Heading to General Synod 31

Two years ago when I was asked if I would be a delegate for General Synod, I was ecstatic though I never really thought I would go. I kept expecting something to come up to ruin the trip. Well no such event. This morning we left Aberdeen, SD at 5:09 am. At this time we are waiting to board our flight for Baltimore. More after we check into the hotel there.

Improving a flower patch

Flower garden before weeding.

Saturday we finally took some time to attack the weeds in the newest flower garden. I had hoped to make this my bulb garden, but none of the tulips that I planted survived the first winter in this spot. Fortunately I did not actually move all of them, and they are growing and blooming in the original spot. The irises on the other hand did manage to make it through the winter and even bloomed fairly nicely this spring. The problem, though, was finding them after the grass began to appear. I have included a few shots of what this place looked like and what it looks like now. I have a small picture of the pile of grass and weeds that we pulled out, but it is not all of it. James had another pile of what he took out of the iris end. I ended up grabbing the pitchfork to lift the pile into the wheelbarrow. It nearly filled it up. Good grief!!

View from the iris angle after it was cleaned up.

It was a great help that James did the weeding in the iris part. I started on the north half, which is closest to the concrete walkway. The iris bed is at the bottom of the driveway and touches the grass. We had planned to extend it all the way to the end of the driveway, but never took the time or effort to dig up the last of the sod at the end. This area used to be some of our best grass, but when I was looking for a place to plant the bulbs so they would get more sunlight, I figured it would make sense to do it here where it would seem like we were squaring out the sidewalk beside the driveway. Perhaps it is the soil more than anything that killed off the bulbs. I suppose the seeds germinated after we watered it. My new plan is to put some roses in this area. I would like to fill it with a couple of climbers, but I think I missed the window of opportunity for purchasing any this year. Maybe I could transplant a few of the wild yellow roses that grow at my mother’s house. The mower person is always trying to contain that patch anyway. Hmmmmm maybe if I sneak over there in the afternoon when no one is around, they (my sisters) might not catch on.

Right after we finished the weeding, it was a bed of dried out dirt. The picture above makes it look like the bed is all nice and clean. Today when I stepped out to get the final picture, I noticed it is filling in with morning glories. We added a makeshift bird bath, which I contrived from an unused tomato cage and a tossed out fry pan. Technically it is a stove top wok, and it was great until someone burned something to the bottom and it was all scratched in the cleaning effort. I did see some little sparrows taking advantage of it the first night we set it up. I even found this little wire fence in the shop when I was digging around for the stand. It was a bugger to get installed, but patient persistence paid off. We also purchased some solar lights to wrap around the pole, but have not gotten those in place yet. I hope to enjoy this garden more as the summer goes as this is right below my bedroom bow-window and I can sit in the window and watch. Roger enjoyed the view with me on Saturday night.

Returning the children

So, last week Thursday, we packed up the Clark grandchildren and headed to Bismarck to meet their parents. It was a long night at our place on Monday when Jessica and her family had left and we were alone with these three. Ana was not having the time without parents anymore. She had a major melt down in my room and it took lots of comforting and a little creative story telling to get her calmed down. Jaxon used to love stories about himself, so I tried it on her. I ended up telling her the story of all she had been doing while visiting at our house and ended it with how we would be packing up and going to look for her parents at an airport.

When we got to the airport on Thursday right around noon, we went to the fence to watch for planes landing and sure enough, we were able to spot their plane on the runway taxiing to the gate. We quickly went inside, but not before a pause for the photo seen above. Ana was pretty wired up about seeing PapaMama. Jaxon said the word only with Mama at the front. Just hilarious these two, and David simply followed along. He was quite funny about finally seeing his mother. His answer to the whole thing was not to let her out of his sight. Even on Monday when we went there to watch Jaxon’s soccer match, David would not come near me for fear that he would have to go with us. We tried to promise Jaxon that maybe next summer he could come for a visit without the others. We shall see. He is now at the point of doing summer sports and there are things like plays and such that he can be involved in, so not sure if there will be time for grandma’s house. Maybe we will just take the sister out of his hair.

Grandma and Grandpa with all of the grandchildren!! What a great crew.

On the other hand, we have others to choose from so who knows who might spend time with us. Off to the left I have included the great picture that Jessica snapped at the Herreid City pool on Monday afternoon. I am thinking this will be a great Christmas card.

Jaxon was able to take swimming lessons here this week. He enjoyed it, and did fairly well, but wasn’t quite able to master the back float and back stroke parts. He is beginning to be pretty confident in the water and even went off the diving board several times. Kenlee and Alyse are like two fish in the water, so they were able to do about anything. Ana and David and grandpa and grandma stayed in the baby pool, and even then we had to walk beside David the entire time. Lily and Marshall were not at the pool the entire time, but they did don their suits and joined in the family fun staying out of the heat as best as we all could. All I know is that I am looking forward to their next visit whether it is in the summer or not until later this fall.

