Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Barnacles be gone!

Check out all these beautiful fossils that were by the lobby elevator at the medical building for the dermatologist. That beauty weighs a few pounds!

So she froze off several personal barnacles, and dug out spot specimens, one per leg...one stitch each. Yikes! There goes my leg modeling career. Oh well...

The good news was that I needed to prop up my legs for awhile in the afternoon, so Macey, Madison and Will came over and played marbles with me. Alex elected to watch a movie instead of playing with us, the stinker.

Let the games of summer begin. Next time, no movie, my boy! You play with all the kids.

Oh yes, that teeth cleaning revealed a tooth that needs a root canal. I'm beginning to feel like a patchwork quilt. Bugger. Welcome to old age!

Life is still good here in paradise, y'all!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Chilly Monday

My two assistants are holding down the fort while I go to the dermatologist for barnacle inspection and a blood biopsy this morning. Something is aggravating my veins, so we are trying to figure out the culprit.

Next will be teeth cleaning. Can you feel the excitement? Me neither, but I'm trying to keep all the parts in good functioning order, for being as old as they are.

Life is all about attitude, and mine is good...and my smile will be brighter in a few hours!

Carry on...

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chick magnet

Yep, Ella is working her charm for Xander!

He hasn't posted in a few days on his blog, but I know for a fact that he is now on Colorado High time, having reached Pueblo. He is officially halfway to Astoria, his first major destination, and is having a blast, despite a few bugs, chasing dogs, and several non-bike friendly drivers. Pox on all! We want our boy and dog safe. Check them both out at www.thecyclesherpa.blogspot.com. Xander is quite entertaining, and is meeting some interesting folks along this scenic trip.

After all the recent high temps, a "cold front" brought rain and now some coolness to our mountain paradise. Sunny and 55 is mighty nice this morning, climbing to 76. Love it.

All is well in our corner of the world as we run smack dab out of June.

Have yourselves a ginger peachy day. We sure will!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

TBT–1975 ski trip

Mountain Man and I left WPB, and drove up to NC for a long skiing weekend.


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I can see our kids now, rolling their eyes at our matching ski sweaters.  Hey, they were the finest Jock Penn-ay had to offer, the price was definitely right, and they kept us (relatively) warm.

We popped over into TN briefly to visit our friend Pat.  He probably didn’t even notice our matching sweaters:

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I think this was also the trip where I took my pressure cooker with us to quickly cook our dinners….in our VERY cheap motel.  We didn’t eat out much back in those lean days, saving up our money to spend on travel.  There’s a pattern there!

Although the sweaters have been long gone, we still have that old Datsun parked up at the shop.  Looong parked at the shop!

That is also another pattern……….that I will leave alone………..for now.  Bless his heart.  At least we are still traveling!

Have a ginger peachy TBT, y’all!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Toosday thoughts…



Haley made a perfect card for MM for Father’s Day, reminiscent of our infamous FFF camping out west, forced upon three unwilling young kiddos!  Are we there yet? was heard all too often…for six loooong weeks.  Oy…it’s a wonder we all survived!

Our FFF (forced family fun) trips have gotten (mostly) better over the years, and have included several more Fs added to the name.  Hence the inspiration for Amy’s post, carrying on the family tradition:

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She also stated that after two days of fishing, it got too hot,with no shade, no biting and boredom and restlessness set in (with three kids—sounds familiar), so she was debating using kids for chum…

Now where would she get that attitude?!  Hmmm…

So last night, we had our new priest Liz and her hubby over for dinner, then a dessert cruise up the lake, picking up Haley and Ansley en route.  The lemon squares were delish, but perhaps better served on land—we all looked ready for a Head and Shoulders commercial after having the powdered sugar blown all over us!  That was a small price to pay for that yummy goodness.  Check soon for the recipe here.

There just might be a few pieces leftover, along with some pasta salad and grilled salmon.  Who wants some of that?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father’s Day!

Wednesday was our evening of celebrating for Father’s Day.  After all, it is a movable feast, to be celebrated wherever and whenever it is convenient, right?  Right.  The kids pretty much all had other plans for Sunday, so we had a nice party Wednesday.  Amy fixed a low country boil down at the pavilion, and Haley and Faith brought all the trimmings.  Fabulous, but did we get any photos of the feast or the honoree?  Nope.  Nary a one…except this one of Alex reading (thank you, Haley):

Alex readingThis was earlier when the kids were playing:Will, Macey, Alex, Madison

And goofing off:

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They do goofing off quite well, having a blast on Unka Brian’s paddle board, wearing themselves out…and then sleeping well.  Hallelujah!

Happy special day to all the dads out there.  Kick back and enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ready to roll!

I managed to snap this photo of Xander and Ella just now. She is loaded in her basket, and they are out the door and OFF for another day of adventure on their westward trek.

They were at a bike shop in Newton, KS, just a tad N of Wichita. The Trans America Bike Race 2015 has gone through there, so the shop has been a happening place, and Xander got to experience all the excitement. And everyone got to give Ella some love, of course.

Sorry I missed Xander playing his guitar and singing late last night. Bugger.

We are all enjoying his posts about the trip. Check out his blog! He is seeing parts of the country MM and I haven't seen. Well, we do live in a rather large country and haven't seen everything.......but we are trying to fix that!

Long live the long ride, Xander and Ella. Be careful out there!

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