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Dickcissel

Thursday I learned that the season finale of "The Orville" was a week ago. Thursday evening I worked on a ccMixter remix of artist Bluemillenium. Friday morning I drove to Camden, Arkansas, where I lived from age 15 and where I finished high school. I had a 2:30 meeting, and a call after the meeting. My sister's husband drove down from Oklahoma, and we went to Red Habanero for dinner and then got some practical things done.

Saturday the rain began. We worked in the rain. We moved some things from one place to another, in a couple of bursts. We took some things to the trash dump. A second trip to the dump was frustrated by the rain. In late afternoon I drove to Bluff City, a tiny town 20 miles away, to meet with a fellow about a boat. Then I drove back to Texas. I ate Church's chicken in New Boston. I stopped in Sulphur Springs, where I visited Coleman Park. I love walking in this huge park. I saw a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, a Yellow Warbler and 19 other bird species.  I ate catfish from Chicken Express.

Sunday I listened to ccMixter remixes and reviewed them. I fell asleep in the early afternoon and slept until the late afternoon. I took Beatrice for a walk in Glendover Park.

Monday at Noon I walked in Breckinridge Park. I saw a Yellow Warbler. On Monday evening I walked in Oak Point Park. Hot air balloons were overhead. I saw my first Dickcissela of the year. We ate salmon.

I am trying to schedule a few things at once, and hope to succeed.

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flying kite

Monday I walked at lunch in Salmon Park. I saw a Mississippi Kite, my first of the year. It flew overhead like a giant swallow-winged white raptor I got a lot done at work on Monday and Tuesday, but feel a bit behind on things. At lunch I walked in Salmon Park in Sachse. Tonight I walked in A.R. Schell Park in Plano.

We are watching the television show called "The Village". I need to create a new ccMixter mix. I also want to review more music on that site.




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wildflowers and caulipower

Saturday morning I drove to nearby Allen Station Park.I walked there for two and a half hours.  I saw a goodish number of birds, and fields of wildflowers. I saw a young coyote peering out from the bushes. When I walked away, after a bit, I saw the coyote sunning itself on fresh Spring grass. A man wearing an Oklahoma State t-shirt was walking his Scottish Terrier. He stopped and we talked about coyotes he had seen in past years.

Saturday evening we ate a Caulipower PIzza. It tasted good. We rented the movie Aquaman. I fell asleep long before the movie was over, but when I awoke the next day I had no desire to see the rest.

Sunday morning I got an early start and walked on the Hoblitzelle Trail in Plano. I saw some lovely Northern Cardinals, but no Spring warblers. I got pictures of two cardinals. At Weight Watchers I was down three pounds. After Weight Watchers I walked in Shawnee Park in Plano. I went to church, where pre-teens led the service. They performed a curious musical in which the Old Testament tale of Joseph and the coat of many colors was done as a 1950s' era bit of pop culture. My favorite part of the service was a xylophone band of kids playing a tropical-style melody with mallets.

I ate lunch at Chicken Express, where I could get lightly fried catfish. In the late afternoon I bicycled to Green Park and watched birds. In the early evening, my wife and I took Beatrice for a walk.

during Sunday afternoon, I had good calls with my sister and my brother. I also drafted a document Sunday night.

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Lots of driving

Sunday morning I went to Weight Watchers after walking on the Bluebonnet Trail in a light rain. As I walked, I listened to C. Reider's  new musical release.

Sunday afternoon I headed down to Austin. While Friday I could take the luxury bus, Sunday's travel required me to carry a couple of boxes. So I used my almost trusty car.  I stopped along the way in Temple, between Waco and Austin. There, after failing to find a good place to hike at Lake Belton, I found a cool little trail called the Pepper Creek Trail.  All through Sunday, I saw wildflowers everywhere. Pepper Creek Park had lots of fields of flowers and some nice shady trees.  I like this kind of "sidewalk path" walking trail.

I had pricelined up a Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Austin. When I arrived, I noticed that the valet parking was $ 48 a night. This offended me, a bit, although Austin has a recent trend of charging sky-high rates for parking that used to be nearly free.  Fortunately, the kind parking attendant pointed out that I could park more cheaply in a city garage across the street.

I ate a Naan flatbread in a quiet hotel cafe, and then watched "Call the Midwife".

