Thursday, July 23, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
The weeks go by so fast and the weekends go even faster! We try to cram as much as we can into 2 days that it's ridiculous! I haven't blogged for a week but truthfully I've either been working at the hospital or in our yard between raindrops. We hit 90de this weekend and humidity and passing thunderstorms are part of the weather package here. First we complain that it's too cool and wet and then it's too wet and hot...never happy are we. So what was cooking at the Pines these days? Well, yesterday we had a church social to celebrate Pioneer Day. It's a big deal out in Utah. Out East we usually take a day to acknowledge the sacrifices of our Mormon pioneers who were driven out of many places before settling in Salt Lake. Saturday our friends Greg and Gayle opened their home up to the Ward and put together an amazing event. Greg got their 15 acres of woods all cleared out to reenact the "Trail of Hope". The Mormon Saints were driven out of Nauvoo, Illinois by angry mobs and forced to cross the Mississippi River in horrible conditions in the 1800's. Since Greg and Gayle had just served a mission in Nauvoo they chose to honor those who made that trek. The paths were cleared out for the trail.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Soggy...with a capital S! Today was a constant rain day. More for tomorrow and Tuesday I believe. Our roof is suppose to be replaced tomorrow but I'm having some doubts that it will actually happen. Since the roofer is Amish I have no way of contacting him to see what the plan is. I guess we just wait to see if horses show up! Friday I did manage to mow the lawn. I'm on call so I was happy to get it done because you never know when the work phone will ring...and it did of course. I worked on Saturday morning. The Doc I worked with was the same one as I worked with on July 4th and all he did was laugh his head off when he saw me again. "Starkey! Are you working again? Hahahaha!" Then he hugged me and asked in all seriousness.."Did you get to the parade last week?" I think he was going to feel guilty if I had missed it. But so far that's been my only call in and hopefully I'll get through this night with some decent sleep. Tomorrow is a busy ortho day and it usually kicks my butt by the end of the day! So after I got home from church it was a quiet, soggy, read a book/take a nap kind of day.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
One last post for this July 4th weekend. When I moved to Ashland in 1977 it was a culture shock...big city to small town. Truthfully, I really didn't care for Ashland in those days. Probably a good mix of homesickness for my family had a part in it. But as the years have gone on I've seen the advantages of small town living. Ashland was a town that was a huge manufacturing community full of white collar and blue collar workers making a decent living. In fact Ashland, at one time, had the most millionaires per capita than anywhere in the US. Latex and water pumps were part of that success. In the 80's things changed. Manufacturing left for foreign shores and factories closed here. Big box stores replaced the "Mom and Pop" shops and downtown dried up. But Ashland didn't lay down and die. Manufacturing turned to small businesses and they in turn have grown and employee many folks. Ashland University and Samaritan Hospital are big employers as are Wil Research and Hedstrom, Barbasol shaving cream, and Lance (formerly Archway cookies). There's been a big push to bring back the downtown and shops are springing up all over. Cute restaurants and antiques make it a fun stop for tourists. Ashland has it's nicknames: "Someplace Special" and "The town of nice people". This summer the bicentennial has brought out many special and fun things that should make us proud to live here. I'm even impressed that Mother Nature came on board and we were blessed with great weather. As a final note...a musical note that is...I went to the concert in the park for "Pops in the park". It was the Ashland Symphony and community choir appearing. They did a great job! Very entertaining and inspiring music. It reminded me of an old movie where the towns folk come out in droves and enjoy a summer evening with the neighbors.
This weekend of celebrating is flying by fast! I've crammed a lot in these past few days and I wanted to blog about the 4th of July before it's the 5th! Jack came home today from Boy Scout Camp and I'll give him some blog time next week...but welcome home Babe! We missed you! Because the 4th is today, a Saturday, I had Friday off work. So Thursday I started celebrating with Addy as we made my annual star cakes.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Jack is again at Boy Scout camp. I don't mind that he goes, but usually something weird happens the week of camp. Monday started out fine...except for the fact some crazed escaped from custody person assaulted a family a few miles from here and is on the run. I had Tuesday off and every time I heard a bump or a squeak in the house I jumped a mile! Plus I decided to stay out of the Creepy Woods. Hope they get this dude. We've had rain off and on for weeks so I was very surprised and happy to wake up to sunshine Tuesday morning. Although it had rained on Monday I decided to do a quick mowing because it really needed it and I thought I could mow again on Friday and put me back on my weekend schedule. It got a bit off when my family was here last weekend. By the time I got on the mower the sky looked like this: