Saturday, June 11, 2016

Thursday, June 9, through Thursday, June 16, 2016: Some Time With The Wheelers, etc.:

Early Thursday afternoon, the Wheelers arrived to spend a few days with us.  Neat.  Naturally, we got right into chatting.  Becky made chicken pesto for dinner.  Yum.  Friday morning, we went to Bearizona, our local wild animal park.  Always entertaining. 

After that, Becky, Pat, and Bill toured what we call "the North 40" with the dogs.  The North 40 is at one end of the development we live in. 

Bill and I hit the hot tub for a while before we all had hamburgers for dinner.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a memory flashback about the song "And This Is My Beloved" from Kismet, starring Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, and Vic Damone.  I decided to try to find the film---somewhere.  It was not available on Netflix or redbox but a search on DirecTV revealed it would be showing Friday morning on Turner Classic Movies.  What a coincidence.  I set it up to be recorded, and we watched it Friday night.  Great fun. 

Saturday morning, Bill and I went to the hardware store to get some parts for a couple of minor projects around our house, and were relatively unsuccessful. The store is not big enough to carry everything we needed.  We'll have to wait for the next trip to Flagstaff.  Saturday dinner was at the new Chinese Buffet in town.  That's the first time we've been there.  The food was good, though there were very few guests and some odd choices.  I'm sure we'll be back.  I love hot-and-sour soup.

The Wheelers left early Sunday morning, to return to their home in California.  They had initially planned to continue on to Michigan from here, but those plans changed for medical reasons while they were on their way here.  So this turned out to be just a junket for them.  But, it was a terrific three days.

Sunday afternoon involved chores to return the house to normal after having guests for three days and that evening we watched Atonement, a very engaging British film with a fascinating twist.  It received a lot of Oscar attention when it came out a few years ago. 

We followed that with some episodes of The Americans.  We may be getting hooked on that show.

Monday was normal, except for watching a lot of the news about the shootings in Orlando.  What a tragedy.  Tuesday's highlight, after a normal day, was watching 13 Hours, a terrific film (from the Redbox) about the Bengazi attacks that are still an item of inquiry in Washington.

Wednesday morning I had another great massage from Natanya while Becky walked the dogs.  I think the massages are actually doing some good, in addition to just feeling good.  We then went to Flagstaff for some shopping and to meet with Dr. Boettcher.  He pronounced the most recent procedure a success but said we should still watch it for several weeks---and he put another bandage on the involved area. 

We then picked up dinners of Cashew Chicken from Pato Thai and returned home to devour them.  Yum.

Thursday we noticed that one of the plants in our back yard----a red hot poker---was blooming   It must be almost summer.

In addition, Becky filled our dining table centerpiece with red, white, and blue stuff in anticipation of July 4, and I packaged and sent back to my brother the old family photos he had sent me a few weeks ago.  Otherwise, Thursday was a normal day of reading, walking dogs, and watching our favorite TV shows. 

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