Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Roger has his electric car up and running. The car made it's debut by taking family members to Ferdinand's for ice cream. Unfortunately, (and much to our disappointment) Ferdinand's is closed on weekends (go figure) so we settled for Baskin Robbins. Their ice cream is good and the family had a chance to ride in the Electric VW (nicknamed 'Jet' by Roger) so there was no disappointment.
Today we took Drew to a vacant lot where there is a great expanse of concrete slab available and turned the wheels over to him. He was nervous. I was more nervous but he did a great job of driving the electric VW.
Let's see; Does it look like we're having a bad influence on him? I don't imagine he thinks so.
The last two weeks have gone so quickly. I think Drew has enjoyed himself but I also think he will be glad to be home with his friends again.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Roger talked me out of painting my work shop Boring White. So, today we painted the room a lovely shade of Boring Green (much better...NOT).. It took all of about 3 gallons of paint to complete the task of spraying the walls.
When we were finished and everything was cleaned up we stopped for lunch. During our break I told Roger that I would be working in my work shop with the door closed and, please do not open the door until I said it was okay to look.
It didn't take me long to do and Roger is certainly not impressed but, I like it. I know it's silly but it's something I wanted to do. Sort of like being allowed to color outside of the lines.
Anyway, remember that art is subjective. You may not think that the room is beautiful. In fact you might think it's down right ugly. However, it is no longer BORING.
Friday, August 03, 2007
About a month ago while working in my garden I watched a little quail calling his heart out from the roof top of our house. After about 30 minutes of calling and not getting a reply he moved to the roof of the tool shed. From the tool shed he moved to the greenhouse and then back to the house. He sounded so lonely it made my heart ache to listen to his cry.
I could hear other quail calls from farther away in the valley but never in response to his call. He ignored these ‘other’ calls and kept up his vigilance from his perilous pinnacles for several days.
One morning I noticed that he no longer called. I could hear the calls of other quail but not my little Lonely Guy. His call is very different from other quail. I think that's the reason I noticed him in the first place.
My greatest fear was that our feral cat had invited him over for dinner or a light snack. I cannot tell you how delighted I was a day later when I discovered he had not become ‘cat food’ after all. He was foraging in the garden and made a hasty exit when he realized he had been spotted.
About a week ago I spied two adult quail in the garden. One of them was my ‘Lonely Guy’. The two quail naturally took evasive action when they saw me and jumped up on the low brick wall to escape. Unfortunately, the dozen or so babies could not make the jump. They sort of reminded me of small bits of pop corn in the popper each one jumping but not making the transition from terra firma to the top of the wall.
Finally, one by one they discovered that they could run around the wall. And, then they were gone hiding safely in the brush near the dog run.
Today I spied the happy family running across the lawn. Like waves following waves from the ocean onto the shore the covey flowed across the lawn and down the drive towards the barn.
I wish I had had the better lens on the camera. I think I can count about 14 babies.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I've found a whole new meaning to 'playing in the mud'.
I finished applying the texture to the walls last week (three five gallon buckets of it). Roger helped me spray the sealer on the walls so the blue spots (see photo #3 lower R/H corner) don't show through the paint when the walls are complete. The 'Honey Do' list includes help with painting the room this coming weekend. I think I could do it myself but, I really do appreciate his help.
When the painting is complete I can put the room back together again... Hurray! Another item checked off on the list of too many projects to complete this summer. And, if Roger gets his car done (he's really close now) that will be two projects done.
I'm looking forward to that trip to Ferdinand's.