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Non-writing stuff this weekend.

Well, it's been a very busy weekend to say the least.

Friday night, we had a sleepover for one of our daughter's friends. Her sister's were in the hospital for surgery and we offered to keep her so she wouldn't have to stay at the hospital all night. They dropped her off about eight that evening and picked her up around ten-thirty the next day. She seemed to be in pretty good spirits, but it's obvious she was worried about her two younger sisters. I'm so happy that the daughter-unit has been relatively healthy all her life, except for this vision thing.

She got examined a few weeks ago and the doctors are very pleased with her progression on her vision therapy. She's still in sessions, but showing progress and that's all we can ask for. I wish we could have caught this years ago. Might have saved a bundle of trouble in school, but hey, you do what you can with the knowledge you acquire as you go. *sigh*

If you've read wishweaver's journal, this may not be news, but we had been thinking about selling our house and moving to a newer place a few months ago. We've been working with a general contractor to have the house spruced up to get it ready to sell, but circumstances have changed and it looks like we're staying. So, we invited the guy back and are seeing about having the interior of the house remodeled instead. New kitchen, finishing the basement, new bathroom appliances, turning a room into a library for all our books, etc. He's going to be getting back to us with an estimate and then we're going to go to the bank and listen to them laugh at how much we want to borrow. *yipes* If we do everything we discussed, it'll be like having a whole new house. The contractor said we could do it in stages or he could do all the work at once. Both options have their good and bad points, but I'll worry about that once we talk to the bank.

Saturday night was bike riding. wishweaver and I went further this time than last and at a much quicker pace. My legs were a little rubbery when we made our way upstairs, but it was a good feeling. I'm going to try and take advantage of some time off here and do a little riding on my own as well as riding with Wish at night.

Yes, you heard that right. I'm taking this week off from work. I have quite a bit of leave saved up and I've decided to take advantage of it. Besides taking the daughter-unit to summer school in the morning, I'll be using this week to see how much writing I can get done. It's sort of a trial "if I were a full-time writer" gig. Do I have the self-discipline to take advantage of the time off or will I get sucked into the "I've got time, I'll do it later" mode? Tune in to follow the adventures of "Writer-Man".

Today, Wish and I decided to visit the antique malls in Ellicott City, MD. I found a few treasures there. One was the five volume set of "The History of the American People" by Woodrow Wilson (1902) for $16.50. It was in incredible shape for a set of 105-year-old books. I also had to pick up the "1928 Guide to American Railroads". I figure if I ever want to do a noir story set in that time period, I've got a great coast-to-coast adventure guide right there.

The final treasure was finding a copy of Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield. It follows a young boy who's blinded in an accident and how he gets teamed up with a seeing-eye dog named Leader. Wish read it this evening and found it amusing that the dog's initial name was "Sirius". *grin* I bought this book back in 1967 from the Weekly Reader Book Club. I glanced down in the Antique Mall and spotting this lying on the floor and just stopped dead. I remember the story still, even though I haven't owned this book since the late 80s when my folks cleaned out my book collection after I joined the Army.

Oh yeah, I did some writing this weekend too. But that's another post.



( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )
Jul. 10th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Glad to hear we're staying neighbors!

Someday we'll actually be neighborly and walk the two streets down to visit. Maybe sooner than later... Laura still has 7 weeks left in China.
( 1 howl — Howl with the Pack )

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