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Although the Kohler kitchen faucet looked marvelous in our new condo in northern Virginia, it never worked. We requested a bonnet and handle replacement twice. I watched the video at least 100 times and it was no use. As our Kohler kitchen sink was literally sinking off the under mount brackets, our “go to” all around handy man came to the rescue. And he couldn’t even get that faucet to function. So rather than worry about it falling apart again, we asked him to select and install a new faucet. He brought with him a Delta touch faucet – perfect for covid and dirty hands. You don’t need to touch the handle to turn the water on – just touch any part of the faucet with your arm, etc. Even though it’s a lot smaller structure and less decorative, it is very functional. And we are interested in function at this stage. But our “go to”handy man isn’t into reading instructions. So after he left I read about all the features. After reading the materials and watching a video on how to install it, I learned three things. The first was that there is a light on the bottom of the faucet that tells you the water temperature. Second, the light is supposed to blink when the batteries are low. But the sensor wasn’t hooked up. When I looked under the cabinet the sensor cord was just hanging loose. So I attached it to the black box and was delighted to see that’s all that it took. Now the light shines blue for cold and red for hot. Third, the battery pack holds either six AA batteries or three C batteries. The package came with AA’s, but it’s a nice thing to know. You just remove the inside plastic part depending on your preference. Then I turned the black spray control buttons side down so the faucet had a cleaner look. I always read instructions on anything before I open or use it. So I’m glad I read about the faucet. Otherwise we would have never known about all the features.

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LIT’s Living on Capitol Hill (Hell!?): Skeleton Halloween Party on Prince Street in Alexandria
— Read on lits-livingoncapitolhill-hell.blogspot.com/2020/10/skeleton-halloween-party-on-prince.html

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My husband hates sunglasses. He never wore them because he thought they made him look like a spy or sinister person. However, after having recent cataract surgery, he needs them more than ever because everything is so much brighter. And since his vision is perfect, he just needs some cheapo glasses because I know he wouldn’t want to spend any money on them. I use the cheap plastic over the glasses kind because I have prescription lenses. They certainly aren’t stylish, but they work. So I researched Amazon to see what was out there. I always look at the number sold, then read the reviews. It looked like the Luenx brand might just be the ones. He hates black rims and lenses. So I searched for an aviator traditional style, with silver rims and silver/mirrored lenses. The surprise package arrived last night and my husband opened the box with some suspicion. The glasses came in a lovely box, in a hard shell case that could be attached to a belt, a cloth bag with a drawstring if you prefer, and a lens cleaning cloth. It was all quite impressive for just $17.99. Today was the first day wearing them, and he admitted he liked them. So if anything happens to them it won’t break the bank to get a replacement. I wish my sunglasses looked as distinguished! 

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We have a half a glass of red wine every evening. It’s a habit we have had for a very long time. It’s one of the few things us “older folks” can still enjoy. We don’t do much of anything else these days. Since we only order grocery delivery since March, it’s difficult to add wine to the list. So, we have been ordering wine by the case from Total Wine and having it delivered. But picking it up in the lobby is awkward having to show an ID, etc. After two rounds of that, we decided to give curbside pick up a try. I ordered a case and got a really great deal. First of all the wine is quite cheap, and it got even cheaper by ordering 12. Without a delivery fee and tip it got even cheaper. We got an email this morning saying the purchase was ready for pick up and to follow the instructions on the sign when we arrive. After our morning walk we got in the car and drove just a couple of blocks to the store. We pulled in to a designated curbside parking space, texted the number, our name and parking space. They asked for the order number and within a few minutes the wine was delivered to the car – of course – only after they saw my ID. Luckily it was a dry day. It might be dicey if it’s pouring rain. I think my husband prefers the pickup. If it wasn’t for the ID I still prefer the delivery.

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Our road trips these days are driving in to DC to visit the old neighborhood and back. It’s only nine miles away so it’s a relatively safe distance. We haven’t done one for a while so we ventured out last week to put a few miles on the car. We can’t remember when we last filled the gas tank. The city was still pretty much shut down, although the traffic on the GW Parkway was much heavier. The skies were blue and the clouds were dancing – giving off a very different vibe than what most people must be feeling inside their heads these days. The streets were empty, there were a few people mulling about, but most of the activity was construction on the roads and the some of the museums. We stayed away from the White House area and spent most of the drive around Capitol Hill where we lived for thirteen years. We are glad we moved to northern Virginia last year but there will always be things we miss about the old neighborhood. A lot of that is in our minds rather than reality. Every time we visit, things just don’t look the same. But then again, things never really are the way you remember them. 

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It’s starting to get hot around here. Walking in the neighborhood is like a concrete jungle so we prefer the shaded park. We don’t plan to go to the enclosed space mall either. It’s taken us a while to get back up to our two mile per day walk after being out of practice in March/April. So today we decided to kill two birds with one stone. The glass recycle bin is located in the community library parking lot that is by the park. So we collected all the bottles and drove over in the car. After dumping the glass, we started taking the shaded paths a few times around. I still find it amazing how many people do not wear masks or even attempt to move away to the other side. Because of our health care background and age, we wouldn’t leave the house without a mask – for everyone’s benefit. Regardless, I try to ignore and avoid them and enjoy the landscape around us. There are stretches that are very peaceful – and I’m always on the lookout for the cardinals. Last week we came across a heron, a duck, and a box turtle. Today the bees were out and the summer flowers are all starting to bloom. The deer must all be in hiding. When we were done we got back in the car and took a spin around the neighborhood. It’s a great alternative – we were less “sweaty” because we didn’t walk from our house and back in the intense heat, the flowers were in bloom, for the most part the path was clear, and the car got some wear and tear. Now we are sitting on the balcony before “breakfast” and I’m writing my blog – without a mask. That feels so normal.

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The perfect shirt for any dog lover with a unique style!

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Chateau de Maintenon

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