Thursday the 14th. The rain clouds are gone, the air is chilly, but sunny and beautiful.  Our lawnmower returned, repaired, so Amy pushed and shoved it through our front yard during lunch (fertilizing twice right before the lawnmower broke worked out great!).  Supposedly the repairman just shook his head when he looked at my handiwork and said "you never take off the spring..."  Funny, that's the same thing my Dad said.  Jackson played with Samuel across town, I relished getting the bike back out for my 30 second commute to the office (as if I didn't already have reasons to ride the bike, for the first time the price of fuel is a factor too.)  The Bahamas trip is next week, so Amy, Sue and the boys went shopping for beach toys.  I glanced back at last April's entry and saw that  Ben took his first steps (movie, so skip it if you don't have high-speed) on this date a year ago.  And speaking of steps, while Amy and Megan strolled on Main Street, Ben, Jack and I went for a stroll a little closer to the house.  Of course being on Main Street meant that Amy and Megan were able to stop by The Good Life for ice cream.  And when we got back from our walk, Mo stopped by for a visit.  After the kids went to bed, Amy made an apple pie and I spent the third straight night plumbing.  Well, I guess it was really my first night.  Our friend Jeff made the first two trips to the hardware store and spent the last two nights working on it.  I just made the final run to the store and implemented his plan.  I can route TCP/IP packets around the world and back ten different ways but when it comes to moving the water from our sink twelve inches, I just have to sit and shake my head.  Our pipes were bought at the same mystery store that sold our floor vents and central air filters.  All of which have dimensions that don't exist in today's world, so we had to start from scratch and redo the whole enchilada.  But the important thing is that Ben has his lizard back and thus went to sleep each night at eight allowing us to fix the pipes that I accidentally broke trying to retrieve said lizard.  So now it's off to bed, I was up early this morning and while playing guitar and looking out the window, I came up with the idea of getting up early enough tomorrow to hit the lake before work.   We'll see how that works out.  Wait a minute... the pie just came out of the oven, so I've got one more thing to do before calling it a day.   As some of you may know, I've now been on my no snack diet for over fourteen months.  I invented the no snack diet because it seemed easier than actually having to decide which foods to eat.  And I used to snack a lot, a whole lot, so I figured it would be a pretty good way to lose weight.  And it was.  I usually skip breakfast or eat a piece of fruit, then only drink water till lunch.  At lunch I pretty much eat whatever I want, (that's not the same as "as much as I want"), then it's back to water-only till dinner.  Again I eat whatever and dessert.  But that's it.  No sodas or bedtime snacks, no vending machines (God I miss honeybuns!).  And as a lifestyle change it's really worked out well, I've lost right at twenty-five pounds, but I mean come on, an Amy Heath fresh baked home-made apple pie right out of the oven...I'm not made out of stone.  Iron Chef is on in the background, I'm hungry, the pie smells awesome, and I'm digging in...

Happy Birthday Dianna!!

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