Thursday, July 31, 2008
The vet called this morning and Jasmine is 100% healthy. He ran a big battery of blood tests on her and she came back perfect in every category! I scrubbed her with the new shampoo and she is smelling better. A couple more baths and she will be good.
Lucie is off today so we are heading out to do errands. Basketball tonight. Lucie made scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon in them. I told her she needed to stay home and do that every day but I guess someone has to work...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Ashleigh has gone off to Alabama for a missions trip with a church group. They left at 4:15 this morning. Thank God for friends... they let her spend the night and took her over with their kids who were going too. I am on duty to bring them all home next week when they get back. Lucie is depressed and missing her so I made grilled scallops and chicken kabobs for supper. I think a couple of ice cream doses and she will be fine. For today...
Tomorrow I have a phone interview that I am pretty excited about. Before that I have to take the golden retriever to the vet for some shots and a checkup. Lately she has been smelling really bad and no amount of bathing and shampooing is helping. She loves to sit on the top step of the pool in her private Jacuzzi but when she gets wet, she smells even worse. We will get to the bottom of that tomorrow.
But for tonight, it is back to Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Always something entertaining there.
Monday, July 28, 2008
What you see above is real New Hampshire lobster roll, made fresh at the dock, and non-greasy onion rings. The best!
Today is laundry and cleanup day. And picture filing and blogging day too.
I posted some vacation pictures on the website (see the link to the left of this) - scroll down below the Christian Joke of the Day and click the link to a photo show of the vacation.
I also posted a video of Elliott landing his fish. On the website also, but you have to scroll further down the page.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Sunday morning we got all of our stuff packed and set by the car for Lucie to work her magic and fit it all in as only she can. So while she went to work on that, Elliott grabbed the fishing pole and we headed out to the point for one last chance. I was praying that God would let him catch a fish - even a little one. He had been so diligent all week fishing every chance he could, casting like a pro, doing all the right things. Just no bites. Well, on his third cast, he hooks up a 25 inch, 8 pound striper! It was bigger than the one I and my brother caught put together! Ain't that just like God to give us more than we asked for or could imagine! He reeled it in and we wrestled it around to get some pictures. We had to release it as the minimum keeper length is 28 inches. It swam away to grow a little by the time we come back and catch him again.
Here is a video of Elliott landing his fish:
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Today we are going to a country store up in NH and meeting my brother and his wife there. They will follow us back to where we are staying and we will go through the New Castle lighthouse. They are opening it today so that should be good. It is around the corner from where we are staying. It is on the site of a Revolutionary War skirmish where the locals stole gunpowder from the British that was later used in the Battle of Bunker Hill and other of battles. Another cookout with family here afterward. Here is a picture of the lighthouse at Fort Constitution.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Elliott and I did a little fishing this morning. Didn't catch anything but it is a good time.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
After York, we came back to Portsmouth and shopped some more. Not buying much - just looking around and seeing the unique stores. We went to our friends' house in Maine last night and talked about cruise things and made lobster rolls. Those are so good. Elliott stayed the night with them and camped out in a tent on their porch.
Today we are going to breakfast with my aunt but not sure what we are doing from there. The new sunglasses I bought from the Kittery Trading Post broke (the ear piece just snapped off) so I am going to try and shame them into matching LL Bean's return policy and exchange them. I think tonight we will have family over and all eat together.
The weather looks good for today but rainy tonight and tomorrow. Highs in the 80s and cool at night.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Speaking of movies, we had a weird thing happen. In both of the movies that Elliott and I rented, they each had a secondary character named Elliott and in both movies he was killed off! ha ha But that was kind of weird.
Here is a website where you can enter your name to be on the next spacecraft to the moon. Kind of fun and you get a little certificate once you do: http://lro.jhuapl.edu/NameToMoon/index.php
We are busy today cleaning and getting packed to go to NH for a week. We have two friends staying here (each for half a week) so that will be good. Gives us great peace of mind and we are happy knowing the house and dogs are in good hands. Speaking of dogs, here is a picture of Jasmine in her usual outside spot:
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Lucie and Ashleigh are doing well at camp and seem to be in good spirits. They come home tomorrow and had me get tickets to the 10:50 PM (yes PM!) showing of the new Batman movie. I expect they will sleep all afternoon to get ready for that. (Ashleigh has church youth group till 10:30 that is why they picked the later time.)
