Tuesday – the ‘To Do’ list

On the list for tonight,  clean the house, do laundry, take back recycling, take back cans, do bills, do dishes.. well you get the picture. But take a look at what I really did tonight. Yup, went golfing and then out for supper (it was Taco Tuesday you know!) with my friend. We’ve been trying to golf now for about 5 weeks and even though there was more than enough stuff to do at home, we went anyway. And guess what? It was tons of fun!

Jackson Heights Golf Course.

Jackson Heights Golf Course.

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We got a lot done tonight!

Tonight we all worked really hard to get some things checked off our list. This coming weekend we are hosting Daryl’s family, and that could be up to 45 people. It’ll be a lot of fun, but we’re just not quite ready yet. I’ve been spending most .. OK, all…. of my time working on the Irish Fest stuff for our town and now it’s time to buckle our shoes and get some stuff checked off this weekends to do list.

So my first activity was to work on the flower beds. I did have some good luck growing some of our flowers in the greenhouse, but we’ve also got this little puppy that thinks that some of the flower beds are for digging holes to China! I’m really cheap,  so I waited until they went on 50% off in town and then I just got what ever they had left on the shelves. I did have pretty good luck and once I had them planted in some pots around the farm and the holes that the dog dug up, they looked kind of nice.

While I was doing that, Daryl was working on mowing the lawn and then he went out and cut a grass way that we will use for bales for the hay ride this weekend. I’m hoping that it’ll be fit so it can be baled before then. Otherwise – maybe it’s a good job for when the family comes over this Saturday. Just joking!

William worked on taking photo’s for farm bingo that we’re playing this weekend and then he had to work on his school work. He’s taking some summer classes on line and needs to stay on top of them. The farm bingo will be fun and I’ve got to get some funny prizes for the winners sometime soon. Well at least before Saturday right?

After I got the flowers planted, it was time to drag out the high pressure sprayer. I needed to bug William to help get it started because Daryl was working on the yard work at the time. Now it’s not hard to figure out, but I also didn’t want to wreck it before I got the house cleaned off. I found out that even though I hate flies, after I washed the house off I think I hate them even worse. They seem to want to make a mess on our siding for some reason. Dumb flies! I have a friend from Colorado and they don’t even have screens on their windows because they don’t have bugs. I think that this is just amazing!

I quick drug out the hose and got the porch and sidewalks clean. I think this will have to be done again before Saturday, because the chickens were all watching me and looked just way too interested in the clean cement.

William worked on his outdoor movie screen so we can have a drive in movie theater night, well without the drive in part of course. It’s an over-sized king size sheet that he attached to wood so it’s like a huge screen to use with his projector and movies outside under the stars Saturday night. Now that’ll be fun and I can’t wait!

And the night ended up with Daryl leveling off the NEW gravel in our driveway.DSCN8492 Getting new gravel is kind of a big thing for me. I know that sounds pretty weird, but we don’t get a load of gravel every year and when we do get it, the yard looks so nice. But the problem that we have is that one good rain and just like that it’s all washing down onto the road. And then the road grader man spreads it out on the road and good bye new gravel. But hopefully this year we’ll be able to get it to stay a little bit better.

You have to admit - it looks really nice!

You have to admit – it looks really nice!

The photo of the day is two of our male peacocks. I have no idea what they were doing, but if you ask me I think they look like they’re gossiping about something! Hey, maybe how nice the gravel looks :) IMG_1745

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Sunday – Irish Fest and rain

Our town’s festivities were still going on Sunday,  but we weren’t too busy at the Hardware Store so we decided to start cleaning it up and getting it organized. It wasn’t expecting it to be too bad and Daryl and I were even hoping that I might get done early enough that we could go on a bicycle ride or take the Chevelle out for the afternoon. Now I did get done somewhat early, but just as we were finishing up – BAM! It started to thunder and rain. Yup, there goes the afternoon! But thank goodness it didn’t do this on Saturday during the parade. And for us – we can’t even mow the lawn now. (OK, that isn’t such a bad thing on a Sunday anyway) But it does put a damper on what we could be doing. So we ended up just hanging out around the house for the afternoon. I did some laundry and caught up on somethings so I guess it wasn’t completely wasted. But I must say that I think it sure would have been a lot more fun if we were able to get out and enjoy the afternoon.

Now if you’re wondering how many of the books that we sold for the Irish Fest, the tally as of Sunday morning was 100 – SCORE! I’m glad that people like them. Next years will be a little bit harder and we’re going to work on doing a business book. We want to start it earlier than we started this book – so I guess time will tell if we actually do that or not. And now that the weekend is almost over, I’ll be glad to get a good nights sleep. I’ve been worried about making sure we have everything ready for the exhibit and guess what? I didn’t really need to worry after all. It went really well.

