OK, that was fast. May is now on the way out as of today! How on God’s green earth did that happen? Oh, I know. I blinked.
So how the heck are ya? Memorial Day weekend around here is typically a kick-off for the summer months. That, and of course remembering those who gave their lives for our country and freedom.
Usually we go camping (well, now that we’re back in the Pacific Northwest, that is, since it was something I always did with family and friends as a kick-off for the camping and summer fun). But unfortunately the family members and friends I used to camp with every year this weekend now treat me as an interloper, what with me having moved to PA and ending up living there for 16 years. They don’t have time for me and my family, and I’m not one to invite myself where I’m not wanted.
We actually had no plans to go anywhere at all this past weekend, since we do have a lot of stuff that needs to be done around here – it’s been raining when we’ve had free time to spend in the yard, so it was looking a little raggedy. Well, not anymore, the hubby went out and cut the grass right after we got home – strike while the iron is hot, right?
The roof still needs all the winter debris cleared off, but the hubby’s been procrastinating because he’s afraid of heights, so I wonder if he’ll do it, or end up hiring someone to clear the roof before the HOA starts to nag…heh!
I’d go up there myself, but the pitch on the roof is really steep, and I tend to be a klutz, so Murphy and his Law would no doubt step in and topple me off the roof, and that’s the last thing I’d want to have happen. Plus, maybe I’m chicken just a smidge to be on top of this roof:
That angle maybe doesn’t truly show the steep pitch – here, maybe this gives a slightly better perception:
Either way, it’s really high up there. Especially for a klutz. It’ll get done, though – one way or another, just to avoid any fines the HOA threatens with a warning about clearing off the pine needles and small twigs perched up on the roof (not pictured in these photos, since they’re old pics).
Even though we didn’t get a chance to go camping this weekend, at the last minute my aunt sent out an S.O.S. for some help at their cabin on a small lake up North they’re planning to put on the market soon. So we got to ‘rough it’ for a couple of nights and enjoy some tranquility on the lake:
Sure is pretty there! Hopefully when they sell the cabin and buy something at the ocean, we’ll get to enjoy their hospitality once again, this time at the beach.
The hubby helped rebuild a fence, we did a slow burn in the awesomely huge fire pit to eliminate the grass that had overtaken it, along with little tasks here and there to get the cabin ready for potential buyers. Even Little Dude lent a helping hand stacking a pile of logs (with the hubby’s help) and loved every minute of it. Well, mostly – there was bribery involved, but it worked all around.
When we left on Monday, we made sure the interior was ‘show’ ready so my aunt and uncle wouldn’t have to worry about the wild party we had (in our heads)…heh! It was nice to actually get away at the last minute instead of just being stuck at home on such a nice weekend when I was jonesin’ to go camping.
I didn’t take many pictures because we were too busy helping out (and relaxing and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows), but just as we were all loaded up and ready to head out, our favorite mommy duck with her four little ducklings came swimming by for the umpteenth time over the weekend:
They’re kind of blurry since I had to zoom in from far away, but I knew they’d be long gone before I raced down to the dock in paparazzi mode. This blurry image will have to suffice.
The kids were jonesin’ to go fishing, so I brought our fishing poles and got them all rigged up – but the dock was too wobbly and narrow for all of us to be standing at the end casting our lines, and the lily pads were stealing our hooks, so we decided we’ll wait until we go camping on a river in the mountains this summer to see how adept the kids are catching fish.
You never know, there is a thing called “Beginner’s Luck” and maybe they’ll be supplying us dinner on our next camping trip. Could happen.
It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!
This week’s prompt or question is:
“What are you bored of? Has something reached it’s 15 minutes and needs to just go?”
The two words the kids will learn fast never to use are “I’m bored!” because I’ll put them to work in a heartbeat. And I have. When their summer break starts in just over three weeks, they better not be uttering those words as I’m starting to make a list to counter their boredom. They’ll learn.
As for me, I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that reached its 15 minutes and needs to just go. There are times, if I’m being totally honest, that sometimes I think I should just throw in the towel and quit blogging, as I’ve started getting bored with it after almost 8 years, and I’m sure those who have been around from the beginning can see that.
But then you all bring a smile to my face with your kind comments, so I can’t quit you.
I should, however, do what I’ve been wanting to do and switch gears to make it less boring for me – which means less boring for you. So I’m going to mull on that for a bit, and we’ll see what happens. Stay tuned! And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loyalty and patience.
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