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So, I'm awake--it being almost 1 in the afternoon, 'bout time! Now, if it weren't for the fact that I've been up since 6 AM. Seriously--taught two fairly energetic classes, but still don't feel really awake. WTF.

Weekend was lovely. Saturday I got my nails done, then took Penelope for a walk on the 840 walk/bike trail, just her and her Momma. What a happy girl! Someone with a golden retriever asked me how old she was. When I said "somewhere around 13" they were stunned. They thought she was 3 or 4. She was prancy and happy. Mind you, she could barely make the stairs the next day, but she loved getting out and smelling things and just having time with only us two, so it was worth it. That evening we watched The Shooter with Mark Wahlberg and Danny Glover (dir. Antoine Fuqua). I hate the fact that Marky-Mark can genuinely act.

I pried Rowan out of the house on Sunday and we went to Fly Creek Cider Mill (http://www.flycreekcidermill.com/) and The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown (http://www.farmersmuseum.org/). We are soooo going back to both. Ro wants a membership to the Museum "...even if I never go again." Yippee--easy Christmas present. Better than some tchotzke collecting dust on a shelf. As for the Cider Mill--well, all I can say is the store has deliciousness beyond belief, and feeding the ducks and turkeys was waay cool. I was not as enchanted by the antique engines as the Duchezz, but the geese and ducks more than made up for it.

Farmer's Museum has changed a lot since I was there--some for the better, some not. It made me want to go back to the living history museum we visited in Virginia with Jack and Susan. They had four setups, each one modeling the homestead of one of the four large immigrant groups that settled the Shenandoah Valley, everything from house to garden, including some heirloom breeds of livestock (http://www.frontier.virginia.gov/). It was amazing. At the Farmer's Museum we got to the farmstead exhibit just as they were eating lunch, so that was pretty neat. Made us really hungry though. They can't feed patrons, so we just got to look at this huge roast beef, yummy bread, and big bowl of freshly churned butter just sitting there. Sigh.

Monday was more house painting, and an early (for us) dinner before Ro went to MickeyD's. I made food that was bad for us, but, well, farewell to summer and all that. It's not like I make potato salad every week.

Thursday marks the beginning of my 2007 obsession season, er, that should be "football season." Ooops. My bad. Yup, 22 men beating the crap out of each other wearing armor. Yippee!


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Sep. 4th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Random question - how many are coming out this weekend and are puppies coming too?

Looking forward to seeing you.
Sep. 4th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Morguhn and me, no puppies. We'll probably get there 8 ish. Anything you'd like us to bring? Shall we get dinner on the road or late dinner there? Your call. We are off board for the event. We'll probably leave fairly early on Sunday so we can be home in time for his Packers game at 1 (or 'Skins--there will be much channel flipping).

BTW, any chance we can stay with you the weekend of Harvest Raids? Since Kelda et al aren't going, camping has lost any appeal it had.

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to seeing you.
Sep. 4th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
let me talk to the girls about dinner on Friday.

I'm off board too. The Boogie is in charge of clean up so I'm not sure what plans are so far for dinner saturday. again, let me talk to the girls.

harvest raids - No problem. Just let me know how many of the humans and if any of the non-humans will be coming.

Sep. 4th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
It made me want to go back to the living history museum we visited in Virginia with Jack and Susan. I wonder if it's still there?

Giovanni's mother is the marketing director for The Virginia Living Museum down in Newport News - is that the place you were at? I don't know of another one in the state, but it's possible it goes by a different name.

If you want, I can ask her about it. I suspect she'll know about it if it still exists.
Sep. 4th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Nope--the Frontier Culture Museum: after I posted I got curious and tracked it down (and edited the entry and included the link).

Thanks, though!
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Sep. 4th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Darn it! Who will test the swill? We will miss you.
Sep. 4th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
This weekend was picture perfect. Some of the maples are turning a little early, but the morning glories are still glorious, and the apples are starting to blush on our trees. The bins at Fly Creek were full to overflowing, the sun was warm, but the breeze was cool. The morning had been nippy (wear a jacket!) but by afternoon my short-sleeved T was perfect. Gardens are all looking a little raggedy, but the corn is still coming in, as are the tomatoes; the pumpkins aren't ready yet, and some berries are still there to be picked. You can still feel a touch of summer in the air, but autumn is on the wind.

Yes, my favorite time of year is the end of August until the beginning of November--if we ever leave here, it will be what I miss most.
Sep. 4th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Frontier museum
The Museum in question is 2 hours-ish from my inlaws and 3 hours from here in Richmond. It really is quite grand.

ANY time you and yours want to make a weekend jaunt south and see the sights( including a 13th century priory and Agecroft Hall) let us know and we will have space available for you.

Heck we might even get the Science museum to schedule a showing of Buck Rogers in the Planetarium....


Sep. 5th, 2007 11:00 am (UTC)
Re: Frontier museum
I shall keep that in mind.


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