Monday, September 05, 2005

Summer...Come and Gone...Almost

Well, summer was fun, but it's almost gone. It was a nice summer, even though I didn't get down to Utah. That would have made it a great summer, but it was just nice.

I had six weeks off of work in June and July - the school closes in the summer. That was a needed break. I feel like I got a lot done.

We built a goat loafing shed - well, started to anyway. Nolan came up for a weekend with his girlfriend, Heather, and we dug holes and cemented the posts in the ground. It's coming along slowly, but surely. The young and old men from our ward came out for two nights and finished a section of the roof and put up a fence in no time at all. It was great. Kathleen and I have been working throughout the summer on it. The billy goat loves it!

I chopped my hair off. One day in April I went in to a beauty parlor and had it whacked. I donated my hair to Locks of Love. It was fun. I have never had my hair this short and I like it a lot. I am growing it out a little (probably to my jaw line) for Dillon's sake. I think he misses my long hair.

We had three - yes I said three - batches of kittens this summer. What a mess!!!! There were - and still are - cats everywhere! We had 7 to start out and added 12 kittens over the summer. We are now down to a mere *sarcasm* 14 cats total. People! I cannot stress this enough - have your pets spayed or neutered!

I took up running - it's really kind of a waddling; most runners would be insulted that I call what I do running :-) - about 5 months ago. I like it a lot. I have never been a good runner, but I have noticed huge improvements. When I started - this is really sad - I couldn't even run a full 1/2 mile without stopping and walking. Now I am running 3.1 miles in a little over 30 minutes, - this is really good for me - and I run the whole way. Sometimes Kathleen will ride the bike with me while I run. It's nice; it keeps my mind off of how much my legs hurt or how tired I am. My resting heart rate is now down to below 60bpm, so I am getting in shape.

We planted a garden. I am just barely getting to enjoy the fruits of my labor with the strawberries. The chickens devoured them the second they turned red, but I have since learned to enjoy pinkish-white strawberries. They are still better than store bought like that. We got a tons of yellow squash, zucchini and cucumbers. Kathleen makes a killer vegi dish with the squash and zucchini. Mmmmmmmmm. We are anxiously awaiting the corn. It's almost "done" - as Dillon would say. The tomatoes and beans didn't turn out so well - actually, they didn't turn out at all. I think the beans were under watered and the tomatoes were over watered. Who knows?... We have some little pumpkins too. That should be fun for Halloween.

Paul (my brother), Doug (my dad), Kathleen (my step-mom) and I went to the "2nd Biannual Craven Family Reunion" up above Hailey, ID. It was a lot of fun. The campground was really nice. There were deer that would come and hang out. They only required a distance of 30 feet or so from people. It was neat. We went on a 2-4 hour hike (depending on who you were and who you got separated with). Paul and I got separated together. We had a lot of fun - I did anyway. Paul wore nylon basketball shorts and was covered in stickers! We had to stop every ten minutes to pull them off because they were poking him so bad. Then in a matter of seconds, it seemed, he was covered again. It was funny - to me... Towards the end of the hike he said, "The searing pain has turned into a numb, tingling sensation." Those stickers were everywhere! It was nice to spend some one-on-one time with my brother in the mountains. The camp had a horse shoe throwing court(?) (is that the right word?) equipped with horse shoes and posts to throw them on. We also had a boulder throwing contest. This rock weighed like 40lbs at least. I am pretty sure I won... Mine went like 5 whole feet! It was a good time. We were only there for a day, a night and a day, but in that time I got to meet people that were related to me that I didn't even know existed.

Kathleen just got back from SLC visiting Nolan and her brother Alan and his family. She came back with the cake top from our wedding. It was such a fun surprise. Ana Maria - Alan's wife - had saved it for an entire year + in her freezer so that we could eat it on our anniversary. It was so neat! I made Dillon reminisce about our last year together and our wedding before he could take a bite. It still tasted delicious! That's how good Carol is! Her cakes, even at a year old, are divine!

I am back to work and am sorry to see the summer end, but I will just complain until the next one starts. :-D


sashie said...

Summer has definitely already gone here in Alaska. I miss it terribly. We're still getting sunny skies, but the temps are in the 30's and 40's most days. Could someone please tell the woman in charge that its only September!

Sounds like you guys had some good times. The animals and the gardening sound like heaven to me. I can't wait to be back and see all that Almosta Farm has become.

I'm so proud and envious of your running. I am more out of shape than I thought was possible and it just keeps getting harder and harder to get the ball rolling. I'm thrilled that you have been able to be successful. It gives me inspiration.

I love you both. . .

Be Well!

Ultra Paul said...

How could I have forgotten "TROG"?!?!

I feel another haiku coming...


Nope, false alarm... :(

Mom said...

Paul, behave yourself!