Thursday, June 30, 2011


 Last night we pulled into the Buffalo airport around 12:30am...the girls flight arrived a little before 1.
 Ariana and Daniela are seasoned travelers and know the drill well.
 We got home around 2:30 and went to bed a few minutes later.

Woke up around 7....way to early.  I went out to do chores and Daniela joined me.

 By 8:30 Jen, Finn and Cooper arrived with bagels and cream cheese.

 I took a break from chores and we all sat down at the kitchen table.
 Finally finished up in the barn.
 Got the ponies into the big pasture.

 All four kids played on the swing until it was time to take Gucci and Phoebe to their groomer.  They have been panting for weeks...she was so booked we could not get in until today.

 After we dropped them off, it was time to jump into Tina's pool.

 The temperature was in the 80s again.

 While we played, Tina watered her gardens.

 After an hour, we were all tired and ready to go home.  Not enough sleep....for sure.
 A quick visit with DJ and we were off.

 When we got home, I looked out back and saw deer in the as close as I could with my zoom (they were several hundred yards away, in the soy beans).
 The kids went out to the Studio Barn and worked on art projects (along with some wild dancing) for over two hours.

 The veggie gardens are growing like crazy....still picking tons of spinach.
 Had to pick up the dogs at 2.  This boat was on the canal when I was driving down Canal Road.
 Evening chores, set the table, made sauce....a late dinner tonight as Finn had his last baseball game.

 Phoebe and Gucci look different without all that hair, but I'm sure they are more comfortable.

 This was Finn's night.  He hit a grand slam.

 It certainly impressed his cousins (Mom and us).
 On the way home we stopped by Barb's barn to see what progress has been made.  Gary had never seen it.

 Back home for a late dinner.

Boy, do I need some sleep.
Night all.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


After Barb and I finished chores, she had a hay delivery.  Fortunately we had help! 
Poor Barb...after unloading 148 bales she had to get cleaned up and go into work.  Nonstop activity for days.
As we were finishing up, Gary and Tom came upstairs to see if Tom's grandson was still alive, having never unloaded and stacked hay before.  He just got here two days ago from Spain and was ready to earn some bucks.
I love the view from the top of the barn.
The hay looked pretty good too!  Smelled great.

I spent much of the day cleaning upstairs.  Our two granddaughters are arriving tonight, and will spend a month at the farm....I needed to make sure their bedroom was all set.

I did evening chores around 5:30 and once again, was not in the mood to make dinner.

Several crows were hanging out in the dead tree that sits in the back pasture.
You know how all the most recent blossoms have been yellow?  Now we are moving into the orange daylilly stage.

These little white (whatever they are) flowers continue to thrive in the paddock.

We would still love to place several hundred of these orange posies.

On my way down to pick up some burgers I stopped at Barb's to see what changes took place today.
Ron was busy.  He put up the fence, set the solar fencer (and checked worked!), set a telephone pole to hold up the gate and continued to move the footing that was delivered yesterday.

After we ate I checked out the upstairs and it appeared that we were ready.
Ariana and Daniela are going to share the "Sleigh Bed Room."
I even cut them a vase of flowers.
...and added a little "couch" of sorts for lounging.
In the past they shared this room.  I think Finn and Coop will want to hang out there for a few overnights.  These four kids love to be together....and they will be tomorrow.  We are going to Tina's pool part of the time.
This quilt is at the top of the was made by my art students and we hang it at all the art shows that have been held at the library (9).
The evening light was beautiful....Gary was out on the porch reading and I went out to put the horses in for the night.  Barb needed a break, even tho she loves to see Mustafa every night.  Good thing she lives around the corner.  Spoke to Jill today.  She will be moving her mare, Belle, here on Friday.
So much from command central.  (Those hundreds of books belong to Gary...the pile gets higher every week)!
Night all.