Monthly Archives: July 2015

Plum crazy!

The plum tree really produced this year so we were determined to make good on the haul!

image

Plums drying in the dehydrator to make medieval plum pudding (which actually contained plums whereas modern plum pudding doesn’t seem to!).

image

Ready to go in the oven. ..

image

Plum torte based on a 1989 NYT recipe. Here’s hoping! With Dave cooking lentils it really smells good in here!

Hockey, horses, and hay bales!

Sam and I are trying to figure out how to throw around a 105 lb hay bale! See this and more July adventures by clicking on this photo :)

Sam and I are trying to figure out how to throw around a 105 lb hay bale! See this and more July adventures by clicking on this photo πŸ™‚

Biiiiig Bucks! Doug would be thinking VENISON ;0

This video is a cross between Dick Proenneke and Blair Witch Project, but these were SERIOUSLY the biggest bucks I’ve seen in a while. Mostly the “big daddy” you hear me mention, but who is the first to leave the scene. You don’t get to see him much, but he was huge.

Now for some great pictures I haven’t posted yet – last weekend we hiked up Mt. Walker and enjoyed the day with Mom and Richard. They were able to enjoy some walks around other trails nearby before driving to meet us at the summit. Then we enjoyed an awesome dinner at The Timber House!

Out on a walk on Mt. Walker with Mom and Richard.

Out on a walk on Mt. Walker with Mom and Richard.

Richard telling Ben all about this old tractor. You are so wonderful, Richard, to take the time to explain everything.

Richard telling Ben all about this old tractor. You are so wonderful, Richard, to take the time to explain everything.

Having a picnic lunch before starting up the trail!

Having a picnic lunch before starting up the trail!

Selfies are getting more unruly by the year! Ben looks a bit too much like the Biebs.

Selfies are getting more unruly by the year! Ben looks a bit too much like the Biebs.

Great shirts from Nana and PopPop! Krug #47 on the Bruins!

Great shirts from Nana and PopPop! Krug #47 on the Bruins!

Fun at the summit :) It was a HOT day - over 95 when we started but a good breeze through the woods.

Fun at the summit πŸ™‚ It was a HOT day – over 95 when we started but a good breeze through the woods. Sam is working on a large 7×7 Rubik’s cube!

First schooling show!

Emmy and I embarked on a huge adventure – enter a schooling dressage show up at the Saddle Club on Sunday. We are lucky – we can just hack (ride) over there from her barn. I didn’t sleep the night before. I was worried that her excitable self might be tough to manage and that we’d end up being more of a rodeo ride than a refined dressage duo. I had visions of her jumping the rails and ending up outside the court, being spooked at the boxes with letters on them and flowers (one of my favorite videos is “dressage horse freaks out at the Olympics” with exactly this unfortunate scenario) or me falling off. Thankfully, I returned home alive to my children and husband, and none of these bad things happened! (I realize, though, that if they had – I might be richer for it if the YouTube video went viral – so either way, it would have been fine. Provided I was still alive.)

Enjoying some relief after our test - yay! We did ok!

Enjoying some relief after our test – yay! We did ok! Thank you Kris for joining us and sharing Emmy with me (foreground, Emmy’s new owner) and Jenni (standing next to Emmy) for coaching me while Janet was away showing Havana.Β 

Warming up in the schooling ring before we go do our test.

Warming up in the schooling ring before we go do our test.

Kind of not amazing position, but that is a strong horse to manage and we were barreling around! The next transition came up super fast. I couldn't believe I kept her inside those rails  :)

Kind of not amazing position, but that is a strong horse to manage and we were barreling around! The next transition came up super fast. I couldn’t believe I kept her inside those rails πŸ™‚

This particular Ride and Review affords you a chance to ride a test (a sequences of gaits and patterns), then receive coaching, then ride it again and try to improve your score. I really enjoyed the whole experience, especially getting another crack at the test and some expert advice from someone who has never seen you ride before. Thanks to Jackie Chipman (Saddle ClubΒ President) and Rebecca Parker Black (judge) for such a great experience! Will remember this one a long time πŸ™‚

Gramma and Richard arrive!

image

Here’s their awesome new coach! The chickens were in awe!

image

Gramma got caught on the chicken mesh around the planters while we were trying to get the naughty hen OUT of the planter box! Richard ran to get scissors to free her button but Ben managed to get her free first πŸ™‚

image

Then off to Hammy’s for dinner. While we waited, Sam worked on lowering his 3×3 times – he’s approaching world class elite solving pace! He takes cubes with him everywhere. So cool to watch him focus and his fingers are a blur!

image

Hockey game this morning! The teams both played really well and it was a close game.Β  Sam got his third hat trick of the season. I’m sitting now at an Arduino circuit board workshop checking It out. I was floating around learning and mentoring as best I could. Needed a quick break! Ben is reading Through the Looking Glass – finished Alice in Wonderland yesterday. He says the Queen of Hearts is kinda strict.Β  :-X

Nerf bullets springing up like shoots from the gravel

Ben is psyched about these new soccer cleats Daddy picked up for him!

