A busy week……………………………………………………….
As always, first the chronology:
6/27/21 – Sunday – Up a little late this morning. Got cleaned up and out to church. Home and lunch. Did the blog. Down to Country Mart to buy cup cakes for Shelby tonight. Got the truck and went over to Julie’s and helped pack some things and put them in the truck. Julie took the stuff over to Goodwill. Home and cooked a great dinner for us. Then home and usual evening routine.
6/28/21 – Monday – Up a little early. Kathy was already out to take our grand daughter to an appointment. I stayed in to watch the dogs and clean up the kitchen. Did some reading and some research. Kathy came home and we had lunch. Then she was off to a circle meeting. Got back home a little after 3PM. I went to the shack and did some work. Had dinner and usual evening routine.
6/29/21 – Tuesday – Up at the usual time. We got cleaned up and out to Hodgenville to check out Abram Lincoln’s birth place. It’s a National Park so we took a stroll around, walked one of the hiking trails and browsed the shop. Then to the Hodgenville Grill for a great lunch. Sopped at a Walmart on the way home for some shopping. Then home. Julie called and the guys were coming to fix their garage door so I ran up there. Stopped on the way back at Kroger to pickup a prescription. Home and dinner. Usual evening routine then shopping at Walmart and Lowes. Down to Taylorsville for dessert at Dairy Queen. Home and bed.
6/30/21 – Wednesday – Up at the usual time. Spent most of the day in the shack working on my pulse generator. Upstairs for lunch then while Kathy was off to a doctor’s appointment I watched the dogs and got ripperX working. Started ripping some CDs. Kathy came home and I went to the Morton building and started working on her drip tray for the laundry room. Back and cleaned up. Down to Hometown for Pizza for dinner. Home and usual evening routine.
7/1/21 – Thursday – Up early this morning. Kathy was already out to watch the grandchildren. I did domestic chores today. Cleaned up the kitchen, did the laundry, changed bed clothes and washed towels and wash clothes in the bathroom. While waiting for the washer and drier I continued ripping music off the CDs from Julies. Finished that up. Did some other chores around the house. Usual evening routine.
7/2/21 – Friday – Up a little late today. Did chores around the house. Kathy went grocery shopping. Had lunch then out to do the yard work. In around 4:30PM. Cleaned up, dinner and usual evening routine.
7/3/21 – Saturday – Up early this morning, cleaned up and out to the Renaissance Fair in Eminence, KY. Got up there a little before 10AM. Waited for the Rice family who arrived a little after 10. Spent the day looking around and watching various events. Departed around 2PM. Home and dressed down and a nap. Dinner. Usual evening routine plus moving things back up on the deck for tomorrow’s events.
Now the particulars:
Got to watch the dogs a lot this week. Monday most of the day, Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and Friday morning. Still not having a lot of luck with Rusty. I keep an eye on him when I’m watching them and he seems to do well. But when he gets pissed (No pun intended) or wants to mark his territory he pees on the floor. Kathy is at her wits end and getting tired of cleaning up after him. So Monday this week we are taking him for an evaluation at Duffy’s Dog Training school over in Indiana. Our primary care doctor said he used them and they are fantastic. So we will find out.
The week started great. Sunday I went to church and in the afternoon went over to Julie’s place and helped her pack some things for Goodwill. Loaded them in the truck and I watched the grand kids while she and Kathy took the truck to Goodwill. Julie likes driving the truck. Then when they came back and Mike got home from work, Julie cooked us a great dinner. It’s a pasta dish with chicken, tomatoes and black olives among other things. Sprinkle a little Feta cheese on top and it’s a delightful dish. Thanks Julie.
Kathy had to take Chloe for an appointment Monday morning and had her circle group Monday afternoon. I spent the day cleaning up the kitchen and doing a lot of reading. Otherwise an uneventful day.
