Monday, February 18, 2019

I Think I Can Do That. I've Seen Sesame Street.

My kitchen faucet died over the weekend.  Dave and Ben picked out a new one this morning and Dave got right to work.

This is how Dave spent much of the day.

I made three trips to Lowe's.

On one outing, I asked the man helping me if he could sell me something exactly like this, except I needed one that worked.  I had to put him on the phone with Ben, but the deed was accomplished.

Not only was my counter covered with tools when I returned, but the water to the entire house was shut off.

Then I ended up at a plumbing supply.  I described my problem, well, Dave's problem.  The guys behind the counter came up with this solution, which worked.  Yay.  Big yay, in fact.  I didn't take a picture of the new faucet.  It's just like the old one, except I get hot water out of it.  First world.

Melanie spent the afternoon with Matt.  Dinner was a variety of delicious leftovers.  Then, to my amazement, and without my even suggesting this, we played Mexican Train!  Guess who won the first round?  Yes, the grandma with the pink train.

Dave won the next round.

Then Mel.  I'm always sorry when the yellow train doesn't win, but that's how it works sometimes.

Halfway through our evening, Melanie realized that this was her penultimate day of vacation.  We've had a wonderful time.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

I'm Cringing Six Moves Out

I had many important things on my agenda this morning.

The ribs were off the grill and basting in the warming oven with my secret sauce with plenty of time to spare.

So I made bagels.

My new topping for the bagels is delicious.  I realize this bagel looks a little over-toasted, but I assure you, looks can be deceiving.

For Ben and me, church is a morning of service.  Mel was on campus with Will.  Lunch was hot artichoke dip.

We also had potato chips.  This might have been the best lunch ever.  Dave tells me I say that a lot.  Maybe.

It was not my idea to play Mexican Train, but I was on board.

Unfortunately, my train was open most of the time.  This is not conducive to winning.

Will won the first round.

Melanie won quite a few games.

The birds were a distraction for a little while.

Dave won a game.

Papa Ben not only won, but he danced a little.

I came very close to winning a game.  Close does not count in Mexican Train.

Melanie was fascinated with the snow and took a movie for her friends.

I have pretty much given Melanie my car for this weekend, and she has made many trips to campus.  She picked up Matt and then it was time for dinner!

My favorite line from dinner came from Matt:  I don't need to learn past tense -- I'm going to be an engineer.

Once in a while I work really hard on a meal and it pays off.  This was one of those times.

I have sold Dave on my latest cookie.  The cookies were hot, Dave was dishing out vanilla ice cream, and things were moving fast.  Why we were discussing deserts vs desserts is beyond me.  I was totally focused on the chocolate.

I like to be polite.  Sometimes lots of people are talking so I put a spoon on my glass to let those around me know that I have something to say.  We all had a lot to say today, which made everything wonderful.

1965-1967 Pictures from Ben's Japanese Mission

Nineteen-year-old Ben received his mission call to the Northern Far East Mission in early 1965.  Included in the call were flight instruct...