The other day our Mayor told a joke about Dam, Mothers Against Dyslexia. You know, that joke is the kind of joke I resemble. Like the Dyslexic Atheist that believed there was no dog. We expect our comedians to be irreverent but our politicians not so much.
I went over to my rental house and found that my tenant has a new dog. She has climbed the wall by the front door and it looks like someone kicked the door in. I am going to do some work there in a week or so and I guess I will have to remind them that they are responsible for the damage the dog does. I am a little pissed off that they have jumped up and down on the bathroom floor in the last few weeks and it now needs some serious work. The last time I was there it was mostly cosmetic but now the structure is seriously bad. Probably would have needed work this year but now it is a lot more serious. I will replace the bathtub and a major part of the floor. Not sure what I will do to put down a new flooring yet. I need to get into the wall behind the vanity so I will probably replace it with a newer one. Oh well, we'll see what comes from the whole mess once I get it torn out. I am going to rent a porta potty and they will shower at my other rental house. The porta potty is as much for me as it is for them.
Barbara and I have been working on the yard lately and it is clear that the more I get done, the more I want to do more. There is a place by the front door that just cries out to have a retaining wall built. I also need to move the wisteria that has been there for several years and never bloomed. I also need to hire the nephew to do some mowing on a regular basis. he can use the money and I can use the help.
We are going to have the family over this weekend for a gathering. It is to celebrate the April Birthdays. This year is one of those years where a whole bunch of people hit birthdays that end in 5 or zero. My mother would have been 90, my brother-in-law will be 75, a sister will be 70, I will be 65 and my brother will be 60. I will cook burgers and brats and Barb will make (or buy pies) My mother often told us that she would rather have a good pie for her birthday over cake. I like a good cake now and then but won't turn down a slice of a good pie.
|My mother, the mechanic|
I hope the weather settles down some soon. Yesterday we set a new record high of 97 and this morning it is about 55 and falling. Our normal temperature swing is about 20 degrees and this seems more like Barstow California where a 50 degree swing is not unusual. Will be in the 60's this weekend. We will need to watch for Frost overnight Saturday. Sweat to frost in a couple of days. Sheesh.