We had a couple of fun visitors this week. My Sister Midge and my sweet Mom hopped in my sis's new car and made the easy (but boring) ride from Chicago to Ashland.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Well, in keeping with my blogging theme this year, I'm again a day late and probably a dollar short! Happy Father's Day to all the Dads..the Dear Dads...The Dearest Dads I know....
Huh Eddy....Jordan's a great Dad isn't he! Yesterday the guys and kiddos came for lunch and we had a wonderful time. The boys surprised Jack with a new grill. Our old gas grill had died and this was the substitute:
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Do you have the TV commercial about Michigan? Since we're Michigan's downstairs neighbors we do get them and it makes the state of Michigan look wonderful...and it is..."Pure Michigan"... beautiful lakes, and rivers and camping and fun, It was the perfect place for our Boy Scouts to pick for the high adventure trip for 2015. The middle of the mitten was a sweet spot...although a bit chillier than they thought and a bit rainy at the end of the week. In fact, they headed home on Friday instead of Saturday. Did I mention mutant mosquitoes? Yikes! But they had fun and a good experience and all survived.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Oh, I'm home alright....It's Jack that's MIA right now. He's in Michigan on a Boy Scout high adventure trip. He's taken a few of those in the past....remember the raft trip down the Ohio river 3yrs ago? Then there was a "Hike the Appalachian Trail and then take a white water raft trip and not get killed" high adventure. Then there was the 40 mile canoe trip that I'd forgotten about. There was a white water raft trip in Pennsylvania when the kids (some of whom were even our own kiddos at the time) were on Spring break and it snowed on the river and everyone froze, fell out of the raft, almost drowned, but had a good time once their toes could be felt again trip. Yes, over 25yrs in scouting he's had a few "high adventures"....(probably wishing he was "high" on some of them...just kidding!) This trip involves canoeing and camping on a river and eating dehydrated food or perhaps fish they will catch and then clean and then fry up...I'd say "yum" but I don't even order fish in a restaurant so don't get my opinion on this! When I asked him where they were going he held up his hand and said "In the middle of the mitten"....you know, Michigan is shaped like a mitten. So if you need Jack, just follow your life line to the middle of your palm and there he'll be! He should be home on Saturday...God willing and the creek...or river in this case...don't rise. I'm sure he'll have plenty of pics and stories. I on the other hand have nothing. It's been a dry blogging time for me. Just working and trying to finish up my yard work and other projects that aren't really blog worthy. I did have a tiny virus thing going on. Monday and Tuesday were not great days...but I still went to work because they would have killed me if I had called in sick...a bit short staffed lately. Today it was hot and I even went into our little pool for a bit. It's been too rainy or cool before now so I enjoyed that this afternoon. Since today is what social media calls "Throwback Thursday", I thought I would post an old photo of my little brother Rick who turned 55 today. I haven't mentioned him much in my blog. It's not that I'm ashamed of him or anything..he's an awesome guy! He lives way up in northern Wisconsin on a lake with his sweet wife Jan. He works in my older brother's communication business. He's the help desk guy and a genius when it comes to computers. He's also a fabulous want-to-be chef. He even had a small hotdog place in his little town. This weekend his step-son Steve is getting married and for the rehearsal dinner he's made some super wonderful cheesecakes. Believe me when I say...This boy can cook! His daughter...my niece Betsy...is getting married this year too. So he and his wallet are very busy this year! So in honor of his bday today....Happy Birthday Ricky....Love you:
Monday, June 1, 2015
Today is June 1st! Yeah! Atleast I think it is. You see, this morning it was 47de when I went to work and when I came home my car thermometer said 53de. The calendar says June 1st but Mother Nature isn't buying it. Jack was quick to point out that if it was this temp in January we'd be jumping for joy. OK....Well, this weekend we had a little pool drama going on. It was warm and sticky on Saturday and the rain clouds were coming and going. My pool...my little pool...has given me a few pains. I'll include Jack having pain too because he has been helping me get it all up and running for weeks. We cleaned it, bought a new vacuum for it, added the salt so the salt water filter would keep it sparkling clean. That's when the trouble began. The filter is great about telling you if there is trouble on the horizon. Trouble like a high salt content. Ooops. The pool water still had salt from last year, then we added new salt and bam the filter alarm goes off. Rooky mistake. How do you fix it? Well, salt doesn't evaporate (hence the problem in the first place!) so you have to take water out and add fresh. So we drained about 20-30% of it and then called someone to come and top it off with fresh water. The first guy wasn't too enthusiastic about coming with that small amount (1000 gals) and then when he arrived bright and early on Saturday morning he refused to come into the driveway because of our pine trees. His expensive truck would get scratched and the amount of payment he was asking wasn't worth that to him. And we got that...soooooo.....enter the nice man down the street with a much smaller truck with a plastic tank. He came in the evening after working his fulltime job and charged us much less and was done in a few minutes. We sent him on his way with an added tip and fresh scones I had just taken out of the oven...a win/win I would say! Then the rains came down, and down, and down, all weekend. Then the temps came down too!