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By beckysdad on Sep 25, 2016 at 8:45 PM

We topped out at 97 today. At least we cool off overnight. I'll be able to open the house up around bedtime. It will probably only get the house down to 72 or so by morning but it will be a better way to start the day. It will largely be over by Wednesday. I think we're going to go see Sully when I make my weekly visit. The folks love Tom Hanks. Who doesn't? Good luck to you and Chuck tomorrow. I'm sure it will go well. He may be grumpy about the early start but just remind him he's going from sleeping in one place to sleeping in another for a while. Mmmm..ice cream!

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By catsuberalles on Sep 25, 2016 at 8:01 PM

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By beckysdad on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM

What the hell?! It's ten degrees hotter here than it is there. That's not the way it's supposed to be...unless it's Winter...which we don't really have. It's going to be the same here tomorrow, too. My constitution is far too delicate for that. At least the Cards have the decency to be trailing the Cubbies. It would be bad if they won. Sigh...Arnie did it right. With Fernandez we'll never know. He was great for a short time and by all reports he was a good guy. So sad.

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By beckysdad on Sep 25, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Aaack...I said Hernandez rather than Fernandez. Yikes!

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By beckysdad on Sep 25, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Well, it sure didn't look like you were going to win on defense. I'm glad it appears you'll remain undefeated. I wasn't emotionally invested in any of the football games today so they caused me no stress. Seattle continues their ownage of the Niners. There were doubts about their offense but they were sure able to get well on the Niner's D. Sadly the Giants lost and the Mets won...big. The Phillies threw batting practice for them and it ended as a 17-0 blowout. It was sad to hear about the Marlins losing Hernandez. He was way too young. And at the other end of the spectrum I just saw that Arnie passed away. What a legend.

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By beckysdad on Sep 25, 2016 at 4:57 AM

Washington will be tough. Then things get (a bit) easier against Washington St. before following up with Notre Dame. They don't have an easy schedule but the first half is particularly tough. The Hawgs did well for three quarters and then it got ugly. Still it was a pretty good contest. The G-men led by three much of the game and then after turning my back for a short time it was tied and late. It was sure nice to see some tenth inning heroics. I'm looking forward to today's game. Ty Blach is one of our rookies that will be getting his first major league start. He looks promising. I'd love to see him do well...and if we could manage to have the Mets and the Cars lose then I'd be even happier.

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By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Well, I've spoken to all my siblings now. Everyone is on board and enthusiastic. I haven't spoken to any of the kids as yet. The funny thing is both Mike and Teresa were thinking I was trying to organize a family photo. Have they forgotten who I am? That would require me to be on the other side of the camera lens...not happening. I spent a fair amount of time on the phone with Mike and then a really long time with Teresa. She was visiting the folks today so she called me on her way home. We were on the phone just shy of two hours. It caused me to miss most of the Stanford game though I have it recorded. I decided to switch to the Stanford game live as I was wrapping up with Teresa and got to see the TD that put them ahead and the last one with no time on the clock. Now I'm watching the Giants in real time. They led most of the game but they're now tied 6-6 in the ninth. I see the Hawgs are tied right now, too. That's probably been a pretty good game. And the Giants are going to extra innings.

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By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:57 PM

You're right about the english muffin. I suppose I could have toasted it by hand over the gas range. I heard back from my kid sister. She's on board. Recently I've taken to sharing memories with Dad. As we were working on my pencil holder project I reminisced about him and I building my patio furniture together. I shared photos with him but he had no memory of it. He loved it as I told him the story. I've shared a number of my favorite memories with him and while he feels a bit bad that he doesn't recall these things he enjoys hearing the stories. My idea is to do a video for the folks similar to the family history video we did. I'm going to get audio from my siblings and the grandkids of them sharing favorite memories of time spent with the folks or favorite things about them. I'll get their favorite photos of themselves and some pictures they'd like to use to support their story. I'll take their photos and overlay their narration to put together a video of favorite memories and attributes and make a dvd for them. The great thing is this would be perhaps too awkward to do face to face but it's much easier to do one off and put it into a video. Also, they'll have the ability to watch it any time they want. The good news and bad news is that it will seem like the first time every time Dad sees it. The two college games I've watched today have been blowouts. I've been rooting for friend's teams and both of them have been the ones getting blown out. Not good.

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By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2016 at 9:48 AM

The Arkansas game is rated as one of the better games to watch this weekend. I'll look in on it during commercials of the Stanford game. Power outages are bad. Power outages that mess with meals truly suck. I'd have largely been okay with a power outage as I had bacon and eggs for brekkie. It would have messed with my english muffin though. If I allowed Becky to be on furniture then there would be far more snoozages...more still if she was allowed on the bed. I got a great idea for a xmas present for the folks this morning while I was out with Becky. I sent an email out to the rest of the family to solicit buy in. I'm hoping everyone rises to the occasion. I think they will. This has the potential to be really special. The phone calls should be trickling in soon. I hope I don't have to pull teeth to hear from folks.

