Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Life is good!

A little nature observed on our walk over to see Maya tonight.
Dad and daughter - 12 days!We're off to Philly for a wholesale show this weekend, so life kind of returns to normal? - Pretty sure life will ever be like it was before Maya!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Too much life going on to blog?

Visiting Maya Louise, my neice and nephew visiting us, getting ready for the upcoming show, etc..... lots of pics, lots of stuff going on - Harry Potter, books and movies, etc. WOW. A couple of pics below. Maya of course, and the spirals my neice made on the laser, painted herself, and took home! Life is good! Grandma, Grandpa, Great Grandma, and Great Grandpa with Maya. 4 generations in that room yesterday!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Maya pic taken by Wyatt

Wyatt took this shot yesterday in black and white. He is pleased to no longer be the youngest in the family!

Maya and Harry Potter

Maya at about 27 hours out in our world - above, and below, one of those cool moments in life. This book cover spotted at just before 2am toward the end of the line snaking along most every aisle of the book store as we awaited our copies of Harry Potter - the final chapter. Also note the slogan on the T-shirt! Weary as I was, without the young to keep me out late, I would have been home wasting my life asleep!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Maya is here!

More will follow, but here is the first picture of Maya.

Below are some more!
Maya eagerly awaited.

Proud Dad

Happy Mom

Delighted Grandmother

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Weeds to some - Thistles to others

I always learned that weeds are simply plants that someone doesn't want in that particular spot. About 5o years ago, my grandfather paid me 50 cents a day to cut the "bull thistles" out of the sheep pasture. Some of them were bigger than me, and I treasured the pocket watch I bought at the local "five and dime".

Last summer, much to my Mom's dismay, I insisted that Dad not cut down the glorious thistle growing in their front yard, and this summer we have carefully mowed around two somewhat less glorious thistles in my yard. The bee in the above picture was grateful I'm sure, and I have enjoyed the wonderful flowers, the dark green foliage, and the very busy ants farming a bumper crop of aphids.
The thistle above grows in my sister-in-law's back yard. Like me, she sometimes has odd notions, a thing I love dearly about her. She has been known to save milkweed in the back yard. I still have some seeds from that New Hampshire denison. A Scottish friend has enlightened her about the thistle's role in Scottish folklore, and thus part of the interest, but I suspect she might have let them grow anyway. Notice the intricate webbing between the parts of the budding flower, and also at around 1 o'clock - upper part of the picture, you can see a stink bug. I think nature is glad when we just let her do her thing! Another view below.

Friday, July 13, 2007

So you thought you were going grocery shopping today?

Below are a few pictures of our house and Mom and Dad's house as the gas and electric crew works to insure the continued availability of gas to heat our homes. A few weeks ago they ran a small 2" dia. line down the side street, burrowing under driveways, etc, but today they went by our homes with an 8" main line that requires removal of the sidewalk, and lots of other things in the path. As old farmers, my Dad and I marveled at the quality of the soil beneath our feet!

While this process is momentarily disrupting, noisy, and dusty, we are grateful to this crew for keeping our city running smoothly. We are also looking forward to the level smooth sidewalk that will be a lot easier to shovel this winter!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Kaleidoscope older than Wyatt

Before Wyatt was born, The Toycrafter (my old toy company) built this 6 foot long motorized kaleidoscope. The kaleidoscope is still around - on exhibit at the Rochester Museum and Science center, and Wyatt got to see it yesterday!

Along the canal, we also got to see 10 ducks - Mom and 9 babies - very unconcerned about us, but very concerned about finding some lunch!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Things that make you go "mmmmmmm"

Just one of those things I love- sign next door to a used car lot. Click on picture to read the sign more clearly. Oddly enough just off to the right behind the R&R Sales building, is a church!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Lazy days of summer

Wyatt is joining me on my bike rides this week - Uncle time again!
On the nature in the back yard front, below is a good sized poke weed growing along the sidewalk on South Ave. It should get a lot taller unless someone decides it is just a weed. Dad and I have a big poke weed growing every summer behind our garage. I think Dad would cut it down ---- I know Mom would ---- but it is such a cool looking and huge plant that I intervene on behalf of the poke weed. That one will end up taller that the garage!

And on the sidewalk theme - major construction is underway on Caroline St. , with spray painted directions, warnings, pipe locations, etc. pretty much everywhere. The one below is my personal favorite!