Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Amusment in Bowling Green

So, quick recap:

First day of our vacation week, we went to the water park.

The middle of the week, we went camping (something daughter really wanted to do.)

On Friday, we had planned to go to Beech Bend Park (b/c that is something the son wanted to do.) But it rained all morning. We had nearly decided to postpone it for some other time when we saw the radar was showing clear skies for the rest of the afternoon.

So, we loaded into the van and took the two hour trip down to Bowling Green.

First, we rode the big wooden roller coaster.

Then they rode the bumper cars:


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Then we rode the Wild Mouse Spinning Coaster. This is the photo from the website:

Yes, if you're from KY you'll remember that the old version would sometimes throw the whole car off the tracks. The operator could remember it too. I didn't mention it to the kids, but my hiney sure did tighten as we came to the edges!


Then they got me on something called (of all things) Moby Dick. The operator took a photo for us. Can you see the excitement in my eyes? NOT! Before we left, the kids and I rode the wooden coaster one more time. That's me in the second car being funny.
As we reached the top of the first hill, I'm securing my bandana!
It was nearing closing time and we had ridden all we wanted. So we wandered over to their petting zoo. The baby goats were the best!
They were plumb tuckered out from a full day of play and people. We would give the ones who wanted it, a good rub where their horns were coming in. I had one to almost fall over with pleasure and exhaustion while I was lightly scratching his forehead. I wanted to take them home with us.
Our white cat, Maggie sleeps the same way... with her head butted up against something.


What do we do next?

Well, we tried to go boating, but the battery was dead. Son cut his foot on the river bottom as we tried to keep the boat from running ashore and also soaked his cellphone while Hubby went to get the trailer to reload the boat. I broke my favorite flip-flop as we pushed the boat back to the ramp.

So we went swimming instead. After an hour, we were all feeling better and decided that we didn't need a boat to have fun.

But swimming and fresh air makes one enjoy a nap... Night fell after a delicious supper of chicken fajitas made on the camp stove. We were all too tired to care about the dirty skillets and I promised to wash them first thing in the morning.

We retired to the camper for 5 rounds of UNO and lots of laughing.

The day had been cloudy so the night was positively comfortable. We had all the windows open so we could hear the crickets singing.

Then I heard something. A small shuffle. Was someone walking though our camp?

There it was again. Shhhhh! I hear something! Everyone held their cards and their tongues. Yes! Unmistakeable clamor near the picnic table. Immediately the kids suspected the two skunks they had seen wandering the woods while they took a bike ride. Hubby grabbed the flashlight, wanting to identify the noise before we were sprayed out of the the site.

This is what we saw....

He was fully grown and healthy looking. And he was helping himself to the stuck-on chicken pieces from our supper. I internally fussed at myself for not washing the skillets. But I was also secretly tickled that I hadn't. I got very close for photos before he decided that he had had enough of the leftovers.
The skillets were a breeze to wash the next morning. Don't worry, I used plenty of soap, hot water, and elbow grease despite the good pre-wash Rocky did.

On the last day of camping, we slept in, had more camp doughnuts (despite having planned on something else initially. It was the doughnuts we wanted, so we had them!) then we went for another swim.

After the swim, we wandered around the marina dock. At the back, there is a walkway out to the gas pumps for the boats. In the water on your right, you will see this...
Those are HUGE carp.
The lady who cooks inside the marina tosses their scraps to them and calls them her "babies". She says the really big ones don't come up as often. How big are the big ones I wonder?!!!


Here is a video of her tossing a hill from a bread loaf to them. The voices are of another family. At the end, you will see the lady who feeds them.
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So, the camping trip ended and we were all wishing we had just one more day, but vacations have a way of moving quicker than the work week and we had one more day of planned activity.

Photos of that tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Breakfast, camping style

We just can't seem to take a camping trip without having this decadent treat for breakfast. Camp doughnuts!
You simply use the cheap, canned biscuits. Poke a hole in one, stretch it out then fry it in oil. Then top one with your choice of chocolate icing, powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar. (Insert the sound of Homer Simpson here: "....doughnuts....")
Yep, that's the best way to start your day! Lots of processed carbs fried in oil! It will put a smile on any face.
You can get very creative with your breakfast too.
Then you can sit around and say, "so, what do you want to do now?"

