Pick your umbrella

Welcome to our little corner of the web.  Pick your favorite umbrella and come sit by the fire. It’s rained all weekend and the week doesn’t look so great. But…at least we have each other. I’m stealing Laura’s Monday post since she went on vacation. I don’t think she’ll mind. I would also like to point out our header today. It’s a beautiful field of sunflowers from our own sweetiegirlz. I saw it on Facebook and she graciously let me use it.

Coffee’s on, and the water is heating for tea and hot chocolate.  There’s plenty of soda and ice water, as well.  I’ve made scones, and the guacamole for the chips is fresh this morning.  I’ve also got a loaf of bread in the oven.  It needs a few minutes, still.

While you’re here, make yourself comfy.  Unburden, tell a joke, vent.  We’re friends here, and as long as you keep your language toward each other kind, you can say what you want.  You can even swear, if you need to, but not at someone else.

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16 Responses to Pick your umbrella

  1. Ellen says:

    It is nice weather here, so I do not need the umbrella, but the idea is great. There is not so much to tell now. Rather then, that I am so excited about the World Championship Soccer in South Africa. I grew up with soccer. The sound of the tribunes with all the trumpets blowing and the people cheering their teams. I am now here, in the USA, but hearing that noise again, make me a bit homesick. Tomorrow Netherlands-Denmark. Please cheer a bit for m country if you are watching 🙂 Have a wonderful week you all!

  2. SKL says:

    Just got back from Washington DC with my kids and 4 other people. The kids had a blast. I guess they have reached the perfect age for traveling now. We had a few glitches, mainly with the transportation. Can you believe it took us 2 hours to accomplish the feat of renting a minivan – which we’d booked in advance? I won’t bore you with all the details. But one part of it was – there is no place to park your own car at the rental car place (beyond 2 hours). I found this out after we got there. So I figured after we got the minivan, I’d drive to a parking place a few miles away, and the other adult with me could follow in my car, park it, and hop into the van. He has an Indian driver’s license, and he’d said he knew how to drive. Well . . . let’s just say that was an exaggeration! But we had no realistic choice. We were already 2 hours late and we were supposed to pick someone up at the DC airport. He got off to a pretty shaky start, but figured it out as he drove, since it was a sink-or-swim situation. Whew. Once we got to DC, the only real problem was that my kid’s glasses somehow fell out of the car and we found them after they had been run over. Actually, we only found a single lens. Oh, well, what’s $300 in the grand scheme of things? Actually, I’d be pretty bummed if it weren’t for the fact that she’s probably going to need a different pair after her opth. appointment next month anyway. Bummer that she’ll have to be without glasses until then. But I have been wondering if the prescription is right anyhow. She managed to have a great time without the glasses.

    In DC, we went on a bus tour and a boat tour, rode the subway, hung out at a couple of museums, and rode the carousel at the mall. And ate and walked a lot. That was all we really had time for. (The other folks followed a more grown-up itinerary.) On the way back, we stopped in Pittsburgh for a bit of sightseeing and a stop at a favorite Hindu temple. My kids’ favorite part of the trip was noticing that Thomas Jefferson had “boogies” on his nose (they were spiderwebs). I must admit I started that rumor. For some reason, my kid was afraid to go near any statues, which is a rather inconvenient phobia to have in DC. The first monument we went to was Jefferson’s memorial, and I noticed the spiderwebs and decided it would be good to lighten things up a bit. After that the kids couldn’t get the boogies out of their minds – but at least they stopped being afraid of the statues (much).

    So anyhoo, it was a successful trip and now I’m back. I had to work through Thursday night in order to be able to leave on Friday morning. There was one big thing I didn’t finish, so I promised to get it out by Monday morning. Thus I probably will not sleep at all tonight, either. Lucky me!

    • Joy says:

      I’m so glad you had fun. I forgot you were going there and wondered where you were. That is so funny about the boogies!!!!! LMAO! Too bad about the glasses. Aren’t they a rip off? I think it’s time for us to revolt about what they charge us for glasses. I wonder how high that mark up is?

    • Laura says:

      That boogie thing is hilarious! I’ll have to remember that if I ever bring Josh somewhere and he’s spooked by stuff. I get, though, why kids would be a little leery of statues… they *are* kinda creepy, if you think about it, all dead-eyed and staring. And usually, they’re huge – much bigger than regular people, and to little kids, that just ain’t right. Someone once described Mickey Mouse from a 5-year-old’s point of view… as a giant rat!! I had never thought of it like that, before then, because I’d grown up with Mickey, but I get how some kids would be freaked out by something like that.

  3. Ellen – isn’t it hard to hear or smell or see or taste something that just reminds you so much of somewhere you loved and felt at home in? It’s bittersweet, but sometimes more bitter than sweet…

    SKL – Washington DC! I love it, my brother lives right near. Did you get to visit Dupont Circle and Georgetown? I love Dupont Circle especially – there are some amazing bookstores and cafes around it.

    My Monday has started out well since I’ve managed to get some good studying time in (clearly, I’m on a break now) and my evening should be rather nice, too. Although, as you know Joy, I’m seriously missing Sarah Lawrence and my friends there at the moment, and it’s souring my mood a bit… *sigh*

    How about you, Joy? Except for the weather, how was the weekend and what’s coming up this week?

    • SKL says:

      Not sure where Dupont Circle is, but we went to Georgetown. We had dinner at Zed’s, an Ethiopian restaurant which doesn’t supply cutlery so we all had to eat with our fingers from a shared dish. Luckily, we are used to Indian food / Indian style eating, and the food was quite good. Then we walked to the river for the boat ride, and afterwards we all sat and had ice cream near a fountain, then walked the boardwalk some more, then moseyed on back to the hotel. This is very relaxed living for us. We do it rarely, but that makes it all the nicer when we do.

  4. Joy says:

    Our weekend wasn’t “so” bad. My brother and Jason both came out for a golf tourney honoring the Military on Saturday and it rained all day long so they got quite cold. We did have fun drinking beer and Wii bowling Friday and Saturday night though. I love it when my brother comes out.

    Toby and Sue left for the Black Hills yesterday and they’ll be gone till Thursday night. So it seems quiet in our neighborhood. I couldn’t help but wait for his truck lights to come up the driveway to borrow milk or something. It’s such a habit for him to stop by for one thing or another. By Thursday it will be good to see them. Paul and I had wanted to go spend a few days at the cabin this week being Toby’s gone but this week has gloom written all over it and I hate to get stuck inside that cabin with he, I, the dog and cat. It’s just too small for that but we’ll play it by ear. He’d wanted to take a few days off this week as his brother with cancer is heading down to the Mayo in two weeks for 2 months of treatment and it will be harder for him to take time off work then. Nikki comes to clean on Wed and that’s supposed to be the only nice day this week so I just told him we’d play it by ear.

    I watched two movies over the weekend. Anyone ever heard of or see The Life of David Gale? Boy, what a movie. If you like Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey, I urge you to see it. It’s about capital punishment and let me tell you, I’m still thinking about it. It was going along nicely and then right at the end, it went in about 14 different directions. It was terrific. Then last night we watched New in Town with Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. That was so cute. It was set here in New Ulm, MN but was mostly filmed in Winnipeg, MB. I loved it. It was so cute. I recommend both these movies.

    I’m very happy my partner in crime (Laura) is back. Funny how you miss someone you’ve never met but YUP, I did. I can always count on her lift me up.
    BTW Laura, did you see who was here? Ann Adams. Do you remember her? I can’t remember what she commented on. I found her on Facebook and she said you and she had lots of laughs on that “other” site.

    • Oooh, thanks for the movie recommendations! They both sound like ones I’d love to watch – talk about a good cast!

    • Laura says:

      Oh, my gosh… I DIDN’T see that Ann was here!!! I’ll have to go look for her, and raise our traditional glass of ice water to her!! She was about as liberal as they come, but somehow we always managed to see eye-to-eye on a lot of different issues. Funny how two people can be so different, and yet so alike.

      It’s nice to be back home, but now I’m buried under a mountain of To-Dos. Laundry a mile high. Groceries that need bought, and ALL of the bills are due this week. Lovely.

      I need a vacation.

  5. Nikki says:

    Well it’s been crappy so we haven’t done too much outside. Saturday it was me, Bailey, my mom and my niece. We watched New In Town, and it was a cute movie. At first I was like, oh god another horrible portrayal of Minnesotans. I hate when people mock our accents, or make us seem dumb, but it was really cute. Sunday Jason had to work on our truck all day, I felt so bad for him. He works his tail off, then to have to spend his one day home, out in the garage was no fun. We finished our weekend out watching Mens college baseball. Our own Gophers went out last week, but we enjoy watching it still.

    Bailey has a double header tonight starting at 6 against the toughest team in the league. They have been playing great lately and battling well even against the top teams.

    Today we are getting out of the house and going to the mall for awhile. That should be nice, just to get out and walk around. Do what ya gotta do when it’s been raining for so long! Have to keep your sanity somehow!

  6. Joy Rehnee says:

    Hi “Other Joy”,
    This past weekend was gorgeous, following many days of intermittent rain; so we all had a bit of cabin fever. Yesterday we took our little girl-dog, Hennessy, down to a local fishing access and watched the sun set on the mountains. It was a nice evening, despite having to keep our naughty pup from chasing deer. We are seriously thinking about getting one of those shock collars for her. One time she ran off into the woods and came back, limping and bloody, at dark. In an area where we saw wolf and bear scat. I had nearly given up on seeing her agin… Anyhow, if you or others have input, I would welcome it. I really hate the idea of inflicting pain on my baby, but we have to keep her leased or tied up all the time now. Not fun…

    Your home made guacamole, fresh baked bread and scones make me hungry! When the weather is cooler, I definitely cook and bake more, but my family isn’t quite lucky as yours 🙂

  7. starlaschat says:

    The header today is beautiful I also like the sunny sides. We have been watching lots of movies lately we watched It’s complicated I remember you had recommended it Joy. I really enjoyed and laughed so hard in parts I could see that one again. I also saw New in Town that was also a lot of fun. With my back sore watching movies in between chores is really helpful. It give my back a rest and it’s a lot of fun to watch good movies. The last two days here have been warm in the 80’s and after several days of rain. It was fun to see everyone out and about doing all kinds of Summer type activities. The warm weather really does feel good. I’m still up for a little hot chocolate and scones. It’s funny I drink just as much hot coffee and hot tea as I do in the Winter. Hope the sun comes out there soon.

  8. lucy says:

    Hi everyone,
    Hope you all had a good weekend/week. I was at a wedding over the weekend and just got back home. It was a wonderful time with lots of fun. The only unfortunate thing was that the weather was not great… cold, rain, and even a little bit of snow 😦

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