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By Serapis on Sep 24, 2016 at 7:28 AM

My pleasure. Happy to meet you.

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By beckysdad on Sep 24, 2016 at 6:08 AM

A football weekend sounds like the perfect antidote for a cleaning jag. My house could certainly benefit from a few hours of concentrated cleaning. I don't necessarily see that happening in the short run. There are some good college games today. Stanford is only favored by three over UCLA tonight so that could be a good battle. You may be right about MNF winning the ratings battle in the South but the debate is going to capture lots of eyeballs across the nation. It drives me crazy when a shortcoming of a candidate comes up but their advocates immediately say "yeah, but..." and they point to something the other candidate does. It's a pipe dream but I hope both sides watch with an open mind and can recognize and truly consider when something insane gets said by either side. There will be plenty of insanity to go around. I also hope that the candidates will be pressed for specifics on how they'll fix things. "It's gonna be huge... It will be the best ever..." is not a plan. It was nice last night. I was very tired and when I plopped down on the study floor for my cuddle/treat session with Becky I napped out. Becky curled up with me and went to sleep on my arm. We don't usually do that but I really enjoyed it.

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By mamawalker on Sep 23, 2016 at 3:12 PM

litterboxGratz!! I hate when that happens!! :D

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By buyerbware on Sep 23, 2016 at 1:39 PM

aaaannndddd . . . . they also know we lubs dem too much to stay mad. Mine's been like that since kitten hood and he knows when he's really pushing it - the intuition is finely-tuned in that one. : 7 D

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By beckysdad on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Yep, Danson is in Good Place. I agree that there are very few comedies worth watching. I keep hoping though. I don't know that brave is the right word to describe my decision to watch the debate. It's a mix between civic duty, curiosity and a desire to see a car wreck. I can alternate between acorn and spaghetti squash and mix in some butternut squash soup and tell myself that I'm doing something at least marginally healthy during the winter.

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By catsuberalles on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Thanks. I used to have 2-4 friends that were really active. Now... *** Good luck on FF. *** (By Fauxpaws on Sep 23, 2016 at 3:59 AM * No forgiveness needed - I totally understand. A few years ago when I was trying to keep up with bdays and FPs, I missed a friend's bday and I think she got kind of upset. I caught it later and sent her a belated, but I never heard from her again (and we'd had quite a few fun convos before that). I miss a lot of FPs too, so I just try to fav as many as I can.)

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By beckysdad on Sep 23, 2016 at 5:31 AM

Designated Survivor offered a solid pilot. We'll see how they follow it up. I'm also checking out The Good Place as I love Kristen Bell. It's kinda hokey but she made it fun. I don't know how long that one will last though. I'm with you on political fatigue but I will watch the debate on Monday. It will be frustrating, entertaining and informative. I don't expect it to change my overall disgust with both candidates though. I'm still disappointed that with a population of 300 million we wind up with these two as the lead candidates. The squash was good. It's so neutral and just waits to take whatever flavor you choose to add. Last night I opted for brown sugar and butter. I'll go for a slightly more healthy option of browned butter and sage tonight.

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By beckysdad on Sep 22, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Having different rise times does take a lot of the fun out of planning big morning brekkie. Scrubbing the kitchen floor is pretty exciting. Okay, exciting isn't the right word but it would be quite satisfying once it's done. Is Designated Survivor on your radar for this season? They aired the pilot last night and I just got through watching it. It left me wanting more. It's an interesting premise and they set it up pretty well. I just don't know how long it lasts. As always it will depend on the writing but the basic premise should be played out in the first season. Then it's just about Kiefer Sutherland as president. Art stuff arrived and I'm pleased. I'm not working on anything official right now. There are a good number of techniques that I need to practice and play with before I go back to anything. I'm actually cooking a veggie tonight. Are you shocked? Some Acorn Squash caught my eye in the store yesterday. There are a lot of ways that can be prepped and seasoned so I'll play with some variations in the coming weeks.

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By katkabob on Sep 22, 2016 at 4:36 PM

"Lose The Camera or I Start Thinking Outside The Box" MADE MY DAY...I actually thought we were friends and started to send you a message to let you know how much I loved it. So happy you accepted.

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By catsuberalles on Sep 22, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Ohai Paws! Forgive me, when I added 67 new "Sylvia friends" I decided I can no longer send FP congrats and birthday wishes, it's too much for me. So, for all time - FP congrats and happy birthday! :~)

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By buyerbware on Sep 22, 2016 at 2:24 PM

Yes and age never slows him down one bit! He never is afraid of me. When I yell at him for jumping off my legs or doing something else that I hate, he just bounces away with his tail waving. I think he's laughing at me when he does that. Currently our struggle is me trying to keep him out of the bedroom so I can clean it. He made a point of showing me that the cast iron door stop is*nawt* a cat stop. He knows.

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