Hot fun in the summertime

28 July, 2012
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Awesome afternoon on Charles Mill Lake yesterday. It was supposed to rain, but ended up being beautiful.

Seamus & Hannah have a pontoon, and they and the Js invited us out for a ride and a cookout — right on the boat! — yesterday. What fun. We motored around the lake at about 5 MPH: the perfect speed for this non-lover of aquatic travel. (I have a couple of reeeeally good stories to tell about seagoing horrors.)

Jake, first mate

The boys are little fish, and totally comfortable on the boat and in the water. We pulled into a small cove and parked the boat so they could get out and play. It was a perfect afternoon.

We were driven back to the dock, just feet away from where we’d parked. Talk about door service! We drove the 15 minutes back home and sat down to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics. I have had much to say on Facebook about it, both last night and this morning, and the blogs and news outlets were lit up with reviews today, so I won’t go into it yet.

Mr. Pool Noodle, fearless swimmer

Perhaps tomorrow — although the little minnows are coming to stay the night, and Grammie might be too worn out to do much of anything. :-)

Suffice it to say that it was a very different Opening Ceremony — unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, guaranteed. “Spectacle” could describe it in a couple of different ways. More on all that later (or in the comments, mayhap?).

Hey, it’s the weekend! Café mocha all around.


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28 July, 2012 6:37 am

I’m just thrilled that you and Thriller got to go out on the boat! Do you remember Uncle Bud’s pontoon? We used to love going out on that thing. I’m glad you had good weather for it. Looks like the J’s are naturals already! Ahem. I watched the opening ceremonies, last night. Interesting. No, no, that’s not what I really want to say. I thought it was BORING! Some of it made sense, other parts – not so much. I’ve seen many opening ceremonies for the Olympics but, this one by far is the biggest disappointment. Just sayin’. Have a… Read more »

28 July, 2012 9:03 am

Didn’t watch the Olympics (No TV. Oh well.) but it sure sounds like I didn’t miss much. Reviews were tepid at best, and the pictures looked just plain weird. I am going out on a limb and would like to officially propose Olympic Underwater Speed Crocheting as a new event. That would be of interest to us older folks. ‘Course my mom could whoop everyone’s be-hind in that one. Always thought someone could make a killing with a pontoon boat if they had a little hot-dog grill and a couple of coolers full of water, soda and other eats. Just… Read more »

28 July, 2012 10:03 am

The first part of the ceremonies were interesting–large cast and children’s choirs singing songs associated with various parts of the British Isles. I didn’t care for the turnover to the “Industrialized Age” and the “set change” was quite long. However the film sequence of the Queen (the REAL Queen Elizabeth) and Daniel Craig as 007 was VERY good!! Loved that part! Few people realize that Elizabeth has a great sense of humor despite her sometimes dour appearance. With the appearance of the London Symphony playing the theme of “Chariots of Fire” with Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean on the synth,… Read more »

28 July, 2012 11:07 am

What a great family time! Making memories and enjoying the process. Since I was volunteering my services elsewhere, I didn’t see any of the opening exercises. Ergo, I have no opinions about them, so will depend on you to fill me in.


28 July, 2012 2:09 pm

A pontoon ride sounds grrrreat! Glad you had fun.

You’ve read my thoughts on the opening ceremony. Onward and upward to the Real Show, the athletes!

Have fun with the minnows, always great to hear that kids love to swim!



Rat Fink Reply:

Hey, Nederlands is doing pretty well in the pool and on the bike track. And you’re not doing too poorly on the bike either! WTG babe! Keep on ridin’. XO