Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Another Family Visit

Last Saturday it was my turn to have a family visit.  My mom and her friend, Richard, along with my brother, Ron, and his wife, Laura all came for an afternoon visit.

We had a nice day. It was still a bit hot and humid, but not as bad as it had been. We sat outside and chatted for a few hours. This was the first time my family had visited us at our site in Beaver Dam. They really liked our “backyard” and were amazed at how few bugs there are.

Kevin grilled some brats and burgers. I had made beans and tortellini salad, and my mom brought a carrot cake for desert. Plenty of good food! We ate inside our screen tent, just in case a few flies wanted to bother us. Kevin was happy to take the picture and sacrifice being photographed :)


On Sunday evening, we went to the Must-Skies Waterski Club’s show on Beaver Dam Lake. They put on a very nice show. Next week they’ll be competing at the National Competition in Janesville, Wisconsin.

We’ve never been to an amateur waterski show. The lady behind us was telling me that Wisconsin has more teams than any other state, and the national competition is almost always in Wisconsin. I had no idea.  Here are some pictures from the show.



The jumpers were pretty awesome!


This doubles pair won at Nationals last year in their category. Hopefully, they’ll win again this year!


Yesterday I spent another day working at Eric’s house. I painted the ceilings in both bathrooms and put a primer coat on the door trim of both outside doors.  Eric and his friend, Adam, put a coat of mud on the walls last week, but they still have to sand it before I can paint the walls. The end is in sight!

I went to watch Eric’s softball game before I headed back home. I must be good luck since Eric had three hits and three RBIs.  I forgot my camera so here’s a picture of him playing in the outfield using my cell phone camera. He’s the guy in the back. Great game, Eric!


Today the heat and humidity have finally left town. It was the first day in many weeks we didn’t have to run the air all day!!! The windows are open, and there’s a nice refreshing breeze out of the northeast. Ah, what a beautiful day. I went for a nice long walk this morning.

In my last blog, I posted a picture of a strange mud patch on the side of our shower building. Blog reader, heyduke50, sent a comment letting us know it was a mud dauber wasp nest. I did a little research to find out how to remove it. Turns out it is a nest built by one female wasp. She stings spiders and grubs and paralyzes them and encases them in the nest for her babies.

Kevin took a screwdriver and pried it off. We thought it would come off in one piece, but he had to scrape it off in chunks. There were all kinds of grubs inside of it. We’ve never seen or heard of this before. Very interesting. I didn’t take a picture, because I thought it would come off in one piece. It really was amazing seeing all of those grubs inside of the nest. Cool!

The summer sure is flying by. In two months we’ll be leaving for Kansas to work at Amazon. I hope we have some nice weather in the meantime!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!