Thursday, July 31, 2008
Today was Water Day. Skiing and tubing were the sports of the day. Whipping innocent children around in dizzying circles as they skim across the shimmery aqua water, amuses the adults and sets the young ones a giggling. Up here in the tranquil north country their are no nosey park rangers to inflict their Gestapo like rules on family fun...ahh huh. Anyway no one bothers you.
Later this evening after some artsy shop shopping we dined at a local Polish bar/restaurant which boast a mean buffet. OK, kids want to watch a movie and I have the only video machine available. Trying to upload one more picture but its not working for me. Drew and skis...
Oh, and you guys did real good keeping up the chatter while I was absent yesterday.
Go Vic, didn't know you had a specific agenda, but then silly me for not thinking that of you.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Played Pit last night with Kathy and her mom. Hannah, Ned, Jer, and I enjoyed the raucous trading game. Drew and Jr. sat in the living room chatting and sifting through farming magazines. Hannah kept the lead until we stooped for pie and coffee.
When we came home Jer got to see Jiffy Pop, pop for the first time, every kid should get that experience.
As far as the marsh...the bugs were only bad when be went ashore for a bathroom break. One foot on the shore brought our every swarming creature appeared ready for lunch. First time a restroom break ever required bug spray. Otherwise, only pristine hills, blue sky, and a scattering of water flowers. I have pictures, but I have not downloaded them to the computer yet.
Ned wants to check his email, and I need to stretch my legs and put on some day clothes. We may going for a drive since its raining and hit a few antique shops. See Vic we can meander and as long as you don't have to pee the bugs are not so bad in the marsh.
Monday, July 28, 2008
OK, try again; I am going for two this time, and then I am off to bed.
We had the best nachos ever, probably not as good as some Rob has had in Arizona but for Canada, darn tasty. The chips were homemade, smothered with cheese, hot peppers, fresh green onions, and shredded chicken. Yummm, but not so good for 9:30 PM...
Second batch of pictures did not come up. Maybe tomorrow. No, got one of Drew, but not the scenery one. OK, nite all.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The weather is cool and comfortable, not the blasting heat we had the last few years. I do hope we get enough sun at least one day for the fam to ski and tube. I am usually a watcher/spotter but it is a real blast. Drew's specialty is seeing how quickly he can dump whoever is desperately clutching the ski rope handle. We read the directions on the inter tube once just for fun...all the activities they suggest/instruct are dangerous are the ones our family considers are the most enjoyable. Huh!
Jer's hot dogs are cooked. So I guess I'll grab some grub.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Not now, sleep beckons.
As of yesterday afternoon, Dory was 13 days "prego" as Vic says.
Yippee. I cannot say how blessed I was. This was the 7th time in two years I have had a horse vet checked for pregnancy, and the first time it came back positive. I have the shower running as I have procrastinated beyond belief with my to do list for vacation. So I must keep this short. But YES the news is good. Rob, don't be too disappointed for I will include graphic details soon. I will have Internet in Canada. Go figure. But I will be in touch. I am taking that as a challenge to substitute the "uncomfortable words" with mac speak. Ha Ha.
Yes, you did good Rob, and God is awesome in the way He leads us into becoming more like Him.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Jeff my blacksmith was here today. I just love him. I have learned so much from listening to his stories and advice. I try to gently pick his brain every time he comes. Plus, I can judge the growth/progress of my animals by his periodic visits. When he first started coming Sonny, Cool, and later my baby Mia, and Poco were all at different and sometimes difficult stages in their behaviour and development. Because he comes every eight weeks or so for the last three years I can see by how they behave for him, how he judges their behavior, and improvement in their manners and general development. Don't know if that all makes sense but it is always an encouraging day for me.
Rode Mia again tonight and again she responded well. I am anxious to get more serious about her riding when we get home from Canada. She too was very good for Jeff today. She is growing up very nicely. When I come home I also want to start working with Dory again. If Hannah does not have time to ride her I am going to put a few saddle hours on her myself. I think I can start slow and gradually get her used to having a rider again. She has been on sick leave since January because of her bad knee. She is such a smart little lady and very easy to handle.
OK enough horse prattle. I must get some sleep. Much packing to do tomorrow. Our estimated tome of departure is eightish Friday morning. Shew, in need of buckets of Grace.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
No news on Dory until Wednesday. The vet will be out in the afternoon. I pray she is in foal. I know God will sustain us through all disappointment and trial. But besides the huge monetary investment we have in this it has been an emotional roller coaster. I have been giving her medicine orally for a few days and will continue until the vet check. It is a hormone to keep her progesterone at a healthy level for maintaining pregnancy, in case that has been a problem.
My house is coming along. Water and electric are connected to the house. The electric works, but the water line does not run all the way to the well, but I guess that is an easy fix for Drew. The front yard has been rough graded and after the porch goes on they will finish that up too, I think. The shingles are on the roof and a few walls have been studded in on the inside. I do not have pictures of the inside as they did that today, and I only heard about it from Drew.
I think Allen and Stacey have a place to live, his mom has rented a place out behind the Holiday Inn, a big old farm house I believe. It sounds wonderful. I am very grateful that God has provided. Bev will be living with them and will be a big help I am sure. I just love them all so much. I am very happy about the relationship that Bev and I have enjoyed over the years. I count her as one of my dearest friends. I am also happy that the kids will be closer. I hope I can be more of a support than in the past. I have struggled with not being able to be more helpful or being a more involved grandma. The driving distance has been a challenge for me. The animals take so much time too that getting away for very long takes some effort.
Well I have tried twice to post a few recent pictures but to no avail. I will try again another time.
Trusting God every step every day.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thanks for not expounding on the whole "public toilet" thing Rob.
My mare Dory is home; I just love her. She is so much like a big, very big; dog. We will know how her live cover experience panned out in two weeks.
I am going Ohio tomorrow to pick up Mia. I am very excited about that too. I should be able to take to the trails now.
Our house is coming along. I took some pictures of Drew laying the water and electric lines this morning, but left my camera on the kitchen table so I cannot upload/download them into my camera. I will try and get to that soon. I do not know why posting was so difficult this past week, seemed like I was so busy. Several no nap days, that was tough.
Pray for me tomorrow, as I will be traveling to Ohio and back in the same day with only Jer as a traveling partner. He cannot spell me behind the wheel of the truck. I will be pulling the horse trailer and that requires even a bit more of my attention...
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Otherwise, a pretty quiet day for me...oh maybe because I did not have a cell phone for over half of it, over half the day that is.
Vic, I meant you would lecture me about too many ibuprofen.
Care group tomorrow, and I am going. So everyone ask me about it to hold me accountable.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I am going to Philly tomorrow evening to visit my brother and to pick up a sink Drew and I bought on eBay. I am hoping we can use it in the new house. It is almost identical to the one we have in the kitchen now. I will catch up with everyone when I get back on Friday.