A friend of ours borrowed Lucie's car for a few days while he got his fixed. He did a super job of cleaning that out. Remnants of many on-the-way-to-school-breakfasts throughout. Next time I am loaning him my car...
Meanwhile, Elliott and I continue to struggle through the week... Last night we sat down to watch the critically acclaimed "Diary of the Living Dead." Hard to believe that even with a great title like that, it really wasn't very good...! Tonight is basketball night but we have another potentially stellar movie lined up.
Yesterday I taught Elliott how to trim and mow the yard. Our yard is pretty small and flat without a lot of navigation required to mow it. He did a good job and got the hang of it pretty quick. I had to tell him how when I was his age I was employed by the Town of New Castle to mow all of the town cemetaries. And it really was uphill both ways! And with all of those headstones... Now that is mowing job!
Here is one more picture of what life alone with Dad is like. This is the result of playing Halo online with friends literally all night...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I was soundly beaten in every game at racquetball by the Revell clan yesterday morning. Not my best showing but a lot of fun.
Last night Elliott and I went to the local Class A baseball game (Wilmington Blue Rocks). We got great seats 2 rows behind the home team dugout. We were among the first 1000 to show up so we got free baseballs and later on got free Chick Fil A sandwich coupons. We almost got a free hot dog and soda but we were the 11th person to claim a trivia prize answer and they only had 10 prizes. It was a good night with some good plays, a few home runs, and the Blue Rocks won 9-3.
Tomorrow I will teach the boy to mow. Leaving me one less thing to do around here...
Monday, July 14, 2008
So now I know two things - what I am going to be doing the next few days, and what my final sound will be just before I die...
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This past week, Lucie was in charge of the Vacation Bible School program at church. There were record numbers this year (about 130 kids each day!) and they had a goal of raising $3000 for missionaries. If the goal was reached, Lucie would get slimed. Well, you can see that they hit the goal!!
Lucie and Ashleigh go to camp next week as counselors. Elliott and I have some plans to cash in free mini-golf coupons we have (from getting final hole-in-ones) and going to a Blue Rocks baseball game. Oh, we have a list of scary movies too...
Tonight is the church pool party at the University pool. 100 tickets have been sold so that should be fun. My plan for the day is to be in my pool all afternoon, get out, and go to the UD pool... Another tough day...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Lucie is hosting a small pool party here tonight but of course it looks like rain. They will move it inside and watch a movie I guess.
Lucie hosting a pool party means I get to spend the day cleaning the house...
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I know it has been awhile since I have made an entry here but things have been not too blog-worthy. Of course that never slowed me down in the past... We have been to the beach a couple of times in the past week with friends. Stopping at the new Sonic at the midway point on the way home is quickly becoming a beach tradition for us. The beach was nice. Not too hot with nice breezes. The water is still too cold for me (I am spoiled by the 88º backyard pool water temp!).
We went to friend's house for a cookout on the 4th. It was raining at the time we were going to go to the fireworks so we stood under the eaves and watched their neighbors shoot off some pretty big ones. It turned out that at the park where they shot of the town fireworks, it was just misting and we could have gone but we had a good time anyway.
I played racquetball last week with a friend and his son. I needed the workout since we didn't play basketball last week. This family has been on vacation and we went with them to the big mall in PA about an hour from here on Saturday. It seems like their vacation is our vacation!
I also got a free upgrade to my phone through Verizon (see above). I had reached the point where I could upgrade it per my contract. I had been looking at one model but the price kept going up and up on it. This one was free at Best Buy. Usually it is at least $69-$99. Elliott has the same one and it has been fine for him for a year or so. I like how it opens both ways and has the sideways, full keyboard.
Lucie has been real busy with Vacation Bible School this week (and prepping for it last week). So far she is having record numbers. A&E have been helping her as leaders too. Elliott finally got a haircut today so he is presentable.
A few little developments on the work front with opportunities going and coming. Still believing and looking and doing all I can do.