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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer....

...is alternately flying by and passing exceedingly slowly, depending upon the mood of my girls and thus, my mood. As is usual when the girls are home 24/7, I am getting nothing of any consequence accomplished save frantic trips to the grocery and near daily visits to the laundry room. Most of the time is spent at the lake, or, because of all the major storms lately, getting on each other's nerves in the house.
I love that the lifeguards are basically just leaning back, trying to make it look like a contest.

Magna tiles never get old.
Before Nana left, she wanted to get her haircut so I made appointments for the girls and her.


Looking great!
Our garden is continuing to flourish with beets, kale, and parsley taking center stage for supper one evening.

It was finally dry enough to burn the pyre of branches we had building up. Even then, though, the middle of the stack was still damp and soon started smoking.
Still hot enough for s'mores!
Some evenings we are the last ones on the beach when the lifeguards get off duty so the girls delight in helping out and learning about being a lifeguard. Kate was getting a lesson in how the rescue board works.
 Every night, the guards rake the sand level for the next day.
String/flags are put up on the dock perimeters to keep the geese and ducks from roosting.
Toys that have been lost in the lagoon are retrieved.
When we aren't doing all of that, I add checking on the basement to my list as well. With all the monumental rain we've been having, our basement is having some water issues. According to our rain gauge, we've gotten just over 6 1/2" rain from Thursday to today!

We've had one contractor come out to look at it and are awaiting a second opinion but it looks like we have two issues. One is in the crawl space with water coming in at the joint where the foundation meets the walls.



The other appears to be originating from the front stoop where it is pulling away from the foundation, pulling the flashing off with it. Unfortunately, it's coming in in the finished part of the basement so the drywall is going to have to be replaced.





Based on what I'm seeing of the flooding around the area, I guess we should be grateful that we're not floating but having any water coming into a basement that had been listed as "never having any water" is maddening. The front stoop issue is now going to be a major cost fix as it involves tearing up the old concrete stoop, removing all the rotted wood and flashing and rebuilding something else in its place. The crawl space is a separate issue and will involve jackhammering the floor inside to install drains that will run into the existing sump pump at the other end of the house.

Choosing to ignore all of that today, Len took Lucy fishing for the afternoon. As you can see behind her, the lake level is up into the grass.

I stayed back with Kate who went to bed with a fever last night, woke up vomitting this morning and only just tonight was starting to feel better, with a lot of help from Bella.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

4th of July 2017

We arrived back home the day that all the festivities kicked off here for the 4 day 4th of July. There were plenty of things to keep us busy...Nana included as she flew back home with us to visit for 2 weeks. Kate had been talking about playing Bingo for the entire past year so she was totally ready when it came time to focus on the calls.
She even ran back over to play after the swim races.
Swim races consisted of various relay races involving watermelons, water guns and just plain swimming as fast as you could.




 

Soon after the swim races, there was tug-o-war and kayak/canoe races.








When things were calmer, the girls went out canoeing.
New this year was a donut and pie eating contest.






Pony rides and face-painting again at the soccer field.



Kate signed up to show off some Taekwondo moves at the Youth Talent Show.

Kate taekwondo at talent show from Lisa on Vimeo.

Because that went faster than the 5 minutes she was allotted and the next act wasn't ready, Lucy and Kate decided to sing some Chinese songs to fill the dead airtime.

Lucy and Kate Talent show from Lisa on Vimeo.

On the last day, the parade wound through the neighborhood, ending at the lake. I rode with the Kayak Chicks this year. We meet every Thursday evening to kayak around the lake.





One of the neighbors at the end of the parade route sets up a tent in his front yard and serves Bloody Marys and Mimosas to everyone.

A pancake breakfast followed.


Albeit a bit late, I hope you and yours had a lovely 4th of July this year!

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