Sunday, August 21, 2016

A great start!

After a two hour rain delay, a fill in coach and no game plan the fall league began.

I never heard where their coach was, but the guy who stepped in to help out did a great job ~ considering he had never seen these boys before and had no idea what any of them were capable of. 

Caden taking the field for the first game. 


Caden and his buddy Drew getting ready to bat for the first time. 
This is Drew's first season with the fall program, but he and Caden have played together on the school and tournament team all year. 
As well as Caden did last year with this league, not knowing a single kid, I think he is glad to have a friend with him this season.  


Caden had some really nice hits and even flashed a bunt. The bunt wasn't successful, but it's always a challenge to try.  

Rounding third for home!


This isn't a great picture (damn fence), but you can see how thrilled they are to have both had good hits and scored runs. 


Getting ready to steal a base. 


Which he did pretty easily.


The boys handily won both games!
Which is a great start since the ten teams in this league will be seeded based on their prior game performances for the championship game day. 


aaah baseball. 
Not a bad way to spend a gloomy Saturday at all.

Today is beautiful and cooler. I'm not a fan of the cooler temps, but I suppose it is going to happen whether I like it or not. 

In other news, poor Dodger's allergies have started again. He is scratching, nibbling and sneezing. I'll be giving him benadryl which does help quite a bit until I get some meds from the vet tomorrow. 

Have a great Sunday :)







Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday AM coffee

August has flown by it seems.

Today is the first double header for the fall baseball league. The boys have had three practices and a different coach each time so it will be interesting IF we don't get rained out. Supposed to rain or storm most of the day I guess.

Every afternoon and evening this week I've been making salsa or pickles. Last night I made some bread and butter pickles for my Dad. I haven't made them since my first year canning and used a different recipe, hope they are good.

Chyann starts college on Monday. The school has had freshman orientation for the last few days. Two gals she went to high school with moved into the dorms and they attended the events together. Exciting times!

Colton just moved into a new duplex with the girlfriend and Dozer. He doesn't start college until after Labor day so is busy getting organized when he isn't working his two jobs.

I think contrary to what Caden says, he is ready for school to start on the 1st of Sept.

Enjoy your Saturday. It's time to get ready :)
later


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Twins game

We unexpectedly had the opportunity to attend a MN Twins game last night!
Having never experienced a big league game I didn't really know what to expect.


We brought along Caden's two best buddies.
Watching batting practice before the game, hoping for a foul ball to come their direction. 
Glad we got there early so we could explore the place a little. 
I was surprised how easy it was to navigate the stadium. 


Found our seats!


Which had a great view of home plate and the whole field. 


These guys had so much fun! We loved hearing them laugh and do funny stuff to try and get on the big screen. 


The skyline of the city was beautiful.


The attendance was around 22,500. 


I had my first $8.50 beer and it was pretty tasty.


Every home run hit is cause for fireworks!
There were three last night. 


A great time had by all of us!


I will say that with the hassle of trying to get downtown, avoiding road construction, getting lost, one way streets, the crush of people on the sidewalks and the freaking heat I was thinking this might be the last big league game I went to. 
After all that crap though, sitting in the stands and enjoying the live game more than made up for it.

Then the game was over and all these people were leaving. 
I was so surprised how smooth the exit was. Unbelievable.
When we hit the sidewalks is when it got a little sketchy.
Three or four homeless people on every block and what looked to me like scary thugs intermingled with this throng of baseball fans making their way to their cars. Super glad we only had to walk two blocks to our parking garage.  

I was worried about finding our way out of there in the dark, but the way out had no construction and traffic moved at a fast clip. I was unnerved at how fast traffic moved. One thing goes wrong with any of the vehicles around you and you are toast. 

Anyhow, we made it home and fell into bed. 
Glad we took the day off from work. 

I see a nap in my future and some canning. 
More pickles and maybe some tomatoes.

later :)


PS I totally forgot to add that the Twins lost to the Astros lol Great game tho!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Highlights

We've had a busy few weeks around here. 

Some of the highlights were the end of the Wheeler season. 
The boys played up in Rice Lake and came up with two wins and two losses. 
I never heard with the point spread how they came out - third or fourth place, but they sure had a good day of ball even though they were down two key players.

I was thrilled that Mom and Gerry were here to see this last tournament.
Gerry came up with us first thing in the morning and stayed all day. While Chyann drove Mom up mid-day. 
I didn't take as many pictures as I normally would for whatever reason. Too busy gabbing I suppose. 
Our boy got a lot of good hits that enabled him to steal some good bases.

He's ready to run.



