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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Another Month Gone

Well, eight months of 2008 are done, over, gone forever; hard to believe. We're now just two weeks away from our travel date. When we got to the East Coast in May, it seemed like September was far away, guess not.

Today was more productive than yesterday, but just getting dressed was more than I did all day yesterday! :) Actually, Randy & I went to church with my mom and I did say that we were going to do something today, no matter what. Even as lazy as I am, I can only take so many "down" days. So, when we got home from church I told Daddy to get ready 'cause we were going somewhere!

We ended up taking a trip to WalMart so my folks could buy a microwave. Theirs died Saturday without warning. They found the microwave they wanted and we came back home to set it up. I walked out of WalMart having spent less than $30 - a miracle, I must say. That just never happens!

Once home, the microwave was set up and it was time to take a drive. Randy & I have passed a campground near my folks' a couple of times on our way here, so I wanted to see it. It's Island Resort Campground in Newark, MD. Now, we never camp when we come down here 'cause we always stay with my folks. But, I figure we might want to camp sometime, so why not check out a possible location. It was okay, fairly level graveled sites. However, it is going co-op. Sites are selling for either $75,000 (lakeside) or $60,000 (non-lakeside). Seems a mite steep for a 49 x 80 piece of real estate. I guess since it's going to be a co-op, it could be a good deal. Sites can be rented when you are not occupying them. Doesn't matter - we don't have $60,000!!! :)

We continued our drive along Route 113, just to see what we could see. The Eastern Shore of MD is pretty country. We ended our journey at the Assateague Crab House just a few miles from my folks' place. I had mentioned a couple of days ago that I couldn't remember the last time I had eaten hard-shelled crabs, so Mommy decided I needed to get some before we left. Daddy was such a good sport - he is NOT a seafood person, but went along anyway. I got my fill of crabs (my tummy is letting me know that, believe me!), Randy got broiled scallops which is a favorite of his, Mommy got a soft-shelled crab sandwich and Daddy got a cheeseburger. And then, to top it off, Daddy & Mommy treated us! Not bad, huh?

Not much planned for tomorrow. Randy wants to wash the truck - he is so happy to get his truck back! :) I'm sure Mommy and I'll find more to talk about and Daddy will, well, he'll just be Daddy. Hope you're having a great holiday weekend. If you're traveling, take your time and get where you're going safely.

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Can You Spell "Lazy"?

I don't think I can even do that! :) That's how L A Z Y I was today. I didn't even get dressed!!! Now, wait a minute - before you get all kinds of visuals in your mind that you can get rid of - I mean I stayed in my muumuu all day. So, take a minute and settle down. :)

This cold I've been losing the fight with really settled in today. So, I took advantage of having absolutely nothing to do and nowhere to go and sat on my butt and read, played on the computer, cross-stitched, took a nap, and ate. That was my day. Hey! I wasn't as lazy as I thought!

Randy was more industrious. He got outside and vacuumed out my folks' car as well as washed it. What a guy!

My folks were about as productive as I was. Mommy did make a good dinner for us. Thanks, Mommy!

Well, writing about everything I did today has made me tired. Guess it's time for bed. :) Until the next time . . .

Friday, August 29, 2008

Spending Time with My Folks

Well, I guess I need to apologize for not posting an entry yesterday! :) Our oldest daughter, Ginny, reprimanded me in the Shout Box!! Sorry, Gin, didn't meant to leave you hangin'! I'll try to do better.

Yesterday was not very exciting, so I thought I wouldn't waste anyone's time with the usual. But, my public (child) demands it so, here you go. The day started with a half hour at Curves, then home for the rest of the day. We did have a cup of coffee at Barry & Penny's, but then it was back to the RV to get ready to go away for the weekend.

Now, for those of you who do not full-time RV, you can't understand what a chore it is to pack to go away. You see, we full-timers NEVER need to pack because everything is always with us! :) So, when the occasional, out-of-the-RV, trip does come up, we literally have to stop and think about what we have to do. Then, it feels like we're taking all of our possessions when we go.

