Saturday, September 29, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Just a snipit of a good evening with my boys.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
|Tyson and Morgan getting hitched along the Sacramento River in Anderson.|
|We have been to three weddings already this Fall, with one to go in early Nov. I love attending weddings, gives our family a reason to get at least a bit gussied up and go be social. Yes, we need this, need the excuse to get out of our Ranch homeyness and live a bit. We are always glad to be home when it's over, given the weariness of travel with two little kids, but also thankful for the experience of helping another couple start their wonderful journey of marriage! This last weekend it was Tyson and Morgan starting their lovely marriage. Tyson actually lived with us for a bit of time and helped to build a lot of the house we now live in. He is a great guy and it is awesome seeing him with his lovely Morgan. The wedding was great and the boys, albeit low on sleep, enjoyed dancing, (Talin) and chasing the other boys, (and flower girls...good old Forrest!)|
|Forrest having fun with the flower girls....oh boy it starts already! ;-)|
|Talin and I showing our wedding smiles!|
|The wedding programs doubled as fans in the warm September afternoon|
|colors or orange and purple, beautiful!|
|Alex and I sneak a pic together....|
And, the day after the wedding, Alex and I got brave and brought our wedding wearied selves and our completely overtired kids, (not much sleep last night folks, complete with a split lip for Mom after T baby decided to thump me with his big noggin at some wee hour of the night...and a T baby on the floor for a rude awakening all too early, ugg. Yes we are all alright, but sleep is minimal!) to Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding. Kind of a cross between a museum, glorified playground, zoo for local animals, and aquarium, we had a very good time considering the circumstances. Highly recommend it to anyone in the Redding area.
|Dad and Talin enjoy the freshwater aquarium tank|
|Some mammoth Brown Trout and Steelehead|
|Nice little aquarium peek hole!|
And, the final reason September is such a fine month to be married?????
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
To start it off, lets begin on the fishy front. Alex has got the fish bug bad, to say the least. This Fall they are calling for a record run of salmon and we have already seen the start of this. They have increased the flows in the Klamath and Trinity Rivers to support the run and prevent the fish kill that happened a decade ago and nearly killed the entire run that year. In doing this, our warmish late summer river water is gone, but in it's place is a brisk river that is perfect for those beautiful fish my hubby loves to chase. He has already had the pleasure of catching more than a half dozen nice salmon just in the last two weeks...both from his beloved fishing hole up river and...yes...our property!!!!
A real dream come true for him to walk down from our house, with Forrest no less, and land a bright 12 lb salmon in our front yard. We haven't had this opportunity before this year and this is truly awesome in all senses of the word.He and Forrest put forth the effort to dig out a new trail to this beach from our house and boy oh boy it has paid off. A happy Alex I have to tell ya!
On the garden front, it's been a bit of a slow year. We have a root eating pest that has nailed our peppers, eggplant, basil, and other summer loving veggies. Our personal experts Matt and of course the garden guru Alex are on the problem and we have a solution worked out for next year...but, for this year, we just have to appreciate the wonder of what we do have! And...barter for what we don't. Which includes summer squash...Yes, we've traded salmon for zucchini and eggplant...it's just that kind of year! We are lucky enough to have neighbors with gardens without this pest, so they have filled our void quite nicely.
|Grandma Gloria and Forrest lap up the sweet melon|
Yes, watermelons, canteloupes, and soon to come honeydews are lovely sweet things if I do say so myself.
Also, apples, which we have been slicing and freezing for winter batches of applesauce, apple pie, apple cobbler...yummo. Matt has been helping with that job.We also canned a couple of dozen jars of tomatoes with our neighbor this last weekend which will be excellent in the coming months...and corn. Beautiful sweet corn, that both boys love to suckle on raw, freshly picked. Strawberries are also doing quite well still and you can also see a very dirty faced Talin picking them himself getting a little snack. There is no shortage of dirt eating in this household I'm sure ;-) And perfect for Fall, perhaps our greatest crop of winter squash and pumpkins are coming along very nicely. No pictures yet but you can bet that we will have some great photo ops soon of those bright orange orbs and our boys for Halloween! They are all great for baking too, which will be delish for pies, bread, squash curry soup, etc.
And, of course, Fall brings that lovely milder weather that is perfect all day long.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
|The head of our raft, neighbor Jerry, the sisters, and Scott are the picture of force!!!;-)|
|Nat taking a soak down the wrong side of Hell Hole...had to be there!|
|Scott, showing his force in getting our boat back up river where it was supposed to be...yay team!|
|Nat and Meg, taking a turn up front...get wet much sisters???:-)|
|The cutest couple around!|
|Enjoying a sunny rock spot|