My Austin business took up nearly the whole day on Monday. I left Austin near rush hour. Fortunately, Google Maps found me a neat way to avoid the heavy traffic. I ate at a Mexican restaurant in Jarrell on the way north, and arrived home at 10 p.m.

Monday night the storms came. Tuesday and Wednesday were suitably busy days. Thursday, I walked on the Chisholm Trail near Spring Creek, speaking on the phone with gallery owner from Austin about bluebonnet artists.

Today I worked well and hard. We walked Beatrice in Glendover Park. She loved the great weather. We dined on flatbread at Firewater. It was a flatbread kind of week.


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Prothonotary April

Beatrice received a glowing review from the kind veterinarian bright and early this morning. We headed to the post office, where I mailed my paid bills. I took Beatrice for a walk in Glendover Park,which she enjoyed. I watched part of the Daytripper television program, which covered the local Texas town of Frisco.

I arrived at the Heard Natural Science Center at 10:30 a.m. I walked on the Wood Duck Trail. In a two and one-half hours walk I saw three Prothonotary Warblers, two Indigo Buntings and two Anhingas--my first sighting of each of these birds this year. I saw another woman walking the wetlands boardwalk with a much better camera than mine.

As we both watched one of the Prothonotary Warblers, she said she hoped I'd gotten a good shot. I told her that I had several, but was looking for one that I loved. In fact, I got some pretty good ones. Some young men from Austin College were fixing parts of the boardwalk. Several adults with small girls were in a kind of informal touring group.

I ate a catfish lunch at Chicken Express. I had a few phone calls with my sister, who was getting things done but for reasons not of her making also having a very stressful day. I sympathized.  I emailed some paperwork to my brother and my sister. 

My wife and I went for dinner at Silver Thai. I had a spicy bahmee soup. She had a garden chicken. Afterward, we sat on our small patio and listened to a live radio broadcast from the University of North Texas radio station playing acts perfoming live during the Denton jazz festival.

My favorite piece was an unlikely jazz re-write of Rush's song "Tom Sawyer". We planned for a July vacation. Then we settled in to watch a British mystery show on PBS. I listened to pieces by Harry Budd, Harry Partch, Roger Eno and Robin Guthrie through headphones. I am looking forward to buying my friend C. Reider's latest album. Tomorrow I must travel for work again--I picked up a very reasonably-priced hotel on Priceline,com for the trip.





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bus ride to the library

Thursday night I spent time on the phone with a healthful representative of Ting.com. My hotspot stopped working, showing both "no battery" and "SIM card" issues. I have only had the hotspot for a little less than 2 years, so I hope I can get it revived. But that first call, while helpful and not annoying, did not solve the issue.

Friday I caught the 6 a.m. Vonlane bus to Austin, a wise way of travel that nonetheless involved getting up at 4 a.m. When we arrived in Austin, I walked over to the new central library. The tables there, suitably wired for laptops, proved ideal for me to get a bit of work done prior to my meeting. I then walked over to my 11 a.m. meeting.  This lasted, including a break for lunch at that downtown place whose name escapes me that serves giant pork chops, until 3:30. Then I went back to the iibrary and got some more work done. In the early evening, I walked back to the Hyatt Regency hotel just across Lady Bird Lake, where the return bus was to pick me up.

I spoke by telephone with my former law partner, who retired last year. He's a really good fellow I also spoke with my sister, who has been doing things helpful to our family. I caught my 8 p..m bus back to Dallas. That bus ride was uneventful,though it was delayed by a highway accident. I read things of little importance that were posted on the internet as we rode.

This fine Saturday morning I wrote out checks and addressed envelopes to pay 2 family business bills. Then I must take Beatrice to an 8 a.m. appointment with her medical professional.



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rainy physical

I drove in heavy traffic in moderate rain to my doctor's office on Wednesday.  I like my doctor. He checked me out. Later in the day and evening, I got my lab results back. My doctor said, as he usually does, that they "looked reasonable".

I went to Weight Watchers at lunch. I like the Garland leader, whose name escapes me. She has a strong New York accent that somehow fits talking about avoiding eating the unhealthy foods baked by her beloved daughter-in-law.

The rain kept me from an afternoon walk after work.   Instead, I rested a bit at home,and watched television.  Today the sun is back out, albeit among clouds. I will enjoy the day, and then rise very early for business travel tomorrow.