Anyway, we got packed up; I updated the finances so that on the 2nd I could go to the bank and we headed out to Lindsay's about 4:30pm. We babysat Reagan for the evening while Lins & Jason went to Reagan's preschool orientation. Once they got home and we chatted a bit, we took off for my folks' place on the Eastern Shore of MD. Because of some major construction going on at the Bay Bridge, and it's a holiday weekend, we decided to go down late last night (about 9pm). We got there about 1am this morning. Whew. Not used to that!

Today has been spent catching up with my folks. Although they were at Kev's wedding and we saw them again a couple of weeks ago at Megan's wedding, we really have spent much time with them since the first of July. So, today's been good. Other than that, got the laundry done and that's about it. Just another day in the life . . . and what a good life it is. :)

Not sure what the weekend will bring. We'll be at my folks' until Tuesday. I'm sure it'll be crazy here as it's the official end of summer and people love to spend it at the beach. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Stay safe.

Oh, and just because I didn't post any other pictures. Here's one of Reagan that makes me laugh. Our little drama queen . . .

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Books & Food - What More Could You Ask For!

This morning was downright chilly!! It was 52 degrees outside, I couldn't believe it. It IS August, isn't it? But, hey, I am not complaining, I love cool mornings; especially when it warms up to the high 70s, low 80s. And, since I woke up with a cold (Reagan shared), I was glad that I could at least enjoy the weather. :)

Randy & I got on the road early this morning 'cause we had to go to Lindsay's first thing. Randy was going to stay at the house while Reagan slept so Lins could go to Curves with me. (Jason's still out of town.) So, we got our exercise for the day.

Once we were back at Lindsay's, Reagan got up and it was time to shower and get ready for the day. We were going to storytime at Borders' Bookstore! And, I was finally going to use the gift cards I got for my birthday.

I love bookstores. The only thing that ranks above a bookstore, when we're talking books, that is, are libraries. I can spend days in either one. Libraries rank higher because of the smell - there is nothing like the smell of books. I know, I know, sounds weird, but I love it. So, I was in my element wandering around Borders. It's a good thing I had gift cards and no "real" money because I could spend our entire year's budget on books. We ended up getting a couple of Christmas gifts, the new Catherine Coulter paperback (if you haven't read her FBI series, you need to), a crossword puzzle book and a HUGE coloring book for Reagan. Not bad for $45 in gift cards, huh? Unfortunately, time came to go. You just can't keep an almost 3 year in a bookstore forever. And, it was time for lunch! Another one of my favorite things! :)

In the same shopping center, there was an Isaac's Deli. Never had been to one before, but Lins had. This is the only area that we've seen these restaurants. They are kid-friendly without sacrificing good food and atmosphere, which is not an easy feat. This particular location sits on a little creek where there are lots of ducks. There is an outside dining area that is quite pleasant. of course, we sat outside and totally enjoyed Reagan's delight in feeding the ducks.

The restaurant

Reagan and the ducks

The rest of the day was spent as our afternoons usually are; watching TV, computer time, and napping. Such a life we lead! Can't beat it.

Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Not Much to Share

I don't have much to share with you today. I went to Curves this morning. When I got home, Penny was finishing up cleaning out her trailer so it'd be ready for pick up when the dealer brought her new 5th wheel. We had a cup of coffee together and then I went on in the RV to get some breakfast.

About 10am the new 5th wheel arrived. It's a beauty; a 34' Cedar Creek Silverback. Very nice. Penny was so excited, just like a kid with a new bike. After the rig was set up on the site, several of us helped her load her stuff back in the RV. All the while we're doing that, Penny would stop every few minutes just to clap her hands in delight. It was fun seeing someone so excited about a decision that was made. :) Penny & Barry can't retire for another 5 years, so they have a seasonal site here. They intend to travel extensively once they do retire.

We did end up grabbing some dinner with Lins & Reagan as Jason is out of town. And that's the extent of our day. Tomorrow should be a little more exciting as we're going to Borders Bookstore to attend storytime with Reagan. And I get to spend gift cards I got for my birthday! :)

Until the next time . . .

Monday, August 25, 2008

Visiting An Amish Farm

Lindsay, Reagan, Randy & I went to the Amish Farm Village in Lancaster today. I have to say, I was a little disappointed, no make that just disappointed with no qualifier. I thought we were going to a working farm. I remember from several years ago that we had gone to an Amish farm that was active. This wasn't it; this was more of a museum-type farm. Oh, well. Reagan enjoyed it anyway.

