Friday, July 23, 2010

From one adventure to the next!

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. We moved swiftly from the Red River Valley Fair to the North Dakota State Fair. After this weekend, we'll be in Minot for the next six days.

Hopefully after state fair, we'll slow up a bit.

We are looking forward to our quick "vacation" to the cities coming up soon!

School is just around the corner again, and we're hoping to sneak away at least once before Ben's schedule is absolutely full!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My 4-Hers!

Just wanted to share the very nice newspaper spread the local newspaper did for the 4-H kids....apparently it hasn't been done in a LONG time!

We are alive..........

Since we've moved into the new house, its been hard to find time to sit down and dedicate some time to a blog post. It's even worse now that Ben and I have both begun fair season......more on that later.

We're still trying to finish the renovation, the contractor is finally back to work from a really LONG holiday weekend. Hopefully we'll be completely settled in by the time we have family visiting in August.

As for the weather, the natives claim its really muggy......we think its a beautiful '70 degree day after the rain. Our first big thunderstorm rolled through since we bought the house. It's funny that we got a little anxious about it - mostly because the satellite reception is non-existent even during a light breeze and the FM area weatherman doesn't really cover our part of the county.

About 4 a.m. the storm rolled in, thankfully the vehicles were already in the barns from the earlier (much tamer) storm that rolled through the previous evening. We were asleep in the spare bedroom upstairs because the contractor was supposed to come back and we packed up that room so he could work.

With 60 mph gale force, hurricane like winds - the windows were rattling and it didn't take more than a gust or two for Ben and I to shoot straight up out of bed, decide to ready ourselves for a potential basement visit and shoot down the stairs.

Ben sustained a minor injury as he hurried down the stairs, knocking the doorbell ringer off the wall. I tried to thoughtfully grab Bernice as we headed for the main floor - but once I handed her off to Ben she had to fend for herself - he sure wasn't going to put his life in danger to save the measley cat. Plus, she got him pretty good across the stomach.

After a about 30-minutes or so of gathering our flashlights, candles, matches, tennis shoes and wallets - we decided to chance it and fall asleep on the couches in the living room. Thankfully the storms blew through with just minimal damage to our property.

We lost a younger tree in our south yard and some rather large dead branches off a tree near the crick. It took us both to move it out of the drive so we could cross the bridge and drive to work. I also lost a couple of pumpkin plants who couldn't survive the winds....but we were lucky.

The creek is about about 1 1/2 feet with the 3 inches we got at the house and the 4 inches that Buffalo got the same night. Our creek runs east from Buffalo so we'll get the down run of all that rain.