Friday, July 03, 2009

We've Been Away

We took a very quick trip to see the family - took more travel time than actually staying there, but it was worth it. One of my staff members quit while I was gone so I had to come back much earlier than expected.
Enroute we camped - despite the damp weather. Oh well, rain every day is actually pretty good for my son's allergies - he could actually breathe this trip! This is our little tent - easy enough to set- up for a late, after dark arrival. I bought it for $20 at Marden's when we crossed the border. I figured why not? Might as well make a long road trip a bit of an adventure and more fun. My son loved it! We also have a very large tent, but that one is much more challenging to set-up. The little tent is definitely a much more spur of the moment "fun" tent.
We stopped at the Desert of Maine in Freeport on the way.

Spent lots of time just hanging out at my Dad's while there - his yard is a playground for boys! That is not "junk". Dad calls all these things "Yard Ornaments"! Once some neighbors complained about his yard and the town sent him a letter requesting him to pick-up the things in his yard. He did. He hung everything from the trees. Everything. So then the town decided that he was grandfathered and can keep his stuff. It keeps Dad busy - he is always moving it here and there or spray painting it or trying to fix it. Ha! Anyway, you just never know what Dad will have in his yard next. About every 10 years my brother arranges for a scrap metal crusher to come through and get rid of huge piles of it... but the favorite pieces are always spared. My Dad has never heard very well so we just hang out together as a "visit". Although he does have new hearing aids and they actually seem to be working some.

On the way back, we stopped at LL Bean (also in Freeport). The fish tanks are in their fishing/hunting section.
It was fun. Got to grab the time you are given and make the best of it.


Brenda said...

I loved your dad's soluion to the towns letter. Ha, Ha!!! Perfect!!

I am glad you took the trip and I am sorry you had to come back early.
You are right though - you have to it when the mood striks and you have to make the best of it!! Glad your home!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh he is growing up so fast!

Candace said...

I love the story about your dad. He sounds like a character, in a good way. I also love your quilts. I'm trying to get up the gumption to do 1 Shakespeare in the Park, and you have 3 gorgeous ones.

dot said...

Looks like you had a fun time. Love the large boot. It has been over 20 years since I have been to LL Bean. Fun store. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your nice comments,.