Sliding into home is always a good thing and he did it multiple times. 




My favorite picture of the day. 
Sure it looks like I've got a third arm here, but that's alright I'll probably get this one framed anyway lol
Damn it was hot and humid.
 I was worried about the heat bothering them, but they assured me the humidity in OK was a lot worse and the hot weather we were having was totally tolerable.


Afterwards the coach made a great end of the season speech. I wonder if he'll decide to put the team together again next year. Guess we'll see.  


An after game celebration burger was in order at Caden's favorite burger joint. 
Gerry confessed that he wasn't too keen on a whole day of baseball, but said he absolutely enjoyed the shit out of it. 
Even going on to say multiple times that Caden is a "solid" ball player. Seriously Caden never saw so much action at third base all freaking season and he made good plays every single time. I was so proud of him.
Hearing that pleased the hell out of Caden too. 


 I've discovered this crazy thing called snapchat.
Maybe you've heard about it? Well friends you've got to get it.
It's more fun than you'd expect.
My Mother and I sure enjoyed it.


Man we had a good time playing with the pictures!


Surprise of all surprises Colton came home to see the Grandparents!
And attend his five year class reunion.
FIVE years?
Yes. Hard to believe right?
Dozer never lets him out of his sight. 


I can't tell you what a thrill it was to see my Mother - twice in one year no less. 
Scrabble championships were usually won by Chyann when she played, but Mom and I a few winning games ourselves.


Caden sure enjoyed having his sister back home for a few weeks. 
We all did. 
Hamming it up at Walmart, much to her dismay. 


HA! 


While our girl was home we started riding the wild beasts again.
Many an evening we came in with noodle legs and sore butts.
Loved every minute of it.
She is back to St Cloud and now has a job so likely we wont be seeing her as frequently. I'll definitely treasure the time she was home. A short lived bridge between the old life when she was here as a child and the adult world she is beginning. 


Random picture of a turkey roosting in the back yard. 


My tomatoes are really starting to come in. 
That first tomato sandwich totally lived up to all my expectations. In fact I have at least one a day.
Three batches of pickles canned and zucchini of some sort at every meal. 
I love this time of year. 

Except for the rotten ragweed. 
oy oy oy
Allergy season is once again upon us.
Headache and congestion city. 

Fall ball started yesterday.
The boys are there tonight. 
Which was almost derailed by Caden having an embedded freaking bug in his eye?!?!
How does that happen?
Nothing like a run to urgent care first thing in the AM.
Anywho, I hope it is as good experience as last year was. 

later folks :)



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday AM coffee

It's been one of those weeks where you just shake your head and wonder wtf.

Our girl wasn't feeling well on Monday. 
Stomach ache, nausea and all that. Likely a virus right?
As the day wore on another odd symptom, stomach bloating. That was alarming to me. Go to urgent care. After four hours and a CT scan she was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction and admitted to the hospital for possible surgery.

Meanwhile one hundred and sixty some miles away at 1030pm the boy and I jump in the van for a midnight run to St Cloud.
Since I work from home I don't drive much anymore and almost never at night. I didn't think about this fact until we were on the highway surrounded by semis. I thought about my friend Krissy driving one of those big beasts and wondered if she was in every red one we passed.
 Sure am glad I've got those anti glare HD lenses though. No Christmas tree like blurring lights for me as I drove through the night at 80 mph. I was also thankful the moon was almost full and lit up the night on dark stretches of the highway allowing me to see if any deer were ready to bound in front of us.

I'm glad I brought the boy with me. He was my navigator and got me around and through road construction that would have been pretty tricky otherwise.
Finally we arrived after at the hospital and learned we were in a wait and watch situation for the time being. Which is just fine. You don't want to have an abdominal surgery if you don't absolutely have to.

 That first night in the early morning hours I was trying to get a little nap in when randomly I remembered I had recently read a book called Draculas. Course it was set in a hospital where a ton of mayhem ensued. Which then made me think about when the boy was hospitalized in early spring he was worried about the zombie apocalypse. GRRR turn off the brain and sleep. NONE of that crap is going to happen lol 

The boy stayed with us for a day and then went home with the Hubby.

After multiple tests and almost three days it was determined the obstruction had resolved on it's own with bowel rest. Whew! Huge sigh of relief.
After her discharge I brought her home with me where she was so happy to sleep in her own bed again.
Having a bowel obstruction is basically your intestines twisting up in some random way that doesn't allow matter to flow through. Whether from scar tissue or whatever it is a serious condition never to be taken lightly.