So the photo of the day is this picture. It’s a sign just outside of our town and it’s pretty appropriate for this past weekend. IMG_1737

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Saturday – Irish Fest

Saturday was day two of the towns  festivities and the weather is holding out. That’s such a relief! It seems like it can rain easily these past days and just before the parade was starting this morning, it started to sprinkle. Everyone thought ‘Oh no’, but it never did rain and it didn’t take too long and then the parade was on it’s way. The parade was about an hour long and normally I really don’t get into parades that much, but I really enjoyed it. It’ so funny because in our town’s parade,  families get together and have their own entry.. 10500439_558842320891563_2572696245601438053_n10431526_558842244224904_6830839297225089454_nNow there were some pretty creative ones, but the one that I got the biggest kick out of was the one with a farm spreader on it. How funny! They became a Century Farm and are proud of it. Which they should be! IMG_1702Now I think some town people might wonder what in the heck is going on with that! But I think it was my favorite one of all. Nothing too fancy, just plain funny! The second entry that I would vote for being really funny was a local electric company’s business. The guy had a Superman cape on and was being lifted and lowered like he was flying. The wind would catch his cape and fly behind him. It was a hoot! IMG_1711And now for candy – there was TONS of it. I was thinking how much candy we threw out last week at the town that I work in’s parade and I really think we have to kick it up a notch for next year. The reason that I say this is because the kids by us today were getting handfuls of candy thrown to them. And all those kids ended up with grocery sacks full! Yup, we definitely need to get more next year for our business. After the parade we joined everyone else and headed downtown to catch some of the local fun and grab something to eat from the vendors. Below are a couple of pictures that I snapped along the way.

Blow up activities for the kids

Blow up activities for the kids

The Photo History sponsor - Kurt Croell from Lawler

The Photo History sponsor – Kurt Croell from Lawler

Guest speakers in the Hardware store

Guest speakers in the Hardware store

Putting the coins into the sand for the kids

Putting the coins into the sand for the kids

We spent a couple of hours downtown and went home to do the chores and get cleaned up again and back to town we went. We wanted to support the local Lions Club for their chicken supper and found out that if we were going to eat there tonight before we had to do our volunteer work, we needed to inhale our food. For some reason we didn’t come to town early enough and now we had only 7 minutes to eat 4 pieces of chicken, coleslaw, beans, buttered roll, and potato salad. Guess what? Even with the pressure on – we did it. Now to be honest, we only took 3 pieces of chicken :)  We were glad to get served right away because we heard that last year they served over 1000 people. Pretty good considering our town only has 439 people living there.

The crowd for the Lion's Club chicken dinner.

The crowd for the Lion’s Club chicken dinner.

Now to get to  the Entertainment Tent. We signed to work in the beer tent and even though this was the first time for us to work in there, it went well.It was kind of fun being on that side of the night for a couple of hours. Our shift went fast and we ended up the night hanging out listening to the music. What a great day and it was really fun! You can tell that everyone worked really hard to make the day seamless and it really paid off! And for Daryl and I? Well, we’re ready to call it a night and hit the hay.

OK, so I have two photo’s of the day. The first one that I took of some boys watching their friend in the dunk tank. I really like this picture. To me it represents small town life in the summer.

Boys with the best view in town

Boys with the best view in town

The second one is some girls in the coin finding contest. They put money into the cement mixer and then mix it up with a  load of sand. After it’s dumped,  the kids dig in the sand to try to find as much money as they can. I just love this little girl in the tutu giving it all!

Digging for treasure!

Digging for treasure!

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Friday Night – Irish Fest & 5k

And the weekend has officially begun -  Thank Goodness! I hosted some guests for work this week and I was really glad that everything went well for that. I think (OK, I know) that I worry about this more than I should. But like I said, the day went well and I can check that off my list. So now it’s the first night of the Irish Fest in our town and we’re ready for the people to come. The pictures and the book that I’ve been helping with look really good if I say so myself. We had so much help from others in the Community getting it ready, it was so fantastic! There seems to be quite a bit of interest in it, so I’m thinking it should go over pretty good. The large tents are set up for the music crowd and Daryl, William, and I are getting ready for the 5k tonight. Yup, same as before – I’m hoping to get under 30 minutes. So how did the run go? Well I ended up between 31 & 32 minutes. So I did do better than last week, but I’m going to try to find another 5k that I can run in soon and hopefully by the end of summer I should.. well I hope … that I will be able to meet and beat that goal of 30 minutes! I still want to do a half marathon this fall, but after seeing how hard it is for me to beat this dumb 30 minute goal thing,  I think the verdict is still out if I’m still going to sign up or not.

After the run, we went home quick to get cleaned up and came back in for the band. The music was great and the tent and town was full.

Sweet Siren on stage

Sweet Siren on stage

I didn’t take too many pictures tonight, but here is one of my favorites of Daryl and I :)

He’s such a good sport and hardly puts up a fight anymore for these photo ops!  So this is the photo of the day- Daryl and I.

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The water’s rising

It’s been raining a lot lately and it’s too much not only for our crops, but also for people’s property. Daryl dumped the rain gauge tonight from last night and it was 4 inches. 4 inches! I guess it could be worse, the farmers just north of us had 6 inches of rain these past 12 hours. Now it’s hard to turn away rain because soon we’re going to be praying for more in July, but it needs to stop now for awhile. The forecast is for it to start clearing up tomorrow and just in time for the Irish Fest in our town. Keep your fingers crossed!