Monday, July 28, 2008

I'd "Druther" be on vacation

Well, actually that's where I've been... on vacation!

For Monday: we went to the big waterpark in Somerset and let both the kids take a guest. Hubby and I mostly enjoyed the lazy river because, well, we were being lazy.

Tuesday: we packed and prepared for a camping trip. We had just enough daylight when we arrived at camp to set up the borrowed RV (thanks Jason & Aundria!) and thanks to my sister too who loaned us her Jeep so we could pull J&A's boat too.

Do you remember Druther's Restaurant? Do you remember Burger Queen? The only one left is right in the heart of Campbellsville, KY.Remember "Queen Bee" or was she called "Queenie"? Used to be that the only fast food places in town were McDonald's and Burger Queen then Pizza Hut!

"I'd ruther go to Druther's Restaurant!" Remember the jingle?
O-kay, so the food wasn't as good as my childhood memory so we compensated.
I just love this building across the street! It's the kind that makes you want to sneak inside and play castle.
The next morning was beautiful. Our campsite was perfect with lots of shade and a view of Green River.
More on the trip tomorrow!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Lizards, Toads, and Snakes

The thing about moving into the woods and trying to landscape... ... is that under every rock is a surprise!
But nothing prepared me for this one!
He thinks he's hiding under that stalk of wheat-grass.
Little fellow is probably a foot long!
We couldn't figure out his identity so we had to look at his belly. According to the Kentucky Snake Book he is a Eastern Milk Snake, common in our area. I have never seen one in the wild until today.

We let him go under the deck.
Sorry, no photo of the lizard. She was too fast. We know it was a female because we watched her get "fat" this summer and then go skinny at the same time we found little empty eggshells.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Hodge-Podge

When I got home last night from my monthly Bunco game, Hubby had been extremely productive.

As you can see below, he has leveled out the dirt that he's been bringing up to add to our sloping yard. The highest terrece will be a flower bed. The second terrace will be a walkway running from the deck on the left end of the house around the front and connecting to some steps at the opposite end of the front porch. Yes, I still have a lot of work to do on the front porch clutter.

And he also poured the footer for the retaining wall at the back of the house.
And he also tilled the garden. I love my hard-working man.

Plans this weekend include laying the retaining wall and placing a rock border on the front flower bed. We are also having my brother's family down from Illinois for his daughter's birthday party. There is also a homeschool conference and a craft festival that are possiblities if we can stretch the hours out in a day. So much to do... busy days are good days.Here are a couple of daylily photos. Their recent planting have left them a bit unattractive as a whole, but individual blooms promise a beautiful showing next year. This one is called "Persian Market."

And this one is "Stella Supreme."

I also have the following varieties in the same bed... Apricot Ruffle (orange and frilly), Daring Deception (mauve and cream with frilled edges), Forest Phantom (yellow with a purple center), Strutter's Ball (purple with a yellow center), and some common gold from the old house. I find myself liking these easy-to-survive perriennals and plan to get several more varieties for the backyard as it gets full sun nearly all day. I will have something very pretty to look at as I hang the clothes on the line!

I've been picking blackberries this week. And I have a bad case of chigger bites.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Still here

Sorry if you've wondered where I've been lately. I'm still here. I've been fighting off a little illness or combination of natural things or something that put me on my bottom for a couple of days. Before that, I was just plain busy.

Isn't it always wonderful to wake up that first day after getting over a physical set-back?! It's as if you have been given a gift to start fresh and a new appreciation for what you are able to do each day instead of having any grumbling in your bones about hard work. There's a great lesson there, a good reminder, but no need to preach to the choir. I'm thankful for the first morning I feel the least bit better after being reminded what it would be like to become unable!

In the coming month, I plan to blog on my new daylily bed, the garden, and (close your ears, fellows) switching to cloth menstral pads. Hubby has been digging the footers for a retaining wall at the back of our berm home and for the front porch steps.

That's it for today. Must try to catch up the home and garden now. Love to you all!