Tuesday, July 29, 2014
First task of the day was to repair that flat tire! I ate my breakfast and resigned myself to the fact that the tire, even with setting out all necessary tools, was not going to change itself. It was a time consuming task (more so for me than most) but I am proud to say that I completed it on my own -- with a few pumps by Jaydon. My worry is that I could not find anything in or outside of the tire that may have caused the flat, and this being my second flat in about three weeks, I may not have cured the cause. Here's hoping...
I biked to my coffee shop, and Jeremy drove to it for some work and school papers he needs to finish. The library did not open until about two hours later, so he would use the wifi here. My next chore was to find a printer, print out a document, complete it and send it off. I had made a blunder or two on my application for India Visa, and the company I am working with sent me the documents to download and send back to them. Darn that library for not being open early. Now I had to put that important task off for a few hours.
Back to yesterday.
We had a bunch of good swimming time and enjoyed a cook out with all the fixin's before the presentation of our commemorative tee shirts.
|Commemorative tee shirt and toys|
|Susan shows her frustration of me having her take (many) photos of me in my tee shirt|
Let me tell you about the shirts. This is a "Lahti" family reunion -- that's Sarah and Jenny's Dad's family. It was gracious enough that they invited Susan and me to be part of this reunion party, then add being included in getting a tee shirt. Plus -- there was a little confusion that indicated there may be one shirt short. Naturally I offered up my shirt to someone who is actually "family". I did not realize that everyone in the room had heard me doing this. ("Aunt") Linda immediately said, "you can't get out of it that easily. You ARE part of this family". Then ("Uncle") Greg came to me, put his arm around me and said "You are very much part of this family. A very important part". I didn't say it, but this brought a little tear that I did not allow to fall.
Speaking of tears --- my tire went flat again.... I (again) worked so hard to find anything in or on the tire and found nothing. I spent the extra time to exchange tires front and back. This way if the tire is at fault and I get another flat it will be easier to change the front tire. I was too frustrated and occupied to take a photo.
Phew, what a morning.
Some time floating around in the rubber raft and visiting with each other at the beach, then, what is becoming our usual afternoon siesta before gathering at the Big House for fun and food. Pedal boat, row boat and fishing gear as well as some swimming and badminton occupied us before dinner, then s'mores were a hit. Sarah was resourceful to use the fire from the grill as outdoor fires are banned in the heat these days.
|Diane and Neil keeping Troy company out of the pet-forbidden swim area|
|Lucy and I head for the Big House with fishing rods in hand|
|S'mores are soooooo good|
|Evening light and calm water makes for fantastic viewing|
|So good, I need another angle|