I snapped a quick picture of a small creek just down the road from us on the way to work this morning. It’s not the best picture because I had someone coming up the road behind me and I’m not sure if he wanted to drive that way or he was just checking the out why I was driving so slow. It really could be a little bit of both. But hopefully the water won’t get any higher because it makes it really hard to get home when that happens!

The small creek is rising by us this morning

The small creek is rising by us this morning. This is the field beside the creek. 

I also took a picture of my sunflowers. They are so not looking very good after I set them outside on the porch last night and the dog AND the cat both laid on them. But I planted them tonight and I guess we’ll just see if they will grow.

My poor sunflowers

My poor sunflowers

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Deja vu – Proud moments

When I came home the other night I was a little confused on why the sidewalk had dirt on it. I mean, I had all the flowers planted and they were actually even starting to bloom. Then all of a sudden I could feel the puppy beside me and he was looking both pretty excited and proud at the same time. Well, I wouldn’t think he should be either of those two. Check him out.

Kaiser by the flower bed

Kaiser by the flower bed

Now normally I wouldn’t want to blame him for the hole in the flower bed and all the flowers on the sidewalk now, but his paws were filthy and he did have a dumb grin on his face. Then I thought to myself, I’ve been here before. All of a sudden it hit me. Yup, I was standing in the same spot with Apollo our last male dog. It was definitely Deja vu moment. So I checked through some pictures and I was right. Apollo also was always looking in this spot for ‘something’. Now I’m not trying to say nothing about nothing… but we’ve never had this trouble with any of the female dogs that we’ve had.

Remember this photo of Apollo? DSCN02642-837x1024

 

 

I guess

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Telephone poles

We got notice a couple of weeks ago that they were going to replace the telephone poles in our area. Now honestly, I don’t really have an opinion on this. As long as they don’t shut off our electricity or it causes us any issues – more power to them (no pun intended)  So this week they started the process. I came home for dinner the other day and found the workers just down the road prepping the poles. DSC_0055Then when I was in the house watching Sandra’s Semi Homemade Meals on the food channel – out of the corner of my eye I caught someone outside the window. Freaky right? Well, I decided to go out and see why these guys were on our front lawn. It turned out that they were on lunch break and needed some place where they could get some shade. I guess no big deal. But soon Sandra’s cooking show was over and it was time to head back to work. I decided to make sure that the front door was locked and off I went with about 5 guys sleeping on our lawn. I snapped a picture of how the poles looked later in the day. I guess they push them over so they can hook up the wires to the new poles. I know that there’s supposed to be bad storms coming through tonight and I sure hope that the winds don’t blow these poles over and now we really are out of electricity!

The crooked poles are on the left side of the road

The crooked poles are on the left side of the road

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Little Kitty update

Today’s post is going to be more visual than anything else.

I worry that sometimes Little Kitty isn’t getting enough to eat during the day and out in the big real world. Trying to forage for food if he doesn’t get enough when he’s in the house. You know.. ruffing it.

So take a look at two pictures that were taken of him this past week. I’m thinking he’ll be OK. I like the first picture, it almost looks like the picture of the face on the bag matches the cat

William and Daryl caught him grabbing a quick snack

William and Daryl caught him grabbing a quick snack

He got the lid off his food and decided it was a 'Buffet'

He got the lid off his food and decided it was a ‘Buffet’

 

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How we celebrate Father’s Day

Everyone celebrates the weekends differently and they also can celebrate the ‘Special’ days in about a million ways. Around our neck of the woods, families could celebrate Father’s day by going on a picnic, golfing, bicycle riding, or for a motorcycle ride. And this list if just the beginning of what you can do. Since we had some crazy weather coming through our area these couple of days, our plan for the day was  for a bicycle ride and that was kind of out of the question. I mean, who wants to ride in typhoon wind and risk having a tornado show up? OK, maybe a little bit too dramatic, but you get the picture. So we went out for supper on Saturday night with the kids and then after church on Sunday I made a quick road trip to Ma’s to pick up a card that she wanted me to add some stuff to. After dinner I went into town to work on the Hardware Store to get it ready for the Irish Fest this coming weekend. (And it’s not looking too bad if I say so myself) So with me gone to town to work for a couple of hours, how did Daryl and William spend Father’s day ? Check it out.DSC_0046

Yup, they picked rocks. Now picking rocks on a Sunday is bad enough, but on Father’s day? Yikes! But the beans are starting to really take off and with the hot weather predicted, Daryl wanted to get some more of the rocks off the field before the crops were too tall. They did get a full load of rocks and then called it quits. The night ended up very nice though. We were able to skype with Kyle and here is our families Father’s day photo.

Daryl and the boys

Daryl and the boys

Now granted, this isn’t probably you’re ordinary father/sons photo right? But even though it might not be the norm, I love that we can all see each other and spend the time each week just catching up with what’s going on in each other’s lives. So here’s a cheer to all the Father’s out there and hopefully they didn’t have to pick more than one load of rocks today!

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