Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Brunch

Today we had a little Sunday brunch to catch up with some folks now that we had a weekend back in town. Ashley made a delicious baked French toast dish (Sue, the gauntlet has been thrown down), a quiche, and some fresh berries and cream. Absolutely delicious, and enough food for an entire day. She also channeled her inner Betsy and laid out some nice small flower arrangements cut from the deck garden.

The Melamed babies were in attendance, raising the cuteness factor of the gathering by a factor of two to three Coopers each. Towards the end we let the dogs out to see their interaction with the Triplameds; Cooper, aside from being upset that they were on his couch, could not have been less interested. Arnold didn't pay them much attention because they're not mobile, and Mattie was convinced that baby foot tastes like ice cream, and thus, should be licked repeatedly.

The weekend was otherwise relaxing but uneventful. We got the house cleaned up, and Casey continued to work on the master bathroom renovation - we're almost ready for the tile to go up. He also weeded about half of the garden - no small challenge since it's been growing wild since this spring. We at least have proof that we've got very fertile soil in our beds. Next weekend we'll finish weeding and plant, probably with corn, squash, zucchini, and bush beans, and some marigolds to keep out the dang rabbits and bugs.

This week Casey has a business trip to Charleston (hopefully coming back with some good pictures). Ashley's trying out working from home this week while they get her trailer (seriously) office ready at work. We've got the National Weather Service on speed-dial just in case a tornado looks like it's coming through to tear up the Syngenta trailer park.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

50 years of marriage, canine landscaping and relaxation

So, it's been a while since we've blogged-- mainly because we haven't done anything (really, we mean ANYTHING) since we got back from Peru.

That being said; we did manage a trip back to McAdenville this past weekend to help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my (Ashley) great uncle and aunt- Dick and Judy.

Dick (my grandfather Rufus' brother) and his wife Judy have always been a staple in the Rankin Family. Just ask my Dad. They were practically second parents to his sibilings and him. In fact, as we found out this weekend, my father and his cousins essentially had their own little "Lost Boys" pack who caused chaos on the streets of McAdenville. We wish them another 50 years of happiness. On another note, Ashley's aunt Sue and uncle Mark flew in for the little lunchtime gala, which is always a good time and good conversation.

Our dogs (yes, all three) came along for the stay at stately Rankin Manor, and that will never happen again. They essentially got themselves banished for 1) stirring up trouble with the Chihuahuas (that's a two-sided thing), 2) digging up flowers in Toni's garden while blazing a through-the-center-of-the-Earth trail to China, and 3) throwing dirt all over the patio, coming dangerously close to the pool. Other than that, the weekend went well, since leaving all three outside meant they ended up very tired at the end of each day. In the meantime, Cooper and Mattie would like us to join with Aunt Sue in reminding Grandpa Joe that well-polished hardwood floors are not exactly "dog-friendly." Though they do appreciate his hospitality and leather recliner.