Basketball Hoop

Kathryn went to Rochester yesterday and stayed overnight.  She and her brothers are starting to sort through the paperwork and house items.  Fran did a reverse mortgage and they have 90 days to sell the house.  There is a lot to go through as they have been in the same house forever.

Kathryn got me an adjustable height basketball standard for my birthday.  Of course I had to pick it up, pay for it and set it up – but it was on the list.  You know you are in for a job when the instructions say “This should take two adults about 90 minutes”.  Eric and I spent 2 hours setting it up and then got to play a little basketball.  When it is set at the 8’ height and he uses his smaller basketball he can make shots.  And that was the whole idea.

Too small, too tall, and just right!


Both of Eric’s top front teeth came out this week.  The one was hanging on by a thread and came out when he coughed at night (Tuesday).  The other came out on Thursday night.  He was in the hot tub with a beach ball, pushed it underwater,  it popped up and bopped him in the chin and the tooth was knocked out!  So he has made a trip to the bank with his tooth fairy money and the Easter money that he got.


Eric had Fifth’s disease which is common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15.  Fifth disease begins with a low-grade fever, headache, and mild cold-like symptoms (a stuffy or runny nose). These symptoms pass, and the illness seems to be gone until a rash appears a few days later. It produces a distinctive red rash on the face that makes the child appear to have a “slapped cheek.”  Several days later, the rash spreads and red blotches (usually lighter in color) extend down to the trunk, arms, and legs.  Fifth disease is actually just a viral illness that most kids recover from quickly and without complications.

Billie Jo and Dakota came to the house for my birthday.  Kathryn grilled steaks, made mashed potatoes, green beans and tomato soup cake.  Yummy.  It was sunny and warm all afternoon.  Great for playing and sitting outside.

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