Quel dommage !!

That’s French for “What a pity.” I’m chiding myself because two lovely purses were purchased–but never used. I’m trying to organize my wardrobe for the cruise (less than one week away). As I–belatedly–process through things that have been packed for months–or years–I discover items that should have been donated rather than stored. Granted, I did not pay the original retail price for the purses but too bad I didn’t enjoy the purchase. The lesson is “Use it or relinquish it!!”

Oh, what a beautiful purse

Look it's peeling

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Lovely purse

Lovely purse is peeling

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Weather-wise,  it is an extremely beautiful day–after one-and-one-forth inches of rain. Not too hot, not too cold. Perhaps I’ll get a lot of projects accomplished this next week?! One project, this morning: Secure the tarp on the shelter so it doesn’t fly away in the wind. The plants were moved out into the sunshine.

Beautiful autumn day

Time and temperature

Big, bold, & beautiful !!

The television images are beautiful. Barring a heavy wind that topples the TV antenna (like it toppled the supports of my shelter), I hope for many months–or years–of free television viewing. ~~ Dave spent over four hours working with the components. I’m so grateful for his tireless efforts!! Fortunately, the predicted major rain storm held off until seconds before Dave descended from the roof.  Project completed.

Eighty-two channels!! Many Spanish and Asian… but an awesome variety for me. No contract, no monthly bill.  FYI: With three RG-6 cables, the total cost was just short of $200.00. A bargain, IMHO!!

Working with rotator

Close up working on rotator

Checking the instructions

Attaching the preamplifier

Elevating the antenna

Good catch

Assembling the antenna

Working on antenna

Attaching the two sections

Exchanging antennas

Dave working with his antenna

Xtreme Series HD antenna

Three components explained

Picking up Houston

Sincere thanks, Dave

Final hook up


Time and temperature

Direct TV advertisment

Awesome music

Keep it simple !!

I hate confusion!! The power strip, and box labeled “cable, ‘sat,’ DVD,” plus numerous coax and electric cords was a nightmare to this old lady (picture three) . I often tell people “I ascribe to the ‘KISS’ principle: Keep it simple, senior.” ~~ All the items for the new TV antenna have arrived. Dave took a look last night but getting too dark to do much. Not wanting to put too much work on Dave, I disassembled the “spaghetti” and reworked the arrangement (adding a Monster Power strip with surge protection). I’ll let Dave do the hard stuff like climbing ladders and standing on the roof. I’ll keep my feet on the ground, thank you!!

Getting ready for the new antenna

Dave working with preamplifier

Look at the confusing assortment

Nuisance items are out

So much neated

All hooked up

Good tidings of great joy !!

The day was exceptionally nice–and warm. The temperature reached 70 degrees (or more here; 76 degrees in Houston). I should have worked in the yard and storage building but prepared previous message Keep it simple. I had three visitors (extremely unusual) and we sat on the patio and chatted. One hour into our conversation, I suddenly asked Ken if he would help me with a project. He hesitated…, skeptical? I pointed out my proposed shelter and said I need help spreading the large tarp. He was agreeable… and it did not take very long. The pictures tell the story. IMHO, it looked good. Next time we have some freezing temperatures, my perennial plants will be safe.


Shelter (1)

Shelter (2)

Shelter (3)

Tarp label

Time and temperature
Relaxing in front of the fire

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After a day with accomplishments, I’ll relax with a good book in front of the fire. A fire… thanks to a VHS-tape.