I felt we needed to get out of the house so Tuesday we put Rusty in the kennel and we took off to Hodgenville. There is a national park there that is the birth place of Abraham Lincoln. We got there about 10AM and looked around. They have a rather large, beautiful stone building with a replica of the house in which Lincoln was born. It was a very small house with one door and one window. But it had a concrete floor. Just kidding. The replica really did have a concrete floor but I’m sure that was not period accurate.
This is the building and the steps leading up to it that houses the replica of Lincoln’s birth place. There was a wheel chair access trail that you could push someone in a wheel chair around the stairs to get up there. But they were considerate in that the stairs were low and at every landing they had a bench seat for the old people like us. But neither of use needed to use them.
This is the replica of the house Lincoln was born in. You couldn’t get inside but it appeared to be mostly one room with fire place, window and door. You can get an idea of it’s size with Kathy standing next to it.
This is a picture of the eternal spring at the bottom of the hill. We also walked one of the trails that were available on the property.
We only spent a couple hours then headed off to the infamous Hodgenville Grill. It was a family sort of place with great food at a very reasonable price. Kathy and I both got a large grilled chicken sandwich with the fixings, fries and drinks. As I said, the food was good and plentiful. All for $19.06. What a deal.
Wednesday and Thursday while I was watching the animals I spent time ripping a bunch of music CDs that were mine that I lent to Julie many years ago. So rather than keep all the CDs I copied them onto a hard drive with some linux software called ripperX. It allows you to copy the data off of the CD without playing all the songs on the CD. Much faster process. RipperX also has a feature the goes out to the CDDB (CD Database) and picks up the names of the songs and the artists information and automatically populates those fields when you copy it. Did a rather large sized box of CDs in two days. And I’ll get a tax write off for donating the CDs to Goodwill.
I started another project for the wife. She has the washing detergent and fabric softener on a shelf over the washing machine so they are handy. The down side of that is they drip a little and mess up the top of her new washing machine. So I built a tray out of aluminum and will put a hanger on it so she can hook the tray over the shelf the detergent and softener are on and catch the drips. She can probably line the tray with aluminum foil and just pick it up and throw it away when it gets mess and put in fresh foil.
Thursday was my usual day for domestic chores. I did the washing, changed bed clothes and bath towels and wash clothes. Also cleaned up the kitchen. I figure I owe that to Kathy since she is tied down watching the grand kids.
It rained a few days this week so the grass really needed attention. Friday after we got shopping and chores around the house done we went out and did it. It was very wet and we had to hand mow a much larger area than usual but it wasn’t bad and we got it done in 3 hours or so.
Saturday we went to the Renaissance Fair in Eminence, KY. They opened at 10AM so we arrived shortly before. Of course the Rice family didn’t show up till a little after 10AM. But everyone seemed to have a good time. Some very strange people to see there.
This was the main thoroughfare. A lot of nice shops and artisan places to stop and see. And you could buy just about anything that was renaissance related.
This was the King or Scotland. He gave us an introduction to the jousting event which was very interesting and supposedly historically accurate. Although after some research, I found some things he said where still being argued about by the authorities.
This was the best I could do with a picture of the jousting. They really did some very impressive horse workmanship. As you can see in the picture. In the shelter with the king was a Knight’s Templar with the white top and red cross. It is still an argument as to their being allowed in Scotland and if so what position they held.
Kathy wanted to try axe throwing. I feel safe even with an axe in her hand.
You could also try your hand at archery. Again, I feel totally safe even if Kathy has a long bow and arrow in hand.
Of course, the highlight of my day was when Carter bragged that he got two arrows in the target. And I got 5 out of 5 in the target.
So that was our exciting week. I think we deserve to do somethings like this and visiting the national park at least once a month since we didn’t get to anything much last year. I think we will start a bucket list. I guess as long as it doesn’t include air travel, boats or motorcycles we will both enjoy it.
OK, that’s it for this week. Hope this finds everyone well and safe. Blog at you again next week.