Thursday, October 2, 2014

I am so bored - not!

I was looking at my calendar at the dates since I last posted, to see what I could write about.  It looked like this:  Monday night we had dinner with a group of motorcycle riding friends (which we do every Monday), on Tuesday I had lunch with women from my AAUW book club (which we do every Tuesday and we hardly discuss books, just our lives and world events) , on Wednesday G and I attended the monthly meeting or our British car club, on Friday our monthly dinner group of four couples met, on Saturday we went to a bonfire at a members of the car club, on Sunday I attended the 50th Anniversary party of the AAUW group I belong to, on Monday G and I drove to the Museum of Natural Science in Cleveland where we listened to a talk by a couple we know who rode their motorcycle on the Silk Road (about a 3 month trip). Tuesday I went to the dentist. During this time G was getting his bike ready for the Hatfield-McCoy ride in West Virginia.  He left this morning to return on Sunday.  What do we do in our retirement you ask?  Oh, yes, we also put down 4 cubic yards of mulch, I made pesto, --I will stop. I am getting tired just writing this,  But life is full, interesting and fun.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Usual activities

For a gift last Christmas I received the book, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward Smith.  He advocates planning your garden so that you have walking paths in it so you don't walk on the planted area and compress it.  I had tilled my garden earlier so made plots and then delineated the paths with cardboard.  I plan to then cover the cardboard with straw.  I only have tomatoes and basil in it this year.  One plot will be for garlic that I will plant this Fall yet.  My friend who gave me the garlic to plant said to plant it when the moon is Full Moon in October.  

Two years ago G said we needed to replace the mowers that I use.  I have learned to never mow unless he is home to repair them during the mowing.  This is what they currently look like.  The deck is so worn through that he can no longer weld it so he has resorted to repairing it with wood.  I guess if it still works, why get a new one!   It did make me smile while using it, because this is rather pitiful. So stay posted as to what happens.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Busy week

I know it is a bit late for this, but Happy Birthday to me.  I told my granddaughter that I was putting two candles on my cake, a 7 and a 0.  She said "Good, I am glad you didn't put 70 candles on it, that would have been too much."  Since it was right before the Pig Roast, a friend made the cake for me.

My two sisters were visiting which was great. I think it was more of a working vacation than a relaxing one.  Thank you to both of them.

We had about 110 people at the party.  Next year we need a bigger tent.

These friends are resting after cutting up the meat.  We did not get a whole pig this year, just 9 pork butts.  No one seemed to miss seeing the whole pig.  

This is the welcoming tent, where we gave out name tags (and took donations).  

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.