Sunday, July 23, 2006

Summertime...and the livin' is easy
Almost the end of July, and it's been weeks since I've posted. Here are a few pics of what's been happening down on the farm.

{ I finished a pair of socks and mailed them off as a gift. Meilenweitt yarn on size 0 needles, two socks on two circs, Eye of Partridge heel, 4x2 rib continuing down the instep.

{ The old farm saying is "Knee-high by the Fourth of July" and the corn around our house was certainly that!

{ We had a cookout with friends, and watched the fireworks across the field from our house

My brother was here from Canada for several days. He and his girlfriend and their five sons stayed with us. The boys all slept in a tent in our front yard. They had a wonderful time chasing and catching fireflies, which are much more plentiful here in farm country than in the city where they live. Very early Tuesday morning we had a big storm with lots of rain, wind, and a wonderful light show. I had to go out, wake the boys, and rescue them from the collapsing tent. My brother came out to help. Just as we pulled the last peg, the power went out, and all was black for a couple of hours. A great adventure for those city kids!

We went to our family reunion and had a wonderful time.

{ My cousin, his son-in-law, and grandson grilled the hot dogs.

{ My son, brother, and brother's girlfriend at the reunion.
Had a baby shower for daughter-in-law, and she got lots of sweet baby loot. She says she'll have to change the baby four times a day to use all the little clothes. No pics, sorry!
The weather has been normal for July. We've had some very hot days, but that's to be expected. Have had more rain than usual, but that's ok. Normally by this time the grass is getting a little crispy, and it's good to see it green instead of brown. Today is a perfect summer's day: clear, sunny sky and a nice cool breeze. We'll probably go out for a ride on the BigYellowBike in a little while.
The seed-corn workers have been in the fields detasseling the female corn, and the crops look very good everywhere around us.
We'll be off for a few days next weekend. We're riding the BYB to Marysville, Ohio for the Honda Homecoming and the Dan Barr Memorial Golf Outing in Hubbard, Ohio. The kids will be here to take care of the dog and cats while we're gone.
Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Photo Album

Alpster and daughter Steph

"...Jambalaya, crawfish pie, filet gumbo!" Robeth and Alpster

RadarContact, our New York City guide

RedneckDave, Toyo and Krista

Too wet to ride...Wingit, Scott, Brobubba, Robeth, DicePilot

Friday night supper, first seating

Alpster and ClosetChef (but the clothes don't mind)

RedneckDave and AdmiralPat

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Ground Zero
A message written on the construction wall.

This is Engine and Ladder Company 10, directly across from the former World Trade Center complex. A new memorial to NYC firefighters was unveiled near here on June 10th.

Here are pictures of the construction site. It is hard to imagine how this must have appeared before September 11, 2001.
Rich and I had Ross take a picture of us standing in front of the construction fence. Ross declined to have us do the same for him. He was right. It seems invasive and disrespectful, so I will not post it here.