Monday, August 13, 2012

back from iowa

and off to the beach.  The boys have never experienced Lake Michigan.  Can you believe such a thing?  It's time to correct this lapse in my parenting STAT.  Tomorrow there will be playing in the dunes, splashing in the waves, licking of the ice cream cones and admiring of the landscape.  Hopefully the vibe won't be too pumpkin/orchard/fall-ish for my taste because I'm really still into summer.

Speaking of summer, the tomatoes and peppers are coming in like it's their job.  Which it is, actually.  And I played a smashing game of golf yesterday with Mr. D on our anniversary.  When I forget everything the golf lessons tried to teach me, I'm not too shabby out there on the links.  And I played 18 holes with the same golf ball.  This would be more impressive if it were a difficult course, but it really isn't.  The biggest challenge was playing in rain, but you can't complain about rain when you're standing in the middle of corn fields destroyed by drought.

In other news, Mr. B and Mr. G are discussing their secret journal, which isn't terribly secret (especially since they ask me how to spell every third word), but I do like that they're applying pen to paper and expressing themselves that way.  It's so much easier to love these knuckleheads when they're not zoned out in front of a screen ...

A carload of football players just left our driveway--the annual blitz to sell their fundraiser cards.  Years ago I tried to give a kid cash and told him to keep the card and all the money for his team.  He explained that they have a quota to sell, so not taking a card didn't help him out.  Aha.  So now I'm the proud owner of a Happyland Football Card, entitling me to great deals on cheeseburgers, movie rentals, batting cages and other local offerings.  The trick, now, is to remember to use it.

Spill it, reader.  What's coming in strong in your neck of the woods this week?


  1. I love the 'secret' journal, especially that it's a joint effort.

    What's coming down the pike here is that I have to rouse my youngest kid out of bed every day, in preparation for school starting. Blah.

    Enjoy your time at the beach. Maybe you can enjoy a game of mini-golf there (it's a must-do activity at Atlantic Coast beaches) except maybe it's not called mini-golf where you are.

  2. Working on selling the quota here too!

  3. Yay for Lake Michigan! I hope it is nice and hot there so you can enjoy it fully.
    My boys all have journals too. They can literally sit around for hours at a time writing and drawing in their journals and they get so excited when they get new notebooks to start another. I love it. :)

  4. Are you going to the Michigan side of Lake Michigan? Or are there actually sandy beaches and dunes somewhere on the WI side that I don't know about? It seems like all we ever find on this side is pebbles.

    Personally, I feel a bit like I'm running in place to get ready for my semester to start Monday, and Emma to start Wednesday.

  5. If you're headed north to a Lake Michigan beach, it'll still be green. Sorta. Darn drought.

    Husband is going nuts with elections and other breaking news; they called him on vacation to ask him to cover the temple shooting. Nope. We were boarding an airplane - just miles away from Oak Creek.

  6. Green Beans are FINALLY coming in like crazy here. Cukes and tomatoes too. Other than the's all Trevor week here. 9 month pictures and ear surgery are the focus of the week. This weekend is me weekend....scrapbooking and a dinner date. Hooray!!!

    happy anniversary!

  7. I'm supposed to be writing my book, so I'll have one, like you. But, I would love to go to Lake Michigan. (The water on the Michigan side is warmer, but it all works for me.)

    Have a great time.

  8. An empty nest is looming. We're at the one week out mark.

  9. A western fox snake in my blueberry patch. Scared the heebie jeebies out of me!

    And I can't believe your boys have never been to The Lake. Have fun!

  10. Happy Anniversary!
    I love the Secret Journal.

    Our Annual Anniversary Vacation is coming down the pike. Looks like Nashville is out of the running. So is Dominican Republic, Anguila and probably Aruba.
    Maybe a cruise to the Bahamas or a 4 day weekend in Las Vegas. I have more research to do today.

  11. Unfortunately I am not in my neck of the woods, but in MD. Fortunately I am at my bosses house and their garden is freakishly producing enough tomatoes to feed a small nation. Or me.

    Tomorrow it's back home and time to weed weed weed my small flower garden. The kids are back in school. Boo. I should probably just blog instead of write you the longest most irrelevant comment ever.

  12. Hi,

    Enjoy your trip. I just finished your book yesterday. Yea! Loved it. You are very talented and what an accomplishment to have a published book.


  13. But it is the tomatoes job to come in! Have fun at the beach. We used to live in Kalamazoo and would take little trips to Lake Michigan. It's lovely.

  14. Weeds. My garden has been neglected for a month and it shows. I'll be spending a lot of time on my hands and knees over the next couple of weeks.


Spill it, reader.