We began our visit with a guided tour of the house. The guide shared the beginnings of the Amish in this country came from immigrants who were fleeing religious persecution in Europe. The name "Amish" comes from their leader, Jakob Amman, who began the sect in Switzerland in the late 1600s. It was in the early 18th century that they came to America, specifically Pennsylvania. The Amish now reside in 28 states across the country, with the largest population in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.

While this wasn't a working farm, it still had the requisite animals: mules; horses - regular and miniature; goats, a sheep, baby pigs and a peacock. There were replicas of a schoolhouse, smokehouse and blacksmithy. Of course, we explored all parts of the farm, with Reagan having a good time everywhere she went.

The farm's water system
Cute girls
An Amish student?
Baby "Wilburs" as Reagan called them
Mandy, the Miniature Horse
Randy found a friend

Next summer, we're going to find the other farm - the one that truly shows Amish life.

Hope your week is off to a good start. If you're back in school, teacher or student, I hope you have a great year! Until the next time . . .

Contest for Women

One of the non-RVing blogs I follow, Flexible Dreams, is written by a young woman with whom I served in Youth Ministry several years ago. Amy is one of my favorites from those days, she is fun and wise beyond her years. I always felt that I was a little better person whenever I walked away from a conversation with her.

Anyway, Amy is hosting a contest for women about their friendships and she is asking for folks to stop by her blog and comment. Here's the link:
Flexible Dreams. I hope you enjoy Amy's blog as much as I do!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Quiet Sunday

We had a very quiet day. We went to church, Grace Fellowship, in Seven Valleys. We had attended there a couple of weeks ago, trying to see if we'd like to attend regularly. While we really enjoy going to Daybreak with our friends, Lee & Cheri, this church is a little closer and it's one that Jason & Lins may attend as well. They came today and I think they liked it. I'm not sure yet 'cause I haven't had time to talk with them about it. Reagan liked her class; she went right in with no looking back. Lins was a little shocked at that, I think. But, it was great for Reagan. I was thrilled to say the least. :) I love attending church with my kids.

Once we were back home, we spent a very lazy afternoon watching TV and napping. Well, I napped, for a good long while, too. One of those naps from which you wake up and you feel very groggy. Slept too long, I'm sure.

That was it for the day. We had a light dinner - broccoli covered with melted cheese over rice. I loved it, and Randy ate it, but he likes meat with his dinner. :) My caveman! hee hee I'm very fortunate, Randy will eat whatever I fix and never complain. What a great guy I've got!

OH! By the way, I did get an answer to my question about who "they" are! I know, can you believe it?!?!! Somebody knows! Darrell emailed me this morning with this response:

A study was conducted and it was determined that "they" are either beaucrats in Washington or demons (probably one in the same).

So, as Paul Harvey would have said, "Now you know the REST of the story!" Thanks, Darrell, for putting all our minds at ease. What would we do without you? :)

Enjoy your evening! Until the next time . . .

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Yesterday's Doings & Dinner with Friends

I got so caught up with the computer yesterday I forgot to post a blog entry! For all those who sit beside their computers just waiting for my daily posts, please forgive me. I know you went to bed just devastated because you didn't know what had happened in our lives yesterday! :) So, I'll catch you up . . .

Our morning started at the lab, we both had to get follow-up blood work done because our cholesterol numbers were not so good last month. The doc actually put Randy on Lipitor because his numbers were so high. Hopefully, we passed our tests with lower numbers this time around, we'll know next week, I guess.

Then it was off to Curves for me - gotta get in at least 3 sessions a week. That's what "they" say anyway. (And who the heck are "THEY," can anyone tell me?????) After that half hour of torture, er, I mean, excitement was over, we treated ourselves to breakfast at a local diner we really like. Isn't that what you're supposed to do after blood work and exercise - eat an artery-clogging breakfast? HAH!

