Sunday, August 2, 2009

Packing Up

This weekend has been fairly relaxed as we continue to get ready for our trip to Sweden and Finland. It is quite nice to be able to pack up at a more casual pace, instead of the usual frantic pace during the school year.

Friday night we went out to dinner with our friends Tony and Ann. We went to Hogan's on Park Ave and I was a little concerned that we would have to wait a long time for a table because the Park Ave Festival started the next day. Well, there was no need for me to have wasted one moment worrying about that because the place was only half full! We did have a good meal and a fun time with Tony and Ann.

Saturday dawned bright and sunny and was forecasted to be the best day of the weekend, a real summer beauty. I had planned to go to the Park Ave festival right when it opened and be home by lunch. At the last minute Jim decided to go with me, breaking his continuous streak for never having attended this festival! As proof, he is in the red shirt in the center of this festival photo.

We got  there before it got too crowded and I was able to very quickly tell whether or not I wanted to visit the various booths. I bought 2 ceramic plates to match the ceramic utensil holder that sits on my kitchen counter. I love the design that this particular artist puts on her ceramics and was glad to see her at this festival. 

We were back to our car by 11:30 AM and made a quick stop at the mall farmer's market for a pint of blueberries and two ears of local corn on the cob. Jim ate the corn at dinner and declared it so good that he was almost sorry that we were headed out of town just as the corn season was starting. I assured him that there would still be plenty of local corn when we returned. 

This morning I went to church while Jim cut his parent's lawn and loaded up one of Grandpa's old ladders. While at dinner on Friday night, Tony made a comment about not having a ladder that reached his highest gutters. Jim offered to give him one of Grandpa's ladders. So Jim delivered that this morning and then he and Tony went for a run together.

This afternoon, we went to the Little Theater to see the movie 500 Days of Summer. Jim would describe it as a chick flick, but the movie got him to laugh out loud several times. I would recommend this film if you like light movies, with a little bit of romance and lots of laughs. 

Here is a photo that our friend, Curt, put up on the OARS blog. The photo shows Liz and I cooling off in a creek at our campsite that flows into the Salmon River. If you want to see all the photos that Curt put up,
click here.

In other news, Grandma and Grandpa sold their house this week!! It went on the market on Monday morning and an offer was made on Wednesday night! We all are thrilled with how quickly it all happened. They expect to close the deal by the end of September.

Hope all is well.

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