Anyhow our girl is feeling much better and will be home with us for a week or so which is perfect as my Mother and Gerry are coming to visit this week for a few days. 
I am hopeful the eldest will find a break in his schedule to come home too.

In other news we have had some sweltering hot weather this week. Mid 90's and oppressive humidity. Making the real feel temperature about 105*.
Of course we had a baseball double header the day after coming home from the hospital. I was sure they'd cancel the game, but nope. The boys had two awesome wins! 
This coming Saturday is the last Wheeler team tournament of the season. Then we are on to fall ball. 

It rained most of day yesterday which made it a good day to rest up, which I think we all needed.
I did can up my first batch of sweet and spicy pickles though and picked a few zucchinis. I even have a few tomatoes that are almost ready. Can't wait to eat that first one. 

later



Thursday, July 14, 2016

What's happening?

This and that, but mostly it's been baseball or mowing going on here. 

We've had a painful season with the school team, but I suppose that is probably a good learning experience for Caden. Although I'm sure he'd disagree with that. 
That's him and his best buddy - the one on second base. 


After his last game with the school team.
 Surely that rainbow means a better season next year.
I'm trying to talk the Hubby into being a coach so we'll see. 


The other morning I was starting up my work computer and realized the sky was on fire!
I ran downstairs and took some amazing pictures.
This is looking towards the North West from the front yard.
The red seemed to be bleading down in waves.
I've never seen anything like it.
Freaking incredible.
While I snapped pictures it started to sprinkle and the sky towards the South West started changing so I ran to the back porch. 


And see this amazing sight!
Purple and blue sky with a rainbow.
Gorgeous right?


What do the old sailors say?
Red sky in the morning sailors take warning. Red sky at night sailors delight.
Or is it the other way around?

Anywho between baseball games, practicing and hauling Caden to and from games to ump there hasn't been a lot of time unaccounted for. 

I have kept up with the mowing and gardening though.
My tomato and hot peppers are looking good. 
I don't think I'm going to do the black landscape fabric next year though. Maybe it would have worked better if I'd had a completely weed free area to start with, but I didn't. The weeds grow freely under the fabric and the fabric puffs up like a pillow would. It absolutely creeps the shit out of me to walk on that puffy crap. With every step I'm convinced that I'll be stepping on a snake under all that mess. 


I've even managed to get two solo rides in on Scotch. 
The first trip out was a dream. He was perfect which I totally didn't expect.
Second trip out he got spooked by the neighbors cows emerging from the forest. He never spooks big, but once he gets spooked he is ready to head home. Might take him out again tomorrow and see how he does. 


Beegee had to come too. It was a beautiful day for a ride. 
The hay field is coming in nicely.


This is my favorite time of year here.
Hot, humid, lush and green. 


Wheeler ball starts again on Saturday and we are all excited about it!
It's been way too long of a hiatus for those boys.

Later alligator :)





Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday AM coffee

I started the month out with good intentions to blog more.
 10 a month at a minimum, but that didn't quite work out. Eh, I'll keep working on it.

We've had some amazing sunsets in the last few weeks. 
This one is so oddly beautiful to me. 


Baseball continues to keep us running all over the state.
One of my favorite pictures of Caden sliding into home plate. Suspended in mid air.


Then digging in the dirt.


And he was safe. 
This was the longest night of baseball to date. 
A double header with the first game lasting an unheard of 2 hours and 45 minutes!
We were all ready to go home after this game, but nope there was one more to play. 
The next game was over much quicker, still we didn't get home that night until 1130pm.


All the kids came home for Father's Day and it was so wonderful having them all home. The weather was hot so we spent most of the weekend in and out of the pool. 


Kitty on the roof of the tack room.


The neighbors planted hay in the field next door this year. It is coming in really well.
Chyann and I did ride a little last weekend. It was fun. Didn't ride long as it was so damn buggy and hot.


Chyann is home again this weekend too.
She came for my birthday. 
Yes that also means we are six months from Christmas folks. 
I had the pleasure of having to renew my drivers license this year. What a pain in the butt that was. Not to mention the fact that I previously had the BEST drivers license picture ever taken in the history of the world and now I've got one where I look all growly and mean. For some reason they had me take my glasses off for the picture too, which I found kinda weird. I'll have that yucky picture until I am the ripe old age of 53. Ish I can't imagine that.

My gardens are growing well. Lots of tomatoes and peppers set. I can't wait for that first ripe tomato and that first tomato sandwich.

I'm off to do some weeding in the small garden where I haven't laid that black landscape fabric down and am totally regretting that. Maybe if I get it all weeded today I'll get some down. Really makes a difference in the weed population. 

Later :)