Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgivng Break--At Last

I am taking it pretty easy over the Thanksgiving break. I had a good visit to Charlotte, playing golf twice at Regent Park, driving to the Congaree (which I was harassed by Ranger Meekins) for a bike ride and a hike, eating at P. F. Changs and at the Capitol Grille. I have gotten back into writing the Phil Chase piece, and I am almost done with all my course grading. I should be done tomorrow. This morning I cut down a number of trees (up to about 5 inches) with my new Stihl battery chain saw, and it worked very well, slow but with plenty of battery to get all the trees down and then some of the cleanup. I then fixed the boxes in the truck, switching out the broken one and putting cardboard on the bottom of two more so things won’t drop through. I also ate a salad from the green house and watered it so I should have lettuce for a few more days if not weeks. I am bringing my electric heater home from my office to see if that will work to help warm up the bedroom. Now when it is cold, it is pretty cold until the temperature gets up to 76 in the living room. This might save some fuel and make it comfortable enough to read for a few minutes. I walked with Rob tonight (as I did yesterday) and we had a very good chat. Things with Becky are going well and her new place should be fine after all the work is done. Claire and Luke are doing well, spending Thanksgiving at her parents, and I am happy for her. Today I also had a golf lesson on sand traps and bought a lob wedge from Michael, which is much easier to use than my sand wedge. My finances are quickly depleting but I should make it to March without having to take any money out of my 403B. I wrote Kelly an e-mail after our conversation where she told me that my last visit was too long and I made it clear that I had no idea that it was. She left a sweet phone message inviting me up for Lucia’s birthday. That should work well since it will be on my way up to New York and it will save me driving back up to see her. I talked to Marv and I should be seeing them in January when I go to Wild Dunes. My knees are not very good but I am doing a lot of things. I just hope they hold out till July, when I plan to have the first knee done.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

one more week before thanksgiving

I think my headaches were caused by my dental work, since they have cleared up as my teeth continue to heal. I have one week to finish before Thanksgiving and then one week of teaching before exam week. This semester has gone pretty fast and it has been rather easy, but spring should be much tougher. I did my open house today and that went quite well, with six students visiting. The two ambassadors, Lauren and Jenna, were very sweet and I joked with Jeanie a little and she took a picture of me pretending to be asleep. I will be having dinner with Claire on Tuesday and I’ll catch up on how things are going with Luke. I saw Rob and things are okay with him but they have to potential to heat up, as they usually do. I will be looking at a 165K condo on Monday. It’s on Chowning street and is one story with five rooms. I doubt I will be buying right now but I do want to see what is around. Haven’t heard from Gloria so I assume she doesn’t want to discuss her behavior during her visit, which is fine with me. If she is comfortable with her behavior, then I have no desire to deal with her. My friend Dave is doing very well, having been in a coma for eight days and almost dying. He is in rehab and I spoke to him for a long time and he sounded pretty good, although very slightly slurring his words. I played golf today even though it was in the low forties and I had fun. Now I am watching the Alabama/Mississippi State game, which is 5-0 Alabama right now. I hope it is close.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Three weeks left in the semester

Another week of teaching finished and I think it went pretty well. I did evaluations in 203 and 310 and those should be around 3.8 with the 454 course still waiting. The one student in 454 who has problems with his writing is probably going to blast me in the evaluations even though his writing problems should have been addressed years ago. I worked a little on the Phil Chase piece and I should be able to get it finished on time. I talked to a realtor down in Isle of Palms and I should be about to get a place down there for two months for around 3 grand with a possibility of it being in Wild Dunes. Claire is doing well and I should see her next week for dinner. I should be having dinner with the Gallos tomorrow to celebrate both our birthdays. My headaches remain but I think they are getting a little better since I started taking more blood pressure medication (which Cathy said might cause the headaches).

