I picked up my young friend at 8 a.m. We went to a donut shop we like in Allen. We like it in part because it is new and its owner is friendly and seems to be trying really hard to make it work. Today she had a sign on her door about an equipment malfunction. The sign said she will be back in business in a few days. I hope she is, as I have a long life of euphemistic signs promising triumphant returns that never quite happen.
We made our way to Sunny's doughnuts, where pastries dominated over promises. Then we went to the Heard Natural Science Center. Spicebrush swallowtail butterflies on purple thistles were the order of the day, as well as great blue herons, great egrets and cardinals.
We went to Time Warner Cable in Plano. An electrical storm this week knocked out our land-line (amazing how little it is missed), one of our cable boxes, our modem, and sundry other things. We are pretty sure that lightning struck our house, as we have scorched evidence on one mirror.
My friend and I dined at Torchy's Tacos, where we sat outside with appropriately hot soft tacos.
We also stopped by Escape Coffee House, where smoothies flow like milk and honey. We went to Dollar General, to get my friend low-cost over-ear headphones, and to O'Reilly Auto Parts to get me
sturdy floor mats (to protect the stock ones) and an odd steering wheel cover to protect the steering wheel.
In the afternoon, I did practical things--visit the dry cleaners, fix my computer from its own storm trauma (a new USB keyboard as the original keyboard port ceased to work and a kind of four-part USB splitter). I need to get a new monitor, but ironically, monitors are now too large. I like 17 inches, but they are all 20 inches and very wide. My computer table is ill-suited to that. I will extemporize.
My wife and I ate healthy food at the Thai Cafe, and nearly healthy frozen yogurt at Yogurtville.
I am reading A.A. Milne "Punch" articles and watching episodes of Game of Thrones.
I am delighted that the skippers once more flit among our lantanas in our back yard:
We stopped by Best Buy (no monitor love there, either, but perhaps a cheap television will do),
and then took Beatrice for a pleasant night walk.