Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Autumn's Almost Here

You can tell that Summer is coming to an end. It's not just that the kids are back in school, or that the nights have turned decidedly chilly. It's not even that the days are noticeably shorter. What really cinches it, is that nearly everyone in the house is sick.

Danny just went back to school today after two days off. Ever generous, Danny shared his virus with Karen, who still had to go to work, but no happily. Thomas is beginning to feel the first symptoms, but maybe having today off work will have saved him from the worst of it. William had some other malady that brought him home early from school for two days, but in typical William style, he's shaken it off in time to go camping with his class tomorrow.

I'm not sure about me. Just when I'm feeling that little tickle in the throat and a couple of snuffles, and I've resigned myself to the inevitable, the symptoms just sort of fade away, and I'm left wondering whether it's nothing more than a change in the weather. Perhaps I shouldn't speak too soon, though.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Adventures In Camping

This past weekend, we went camping with a wonderful group of trailer enthusiasts in nearby Milton. Our trailer is not ready for camping yet, so we were still in a tent. Which got interesting when it started to rain. Pour, actually.

It would have been fine, but the rain fly came loose and water started coming in the top vents of the tent. Someone ran over to the pavilion, where Karen and William were preparing our contribution to the potluck, and told me that the tent was taking on water. I ran out into the rain to see what was going on. I managed to do a temporary fix to the fly, then went into the tent to take out anything that was still dry and put it in the car. Karen came over a couple of minutes later and did a better fix for the fly so that we wouldn’t get any more water in the tent.

Fortunately, the camp has a laundromat with large-capacity dryers, and we were able to dry out the sleeping bags and some of our clothing.

We managed to set things back up so that we could sleep in the tent on the last night, but it took us quite a while to strike camp the next morning, drying layer after layer of tent pieces as we went. But we managed to leave before check-out.

Aside from the adventure with the tent, though, it was a very enjoyable campout. Lots of singing around the fire, a couple of side-trips to places we don’t get to very often, and lots of space to run and play for the boys. We’ll be back next year. But I won’t be disappointed if the rain decides to stay away.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A Birthday!

Karen had a birthday on Saturday, and we had two parties. The first was at home on her birthday, when we presented her with a new easel. It sounds like we’re pushing her into doing more work, but she wanted one. Honestly. We were going to go out on that night, but Thomas had to work. We did go out on Tuesday, since we could all make it.

Karen’s birthday wasn’t an entirely happy occasion, though. One of the lovely birthday gifts that the State of New Hampshire gives every car owner is the need to have her car inspected. It’s supposed to be a safety inspection, but there are a lot of things on the list that don’t seem safety related. At any rate, Karen’s car didn’t pass, and it would have taken more money to fix than an 11-year old car with 212,000 miles on the odometer could possibly be worth. So, on Sunday, the last day that she could legally drive the car, we took it to the mechanic, who bought it from her for parts.

Karen was very sad to see it go. It’s the car her Mom gave her after Danny was born so that she could safely drive to the hospital to see him. But nothing lasts forever. It may be awhile before we get another car; meanwhile, we’ll have to limp along with the one, and occasional help from Tom when his schedule permits.

It’s not the first time we’ve had to do it, though, so we’ll manage just fine.