Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Busy Week Ahead

I'm on vacation this week, and it started with a bang: daughter-in-law Jen and her girls came Thursday night, and since it was Jen's birthday, we all went out to dinner to celebrate. I had to work and Friday night was a bit quiet as Jennifer went out with friends and two of her three daughters stayed with their oldest sister. Saturday we started with breakfast at the Downtowner, then home to be here in time for our oldest son to arrive with his two children who will be here for a week. He stayed long enough for a game of golf with Jennifer; the rest of us took off for Hillbilly Hotdogs in Lesage, WV, an experience that most of our guests had not yet had. Clayton and Ally were up to the challenge:

and Katie even sang the "Hillbilly Hotdog Song" to win a free ice cream for Poppa Larry.

We also stopped off in Point Pleasant to see the Mothman statue and enjoy the riverwalk. Funniest thing--a wedding on the riverwalk and a young boy, a member of the wedding party, who answered the call of nature, baring his behind to all of us while the rest of the wedding party was having its pictures taken. Too funny. The kids enjoyed the mural and took pretty interesting photos, like this one of Cassidy "kissing" one of the braves depicted in a battle scene. 

Sunday morning started with pancakes for all and then most of the crowd left to celebrate Jordan's birthday with a cookout. I went to the store to pick up a few supplies for this week's programs and upcoming meals, then spent the afternoon planning and rehearsing and leaning up the house. We made dill pickles in the evening, and finished off with the firepit and conversation on the porch with our grandchildren.

Monday was a busy day--up and out by 10 am with our whole crew for my storytelling performances at Sistersville Library and Pleasants County Library. (You can see some great photos here.)

It's no small thing to get 10 or 11 people out the door and on the road that early, especially when they were
coming from three different houses, but we managed. Here my raccoon puppet works his magic,

and Michaela's reaction to his antics:

The storytelling went very well and we squeezed in a trip on the Sistersville ferry and lunch at a neat riverfront restaurant across from Sistersville in Fly, Ohio. At home, some left for another birthday dinner for Jordan (it was her 21st so you know how that is!) and the rest of us relaxed here by the firepit. We did get to see Derek briefly--he'd just returned from training in Kansas.

There is nothing quite like a trip on the ferry, especially when there is a barge coming along the river too.

Today continued to be busy. Breakfast was light but lunch was amazing. Jen wanted to try making some fish tacos she'd seen on a Rachel Ray show and I wanted to try making corn and basil cakes I'd seen on Noble Pig's blog. We have so many vegetables coming in right now, so most of the ingredients were on hand--corn, basil, onions, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, etc. Jennifer made pico de gallo first with peppers, onions, tomatoes and cilantro. It was very colorful because we had purple, green and yellow peppers and red, striped and yellow tomatoes on hand. Then she grilled the fish (orange roughy), minced it up, and put it in tacos with grated muenster cheese and the pico de gallo. She served it with sour cream and salsa.

The corn and basil cakes were delicious and deliciously simple, my kind of food. While Jen and Jordan cooked the tacos, Kate, Grace and I made these cakes, Ally sliced and arranged cucumbers, Jaime sliced tomatoes and Larry prepared the sun tea and watermelon chunks. It was a meal to remember, not just for flavor but for the camaraderie of many hands at work.

Jaime and her two children, Jen and Ally had to leave after lunch. The rest of us cleaned up, talked, the kids made glass bead suncatchers and I started yet another batch of pickles. The six pints we made Sunday were already down to one pint; this family does love dill pickles! So tonight Grace and I made another 12 pints.

Now there is only Larry, me and four grandchildren who will be here the rest of the week. It's different now when they come because they are all getting older--these four are 12-16 years old. Larry is teaching some of them to drive a stickshift and the tractor. Tonight they're working with my string figure books, re-learning the figures they used to know. One is learning to play my dulcimer. There is no television here to entertain them so it's really different for this electronically minded generation. So far so good. Tomorrow Larry and Clayton will put new exhaust on my car, I hope, so it stops sounding like a tractor. I am not sure right now what the girls and I will get into, but I know I have peppers to chop for the freezer and a bushel of peaches to think about at least.

For the rest of the week, there is storytelling to do on Thursday and Friday and Saturday granddaughter Cassie and I will be getting ready for our week at the Augusta Heritage Irish Week. We'll take everyone else home on our way on Sunday.

If the rest of the week is as interesting as the last few days, we'll all end up with new tales to tell.


Rowan said...

This sounds like so much fun, perfect summertime living. Hope you enjoy the Heritage Week, sounds just the sort of thing I'd love to go to.

Granny Sue said...

It's been fun so far, Rowan. The weather is calling for rain all week so it might not be as fun for them as it could be--but we'll see.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a really nice time. Sometimes kids (people) need time away from all the electronic garbage to re-connect with themselves and re-learn the art of conversation. Your home is the perfect place for that Sue. I hope you continue to enjoy your "vacation". tm

Country Whispers said...

Sounds like an awesome week and with so many helping hands.

Janet, said...

You sure have been busy. I haven't made pickles in a long time, but when I did, I made sweet pickles. I don't like dill! They were setting up for a wedding when we were at Pt Pleasant a while back, too. It is a pretty place for one.

Granny Sue said...

It's been fun, Theresa. Even with all the rain it's been fine. Today is storytelling day again, in Doddridge county so that means we'll probably stop at Berdyne's, that compendium of joy for children and the child-like.

Mountainword said...

I love Point Pleasant! So many ghosts and monsters roaming around - and the birthplace of one of the oldest ghost stories in WV - Cornstalk's Curse!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Memories of a lifetime.
You are one busy lady!!

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