I am back in the city after a quick trip to the Valley to help out my mother.
She's fine, by the way. Thank you for your concern. I just took her shopping and cooked a meal for her. That kind of thing.
Mom and I had a very interesting discussion about the extended family today: Her uncles and aunts and grandparents. Some of that information will make its way into the "Life in Review" series that will run after the "Year in Review" series is over. Look for it here, soon! The "Life in Review" series will be quite short and will be photograph intensive. There will be lots of pictures with my commentary. I hope you like it. Good chance I won't start it until after my vacation, though.
I also have been gradually organizing the garage at my mother's. I guess I should call it Mom's garage now, and not Dad's. It's hard to know. Anyway, Dad left a lot of detritus behind. I am guessing, toward the end of his life, he didn't have the strength to deal with some of the things that needed dealing with, so he let some things slide. There is a Fall clean up coming up sometime in October. By then, I should be able toss out several bags worth of stuff.
My dad was a carpenter for 35 years or more. He had many tools of the trade. And you would expect him to have some nails. I have never seen so many nails in my life. There must be a couple thousand of them in that garage. I'm not kidding. A few bags of those so-called "penny nails". I am trying to organize them such that all nails of a certain size are in one place. Doing that, and tossing out the stuff no longer required, is something that I will chip away at all Summer and into the early Autumn.
I got back here mid-afternoon. As usual, I was exhausted when I got back here, so I lay down for a while. It has been hot everywhere, including here. Patricia greeted me the way a rich man greets a panhandler. You can guess what that means.
We had a lovely fish dinner tonight. Haddock goes down so well this time of year.
It is hard to believe that my vacation starts at the end of next week. July 20th at 4:31pm. Not to return to work until after the civic holiday. I hope I can hold on that long. I need a break.
The "year in review" series should return on Monday. I know you all care so much what happened to me in 1980.
See you tomorrow.