We saw a bobcat Sunday who was crossing the road.




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rain, water

The rain is falling. The weather forecast predicts a lack of severity, which suits me fine. Tonight we ate fish sticks. We decided to try to make reservations for a trip to Montana. I spoke with my sister and my brother today.  My brother is in South Carolina on vacation.

I love the taste of water. My doctor asked me to switch to sports drinks, so help ensure I have the salts/electrolytes to avoid orthostatic hypotension.  I thought all those plastic Powerade Zero bottles were not green. So I switched to Propel powders to accomplish the same thing. Now I branched out to other 0 calorie water flavorings. I like the Kroger store brand, though it is more flavor and less about sport drink.

I remember playing football at age 13 or so, when the coaches made a salty drink to serve the same purpose as Gatorade. It tasted roughly like Kool-Aid leavened with rock salt.

Tomorrow is my annual physical. I want to get there on time.

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font and roll

Saturday morning I got up reasonably early. I drove to Limestone Quarry Park. I took a two hour walk, listening to podcasts through headphones and watching the birds. I saw some 20 species of bird. I logged in my first Cliff Swallow of the year.

I ate a grilled chicken sandwich and a large chili at the Wendy's on McDermott. The young woman behind the counter got a bit behind, and her manager stepped in and got orders handled. I like the kind of manager who rolls up her sleeves when work needs to be done.

Saturday afternoon I walked Beatrice. Though the temperature was pleasant, the sun was a bit bright for her taste. Saturday night we went to Shiawase, the sushi restaurant just off the Sam Rayburn tollway, near the movie theater. I got a tuna roll and a salmon roll, along with a bit of Spanish mackerel roll and miso soup. We split an edamame. My wife got a huge dragon roll.

Sunday morning we got up fairly early. We went to the 7 a.m. Easter sunrise service at Suncreek United Methodist Church. The opening hymn was "Morning is Broken", accompanied by a single guitar.  Pastor Milton Guterriez gave the sermon, which was excellent. We first heard Pastor Milton speak over a decade ago.  He was one reason we joined our current church, First UMC, though it turned out he retired immediately after that service. When he un-retired a bit later, he went to Suncreek. 

This sunrise service featured a "remembrance of baptism" ceremony. We went outside at the end, to the baptimal font. This font was built in honor of  the late Reverend Kathleen Baskin Ball. She was the first woman in the North Texas conference to enter seminary directly from college, rather than as a second career. We heard her speak a number of times. She helped double the size of three congregations. Unfortunately, she contracted cancer, and died at the age of 50.  The baptismal font was built in her honor. Cancer is merciless.

After church, we ate breakfast at the new-ish egg place on McDermott by the Kroger. Then we headed home. I took a walk in Allen Station Park for the rest of the morning. In the afternoon, I read my ebook. I took a bicycle ride to nearby Green Park, where I took photos of House Finches. My wife made a fine Easter meal. Then we watched a Motown tribute special, which was pretty good, but which I watched all the way through when I probably would have done better leaving at 2/3rds through. I fell asleep before the angel food cake and strawberries was served.







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winograd

Thursday night I went to the Garland Salvation Army to volunteer time for client intake for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.  I finished with the last client at 8:45 p.m. and drove home.

Friday morning I got an early start. I stopped at the Chisholm Trail off Orlando Drive in Plano. I walked for 45 minutes in the way I often do, I listened to a podcast as I walked. As I neared the end of my walk, I saw and got photographs of my first Great Crested Flycatcher of the year.

At lunch, I walked in Timbers Nature Preserve. I saw Franklin's Gulls migrate overhead. I stopped in 7-11 for a plain hot dog with two bananas.

My work was busy all day, but the morning was taken up with a single matter. I had a productive afternoon . After work, I walked in Hoblitzelle Park in Plano.

Later, my wife and I drove to PetSmart, where we got a refill of Beatrice's Science Diet W/D food. We dined on chicken enchiladas, salad and refried beans at San Miguel in McKinney. I like that the owner remembers us and shakes our hand. It's a small thing, but a good thing.

This evening we watched a special about the photographer Garry Winograd on PBS.  We really liked it. The pictures of Los Angeles, Dallas and Fort Worth are places we know better than the pictures of New York City.


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