Monday, May 23, 2016

Around OakMeadows

JMM has been having some trouble getting the automatic lift in and out of the van.  So he took the van back to Adaptive Driving to check it out.  Since it is still under warranty, there was no charge for replacing the whatever it was but they did charge $132 for labor.  Anyway, the main thing is that the lift works now and we can get my scooter in and out of the van.  Yea!

Life is just too short to spend it finishing an awful book.  I am really aggravated with myself for spending $12.99 to buy Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J.Ryan Stradal for my Kindle.  This is why I get most of my books from the library.  If it turns out to be a thumbs downer, well, nothing out of pocket.  But I paid full Kindle price! Ack! Back to the library.  I have given very few books 2 stars and I can't remember the last time I gave a 1 star, but this one is definitely a 1 star.  

I watched All the President's Men on Netflix.  The fun thing was noting all the outdated technology.  The manual typewriters, the telephones with cords, even a pay telephone booth, the knobs on the box televisions, and the wristwatches.  The fashions and hairstyles were notable too.  An oldie but still good.  

The swallow babies have flown.  It is just breathtaking to watch the family swoop and soar and land dainty as a feather on the stick we have extending out from the porch.  They evidently lost one of the babies because there are only five in the family.  I expect they will get this brood well launched and then have another brood. More poop on the porch.... The hummingbirds are really working the salvia blooms.  We are going to clear out a big patch of lantana and put in more salvia this weekend.  The cardinals, titmouse, and bluejays are hitting the sunflower feeders; JMM has been filling them twice a day.  I haven't been out much because of the mosquitos; all the rain this spring has resulted in hordes of mosquitos.  

Bandit recovered easily from his recent surgical drain of a wound abscess. We will get the stitches removed Friday. 

And that's all the news from OakMeadows where the mosquitos abound and the people stay inside. 


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I'm glad to read that you did not like this book as I was thinking of buying it myself as it sounded good in review. I also love to get my books form the library and i also look for one dollar used paperbacks to buy in the library, that I ten pass on to my duaghter or daughter-in-law or friends when I am finished reading them.

Florence said...

Hello, Pat! It looked so good from the reviews! Back to the library!

Hattie said...

I always read an excerpt before downloading a book. Gee everything is getting so expensive and sometimes you can't get what you need at any price.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am more scared of mosquitos than I am alligators or snakes here in Floria -- or in the Pacifc Northwest either for that matter. Boo. Remember when we were younger I used to just consider them minor annoyances (I remember telling the kids to suck it up -- mosquito bites were just the price you paid for getting to enjoy the great outdoors)... Now, with West Nile and Zika and the fact that I don't deal as well with pain anymore, I really hate getting bitten.

I don't pay for many Kindle books -- only a few favorite authors. New ones I try out first through the Library (usually borrowing for Kindle).