The rest of the day was spent in the A/C working on the computer. Well, I worked on the computer and Randy watched TV. Poor guy, he never gets much computer time, I am a computer hog. After reading all my RVer blogs, I got to planning with our itinerary for next year. Yes, I said next year. For all you full-timers out there who love to just get behind the wheel and go, don't judge me!! ;) I just cannot do that. I have to know where I'm going. Yes, it's a control thing, I know, so don't analyze me either! :)

Anyway, we've got our fall trip settled and reservations made (yes, I go that far with my planning), so I thought I'd play with Spring/Summer 2009. First, I did a timeline for the trip, you know when we'll leave and arrive along the way. It's a five month trip and I wanted to have at least 3 weeks in Kansas while we visit our son, so I needed to plot it out. Turns out we'll have a month there. YAY! Then, I figured it might be fun to add a "Things to Do & See" portion to the itinerary. Often we talk about different things to do, but then forget some of them when we get to the destinations. This way, we'll at least have a list to choose from. And I love the internet!! For each place we're going, I just googled their tourism site and got lots of choices. So much fun!! I have such a good time playing with our travel plans. I know, I know, I'm a dork.

I was excited to find out yesterday that our good friends, Darrell & Judy, will be coming through Central PA on their way to the Gypsy Journal Rally in Ohio. They will be exploring the Gettysburg area which is just 30 minutes or so from us!! Of course, Judy & I made plans to get together - there's a huge RV show in Hershey while they are here and we're gonna catch up with each other there. I can't wait to see them! We are winter neighbors at the Rainbow Plantation in Alabama and have become very close. See you soon, Darrell & Judy!

We ended our evening sitting "on the stoop" with some neighbors, Barry & Penny. It was a nice evening as the heat cooled and the humidity lessened. Just spent the time chatting and getting to know each other better. Turns out Barry & I have a six degrees of separation thing going on. We both worked at the same local Sears store during the same period, but didn't know each other. The most extraordinary thing, though, was I found out that Barry had been very active in a church that I attended when I was a young child! We started throwing out names of people and were amazed at how many of them we both knew!! RVing continues to amaze me with how small our world really is. And my mother was right - you do need to behave because you really never know who you're going to meet! I hate it when she's right!! :)

Sorry, that was a long synopsis of yesterday. But, I can't leave you hanging, now can I?? I gotta share the excitement!

Today started slowly which was nice. We actually slept until 8am! That is very late for us, I usually wake up by 6:30 or so. We had our coffee outside as the weather was very pleasant. Great way to start the day. :)

This afternoon we met friends for an early dinner (linner as some call it). Joe & Connie have been friends since Kevin's high school ice hockey years. Joe was one of Kevin's coaches. Great people. We try to get together with them each summer when we are in this area. It's always fun catching up with them.

This evening was spent sitting outside with the neighbors again. It's nice getting to know them. Barry & Penny are very excited as they just bought a new 5th wheel which will be delivered here on Tuesday. They currently have a travel trailer on their site and are looking forward to a bigger rig. It's always fun to discuss spending other people's money!! :)

That's it for now. Hope your Saturday was a good one. Until the next time . . .

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A New Stage

Reagan is entering a new stage - DANCE! Every three year old little girl has to take dance lessons, don't they? I think so. Today we went shopping with Lindsay and Reagan to get tap and ballet shoes. Brings back memories, I'll tell you. Seeing those chubby little feet in dance shoes just makes me smile. Every day Reagan reminds me more and more of Lindsay at that age and I love it.

Our Prima Ballerina

Tapping her way into our hearts

That was the most important event of our day. The rest is just slough. Got the laundry done and spent the rest of the afternoon at home, just relaxing. Tomorrow we get to have blood work - YAY! :) Hopefully the numbers are better than they were last month!

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Scales,Tails & Fins - Oh, My!

Randy & I went with Lindsay & Reagan to a very neat pet store today. Aside from the usual fish tanks, pet paraphernalia, pet food, etc., there are areas where you can touch different animals, plant life and sea life.

It is so much fun to see life through the eyes of an almost 3 year old! I know I say this all the time, but it continues to amaze me when I watch Reagan experience new things. Her joy and curiosity at seeing snakes, turtles, fish, gerbils, bunnies, birds, and other animals close up was so much fun to see.

Is she cute or what!

