I chatted with my friend Russ for a while yesterday morning, then made a quick trip to Lincoln. By the time I got back, it was almost dinner time. Every Wednesday is cook-out night in the town square. Hamburgers and hot dogs are offered. I think who the sale benefits rotates to different groups. Last night it was the Seward high school band. As we stood in line, everyone said hi to Lauren. I felt like I was standing next to a celebrity.
My parents and Harold and Beth and kids were there too, as was Deborah. We all ate together on the courthouse lawn.
The extra child in the picture is Tara’s friend.
The courthouse has a spiral staircase on the side of it. You can see it in the picture above. Lauren went up and got a picture of our picnic layout:
I wore glasses in the afternoon because my left contact felt dry all day.
Deborah has been working on her house a lot. She moved in about a year ago, and has changed and updated many things. This summer, she has been a home improvement maniac.
One of the things she is working on is a bathroom. She is changing the sink and vanity, but needed a little help with the water supply lines. They were hard-wired into the faucet with no cutoff valves. She needed new valves installed. I have done that before, so I helped her out.
Beth and Deborah and I went to the hardware store to get some stuff, and got to work. Here is the before:
He is changing the sink, so this one had to go.
After the sink was gone, I cut the pipes and installed the compression fittings.
Cutting pipes is very easy to do.
And here is a picture with the sink gone and the new cutoff valves installed:
The drain hole is plugged with paper towels to prevent sewer smells from coming in.
After the sink was out, Beth and Deborah took out the toilet while I played the piano. It made digging wax off of an open sewer pipe more classy.
I haven’t done a lot so Sommerer Gardens yet this visit. I just haven’t made time for it. I did want to work on the front a little, since the Fourth of July is coming. Some goldenrod had started to grow in the cutting garden. I’m sure it’s beautiful in the fall, but I never see that. And during the summer, it looks kind of weedy. I decided to pull it all out. It’s a pretty aggressive spreader.
I did before and after pictures, but it’s kind of hard to see because everything is green. There has been a lot of rain this spring, so things are lush and verdant around here.
The most visible clump is on the right side of the picture.
The picture is not quite from the same angle, but the goldenrod is gone.
I’ve been searching for my current favorite toothpaste since I came to Nebraska. I ran out before my trip here, so I’ve been using a less favorite berry-flavored variety. I’m not fond of the berry, so I’ve been looking for my Tom’s of Maine Sweet Mint Gel, but since I can’t find it, I’ve wondered if there was some sort of substitute I could use.
Avoiding sodium saccharine is hard. Nearly every toothpaste contains it. But I did find another Tom’s of Maine product I haven’t tried yet: a kid’s version of their mint toothpaste. I got some.
It’s nice because the mint flavor is not overwhelming. It’s not as sweet as the Sweet Mint Gel variety though, so this is not a replacement, it’s only a stopgap substitute. I will keep searching for the Sweet Mint Gel…
Yesterday Sam, Lloyd, and I went to an auction in Lincoln. I really enjoy going to them. They’re so interesting. First of all, it’s fun to look at all the stuff that is available. So much delightful junk! If I didn’t have to take it back by airplane, I’m sure I would have bought several things. Secondly, I really enjoy watching the people there. I even recognized some of them from previous auctions.
Lloyd got some shelves and a chair. Sam got some projectors and a big table that can be filled with water. I wanted a paper cutter, but it went for too much money.
There were a lot more people there than this picture shows, but half of them were outside buying bicycles.
After the auction, we ate at Cracker Barrel with Samith and Lauren, then we all hung out in Lloyd’s computer classroom.
The evening was a cookout at Harold and Beth’s, where I saw my good friend Marie from Hawaii. Talking about Hawaii led Kurt to remember that a shave ice place has opened in Lincoln. I’m so excited! I will definitely be visiting there while I’m here.