Lat October we went to a picnic at the Edgwater Yacht club on the Lake Erie coastline. The picnic was for the Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts guild and one of our members is also a member of the yacht club.
Edgewater Yacht Club
Katie on an Anchor
To the east was downtown Cleveland.
To the east was Edgewater Beach. We walked there to collect beach glass; there was little glass, but there was a lot of other *stuff* – shells, driftwood, plastic, other…
To the north was Lake Erie. Lake Erie has big boats! Big, big boats.
Rosemarie Hanus melts glass to make beads in northeast Ohio. She was a founding member and is active in the Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts guild.
The temperature had warmed and much of the snow and ice had melted, so it seemed like a great day for a walk. Along with some moody fog, there was a fine mist of rain; but hey, it was only a fine mist… until 2 minutes into the walk.
I was attempting to frame this photo of Hinckley Reservoir when the heavens opened and poured rain upon us. I quickly snapped it and put the poor camera away. I love how it turned out!
It only poured for about 2 minutes and then settled back into the gentle mist for the remainder of the walk. Our timing could not have been worse!
Spike doesn’t mind the wetness, but apparently Genghis Khan (who has been remoikered Dinkus) is not so fond of it. He was almost constantly shaking the water off.
It’s that time of year! Here are the “traditional” photos of everybody in front of the linden tree. When I was little, I had my photo taken in front of a huge maple tree each year; I used that tree for my kids until we moved in 1997.
First Day of School 2009 - 2010
I wasn’t able to get the cat and the dog in the same picture… well, at least before the bus came.
First Day of School 2009 - 2010
There is already a flower on our Randers Pride daylily! The color of the lily is exactly as I remember and the flower is very large. It does look a little odd though, the flower stalk should be much taller – it is only about 18 inches tall. I think that it should be twice that. I imagine that as the plant grows larger, the height will come along.
First Bloom Randers Pride Daylily
This phot was taken on a rare sunny day here in northeast Ohio! We took advantage of the nice weather, and put Katie to work.
Katie Tending the Flowers
Over the weekend, we bought some day lilies today from Heritage Farms in Peninsula, Ohio.
Gazebo at Heritage Farm
These extra special flowers are called Randers Pride. My family bred lilies up until the late 1950’s. This flower was named after my maternal grandfather, who’s surname was Randers; I believe that he was the one that developed the flower. It was registered by Libis-Cheetham. Libis was my maternal grandmother’s maiden name, so that would be my great grandfather, but unfortunately, I do not know who Cheetham was. This flower is extra special to me because it was registered in 1957 – the year that I was born. It helps that it is a quite tall plant with beautiful large yellow flowers.
Randers Pride Daylily
Here are the three Randers Pride plants nestled into their new home, along with 2 friends named My Kia. You didn’t think that I could possibly only buy what I went to purchase, did you? My Kia was described as “quite prolific with red flowers”. Oh, the human is my daughter, Katie.
Katie with Lilies
Spike, the dog, thought that she was quite camouflaged while hiding behind the bee-balm. She was a good helper too.
Spike, the Camo-Dog
Christmas presents tend to be modest and often somewhat odd in our household. When I encountered a yummy bag of potato chips in the living room last night, well, I opened it and ate some.
Yummy Potato Chips - aka Christmas Present
How was I supposed to know that it was supposed to be my gift, and my daughter had forgotten to hide it and to wrap it? Would you have known?
The blanket in the background was made by the same daughter for her brother. It is a fleece blanket with monkeys on one side and ponies on the other side – inspired by a Jonathon Coulton song, Skullcrusher Mountain:
You like monkeys, you like ponies
Maybe you don’t like monsters so much
Maybe I used too many monkeys
Isn’t it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?
Doesn’t everybody go hiking in the snow on Thanksgiving? Katie and I took Spike for a walk at Hinckley Lake. Here she is, in the car, anticipating the walk.
Spike Anticipating a Walk
Arriving at Hinkley Reservation
Surprisingly there were quite a few people hiking or running. One gentleman running by gleefully commented on what a glorious day that it was. It was indeed a beautiful day, starting out a little overcast …
Thanksgiving at Hinckley Reservation
Thanksgiving Hike at Hinckley Reservation
and ending with the sky clear and the sun out.
Blue Sky in Northeast Ohio
Read another series about hiking and walking the dog at Hinckley Reservation starting here.
The ceremony itself was quite impressive. Each individual platoon stood and marched to a cadence (lead by their Drill Sargent) onto the stage. Then each individual soldier stepped forward and announced their rank, name, and hometown and walked off of the stage. Families were encouraged to walk to the front and take photographs or video if they desired… which I did indeed desire.
I have a fine video. I use a Mac and I am embarrassed to admit that I don’t know how to edit it to put a clip onto here. Isn’t that the kind of thing that a Mac user is supposed to just inherently know?
Daniel and Denise at Fort Leonard Wood
So, you may have wondered what was the reason for my recent road trip. Or maybe not, but I am going to tell you anyway! My son recently joined the US Army and went to Basic Training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. We drove there to see him and his graduation ceremony.
It was great seeing him again; he seems to be quite happy with his army experience so far. His rank is currently Private Second Class.
At the beginning of the day, there was an orientation for families. We were shown the different uniforms and a slide show of the different training sessions in which our new soldiers had participated.
They were then dismissed and we were allowed to take them off the base for lunch. Afterwards, we came back to the base, visited the museum, and took some family photos. The time passed quite quickly.
Katie at the Museum at Fort Leonard Wood
While traveling, my family visited the Gateway Arch, a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, in St. Louis. It is a fun place to visit, and we did the required things: see a movie and ride the tram to the top of the Arch.
On the way in, we took a traditional family photo at the base of the Arch.
Bunny Ears at the Gateway Arch
The tram to the top was a bit crowded. We fit 5 of us into it, and we are not small. My husband was taking this photo and we were encouraging him to move fast to get in before the doors snapped shut.
Tram at the Gateway Arch
Although it was a rainy day, the view at the top was still spectacular. We took some memento photos – bunny ears inside the top of the Arch.
St. Louis from the Gateway Arch
At the Top - Gateway Arch
What really got us excited however, was the fact that we could see our rental van from the top of the Arch. Seriously, how exciting is that?
The Rental Van