A Long Day Coming Home From Dallas is Finally Here
This will be the first of my daily postings for this blog journal. My goal is to publish a quick blurb of each day as it goes by, for at least a year or so, and then be able to look back at the year and see what I did or didn't get accomplished. This of course is something that we do on blogs, but today I have created a new category called journal specifically to write some of the daily happenings in and around my life.
a Long Time Coming Home From Dallas
Today was the first day back at the house after being gone, for what seemed like forever, and it was a very busy day. Deborah and I have been in Dallas to stay with her mom in the hospital. It was probably one of the hardest weeks both of us have had in a while and we left after the funeral / memorial service for her mom was over. We will both miss her mom greatly and she has meant a great deal to both of us over our life time. I am going to create a journal, called My Life in Europe, of her memoirs from her life in France and Germany as a way for me to remember her life.
Most of today was spent trying to catch up with various things after being gone for 10 days. Hordes of email to go through and time to make another to-do list for the day. First priority for me today was to finish some work for a client that I had to put off while we were in Dallas. Work completed, it was time to pick up the dog, Blazer, at the vet, get the mail, get some of the basic needed supplies at Wal-Mart and head back home. On my way out, our book supplier called to tell me that had an unexpected two truck loads of books and they needed to drop them off at the house. Just in time, since we have finally removed some of the boxes from the house. They were delivered while I was running around in town. Two to three pallets of books, enough to fill the entire living room. Deb had to bring them all in from the driveway since it was about to rain, she got her exercise in for the day.
Time for Orders and Music
The mail had a large assortment of CD's I had traded and ordered before we left. This was nice and I have a good bit of new music to go through over the week. Delivered today was:
- Johnny Cash - The Essential 1955-1983 Box Set
- Phil Keaggy - 220
- Billy Joel - All My Life
- Harry Chapin - The Gold Medal Collection
- The Mamas & the Papas - California Dreamin
- Mark Knopfler - Golden Heart
- Vanessa Carlton - Be not Nobody
- The Church - Starfish
- Moody Blues - The Best of the Moody Blues
- Yes - The Big Generator
- Collective Soul - Blender
- Nirvana - Nevermind
Quite a mix and collection for the week. Usually I add a few to the collection each week but this week was a bonanza of music. I did decide while in Dallas that I needed to start archiving my images in a more direct way, along with slides and old photos from my extended family, so I picked up an Epson Perfection V500 Photo scanner. No time to unpack but when I can get to it I will enjoy getting, what I am sure is thousands upon thousands of images, into a digital format.
I managed to get in a little guitar practice today, not much, but enough for me to remember the three chords I was trying to learn before we left. Took a small but nice walk in the cold rain. Only did 3 laps (about 2 miles) but it was nice to get back into my routine of walking each day. I was able to walk back and see what the logging of the trees looked like. This started while we were gone and is continuing, what seems like in our back yard.
Last but not least I was able to get all the orders printed, no small task with about 70 book orders waiting for our return. All in all a very busy day. Tomorrow will be another busy day, and a trip into town for work and dinner.