Vacation (Long post)
We went to the farm on Friday (that would be 2 Fridays ago). G had been at the Lake of the Ozarks all week, so he came home on Friday and stayed home with the animals. The kids and I arrived at the farm early Friday evening, unpacked the van and went straight to my Grandpa's (GGP) house to visit and see the puppies. One of the farm dogs, Dot, is a "puppy mill" she has had 7 litters since she came to the farm. This litter is 6 girls and 1 boy puppy, and they are sooooooooo cute. We spent about an hour with playful puppies and then another 30-40 minutes cuddling drowsy puppies. (I took LOTS of pictures, but haven't got them uploaded to Flickr yet. I'll do that tonight.)
Saturday, we went on a "bear hunt" (known to us adults as a hike). We started out at about 11:00 and walked along the "bear hunt trail" and then along the riverbed. We saw lots of beautiful flowers and scenery, and again I took LOTS of pictures (see note above). I'm not sure how far we walked, but we arrived back at the house at about 1:00 hot, sweaty and hungry. So, we had a little lunch and then went to look for the new colts. We only found one, I'm not sure where they others were, but there are 3 right now. (Imagine a picture of a colt here)
Saturday night was the 2nd night of the Fredericktown Knights of Columbus Rodeo. The kids LOVED the rodeo. I had a good time as well, you know, cowboys and their jeans are always good entertainment, and they had goats. (Imagine a picture of cute goats here) We had a blast, unfortunately, G seperated his shoulder on Saturday night, as a result of a tumble down the basment stairs. (He and the dog share the blame, excited dog and tipsy G make for a bad combination on the basement stairs.)
So Sunday morning at about 5am I got a call from him telling me that he had just gotten home from the ER, but he was OK, so go back to sleep. (easy for him to say, he had Vicodan) I let the kids sleep in since they were up late at the rodeo, and we ate breakfast with GGP. The Puppy lovefest ensued after breakfast and while I was packing up the van to go back home. When I finally had the van packed up, I drove up to GGP's house to say farewell and pick the kids up. L was cuddling the only puppy who was out. (The puppies sleep under the deck) She almost convinced me that we should take a puppy home with us, until I realized that the puppy she had was a girl puppy, and I don't do girl animals. L & B said a tearful goodbye to the puppy and piled into the car and we headed for home.
The remainder of the week was spent hanging out at home and getting ready for school. I had an interview for a new job on Monday and accepted their offer on Friday, so on August 22, I will start a new job. More on this later, but I really am excited.
I think that's enough for now. Oh, the only knitting accomplished was that I had to rip out about half of the left front of Dolly and reknit it as I was not paying attention and was decreasing at a different rate than on the right front. Doh! I hate when that happens. But I finished the left front and am now working on sleeve one. (Then all that's left is seaming, edging and finding buttons.) I also ripped out the half of the square that I was working on for the Tribute blanket. I think I will work on those tonight. I'd like to mail Annie 2 or 3 more this week.
More and pictures later.