Monday, August 11, 2014


Everyone seems to be on vacation or just returning.  That's the way summer is.  My summer is more "staycation"!  That's OK with me.  I've been enjoying our weather here in Ohio this summer.  It's been a bit cooler than normal but I still have managed to get some pool time in.  The cool nights keep the skeeters at bay and sitting on the deck is more pleasurable with a good book or a blog or two to catch up on!  The last couple of weeks have flown by.  Last weekend Jack and I did a little service by going to Wooster and helping the "People to People Ministry" get school supplies and clothing donations on a big truck for folks in need.
About 40 of us gathered to make the assembly line to pass the boxes down to the final guys who load it in the bus.
No yellow shirt for Jack!
The bus was sufficiently "stuffed" with the goods right before the heavens opened and  the rain came down!  This weekend was filled with more at home service projects.
The garden is producing and every couple of days I get a few quarts of green beans ready for the freezer.  Phil's girls enjoy helping with picking and Lexi loves to help prep them for the freezer bags.  Saturday she and Addy were a big help!
This poor tree in our front yard is having "issues".  It was hurt in a tornado a few years ago and has had some of it's big limbs die out.  Friday and Saturday Jack got out the chain saw and went to work to get the dead stuff out before it would fall on somebody! Cleaning up the twigs and branches meant a fire was in order.
We'll be doing more of that this week as we finish the clean up process.  I was on call this weekend and got called in Saturday afternoon.  I got home in time to help a bit with the wood but then we headed up to our son Jack's home to wish our little Cameron a happy 7th birthday.
He's a cutie! He loves soccer and will be starting on a league in the new town they moved to.  His age group is called "The midget league"...seriously, I don't think that's really very "PC" do you?
He's growing so fast! He has many allergy issues but he doesn't let that slow him down. Happy Birthday Cam-Man!
Tonight was the "Super Moon". Jack and I got in the car and drove around to see if I could get a shot of it.  This was the best I could do!  (It was a bit cloudy and hazy tonight) When I'm on call I'm never excited when it's a full moon.  Brings out the weirdos! I'm not kidding!  I'm not sure about the super moon.  It's been fairly quiet but hey, call's not over until 7am tomorrow.  With that being said, I do hope everyone has a  super week ahead!


betty said...

Happy birthday to Cameron! We've been staycationing (is that a word) for a few years; its fun to go away but it is also fun to stay around the house (plus we are kind of committed to not board Koda because of all of his health issues so its a good thing :)

Nice ministry to be involved with in getting school supplies for those that need it :)

We did get to see a bit of the super moon here, which was a good thing because normally the marine layer from the ocean would be coming in about the time the moon would be arising. It was gorgeous!


PoetessWug said...

I was just mentioning to my husband the other night about how weird the patients and visitors would get on full moon nights!!! It must have something to do with gravitational pull of the brain fluid or something! LOL It never failed though. Full moon equaled a nutty night at work!! ^_^ I was curious what a "super" moon would do to people!! O_O I'm glad I don't work in the hospital or a facility any more where I have to find out!! :-)) Anyway!...Have a good week ahead, Yaya, super moon or not!! ^_^

acorn hollow said...

So nice to see you post it looks like a good summer. My sister in law the operating room nurse always said she hated call during the full moon so I do believe it is true.
We have been close to home too with company coming to us.
We did get to the Maine beach which is 1 hour away. We live in a resort area and tell ourselves people pay a lot of money to stay in our area.

Kim said...

I like staycations. You feel more rested when it's over, plus it's a good time to get little things done that we tend to put off. The whole "full moon" thing really is true. Those few months I spent at the hospital with Mom proved it for me. The stories I could

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh, yes. The full moon does affect people and not in a good way.
The weather in Ohio has been wonderful! I love not having to run the A/C and enjoy the fresh air. Now if we'd just get some rain "up north" by the lake.
Cam-man in a cutie!!!
Hugs :)

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, dear YaYa! I have to smile when you put a positive spin on the waning days of summer in Ohio. Soon, my dear friend, you will be telling us how those cold, snowy nights "keep the skeeters at bay." :)

I admire you and Jack and all the others who volunteer their time to help the needy. Bless you all!

That pic of Lexi warmed my heart. Picking beans and helping to prepare them for freezing or canning is an activity I remember from my own childhood. When it's so easy to toss a prepackaged meal into the microwave these days, it's encouraging to know there are kids who have the patience to do the good honest work of food preparation, same as generations past.

Happy birthday, Cam! I also have a grandson named Cameron.

I'm probably one of the few men in America that would rather watch the Super Moon than watch the Super Bowl. I used to be a football fanatic but Mrs. Shady "trained" me to think otherwise.

If you run into my good buddy Eddy any time soon, please say hello for me and give him a pat and a biscuit. I know you must miss him and so do I. Have a wonderful week, dear friend YaYa!

Julia said...

That moon was big and I managed to restrain myself. Must be because i took a day off work to be at the lake to recharge my batteries.

Good for you guys to do some ministering to the poor. Now those kids have a better chance of getting a good start in their school year.

Happy belated birthday to Cameron. He's growing up fast.

I would love to have a staycation.

Hope that your week brings you lots of joy.

Becky Jerdee said...

So much fun to see everyone's super moon pictures. Yours is mysterious. I can remember a couple years ago when the super moon was just coming up over the horizon and it was REALLY big. I chased it down the street to get a picture but the cars honked me down. The trick with super moon pictures are getting it in context with something else. Otherwise, you can't tell how BIG it is.
Staycations are always a good thing. I enjoyed yours, Kathy :)

rosaria williams said...

I love your super moon! I live among great photographers who compete with each other to capture every little nook and cranny and meteorological phenomenon, then share their pics on Facebook. One can get lazy this way!
Love how your grandchildren help around with canning beans. I could use a helping hand so many times...
Happy birthday to the cutest soccer player!

Lady Lilith said...

Sounds like fun. I hope you enjoy the rest of summer. Sounds like fun.

Rick Watson said...

Wow! It's been a busy Staycation. Doing community work is something I enjoy doing.
It's difficult to whine about what's going on in my life when I see what others face.
Happy birthday to that youngun'.
I hope we have a pool next year :)

Hilary said...

It sounds like you're having a lovely summer. Staycation is just right for us up here on the lake. Your Supermoon looks much like ours did last night.. one night after. All hazy and lovely. But it shone brightly for us on the night it was 100% full.

Susan Anderson said...

Frankly, I like a staycation best of all. Somehow I can enjoy it most in the middle of where I'm usually busiest!

I had wanted to see that super moon, so thanks for the pic!


Deb Shucka said...

Sometimes there's nothing better than an at-home summer. Your's sounds wonderful. Love the moon picture. Mine always turn out wonky.

Stacy Crawford said...

We get the worst behaviors at school during the full moon from students and parents. I think there is something to that, wonder if that is where the werewolf folklore comes from?

Stephanie Faris said...

My staycations have always just been used for house projects. That's no fun!!! But I always ask for a trip for my birthday in September and for our anniversary in March in lieu of gifts. I'd rather have the memories than junk I won't use! So I know, while reading all these posts, that my beach trip is coming up. I'd be sad if I took my vacation in June and knew it was not coming again 'til next summer, so maybe fall is the best time to go!