I was awake at 6 AM but not fully rested so I stayed in bed. I got up at 7:30 AM, fed the cats, cleaned their litter tray, and then settled in at my desk to continue editing blog posts. I had edited four more posts by 9 AM when I heard footsteps and running water, signaling that people were up and about. I wrapped up my work and went upstairs to make coffee.
We sat around drinking coffee and tea and visiting. Both cats have gotten more comfortable with Ron and Mary being here, but especially Juniper, who is seeking their attention and sleeping on the living room sofas while we sit and talk.
Ron and Mary were expecting a package today but found out late yesterday that it had not been sent. As a result they needed to have documents e-mailed to us so they could deal with them and return them before they leave tomorrow for a week-long bicycle ride in northwest Illinois. The e-mails came through and all of the documents were PDFs so they were easy to save and print. I restarted my old Dell Precision Workstation in Windows 2000 Pro mode as that is where the scanner is installed and we would need it later to scan the signature pages, save them as PDFs and e-mail them back to the sender. (I normally use this computer to run Linux.)
I left at noon for a 12:15 PM appointment at the Honda dealer to have the oil changed in my Element. My car has just under 99,000 miles and really needed its 100,000 mile service, but I did not have time for that today so I had them change the oil and scheduled a return visit for Wednesday June 24 at 10 AM. It has a torn driveshaft boot on the driver side front and the mechanic thinks the drive shaft should be replaced as water and dirt have certainly gotten in there and there is probably rust. Ron tended to concur with that opinion.
Linda gave me a short grocery list before I left and I went to the Brighton Meijer’s after my car appointment. By the time I got back Ron and Mary had finished reviewing documents. I was going to scan the signature pages but it turned out that one of the signatures had to be notarized and the documents had to be faxed back in their entirety. Linda researched places to get all of that done and they were headed out to take care of that as I returned home. While I was out UPS dropped off a package from Prevost Parts with the window panel seal I ordered earlier in the week. That’s two UPS deliveries to this week so my confidence is restored.
While Ron and Mary were out Linda made potato salad and I worked in my office. I restarted my Dell Workstation in Linux mode (Ubuntu 14 point something) and installed about 45 updates. While that was happening I edited a few more blog posts and got caught up. Now all I have to do is post them.
Brendan, Shawna, and Madeline drove up after Madeline got up from her afternoon nap. They arrived around 4 PM. I quit working at my desk just before that and came upstairs. Madeline is always excited to visit Grandma Linda and Grandpa Bruce but having Ron and Mary here was a bonus for everyone.
For dinner Linda served the potato salad, baked beans, and vegan cheese burgers with all the fixin’s. We had a break in the rain and she cooked the burgers outside on the grill. We had fresh strawberries and non-dairy “ice cream” for dessert. Ron and Mary picked up an apple pie from the Grand Traverse Pie Company store in Brighton so everyone else tried some of that as well. Conversation was about family, work, and travel.
By 7 PM Madeline was showing signs of being tired so Brendan and Shawna gathered up their things and headed back to Ann Arbor. We stayed up until 10 PM talking, but did not play Mexican Train, and then turned in for the night.