two month check up that day too, well, until they brought the shot...Anyway, he has gained 2 pounds and grown 2 inches. 23 Inches long and 13.6 pounds.

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Grampy Wally aka Wade, arrived on Saturday to meet his little namesake. Kaylee was very happy Grampy had arrived and Ethan was even off work in the evening!


The Doran Rice Family
Doran's neighbor shared a job opportunity with Doran and they offered Doran a job with a vehicle, a significant raise, and better insurance. His employer made a counter offer but it wasn't significant so he chose to make the change. New job ahead for this family!!


Doran was such a help again on Saturday. Dad and I started the demo of the master bathroom and filled some very heavy wheelbarrows full of block and bathtub, which he hauled with ease. Then, I went off to play in the sand and on the swings with Kooper and Kelsie and he helped get the tile, mirror and drywall down and hauled away. Dad grilled some burgers and made French fries to feed these great helpers. Thanks so much, Doran!!! Amber was busy at pet adoption events all weekend. Kelsie says that they are boring!

Morgan


Kayty
Kayty slept late, met a new guy on a date Monday afternoon, and viewed Bachelor/Bachelorette Monday night. Tuesday was back to work.She enjoyed her work week and switched shifts on Sunday so another co-worker could watch the Super Bowl.

We celebrated Kayty's 26th birthday on Friday night with her favorite haystacks for dinner and her favorite cake for her.

Lilly Rey: cake guard

Kaylee FaceTime sang with us.


Kaylee even got to sing via Facetime and wish her a happy birthday. She requested that we freeze a piece of that cake for her to eat when she comes to visit in a couple weeks. 

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan was busy at school with homework and working on projects required for his courses. He designed and fabricated a brass hammer that was very impressive.

Annalee had a rough start to the week with a stomach bug and fever. Nate and Jess spent one night on an air mattress till they could clean up their bed.

He called Friday morning to let us know that he scored a 100 percent on a six and a half hour dynamics exam. Hooray!!!

We spoke with them via FaceTime on Sunday morning before church. Annalee is growing and talking so much...and her hair is getting longer! She's a beauty!


Work
Dad had meetings and visits  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday he took a couple of vacation days and taught 6th Grade. Thursday was not a good day...the kids just wanted to play and goof around. Friday was no better. He is finished substituting on vacation days for awhile.

My Monday was travel, and I ended up getting all of the laundry from my 5 days and Dad's three day trip done and put away late Monday. Tuesday was cleaning up after not being here to do chores for days. My regular cleaning schedule returned on Wednesday and I scrubbed tubs, toilets and floor, dusted, vacuumed and mopped, and did it all again on other days.


Dad's Garden
Lots of produce this week: snow peas, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, and much citrus. Dad bought some tomato plants to replace the ones that didn't look good after the week of cold weather at the end of January.




Year of the House (Part 2)
I was doing a painting tape product review and painted by the doorway of the sewing/laundry room. I liked it so much that I am continuing. Yes, that leafy ivy wall border is going away (the door will remain, however) but it's just a bit at a time. I can't handle too many messes at once.

Bathroom demo is done...now for the tile to be chipped up that has been there for over 30 years. Cabinet and toilet will stay and cabinet will be repainted. (Yes, guys, he will paint an oak cabinet!)



Other highlights
Thought the pilot didn't announce it, I DID finally see the Mississippi River...via aircraft. It was big, though I had imagined barges on it and none were visible.

My goal for the year involved Faith without Fear. Well, my first big chance to have faith and no fear was not as successful as I had hoped. I was faithful...until my plane left four hours late, and dad called two mornings in a row with Kayty's low blood glucose and her not being cooperative nor even kind, and then I was up nearly every hour at night worrying...and praying a lot, and I was not the least bit confident in a strange new airport, and was really uncomfortable on the way home, and was frustrated with the plane that had no spot to park in Phoenix and just sat on the tarmack...for along time!. No, my faith was not pure in January. I did come to the conclusion that I really find it refreshing to just get up when the Spirit moves me, walk in and check her, and hop right back into bed. There is always more time and more opportunities, though I am NOT a fan of traveling nor airplane flight in the least.


Not so highlights
Other than my Scouting for Food fiasco and Dad's discouraging teaching experiences, it was a good week.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Week of January 23 - 29, 2017

Highlights:

Spiritual
My visiting teachers came on Monday and I went and completed visiting our last sister with my companion on Tuesday. I had hoped to attend the 4:30 pm Tuesday temple session, but with checking in for my flight, printing boarding pass, taking care of chickens, cooking and everything else, there was no time...plus I had pack meeting that night, which included a skit our boys needed to perform and handing out the new calendars.Dad attended the temple Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights.

Church was wonderful on Sunday, both for Dad in Phoenix and me in Georgia. I attended with Cameo, Kaylee and Wade. They are part of a ward full of wonderful people!!!



After church, we enjoyed time together, 

Ethan and Cameo's home teachers came, and then we ate a wonderful Chinese dinner Ethan prepared and Ethan had a few moments away from work and with his family.
I didn't remember to write down where I was in my scripture reading but I was somewhere in the latter half of second Nephi in the Book of Mormon.

