Monday, May 30, 2016

ahh -- day at the lake

down by the water
there's a song in there somewhere
must have my leash -- if I keep wandering

angry birds -- they keep nesting above the boat and well -- pooping on the boat/dock

and this happens when the young ones have the boat

if I behave I don't need my leash

never get tired of the view from our treehouse

Friday, May 27, 2016

finally friday .... eh

I think the endless week of busy-ness and whatnots is finally coming to a close. 

I and the elders went and had birthday supper last night -- it was the official I'm "80" day -- Perkins (where else?) ... then I took them to Best Buy -- which only had 5 cars in their parking lot.  #1 had never been there.   hmmm.

Picked up a generic case for his new tablet and a stylus.  He's liking the challenge of the tablet and getting the hang of it pretty fast. 

I was on a mission for a cheep laptop.  Mission accomplished -- almost done with the set up -- at least Office is loaded so I can use it at the lake for a couple of weekend projects.  Yes, working at the lake.  It will be raining.

The patch is completely planted -- the pre-emergence herbicide is down, the cut worm insecticide is down.  Just needs to "grow."  An inch of rain yesterday with 85' will get the seeds leaping out of the ground.  

Happy Weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


David lived a short life, but it was a very good life. He filled his time with meaningful work and deep relationships. We will remember his intellect, his curiosity, his wisdom, his wry wit and quirky humor, his kindness, his humility, his faithfulness, his friendship and loyalty, his gift of listening attentively, and his empathy and love.

May this experience of loving and then losing David so soon create in us the desire to listen more patiently and show each other more kindness, more mercy, and more love.

David’s confirmation verse: Revelation 2:10 "Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life."

  I cannot fathom the pain of losing a child -- since the beginning of this discovery/drama/issue/disappearance -- I think most of us have shared in his family's confusion/pain/grief/sadness.    All of us -- even those of us who are not acquainted with the family have been touched.  We all have much to learn --

   listen more patiently
   show more kindness
   more mercy
   more love ...

   cherish your family and loved ones -- we never know what's around the next corner in our crazy lives .......


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It was a party!

family friend Dick

Helen & Myrt (purple and green)
Fordice cousins towards the top

the fabulous kitchen crew
Jan, Corrine, Teresa & Keith (l to r)
and the back of Mom

Cousin Billy with son Matt ....
Cousin Harvey

Kenny, Bill, Brooke, Jake and Matt
(turkey hunter, cousin, neighbors, cousin)

The birthday boy on his stool ...

Cousin Mary in her famous iris jacket
Nancy -- & Jackson

Nick and Keith having a sandwich break ....
Family, neighbors, and friends -- it was a pretty awesome day.
So good to see so many ....

Monday, May 23, 2016

You only turn 80 once!

  The birthday bash went off without a hitch!  Or if there was a blip -- it was unknown to me ..... 

  It was good to see family, friends and neighbors -- we had a crowd! 

  The fabulous kitchen crew keep the food / treats / under control ..

  The birthday boy was tired by the end of the day -- opened cards at home -- played with one of his gifts ... family friend Keith gave him a tablet -- Nick had it set up ... he was surfing the internet on it this morning ...

  And of course, we had too much food - left over sandwiches going to the Kitchen for the Monday night supper .. cake is froze -- chips will keep ... veggies -- we'll be noshing all week ...

It was quite the weekend on the fitbit ...

1.  Friday planting/gardening = 14,000 steps
2.  Saturday planting/gardening = 15,000 steps (and I got to the cabin)
3.  Sunday party set up & the event = 12,000 steps ...

yep -- the fitbit meter was turning!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

so it's finally Friday

been a long week of spinning my wheels and getting no where ....

  I was extremely irritated with elder #1 last night -- so I came back to the office and actually managed to accomplish a couple of projects.  The deadlines of the week have come and gone ...

 Planting was to have occurred last night -- but the tractor operator had other plans for yesterday and hmm the patch didn't get worked up .... hmmmm  he called a while ago -- it's done and awaits me....

 but I have another of the endless meetings (over lunch) -- a haircut, more shopping for the birthday party, a retirement party for a retiring County employee and drugs to fetch from the pharmacy.  and oh -- the veggies for the birthday party -- need to be cleaned and bagged -- also the trail mix to blend up ...

 probably the busiest week of my year ... and so far other than getting irritated with #1 ... I've actually held it together and not killed anyone (yet). 

 so the plan is to go to the meeting -- get the haircut, pick up the drugs, go plant the melons, at dark start cleaning the veggies and mix up the trail mix.  back out to plant at first light .... finish (???) .... take a shower and head to the cabin. 

  damn, need some cabin time.