So curious about everything

There are a few rooms that allow people to touch or be close to the animals. At the Touch Tank, a shallow pool filled with fish and stingrays, you are encouraged to touch as they swim by. Reagan was interested in them, but not enough to touch! Another room has cages of gerbils, hamsters, and bunnies. Still another has birds flying around; cockatiels, canaries, finches, and more. There were several varieties of finches and they are beautiful birds.

Donna, the cockatiel

At the Touch Tank
Bug-eyed fish

This was a fun adventure. And it was free! Doesn't get any better than free, ya know. :)

We have less than a month left here. August has gone by much faster than July did. I kinda figured it would. We're trying to fit in as much as we can and seeing as many friends as possible. It seems like it's always this way as our departure date gets closer.

And a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our grandnephew, Jimmy, who turns 11 today. Here's the birthday boy with his mom, Lisa.

Tomorrow's laundry day. Not much else going on. Until the next time . . .

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Exercise, Dentist & Dinner with a Friend

Well, that about sums up my day! :) I started the day with a half hour of exercise at Curves. After getting home, I spent the morning reading the blogs and having breakfast. Can you stand the excitement? :)

Went to the dentist at 1:30 to pick up my night guard. I got Randy to ride along with me 'cause the car needed gas and I've gotten very spoiled since we've retired - I don't think I've pumped gas in years! My husband is so sweet, he just smiled at me and said he'd go along to pump the gas. I just love him!

This evening I met my very good friend Tricia for dinner at Carabba's. We had a bit of a stutter start to our evening because we went to different locations!! Apparently, there was a miscommunication somewhere! But, we finally got together and had a good time chatting and eating. This will be the last time we see each other until next year, possibly. But, we'll keep up via email and phone calls, I'm sure. She is a very special person in my life; I just love her.

Tomorrow we're going to a unique pet shop with Lins and Reagan. Apparently, it's a huge place and lots to do there. Guess we'll find out.

Hope your week is going well. Until the next time . . .

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Special Wedding and Visiting Friends

Okay, I finally got all the wedding pictures uploaded and can share them with you. To bring everyone up to date - our niece, Megan, was married on Saturday. Megan is a lovely young woman and we are very close. I was privileged to have a role in her wedding as I did a reading. I was honored to be a part of her special day. Reagan was once again the consumate flower girl, executing her duties with ease and excitement.

The wedding took place in the evening at a ski resort in Central Pennsylvania. It was a lovely venue, held in one of the resort's lodges. Matt & Megan stood in front of the stone fireplace that was adorned with candles of various sizes. Their attendants were dressed in black and white and there wasn't an ugly one in the bunch! :) It was a touching ceremony. Megan's the last of my sister's and my kids to be married. We are blessed to have welcomed our children's spouses into our families. Each one is very special and we are grateful for them.

So, enjoy the pictures posted here and those that are on our Webshots site as well. A good time was had by all!

Before the ceremony
Taking their vows
The bride & flower girl have a moment before the wedding
Matt & Megan with my parents
The happy couple

Lindsay & Jason
Reagan and her Pop
Parents of the bride
On Sunday we went to Lee & Cheri's to spend the night with them. We are trying to get as much time together as possible before we leave in mid-September. It's not easy scheduling dates because they have several trips planned between now and then. This was probably the last overnighter, but we've got another dinner planned here at the RV in September. It's hard to believe, but in the four years we've been in the RV, Lee & Cheri have not seen it!! Well, we're going to remedy that very soon!

We got home a little before noon today and have just relaxed, enjoying being home. Dorothy had it right - there's place like home!! No matter how comfortable we are at others' homes, it's always good to get back home. We spent the afternoon watching some of the shows we record each week, uploading pictures to the internet and just vegging.

Tonight it's Olympics watching, of course! Tomorrow I'm back at Curves and I've got a dentist appointment to pick up my night guard. Other than that, not much going on here. Hope you all are doing well.

Until the next time . . .

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Short Post

Just a short post today. The wedding was absolutely wonderful and we all had a great time. Unfortunately, no pictures today 'cause I forgot the USB cable to hook up the camera to the computer!! (We're not at home.)

I'll post a newsy entry Monday night with lots of pictures! Have a great Sunday!!

