Outing & Craft Festival!

Hey Everyone!

We had a very productive, fun, and chilly weekend!

Saturday we had our combined company outing/picnic. We were out on the water by 10am kayaking from the dam down to the park. there were over 100 people signed up, and quite a few came. It took my wife and I about three and a half hours to make our way down. Here is my wife ad mom up in front:

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About half way down there are some pretty mean rapids. We made it through ok, others were not so lucky. I helped a couple in a canoe that flipped right in front of us, ans when I got back in my kayak I saw another guy behind me flip right over as well. Everyone was safe just a bit wet and maybe a bit cold. It wasn’t raining but the sun never did come out.

Later we had catered pulled pork and chicken, from a place a few miles away. It was delicious. We had six corn hole boards up and running as well as a few for washer toss, and disc golf. Before we left I won a $25 gift card to Olive Garden, so my wife and I will have to make a trip out there soon!

Sunday we woke up and got ready to go to the local craft festival. It is once a year and we always make it a point to go. This year was really fun but it was raining. Here is the guy that was making balloon animals:

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There were vendors from all over. Exhibiting things from art, to soups, and to guitars.

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Oh and they had a tiny petting zoo!

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On our way out we picked up 10 pounds of grass fed beef from a farm no more than 30 miles away from us, and some sugar coated almonds.

Once we got home I got my favorite purchase out!

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It is a CAO cigar box turned into a 3 string guitar. It is tuned to G D G. There are pickups in it so you can plug it in to an amplifier, and sounds ok if played acoustically. There is a neat story behind the one that I picked. The guy who makes these was asked to make a small Ukulele from a different CAO box, for the Master Blender of the CAO company. I guess the lady knew him personally and wanted it as a gift. For payment he was given two large boxes of cigar boxes. In one of those two boxes was this cigar box. He said he has never seen one like it before and it was the only one like it that he had made. He told me that the small Uke he made was in the Master Blenders office to this day. That is a neat backstory forΒ  the guitar. πŸ˜€

I finished Sunday off watching my beloved Cowboys do absolutely nothing against the Panthers. At least I had a beer to enjoy with it!

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I hope you have all had a great weekend, I know I did! I’ll be back again tomorrow, hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Happenings!

Hey Everyone!

It seems quick, but it is Wednesday already. I’ll take that.

Right after work yesterday I stopped at the post office to pick up my wife’s long awaited birthday gift. It came from Australia and was on back order, but it was worth the wait. She loves it and have been transferring all of her stuff into it. She will be using that bag for a long while.

I have a retired electrician coming over tonight if nothing changes in his schedule. With any luck at all he can quickly get my damn lights working so I can put my 8 seat dining room table back haha.

I did, however, realize that I also have a Masonic meeting tonight. DOH! We took July and August off like we do each year, and tonight it is back on! We are having a degree conferred on a candidate as well. It will be his first degree out of three, his Entered Apprentice Degree. We had two practices over the last two weeks so we should be ready. I hope the electrician is gone before I have to go. πŸ˜€

This weekend we have the company outing! I’m looking forward to it, because we haven’t been kayaking at all this summer. We start around 9:30am with that, followed by a catered picnic, corn hole, disc golf, and washer toss. It will be an all day thing and it is the first time that this event has been both men and women as well as spouses. There are over 100 people signed up to come. It should be a great time.

That is all I have for you today! I hope to see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Very Busy Weekend! (Photo Bomb)

Hey Everyone!

I hope you read (looked at) my last post on the 4th of July parade in my hometown. There are a ton of cool pictures of the groups that participated this year. This post however is about the whole weekend in general! It was jam packed with things to do.

Lets see, where to start? Well Saturday we went to my wife’s friends wedding and the wedding venue was a doctors house that overlooked Lake Erie! It is absolutely gorgeous. Take a look:

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They had a lady there playing the violin during and after the ceremony:

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Here they did a unity “wine box” it is really a time capsule that they will open on their fifth anniversary:

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Here you can see their nice birch wood wedding arch:

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We were shuttled back to our car, by the Flagship Trolley. Funny story, we read the invitation wrong and didn’t realize there there was no parking. So we drove to the venue only to park outside of a long housing complex, and walk to the wedding. We were running late as is, from taking Everett to his grandma’s house, and now we had to walk to the wedding! We almost didn’t make it. The trolley driver was nice enough to bring us back to our car after the ceremony.

