Tuesday, June 30, 2009
So, this meant that we hauled out the luggage (again), packed up, and hit the road for a two hour journey to the state shooting meet.
He did a great job.
So great in fact, that he shot his highest score ever. We are so proud of him and exhausted as all get out.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Many of the places we went to had a lesson to teach. When we went to the Vietnam Memorial, there were several items left in memory of specific soldiers. There were coins, name tags, and flowers. The Smithsonian collects these items, and a few years ago they did a display of all the items that had been left at the wall thus far. This sparked a discussion with the Deerslayer about this historic/controversial time for our nation. Although we had a good discussion, the next day he did ask why he had to keep learning stuff since he was on summer vacation. I was so proud.
Abe is still sitting on his chair. Right where I left him many years ago when we left the city.
We did spend a day at the National Zoo. The Pandas are thriving as are many other animals. You can check them out here. Our favorite activity had to be the gigantic outdoor aviary where you could walk among the birds.
We also made a stop at the National Cathedral. I had actually been there before, but it seemed even more spectacular this time around. And, yes I did take this photo from the top floor observatory. You can read more about the National Cathedral here.
As soon as we arrived home late Friday, we hit the ground running with softball and trap shooting practice. Saturday and Sunday were more of the same, with laundry piled sky high at the house. I would like to say I have it all under control, but that would be a fib. However, it is still good to be home.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Young Charlie has adapted well and he has found plenty of things to point at.
He especially loves to hang out in the house and enjoy a good game of Monopoly.
Charlie is still just a pup and he has chewed his fair share of items around the house/farm. But, how could you get upset at a face like that?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
A vacation that includes a restful, undisturbed night. With no barking dogs in the middle of the night. When the barking does not subside, I am forced to go outside in my....uhh...nightclothes and take a look around. This also means that I am outside, in sheer and utter darkness, using my "authoritative" voice trying to get a sassy Jack Russell Terrier out of the garage. This also usually means that I give up, go back to bed, and ten minutes later Secret Agent Man is outside in his....nightclothes, making the dog come inside.
A garage that held this lovely creature. Here we find him in the glow of early morning. He looks very demure in this photo, but I know he is one wily, nasty little dude. Complete with germs and drool that hangs in strings from the rafters all the way to the floor of the garage. I love nature.
Not to worry, this creature finally ran off to join his wildlife brethren. The Deerslayer tried to gently persuade him to give up his comfy spot by shooting around him with some BB's. He was not injured, and he was also not giving up this spot.
Secret Agent Man came home later in the day and used his trusty raccoon removal tool to shoo the creature out of the garage. In case you are wondering, it was a garden rake. Yes, the man stood under the raccoon and poked him with a garden rake. I had my camera poised ready to photograph the moment when the raccoon jumped down upon his head. Alas.....this did not happen. (Darn it) The raccoon took off and now all is right with the world.
Until our next debacle.....over and out.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Lilies are everywhere. Growing carefree on the sides of every country road I drove down.
Sunny creek beds run right through every patch of land.
On my journey storm clouds started moving in for the day.
As I was leaving the garden center I discovered a deer checking me out from the side of the road. She was very patient and let me take a few shots of her, before she scurried away.
Monday, June 15, 2009
I am going to post a recipe for a cake that isn't really a cake at all. The recipe title may say cake, but it is really layers of graham crackers, pudding, and chocolate icing. Your family will love it.
Chocolate Eclair Cake
2 pkgs. instant French vanilla pudding mix
3 cups milk
8 oz. container of cool whip
1 box graham crackers
1 container of chocolate frosting
Line the bottom of a 13x9 inch cake pan with crackers. Mix pudding, milk, and cool whip in a bowl until thick. Alternate crackers and the pudding mix, finishing with a layer of graham crackers. Warm frosting in the microwave for about 20 seconds, or until warm enough to spread easily over crackers. Chill and serve.
Friday, June 12, 2009
This lovely girl is Mr. B's mom and my Grannie. An accomplished seamstress and quilt maker who used to have my mom take my measurements and she would make clothes for me. She used the extra fabric to make my dolls clothes that matched my own. At the time we lived far away on an Air Force Base and you can't even imagine my surprise at opening a box filled with fabulous clothes that fit me perfectly.
She has told me stories about growing up in a house full of children and staying home from school, at times, to help take care of a baby. As a child she, and a few of her siblings, were stricken with Trachoma, an eye disease with the potential to blind. They were sent to a special home to live and receive treatment. She has told me how the boys and girls were separated. Her brother would stay on his side of the field, and she on her side, and he would read the letters from home to her.
In this picture she is sitting on a car with her future husband, my grandpa. As she would say, they were, "sparkin".
Many years ago, while I was living in the Washington D.C. area, she came for a visit. When we went to the WWII exhibit at a Smithsonian Museum, she told me she had to leave. She said it brought back all the memories of her brothers leaving to fight in the war and the hard times at home.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Instead, let's look at this hot mess. This was created when the two nice workmen said, "Can you empty that closet so we can use that attic access?" Holy mother of pearl, what a mess. Said closet resides in my spare bedroom and everything that gets put into it is "stuff" that I generally don't want to have to deal with at that moment.
The picture doesn't even show the half of it and I can't believe that I am showing it to the world.
On the upside, we found so many things that we had forgotten about. Long lost pictures, toys, purses, and a plethora of plastic dinosaurs.
Toots decided that they needed to be sorted into piles, according to size.
She even found a pair of jockey goggles that she purchased at Churchill Downs.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
But, it was really worth it. She learned a lot, made new friends and even shed a tear when the week was over. She even won the coaches award, in her age group.
One of her coaches played professional soccer, back in his day, and the other two were college coaches.
And, yes they were from Chile and were totally "easy on the eyes". That made getting up early and driving an hour much easier on my brain.