**The garden - plenty of zucchini - some hide & get huge. The lemon cucumbers are absolutely prolific. The corn has finally started showing some silk & ear growth. The tomatoes are slowly ripening. Most has been given to the neighbors or others.
**The neurosurgeon - appointment went well; was clear to point out though that a reparation surgery will NOT ease any of the pain, it's osteoarthritis, but should help with swallowing issues - one of the prosthetic pieces juts out creating a 'speed bump' in his throat- it will be removed or replaced.
**I'm planning on heading home 8/7, but then returning 8/25 or 8/26. I calculated my time since 1/1/14 through 8/7: 130 days here, 80 days at home, and 8 days on the road. Seems to be a disparity in my time splits...would sure like to be home more, and I suppose I could if I planned my time better, and could trust that my dad wouldn't start having issues as soon as I leave. When I went to quilt camp, the very next day he went to the doctor to get something for his anger/anxiety/depression. I'm already hearing rumblings of 'issues' that he may go to the doctor on before I get back. It's a challenge.
Well, on to some fun stuff. The local county fair is on. My cousin's 11-year old son is in 4-H and has a sheep for his project. Yesterday was showing as a market lamb, today was showmanship. His sheep, aptly named Custer (he'll be auctioned for slaughter) weighs more than the boy, and these incredibly dumb, defenseless sheep, can be quite cantankerous - a bit like a rodeo.
|Custer misbehaving a bit. Custer is buddies with the sheep held by the boy in blue so was doing everything he could to be next to him.|
|Hold on tight!|
|This was a different sheep for showmanship. It was a little better behaved than Custer, but not much.|
While at the fairgrounds, nostalgia took over as I wandered into the arena where I don't think I've been in 45 years! I too was in 4-H with my horse at fair competitions and my mom & I had joined a local horse group that met at that arena every Saturday night to ride for a couple of hours. I haven't had a horse of my own to ride since those days, and the memories made me tear up as I looked around the arena building seeing it not look much different - maybe new benches. Oh how I would have loved to be back in the saddle exercising a horse. How I miss it, and how I regret having let go of that part of my life to follow a boy to the 'big city'.
Also yesterday I took my aunt and went to one of my favorite quilt shops and spent a whole lot of money. I'll write about that over at Webs of Threads in coming days - hopefully Sunday for an updated stash report - it isn't pretty, but then, that depends on how you view it. I also realize I'd promised to write about, and haven't, a tool I purchased during quilt camp, so will try to get that done over there too.
Well, tonight we get to go swimming at a pool in a neighboring town. My aunt and I will be going with one of my cousins and her kids. I'm not sure if the other cousins are going or not. Tomorrow will be a quilt show in the morning over at the coast and it's also my dad's 81st birthday though he doesn't like celebratory stuff. Saturday we're going back down to the coast where his youngest daughter lives to celebrate the birthday of one of her daughters. Then I hope the next five days I'm here are calmer - one has a doctor appointment for my dad and is just an annual checkup.