All About August
Wow…no blogging for a month. Lucky you 🙂
I have to admit, August was pretty busy for us… A little vacation, back-to-school (college) prep, and beginning my physical therapy…which, I have to admit has knocked. me. out.
(If the first six weeks of this injury was a painless breeze, the next six weeks are making up for it in spades).
Anyway, this briefly, was August:
8/1 We finally have a family getaway scheduled for later this week! We decided to do an in-state sampler (New York, fyi) of places we’ve never gone to as a family. Main rule: feed them when they’re hungry.
8/2 Cracking the whip on the family for clean bedrooms in advance of our little excursion.
8/3 Want a clean house? Invite someone to dog/house sit for you! It would be so nice if we actually lived like this!
8/4 With all the rain this summer, the pool has been a recurrent algae farm.
8/5 Day one of our family getaway. Six adults, one mini-van, no fighting, no biting. Fun family dinner on our first night!
8/6 The kids decided to bypass the second destination in favor of fair weather activities in Lake George, only to find the fair weather was NOT fair enough. Light wind = no parasailing 🙁
8/7 We returned to the bypass destination only to wish we had more time there! Saratoga Springs is lovely and we definitely decided we are coming back!!!
But on to Lake Placid. Checked into hotel and since it was raining, we decided to make this our shop day in town….
8/8 …only to discover the “experience” activities the kids were looking forward to (bobsled run and tubing on the ski jump are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! Still, a wonderful day touring the Herb Brooks Arena (home of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice”),
enjoying a gondola ride up Whiteface Mountain,
and taking a ski lift AND elevator to the terrifying view atop the ski jumps…. There isn’t enough liquid courage to ever make me think about taking that leap! (Remember ABC’s old “agony of defeat” video?)
8/9 A visit to Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands (well not EACH of them) was highlighted by a ferry ride and tour of Boldt Castle)…then home to see our puppies!! Yipee!!
8/10 Happy to be home!!! It was a Wallyworld trip (poor planning/misadventures), but we had a great time.
8/11 Laundry, laundry and more laundry….how long were we gone, anyway!?
8/12 Enjoyed the afternoon at the Lewiston Art Festival…but we didn’t look at art…we parked ourselves outdoors at a favorite restaurant…then saw some folks we knew and invited them to join us. It turned out that the Mrs. recently completed therapy for her fractured knee…so she directed me to her physical therapy group.
8/13 I have the crazies today….Who lines a leg brace with plastic foam? My leg brace manufacturer, that’s who! I spent an hour with a glue gun and black cotton knit and brought cool comfort to my not-so fashionable orthopedic accessory.
8/14 Visited my Ortho, who cleared me for PT…LET’S GET IT STARTED ALREADY! I’d like my life back!!
8/15 My good hair month is DEFINITELY over!
8/16 Happy to begin physical therapy today to rehab my fractured patella.
8/17 Happy to NOT have physical therapy today…wow…that’s killer!!!
8/18 Mr. and I had a lovely evening dinner here
in historic East Aurora, NY. We had the perfect street side table…right behind the sign.
8/19 Mr. and I were planning a quiet dinner at home with yesterday’s delicious leftovers (i.e. NO COOKING!!!)…until Number Three (Buck) said…”I think I’ll hang with you guys and watch movies tonight.” Hasty dinner.
8/20 Just a low-key movie day…sometimes a comfy sofa and a quiet house is NOT a bad thing!
8/21 I wasn’t too interested at first, but all the youngers were so excited about the eclipse, that I caught solar fever in the nick of time. Loved the skewed shadows from our riverbirch tree that were all over the sidewalk.
8/22 Grilled some chicken yesterday in anticipation of this evening’s dinner…For some reason, I have trouble getting the temperature up after I grill chicken. Then I cook beef or pork and their juices clear away the chicken clog….weird! So, my first effort at pizza on the grill was a little compromised by lower than desired temperatures, but the outcome was still great!
8/23 With a little physical therapy comes a little retail therapy….
8/24 Attended new student orientation at our alma mater….Now, all six of us will have attended the same college!
8/25 I have decided to nickname my PT “Torquemada” (torturer-in-chief during the Spanish Inquisition). Holy Whoa…this is where all the missing pain was!
8/26 YIKES! We let Jack out this morning and he very nearly got skunked again…in the daylight!!! I saw the smelly violator just in time to call Jack back. Later that evening, our smelly intruder not only returned to the scene of the crime…he spend a looooong time digging in these boulders next to the house. Then he’d show up on the other side of the house… NOT HAPPY!
8/27 It was Skunk Deterrent Day at our house… eliminating the food source under the boulders (which involved a couple of bee stings for Mr. D&D and a hilarious limp/run display from me).
8/28 First day of college for our youngest!
8/29 Revising my grilled pizza experiment tonight with proper cooking temperatures. The first pizza had a charred bottom in three minutes… I guess the lower temps for grilling pizza are better IF you don’t have a stone top to reflect the heat back down for even cooking. We are definitely loving this experiment!!! Yummmmm
8/30 For 12 years we have put off fixing this disastrous “retaining wall” our builder left for us. Erosion, a collapsing air conditioning unit, pressure on the foundation and now, a potential skunk habitat, are making us finally address the problem.
8/31 Oh, no!!! Mr. has an idea for a new outdoor project! I don’t know if it will happen, but here’s a hint….he’s REALLY liking the pizza 🙂
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