|July 4, 2016|
It kind of looks like a passion flower, doesn't it?!
Today started with my being frustrated. First of, my phone beeped for some reason at 8 a.m., despite my having turned off all alarms, and it woke me up. I had hoped to sleep longer.
Then I set up camp outside to spend a few lovely hours in my backyard. It didn't feel any more humid than usual, but when a hummingbird showed up and went to every single feeder (I have three) in the backyard and hovering in place for quite a while for a hummingbird, just a few feet away from me, my camera completely failed me because the lens kept on fogging up really badly. Arggh.
Next thing I knew, my laptop died on me and no amount of hard resets was starting it up again. I finally admitted defeat, came back indoors (I'm starting to resent my living room, I want to be outside with the laptop!), fiddled with changing out the power supply, attempting hard resets and finally it started again. I'm using the OLD battery (that I haven't used in a year or so) and the OLD power supply and it's working fine now. Go figure. It's frustrating and I really hope that once I get the power jack replaced, it'll be the end of the trouble. Speaking of which, I need to get the laptop ready for this by taking a bunch of stuff off of it and saving it elsewhere.
Yesterday, Greg asked me to go fishing with him this morning. I had said yes and was even planning on actually fishing myself, but then I fell asleep on the couch while reading a book last night and when my bladder woke me up, I looked at him and declared "I'm not going fishing tomorrow, I don't feel like it." And I didn't. We've been to the same spot several times and there's pretty much nothing new for my to photograph and I wanted to spend time in the backyard before heading out to our 4th of July festivities. He was surprised but I don't think he was disappointed. He likes going off by himself too.
Well, the Fourth celebration down at the lake was a bust this morning. I rode my bike there at about 10 a.m. since the jazz band was supposed to play at 9:45 a.m. Only... they had been late starting the Opening Ceremonies so all the politicos were still doing their speeches. I sat down for a bit and listened but I was sitting in the sun without a hat and sweat was just dripping down because it was so hot, so I ducked into the nearby building that held the Friends of the Library Book Fair. It was very well organized, with books displayed on many tables with the spines showing, and sorted by categories such as "fiction" (the vast majority) and "non-fiction" (only a couple of tables) and "children's books" and "major authors". I only looked at the non fiction tables since I was looking for a copy of the Wildflowers of Florida Field Guide, but I didn't find one. They did have a book about Birds of the West but it was drawings, not pictures so I put it back. I did buy a biography of Eisenhower for Greg who enjoys military biographies. Then I biked to RaceTrac, got my Sodapalooza refill (my son had declined one), and biked home. I didn't take any pictures :(
On my way to RaceTrac, I received a call from Middle Son who wanted to know if he and his GF could come over for a little bit because they were in Clermont and "had nothing to do until 1:30 p.m." . Of all my kids he's usually the best at buttering me up so I was surprised that he would go for 100% honesty and admit that he was only coming because he had nothing else to do, but I admire honesty so I said "sure". Then, after I had hung up, I realized that I had piles of dishes to be done and thought "well, crap, there goes my quiet day of doing nothing but reading my book!" and I almost regretted to have agreed to their visit, lol. I should have said "The Queen Is Not Accepting An Audience Today"! But he's my kid and I do love him so I figured I'd just ban them from the kitchen.
Greg had come home in the meantime. He did catch a medium size bass and had already filleted it with the new knife that we had bought before his trip. He said it has worked like a charm. He was in the middle of washing his truck. I put my bike away, presented him with his book present, and sat on the patio to catch my breath and enjoy some of my cold soda. Watered some of my plants, refilled some jugs at the rain barrel. Then decided that it was too hot to be outside and came back indoors.
I sat with Youngest Son for a while and we discussed our cats and played with our cats. It was fun. New Kitty is a hoot! She really wanted to be outside this morning, apparently was crying out for Greg or me while he and I were outside chatting, according to our son. I think she wanted to go play with the lizards.
|She was the only one who wanted to play. The other two just watched.|
|Playing with the laser light|
But I really like the WT Feaster Band, so I found one of their concerts on YouTube and I'm streaming it on my Kindle Fire right now. Listening to blues on the Fourth of July? Yes, please!
Middle Son and GF actually didn't make it over. He called me at 12:30 p.m. and said they had gone out to breakfast and now there really wasn't enough time to come over before he had to take her back to her house and go to work. I did confirm that he's still planning on coming with me to see Flight of the Conchords in St Augustine in a couple of weeks so yay.
Tonight we set up our lawn furniture in the front lawn and enjoyed our little town's fireworks show. I enjoyed some pineapple rum while we watched the display, drenched in mosquito repellent as they were out and biting. I have to say that I was very pleased that we didn't hear any of the music from the festival during the day. They moved the stage from the water's edge to the middle of the street that goes along the lake and it made a big difference, especially since they also turned the stage to face North (so away from our house). People throughout the neighborhood have been firing their own fireworks sporadically. Hopefully it'll be all over by the time I'm ready to fall asleep!
