It's been a week since July 4th and the weather and happenings are pretty typical for us. It's been warm and sultry the past few days with a few severe storms just for good measure. Monday the city of Ashland lost power in many places including the hospital. You can imagine the panic of the families who had patients in the OR. We have back up generators that kick in pretty quickly but it sure seems much longer than 5 seconds when you're in the dark! Monitors, anesthetic machines and most of our equipment have battery power so no danger there. Once the surgeries were done we weren't allowed to do any elective stuff until we had regular power. We've had lots of rain and I'm not one to really complain about that. It means I don't have to water the gardens! I don't know why that makes me so happy but it does.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Again the 4th of July finds me at the Pines without even a sparkler to light! Jack's at Boy Scout Camp and I'm on call today. But it's all good because we have beautiful weather and so far I'm not working. I have many projects in my brain and will do a few but will mostly enjoy the quiet and probably take Chubbs for a walk in town. There's a steak in the fridge with my name on it...with a few tidbits for the 'ol Chubbers too. We did have a fun celebration early over the weekend. Sunday we all gathered to enjoy some ribs and to just hang out.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
I've heard many say that this Summer is flying by...and I agree. Last day of June tomorrow and we welcome July on Saturday and start, for some, a long weekend of celebrating our freedom in many forms. Cookouts, parades, fireworks, family gatherings. For our small town it's the weekend of our annual balloonfest. Ashland used to be the balloon capital of the world...yes really. Those days are over but it still makes for a fun festival. Hot air balloons need perfect weather for launching and I'm afraid we're not starting out too good. I sit here at the computer and listen to the thunder and rain falling. The concert in the park probably was moved to the high school. I would have loved to have gone to hear the John Denver tribute person again. I saw him a few years ago and he was great. I've been a bit under the weather these past few weeks and just didn't feel like going tonight. I hope things do clear up for some balloon races. I love seeing them fly over! It will be a wait and see. I'm sure many of the organizers of this festival are praying hard tonight! The other morning I took time out to wander in the yard and take a few pics.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Hello first day of Summer! I'm always tempted to say it's the longest day but it's still only 24 hours. However, it is a day when it seems as if the sun will go on forever. It was a perfect Summer day here. The temps were in the upper 70's and low humidity. Blue skies and sunshine. I got the last of my flowers planted and a few weeds pulled. I was glad to have the day off and get some simple things accomplished...like sitting on the deck and reading a new magazine..oh, and taking a nap in the afternoon! Yep, perfect. Hope your first day of Summer was good! I have only a couple of pics to share tonight.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
This special day to honor fathers has been nice for our family today. We had 3 out of the 4 boys here for lunch and some good phone conversation with Craig in Oregon. We sure wish we could have them all together but those days are probably few and far between. However, we enjoy every minute with them when we gather together. I've been blessed to know many wonderful fathers, starting with my own:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I was going to title this post "Oops I did it again" but I think I've already used it! This time I'm referring to something that happened to me about 3 summers ago. I was bit by a spider and had a bad reaction. Well, over the weekend I got bit by something again...and again got a bad reaction.. much worse than the first time.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
June is flying by and it doesn't give a hoot that I'm running at full speed to keep up! Work has been up and down and getting the yard and garden ready is also a full time job! But somehow Jack and I manage to "get'r done!" To add to the hustle and bustle we took time to celebrate with my oldest son, Jack, and his lovely bride Evelyn, at an outdoor reception. You can tell it wasn't hosted by us because the weather was perfect! Even though the temps were in the 80's the place was on a small lake and the breeze and shade made it so comfortable. The folks that own the property are friends of Jack and Evelyn and the wife works with them at the hospital. They tap trees for maple syrup and it's just a beautiful place!
We wish you a very "Happily Ever After"