Friday, four sessions at the library computer (morning and afternoon) with a break for lunch. Home again at five... oops! Was supposed to be there enough before five for Leofwyna to go to Isadora's... and for me to wait for the no-show LTT guy. Saturday, up early to bring more compost to the community garden and harvest some green beans such it's supposed to be not quite so hot today. The overcast disappeared just about as I was finishing up so mowing will wait until late afternoon today.
Monday evening as I was putting together scalloped potatoes (using the last of my homegrown potatoes) I thought to suggest to Leofwyna that we invite Morgana to supper. She'd had a heart attack last Thursday while visiting with Cassie and was back home with two new stents. Anyway Leofwyna called and fetched her while I finished making supper and we had a nice visit with her before Leofwyna returned her home. Tuesday after I went to FoodNet we ate leftovers before heading to the movie, Logan. It was a dark ending to that particular part of the X-men series. All week I've been sleeping late and frittering away the wet, grey afternoons. Wednesday was, of course, the MagMor group followed by supper. A plan was made for a Pirate party at the Great Machine at Lilies this year. At the sewing table I'm still putting together 10.5-inch Kronberg blocks.

At FoodNet this time I got Ritz crackers, a can of white beans, two small tubes of Pringles, a couple Granny Smith apples, one potato, croissants, hard rolls, and half a dozen brown eggs.
Monday morning was raining... so no yardwork.  After computer time at the library with two days to catch up on I stopped for lunch before heading home.  Laundry needs to be completed before we disconnect the washer and dryer to move the machines for the renovation that begins this week.  I harvested what will probably be the last of the semi-ripened tomatoes.  I baked up banana bread, cornbread and pulled last years beans from the freezer to make bean soup.  At the sewing table I've taken up a pile of 4-squares (Tea Party from last July) to add to so it can be finished. 
Thursday morning I packed and loaded foodish things in the van.  We washed bed linens and towels.  We were ready to go by noon but lingered in case the travelers might pull in (turns out they didn't get in until 5pm).  We pulled out about one o'clock, stopped at Subway for our lunch and afternoon eats and got on the road home.  We drove through three storms as we went but were treated to a very long-lasting rainbow at the Wyoming-Nebraska border.  We  pulled in at home about 12:30 and were greated by both Cassie and Patsy who was coming over to see if she needed attention.  Belinda had already left for her Ansteora weekend.

Friday we unloaded the van, packed and loaded up the van, hooked up the camper and by 3pm was on the road to Des Moines for Queen's Prize Saturday.  We did pull into Des Moines in time to hit a couple Goodwills but neither of us found anything tempting.  Supper was at Red Lobster and set up at Walmarts fairly close to site.  There was lots to see and Leofwyna didn't miss a thing.  I was a little weary to I sat and stitched most of the afternoon.  Court was long as there were two Laurel elevations in addition to all the usual business.  I was disappointed that Gerald was not part of that business so it's likely to happen somewhere, sometime that I am not there.  We drove home Saturday night, pulling in about 11pm and we're totally ready to stay close to home the rest of the year.

Sunday I mowed the verges and part of the back but when I stopped to move the hose I couldn't get the hot mower started up.  I left the front for Leofwyna and the back for the next day as I needed to shower and be gone to have some supper before gaming.  Theron had a 'side' adventure set up for us in honor of Pirates' day Monday.

Monday after some computer time I finished mowing the back and dug potatoes, including one of the squares where there had been a volunteer potato (3 spuds).  I found several grubs and lots of slugs in the very wet earth.  Happily they don't seem to have hurt the potatoes though I'd hope for more than 3/4 of a 5 gallon bucketful.

