Sunday, June 9, 2013

What a Week!

Here is just a little bit of what we have had going on this first week of summer!  How many weeks do we have of summer?  I hope they are not all like this one! 

Harry started his summer college course on Monday.  His high school classes ended the Friday right before the Monday that college classes started.  Sorry you didn't get a break Harry!  It is just a short five weeks!  You can do it!

He also took the ACT test again this weekend. That kid is still in school!  Who are we kidding?

Also on Monday is when Pablo had his car accident.  That was a bad, bad day.  He is so much better and will be having surgery on his cheekbone this coming week.

We had a family picture made on Monday night.  Monday was slamming.  I can't wait to see the pictures and I have been stalking the photographer's web site hourly to get a sneak peek.

Tuesday was Louise's 79th birthday.  Miss her terribly.  Happy Birthday Nana!

Astro went in for a well check this week and has another ear infection.  This time they packed it with some kind of antibiotic so I don't have to chase him down to squirt something in his ear daily.  That is a welcome relief. What is up with the ear infections dog?

We have started Summer Fun Thursdays at our house for Chip and some of his buddies.  Four of them showed up this week and they played outside, we filled up water balloons for a war, went to Jumpstreet for a couple of hours, cookies and ice cream, ping pong tournament, hallway baseball.  Good fun.  No TV.  No video games.  Sweaty, tired boys.  It was great.  This week we are going to the Pinballz Arcade and doing some science experiments outside.  We are going to dump some Mentos in Diet Coke, make elephant toothpaste and fake snow and a big old giant volcano with baking soda and vinegar.  Should be another fun day.

Harry has been running the roads like a mad man.  College class in the morning, working, and then on Wednesday he spent about six hours driving all over town looking for a U.S. Flag sticker with his pals.  I don't think they ever found one. They wanted it to stick on Carlos's basketball goal.  Why, you ask?  I have no idea and they don't either.  Just something to do.

Do you know who else has also been running the roads?  Bob and Lana.  You will recall that they were on a cross country journey to Seattle to take a cruise to Alaska.  It was going to be something like a 28 day vacation.  Well, right around Idaho Lana started feeling bad.  They went to a doc in the box and they thought she had a kidney infection.  They dosed her up with an IV of antibiotics and sent her to the hotel for the night.  The next morning she felt worse so Bob and Lana trekked back to the clinic.  They gave her another dose of IV antibiotics.  They thought that would do the trick so they headed on to Oregon.  By the time they rolled into Oregon that night, Lana had a fever of 103 and was in miserable discomfort.  They found an Emergency Room and after many tests, scans and hours of waiting for results they finally diagnosed her with pneumonia and admitted her to the hospital.  She stayed for two nights.  They released her yesterday but they are out of time to make it to Seattle and the idea of getting on a boat to go into the great wilderness of Alaska is not very appealing or realistic.  It is not on Lana's bucket list to be helicoptered to the mainland after suffering a setback of pneumonia while on a cruise.  She's kind of a scaredy cat of flying and helicopters are definitely not on her list of favorite ways to travel. Thankfully, they purchased trip insurance and were able to cancel without losing their money.  They are going to slowly make their way back to Bama. 

There trip started off and it was all fun and games and we were getting pictures like this from Bob, who started calling himself the Chief.  He was spinning elaborate tales about bringing down Buffalo and shooting jack rabbits in hotels.  It was some of his best work EVER:

Then we started getting pictures like this, that were not funny at all:

So glad Lana is on the mend.  Pneumonia is nothing to fool around with!  They took great care of her in Baker City, Oregon....thank you! 

I have some cute pictures of the baseball boys playing in the rain I am going to do in a separate post, but before I leave you let me tell you what I have been eating while I have been working on this post.  Roasted Okra.  OMG.  I have never had roasted okra and when I tell you it is marvelous....I mean it is MARVELOUS.  I got fresh whole okra at the store.  Dumped the whole okra, uncut on a cookie sheet.  Drizzled a little olive oil on them, sprinkled with a little salt and a lot of pepper. Popped it into a hot 450 degree oven for 25 minutes and then gobbled it all up.  All of it.  The whole quart container.  By myself.  So, so, so, so good!  You must make it and eat it!  I thought the only way to enjoy okra was fried or in gumbo.  That is not so.  You can roast it and it is delicious!  Do it!  You won't regret it.

One final mention from this week....I wore two different flip flops to the store today.  One with bangling black beads and one white one with fake rhinestone deals.  I am losing it.

That is all for now!  Hope Monday is sweet to you!

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