Purposeful Pursuits

July 30th, 2015

You probably remember the post about our “project days” at my sister Miriam’s.  Soon after that weekend, we started coordinating schedules to plan project days at Gail’s house.  One of her goals for this summer was to wash all her windows, spray them with mold inhibitor, and apply an insulating window film.  As we expected, not only did we get the project finished (well, except for the upper half of one window because we ran out of film, but she already has another roll and will soon have that completed), but we had a grand time visiting and working together, and the kids had more fun than if they had been at a theme park!

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Soon after we got there on Monday morning, Paul built this Lego crane.

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When it was time to take the scraps to the chickens, Susannah was ready to go.

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Sam was even more anxious to get there with this bag of beetles (from their beetle trap) to feed them to the chickens.

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I made Susannah and Sam slow down just a little because Bobby was rounding up the rest of the gang to go along to feed the chickens (something they all wanted to participate in).

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Those chickens (and one turkey) ate the beetles like candy!

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It was interesting to watch how the kids all paired off.  A lot of the time Sam and Marie played together.  They called me out to see the birthday cake they had made (with wooden pellets), and we sang “Happy Birthday” to Sam.

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Playing in the box of wooden pellets.

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Even though it looks like we did nothing but party and play, we were actually working!

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Miriam was faithfully scrubbing even when I took breaks to take pictures.

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Somehow the kids got a painting station set up, using all kinds of paint, sponges, brushes, finger paints, ink—just about everything!

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They had great fun, and there sure aren’t as many random jars of colored paint around any more!

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A very high-interest location was Bob’s club house.  It was a little shed, maybe 8-foot square (not any bigger!), with shelves and a whole range of miscellaneous paraphernalia to tinker on with hammers and screwdrivers and things like that.

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Quite a number of kids crowded into there at times, and Bob was always patient and generous with everyone coming into his clubhouse.

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Then Bob’s goats, Oreo and Rambo, got out of their pen.

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It made for a great occasion to pet the goats.

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They decided to take one of the gumball machines out to the clubhouse–evidently as a hat for Marie!

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Sam & Gail put the goats back in their field.

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Susannah wanted to climb the tree like Sam, but she didn’t have quite the same monkey skills.

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Bob was showing Marie how to play the guitar.

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Another frequent grouping of the kids was Susannah, Rachel Anne, and Sylvia.  For a long time, they went around just like this, holding hands wherever they went.  It was so cute to watch!  (This picture was taken through a screen, and the sun was shining toward the camera, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture this trio with the camera.)

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One of my very best shots!  (Marie and Olaf)

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For supper, Miriam took down everyone’s sandwich order and then made their desired sandwiches.

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As you can see, Gail was continuously working at applying the insulating film.  Miriam and I scrubbed the windows and sprayed them with the mold inhibitor.  After that, Gail put the film on.

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Obviously, with two of us and one of her, we got ahead of her.  At some point I started bringing her the windows, and putting the finished ones back in.  Let me tell you, those things are made of the real stuff!  Each one must way 40 lbs.!

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Charity made good friends with Sky, their dog.

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Here’s a cute pair!  It’s worth noting that they traded shoes–Sylvia is wearing Rachel’s flip flops, and Rachel is wearing Sylvia’s sneakers.  (Rachel was talking on the phone (a defunct one).  She was actually talking as she walked alongside Sylvia!)

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After supper, in the cool of the evening, we walked along and looked at Gail’s gorgeous, huge, thriving, robust, weed-free garden.
Susannah had a sunflower on a long stem and she was waving that thing around wildly like a baton.

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I finally asked her to hold it still so I could take a picture of it.

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Hannah picked a lovely bouquet of zinnias and sunflowers, which she put in a vase on the table.

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The kids loved their seesaw.

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Sam is making a goofy face as he carries in some of the cantaloupes from their garden.

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Bob and Hannah got the last seesaw rides in of the evening.

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P1020243That night, all my kids camped out in the basement with Bob and Sam and had a grand sleepover.  Miriam and her girls took to calmer chambers and spent the night up at my parent’s (very close by).  After the kids were asleep (well, I later found out the Bob and Paul were not asleep at that time!), I came home and went back the next morning.

This concludes the first day of Purposeful Pursuits!

Stay tuned for day two…

Lake Moomaw 2015

July 22nd, 2015

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