Archive for July, 2008

July 4th catch up

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Yes, I know it’s the 17th.  I was a bit horrified as I started going back through my pictures to see how long ago some of them were taken.  This post is going to try to catch up through the 4th, and then I’ll try to get the more recent pics up. 

I have scads of things to write, but I’ll have to try to spread them out a bit, as it’s already almost midnight, I have tons of photos to upload at satellite-speed (which, for those of you who DON’T live in the boonies, is only a bit faster than dial-up; manyfold slower than DSL or cable), and I’m ignoring a handful of charts that need to be written up because I won’t have time to do it tomorrow as I’m covering the practice for my out-of-town associate and my schedule is booked solid tomorrow, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and next Wednesday already.  Woohoo.  Thank heavens there’s a Sunday in there. 

Grandma Winter sent both Will and Anna new cowboy boots for the fall and winter, and they arrived in early June.  I forgot I had pictures of Will wearing his, so here they are.  They’re a bit big (deliberately, since we don’t wear them much in the summer), and they’re now put away until fall.  I don’t know why I didn’t get any of Anna wearing hers, but for some reason, I didn’t.

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Instead, I have pictures of her dancing in her little green dress.  Whatever.

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You all remember the orphan kittens we were raising, of course.  This just happens to be the cutest kitten on the face of the earth, and believe it or not, he’s still available!  Two of the five have great homes, but three are still looking.  They’re 8 weeks old and ready to go!

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Littleton Summerfest was in mid-June, and following the parade in the early afternoon, we walked around town a bit.  A very nice older gentleman offered to take our picture together.   Naturally, my eyes are closed.  And just when I think I’ve lost enough weight to not look grotesque, I see photos of myself.  I should destroy all cameras.  Then I could at least live in blissful ignorance of the visual blight I am inflicting on the general landscape.  Thank heavens I have cute kids; perhaps that helps contribute to better karma in some way.  In any case, after taking our picture, Will (who has some kind of thing for old men with white beards) commandeered his hand, and the older man graciously consented to walk across the bridge with us (as though he had a choice.) 

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After fighting with a too-narrow pot and pan cabinet for 7 years, I decided to construct for myself a pot rack.  It’s hanging over the stove.  I’m not sure I’m all that thrilled with the overall appearance, but it certainly has made our pan-retrieval much easier. 

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I received a beautiful decorative collage from my dear high school friend Rhonda a couple of weeks ago.  I don’t know if you can enlarge it enough to read it all from my photo, but it’s a lovely verse about traveling a long distance to add our daughter to our family.  I don’t know for sure, but I suspect she put it all together for us.  It’s such a nice picture!

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And here we are on the 4th.  We had a little picnic lunch/grill-out on the deck, and I put out a paper tablecloth and we had little flags, etc.  We had a good time, and the kids thought we were really doing something special.  And perhaps we were.  The evening was beautiful, too, albeit a bit cool, for our annual St. J Band concert in North Woodstock, NH.

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I’ll close this segment with a long string of photos of little Miss Diva Anna-Gladys Knight and her Will-Pip dancing in the living room.  In the photos, they look like real hip-hop specialists, but I can assure you it didn’t really appear that coordinated in person.  0717089.jpg

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