Friday, July 27, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
For a couple of years now, we have been wanting to put up a little deck, gazebo type structure in our back yard. We have a lovely tree lined back yard that is hotter than the blue flames of a fire in the afternoon and early evening. Our back deck/BBQ area has no shade and gets the full afternoon sun. So, we decided, why not take to the corner of the yard and "tuck" a structure in the trees that could act as a picnic/campfire area. We put this off from last year because we took 3 major trips and didn't want to spend the money on this project.
As you can see, our construction team is comprised (mostly) or our son, Josh and a few pieces of Randy's prized farm equipment. There have been some "guest" laborers (which will be shown in a future blog), some daring heights and some awkward moments. We have changed a few things, added some features and mostly can't wait until it is finished. There have even been several "what the heck were we thinking" conversations. But, all in all, I think (hope) it will be something the family will use and appreciate in the years to come.
Since my computer is downloading as the speed of a snail 500, I will have to continue this post at a later time. . . Stay tuned!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Also a shout out to my nephew, Tristan, who turns 23 today. As a kid, he loved dinosaurs, dirt moving equipment and home cooked meals at my house. I rarely see him, and miss him a great deal. He is living his dream of being a "worker man" on heavy equipment. I hope someday we can reconnect and see him a little more. Happy Birthday, Tristan!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Maddie and I gathered some old magazines together, got out the scissors and glue and spent almost 2 hours working on our collages. It was such a fun and special activity, I am ready to do it again.
I couldn't get Mason interested in participating (which is a surprise, since he has always loved to cut and glue), so he played a game or two on the Ipad while we were working. Maddison is planning on hanging hers up in her room.
The temperatures have dropped a little today, and we got a "smattering" of rain this morning. 10 minutes after the rain stoppped, the sidewalks were dry.
And I know that I am biased, but isn't Maddison is growing into such a beautiful young lady? I think she has grown 2 inches since summer started, and her hair is getting so long.
Randy and I both head back to work tomorrow after being off for 5 days. That is not going to be easy! Hope your weekend was cool and relaxing.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
On a separate note, like most of the country, we have been experiencing record high heat this past week (many consecutive days of 100 + temperatures). Yesterday our air conditioner quit working. The repair men came out in the early afternoon, and had it working again in about 3 hours. A part is now on order, but they managed to bypass the problem on a short term basis.
If I did not appreciate skilled laborers before, I sure do now. And air conditioning. . . . I am trying to remember what we used to do without it. Because I am definitely from the generation that grew up without it! I remember sleeping on screened in porches (and in the yard a night or two). Afternoons were spent resting in a dark house in front of a fan. Our mother would read to us and we would listen to music while we rested and tried to escape the heat. In the very early mornings we would pick produce from our garden and help mom can the tomatoes and green beans. After lunch there would be no more activity until it was time to fix supper (which was mostly done without the aid of the oven). That is when I learned to play rummy and love to read.
Yesterday, right before the air was working again, our house temperature had climbed to over 80 degrees. I was beginning to be uncomfortable and worry just a little bit. We don't even own a fan anymore (except for a few ceiling fans). The kids were with us and we played some games and they played on the I-pad. . . this is the new face of a new generation.
Even though I don't enjoy having to pay to fix the air or be without it, I think times like these can be seen as opportunities. The experience taught me to appreciate a little more, to remember a little more, and to use my imagination a little more.
Our house has returned to its comfortable state and I can carry on with my plans of changing beds and cooking for the week. But for just a few hours yesterday, I was transported back to a time when we had never heard of central air or enjoyed any kind of air conditioning. A time, at least in my mind, of a simpler life, full of lemonade and friends, of family time and books, of fresh produce and card playing on the porch. A time of heat and summer fun, a time of learning to make the best of a difficult situation and a time to enjoy all we had and not worry about what we didn't have.
Stay cool and enjoy each day.