When we came back inside, I set about doing the dishes. Greg was astounded since it was 9:51 p.m., but I didn't want to come down early tomorrow to cook him breakfast and be faced with a huge mess. I wasn't able to clean all of them but it's a big improvement :) Tomorrow will have to be Domestic Tuesday.
- Breakfast was a couple of mugs of the free hazelnut-flavored coffee that I won from Wawa, and the last piece of stale coffee cake that I had boughton 50% clearance at Save A Lot a couple of weeks ago.
- Greg took his Sodapalooza cups with him this morning and got a couple of free refills at RaceTrac and will get more on this way home.
- McDonald's was offering a free dessert with any purchase today thanks to a coupon in the app, but we didn't partake. Honestly, it's because I was too lazy to drive to McDonald's!
- I was hoping to upload new offers in MobiSave but there weren't any generic offers this week and none of the branded ones interest me.
- Ibotta seems to have the ability to roll back updates to their app without asking me if it's OK... a few days ago I had posted how I had updated the app and I loved how they now had the large "unlock" red buttons under each unlocked offer, right? Well this morning the app is back to just showing red text for the unlocked apps. WTH?! I did unlock a few new offers but I'm really annoyed that something changed on my phone without my consent.
- I rode my bike to the Fourth of July stage. I was hoping to hear a semi-professional jazz band, but the schedule had been delayed quite a bit and then I realized that the jazz band was actually our local high school's jazz band. I love jazz, but it was very hot and I listened to our high school's jazz band for 6 years while my oldest sons played in it so I felt that I had paid my dues already, lol. So then I rode my bike to RaceTrac and got a free Sodapalooza refill.
- Greg caught a fish this morning and then cooked and ate it for lunch.
- I listened to a new-to-me blues band's concert on YouTube [The WT Feaster Band].
- Lunch for me was the last piece of fried chicken and some Southern-style potato salad from Publix, followed by a big piece of Dutch apple pie from Publix with some whipped cream on top.
- The living room felt too chilly this afternoon so I turned the AC up to 75. We'll see how Greg sleeps tonight.
- I earned all the daily Bing Rewards credits and a few Swagbucks...aided by a 40 SB award for doing a search!
- I read part of my library book this afternoon but I became very impatient with it and didn't finish it. I returned it. I'll be starting another one shortly.
- Earlier in the afternoon, Greg and I put the DVD of "1776" that we own in the Blu Ray player and watched/listened to it while reading (me) and playing video games (him). We've seen it many times so we know the words to the songs and we have our favorite parts where we stop what we're doing to actually enjoy the show. Since it's a musical, it's not too important if we don't actually watch all the action after all these years. It's a fun tradition for us to have.
- Greg drove to RaceTrac late afternoon with all 4 Sodapalooza cups and our pink basket, like a boss :)
- For dinner, I grilled hamburgers and corn on the cob. My son and I also enjoyed some strawberries, while Greg had apple pie.
- There is one hamburger patty left over and I'll pack it for Greg's lunch tomorrow.
- We didn't have to drive anywhere to watch the fireworks as we always have a great seat right in front of our house. This year, it seemed that the neighboring city had put on its own show at the same time, so we could see two show for the price of one, which is for free ;)
- A biography of Eisenhower for Greg, from the Friends of the Library book sale: $1.00
- Gas for Greg to drive to our fishing spot.
- Water for Greg to wash his truck.
- Blogger is going crazy at this time: every time I come back to this post to update it, it creates a new copy of the post in my dashboard! It's driving me crazy and I have no idea whether there will be multiple copies of this post getting published tonight or not. So if you get several copies, sorry in advance. I have no idea why it's doing this. I sent some feedback to Google but it's the 4th of July so chances are that something will get fixed today? Probably none. Update: ah, it stopped after a while so hopefully you'll only get the one email.
- The peaches that I had bought at Aldi on Thursday were hard so I left the bag on my kitchen table so they would ripen. When I checked on them today, I found most of all all moldy :( I cut off the moldy parts off 3 of them and ate them. They weren't very good, as expected. Grrr.
- One of my cone flower pots is already dying. It's been next to its siblings and has gotten the same amount of rain so I'm sure it's not due to something we did. I'll take it back to Lowe's since their plants are guaranteed for 1 year.
- Visited the book fair
- Biked to RaceTrac
- Transcribed a blues song's lyrics for my brother
- Talked to Middle Son on the phone and confirmed plans for later on this month
- Talked to Oldest Son via text (he still hasn't heard back about his audition results)
- Did some reading
- Commented on blogs and caught up on this blog's comments as well
- Did some more reading
- Cooked dinner
- Set up chairs for us to watch the fireworks in the front lawn
- Did the dishes (well, most of them)
- Boiled eggs for Greg's snacks the rest of the week.
- Hearing from Middle Son and Oldest Son today :)
- My laptop actually coming back to life once I was indoors (phew!)
- Good old American blues music!
- A lovely fireworks display that we didn't have to leave the house to enjoy :)