At the sewing table I'm still working on sniglets but starting to cut 6.5 squares and adding red print sashing.
Sunday while Leofwyna stayed in her jammies and had a quiet day, I dressed and emptied the van, made a run to the grocery store for supper and peach canning supplies, sorted the thrift store purchases, caught up on emails and blogs, washed up the canning jars and quilted awhile on Ingabiorg's quilt.  Leofwyna did some laundry and made supper for us, fresh tomato sauce (I brought tomatoes from home) on spagetti. 
Friday we were up early, loaded and finally got on the road shortly after noon.  We pulled into Loveland around 8:30 their time so that was good.  We got settled in, met the cats and had a little time to visit.   Saturday Carl and Agnes were off to Australia and we started a jigsaw puzzle over the noon hour before going out to explore Loveland a little bit.  We found a beautiful art park and walked along several paths looking at beautiful bronze statuary (from alligator to giraffe to gorilla to rabbit and wolfpack and much more).  It'll take another couple times to see it all.  Sunday afternoon we drove up to Estes and to Rocky Mountain National Park.  We were able to go in as far as Many Parks Pass before turning back.  We saw many deer (3-4 10-point bucks), many elk (including maybe a dozen big bulls), ground squirrels and a stream FULL of rainbow trout.  We stopped at a lovely restaurant in Estes so Leofwyna could have trout for supper; I chose salmon.  Monday we stayed in.  We spent time on a jigsaw puzzle.  Leofwyna started weaving a runner.  I made Garden scalloped potatoes and ham for supper.  Tuesday we went to Boulder by way of Estes (taking the scenic route).  We found a couple wool/weaving shops where I bought a couple skeins of wool for a cowl and a pair of socks.  Leofwyna wanted wool to add to her project on Anges' loom.  We also found a couple thrift stores and I got my hair cut.  We stopped on the way home at Katmandu for east indian food which was yummy.  Wednesday Leofwyna decided she wanted to get some tasks finished so we stayed in.  There was a jigsaw puzzle, letter writing and unpacking accomplished.   We cleared leaves from the fish pond and I took the stationary bike for a spin.  Thursday we drove up to Fort Morgan for the afternoon; on the way we drove by a HUGE prairie dog town.  We ate lunch at Chocolate Cafe; a nice selection of a dozen entrees and over twenty dessert selections... only a couple of the desserts without chocolate.  Then we drove up into the Poudre River canyon where we did indeed find a herd of Bighorn sheep!  Back in Fort Morgan we found a thrift store where I found a perfect pair of turquoise ankle boots, four skeins of wool sock yarn and a nice piece of fushia t-shirt material.  At home I sauted the Garden parsnips to go with leftover crown tourney feast chicken.  It's been a great week for us both.
Sunday morning I got my car unloaded before Leofwyna got home, then spent the afternoon dealing with laundry.  At the sewing table I'm working on 1.25 inch strips for sashing.  Monday I went to get a concrete block to park the aliner with since the 'wheelie' mount is mis-shapened. I checked the raised beds and found several broccoli heads to harvest, pulled a bunch of weeds, too.  The potatoes are still green so it will be a late harvest this year... maybe another month.  At the sewing table I've got Sash's job-tunic serged and ready to sew up.
It has been a full week and I need to catch up on the journaling.  Monday I mowed the yard and made a run to the community garden to harvest several pattipan squash.  Tuesday we loaded up the Aliner and headed west.  We didn't find anyone in Kronberg to take the quilt tops for the Sew'nSews but in Marquette Leofwna found Clint Petersen to assign him the task of delivering them for us.  We reached North Loup about 9:30 which was much later than we'd intended. We quickly got set up and plugged in so Laurel could turn in.  Wednesday Leofwyna went to tour the Chalk mine where Dennis was docent(ing) and Thursday afternoon I helped Dennis can tomatoes in Laurel's kitchen.  Thursday evening we all were at Chris's for supper and her granddaughter's birthday celebration.  Friday we came back home by way of Grand Island where we stopped at a couple thrift stores and JoAnn's.  Saturday I canned the tomatoes Dennis had given us while Leofwyna was at a pre-cook.  I wasn't able to do them all because she took one of the big pots with her.  Sunday I went to Sash's to collect the materials for Halftroll's tunic so I can finish it.  Sash was in the hospital while we were out of town; he's had bad news and faces another round of chemotherapy.  This will hopefully buy him through to the new year but he won't be attending any events.  I've cancelled the reservations for Battlemoor since Sash won't be going and his going was our reason to go ourselves.  Instead I'll be able to concentrate on prepping for and doing a rummage sale and getting my glass hoophouse put up this fall.
Thursday I finally got the front half of the lawn mowed despite the heat.  Friday I saw Leofwyna off to Caloncon with the camper for the weekend, planning to get the rest of the lawn mown along with a list of other things but ended up loafing the day away.  Saturday I harvested squash and green beans in the community garden, finished mowing the backyard and did several loads of laundry.  I also emptied my clothes closet, planning on thinning out the things that I'd gotten when I still planned on going back to work.  Now I'm officially retired there's lots I'll probably never wear and the closet is so crowded it's frustrating to find anything.  Now my day is spent so I know I have to finish the closet sortng Sunday before Leofwyna gets home from her weekend trip
Monday I had every intention to mow the lawn but with a terrible heat index and humidity I procrastinated.  I did get out to water the gardens and harvested several squash and some green beans.  I'm still piecing crazy blocks at the sewing table but the pile of sample pieces is finally getting thin so the end is in sight.  I haven't counted yet but I'm thinking there may be 3-4 tops there.
Monday I put a solid two hours in the community garden, adding the wooden chairs from curb-culling to act as trellis for the winter squash and to reinforce that section of rabbit-fence.  I also put tomato cages out for the pole beans to climb. I only got a small section weeded so I need to keep going back until that is under control.   And I watered there again after harvesting another squash and a few beans.



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