Until the next time . . .

Friday, August 15, 2008

Busy Friday

I was not looking forward to this morning. It was my weigh-in and measure day at Curves and I knew that the last couple of weeks had not been good. :) And, I was right. But, I'm not too concerned, it was only a couple of pounds and I didn't gain any inches, so I'm good with the results. You know, you have to be realistic and there weren't any surprises this morning. I just gotta get back on track.

Last night I went to dinner with Lindsay to one of her friend's house. Lindsay and Lacenda have been friends since high school and Lacenda is a wonderful young woman. She cooked a Mexican feast for us (one of the reasons I didn't do so well at Curves!!) and we had a great night of reminiscing and laughing and catching up. La's sister and boyfriend were there as well, so it was a good group.

My daughter, Lindsay on the left and Lacenda

Our dinner companions, Matt, Lacenda, La's sister, Charissa and Lindsay

Today Lindsay, Reagan, and I went to the rehearsal for our niece, Megan's, wedding. Reagan is the flower girl and I am doing a reading. The wedding is being held at one of the ski resorts in this area. The lodge in which the wedding & reception will take place is just gorgeous. There are three walls of windows. I am excited for Megan, and know that tomorrow will be a great day. I went fully prepared to take a bunch of pictures, but my battery died! UGH!!! Oh, well, pictures tomorrow.

Until the next time . . .

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

After being slugs for the past two days, we decided to get out of the RV and do something constructive. Well, I've been going to Curves every day, but then we've just vegged in the RV and done nothing to stimulate our brains.

Remember a couple of weeks ago we went to Strasburg and rode the train, but didn't get to the museum? Well, that's what we did today. The museum is actually called the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, not the Strasburg RR Museum, like I thought. It is filled with all different types of locomotive engines, passenger cars, cabooses, etc. The museum is over 100,000 square feet of trains.

Although this is not my thing, Randy really enjoyed walking through the exhibits and reading the various info on each of the trains. I did get lots of pictures, a few of which I've posted here. The rest on our our Webshots site. You can get there by clicking the link entitled "Guiler Pictures" at the left of this page. You couldn't get on most of the trains, but there were several that allowed you to look through plexiglass at the inside and a couple that you could actually climb inside.

This engine has "starred" in many movies, including Hello Dolly.

One of the exhibits I liked best wasn't even a train. It was a piece of the Broad Street Station that was located in Philadelphia. It is a medallion sculpture that was part of the building and dates from 1881. It is just one of the few surviving pieces of this historic building. I think it is so cool when history is preserved in some way.

There were also several horse-drawn carriages throughout the museum - even a hearse from 1889! Situated along the platforms were benches and baggage carts, just as if folks were getting ready to board the trains.

The Hearse

A milk carriage
And I never thought about this, but of course snow would have to be removed from the tracks in order for the trains to run, right? Well, there was a train snow plow on exhibit! Who'd a thunk it?

We had a nice day together. You know, it's great to be able to do these things with your best friend; and it's even more special when that best friend is your spouse! Even when you're doing something that's not quite "your thing," it's still fun.

Tomorrow's laundry day! Yippee! The best part about laundry day is that we are at Lindsay's so we get to play with Reagan! I've only seen her for a couple of minutes since Saturday!! I'm beginning withdrawal symptoms. :) And tomorrow evening, I'm horning in on, er, I mean, joining Lindsay at dinner with a friend of hers from high school, Lacenda. We saw Lacenda last year when we were here, too. She is a wonderful young woman and we always enjoyed it when she would hang out at our house when the girls were in high school. I love that Lins has maintained friendships with her buddies from school.

That's it for now. Take care of yourselves and each other. Until the next time . . .

Monday, August 11, 2008

Very Laid Back Day

Hey there. Not much to share with you today. We had a very mellow day. I did go to Curves and update finances, but that's about the extent of my doings for the day. Oh, yeah - I did make dinner! :)

As I shared yesterday, we have nothing on the calendar until Thursday, so unless something momentous happens, I'll probably take a break from posting. I mean, how many times can you read about how lazy we are!?!?!!?? :) Plus, I don't want to make anyone jealous. :)

Take care of each other. I hope your week is off to a good start. Until the next time . . .