What have you and your family been up to this summer??

 

Days of Grand Kids

I have been so behind on posting, and I will for now blame it on too much going on around this place. Last week we had a proverbial house full of people as all of the grandchildren and most of the children were here for Father’s Day weekend. It sort of started because James’ family decided they needed a Haak reunion. By the way the next one will be in three years and will be held in Aberdeen.

Anyway, the Saturday of the reunion excluded we were at our house except for Nate and Victoria who left on Sunday morning for Las Vegas. Yup, they had their big summer vacation in the desert in the middle of the hottest week in years. Vic said one day they smelled this weird plastic sort of smell and came to realize it was the smell of shoes melting. Yikes, not for me, and Nate who really can’t handle heat said it was enough of an experience for him. I am guessing future vacations to deserts will be during the winter. Ha!!

Do were was I? Oh yes the grandkids. They had a great time playing on the swing set and for the younger of age, as in David, it was a hoot just to climb up and down the porch steps. I have posted a line up of pictures of them all playing outside on the day that Jess and her family had to return to Jamestown.

Kenlee & Jaxon going from chain to chain.

Ana running blow

Alyse came to join in the fun on the slide later on.

 

 

 

 

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David on the steps

Marshal was letting us know that he wanted to stay.

Marshall and Lily with Alyse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been over a week since they were all here, and though the house should feel empty, we are still finding a few items here and there that were left behind. I think it will be a great reason to make a trip to Jamestown after we return from our jaunt to General Synod. We did run out to Dickinson on Monday night to see Jaxon’s last regular season soccer match. What a hoot that was. As we were leaving, I was thinking of how much we still had to do in terms of packing and planning and getting organized to fly to Baltimore on Thursday morning, but not James. No, his reaction as we were hitting the Interstate was, “Next year, we need a copy of all the kid’s sports schedules so we can go to as many things as possible.” Yes, this said, these plans made by the man who is still coaching Jr. high football and varsity track. Everyone is pushing that he should retire (well everyone meaning his daughters) and he is figuring how we can attend even more events. All this while I am thinking that no wonder I am tired, the wheels are never allowed to rest at our place. As Paulina would say, “You picked him.” I suppose she is right.

Well time to close this one up. Hope you are enjoying your summer!!

Garden Work

Hi, just stopping by to let you know how the garden is going. We had a fairly late start this year, so not real sure how things will pan out. Hopefully fall will be long to extend the growing season. If not we may have to put a green house over the top of the garden. Ha!! We do finally have the fence back in place with the required amount of footage removed to please the Corps of Engineers Inspectors. James is a bit tired of seeing pictures of our garden as problems at the city council meetings once a year. Now to figure out how to move those two trees growing in the back. We did not plant them, but would like to keep them some place in the yard.

Current picture

The first two pictures above and here are before and current pictures of the main garden. I still need to get 5 pepper plants into pots, but am not sure if I will be replacing the opening in the tomato row. I know that where the Beefsteak tomato died, I am leaving that spot open to accommodate the two volunteer cucumber plants. I refuse to pull out a volunteer unless it is really in a bad spot. In fact I nearly through a hissy when I thought that James had hoed off the large sunflower growing along the fence with the cucumbers. When he denied doing it, we examined the plant and found it had succumbed to some sort of bugs. The bottle of spray was promptly dispensed on all of the plants above the ground. The closer cans are tomatoes and the far away ones are peppers. The only thing you can really see at this time is the beans and the potatoes. Yesterday I planted more sugar peas along the posts that are to the right of this picture and mixed some zinnia and dill seeds and planted them into the open area. This might be the weirdest garden we have ever had. Last year we did lots of flowers, as in zinnias and cosmos in the main part of this garden and after tilling and watering, almost all of the cosmos seeds that fell to the ground have germinated. We have hoed out some, but I cannot make myself kill off any more than necessary for the other plants to live. At this point I am not sure about the onions. They may not see the sun as the cosmos grow, but if I have to choose the onions lose every time. Well, not much else to show off today. Perhaps I will find time to post a few more pictures tonight.

Time with Jessica

What a day. I have not really done much in terms of work. I think I slept until nearly 10, but I am not even sure anymore. It seems that I do most of everything after 10 p.m. lately. Wednesday it was quite late when I finally finished packing and settled to sleep. On Thursday, James drove me to Sterling and we met Jessica on the off ramp of the interstate instead of at the truck stop because they were paving the driveway there and James didn’t want to get tar all over the Durango that he bought on Wednesday. This will be his vehicle and we will just have to cut back on a few things here and there in order to make the payments and still do some of the fun stuff and the running that we like to do.

The purpose of meeting Jess was to spend some time at her place with the twins. Thursday they happened to have a Dr. appt. in Bismarck, so Tony was allowed to rest and I went along. Report is that things are going well, they are continuing to grow and develop. The Dr. was explaining to Jess where they are fitting on the growth charts and though they are at the low end for now, the good news is they are improving, and as far as Grandma is concerned that is all that counts.

