Sunday, August 3, 2008

Summer Days

Well folks, the last time I wrote the blog was some weeks ago. Our daughter always puts a bug in my ear to update. She mentioned it a couple of days ago, so here I am.
We've been pretty busy going down to the house a couple of days a week to help Robin do some work. While we are there, I do laundry and Tom helps paint or other manly stuff. On Thursday we cleared out the china closet and buffet. There are some things I just can not part with. My Mom has given us some nice pieces and so had Tom's Mom. Up to the attic with the lot of them. We have been really good at throwing things away. It is so much easier when we realize we haven't missed it in the passed year.
Connor was also with us for a couple of days. We gave him a treasure hunt kit at Christmas time, and I made treasure hunt maps and Tom and I hid some coins that come with it. It has an invisible marker to mark the "X" on the map. There is also a special compass with a special light on it that when you shine it on the map you can find the invisible "X". Really cool. He just loved it. We went on 2 treasure hunts. While we were out hunting,we met some folks coming the other way. He told them we weren't really pirates, we were just pretending so we could find the treasure.
He will so love our trip next week. We will be taking him up to the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. In Alexandria Bay, on the St Lawrence River, they have Pirate Days. The children fight off the river pirates that try to invade the town. Then they have a big festival. We'll stay in Clayton at Merry Knoll Campground. It's right on the river, and you can watch the big tankers that use the St. Lawrence Seaway. It's one of our favorite place to go. The area is really so lovely. We've never been there for Pirates Days, so it will be a first for all of us.
Yesterday here at camp they had the annual fishing derby. All the kids register, and the horn blows at 12:00. They fish in the big pond. At 2:00 it blows to signal times up. Several prizes are given out. I was able to get a picture of Kyle, who was the winner for the biggest fish. He caught a 21 inch catfish. He is the grandson of our neighbors Dave and Bev. They were all so excited and proud of him. All of the kids had a great time fishing, whether they caught fish or not. The adults had fun watching and advising.
To finish, I have to say something about birds. Robin picks on us because we think it's so cool when we see a bird for the first time. Well, on the way out of the campground the other day I saw a magnificent red tailed hawk. He was sitting on a bale of hay like he was the king of the hay field. Of course he was. I hope we get some pictures of him for the blog. We have also seen some really nice swallows . Pictures will come tomorrow....we hope. Sorry they can't be in today. We had forgotten our camera when we went out. Check back tomorrow to see if they are in.
That's all for tonight. We'll be back tomorrow.

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