Welcome to Spring!

I spent the day avoiding the cold, and then doing a lot of choring in the mysterious outskirts of Atlanta known as “Cobb Country”. My ultimate destination was Barb’s and Allan’s house where Barb, Sal, and I watched many hours of Survivor and ate a delicious dinner of pot roast with mashed potatoes.

Oddly I must return to that region this afternoon for my semi-annual dental checkup.

If the planets align I will also be making a return trip to the world of group cycling. The clocks have changed, the ride will be mostly in the light, and with any luck it won’t be too cold (hard to fathom given that it’s below 32°F currently). It will be a game time decision today.

I solved today’s Wordle in six attempts; my starter today was CLAIM; another close call today.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 194.2 pounds (-2.8 from last week’s weigh-in); my weight moves in mysterious ways.

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34 Responses to 2023-03-21

  1. steve says:

    Wordle in 5 and another 4 out of 5 guess in 4! Grrrr…

    So last week, my connection to my big monitor went out and today my wireless keyboard and mouse are dead. They are old, so no suprise there, but still.

    A fairly quiet day yesterday. Added a bluetooth widget to the car so I cabn stream from my phone. My radio- actually the antenna, is verklempt and this will allow consistent signal for the commute.

    40 minutes on the trainer while watching Volta a Cataluna.


  2. Sally says:

    Wordl in 4 using roast. Speaking of roasts….that roast and tater survivor night was awesome and fun. Survivor is pretty entertaining this year. I also obtained a new puzzle to work on thanks to Wee. I should test my creek this morning. Would like to cut the yard but I need to go get gas first. Haircut this afternoon….long overdue!!! May or may not meet friends at the Corn House for lunch. GUTS run later this evening.

    • steve says:

      You’re going to test your creek?

      And a pro tip on gas for your mower- buy the mid-grade at Valero which doesn’t contain corn! Sorry, Barb!

      • Sally says:

        The QT down the street has ethanol free gas as well. :). I adopted Sope Creek. I test it once a month for various things and pick up as much trash as I can. One day I pulled out 11 tires!!! Part of the Georgia Adopt a Stream program. Watershed Stewardship.

      • Barb says:

        I think Allan adds something to our mower gas, I know he doesn’t go out of his way to buy ethanol free gas.

        • David says:

          This discussion makes me glad that I finally completed a decade long quest last year to rid my yard of all turf. I was able to leave my mower on the curb for someone to find a prize. We bought our house about a year before one of our next door neighbors did. I bought into the American dream of having a lawn, even though my front yard is pretty tiny, and got it sodded and had a sprinkler system installed. My neighbor on the other hand immediately dug up all grass and went with plantings. I thought it was nuts at the time, but over the years I began to see the wisdom of his ways.

          • I too love that I have very little lawn. Believe it or not the thing I rue, as someone who was/is a Trees Atlanta volunteer, was planting large trees in my front yard.

          • David says:

            Huh. I relish every tree that I’ve planted in my yard. I even have a volunteer tree that I let do it’s thing and now it’s a large tree.

          • Well, mine are in the line of my plumbing and are now keeping me from planting vegetables out front, which is south facing.

    • And I have two new puzzles. Sal, I have another one to gift to you whenever I find time to do a quality check on it.

  3. David says:

    Wordle in 3 starting with SLATE.

    I’m basing out of Joe’s for a while this morning. I have a rare clean slate day with no teaching or appointments. Good thing, because my to do list feels like an avalanche waiting to happen.

    • Barb says:

      wordle in 4, messed up & used a letter I knew was in the wrong place on the 3rd guess, but that guess had all 5 letters, all in the wrong places. Never done that before.
      Mini – HORRIBLE

      • David says:

        Mini in 38. 😉

        • Barb says:

          DAVID – I hate you. 😉
          but – I’ve never done that many crosswords – so, I just don’t get some of the clues.

          • David says:

            That’s fair, Barb, I was knowingly rubbing salt into the wound there. 🙂 I am 41 days way from having completed 2,000 NYT crossword puzzles, so there is that.

