Fact: Many of us have done a prank that almost went too far. Nine days before Christmas in 1965, two astronauts aboard the Gemini 6 told Mission Control that they saw an “unidentified flying object” about to enter Earth’s atmosphere, traveling in a polar orbit from north to south. Just as things got tense, they interrupted the broadcast with “Jingle Bells,” as Wally Schirra played a small harmonica and Tom Stafford shook a handful of small sleigh bells.
We were up at 7:00 AM, had our coffee, and worked in the office for an hour before “walking the garden.” The grass is looking good!
Mary cleaned out the last areas where new roll-out shelves will be installed today. She decided to make Taboli for dinner and sent me off to the store alone, which was not a good thing to do.
I was shopping and was in checkout when the iPhone began making a noise like the dance of the seven veils! It was an incoming message from Mary! Get this, get that, get two more thingamajigs. By the time she was done with the messages, I had a second cart going!
On the way home, I did a fly-by at Jan’s, dropping off her birthday presents and a card. We wanted to ensure we stayed away until we were SURE we were done with the flu/covid mess!
When I arrived home, the cabinet man was in front of the house, ready to go!
Mary had to decide where everything goes and what to move to the garage; things we do not need daily!
I tell ya, Mary thinks I am a lousy cook… after dinner, she said, “I don’t brush my teeth; I count them.”
She decided to make tabouli, a middle eastern dish; translated, I had to go to the store again! Tabouli salad or Tabbouleh is a simple Mediterranean salad of very finely chopped vegetables, lots of fresh parsley, and bulgur wheat; all tossed with lime juice and olive oil.
Our olive oil did not look great, plus we needed cucumbers and bulgur wheat. Bulgur wheat is cracked whole-grain parboiled and dried wheat with a nutty flavor and chewy texture. I came home with exactly her list, plus two small apple pies, a loaf of bake-it bread, some additional fruit, and a few other goodies that fell into my cart!
While Mary made the tabouli, I opened my latest surprises from Amazon. The item below was so fantastic I bought three more and sent them to Bob Z, Zachary, and Joe. If you look closely, they are described as: Nut and Bolt Thread Checker (Inch & Metric) – 26 Male/Female Thread Identifier Gauges – 14 Inch & 12 Metric Sizes.
I described the tool to Mary, gave her a bolt off the whirlygigs, and then told me it was a 3/8th-16 thread. Easy to use and handy to have. No more digging through piles of stuff or getting the wrong one from the store; I now walk with knowledge!
We called Dianne to make sure she was feeling better. She was sick this morning, but all seems to be OK now.
I began to cough, and Dr. Mary decided to make fun of me and my horrible sounds. I recorded this event for posterity (or was it posterior?) and to show people what I have to put up with every day! I love it; we have so much fun it ought to be illegal!
We cooked up an artichoke, ate some tabouli, and killed off a bottle of wine while watching two Christmas movies. We made additional phone calls, and Jan called us; she figured out who had alerted her friends about her birthday!
We crashed at 10:00 PM after finding out Mary is still positive and got covid; a setback, but we can deal with it.