Oct 1-8 2016

Our yoga teacher Katie in Las Vegas for the country music fest: they came back before the slaughter…

Sunday 1 Oct  Russian lesson

Mon 2 Oct gym, dance lesson

We got a plant – in memory of my late twin brother Richard.

Potentilla ‘Goldfinger’
name is Auric

Tue 3 meeting, yoga – with Katie

The Yogi!

The meeting was for Democratic city chairs (I subed for our chair).

dems plotting

Our contractor Paul Sedar came over to repaint our garage floor.  We moved everything to the North Side.  He cleaned with Muriadic acid.

before painting

I was under the weather, but we made progress in the garage and the shop.  In the evening we went to a concert at Severance.

painted

On Friday, the crew from Ohio Basement systems came and started putting the new covering on the utility room and shop walls.

before – in shop
nearly done here.
before of above

I felt much better today!

Indians overcame a 8-3 deficit to win in walk-off 9-8.

On Saturday and Sunday, I studied Russian and had two lessons.

 

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Sept 1-30 2017

DSW?  No  – the devil wears these…

On Sept 1, I installed a new Linux o/s on my laptop: Red Hat Fedora 26.

 

We prepared for our rip to Vancouver BC, leaving on Wednesday 6 Sept 2017, with a United flight through to Chicago.

On the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th we did yoga with the lovely and hyper-empathetic Katie.

Katie and friends in Vegas: an array of trim, shapely, slender, beautiful brunettes: they left before the slaughter.

We left on the 6th: CLE-ORD-YVR

At O’Hare, we were apprehensive about the connection, as it can involve switching terminals: we came in at gate C21, and left from gate…C21!

In Vancouver, went through customs and then a long but fast moving queue for a taxi.

Hotel is downtown in a nice area – I spoke some Russian with staff.

View from our hotel window.

Vancouver: hills; high rises; urbane and sophisticated.

On the 7th, I found I had left a prescription behind, and called my doc to phone in a prescription.  I learned that the pharmacy could not take an out of country prescription, so I had to make an appointment with an MD.

We took a tour on an open bus, which went around the entire city, including Stanley park and the Lulu Lemon HQ.

View from the bus.

We had dinner at a place recommended by the staff: Market.

At dinner.
more from bus

On Friday the 8, we went to the museum of anthropology.

folk art
museum

The gift shop was a source of gifts for Kerry and Katie, who were caring for Babe back home.

On the 9th, it was raining, so we went shopping, and had dinner with our friends Dave and Sherrie.

In the early 1980’s, I sold a 1961 Austin Countryman – Mini Woodie – to a man here in Lorain.

woodie

Several years ago, I was contacted on Facebook from a man – Rick Higgs – in British Columbia who saw my name on the title, which he had traced.

He is restoring the car, which made it up to B.C.

in progress…

We were able to get together with Rick and a friend of his: he took us up Grouse mountain, where we had a nice lunch, and good conversation.

Another woodie

 

At lunch…
View from Grouse Mountain

On the 11th return

On the 12th, we had yoga with Katie, and went shopping for food to fill empty cupboards.

On the 13, our cleaners arrived, and we went to the gym and had lunch out.

cleaning crew…

The 14th took me to a lab for blood work, and then a hair cut with the lovely Kim.

My stylish stylist, Kim

Friday the 15: an appointment with my PCP, and a lesson of dance with Julie.  My numbers are better!

The weekend of the 16-17 I rested and had two russian lessons with Daniil.

Daniil, his Mom Lera, and I

The 18th was gym, the 19 yoga and the 20th gym and dancing,

On Friday the 22nd, we had lunch at PJ Macintyres , and I returned five library books.

Library books!
Lera helped choose.

Saturday the 23rd we traveled to columbus to visit with our daughter, and celebrate her husbands birthday.

We came back on the 24th, and I had a Russian lesson.

On the 25, it was train at the gym, clean the house in preparation for cleaners

Great yoga with Katie on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday we drove Mini to Locobrits – she was great!  Brakes and motor best ever.

mini

Patty an Curt helped hang new pictures and rearrange plaques.

Gallery Wall 1
gallery wall 2
after LocoBrits
rec room wall 1
bar room
plaques
rec room wall 2
dreams

Thursday was physical –  gym, then a dance lesson, and fine arts: we went to Severance Hall – first concert of season.

A quiet friday: 29 gym and shopping.

The last day of September: Russian lesson, rest, organize.

7-31 August 2017

running

On August 14, we got Mini working well and on the road.

After that, I cleaned and organized the garage.

On 12 dinner, we had dinner with Dave & Sherrie – her birthday celebration.

