Thursday, July 28, 2016

Day 8 / 40 Grateful Days

Day 8 / 40 Grateful Days

Wednesday morning is 8:30 Barre class with Xenia at Above Defeat's fitness studio, and I am grateful for her class at that gym which is only about 10 min away in a convenient location for me. Glad my Gardenia bush is blooming recently despite looking a little sad in its current pot, need to plant it this fall. Helped C & M straighten up their room and converted top bunk to a Lego Loft for Milo... those bunks have held up well for being thrifted 14 years ago. Finally, while my electric range decided to glitch on me last night, I am grateful it at least got the bread sticks edibly golden before pooping out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Day 7 / 40 Grateful Days

Day 7 / 40 Grateful Days

Grateful we inherited Dad's dog Duke, even if he has been shedding like crazy this summer!  He is a "good dog" whereas our two mongrels are true barky boneheads... oh well, at least they all give me a reason to get out and walk. Made it to Tai Chi again, it was nice. Milo asked if we could make oobleck (a cornstarch and water mixture) after seeing it on youtube.  It was funky to play with as it can be both solid/liquid depending on force used... but later it was about as messy to clean up as that horrible moon sand stuff.  Later that evening, waited until 8 pm, I finally took them to putt putt which Cyrus has been asking to do for weeks now. Grateful they liked it and the slushies halfway through helped Milo get back in the game... he had started screwing off at about Hole 2. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Day 6 / 40 Grateful Days


Day 6 / 40 Grateful Days

On Monday I took C & M to the Y to swim for about an hour and then we went the library and park adjacent.  I waited to mow the front lawn until closer to 8 pm, after heat advisory was up.  Was still drenched in sweat, but hey I ended with over 13000 steps for the day!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Day 5 / 40 Grateful Days

Day 5 / 40 Grateful Days

After Saturday's busy day out-n-about, this highly sensitive introverted person needed to hermit out & recharge at home on Sunday. On top of that, Stew & Wiley left for their practically off-grid mountain camp before lunch, leaving me in charge of Cyrus & Milo for a week. So I kicked things off with comfort food combo of sugar cookies and Domino's Pizza. Then lots of lazy lounging, capped off with a pre-bed bubble bath.  Now on to battle Monday...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Day 4 / 40 Grateful Days

Day 4 / 40 Grateful Days

Drove out to the Outer Banks, specifically Kill Devil Hills, for the Wright Brothers Memorial.  Wiley needed to visit a historical site for his Citizenship in the Nation merit badge.  Started off at 6:30am as it is a 3 hour drive.  Two hours in we made our first rest stop as we approached the inner banks, and just shortly before that we saw a teenaged(?) black bear run across 4 lanes Highway 64 E right in front of us!  So we had to pose by the black bear signs at that rest stop / visitor area to commemorate.   We stayed at the Wright Brothers Memorial for over 2 hours.  It was hot (95?), but we stuck it out and walked the first flight strip area, and up "Big Kill Devil Hill" to see the monument.  After that we walked back down and enjoyed the air conditioned museum, listening to a Ranger give a talk in front of a Flyer replica. Stew earned a Junior Ranger pin for answering an obscure trivia question right "What was the first business Wright Brothers started together?" (a newspaper) since he had just been googling them before the talk started (to see how Wilbur died). 
After a too-big lunch at a too-busy Five Guys Burgers & Fries we headed south about 20 minutes to the Bodie Island Lighthouse.  We think we've been there before with Mom, Dad and Cathy way back before Wiley was even born.  Finally we headed across the highway from the lighthouse to the Coquina Beach public beach access, which had a nice bathhouse and outdoor shower area. The beach was steeper and more sea weedy than the Topsail Island beach we usually go to (which is an hour closer), but Stew said it was nicer for hanging out past the breakers. We headed back around 5 and stopped in Greenville for some frozen yogurt, putting us home by 9.  Was a fun day!