MY DAY: Roller Coaster Weekend

It is now 1:00 AM and I am just now shutting down for the day.  And what a day it has been.

By 8:00 AM Saturday morning I was on a Dayton bus heading to Enterprise Car Rental.  I think the half shaft on the front passenger side has gone out on the van.

I stopped at a few stores while by the Dayton Mall: Menards, Bed-Bath & Beyond, and Deals.  After returning home, I met up with Josh for a 10:00 AM brunch, and then went to Kohls and a few other places.

While at Kohls, I was looking for “No Show Socks.”  When a store associate approached, I could not remember the name of my search and explained to the lady I was needing “falsies.”  I did not catch the lady’s expression, nor the fact Joshua had walked away.  Needless to say, this has been a delightful conversation piece on Facebook and in the circles I attended this evening.

Back at The Haasienda I got busy planting newly purchased impatiens, spray painting several more pots burgundy, and preparing my own design of Tiki torches and solar lights for the deck.  One of the three mesh doors I ordered for the deck door arrived, and I installed it.  Baily and Harrigan immediately charged through it, but poor Chief seemed a bit intimidated by the mesh and magnets.  So far, he will only enter and exit through the kitchen door.

Acting innocent after being caught in the act

Acting innocent after being caught in the act

I also purchased a stainless steel canister to use for Bailey and Harrigan’s dog food.  Chief’s adult kibble is kept in a wooden feeder, and I was using a plastic pitcher for the Puppy Chow.  I was tired of heading down to the basement for frequent refills, and this new canister seemed to be the perfect solution.  Or, so I thought.

I don’t know what possessed me to check, but in the kitchen I discovered Harrigan standing on the foot pedal that, when pushed downward, raises the lid.  She and Bailey were tearing into their food!

Mark & Miguel

Mark & Miguel

By 3:00 PM I was showered and heading to Springboro for the first of six graduation parties.  Between 3:30 PM and 12:20 PM I managed to squeeze in dinner at Logan’s Steak House with Suzanne, and graduation parties in (in this order) Springboro, Beavercreek, Centerville, Bellbrook, Kettering, Vandalia, and West Carrollton.

Matt Huntington received Beavercreek HS's outstanding musician award!

Matt Huntington received Beavercreek HS’s outstanding musician award!

And a hearty congratulations to my student, Matthew Huntington, who received the Outstanding Musician Award for Beavercreek High School.  I love all my students, but Matt will always rank toward the top… such a wonderful young man!

What an incredible day of visiting with so many students, former students, their families, and so many friends.

And, in a few minutes, I shall be closing down the laptop so I can refill my energy tank for tomorrow’s exciting trip, and festivities.

Alice & her daughter, Amy (2013)

Alice & her daughter, Amy (2013)

A dear friend I greatly admire, Alice Kay Hoover, will retire from the ministry, and tomorrow is her final church service at North Bend United Methodist Church.  I will photograph the service which will include four baptisms, as well as Alice’s farewell to a wonderful career.  And, I will get to see her daughter, Amy Meyer, my former piano and voice student.  The last time I visited North Bend United Methodist Church, it was for Alice’s wedding to David a year ago.  I do love this area1008597_10153038723000074_730302261_o of Ohio as the church and parsonage rest on the land where the plantation home of President William Henry Harrison once stood.  It is also the birthplace of Harrison’s grandson, President Benjamin Harrison.  The president, and his family, is buried a short distance away in a lovely tomb overlooking the Ohio River.  Despite having visited the tomb several times before, I shall visit it again tomorrow, following my Grandpa Leroy’s reminder: “If you are within 50 miles of a president’s grave, always stop to pay your respects.”

And, so I shall.

Good night, and thank you to everyone who made this the most absolutely splendid day!

And look who was so excited to see Daddy!

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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