After a rough start, today became delightful. Dean figured out how to get the pontoon he rented to the dock of our property (not an easy task with no Internet or GPS). I drove him to the gas-station-convenience-store-boat-rental-place-that-had-internet (hereafter called the marina) and watched while he learned to drive the pontoon. Then I drove back to the cabin and waited for him to show up at the dock. It took a while but he eventually arrived.
Once I knew for sure that I would not have access to the Internet for the whole week, I took it in stride and decided to devote my free time to reading. I’d loaded a few books on my Kindle and brought a few physical books. I chose to read Hoover the Talking Seal by Jeremy Burgoyne first because I’d bought it during the first part of the pandemic and knew Jeremy was wondering why I had not let him know I’d finished it.
Later that afternoon I went on a pontoon ride with Dean. It was relaxing. This was shaping up to be a relaxing, Internetless week full of reading!
I also explored the yard of our Airbnb and disturbed a snake that I found out later was probably a copperhead.
This is the longest I have gone without writing in this blog which makes me think it is good that I am only doing it for a year. The biggest delights were having Dean’s sister’s son and his family visit for a few days, hanging out with Alex and Andrew for Dean week, visiting a wedding venue, and preparing for the engagement party. It has been a very busy month, and the summer will be busy as well.
I’ll try to not let a month go by again without documenting my delights.
Delightful wall shadows
While we watch television in the family room this time of year the setting sun shines through the western windows, making patterns on the wall.
A couple of cicadas doing what they were born to do.
This fella or gal flew in the bedroom window while I was trying to take a nap.
Fairy Garden Flowers Blooming
The fairy garden flowers (from the seed packet Alex gave me) finally began blooming.
Nick and Nora Manhattan
I bought a set of two Nick and Nora cocktail glasses and served manhattans one evening
Eggs for Dinner. Eggs for Breakfast.
One night we ate eggs and sausages (and beans, mushrooms and tomatoes) for dinner. I made egg in a hole one morning too.
One morning as the sun came up I caught these rain droplets in the sun.
Visit from C&S and Fam
C&S and Fam were supposed to visit last summer, but we all know why that was not possible. They visited this month and it was delightful.
Since no museums were open during their stay, C&S and Fam and I went to Great Falls National Park.
We needed passes to get in, but we got them and went to the zoo. We even saw the baby panda!
Baking a Cake with G.
On the way back from Great Falls I asked the kids if anyone wanted to bake a cake with me. Everyone said yes, but only six-year-old G followed through. He wanted to do it all by himself (and he did most of it). He decorated it with flowers.
Introducing G to Rupert and Chum
The morning the C family was getting ready to leave, G and I played with Rupert and Chum. At one point G decided that Rupert and Chum should bake a cake — Rupert (who G was in charge of) told Chum (my charge) the steps to make a cake that sounded a lot like our day before. It was very sweet.
Dean wanted to go to Cunningham Falls for Father’s day (the official beginning of Dean week) so we did.
Our 36th Wedding Anniversary
We ate at a local French restaurant. The food was very good, but we felt out of place.
Finally a use for the star and moon light!
I bought this thinking it would be cool — and it is — but how many times can you use it for just a two person party. We’re going to use it for Andrew and Alex’s engagement party. I took a video to show them.
The official end of Dean Week, his birthday, was nice. We’d made plans to go to an Indian restaurant but the reservations were not correctly made (my fault) so we at at a Laotian restaurant near Andrew and Alex’s apartment. Great food! We had pie and other treats later at their appartment.
Insects and Arachnids
The cicadas may be gone, but I saw some cool critters about the house and yard