Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Mason took a wood shop class this semester and throughly enjoyed it, so I thought I'd ask him to help. Oh, my. I wasn't prepared for his sophistication, his dexterity, his knowledge. He knew, oh so much more than me. Well, ok, that's not saying much. Let me rephrase. He has mastered many woodworking skills. He measured the wood, and positioned and handled the electric saw like a pro.
Filling the beds with quality soil was a bit of a challenge. We had good dirt all around and it just took about ten thousand shovelfuls to get the beds full. We prevailed.
Next we planted lettuce and spinach seeds, and potato and onion sets and I'll be darned if the plants didn't sprout.
My handy-dandy assistant Bart did a fine job on the signage.
Step Two: Build Raised Beds - Complete. Now, we may need to devise a plan for a little problem we may face this summer: hot, southern winds.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Mike called shortly after the weekend to ask if he could stay with Bart again. Not to see Bart, of course. He then kept calling! Bart and I had the pleasure of being in the wedding party for THEIR wedding a little more than a year later! Moving back to Bart's hometown has made it possible for us see each other every few months as they live sorta, kinda, nearby.
Mike and Jean have two great kids: Allie and Nicholas.
Nicholas with Abbey tucked in his robe and Allie holding Daisy.
Dane, Allie, Spencer, Mason and Nicholas at the Old Town Brewery in Wichita for lunch.
Sharing a friendship with someone who knows your history - lived a lot of your history with you is something special. To think they've seen the good, the bad and the ugly and they still want to be your friend!
Our house is next for the Member/Guest Golf Tournament. Bart and Mike are the foundation of a team. They stack, I mean, fill in their team with other golfing friends. They are both PASSIONATE about golf and usually place well, if not win, the tournaments they play in. Jean and I, well, we play with the kids, lounge, read high school notes and laugh, laugh, laugh.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Spencer knew exactly what he wanted for his birthday...
Our first celebration was a meal at Red Lobster and he selected the Snow Crab legs. He cracked, pulled and picked on his own and loved every minute of it!
Last Thursday, he had some buds over to help him celebrate again. He just loves these guys.
Especially since like him, they love to pretend they are wild and carazzzzy guys. I'm sticking with pretend...yup, that's my story.
Spencer's the guy in our family who gets us laughing and wondering WHERE he comes up with his stuff. Here are a few pictures from the last year...
Skiing in Breckenridge, March, 2007. That's Spencer in the front with his brothers, cousins, Marshall and Ellie and Uncle Marty.
Kids are amazing. He learned to ski over a three day period including riding the lifts up the mountain and attacking a blue slope on the last day! Green - beginner, blue - intermediate, black - expert, double black - certifiably insane person.
It would appear he lost both of his front teeth in this bout...you should see the other guy.
Happy Birthday, Spencer!
Much Love, Mom
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I have been determined this year to put in a garden. After all we have vast amounts of dirt around our new house. We do, however, have a number of hurdles to overcome. The first - we have clay soil...not just a little clay, but hard, compact, takes all your might to get a shovel into clay soil. The man who excavated the basement couldn't stop talking about how hard our ground was...your house isn't going to go anywhere, not ever! What's good for the foundation, is bad for the garden.
This same man came to do some work on our driveway. Hmmm..."could you maybe take that huge bulldozer into the backyard and dig a 12" deep hole about 25' X 25'." "Sure, I'll use that hard, hard, hard clay for the driveway!" So I then called the landscaping company for topsoil. They referred me to a local concrete company. Huh??? The nice man said, "Well, yes, I have some good dirt for a garden. I'll send a load over today." No kidding!!! The world was moving fast now.
Bart came home and we went to the hardware store to buy all the really good stuff...composted manure, peat moss and compost. We spread it all over the new dirt, and our neighbor, Matt, provided the finishing touch. His tractor has a roto-tiller on the back. Thank you, Matt!
That night I dreamed of seeds, starter plants and rows of ripening vegetables. Step one, check! Step two, build the raised beds.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Thanks to the handy-dandy computer repairman, it seems the computer at work is on the mend. So stay tuned, a new posting is on the way!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
We drove in caravan to Ft. Riley last Thursday to attend his Welcome Home Ceremony. While we waited his granddaughter, Maddox unknowingly entertained us.
Ft. Riley is ginormous. We took a bit of an impromptu tour because we were lost! We circled around and finally found the building, #88312, parked and entered. They had ample seating and two huge screens, where at first they were showing ESPN...ha! As the time of the ceremony approached, the show changed to photo montages of the troops in Afghanistan. Right at 4:00 p.m. the solders were announced and entered the room.
After a brief speech by a 2-star general, they turned them loose.
Brett's daughter, Brook, Greg, Brett's daughter, Piper, Brett and Brook's daughter, Maddox
Greg and Maddox
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Considered, considered...too big!
We then thought about a Wheaten Terrior, like my brother, Marty's dog, Maggie. Sweet, lovable, dog.
Considered, considered...maybe still too big.
We then traveled two and a half hours to visit our beloved friends, Jean and Mike and met...
Daisy is a cockapoo. She's almost a year old and is about 20 pounds of hypoallergenic dog. Hypoallergenic is the term used by the Petland salesman. I couldn't begin to make this stuff up.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Walking into their house, big hugs were had all around. Their home gives you a hug, too. They've collected many treasures over the years, some have been inherited from family and others picked up on travels. Rick is a woodworker and included in his projects are wall length shelves in their kids rooms. He has also been building a garden shed out back. Hopefully they won't miss the beautiful wood-inlay chest he made for their daughter, Brianna. It even has a secret compartment! Sneaking it out of the house in the middle of the night was a challenge...I just kid.
Susie and Rick's, youngest son, Jarred, joined us for the evening. What a wonderful, young man. He's 23 - where does the time go. The first time I met him he was around Spencer's age, 8. He has a gift for working with kids and carries on his passion for swimming by coaching at Andover High School.
We returned to their house for Susie's homemade Strawberry Pie...yummmm! Susie showed us a few of Molly the Wonder Dogs many tricks. We were amazed! They each have worked with Molly over the years, especially the kids, Trevor, Brianna and Jarred. I suppose saying they are kids is not accurate! Trevor is married to Shelley and they have a toddler named, Anistyn. They live in North Carolina where Trevor is in medical school. Brianna is working on a masters in, I believe, Animal Behavior, but don't quote me.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Inside we met our tour guide and were mesmerized by the facts, history and artwork. Don't we look mesmerized?
Spencer is channeling a college student here, and
has reached readiness for the bus home.