Hey everybody! Did you’ve gotten an excellent Thanksgiving? We stayed on the town this 12 months and had a soothing vacation weekend. Mrs. RB40 cooked a bunch of aspect dishes and I made a beef stew. We have been too lazy to prepare dinner a turkey this 12 months. It labored out properly, although. My beef stew was tremendous tender and Mrs. RB40’s dressing was superior. Cooking is enjoyable whenever you don’t need to go anyplace. The home smelled nice all day.
Oh yeah, she additionally made 3 pies. The apple pie seemed superior, nevertheless it tasted a bit off after I took that first chew. Whoa, this apple pie is spicy! Turned out, she used chili powder as a substitute of cinnamon. Our spices are in alphabetical order and she or he wasn’t trying when she grabbed it. Oops… Hahaha… Luckily, we will eat spicy so we’re working via it. It isn’t dangerous, particularly with vanilla ice cream, simply sudden.
We additionally did just a few issues round city.
We did our half to assist the US economic system this Thanksgiving.
- Electrical bike ($899) – I received RB40Jr a brand new electrical bike from REI. His outdated child bike was getting too small for him. He’s nearly as tall as I’m now. He tried my e-bike and he appreciated it. So we determined to get him the identical bike for Christmas. He loves it. We’ll use it to bike round city for errands and his varied lessons.
- Leather-based jackets ($199 x 2) – Mrs. RB40 visited the Portland Leather-based Items outlet and bought 2 new leather-based jackets. They give the impression of being nice and may final a few years.
- Blu-ray participant ($60) – I bought a brand new Blu-ray participant from Finest Purchase. Our 12-year-old DVD participant was able to retire. Lots of the distant buttons don’t work anymore. We’ve been utilizing the Xbox to play Blu-ray discs, nevertheless it’s higher to have a devoted participant.
- Socks and underwear ($50) – We ordered socks, boxers, and undershirts from Goal. They arrived on Friday. Solely the socks have been discounted for Black Friday. That’s disappointing.
- Fitness center membership ($460) – I’m 50 this 12 months and I have to train extra often. The final 3 years have confirmed that I can’t work out at residence. So I’m heading again to the gymnasium. 24 Hour Health had a BOGO Thanksgiving sale so I received a reasonably whole lot. I’ll have 2 years of gymnasium entry for $460. I may also carry 2 buddies. Mrs. RB40 can go swimming often and I’ll present RB40Jr tips on how to work out. It must be good for us. All of us have to train extra.
Ouch! We spent rather more than any earlier Thanksgiving. However that is low-cost so far as a midlife disaster goes. I haven’t bought a sports activities automobile (but…) in order that’s good. Anyway, extra train is critical as I get older. My dad has been getting on my case about it currently.
RB40Jr and I went out for a spin on Saturday. The climate was sunny and crisp. That’s very uncommon for a Thanksgiving weekend in Portland. The journey was nice. There weren’t too many individuals out and the bikes carried out very properly. We rode alongside the Willamette River and crossed over the Tilikum bridge. This bridge is de facto cool. There are not any automobiles on it, solely bikes, pedestrians, buses, and streetcars. Alongside the best way, we stopped to take heed to the music on the Portland Saturday Market. It was nice to get out of the home for some time.
Lastly, we took benefit of the sunny climate to scrub the gutters. This includes climbing the ladder and occurring the roof, my least favourite residence upkeep actions. Each autumn, the leaves accumulate on the highest ledge of the skylights and the valleys. This 12 months is significantly better than earlier years as a result of 2 large bushes got here down final 12 months. However there have been nonetheless loads of leaves on the roof.
I climbed up on the roof, straddled the highest ridge, and pushed these leaves down with a protracted extendable pole. We have now a metallic roof so I keep away from going up there except it’s fully dry. This roof could be very slippery when it’s moist. Even then, it’s scary to be up there. The highest ridge might be 35 toes off the bottom! After that, I got here all the way down to floor degree and used the ladder to clear the gutter. Man, this exercise is getting extra unnerving yearly. Perhaps I want to rent somebody to do that.
Again to high school!!!
RB40Jr will head again to high school on Monday! Sure!!!! If I sound overly enthusiastic, it’s as a result of I’m over the moon. He has been out of faculty for a month! We went to Washington DC for a household reunion on the finish of October and the academics went on strike proper afterward. I’m completely happy college is again in session. I feel the academics received an okay deal. They positively want extra earnings and different high quality of life enhancements.
Alright, that’s it as we speak. We had a soothing Thanksgiving (principally) and loved it tremendously. Did you’ve gotten an excellent Thanksgiving?
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