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Beginning of A Quiet Week - I Think

From what the calendar looks like, this is going to be a rather quiet week. Not too much going on until the end of the week when we celebrate our niece, Megan's, wedding.

This morning Randy and I went to a new church, Grace Fellowship, in Seven Valleys. It's amazing how many churches have the word "grace" in their names. We were active in Grace Community Church for several years before we hit the road and its mother church was a different Grace Fellowship. Anyway, we enjoyed today's service. It's a large church, much like our Grace is. Seems to have many ministries for every stage of life. I'm sure we'll go again. We do enjoy worshipping with our friends, Lee & Cheri, though, so that'll be a hard call. Maybe we'll alternate! :)

The rest of today has been spent enjoying the cooler weather we're having. Love it!!!! I don't think it got above 83 degrees and then a very short, but strong, line of thunderstorms went through (hail, too!) and it has cooled off even more. This is how Randy & I like it - low humidity, 70s. Ahhhhh! :) We can have the windows open, sit outside in the screen room. Lovely.

I did want to share a couple more photos with you from our romp in the park yesterday. This park is adjacent to the Dover Community Center. Also located on the property is the first Dover Jail, built in 1904. The funny thing is the first occupants of the jail were the masons who built it. They were arrested for becoming inebriated while celebrating the completion of the jail! Isn't that a nice way to say thank you? I do like old buildings, though, so here you go.

Dover Community Center
Dover Jail

This evening is being spent enjoying the Olympics coverage. I just love the gymnastics and diving. Of course, we have to cheer Michael Phelps on - he's a hometown boy!

Until the next time . . .

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Boys are Working - Girls are Playing . . .

And isn't that the way it should be? :) We had a great day today. Well, I had a great day, Randy had a hard day working at Jason & Lindsay's.

Jason had to re-side their shed so that it would meet their HOA requirements. This meant he had to tear off all the original siding and then apply the new siding. He asked Randy helped him. I was very impressed. I thought it would be a two day job for sure. But, the guys worked hard all day, from 10am until 6:30pm. They got the whole shed sided and now all Jason has to do is paint the doors. Good job, guys!

Of course, while they were working, Lins, Reagan and I had to find something to do. So, we went to one of the local parks. That is something this area does very well. There are several parks and they all have great playground equipment. We had a blast. Reagan just loves being outside and she really, really, really loves to swing. I think she would swing all day if someone would push her. Of course, wouldn't we all? :) She did stop swinging long enough to try out the other equipment such as the climbing wall, slides, etc.

Oh yeah. When we first pulled up to the park, we saw you have to go down steps to get to it . . . OR you can slide down the hill on one of the two slides provided. Well. You know what we did. Reagan and I took the slide down, of course. :)

There was one other contraption that Lins and I couldn't figure out how kids could use it. I didn't have any problem because I'm fairly tall, but Lins could hardly reach the top. It was a type of personal merry-go-round. Not really, but I don't know what else to call it. There's a stool on the ground that turns and over top of it is a round handle that turns as well. You stand on the stool, grabbing the handle and then just begin swiveling. It was great!! You go round and round and round as long as you can stand it. Lins took a video of me making a fool of myself. What fun!!

And if the above picture isn't enough for you, here's the link to the video:

After about an hour at the park, it was time to go home and get some lunch and settle down for Reagan's quiet time. Of course, Reagan did not want to leave the park; there were a few tears. Poor little girl - she just never gets to have any fun.

The afternoon was spent quietly. I worked on the computer while Lindsay puttered around the house and the guys continued to work outside on the shed.

Once Reagan was up from her nap, we went outside for awhile. The neighborhood kids were out and Reagan is not one to be left behind, let me tell you. Lins got Reagan's "big girl" bike out so that she could practice riding it. She did pretty well for her first time. She's got to get the pedaling down - she brakes when she means to pedal forward. But, she's getting it. Ya gotta admit, she looks pretty cute riding it!

The guys finally finished up the shed. They were ready for some dinner. After dinner, it was time for us to go home. Randy was beat, beet red, and ready for a shower and relaxation. Another day was over.

Hope you had a good day, too. Until the next time . . .