Before I left, I had indexed a total of 3429 records so far this year.

Family

The Wilkins Family
No word from this family this week. I know they are very, very busy!

The Ethan Rice Family
Kaylee and I had a great conversation Monday evening via FaceTime. Hide and seek, catch, and just good conversation...until Mommy made her the perfect honey sandwich, which she gave me a bite of and she was off.

Ethan wanted his Christmas gift to be that I came out to see them, so I used his Christmas money to buy the ticket. By the time I FINALLY arrived, it ended up being a blessing, since Ethan had to work many many hours during the week (22 one day) and I was there to help out while he was away.

My flight was delayed before I left.  It was delayed when I got to the airport. (It turned out to be an interesting trip there. Grandma was to take me since Dad was gone, but with the first delay, Dad was able to meet us along the way, and I ended up switching cars along the way at Camelback road in a parking lot. Dad took me and dropped me off in his rental car from his business trip.) At the second delay, the offered us a ten dollar lunch, so I took the paper and went to the nearest restaurant (not many choices in that set of gates at the airport)...Got a $9.96 chicken caesar salad...
Literally the size of my hand...but it sufficed. My plane finally left here at 7:45 pm and arrived there way after midnight, which meant that the most busy airport in the United States shut down their travel subway at midnight. I ended up climbing off the plane on rickety metal stairs down to the tarmack and then off to a bus, which took us to the terminal. Ethan was in the terminal and I was coming in from outside! He looked great, we hugged and headed off to his house, quickly, since he was to get only two hours of sleep before he had to go to work. I quickly saw Wade, their lovely home and went in the guest room upstairs to bed. 




It was so cold the whole time I was there. We mainly stayed indoors, except to take Kaylee to and from preschool. I kept Wade walked and happy, fed him milk mommy pumped while working, played game after game after game of hide and seek, and had a grand time!














 The pics were pretty good, since I discovered when I arrived that something had broken on my good camera and the lens would not stay on. I used my phone and Cameo took lots with hers.
On Saturday, Kaylee wanted me to help with her Easy Bake Oven, which I was all too happy to do since I always wanted on but never had one.








Went to McDonalds for Kaylee to get a chance to play
Ethan was able to come home from work and enjoyed playing with Wade


Kaylee, Cameo and I took all the decorations down and put them in their boxes. 
New home are a crazy expense aren't they? New refrigerator and dryer (hookups were wrong), new blinds (builder provides front windows, owners provide for back)- 2 front windows (8 windows side and rear), towel racks, ceiling fans, furniture that fits including a new dining table, sofa, chairs, and guest bedroom bed and dresser, plus creating a home office for Cameo, and then new furniture for Wade's room. Their house is awesome and the basement will someday be amazing. And the closets!!! Awesome!!!
Thank you for the gift, Ethan, and the Mickey Mouse accessories for my village!!! And thank you for the hotel like setting to stay with you!!

The Doran Rice Family
Dad saw Doran on his way down to Tucson. Doran's injury is doing better...he ended up calling the doctor last weekend and it was figured that Doran, who was feeling very weak, had lost nearly a pint of blood with the injury, which his body will have to absorb.Still, he brought the kids over on Saturday to play while he helped Dad align the jeep. Dad made Chinese to show his appreciation for the help.

Morgan
Busy work week but all is well.

Kayty
Kayty had a good Monday off work, sleeping late and watching shows on NetFlix.She ended up going low twice in a row while I was in Atlanta and Dad contacted me via FaceTime to talk to her and get her to take some sugar. It was a HARD job for Dad and he was a Super Hero!!

The Nathan Rice Family
Nathan had a busy school week, but is loving it. Annalee was sick, so Nathan and Jessica switched shifts with each other on Sunday.

Work
Monday, Dad was in meetings from early morning till 1:30 pm and then I took him at 2 pm to go pick up his rental car and he headed off to Tucson for two days of Kaizen event. He arrived after a rainy trip, ate some wonderful Chinese food, found a 99 cent store and settled into his hotel, which ended up being quite a nice place! It was a resort and he had his own casita with two beds, a sofa, a back patio, and a bathroom larger than ours at home! They brought him a fruit basket and water bottles as soon as he checked in. It was a drive everywhere, so he didn't get to use his breakfast voucher at the restaurant, since he was on the phone with another coworker during is prep time. He would have finished his responsibilities on Tuesday had the leader of the event done his job and another participant not taken things off track the entire day. Dad did get an amazing meal on Tuesday, including a seafood salad that was to die for.

Dad's Garden
A rainy Monday was glorious for the garden! Cold Tuesday and Wednesday nights were a concern though, and finally some plants succomed to frost on Wednesday, as the huge wind blew off Dad's cover. Still, he picked a huge Chinese cabbage that he was able to share with two other people and still keep some for himself. Peas are plentiful and the garden still is pretty doggone happy. 


Other highlights
Dad was invited to dinner on Wednesday by our next door neighbor and enjoyed meeting another neighbor down the street.

Not so highlights
Late flight. Frozen plants. That's about it.