Ben is psyched about these new soccer cleats Daddy picked up for him!

And some skating at school with some buddies. This was a great time! We did some zone entry drills - watching Adam and Sam go at it in a friendly way was really cool. They switched offense and defense frequently.

And some skating at school with some buddies. This was a great time! We did some zone entry drills – watching Adam and Sam go at it in a friendly way was really cool. They switched offense and defense frequently.

The days are non-stop around here! I have arranged mini camps with responsible older teenagers, and Camp Caden this week is very popular! It was six boys and one fearless girl. They started out with skating at school across the street (which was a little problematic for one boy who brought his dad’s hockey bag instead of his own!) then did some shooting here, then some other activities. I also left out some dead devices (phones) for boys to take apart and put back together. They didn’t exactly do the learning exercise, but they did seem to relish taking them all apart. I have an amazing parts box now.As a reward for reading 30 min (I started small given the group) the boys got to cook up some Taquitos that Sam got from the commissary. They also enjoy mixing up Nestle Nesquik. As soon as I got home from riding, I had to grab Sam and Ben and head to the dentist. I didn’t quite get out the door as quickly as planned – lots of show and tell, messes that I’m a little OCD about, gear gathering, milk left on the counter, etc. I called and apologized then headed down after dropping one boy off so he didn’t have to drag gear. Dentist was very understanding – the receptionist has 7 kids! I really enjoy the house being full but I will admit being the master coordinator is tiring for me – you’d think it would come easier as I do it all the time, but I still don’t like being on my phone texting, coordinating, emailing, scheduling, devising, etc. etc. I want to just SIT sometime and hang out with the kids! It’s a bit busier this week due to a little ride and review I’m doing on Sunday, so I’m fitting in one extra ride. The boys are really enjoying hanging out with friends and were really helpful tidying up today. We did a quick 10 min broom and mop routine because it was a little messy and sticky. πŸ™‚ The floors look really nice now!!! Just in time for Friday. πŸ˜‰ And the Nerf bullets…I have picked up 20 just as I walk around. I swear they are procreating!!!! Honestly!

Ben has the skating bug BAD! He skated from 4pm to 7:15 tonight and wanted to put them back on after dinner! He's really gotten good. So natural on them.

Ben has the skating bug BAD! He skated from 4pm to 7:15 tonight and wanted to put them back on after dinner! He’s really gotten good. So natural on them.

This is me being brave and trying to ride a dressage test up at the Saddle Club arena where I will be in a mini show (ride and review) on Sunday. Horror of horrors. It will be embarrassing. But - good experience! It was more like barrel racing today than dressage. We kicked a cone over, nearly jumped one, and careened around like ranch hands. Someone was a tad wound up about the cones being out there and a small kid's wagon with supplies in it. Ah well...it was fun. I think I even neck reined once. ;)

This is me being brave and trying to ride a dressage test up at the Saddle Club arena where I will be in a mini show (ride and review) on Sunday. Horror of horrors. It will be embarrassing. But – good experience! It was more like barrel racing today than dressage. We kicked a cone over, nearly jumped one, and careened around like ranch hands. Someone was a tad wound up about the cones being out there and a small kid’s wagon with supplies in it. Ah well…it was fun. I think I even neck reined once. πŸ˜‰

Happy Fourth of July!

Ben practicing while Sam is in roller hockey. Couldn't feel more like Hawaii with this warm weather!

Ben practicing while Sam is in roller hockey. Couldn’t feel more like Hawaii with this warm weather!

Roller hockey mini-tournament - thanks for the camping flag, Dad! We are putting it to excellent service!

Roller hockey mini-tournament – thanks for the camping flag, Dad! We are putting it to excellent service!

And breaking with tradition, we got off the island for some much needed family time on a nice bike path, 7 miles out from Port Townsend and back through woods and rolling hills. Happy Fourth, God Bless the USA!

And breaking with tradition, we got off the island for some much needed family time on a nice bike path, 7 miles out from Port Townsend and back through woods and rolling hills. Happy Fourth, God Bless the USA!

I’ve spent much of the last week testing and uploading new skins for the photo album. I hope you find it easier to use on mobile devices. There should be a Facebook comment feature, and also ways to share photos via social media if you wish to. You would not believe how long it takes to upload 10 years of pictures… OMG. πŸ˜‰