Friday, August 13, 2010

So hot an egg will fry on the sidewalk

At least that’s what Aaron is thinking.  I left before the egg had a chance to cook, but it does seem hot enough that’s for sure.  The outdoor temperature gauge in my car said 104 on the way home.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Morning Glory—love/hate relationship

IMG_7603We watched the sun rise from our east deck this morning.  What a gentle, inspiring beginning to a day.  In front of us, a Morning Glory vine was also welcoming the day with these bright blue flowers.  It was beautiful.

But then, our eyes backed off from the individual flowers and focused on the total scene. 

IMG_7599A week ago, we moved the two chairs out to the edge of the deck to make room for grilling.  Then we camped at Clinton for a couple days.  In that short time, this is the result.  The vines are invasive and probably deadly to some plants they choose as hosts.  Last night I cut  Morning Glory vines out of our grapes.  They had wrapped themselves around stems and leaves. 

One thing about this plant, it is resilient.  And, at times beautiful.  That can’t be all bad. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Grape harvest


This was picked off of one vine, our only vine.  Of course, they are white, but I do not know the name of the vine.  Here are the instructions I am using to convert this pile to juice.  I will then freeze it to drink or make jelly later.   

Monday, August 09, 2010

A little campout with friends

Dwight and Cheryl have been friends since the first months of our marriage, 44 years ago.  We are about the same age and so are our families.  Now, we both have grandchildren about the same age. 

We camped Saturday, Sunday with Dwight and Cheryl’s Kevin and Tracy and their two kids Kaylie and Keegan.  Marc, Kim and family were visiting Doug, Drue and family in Colorado.  Dwight & Cheryl’s Dan and Kim live near Dallas, Texas so they couldn’t be there either.  Still it was a  fun weekend with lots of reminiscing and playing with the two little ones there.  Maybe one of these years everyone will get together for a reunion.  We’ve known each other for so long, we’re family.



Kaylie with Mom, Tracy and Grandpa, Dwight.


Keegan with Grandma Cheryl.


Grandmas and Grandpas “kids”