Thursday, July 10 0 comments

Garden Harvest

First garden kaleYesterday Bailee picked our first red cherry tomato from the garden. It never occurred to me to look for tomatoes that are ready, it seems a bit early for that.  When she picked it she mentioned that there were many more that were close to red and almost ready.
I thought I should pay a bit more attention to my garden! I checked all the plants and discovered that there were two peppers that were so large on a single plant that the weight of the peppers was pulling the plant over.  So I picked the larger one, leaving the other one to grow some more.

I also picked some kale and dill that was ready for harvest.  I washed the kale off, making it look a little limp in the photo but I'm sure it will perk back up when it's dry.

I am so excited to start picking vegetables!

Wednesday, July 9 0 comments

Bailee's 33rd Birthday

Bailee's BirthdayToday is Bailee's 33rd birthday and to celebrate I made her favorite lasagna dinner complete with a Simma's cheesecake.  Of course I added a salad and garlic bread so the meal was complete. We invited her friend , Shawna to join us along with her three children and had a small celebration. It was nice for Chloe and Avery to have other kids to play with and the weather was perfect.

I asked Chloe what she wanted to buy her mother for her birthday and Chloe said balloons. What an adorable response! So I picked up a balloon bouquet for her to give her mother.  Unfortunately Avery broke all the balloons before I could take a photo, but at least the girls had fun with them. Dinner was good, 5 kids in the house was crazy but I think everyone had fun.
Bailee's Birthday

Saturday, May 24 0 comments

Memorial Day Flag Planting

It's my husband, Jeff's tradition to go to the Veteran's cemetery and plant the flags on the graves in time for Memorial Day. So today was the day for his volunteer group (the GE employees veteran network) to do the task. In past years Jeff has taken our granddaughter, Chloe with him. As a toddler, she rode along in her wagon and handed her grandpa the flags. This year was very different.

Chloe is a fast study.  She watched her grandpa put his heel up against the headstone, then make the hole for the flag at the end of his toes using the length of his foot as a measure to make all the flags in the row look uniform.  Chloe wanted to do this task for him.  So she stuck her toes up against the headstone to measure and put the flag at the length of her foot. Grandpa had a difficult time explaining to her that his foot was a little bit longer than hers thus lacking the uniformity as intended.  Oh well.

Chloe's little sister, Avery had to help too. She sat in the wagon and handed Chloe the flags. So it was a very cooperative operation and we got all the flags planted in our rows in no time.

Wednesday, May 14 0 comments

Baby Ducks

When I saw the babies they were right outside my patio door. Unfortunately, they saw me as well and instantly started scooting away excorted by their mother and 4 males. By the time I got my camera out they were heading back to the creek. At least I got this shot.
Tuesday, May 13 0 comments

Jury Duty

I have to say, I really wanted to figure out a way to get out of it. In  fact, I probably could have gotten my doctor to write me an excuse, However, I decided to do my duty and get it over with.  I worried about what would happen if I actually got on a case, but I was never called out of the pool of jurors. So in the end, I'm glad I went and glad that I am done.
Saturday, April 26 0 comments

High Radon Levels

It's official, our radon level is 5.3 pCi/L so we have to fix it.  Anything over 2.0 is bad. The EPA ratings go up to 20.0 so I'm thinking at least our level is not that bad, but bad enough that we will be shopping for the radon mitigation fan today. We learned at the American Lung Association fund raiser dinner that radon is the main cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Once we had that information we got the free radon test kit from city hall and did the test.  Another motivator is that our neighbors to both the north and south have the radon mitigation systems on their houses because their levels were high. So we were pretty certain what our results would be.

According to the EPA, as radon gas decays, radioactive particles release small bursts of energy that can damage lung tissue. Not everyone exposed will develop lung cancer. The time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years. Your chances of getting lung cancer from radon depends mostly on:
  • How much radon is in your home
  • The amount of time you spend in your home
  • Whether you are a smoker or non-smoker
Even though I am not happy with the results, at least we know what we have to do now.