Pull Up a Chair

picnic table

Welcome to our little corner of the web. This weekend, I went to our family’s annual “reunion”, held at my cousin’s house, and thought about how nice it is to just sit around a picnic table and chat.  So that’s where we are this week.

Today, it’s fresh lemonade, fried chicken, and fruit salad.  Later, the Ice Cream Man will stop by, and maybe after that, we’ll each take a turn on the rope that swings into the river.  Meanwhile, pull up a lawn chair, sit, and have a chat.

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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22 Responses to Pull Up a Chair

  1. SKL says:

    Hmm, it says 11 comments, but I don’t see any. I’m going to do a “test” before typing my life story only to see it fly into cyberspace. Testing! Testing 1,2,3!

    • Joy says:

      SKL, I didn’t know what was going on. It put all the comments from our last Monday’s post under this one even though it said this one was never published. I have no idea why it did that so I had to delete all 32 of them one at a time. You must have come on before I finished.

      Man, WP has been weird in the publishing part of things lately.

  2. Joy says:

    Picnic tables are really fun to sit around. Aren’t they comfortable? I’m so glad you had fun and the picnic sounds divine.

    I’m just dreading today. I have to take my mom again to the retinologist. Last time we were there over 4 hours. With the drive time, it was a LONG day. It shouldn’t take that long today. I hope not anyway or I’ll suggest going somewhere else. That’s rude to overbook to that extreme.

    Othere than that, it’s been hurry up and wait for me. My brother came for the weekend and Sue’s grandpa was here from Kansas City and the guys love to golf with him so they spent it golfing. We were going to go the cabin Sat night but we had more tornado’s here. It got nasty. There were three rounds. Those of you that see us on Facebook, saw the pics. We had hail between golf ball and tennis ball size. I’ve never seen hail so big in my life. The sound was horrible on the roof and really scared the animals too.

    Paul and I didn’t do much on Sun but clean up the deck and yard. There were a lot of leaves all over the place and my deck needed it BAD. It now looks like someone lives here. LOL!! Sorry to say, when I can’t be out, the deck is he last thing I worry about. But it looks really nice.

    We’ve also had a lot of “critter” problems the last month or so. We’ve had to kill 2 raccoons in the last few days and we got a skunk this morning. As much as I know this has to be done, the raccoons had started coming out at all times of the day and that usually means rabies and we can’t have that, part of me feels bad to kill them. Anyway, they must have spread the word in the raccoon community to go somewhere else. We haven’t seen a raccoon in days.

    Have a good Monday all.

    • Karen Joy says:

      Wes has asked me twice now if you had damage to your roof.Of coarse him being a roofer he’s curious after he saw how big that hail was.So now I can say I asked!

      • Joy says:

        LOL Karen. I’m not sure but I don’t think so. Nothing visible to the naked eye anyhow. I didn’t go up there. My brother in law said to look at the end of the downspouts and see if there’s any “grit” there. That would be a sign of if falling off the shingles..

      • Laura says:

        Does he do roofs in Iowa? I need a new roof on my place!

        • Karen Joy says:

          Sorry Laura,thats just a tad too far,darnit!!He’s the best too.Im a little biased but he does have a great reputation.Good luck finding one!

  3. SKL says:

    OK, my test comment showed up, so here goes.

    Not much going on around here since Wednesday. I made an appointment for Miss A to be tested for vision therapy. After doing a bit of research, I wonder if some of my biological family would have benefited from this. My dad is very dyslexic and at least 3 of my siblings have had issues with optic nerves – ambliopia, strabismus, etc. I am looking forward to checking this out and learning more about it. It kinda feeds my obsession about literacy. I hope it will make a difference for my daughter.

    The other thing with my kids and doctors is that they went for a blood test on Friday. Just a screening for lead etc., but it was weird. I never had this kind of experience as / with a kid before. The kids did OK – they were scared beforehand but once the moment arrived, they just watched quietly (probably too horrified to make a sound). Miss E was of course very dramatic afterwards. She is such a “case,” as my dad would say. Needless to say, they have been playing a lot of “doctor” this weekend.

    I never thought I’d say this, but I’m starting to feel like going out with my kids is not always my favorite thing to do. Over the past couple of weeks, we have had so many irritating moments. Those times when you want to say “nothing is good enough for you!!” Last Friday I told them (while escorting them home early, again) that if this is how it’s going to be, I might as well put them to bed early and go out without them in the future. I hope they get past this stage soon.