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A fine birthday weekend

I had a very good birthday weekend and I still have a dinner with the Gallos to come since Cathy was sick. I had a lobster dinner at Red Lobster on the 31th and the next day I had a nice lunch at Rob’s and then a pizza dinner and a movie with Gyorgyi. Zombie after Bark went well and I did look pretty effective. I had a nice time with Jeanie and Stacey. My teaching week went pretty well and I have three more weeks till thanksgiving. Only Andy showed up for the visit to my hollow for the 310 class but it was nice to talk with him, eat some good food, and take a walk down to the gate. I played golf even though it was in the low forties, and I played rather well. Claire is doing fine and I should see her for dinner this week. Gloria called for my birthday as did Kelly and she sent me a picture of Lucia’s card which was very cute. Gabes sent me birthday greetings also and I am looking forward to seeing him in December. I had dinner with Maddie this week and that was fun and I drove her home on Friday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

leaf change is very fine this year

Two more weeks of classes finished, and I think things are still going well. I will probably have a couple of unhappy students but their problems are beyond what I can help them with. I have five weeks of classes left and then a four course spring that should have me with a hundred plus students. If I have to have my knee replaced in the mid-summer my fall courses will be a half load and I should be fully recovered by November. I finished my IT training so that’s done for a year. Claire is doing very well and there’s a good chance she will be moving to Atlanta in the spring with Luke. She will probably be engaged by then and I am very glad things are going so well. I walked with Rob last night and more nastiness from Fay. Why can’t she just leave him alone? I have decided to dress up as a zombie on the 30th for the zombie run. My knees are pretty bad but I have found that by cutting my biking to 40 minutes and hiking up to the orchard once, they feel better. I am still doing my weights and yoga. Maddie is doing well at VT and I am glad about that. I may see her for dinner next week. I have been playing golf (and will play today) but not walking too much at night because of my knees. I am still about 220 and I would like to get down to 215 soon.

Friday, October 10, 2014

eighth week of teaching finished

Another week of teaching is over and in a half hour I will be heading over to see The Judge, which I am very much looking forward to. My teaching went pretty well, and eight weeks are done. I recorded my Lindsey Stirling essay up at WVTF and that went well. At best they will use a teaser for it so the only way to hear the whole thing will be from their archives. I went to Social Security after the recording and I got my code and was able to log in. As I predicted, at 66 I will get around 25K each year. I also spoke to the RU IT guy and he was very apologetic about the security training and agreed that it is an awful system. He is going to come over and help me get set up. That was very good to hear and I have until December to finish things up, not just 7 days. I volunteered for 2 of the open houses so we’ll see about that later. I made my reservations for 6 nights at wild dunes and 5 at the Hampton inn in Staten Island, but that will change to 3 after I figure out when I will be staying at Gabes. My greenhouse is doing very well with lots of lettuce, a few pea plants, a few spinach plants, and a new crop of lettuce starting up. I did a good bit of grading so I am glad of that. I also got a walk in with Rob which was a lot of fun.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

sixth week of teaching finished

It is another catch-up entry, this time on Sunday, October 5. I had a lovely day, taking a hike in the morning to the orchard, doing weights and yoga, doing a wash, checking the solar batteries, and fixing the fan for the heater. I am ready for my seventh week of classes, almost halfway through. The past week was very good and my classes went well and I got the house completely cleaned up from Gloria’s visit. I saw Maddie on Thursday and then drove her home on Friday afternoon, saving Cathy a trip. I have been riding my bike almost every day for an hour and my greenhouse has been producing very well. I will be seeing Kelly on the 18th and that should be fun. Seeing her and Alfredo and Lucia is always a treat. Travel funding has been restored so I am going to try to go to the CEA conference if they accept my paper proposal which I haven’t written yet. I am recording the Lindsey Stirling essay on Friday at 10 up at WVTF in Roanoke. After this semester I will have to teach 5 more before I can retire at 65 and ½. Some days I wish I could retire tomorrow; others I am not so desperate.