Monday, July 21, 2008

Back to the real world...

The grandsons spent the weekend; my sister took Talia, so next time it's her turn to stay.

Friday afternoon they ended up with time to ride their bikes a bit then I had to fix dinner for when Dottie got home. Saturday we hit "Hobby Lobby" and picked up some kits, a "Hummer" for the younger one, and two rubber band powered aircraft for the older one. One of them is going will take several days to work through, so we built the ornithopter, which was about 5 hours work on Saturday afternoon and evening.

With a range of 150 feet and way too many trees around here, we took it out to the park next to the Ampitheatre so many of you will be hanging out at next Saturday, where they have a model aircraft field. We also took a handful of foam glider kits and an F-18 rubber band launched glider I had picked up.

With the wind at 12 it was a bit much for the poor ornithopter; it made a dozen flights, several in the 75 or 80 foot range before the wind would overpower it. It's last "landing" popped a bamboo brace loose, so it's sitting on Dottie's desk now to have a drop of glue placed to hold it firmly.

On a calm day, I have no doubt that it's range will go up. It's truly amazing to watch something flap it's wings to fly...

Yesterday afternoon we met my sister at the nursing home and the 3 grandkids and my sister, Dottie and I all played dominoes with my Mom. We thought she'd be overjoyed at playing a game with the kids; she was more miffed because she wasn't the sole center of attention. The kids had a good time though!

Now I have to catch my cat and take him to the vet for his shots...hopefully he'll forgive me!

I got on the scale last night for the first time in two weeks; down another 10...slow but sure!

May Monday and the week be kind!



von Krankipantzen said...

Yep, you can hope he'll forgive you but it might take a bit of time and a serious amount of tuna to get there. Good luck.

Casdok said...

Youve been busy!
Sounds like fun and loosing weight too! :)

beckyboop said...

Wow, those grandkids keep ya hopping. If you want to go top the concert, I'll give you the tickets. I got them for free and would never try to profit on the kindness of my husband's employer. I could drop them somewhere or leave them at the ticket desk at Sandstone under the name Alan.

I wish I had 10 pounds down. I guess that takes effort though, doesn't it?

Clandestine said...

hi alan!

where's inger?? i thought she went away???

have fun!

Green tea said...

Congrats on the weight loss..
I get a kick out of "your Mom not being the center of attention"
I remember those days when my mom was in the nursing home.

ZILLA said...


I'm down 4. I know it's water at this stage, but I'll take it!

And thanks for the reminder -- I need to call the vet and ask which critter is behind on what.

beckyboop said...

Oops. I thought you wanted to go to the concert. Sorry, I misunderstood. Have a good one Alan. Sorry for any confusion.

Barbara said...

How wonderful! Sounds like you are really enjoying your retirement.