Friday, July 21, 2017

My life

Today I decided to just look at my pictures and use some of them to tell about me or my life.  When I wake in the morning this is what I see (when the sun is shining of course).  I like geometric shapes, and shadows.

Another picture of my day lilies.  I have been taking endless pictures of flowers.  Now to find a way to use the photos in decorating my house .


When we visited our son and family in California, we witnessed the "organize chaos" of the swim meet the grandchildren were in. There were six lanes with swimmers competing for several hours.
 S volunteered to be in charge of the computers this year.  He even put his dad to work on the tangle of cables.  A good time was had by all!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Gerry's birthday

When we were in CA, Gerry was having pain in his back.  It improved while we were there, but a couple day later, it came back with a vengeance.This picture shows how he spent his 70th birthday- in the ER/  He seems ok lying there, but when he sat up or moved some the pain was intense.  The diagnosis is sciatica.  This is one of those things that the doctor cannot say what caused it.  The pain pills did not give him much relief.  It just takes rest and time.  There are some treatments but they are not too promising.  He was better after a few days, so he went to a motorcycle show this weekend. He took our camper so he can lie down when needed.

I have spent my time weeding my flower beds.  FUN.  Today I picked 20 pounds of blueberries.That was more enjoyable that weeding. I will freeze them to use on cereal and in smoothies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

More from California

Kyla was REALLY into making "slime".  The recipe uses white glue and Borax.  She could even blow it up like a balloon.  She added food coloring for variety.

Bryce enjoyed himself playing drums at his father's work place. This small room had this drum set and a couple comfortable bean bag type chairs. Fortunately most of the sound could only be heard through the headset .  Work places in CA are quite different than in Ohio and probably most of the country.

I would like to add comments to the last post where the children were selling drinks.  This was very much a spur of the moment event.  Kyla invented a drink with fresh fruit and ice water.  The neighbor boy brought over cookies to sell.  I think they made $6 which they split three ways.

We attend the children's swim meet.  It was "organized chaos"with a couple hundred children ages 6 to 18 competing. It is a co-op so all the parents are required to volunteer.  This year Shawn agreed to do the computer part.  I think it was more than he bargained for. He put his dad to work.

One more note on the visit.  At the de Young museum we saw this sign on the restroom door.
We wouldn't see that in Ohio!

Monday, June 26, 2017


. Making money.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Doing it again.

Saturday is our ninth annual Pig Roast/Pot Luck.  So far I haven't freaked out.  Ninety two people have said they are coming.  Luckily we have a tent for shade as it will be a high of 91 degrees.Tables are set up in the garage and almost everything is purchased.  I forgot to get the plastic aprons for those cutting/shredding the cooked meat.  This year RM and her physics friends will not be here.
I hope I take more pictures this year to share.  Usually I running around so much that I forget to do that.

On another topic, when I walk in our woods I love it when I witness something new in nature.  Of course in Spring there are many wild flowers.  I try to identify the birds by their song.  I carry my phone and try to get information on various songs.

Today I saw from my deck a coyote loping across our field into the woods. I would never see it in the woods, but I was thrilled to see it in our yard and field.  A couple of time we have heard them yipping and howling close the the house at night.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Camping recap and home projects

Since we returned home from the camping trip, I caught the cold Gerry had.  So it has been a slower week.  My diet seems to be entirely cough drops.  But both of us are on the mend.  I really don't want to complain, because it could be so much worse.

Gerry has this blessing or curse:  He loves the challenge of fixing things.  At our Monday night dinner a friend brought a Lincoln welder that was broken.  He said it would cost more to have it repaired than it was worth.  Gerry was the recipient.  He was thrilled because it uses 110 and he does not have one like that.  The other three he has are different.  You will have to ask him the details. Anyway, here is how he spent the next few days. My kitchen is a work shop too.

There was a small lake at the campground. This is the scenery as I walked there. Nothing spectacular but just peaceful feeling. 

G is always looking for ideas for "yard art" that we could have when we start camping.  He thought these were possibilities.  I think there may need to be some discussion on this yet. :)

The wheels on the bike on the bottom one turned in the wind.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

First Voyage with camper

Last week we took the camper on its first trial run.  We went to Maumee Bay State Park about 100 miles from our house. It was not an ideal vacation, but we accomplished what we set out to do- test the camper.  First of all, G was suffering from a terrible cold.  But he insisted on going.  On the way we had a flat tire on the van.  No problem - put the spare on and take the tire in for repairs the next day.

We had put water in the tanks at home.  When we turned on the water pump, water sprayed from the back of the toilet.  Fortunately there were facilities right across the street from our site and we were able to carry in water for drinking and washing dishes. Once we returned home G took to apart and found the broken part.

I learned that I need to make a spreadsheet or put sticky notes on all the cupboard doors because I could not remember where I stored everything.

G was very pleased that the van could pull it well and the brakes worked well!

We are looking forward to many more adventures.  But our schedule is so filled that we may not use it until October.