I’m still waiting for some type of response. Thinking about sending a follow-up letter. We’ll see. ■ Picture of me playing lap steel at open mic in Cary, IL. I went to visit the store/boss where I used to work and he asked me to join the house band that he uses to back people up at the open mic. I was surprised but very honored to be asked. Came out of the blue. Thanks, Buddy. ■ I’ve got an appointment at the post office tomorrow to apply for a passport. My old one expired in 2010. ■ Time for bed. ‘Night. ■
Saturday, January 28, 2017
No response to my letter. Might never get a response. ■ Was asked to join a stage/house band by my old boss. I said yes – and tonight was the first gig. I’m playing lap steel in this band. ■ Holly and I came home the other day and Fern had somehow gotten a hold of Aaron’s stocking cap and gloves. She chewed a nice hole in his cap and one glove is missing. We’ve searched everywhere and can’t find it anywhere. The mystery of the missing glove. ■ Started giving myself insulin injections. Not as hard as I thought it might be. ■
Monday, January 23, 2017
↓Still no response from the letter I sent. I was hoping to get something late last week, but no go. We continue to wait. ■ This January is the warmest one I’ve ever lived through. As you can see from the weather on the left, we’re still going to be warm. Historically the last 2 weeks in January and the 1st week in February are the coldest weeks of the year. We’re not getting much below freezing. ■ I’ve been looking at software/platform to redo the Kalofoundation.org website. I had handled that job since the foundation was formed in 2006. A couple of years ago I passed the website upkeep back to the foundation. I let them know in December that I’d start doing it again. ■ I see I forgot to publish this last night. The weather in the first row is for Sunday. Hmmm . . . ■
Thursday, January 19, 2017
I’m going back to being the webmaster for the Kalo Foundation. I’ve been away from it for a couple of years. But I have to decide on software to build the system with. I’ve done some looking over the past couple of days. The simple website builders that a lot of hosting services use are too simple. They’re not made for larger projects and they kind of force you to use their themes so a lot of website look much the same. That’s not me. I think I’ve narrowed my choices to WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. All good products – some are easier than others. I need to do a little testing. ■ Still no response to my letter. I don’t know if I’ll ever get a response. ■ Got to get the dogs out one last time and then it’s bedtime for me. ■ ‘night.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Yes, a 2nd post. ■ I had a request from the senior housing where my mother used to reside outside of Richmond, VA. They wanted a pen and ink of their new clubhouse. I asked for pictures, but they emailed me an artist’s rendering of the building as it’s not done. I had to respectively decline to copy another artist’s work. I imagine it’s part of copyright infringement. I did do a pencil sketch of it that you can see here. ■ Tomorrow Holly and I have to apply for passports. Mine has expired and hers is about to. ■
January is supposed to be cold. We’re above freezing, no snow left except the small piles in the shade. It’s raining and everything is turning to mud. It’s a great time to have dogs. ■ Picked up one of the meds that wasn’t covered by insurance last year. At the drug store I usually go to the price was $193 for 30 pills. I used GoodRx and got the meds at Walgreens for $75. Now insurance covers it and it’s $39. Anyone else use GoodRx? ■ Aaron starts back in school this week. Already had one day off for Martin Luther King Day. ■ Holly’s cooking up some red beans and rice for dinner. That always tastes great. ■ Still no response from my letter, although that could take awhile. But I’m anxiously waiting. ■
Friday, January 13, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I’ve widened and narrowed the search for my relatives. I have some clues, but can’t exactly figure out where they fit. I’m missing some branches. It’s a big detective puzzle trying to see how people fit. And I can’t believe that it’s so hard to find marriages. Marriage info would help immensely. ■ Snowed just a tiny bit tonight – about 1/4 inch and Cary’s got their plows out. Someone’s going for overtime. ■ Saw our old friends Pat and Tim. Tim was our dentist for years and years, but retired a few years ago. They intended to retire to Las Vegas as the housing was inexpensive at that time, but went up rapidly just before they were ready to buy. So instead of Las Vegas they moved to a small town south of Guadalajara called San Juan Cosala. Their monthly costs run around $1200 – $1500. That’s food, gas, insurance, housekeeper, lawn care, etc. Sounds very inviting. We’re planning on taking a trip to see them and check out the area. ■ Well, it’s time for bed. ‘Night!