Sunday, July 31, 2011

What, me wrong?

Okay. After 50 years I must admit that perhaps #3 was right- when the bunny goes around the tree and down the hole the other way, the shoelaces may work better. (I can say that now because I don't think she reads this)

Though it sure is hard changing at this point, I do like it when they lie down across my foot, and not go up my ankle to bug me. I guess I've never worn sneakers with shorts as much as I have this summer at work.

With that out of the way, I guess I could mention some other times I've been wrong, but don't get comfortable- it will be an awfully short post! Hardy har har.

Well, getting a two month old puppy when you already have a four month old puppy because "it will be easier to housebreak them together" is not a good idea. The housebreaking was fine, but having two wily, willful husky puppies made it difficult to get through to them that humans are supposed to be the bosses.

If we ever buy another house, listen to J when he wants to offer less than full price. Duh.

Consider carefully when you try to teach your children to be questioning, caring, nature-loving, wondering, unique adults- they just might turn out to be all that and become independent people who grow up and have lives of their own, away from their parents. Just like you did. 

(And of course that last one was no mistake. We wouldn't change any of them. It just stinks a little)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Holy Heatwave, Batman

The heat is not the only reason I have not posted- it's just the latest good excuse. We don't usually get an extended stretch of hot days here in Maine, and this is starting to interfere with my life. Which, of course, will not do. Ha.

J has been kept busy tending his pumpkin patch, weeding, making sure they have water and taking pictures. He's got jack o'lantern pumpkins, little white ones and gourds planted, with sunflowers scattered amongst them, along with his gargoyles. He's also busy recording its progress.

Last Sunday was our 34th anniversary and it was as hot and sticky was it was that day in 1977. I had to work in the morning, but J made a nice steak dinner for us and we enjoyed it and a slight breeze on our porch. He gave me a little duck statue for the porch, and I had given him a whirligig earlier, that I found at the employee store. (You may have picked up on the fact that we're pretty down to earth about celebrations) No picture of the duck yet, but here's his little fisherman.

When J takes pictures, I upload them to the computer and do the resizing and saving. And editing. It used to kill me when we used film and he took multiple shots- thank goodness for digital cameras!  I never know what I'll find. Like 6 shots of this in the middle of his lighthouse shots.
Artsy? or trying to figure out the closeup function? 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Say what?

On their recent visit, Minnie mentioned how strangely Sectaurs writes up a grocery list;  "He puts down 'snakes'- what is that supposed to mean?"  J and I started laughing, since J has been doing this for years. I routinely shop for things like snakes and logs- snacks and ziti, although I must admit sometimes I cannot figure out what he meant and the joke loses him an item.

So I wasn't all that surprised last night to pull out some meat to thaw and find my label of 'pork' had changed to 'pork Sallie Annie'.*  

Suuuuch a funny man.

* for those of you not in our age group

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A state of flux

I like my life to be like a Lazy River ride, but lately the family tempo seems to be picking up speed- I hope we don't end up in Splash Mountain instead! Nothing crucial, just little changes, except for Ameranth hiking cross-country- that's a big change. In the last 6 months or so, some of the 'kids' started new jobs; one's company was bought out and that job will be changing; another has applied to a new company and that may bring about a move; and one has moved into a new apartment and relationship. So many things to think about as I pick items off the shelves!

And me working again is another recent change that I am slowly getting used to. It is nice seeing sunrises again. At least it is when the fog isn't covering the early morning ground, which it was 4 out of 5 days this week. I must admit the weather has been nicer and it finally feels like summer. In fact, Friday I finally wore shorts to work which made it much easier to deal with the heat in the warehouse. Next week we move up to 8 hour days, but I only work 3 days so that should be doable!

Boomer has done well dealing with the change to his schedule, but he was giddy today when I stayed home with him. He had a walk, went to the post office with me and helped me hang out the laundry and weed the garden. Then as a bonus he got to bark at and jump on the satellite TV repairman. Good day for a dog. And perhaps a reminder for me to take each day as it comes and not worry about what I can't control.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Holiday weekend

We had a very nice visit with Ms M, Mr C, Sectaurs and Minnie this weekend. They did get caught in the holiday traffic coming up on Saturday so were a little later than we expected, but the weather was wonderful. We played bocce and croquet then we cooked hotdogs over the fire. Well, Mr C and I did, everyone else had hamburgers. Anyway we were so busy that no one took any pictures, unfortunately.

However, someone in the family had a picture taken, and it appeared in today's paper in Logansport, IN.

Ameranth reported that a very nice local man invited her to dinner at the pizza parlor with his extended family, then insisted she go home with one to sleep indoors when a thunderstorm arrived with tornado warnings nearby. She has met some very nice people along her way and I appreciate all they have done for her.