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After the ceremony we hung out and had a bit of a cocktail hour. My wife and I left a bit early so she could pump. We got to the church for the reception about an hour early. Once she was done we went inside to get seats only to find out that they didn’t have enough! So we left. There was no way that we were going to stand and eat or stay that late anyway so we went back to her mom’s to have dinner. There we had baked chicken, baked potatoes, and beans. Her grandparents came over and held the baby for a little bit.

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Before we left her grandpa had me take a picture of how high the corn is there. He was saying that it was much higher than where we live, and to show people the picture. So here ya go haha.

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Another thing was that he gave us a bunch of onions from his garden. After we got home I cleaned and ‘processed’ them, and got them in the refrigerator.

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So ended out Saturday! Sunday, like most summer Sundays, we had a double header in softball. We did win both games but they took forever, due to lack of defense on all teams part haha. Each game was like 30 something to 30 something. That makes for a long seven innings, but we managed to win them both. I think I went 9 for 11 with two home runs so I’ll take it! Immediately after softball, we ran home and got ready to go kayaking/canoeing. We put in by the Kinzua Dam and floated around for about three hours.

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This little guy was riding on our cooler the whole way haha:

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When we were all done we converged at my parents house for some pizza and wings and called it a night. I was exhausted, so it didn’t take me long to pass out.

Monday came right on schedule, and I woke up and got ready to go to camp. We were clearing some paths and working on the cabin a bit more. I was the one with the four wheeler and chainsaw clearing the paths. I only got one good before and after picture because I was in the zone haha.

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That was one of about four or five. My cousin, dad, and brother were back at the cabin putting in a framed wall with a window, and the only interior wall for the bedroom:

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You can see the window in the background of the second picture and the interior wall that will have a little shelf. After the cabin I gt home just in time to cut the grass and shower before my wife’s brother, sister in-law, and their baby got into town. They came for the fireworks that night, and stayed for the parade and picnic on the 4th. The only picture I have from the fireworks is of Everett wearing adult ear phones haha.

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I don’t thing his was impressed lol!

The next morning was the parade, again check out my first post dedicated to the whole parade. We met up with my aunt and uncle, their kids, and their kids kids haha. There were 17-20 of us there total. This parade was bigger and longer, because all of the Shriners came to this parade, and had a huge picnic in our area after. My grandfather, dad, uncle, and cousin are all Shriners and Zem Zem Hornets. You know the little yellow cars in my video. I think I will be joining this October so stay tuned for that! I love the Shriners and what they do.

After the parade we headed to my parents house for a family picnic. There were seven kids there and six or so of us younger adults, as well as all of our parents, so it was pretty big. We cooked burgers and hot dogs on the grill and had a ton of great food. Here we have my cousins little girl and my brothers little girl. They are a day apart in age, how cute!

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I was able to sneak a somewhat candid shot haha. I don’t like being that guy who takes random pictures so I only got one lol.

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My brother and two cousins played a combined 15 games of Kan Jam the rest of the afternoon. If you don’t have this game you are really missing out! It is super fun, if you are any good with a Frisbee.

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The goal is to get to 21 points and beat your opponent by 2 points. You take turns throwing a Frisbee to your teammate on the other end, and they help you hit it in the top, or on the side for points. If your teammate helps it hit the side its one point, if the thrower hits the Kan on their own its two points, and if your partner hits it in the top its three points. It you throw it in the top or that slot on your own its game over.

That was the end our our super busy weekend! I hope you enjoyed the holiday and the nice weather, I know we did! If you made it to the end of the post, let me know what you all did this weekend, I’d love to hear about it. Thanks for reading! I’ll see you tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€