Monday, September 1, 2014

Cleaning and weeding

Most of my energy these days is getting the house and yard ready for the visit of about 110 people on Saturday (the annual pig roast).   We will have eight house guests for the weekend also.  I feel like things are under control, although there always are more things on the "to do" list.

Since I had two  three-week vacations this summer, the weeding in the landscaping got ahead of me.  Fortunately it has rained a lot so it is easy to pull them out.  I also received a birthday gift of eight iris rhizomes (Thank you Gill) but I needed to find a permanent home for them.  I have chosen the south side of my house to be the iris garden.  I now have twelve different colors of iris planted there.  In case you haven't figured it out, iris is my favorite flower.  So be prepared for lots of iris pictures next year.

Regarding the weeding, I thought of putting before and after pictures, but the before ones were too embarrassing.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great Accomplishment

After returning to Ohio, having ridden with Gerry on the Goldwing,  Frank was presented with this Certificate.  The last time he had ridden a two-wheeler was at age 19 (50 years ago) on his Lambretta scooter. I had to ask what the definition of "pillion" was.  It is riding as a passenger, behind the rider.

Certificate of Achievement

awarded to

Dr. Frank Pearson

Pillion Passenger 101

Bravely (naively) endured first 500 mile (805 km) day
530 actual miles on July 26, 2014

Pillion Passenger 102

Riding in the rain
“If you don’t ride in the rain you don’t really ride”

Pillion Passenger 201

Completed a total of 1168 miles (1880 km)
July 26 to August 4, 2014



Gill, Beth and I went to Chicago for a couple days while the guys stayed longer looking at airplanes.  One day was at the Art Institute of Chicago.  One of my favorites exhibitions was the "Miniature rooms".

These miniature rooms are 1 inch to every foot in actuality.  The detail was amazing.    A second exhibit I loved was the paper weight collection.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EAA week

On July 26, Gerry and Frank geared up and started their 500+ miles trip from our house to Oshkosh,WI.  F had not been on a bike for many years, but was challenged by the trip.  Beth, Gill and I came by car. Another long drive, since I was the only driver.  But we made it fine.

This was the camper the five of us stayed in.  It worked out well.  The kitchen was a nice size as were the sleeping areas.

Now for some pictures of what we saw at the EAA show.

On a sad note, in the ultralight section G saw this memorial to Frank B, who taught him to fly his ultralight years ago.  Frank died last year.  He was very active with the ultralights at EAA. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A whirlwind three weeks

Our guests from the UK have come and gone.  We spent a couple days after they arrived giving them time to acclimate to the time change.  There were here for the anniversary of Andrew's death.  It was good for us to be together.  We lit a candle which we burned for over 24 hours, with a picture of Andrew and some flowers.  I found it a very special way to remember him.  It was a time of sharing our sadness with his family and a time of remembering.

We had the other in laws visiting too (Stacey's parents)

Then we found out what Gill's passion really is!  She is an excellent gardener.  She took her time to get every weed out and used the fork to loosen the soil in my flower beds.  Hope I can keep them that good.

The whole family helped with the lawn mowing. Sure looks like they are having fun.

My next post will be on the next part of our time together.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Always an engineer

The last week has been one of nonstop projects, especially for G.  The Camry needed new brakes.  It turned out to be a 2-3 day project, since some of the  parts were so difficult to get on.  Then, I noticed a water spot in the ceiling of the hallway -  right below the upstairs toilet. He took the leaking toilet out and has spent a couple days repairing the rotted floor before replacing it.  This is the second toilet that has sprung a leak since we moved here.  My guess is that it was not installed correctly.  Since he "over engineers" everything, I don't think it will need to be done again while we live here.

Speaking of "over engineering", that is what he was accused of when he built a ramp to load a tractor that he bought.  I must say it worked flawlessly.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More of trip, and baking

It used to be that one of my favorite things to bake was muffins.  Now it is bread.  The hamburger buns are so much better than store bought.  G really likes them too. It is so easy when the kneading is done with the stand mixer and I have a "proof" setting on my oven. I have learned that the key is to be patient and let it raise slowly.  

To change the subject, I love looking at clouds.  At one time on our trip, there were clouds like this on either side of us.  We almost managed to get through before the rain hit.

Here we just enjoyed seeing the fluffy clouds with mountains in the background.

Minnesota has between 1000 and 1200 wind turbines to generate electricity.  We past this field, which had at least a hundred.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Home again

We have been home almost a week now, having ridden 4,600 miles on the Goldwing.  We experienced rain, gusty winds and heat.  But the bike did not break down and neither did we.  Gerry is not the only one who can nap on the trailers.

We arrived home at 8 pm on Tuesday and promptly started up the lawn mowers.  I ended up mowing in the dark, using the tractor headlights. Now our property looks lived in again.  

We could tell we were near home when we came upon this.  If you look closely, there are an Amish couple sitting on top of the loose hay rack.

Gerry  promptly left again.  He is at the Mid Ohio Vintage Motorcycle event. He plans his life around that every year.  If he has any exciting pictures, I will post them when he returns.