    Last night we all went to a party at the home of some Indian friends. They have a son in his late teens and he has taken up Salsa, so he and a young lady gave us some performances, which my kids were enthralled to watch. They were really good. In between, the kids were invited to dance and my girls were kinda cute dancing together in their Indian outfits. Miss A was trying to get Miss E to copy the Salsa they had just watched, but Miss E was oblivious. Later, some young guy made friends with my kids by playing “chase” and causing them to run and scream through the house (until I made them stop). And Miss E was not allowed to sit down all night after she sat on her plate full of curry. But all in all, it was a nice evening.

    Coming up this week, we have a couple of “deal closings” for work, a couple other deadlines, and I’m planning to take my kids to a “circus” on Thursay night. It’s some little show at the fairgrounds in my parents’ rural county. I’ve never been to a circus, and obviously my kids haven’t either, so I am sure it will be interesting. Something to talk about, anyway.

    Oh, and in other news, I am officially getting fat. I have gotten addicted to my rice crisp snacks, plus I haven’t been moving around much. It’s time to make a change. Ha ha, that reminds me of Michael Jackson (RIP) and his song “(ooh, ooh) I’m looking at the man in the mirror . . . .” Looking in the mirror is definitely incriminating at this point. Enough said!

  4. Jingle says:

    lovely picnic plans,
    extraordinary stuff in your list…
    Have fun!

    u rock!

  5. starlaschat says:

    Navar’s Mom’s been visiting so we have been very busy running around and having a nice visit. I just got back taking Makwa (our dog) on a walk I was walking so slow I think even she was wondering comon pick up the pace a little. Last night we went to a friends camp site by the lake and had Navars Mom and step Dad come with us. We brought bunches of food and had an out door pic nic with lots of food. Beef and vegetable skewers hot dogs homemade brownies Chips and more chips (Joy;+) ) and lots of dips and like Laura said in the above post a lot of relaxed chit chat. It really was a nice evening. This is the first Summer in Years that I have actually enjoyed with Asthma and allergy I am usually pretty cranky in the Summer heat and humidity. The last couple of days my sinus has been very painful, but for the most part not too bad. I use to ask Navar I don’t know what all the fuss is about Summer and hope that Fall would hurry up and arrive. That’s about it here round the lake in Montana. :+)

  6. Sue says:

    Well, since I’m not at work today, I have accomplished a lot! I got out to the garden early and picked the green beans and did some weeding, came in, did some laundry (which I’m still doing!) and starting freezing the beans. I don’t care for canned veggies so I freeze them. I had almost a full brown grocery bag full of beans and when it was all said and done I ended up with 6 quart sized bags in the freezer. So much work for so little bounty! I won’t cry to long b/c that was only the first round of beans, there are many more to come! Swimming lessons for the kids are in an hour and then I may try and get the lawn mowed before I take Trin to piano. Nothing like a day off! Oh, and I should probably get my son his birthday presents! He might appreciate having something to open on Sunday!

  7. mssc54 says:

    Why did the bananna go to the doctor?

    @Sue: great job on the beans! I could not be more disappointed with my garden this season. I am picking figs now.

    • Sue says:

      Uh oh, what happened to your garden?? We had something messing the straw and stuff up and thought it was deer, but I found the culprits this morning. Pheasants! I scared them when I walked down the hill and they couldn’t get out fast enough!

      • mssc54 says:

        I did so many different things this year it’s difficult to say what exactly went wrong. The yields were way down from previous years. I put in three truck loads of horse stable stuff, planted mostly heirloom stuff, expanded the garden a bit. If I were to guess I would say I put the horse poo in too late and didn’t give it enough time to compost.

        On a positive note ALL of my fruit trees have done remarkably well this year (peach, plum and fig).

        Next time you go to the garden take a shot gun with some bird shot in it! Or better yet set a few live traps.

        • Joy says:

          We have live traps aplenty around. We got another raccoon this morning. YEAH!!! That’s 3 now and a skunk in the last week. I feel like I’m getting my deck back. I spent quite a while yesterday cleaning it up.

        • Laura says:

          Mssc: Careful with that horse poop. It’s gotta sit/be turned for a good three years before it’s good for planting, otherwise it’ll burn your baby plants. I put in cow poop from a neighbor that’d been on his property since they last had cows, probably 2.5 years ago, and he’s been turning it pretty regularly, and my stuff is going gangbusters. Another neighbor saw my tomato plants and asked if I’d injected steroids…

          and… I dunno… he slipped on a peel?

    • mssc54 says:



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