Bill and Cathy McArthur Spring/Summer/Fall 2008: 1

   This is our first report of the time period between our winter trip (see and the holiday season commencing with Thanksgiving. We are based in our home in Cape May Beach during these months of the year and, for the most part, don't want to be anywhere else, except this year we wouldn't mind being somewhere warmer for these early spring weeks. 

    Monday, March 24, we had just returned from our cruise with granddaughters Erin and Bridget Stoops and were faced with a very messy house which had just been painted. There was white dust from sanding all over everything, so we had a lot of cleanup to do. Then we had a lot of rearranging of furniture and hanging pictures to do. Bill was suffering from a cold that he picked up on the cruise, so he wasn't at top form for the jobs for the day. Nevertheless, we worked all day and completed all of the cleaning and most of the rearranging. We also went shopping to replenish our stores. Bill also washed all of the downstairs windows and doors facing the Bay. We were very tired when we ate dinner. We viewed the third installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and enjoyed it even though we had problems figuring out the story line. Bill did a lot of coughing before getting asleep.

    Tuesday was a day for sleeping in for Bill. He had coughing problems overnight, but by morning was sleeping well. He finally got up around 7:30 AM. After breakfast, Bill did the Times Crossword and worked on website updates. Cathy spent a lot of time on the phone, catching up with friends. After lunch, we walked 5 miles along the Bay and did the last mile on the beach. We had a burger dinner and viewed an HBO recording of "Domino" - interesting action vehicle for Keira Knightly.

    Wednesday was a nice warm day. We lifted weights after breakfast. Bill caught up with the Blogosphere during the morning. After lunch, we took a walk. Bill went all of the way to the Canal and then walked the beach back, barefoot.

    Thursday was supposed to be a rainy day, but it only sprinkled for a short time. We finished hanging pictures after doing repairs on a couple of frames. Bill's cold seemed to be improving, but it still hung in. We took our neighbors, Fran and Jim, to Alfe's for dinner. We watched NCAA basketball without commercials via our DVR before bedtime.

    Friday was a nice warm day. We went to Wal-Mart to buy a couple of items and made a stop at Starbucks for Bill. Bill was still suffering somewhat from his cold, but we did a 6 mile walk to the Canal. We had tortellini for dinner.

    Saturday was much chillier and breezy. We left before 9:00 AM to drive to Katie and Tom's house in Doylestown. We particularly wanted to see Rachel's "big girl" bedroom, which sported Bill's favorite color, lavender. We all went for lunch at Nat's, where most of us had pizza slices. After lunch, Rachel took a nap, Tom did a killer workout on his bicycle trainer, and the other 3 of us went to Montgomeryville Mall for a bit of walking and some shopping. Bill spent his "shopping" time in Tweeters, where he looked at possible home theater options for the RV and for home. We all went to dinner at Roman Delight. We watched some NCAA basketball until around 10:30 PM.

    Sunday started out at 31 degrees, breezy, and sunny. We all went to breakfast at Starbucks and then split into 3 groups. The women and little girl went shopping, Tom went for a haircut, and Bill drove to Peace Valley for a chilly 6 mile walk around Lake Galena. We all remet around 11:00 AM. We went to Jule's Gourmet Pizza for lunch. Afterward, we took a short walk around Doylestown in the still chilly air. Bill and Cathy left around 3:00 PM and headed back to the Shore. We watched some NCAA basketball during the late afternoon. We viewed the first half of the "Frontline" documentary, "Bush's War" during and after dinner. The documentary answered some old questions for Bill about why America invaded Iraq in spite of the overwhelming world opinions against it. Bill decided to write a blog post about it on Monday.


        Bill and Cathy