Saturday, June 30, 2007

still alive...

Once again, I'm sorry I haven't posted much recently. My dad spent the last week in the hospital, going in the day after we got back from camping. He was in for a couple of days before the trip as well. So, I've spent most of my time at work, comping, or at the hospital for the last 2 weeks. Not nearly as fun as it sounds...

Speaking of fun, camping was not very much fun. I really do not like spending that much time with my brother and SIL. I love the kids, but I don't feel that it is my responsibility to keep them in line when their parents are around. I also do not like to clean up after anyone other than myself (and occasionally Greg). And my brother's family is lazy. Plus, it stormed on the last night we were there. So, the next day we wasted no time in packing up and getting out. I felt kind of bad, because my brother was hoping to spend more quality time with us, but my dad was sick, and everything was wet, so we wanted to get out of there.

I didn't get to do any real hiking. I'm not sure I would have been able to manage anyway. I tried taking my dad's dog on one short trail, but she doesn't do stairs. Then I tried to take my niece and oldest nephew, but my niece had to pee after we made it down the 40 or so steps and insisted that we had to go back to the campsite. I didn't bother trying any more. My knees were starting to hurt anyway.

I did get some lovely pictures, though.

This is a view from trail 7 at about 6 am on Midsummer morning. Pretty place, no?

These are some strange mushrooms found on the same trail, about 5 minutes before Krystal decided that she didn't like stairs.

And this is a snail found while taking Krystal for another walk.

I think nature photography is going to be my new hobby. I REALLY love my new camera!

Finally, here is the whole group of us at the end of the trip:

From left to right (for those who don't know the people involved):
Top: Greg, my brother James, my dad, baby Brendan (the youngest nephew), and my SIL Jen.
Bottom: Me, my niece Korrine (aka Lupa), and my nephew Alexzander.

Krystal was sleeping in the car.

In crocheting news... not a whole lot going on. Working on a lap blanket. Got some organic cotton yarn for dishcloths, bath supplies, etc. I'm also jazzing up some flip flops for friends and family. Once I have something interesting to post, I will take some pics of everything.

Not much else to post right now. I have a ton of housework to do. I'm thinking of skipping it and mowing the lawn, though. It is a gorgeous day outside, and I want to have an excuse for being out there that doesn't make me look like a slacker. TTFN!


Ollie said...

hey kele!!! was reading thru your blog, trying to get to know you a bit....I really enjoyed it!!!
what a nice family you son is a greg too...
so sorry to hear about your dad...I hope he's feeling better!!
thanks again for all my wonderful goodies & for being such a great pal...keep in touch!!!

Scattered Gemini said...

Oh well, you'll have fun camping with us in a few weeks. ;)

Your pictures were fun!

We'll keep your Dad in our thoughts!

Gledwood said...

Hey those pixx are so atmospheric I can practically smell the damp treeleafmoulering fungoidness of the woodland floor coming up ... why are modern day pagans the only people who seem to appreciate nature in the way that i do... ie not guitarstrumming lamenting it's all going away but the mushrooms and the golden sun on morning leaves.. YOU know what I mean i know... btw what is that henge you pictured is it stonehenge?? this summer solstice i heard nothing about the annual invasion that always used to take place... it was ridiculous but hey-hummm...
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