Never A Dull Moment!

Fact: Nobody knows how to open the entire vault at Fort Knox. Kentucky’s Fort Knox is one of the most secure places in the U.S., due to the fact that it’s home to more than 147.3 million ounces of gold bullion, according to the U.S. Mint. During World War II, it even stored the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. So obviously, there are strict precautions when it comes to access. For instance, there are very few people who are aware of the actual structure of the facility, and there’s not one single person who knows all of the procedures to open the vault entirely.

We were up early to drop off the Honda for his 80,000-mile checkup.  Mary took the Red Rocket, a.k.a. Precious, and followed me.  The Freeway Honda is two blocks from the SA Elks Lodge!

The easiest way to make your old car run better is to check the prices of a new car.

I mentioned to Mary, “It’s time for a new car when you double the value of your car every time you fill the tank.”

A woman was driving below the speed limit on the interstate when a highway patrolman pulled her over. “Do you know why I stopped you, ma’am?” asked the officer. “Sure do,” sniffed the woman. “I was the only one you could catch.”

We took hor rod out today!

We were going to do some weeding in the from the yard but after a close examination, there were no weeds to be pulled!  Mary went inside and did some work while I stayed in the garage and got boxes ready to go into the trash!

We are both attempting to watch our weight so brunch was protein-rich and calorie poor!  The grapefruit comes from or neighbors yard and it was so very juicy!

Brunch is served on the patio.

We got a text from Zack and Becca had completed her graduation ceremony; we are proud of her!  Now she is a fully credentialed teacher of special-needs kids and her salary goes up a fair amount.   Good job Rebecca!!!!

Rebecca goes through the graduation ceremonies today in Arizona.

Mary and I were talking about how to keep the family together and I was remembering my parents; they were past masters at this!  Mary has all the skills, and we will keep on trying to keep the family together!

My parents are always telling me that their world doesn’t revolve around me. So I guess that means that I wasn’t actually their sun.


Mid-afternoon we went to the neighbor’s house t pick loquats! We looked all over the yard and they had only kumquats; BIG difference.  So we picked about 16 cups of kumquats and then found a recipe for making kumquat marmalade.

Did You Know? Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water. The well-known version is made from bitter orange. It is also made from lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, sweet oranges, bergamots, and other citrus fruits, or a combination.

We hand processed the fruit and it took us two solid hours to make four cups because the fruit had to be quartered and the pulp and seeds removed. The results need to be chopped into four pieces. That means every fruit et cut twenty times!

We hand-processed four cups of kumquats!

We stopped and let the kumquats macerate in the sugar solution overnight. Maceration is the process of preparing foods through the softening or breaking into pieces using a liquid.

Kumquat marmalade in process of being made!

We were tired of kumquats so we headed to Jan’s house for a visit and brought her some goodies.  We sat with her and called Mike Jonas to wish him a happy birthday.

Upon returning home, we watched TV and finally crashed around 9:00 PM.  It was a busy day!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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