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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MN Trip 2017 - 2nd Leg

 Robin is watching one of the littlest of the grands while their parents are working.  His mom didn't bring him a hat so Robin made one out of a handkerchief so we could take him on a walk.  The deer flies, black flies and mosquitos are relentless up there.
 We to the short walk down to Kory and Jessica's house to visit.

 These hollow logs greeted us the whole way up the drive.  :)

My nieces River and Ashley followed us back up to Robin's house and I let them us my camera to keep them busy for a little while.  Here is what they found interesting.

So most of our vacation was spent putzing around this place and visiting with the "old" people.  Life is much slower in Minnesota than it is down here in Ohio.  I'm sure if I lived up there it would be busy too.

I wish I had more pics of the lakes, but when you are kayaking on giant lakes I didn't want to risk my camera getting dunked.  We did several lake excursions, that I don't have photo evidence of, but that was my favorite part of the trip - besides seeing that son of mine.

Kota is in a tough transitional phase.  I hope he finds what he is looking for soon.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

MN Trip 2017 - 1st Leg

We left Ohio on July 6th and traveled to a place with limited cell reception and little to know wifi.  Sometime that is nice to be unplugged, but other times I missed being connected.
Kyle came to me a year ago and said he was thinking about building a camper.  It should only cost around $700 - $1000 since he already had the frame for what used to be the scout trailer.
I thought, why not, and he ventured in a year long task.
We were supposed to take it out on Spring break (April 10), but it wasn't done yet.  Then Mother's Day weekend, still not done.  It was finished (at least 98%) on July 4th.
Good enough!
So we left Ohio in pursuit of seeing our son in Minnesota country.  We always travel by way of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  This time we decided to try a new stop in Wisconsin.  We were on the edge of the Apostle Islands.  We will need to plan on spending a couple of days here on the next trip.
The micro-camper as we came to call it (queen size bed on wheels) kept us dry and warm on the trip.  We ventured into a small campground in Washburn, WI and enjoyed our evening.
We had beautiful view of Lake Superior right from our camp site.  At only $25 a night we were pleased.
I woke up to Canada Geese sleeping on the beach close to us.  It was fun to watch.

Rise and Shine.  On to Minnesota to see our son and make our niece's graduation party.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Where has June Gone?

  Things were supposed to slow down when school is out.  I actually think I've worked just as hard while the teachers have been gone on summer break as I do when they are there.
So I taught my first class to adults who paid to come see us.  That was scary, but the class went great.
Kyle and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on June 4.  That same day he was sustained as second counselor in the Bishopric at church. 

After one long day at work this month, Kayla asked me if I'd take Dixie on a walk with her at Byer's Woods.  I was tempted to say no, but went any how.  I'm glad I did.

 We got to see this guy up close.  Although he looks pretty far away in this shot, he just stood there watching us.
 There is a nice pond that we walk by, Dixie enjoyed getting in an cooling off.
 Can you see them ducks?  Them are ducks!  (haha)
 My last day of work was June 21st.  June 22nd, I spent cleaning getting ready for some MN guests coming in.  My neice Autumn is going to go to OSU this fall.  They have to come in for an orientation this week.
 Then I spent the afternoon with this guy, so his mom could take his baby brother to a well baby check up.  It was a lot of fun.  His little sister slept through the whole game playing activity.
 Then Friday, I got to watch this pair while their mom went to pick up the YW from camp.  Lots of service in the first few days off of work!
 We sure got to enjoy a rainy Friday, playing with homemade playdough, indoor noodle hockey, board games, and we even baked a batch of peanut butter cookies. 
 Then Saturday, we volunteered time for Mid-Ohio Preschool to have a booth at the Children's Festival over by the carousel.  We made individual bags of flubber with the children.
 I worked from 8 am to 3 and ended up with a sunburn, despite two applications of sunscreen.
It was a fun day, I walked away tired and stiff.  My arm is still sore from all the pouring of glue from gallon containers.  It was worth the effort we earn some money for our family involvement fund.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day: Hayesville Style

 Every Memorial Day, Hayesville has a parade.  Living on State Route 60 we always have front row views.
 This year Dixie joined us for the parade.  She really enjoyed watching everyone going by.
It always starts off, by the boys in blue flashing their lights and leading the way to the cemetery.

 Our local veterans are right behind the boys in blue.
 This year there was an active duty soldier marching too.  It is good to see the young men of our nation still wanting to protect our freedoms.

 The parade isn't complete with out the Hillsdale Marching Band.  They march both ways, going to the cemetery and coming back from the cemetery.  I love hearing the drums.

 This year our niece's softball team rode in the back of a military truck.  She threw some candy to her sister.

 This old dusty car had a sign on it that said my first car, 51 years in the barn.
I love the old red "Cruella Deville" style car.  Our neighbor behind us in the alley owns a bunch of old cars, we see this one driving around town on occasion.
 Our village counsel made an appearance.  As well as a Cub Scout Pack.

 Even a few alpacas made the parade.  This is the only time Dixie barked.  We were impressed.
 Our fire department as well as, Mifflin and Jeromesville, came out to throw some candy.
 I love that they have In God We Trust painted on the vehicle representing small town America and the trust we place in God, in living our lives, raising our children, and having a sense of community.

I'm proud to live in this little village.  It has been a great place to raise my children.  Like everywhere it wasn't perfect, but we have a wonderful home with lots of fond memories.  I am so thankful for the Veterans that have made this possible in my life.

Grandpa Richard Souleret fought in WWII for the Marines
Grandpa John Benninghof fought in WWII for the Army
Grandpa Paul Sindeldecker fought in WWII for the Army
There are more, we have Civil War, War of 1812 and Revolutionary War veterans in our family.  I'm sure Vietnam and Korean War veterans too.  To all of you related or not, Happy Memorial Day and Thank You for your service!!!!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May Flowers and Maybe a Gnome or Two

Kayla and I decided that we would try our hand at making fairy gardens.  Although we fell in love with the little gnomes instead.  So we have two gnome gardens instead.

This one is mine, I really liked the fox family to go with my cottage.
 Kayla made this one, she went with a log cabin and raccoon.  I think they are both cute.
So I added a lot of whimsy to the backyard garden. 

 So, I did get a little fairy to add to my backyard planters.

Kyle and I started working on the front yard to get ready for the Memorial Day Parade on Monday.  So Friday after work we finally, got the yard work started.  We weeded the front flower gardens and mulched the bed.  It looks so nice.
 The Madison Preschool Teachers got me this planter, that I added to my front stoop.  Impecable timing.  I was asked to look at a different position for next year.  One that would bring more money, and headache, but they were impressed with my work and wanted to move me ahead.  I decided just the day before receiving this that I needed to do at least one more year at this job.  I worked so hard to build relationships and understand the job.  I want another year of working in this environment that was created with a lot of hard work and dedication of many.
 We even got the side yard looking better, although not completely finished.  The woman who sold us the house was a master gardener with a giant green thumb.  She had so many flower beds around the house.  We are not master gardeners, nor do we want to be tied down to so many plants.
Over time we scaled back.  This year we are taking out three more flower beds and going to grass.  Sounds crazy to some I suppose,  but I am excited to get our yard looking nice and manageable for us.
Kyle is hobbling around like an old man after this apparently back breaking work.  I feel bad for him.  Hopefully it heals soon without needing to much rest.  So many projects to tackle right now.