  4. Barb says:

    Spent some time on Amazon yesterday, trying to decide on a mattress & frame to ship to my parents house. I HATE shopping online, so many options, so many conflicting reviews. I did find a frame that has basically no assembly (at basically the same price) – some of the frames look like it would be a pain to assemble.

    Now to just figure out when to order, so I can time the delivery.

  5. Looks as if I am the only one who found today’s Wordle difficult. Good on you all!

  6. steve says:

    As far as the lawn discussion. I agree that I’d really like to have a “grass free” lawn, and I still feel terrible that we had to remove so many trees to make pasture. At the moment, I’m letting the yard go fallow with a hope I can tolerate it, but I know there will come a time that I’ll have to mow. Growing up with a dad who valued a beautiful lawn runs deep in my veins. When I was still living at home- hell even when I would just go up and mow it, people would stop, get out of their cars and ask what kind of grass was it and how to I get my yard to look like this? Come up and knock on the door, even.

    • Barb says:

      I do like good looking grass – we have 3 versions of zoysia in our yard – the 1st installation is magnificent -the front yard – is so thick, has almost no weeds. The 2nd & 3rd installment (back yard) – not so good – I think it’s a different variety -but the damn weeds get thru it.

      If & when the in-laws decide to fix their front yard, we may get a little extra sod to fix out by the street. That little narrow amount is all weeds – and those damn weeds grow so much faster than grass)

    • Sally says:

      Don’t get me wrong…I don’t really have grass…..mostly weeds. My neighbor has awesome grass but he uses fertilizers, weed killers, pesticides….I’m all about the bees and insects!! And not polluting our waterways. I may just plant my whole front yard in flowers! :).

      • David says:

        Yes! My front yard is mostly monkey grass (liriope), with a big tree and some bushes. I haven’t had the energy to plant flowers in several years, but maybe I’ll get inspired this year. I also made a path for the mail carriers with pavers that takes up some space (I’m of the last generation of homeowners to still have a mail slot, whomever buys the house from me will have to have a mailbox at the street).

        • Barb says:

          in Iowa – all the houses still have the mailboxes on the house. The mailman has to trudge thru the snow (and rarely goes out to the street between houses), so everyone shovels a walkway for him/her.

          • David says:

            Yes, my mail carrier definitely doesn’t go down to the street when coming from the house on my left. They do have to go to the street since my driveway is between my house and my other neighbor. The post office has started a war of attrition on front door delivery, I expect the same rule for an on-street mailbox will apply when those Iowa houses change hands.

          • steve says:

            The days of carriers on foot are ending soon- while it’s nice, it’s inefficient AF. Down in these parts, you might have to walk across the street to your mailbox as the carrier only passes by going in one direction.

          • You know what is as inefficient AF? Physical mail. (my 2¢)

          • Jenka says:

            Pretty sure that the Atlanta area USPS enacted a rule about a few years ago that all new construction and whenever a home finally changes hands (as in David’s case) the mailbox has to be at the road. Our box is on our porch but I’m pretty sure the next person to buy this house will have to put up at mailbox at the street. Frankly, I would prefer that. It creeps me out to have someone come up to the porch every day.

          • Yeah, but what I failed to realize is that I could have said “No”. It’s only when I come home and find my mailbox opened, or I go out of town and have to trust the USPS will comply with my hold request, do I wish the mail was still delivered into the slot of my front door.

        • I mistakenly heeded the threat of the Postmaster General and put a mailbox at the curb. Little did I know that I would continue to get mail through my front door if I hadn’t.

  7. Barb, hope you are at the Corn House. I’m down the road, about to head into my dentist’s office parking lot.

    • Barb says:

      Corn House was the usual – I did not get a crazy sandwich this time. Scott (Vegetative State) & Jennifer joined us. She got a crazy sandwich like you got that 1 time. Not quite as busy as it was the last time we were there.

  8. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 4

    Lots of hunt drama going on. I may need to find a new club. I’m spoiled by the proximity of this one and all the land to ride out on. Where we live is going to be much less desirable if it all falls apart.

    On the good news front, my knee is feeling much better and tomorrow is puppy day!

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