Week Ending 4/6/19

A very busy week……………………………..

As always, first the chronology:

3/31/19 – Sunday – Up and out to pick up Gary for church. Home and fired up the heaters in the Morton building. Then to the house and did my blog. Lunch then set up to host the afternoon get together. Out to the Morton building to wait for Mike and Gary. On their arrival took them up to the house on the golf cart for cake and coffee. Back to the Morton building and did some brazing and welding. Mike and Gary left, I cleaned up. Took Kathy to Cracker Barrel for dinner, some shopping, home, bed, computer work, Big Bang and sleep.

4/1/19 – Monday – A very busy day today. This morning we ran errands. Dropped off things for the homeless. Then to the county animal shelter and dropped off dog food, bleach and toys. Then to the agricultural extension office to drop off a soil sample from the garden. Then to the gym for Kathy to renew her membership. Home and fixed the bulb I installed wrong in the flood light outside the Morton building. Lunch and back outside and up on the roof to fix one of my long wire antennas that had gotten blown over another antenna on the roof. Cut up another chunk of tree that came down and hauled the debris over to the burn pile. Got the water turned on to the Morton building. Inside and laid down for a nap. Dinner, my room for computer updates and play on the radio. Finally bed, TV, sleep.

4/2/19 – Tuesday – Another busy day. Kathy went with the grand children for the day so I was in charge of kitchen detail. Took care of all the household chores then to the bank for some business. Gas in the car on the way home and to McDonald’s to pick up some lunch. Home and shared with Bella. Out to the Morton building and did some cleaning up. Fired up the hot water heater. Put the mower deck on the lawn tractor and did some other maintenance. Inside to wait for Kathy’s arrival. To Chinese restaurant for dinner. Home, radio play, computer updates. Bed, Big Bang and sleep.

4/3/19 – Wednesday – Another busy day. Kathy was off to have fun with the grand kids again. I did kitchen work and cleaned up. Then downstairs and played radio awhile. Up for lunch. Then out to the Morton building and worked on my antenna awhile. Bed cover for the truck came so I put that on. Then in the house and more chores. Kathy came home and we went to Krogers to do grocery shopping. Stopped at Subway to pick up sandwiches to take home. Home and put things away. Ate our sandwiches. Bed, computer work, Big Bang and sleep.

4/4/19 – Thursday – Kathy was up early again and out to spend the day with the grand kids. I went out to get my hair cut. Home and started the domestic chores. Made some contacts and did some reading during the down time. Then over to the Morton building and worked on the chipper/shredder. Back to house and played radio. Kathy went to bells, then to the doctors. Picked up McDonalds for dinner. Ate, then to bed, Big Bang, computer work and sleep.

4/5/19 – Friday – Up and out to the Morton building to work on the chipper/shredder. Needs a new carburetor. Came in the house for lunch. Got online and worked a couple hours to find out the exact number for a replacement. Finally found it. Asked Kathy if I could order on her Amazon Prime account. Got online and she started to tell me which one I wanted so I gave up on that. Wasn’t worth the bullshit. I ordered it myself through Walmart. Should be here in a week or so. Also got things squared off with the taxes. I’ll be able to pick them up and send them in next week. Called my son-in-law Mike to see if he wanted to pick up wood tonight so I went up with the truck and got the wood he needed. Then we all went out for dinner. Home, computer updates. Bed, TV and sleep.

4/6/19 – Saturday – Up early and got prepared to work the Mississippi QSO contest. Spent most of the day. Bad propagation and high noise levels. Very poor showing. Kathy and Dee took the grand kids to a park near Bardstown. I gave up the contest around 8PM. Two hours before the end. To bed, Big Bang and sleep.

Now the specifics:

Yesterday I participated in a contest on the radio scheduled from 10AM to 10PM.  Conditions where terrible.  Propagation was bad and noise levels were high.  Only a couple guys were on consistently.  But, I had fun playing and that’s what it’s all about.

Last Sunday I hosted the Saturday afternoon get together.  The guys were interested in seeing the antenna I am working on and wanted to get a little tutorial on aluminum brazing.  We had a good time.  Gary also brought over a flower pot holder of Loretta’s and we welded that for her.

This week was spring break for the grand children so Kathy was gone a lot helping Mike and Julie take care of the kids on various outings.  So, I was relegated to house hold chores.  I personally think I did a good job of keeping the kitchen clean and staying ahead of the laundry.  Also got a chance to get some book reading done while doing the chores.

I have been spending a lot of time in the Morton building getting things ready for the summer.  Also doing some work in the yard.  It feels good to get outside and do something for a change.

Got the taxes done this week.  Made out like a bandit for the first time since we have been here.  It looks like a lot of the federal tax restructuring helped me out.  However, the state lowered the tax rate on seniors but also lowered the threshold at which point we have to pay.  I had been under that threshold in the past but didn’t make it this year.  So, we owe the state some money but we get much more than that back in federal.  So, next week I’ll pick up the paper work and get that finished this week.

That’s it for now.  Hope everyone is doing well.  Blog at you again next week.

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