Saturday, September 29, 2007

End of September

Tom, Karin, David, Marley, Sam and I (along with Cocoa) went out to the lake for a few hours this afternoon. We decided to walk out to the point that has the old rock foundation wall.

We had a great view of Mom and Dad's place:

Karin and Marley found some old iron nails.

David climbed a rock and struck a pose:

And later, back at Mom and Dad's, Tom removed a dead limb that was hanging in a sweetgum tree above Karin like the sword of Damocles. ( I asked him to get it down and he said, "How?" I told him to ask his grandfather for a grappling hook. To give him major credit, he didn't howl with derisive laughter, but very quietly and courteously asked me where I thought his grandfather might keep his "grappling hooks." Okay. So we don't have grappling hooks. Tom cleverly took an umbrella handle Sam found on his last beach-combing walk, tied it to some rope we'd brought to use in training Cocoa, and tossed it up in the tree around the limb. Then he carefully pulled the limb down, and manfully carried it to Dad's burn-pile.)


Blogger Jennie C. said...

Grappling hook? I almost missed it! I was thinking, "Yeah. One of those long handled pruner things. I know what she's talking about." Ha! The mommy brain is getting worse. :-)

9:52 PM  
Blogger Dana in Georgia said...

Rocks....there were more on the trail than I expected this weekend. That's a good reason to wear hiking boots over cross-trainers :)

No worse for the wear in GA,

7:48 AM  
Blogger Tracy Batchelder said...

Is your parents' house the only one on the lake? What a wonderful place to live!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Donna Boucher said...

Hi Laura,
Did you get the email I sent?

7:09 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

No, Tracy, it's not the only house on the lake. But there is a lot of shoreline owned by the power company, so there are large uninhabited areas, and most of the homes and cottages on the lake are built behind trees, so they aren't "in-your-face." (Although in the last 5 years or so a lot of people from other states have come in and built massive "Big-Hair McMansion" type homes and have totally bulldozed all trees and screening vegetation from their lots. Looks kinda tacky and crass, but, hey, I guess it makes them happy!)

12:41 PM  

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