After the poor things had been poked and prodded and looked over two nurses came in and stabbed them with shots. It was sort of a dirty rotten thing to do to them, and when we got back to Jessica’s house, I was sure to tell each of them how very awful it was that they were not informed that this was coming. Of course Jess was listening and laughing. The fact is she had forgotten they were scheduled for the shots. It was a rather quiet evening. They were exhausted from the day, and after a little feeding and some attention time, they were ready for bed, as I was too.

This morning Jessica got up and fed them and when I finally appeared, she left to pick up Lindsey’s dress for her and head for the wedding venue out of town. This will be the fifth time Jessica has been the maid of honor (well now matron of honor) in a friend’s wedding. Boy, I never had even one friend who wanted me to do that, let alone 5.

Marshal and Lily

Anyway, the fun part is that I was able to spend the morning with the twins all by myself. At first I let them sleep while I ate and worked on the computer, and then I finally realized that I wasn’t going to have many days like this. So, the minute they were making a noise, I took them both out of their rockers and put them on the floor together and we just looked at each other and talked. Mostly I let them lay close to each other and look at each other. Lily was busy on her tummy trying to move, but I had Marshall on his side and he kept reaching out and touching Lily. It was great.

Later after Tony got up, he took the two to his parents and Jess came home and got me and we went to the rehearsal. I will be officiating the wedding tomorrow. Thankfully I have the message for the service finished. It will be quite short, but actually plenty long. It could be warm and windy tomorrow, so short will be good. Paulina and James are coming up in the morning and so hopefully we can print out the message and get my hair into some braids to keep it out of my eyes so I can read tomorrow. Let you know how it all turns out…..

Update June 5, 2017

I see it has been nearly a week since I last posted. We have been recovering from the close of the track season, final awards picnic and on and on. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to pack up the uniforms and set the big containers away until next March. I know there are a few “missing” as a slight few (3) of the athletes claim to have turned them in, but they are nowhere to be found in the mix, but that is normal and actually pretty good as things go.

We also had my uncle Gene’s memorial service on Saturday. It was nice with family and people from town, and lots of his friends, teammates and classmates from this area and even some from rather far away, college and high school buddies. It sure showed what they all thought of him. It was good to hear everyone’s stories and I hope that gave those who are having a hard time dealing with it a little comfort. One of his friends choked up twice as he was talking and for lack of a better way to end his speech, he concluded with, “And then the sucker just up and died on me.”

Garden dry and bare waiting to be planted.

Today is another day of regular laundry and hopefully by the time James gets finished with his summer school for the day, it will be time to head outside to get to digging into the dirt. As hot as it has been lately, I am not really looking forward to the outside. Maybe we will clean the freezer instead and we can postpone the garden work until the sun starts to fade for the day.

Well so much for the garden issue. I finished the laundry, Paulina–the walking tomato–came home from the pool a little before James pulled in from Bowdle. After coming home from summer school in Linton and Strasburg, he stopped at the house long enough to grab a sandwich and trade the Neon for the van then head to the service station in Bowdle where we bought it because it smelled hot yesterday and there is a weird rattle in the back end. Results: there is a hose out on the heater that caused the anti-freeze to leak and there is a bearing going out in something, and they needed to order a part for one of them and so he couldn’t just wait for it and come home. When he called to tell me, I was afraid I would have to drive there to get him. Thankfully not.

In the mean time he checked out what was on their lot and found this 5-year-old, low mileage Durango. He convinced them to let him take it as a loaner to see what my reaction would be about purchasing it. I already have my counter offer in mind, but I don’t think they will budge because they already made somewhat of a deal with James. We have two ideas how to get this accomplished, but I reminded James that we need enough left in the bank to cover the trip and some updates on the house. So much for my list of priorities. A different vehicle was towards the bottom. When the owner of the dealership clued in that we had bought our van there and it is a 2009 model with almost 213,000 miles on it, he thought we should be the advertisement. Maybe we could line up all three of the cars we own for the end of the ad. Two of them are 1995 (original) Neons. They don’t even make them anymore.

Well everyone has left for work or meetings, the wind has died back a little, but it is still pretty hot outside. I don’t think that I will try to plant anything today, maybe just get a few things set up in my mind or on paper, or maybe I will get out the gloves and trim the dead stuff off the spirea bushes. They did not winter all that well. Why is it that I just don’t have the energy for any of it this year. I just would rather order take out. Perhaps I need to take a picture of that Durango. We might be eating garden spinach all summer in order to afford that thing even at the reduced used-vehicle price. Hmmmm. What was it my uncle always said, “If you need more money, no need to cut back, just make more.” Ya right easy for him to say, he owned a business. Maybe I better grow more garden and join the Farmer’s Market again.

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