Sunday, September 7, 2014

second week of the semester done

The weekend has gone well. I have all my grading done and most of the reading. I had a nice dinner with Claire on Thursday catching up on her and Luke and I have decided that things with Cecelia will continue only as friends. I played golf a couple of times and did a lot of work around my house this morning and early afternoon in order to start getting ready for Gloria. I have also been hiking almost every morning down to the orchard. I rode my bike yesterday for the first time since I hurt my knees and it went very well. My knees are improving. I had the dental surgery on Friday and it didn’t hurt much. I still owe somewhere between 3 and 4 K even after paying 2K already. Maddie is still doing well and I will try to see her this week and take her out one evening. I have been walking over at Tech at night and that is still a lot of fun for me.

Friday, August 29, 2014

An interesting week

An interesting few days. On Tuesday Kate asked me if I wanted to go kayaking with her on Wednesday and of course I said yes. We met at the riverview park in Radford, loaded my kayak and gear and then headed upriver to the put in just above the highway. It was very slow water but we chatted a lot and I think Kate had fun. We decided to go on Saturday during the Riverfest and that should have a few more rapids. Kate was a very decent paddler. My dinner with Cecelia went very well. We ate at Sal’s in Radford and had a nice time talking. We are planning to get together next week for dinner and perhaps a bike ride. Rob and I walked the last two nights and chatted about the drama the Fay has brought back into his life. Fortunately, there is really nothing she can do to him except write him sick and evil text messages. My first week of classes went very well and I have only about 30 students so that is going to be very good. Gloria is still in a lot of pain and I hope that it calms down before she comes to visit. I talked to Gabe and things are going okay after their problem. He is thinking about coming down in October with Julian.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

One more day before classes start

Another good day so far, with the rain preventing a walk this morning but I did ride the stationary bike for 25 minutes, and I did weights and yoga. I cleaned up around the house so as to be ready for the start of classes tomorrow and I charged the batteries up to 79% and with the sun coming for the next three days I should be fine. I did play golf yesterday after a fine walk with Rob and played well (47) even with an incredible 6 the par 3 16th (4 putts from about 20 feet) and a 9 on the 6th hole (lots of stupid decisions). My walk with Rob was a lot of fun and he seems to be doing quite well. Cecelia called me and we are planning to get together on Thursday for dinner. Haven’t heard from Claire but I assume she is doing well. Worked a little on the Lindsey Stirling piece and it is almost ready to send out.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday before the start of classes

I had a very good Saturday morning, cleaning up the house a little, walking all the way down to the gate with my knee not hurting much, doing weights and yoga for the first time since my injury, more cleaning up and then cutting my hair. My lettuce plants are doing well and I had a breakfast of Rob’s fine tomatoes. I got a nice e-mail back from Claire and I should see her later in the week. Cecelia also called and we are planning to have dinner on Thursday. I am hoping to take a walk with Rob later and to play golf after the walk but the weather will determine things. I did some more work on the Lindsey Stirling essay and it is getting there very slowly.

Friday, August 22, 2014

classes almost starting

I am in Barnes and Noble, sipping coffee after finishing a chocolate cupcake. I has been a decent day, starting with a walk almost down to the gate before my knee hurt too much. My road got clobbered by the rain yesterday and it filled the next culvert. I did some leg raises and watered my greenhouse and saw that the first lettuce plants have come up (good news). I also charged the batteries to 87 percent since it was going to be a rainy day. At 11 David King came and checked out the septic (cleaning all the filters and racking the peat moss). He thought everything looked fine and I should be good for another year. Then it was time to head to RU for my volunteer work manning a table for the Move In. It was easy and Robert was very pleasant to work with. After that I napped and headed for dinner at Amelia’s and that was fine. I stopped at Walmart to get the shoe goo to fix my sneakers and then over to Barnes and Noble where I did a little work on my Lindsey Stirling essay (it was very hard to get going). I am not looking forward to starting teaching but I have no choice. I have 6 more semesters before I can quit so I had better make the best of it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ready to start the semester

It is Wednesday early afternoon and I am at the Starbucks in Salem, having contacted Claire and Susan about helping out on Move-In Day on Friday. I have everything set up except my RU e-mail on my phone and I should get that fixed within the next few days. My date with Cecelia went very well and we had a good dinner at the River Company and talked for two hours. She is smart and attractive and has quite a past but not one that I think would hurt any relationship between us. I will be going to Gyorgyi’s and meeting with Andrew and Sylvia and Laura at 3. I should be a fun afternoon and evening. Tomorrow are all the meetings and I will get through them even though I am not looking forward to them. My knee is better and I am scheduled for a cortisone shot on Tuesday morning but perhaps if my knee gets much better I can avoid the shot. I have done the exercises for two days and I played golf yesterday and took a short walk around the Tech campus last night.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

back from the west, with plenty of problems

I am back from my trip having returned today in the late morning. Sam met me at the gate and treated the house and the big yellowjacket nest. I unloaded some of the truck, did a laundry, put some stuff away and took a nap. I drove in to see Rob and he thinks my knee is really damaged but he thought the ear looked okay though he said I should continue to take the antibiotics. I called Dr. Buyer and he hasn’t returned my call yet but I will probably have to have a bridge put in and that should be pretty expensive. I drove in to show the Tech people my computer and they thought they could retrieve my files but they weren’t sure. That would be a mess if they can’t I did talk to Cecelia at Barnes and Noble and she was quite pleasant and I will call her to set up a dinner date. My trip overall was a good one, but hurting my knee in the Big Horns put a damper on the rest of the trip. I did have a good time with Gloria—and she will be here for two weeks in September—and seeing Dave and meeting his girlfriend were nice. I played some golf with my bad leg and played pretty well but I am overweight and I really need to do more exercise. I took a short and very slow walk on the Huckleberry trail and my knee didn’t hurt too much when I was finished.