On the 10th, 18th, 23th, and 31st  we had dance lessons with Jullie.

Yoga was on the 14th, 21st, and 28th with Katie!

On August19-20 we watched Allen and Sarah’s cats, ahd had dinner with them on the 28th.

This month’s  eclipse was on the 21st.

Aug 28: computer trouble will replace ubuntu with fedora

30 Aug short cruise and drove to loco brits

At Bullfrogs

31 August I installed Red Hat Fedora version 19 on my zareason laptop.

31 July – 6 Aug 2017

four trips to the gym this week!

On the last day of the month – Monday  31 July – we had yoga with Katie – always great!

The Yogi!

On tuesday, I trained at the gym.

Wednesday also gym, and a trip to my podiatrist.

Dr. Debarr

On thursday gym, and a russian lesson with Lera.

Lera

Friday – gym again, and Russian again.

Saturday I relaxed, and made progress on Mini – started up and ran.

I also got some cleanup and organization done.

running
before cleanup

 

Sunday I worked in the garage, studied, and we planed our vacation.

scenic view

 

24-30 July 2017

On Tuesday 25 July, we had our annual Avon Lake Democrats Picnic – it was a big success!

We worked on mini, and on Wednesday Brad came over, and we (he) completed the right front brake.

Brad and I went to the LocoBrits meeting, where there we many great cars.

1953 XK-120
classic British
rare

For my Friday Russian lesson with Lera, I went downtown to the CPL, where we checked out books.

Library books!
Lera helped choose.
Lera and a super hero!

On Sunday, I was able to lower Mini to the ground.

on the ground again.

17 – 23 July 2017: a lovely time…

In the past: MME!

I trained at the gym and had a dance lesson with the lovely Julie: cha-cha, tango, rumba, swing.

On Tuesday, the lovely Katie came over and we did great yoga!

Wednesday, our basement contractor (N.B.: not lovely…) came over for inspection and maintenance, I had a Russian lesson with the lovely Lera, and a political meeting in the evening.

Thursday, I trained at the gym, had a haircut with the lovely Kim at her new place, and then we went to Townhall with Allen, Sarah, and her lovely folks: Allen’s 40th!

Six at town hall!

On Friday I trained at the gym, we ate lunch at the Rush Inn Inn, shopped for food, and I had a Russian lesson with Lera.  I took her to Weber’s premium ice cream and custard afterward – frosted malt.  We grilled out (brats), and enjoyed the Indians 13-3 come from behind victory!

On Saturday – which is our dog sitter Kerrie’s birthday –  we had a surprise birthday party for Allen at Alley Cat on the East Bank: film at 11!

Some of the lovely guests!
Even more of the lovely guests!
Some of the lovely guests!

 

Some more of the lovely guests!
Some of the very lovely guests!
waiting for the GOH!
random lovely guest…

view of some of the lovely guests, enjoying a lovely view!

On the deck!
Some of the lovely guests!
The Center of it All!
on deck!
lovely view!
lovely people at lovely party!
networking…
After dinner activity…

Sharon and I went home, had dinner at  Bearden’s, and enjoyed the Indians 2-1 walk off win.

Tough act to follow, so on Sunday, we had a dugout suite at the tribe game!

 

last time I was this close, Allen was playing shortstop.
in our dugout suite!
rabid fans
before…
side show!

Tribe scored early, and won 8-1.

Great Game!

8-16 July 2017 – cycling back to normal…

dance pattern

We are resting and recovering from the last two months – no new activity over the weekend!

On Monday, Katie came over for Yoga, and Village Lighting arrived to install our new doorbell, our new dinning room fixture, our new outdoor fixture, and a new GFI for the fountain.

new outdoor light on the side of house – dawn to dusk…
new dinning room fixture!

 

On Tuesday, I went to train at the gym, Sharon had a haircut at Kim’s new location, and we shopped at Heinen’s for food.

Wednesday, I went to two political meetings, was able to get our fountain working, and grilled out.

Our trophy from MME arrived in the mail.

Rhoda and I won this!

On Thursday, I trained at the gym and then we had a dance lesson with Julie.

We grilled out for the second night in a row.

Morris poster 1961
at blossom 15.7.17

On Friday, we trained at the gym, shopped for a few items, and stopped at Mitchell’s ice cream.

We grilled out for the third day in a row.

Allen came over on Saturday, and we worked on Mini.

I had a Russian lesson with Lera, and Sharon and I ate at Delmonico’s and heard a concert at Blossom.

 

On Sunday, I had another Russian lesson, Allen, Sarah, Becky, and Brad came over: we had burgers and corn.