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Hopalong

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Re: Yard
« Reply #120 on: July 01, 2020, 01:44:38 PM »
I think you simply need to be courteous and invite the squirrels in for tea and peanuts. Really, I thought you were a kind person! :)

Have you already tried dividing your African violet?
What I know from plants fits in a thimble, so forgive a dumb question.

Gotta go therapize.

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Re: Yard
« Reply #121 on: July 08, 2020, 06:12:42 PM »
Upcoming family reunion.... will have 2 houses for 2 families.... practice social distancing... wear masks... enjoy shared meals out of doors.....there's a fire pit.... covered area in case it's raining... and I'm trying to plan ahead some.

The best family reunion we ever had was a pirate themed reunion. Cut up mustaches for goatees and eyebrows and mustaches, of course.  Bandanas, and earrings, and a treasure chest for the kiddies,  and water slide, and a pool, and games, and older kids and little ones... 2 birthdays with cakes, and lots of good food cooked on a huge wonderful grill.... all covered, with access to walking trails and amazing firepit for a huge group. 

This time I thought we'd have a cowboy theme, though I'm not married to it.  About 50.00 will get me hats, and mustaches, and bandanas and cute napkins enough to make ONE day amazing with fun photo ops.  The thing about summer parties is....  sometimes the sweat makes sticky mustaches not so sticky, but I will tell you...  SO MUCH FUN.  So... it's a serious consideration.

THat day could be the day we go to my Grandparent's grave... they were horse people... he trained horses and rode them in parades.... western all the way.... lots of trophies for competitions... and ribbons.. I remember those ribbons in my childhood... so many.  The smell of grandpa's pipe... vanilla... sweet.  Lovely. And I want to evoke that childhood joy for us all... if I can.  BBQ,  picked up on the way home, would be an easy meal, suited to the theme. 

One meal will be real Italian Lasagna.... cousins have ham and bean soup planned, so that's 3 big meals.... we only need 3.  I don't want to do any cooking.  At all.   Just relax and be present and apologize for being an ass for a couple of things.......... listen to their stories.... tell  some stories... have some games planned. We have a pool going... guessing my Aunt's, the cousin's mother's, genetic makeup.  These cousins LAUGH.  A lot.  I love them.

I remember horseshoes from the farm of my childhood.  What else would be good outdoor games?

Smaller meals.... lunches.... brunches, actually, would be better. There's a place that sells many different pies... will do that one day.  But 2 for the energy of one BRUNCHES, yes.  Mimosas, and naps and trips to Amish produce markets and maybe farms and the places we grew up.... restaurants we used to go to in childhood.   Trail Balongna store.... the candy store..... the BIG amazing Amish hardware store...... it likely sells everything.  So amazing. 

And......Thai Basil Lemonade.... bright green.... real lemons and lots of ice.  Yup yup yup.  Cousin will make boba tea. 

Any ideas for memorable,  easy food to feed a crowd?

Games?

Lighter

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Re: Yard
« Reply #122 on: July 08, 2020, 06:24:53 PM »
Are you having this soon, Lighter?  Are the 2 houses so everyone can stay together overnight? What is your thinking about covid?

I've never been to a real family reunion, so I dont have any great ideas, but yours sound fun!

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Re: Yard
« Reply #123 on: July 08, 2020, 08:21:19 PM »
Houses are 10 minutes apart.  Plan is to have brunch together and dinners with games outdoors and general fellowship. 

Each group will stay in their own space.  Will have masks and hand sanitizers and make sure there are different serving bowls for each group.  Everyone is healthy, but acting like everyone is sick is how I intend to roll.  Our side all feel that way, and cousins will comply.  My Uncle and Aunt are the ones we're worried about, and we'll only see them at the cemetery, outside.

This is next week.

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Re: Yard
« Reply #124 on: July 10, 2020, 03:30:13 PM »
The party sounds nice, Lighter :)  The only outdoor, non contact games I could think of were the traditional sports day races (traditional here, I don't know if it's traditional there!).  But things like sack race, egg and spoon race, ordinary running, backwards running, obstacle races (jumping over bowls of water, stopping to put on a hat and gloves, crawling under a piece of rope, that sort of thing), gymnastics competition (forward rolls, cartwheels, handstands etc).  Just silly things that people can do at the same time but without touching.  Games like charades and pictionary (everyone can have their own pencils).  Maybe hangman, on a white board, with words that mean something to the family (childhood holiday places, favourite books from years ago, names of pets, that sort of thing).  Pin the tail on the donkey but maybe you could do pin the lasso on the cowboy (although you'd all need your own lassos, it might be time consuming to make them.  Maybe pin the moustache on the sheriff would be easier?).  Doughnuts on a string?  You could spread them out far enough that you're not touching.  Maybe a non contact version of twister so you spin the thing but instead of using the mat everyone stands on one leg for green, touches their toes for blue, that sort of thing.  And just have silly prizes and maybe an overall trophy for the person who wins the most events or something? xx

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Re: Yard
« Reply #125 on: July 23, 2020, 01:17:00 PM »
The way it works with Esteban is -- I write him a detailed email or text, listing extra things I need done besides mowing. Explain I'd like a Yes or No within a week so I can plan. Ask him to reply to confirm. He doesn't. Ask him again by text. No dice.

Two or three weeks later he turns up and does an excellent job. If I'm lucky, I'm at home that day and can fill in or change details. He undercharges me by a mile compared to others, and I'm very fond of him. He just operates on his own system, which doesn't include great communication but somehow, it still works out. I always leave two cold beers on the patio in a cooler for them.

Today things got done that I needed and can't (not in my present shape) do myself. I feel good about it (it's like cleaning help for my spirits--btw CB, I found someone my neighbor trusts, virus wise, and look forward to her starting next month). Both of these aren't cheap but adding it up over a year, it's still less than condo or HOA.

Esteban:
Trimmed or took out overhanging mulberry branches shading the garden and removed half of one mulberry that makes a pretty entrance to the back yard by the gate but also shaded a peony bed.
Removed a brush pile.
Cut a path through azaleas to a spigot that chewed me up to get to.
Cleaned out the gutters.
Cut out a big vine that was eating my crepe myrtle.

Feels good to be taking care of my little place. Now I need to take care of me.

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Re: Yard
« Reply #126 on: July 23, 2020, 03:06:54 PM »
Thanks for all those suggestions, Tupp.  We ended up playing football and basketball at the farmhouse.... much time was spent around the fire pit.... great weather.  LOTS of wood provided for us.  It was amazing, but for the Pug running after horses and buggies, then standing in the road.  It's always something.

Hops:

It was gratifying to read about Estaban's progress in your yard.  Some things are worth the money.... no doubt about it.  I never regret asking for help with organization, for instance.  It makes so much difference in quality of life.

My sister and I worked next to the stone path in the yard yesterday.  The moss is growing nicely there.  Its's very satisfying to SEE and touch the fruits of our labors. 
So beautiful and natural... the path meanders along..... curving and lined with large rocks.  I have a better idea where to plant more Hosta.   It's a very gratifying place to be with yard work.

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Re: Yard
« Reply #127 on: July 23, 2020, 04:32:42 PM »
Thanks, Lighter!

BUGGIES?

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Re: Yard
« Reply #128 on: July 23, 2020, 06:33:01 PM »
Think.... Amish country; )

::clop clop clop clop::

And BIG fast moving trucks. 

 
On second thought....
think Pet Cemetery in Amish Country. 


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