August 15, 2018
We survived the great storm last night. I even took out the portable light and radio in case we lost power.
My phone was also charged to the max. We had our box wine and the weatherman on TV. The neighborhood association
meeting was cancelled about 20 minutes before the meeting due to severe weather. I didn't think the storms would
be that bad considering we've been having storms for the past week. I haven't had to water the lawn or the flower
bed in over a week. Plus, the lawn guy has not been out because it keeps raining. It was a good move to cancel
the meeting because the dark clouds and rain came a little bit after 7pm. We got lucky because a tornado was
forming immediately to the west of us. It started to rotate, but then it stopped.
August 6, 2018
We finally got to play Aura correctly on Friday night. I think playing it once before helped. It definitely takes a lot
of thinking to get the game right. You'll definitely get the hang of it if you know all of the rules. Just think
of it as a moving target with a lot of consideration. We were off to Dallas on Saturday morning. We picked up
some of the baked goods at the bakery right across the border in Texas. We then picked up tacos for The Sheehans
on the way to their house. We got to visit with them and met Isaac for the first time. He was of course sleeping
when we were there the entire time. Hank was very friendly and sweet. He even let me hold him, which his parents
said is rare. He knew all of the animals as we pointed them out. Then it's off to West Elm at Mockingbird Station.
Joseph met us there. We then drove to North Richland Hills to surprise Julie. She was surprised as expected and
cooked us up an awesome meal. Joseph also got to sample some of her food before he left to visit his friend in
Arlington. After Julie, we made our way to the new Ikea in Grand Prairie. I thought it would be bigger and filled
with more things than the one in Frisco, but it was a lot smaller. We walked away with a linen duvet cover and a
tablecloth for the dining table. We stopped at a couple scenic points but they were a total fail. The next day,
it was Sunday Funday at the Nichols. Then it was Ben's 2nd birthday at the new Hideaway.
August 2, 2018
Thursday is here and I need to survive for the next two days. The latest Gazette crossword puzzle is fairly easy.
I zoomed through many of the clues. Either I'm getting better or the Gazette got easy on us. It's actually the
New York Times crossword puzzle. This is our only connection to New York. Actually, I just renewed another year of
New York Magazine. They also have a great crossword puzzle in the back. The latest fad is to wear your wallet
around your neck. The other latest fad is big white sneakers with whatever socks you want. I knew I was ahead of the
curve last year when people laughed at my socks and shorts. I just paid the annual registration for the Camry and
now it's time for the Pilot. It's never ending. The garage doors are working like normal again. Let's see how long
they'll last until the next problem. I also cleaned out the garage and swept the dirt away. I also wiped down
the drafting table. We brought the table back into the kitchen. I have more kitchen counter space again. Kaci just
needs to come by to pick up her elliptical machine. It is quite dusty. I put her on notice.
August 1, 2018
Happy Birthday Mom! I hope you get to relax today! Sham and Brad welcomed their second baby boy. We are heading
down there for the day to visit with them. Thank God I didn't go last weekend. As we all know, I hate driving.
If I can be in the passenger seat for the rest of my life, I'm fine with that. Let everyone else drive and I can
direct where to go.