The weather was surprising for summer in Oklahoma this week. It rained and was in the 80’s. Interestingly, during the downpour on Monday one of our neighbors’ houses finally got some attention by having a group of folks pull debris out of the house (wearing masks undoubtedly due to the mold inside) and throwing the debris in to their front yard.
Finally one of our replacement windows was installed this week so now I can see out of the office window rather than looking at the black tarp. I only wish the neighbors’ homes were in better shape to enjoy the view more.
With the rain our lawn got much greener this week and the bunnies seemed to love the weather.
Cellular service at our lake place is minimal and my Dad bought a signal booster to improve our reception so we played with it and had just about decided where to install it when the temporary location of the antenna fell and busted the antenna. During our tests the signal strength easily doubled so it will be worth the effort and we have ordered a replacement antenna already.
Keith got our boat out of the shop Saturday afternoon and then a couple joined Keith, Dad and I to do some boating, tubing and skiing. They are from Russia where boating is not a common activity and they clearly enjoyed themselves experiencing many firsts. As is typical Keith let each of them drive the boat.
Since we got a late start on the lake we were out until dusk and the sunset was beautiful.
Sometimes the wind and wake combine perfectly so that the ski biscuit just pops people up and sometimes off.
I tried to capture some of that from the weekend, one is in focus and the other isn’t but I think you get the idea. I took many, many more photos and it’s just too difficult to pick what to share here.
Everyone had a great time and no injuries other than some sore muscles.
Keith’s cousin Kenny, his wife and sons visited us at the lake and we loved helping them learn to ski and use the ski biscuit and I took tons of photos. At one point when I was taking the photos, I kept feeling like eyes were staring at me and I finally figured out what it was. Here was what I was seeing in my viewfinder:
Those upside down hand signals nearest the top of the screen look like eyes!
On the other side of those eyes was a family of 5 enjoying boating at the lake.
We had hoped there would be a larger turnout for the family reunion. It was great with this group and we would love it if the next time more are able to join us.
Sunday was Mother’s Day. I called my Mom and we visited about our upcoming genealogy trip. Since Kelsey and her boyfriend were at our lake place, I got to spend time with my daughter on Mother’s day and she cooked breakfast. The next day after work my son surprised me by visiting and took me out for dinner at Cafe Bella where we had a nice meal and visit.
After work on Friday Keith and I headed back down to the lake. I started my morning by walking the yard and noticed that our plum tree was loaded with plums!
Then the work began, first more yard work that included laying sod, cleaning our porches, painting, preparing the boat for the season and burning more of the wood piles We got up about 6 am and finally went to bed around 2:30 or 3:00 am because the burn pile was very slow to burn down to a safe level for us to go on inside for the evening. What a long, though productive, day!
Sunday morning we had a nice breakfast with fresh eggs & homemade plum jelly both from just down the street from us. It was all delicious!
Finally by mid-morning Sunday we had the first splash of the season when we put Moby Deck, our deck boat, in the lake. We enjoyed some time just touring the lake. We decided to get our name on the list for a slip at Buncombe Creek and they say it’s about a 4 year wait so maybe by the time we retire it will be our turn.