In top news: mostly the weather!
Last week we got an AMAZING storm! Everything! Wind, thunder & lightning, tornado siren, TONS of rain (this on top of the amazing rain two days previously!), lots of corn was flattened, the cemetery has 20 trees down. We just had a lot of sticks and branches down (although some of them were driven about 5 or 6 inches into the ground!), no major damage. BigGirl loved getting out and playing in the puddles as it flooded the road and various yards and parking lots. The highway was closed for 3 days. One of our nearby towns had their downtown totally underwater. Now, the rain has moved out and the hot has moved in!
However—my garden is going crazy! I have yummy crookneck yellow squash waiting to be lunch tomorrow! The “lawn” in the back yard, which is mostly made of non-grass plants was/is seriously taller than my knees. Mowing is an ongoing challenge. I finally got to check on my bees, and (yay!) I had to add another super because they are being so productive! And, I got to watch a worker emerge from her cell (basically “hatching”) which was pretty cool.
Wednesday—the day of the big rain—there was no youth activity because of Youth Conference, but I still had to take BigGirl and LargeBoy in to town—they spent the night because they had to be at the church at 5:30, and I didn’t want to get up! I also picked up my sister V.
On Thursday, I went to the Library Summer Walking club with Stephanie the Librarian and her cute college daughter, and then hurried home to pick up V and take her to riding (SmallDaughter was running a little fever, and was very sleepy, so she just napped at Aunt A’s house.) It has really been too hot to be very productive! On Friday, we had Fiber Friends—it is so fun to meet with dear friends (and cheaper than therapy!).
On Saturday, I planned to be massively productive, but ended up driving 30 minutes East, to the Scout Shop with SmallDaughter to get stuff to get LargeBoy ready to leave for Jambo, and then—the second I walked in the house—V told me I had a message from BigGirl, which turned out to be: “We are back from Youth Conference, and need you to pick us up!”—so we got BACK in the car and drove 30 minutes South! They had a great time at YC—the boys stayed at the home of some very wealthy members (I heard about the HUGE house, the gated entry, etc, etc.) but I also heard a lot about the awesomeness of the RM son (he is the one I heard about last year, from the girls, because apparently he looks just like Taylor Lautner!). The boys were excited when the dad said “here are the game systems, here is a fully stocked fridge, you can stay up all night if you want—just clean up after yourselves”— and then bummed when Bro. K (the YM president) made them go straight to bed! LargeBoy was also jealous that due to a breakdown in communication the Clearfork YM didn’t have a ride in the morning to the service project, so Handsome Guy drove them over in the Porsche!
Anyway—they got home, showered, washed clothes and repacked, and slept! On Sunday, we drove over to see how the flooding was affecting MFG’s folks--their power was out from Wed around 6 in the afternoon until the wee small hours of Sat am), then we dropped BigGirl off at her friend’s, because she is a 5th year Youth Leader at Girls Camp this week and they had to be at camp early, so all they YL’s rode together and I didn’t have to get up! WIN!.
W we took LargeBoy up to the Oberlin Walmart to catch the bus for the Jamboree. He left with lots of eye rolling, and not the world’s greatest attitude, so I hope he has so much fun he can’t believe it! On Monday, we went to see Bug’s Life at the library—mainly for the air conditioning! SmallDaughter has been riding her bike every day, in the morning or evening when it isn’t so hot! I checked my bees Monday afternoon—and boy is it hot in a beesuit! Also, I forgot that I wasn’t wearing my hiking boots and long socks, and a bee crawled up my leg (inside my pants) which is a very distracting feeling!
On Tuesday, I had a Library Board Meeting—the boring one, where we have to decide on the Library Employees Insurance (which is also depressing, because it costs so much more every year!). Dad was here working on my porch when I got back! We talked about his trip, and the reunion. In the afternoon I did walking club with Stephanie, then picked up SmallDaughter & V and we went to the Relief Society picnic in town. SmallDaughter had a great time—eating watermelon and jello and fried chicken, and wandering around (but lots of sisters kept an eye on her, and it was great!). Around 8:15, she decided she was done, and got in the car and did up her seatbelt! So we left! V went home with P, so now it is just SmallDaughter, The WonderDog, Diesel (the kitten who is still here!), and I—and assorted other cats and chickens, of course!
I put her too bed, then worked on mowing around the beehive—I couldn’t blame the boys for not wanting to go there, but it was no problem at all~except for the sweat dripping down me! It was 94 degrees today with 95% humidity, and we have NO A/C. I have a great deal of sympathy for the Wicked Witch of the West, because I spent the whole day feeling like “I’m melting, I’m melting”.
Today at the Summer Reading Program, SD got to dig for treasures in a sandbox! There were lots of other activities, and she did try a few, but she played in the sand for almost an hour! I loved it—she was happy and entertained and we were both cool! Then she rode her bike to the Post Office, and got to put the letters in the postbox, which she loves! The rest of the day was not NEARLY as cool!
We are going to the library a
LOT this week, I can tell!
Diesel just managed to tip the trash can over on herself, and then attack and bite her own tail!