Another Quiet Week
Berlin, OH - Events of Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, June 17, 2016
Except for a trip to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to visit Lora, J. Michael and Lydia, last week was another quiet week. Our visit was fairly routine, so we don't even have many pictures to show for it. We got there in the late morning and played with Lydia for a while.
Lora had a couple of "daddy do" projects for Paul to work on. He re-glued one of the spindles on their stairs that was loose. Lydia can't reach the handrail, so she hangs onto the spindles on her way up and down the stairs. She noticed one of them was loose, and Lora told her Poppy would fix it. Just about every time she went up and down the steps, she would say, "Poppy fix" when she came to the loose spindle. A couple of shims, a little glue and a finishing nail fixed it good as new.
The other project was to prune several overgrown shrubs in the front of their house. He tackled that project next and Lydia soon came out to help. She got the job of picking up some of the smaller branches.
Afterwards, Lydia went in for her nap. Well, it wasn't actually a nap. Lydia gave up her morning naps some time ago, and she is now in the process of giving up her afternoon naps. She mostly sits in her crib and plays quietly during nap time. She doesn't sleep, but at least she is relatively quiet, and it gives Lora a little time to rest. After Lydia's nap, she sat on Grammy's lap and had a snack.
Lora, J. Michael and Margery had a pizza from Hunner's Pizza that J. Michael stopped to pick up on his way home from work. Paul had half an Italian sub. Shortly after dinner, we headed back to Ohio.
Last week, Paul also did a couple of small repairs around the 5th wheel. The spring broke in the latch of the bathroom door earlier in the week. Even with Keim Lumber and several well-stocked hardware stores in the area, he couldn't find the right kind of replacement latch locally, so he ordered a latch from Amazon and installed it on Thursday. He also removed the louvered, wooden grate that serves as a cold air return for the furnace and repaired numerous loose louvers.
We fired up the smoker on Friday and smoked some country-style ribs, which are strips cut from pork shoulder. Unlike pork shoulder, the country-style ribs don't get pulled; and since they are strips instead of the whole shoulder, they get much more flavor from the dry rub that gets put on prior to smoking. They were delish!
That's about all we have to report. The coming week promises to be pretty quiet, too.