Thursday, September 04, 2008

Signs of Fall

1. Barn Swallows mostly gone
2. Pelicans migrating through
3. Hunters parked nearby but no less Doves
4. Sweatshirt needed most of the day on the route
5. Pears are deliciously ripe
6. Sneezing
7. Thinking about chili
8. Chip's Monarch Watch Open House

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

This n' That

It was April 1st of this year that I wrote about our ‘06 Toyota Corolla purchase. Feeling a need to off set our Trekkn’ miles with a car that gets good mpg, we felt the Corolla was about the best we could do without buying a hybrid.

This summer, using the air conditioner, we average 35 to 37 mpg. We still haven’t driven it to visit our Colorado family, a good test for road miles.

Even though Tuffy (we obnoxiously name our vehicles) has been around nearly six months, last Sunday was the first time I hand washed it.My sponge glided over it's rounded lines with little effort. It is designed to slip through the air effortlessly, most likely part of the reason for the good gas mileage.

On another note, Dan finished putting up the hay today. Most of it has been moved off the pasture. We don't have a buyer yet. It was a good year for hay so it is not much in demand this time of year. I am always relieved when that project is finished.

It dawned on me tonight that my computer is loud. As computers go, it is fairly old. I've been lucky in that anything that has gone wrong, I've been able to fix. I think the cooling fan must be wearing out and that is out of my expertise. Funny how these things have become a necessity--at least in my household.

Tomorrow is a special day. It is the anniversary of this blog. I've been doing this for four years. Thanks for checking in.

Monday, September 01, 2008

No Labor Day

All I had to do is churn up a batch of homemade ice cream and I was off to visit our lake family.

Dan did not initially go with me as he is finishing the prairie hay-baling project. Kim invited Marc’s parents in addition to our friend Sue. We girls had our swimming suits on and the little boys were in and out of the lake with us. Our afternoon played out--literally. It was great.

What is it about bobbing in water? It is relaxing, fun and inevitably prompts good banter. Kim was in and out of the conversation as she was cooking. We elder girls acted like queens for the day.

After eating the delicious brisket, potato salad and baked beans, we ended with all kinds of goodies and the ice cream. Then we chugged around the lake, enjoying the night air.

Today I am back to my at-home fall cleaning. Yesterday we celebrated a perfect “No Labor Day.”