There are days

that seem longer than others.  This was one of those days.

Strange how on these days the time does not seem to be terribly productive, or an extraordinary amount of work get done.  This day had its good moments but it has gone on.  maybe I should just get to bed!

There were some good things we did get done around our house today.  The pergola is up – yeah!  It was good that several of our kids were home today to help.  It wasn’t terribly hard but rather unwieldy and it required one brave soul who was unafraid to climb up to the top to put it together – only 7 feet, but for those who tremble a couple of feet off the ground, 7 feet is HIGH.  Just as we got to the point of attaching the canvas that will allow us to shade our very sunny and hot deck, we were hit by a downpour.  At that moment I was also off the ground a couple of feet.  In minutes, I was soaked.  The rain was not cold.  I had nowhere to go that I had to look presentable so it really was kind of fun getting caught out in the rain like that.  Its been a while since I have played in the rain!

Meanwhile, Rachelle and Grace were inside trying to get several of the Biology sections done for the summer school class Grace is doing.  They were working hard so my next job was to look after the little ones while they continued to work.  Lunch was made, the kids watched over and then the students moved down to the quiet of the basement.  Then around 2 it was nap time and everyone left so the Zaka could nap in his own place while more studying was done. 

This evening after his gold game, Leo called and wanted me to join him and some golfing friends for supper.  Leo and his boss, Linda both have wicked senses of humor.  Linda’s husband is a "farmer" who also makes crossbows for hunting and had just returned from a visit with some of his customers to South Africa.  While there he was attacked by a dog.  I guess he sat on it and held it down so it could not injure him more and then had to have someone come and kill it to get free.  Then he got back here and had to go through a series of rabies vaccinations.  Still has some numbness in his hands but is recovering well.  He and I were the non-joke tellers at the table.  Our job was to listen and laugh and that we did a decent job at, I think, even if some of Leo’s jokes I have heard a billion times. 

Ok, maybe not a billion.  But more times than I can count.

Then my aunt has not been feeling real well so we stopped up at her place for a short visit on our way home.  I think she’s doing pretty good.  She is always cheerful so sometimes I think she forgets that she just had pain half an hour ago. 

Then home to a quiet house.  Some of the kids are at a friend’s wedding tonight – Patrick’s best friend from elementary and high school.  Then Patrick and Amanda leave Monday for their visit to the Congo. 

So it has been a good long day.

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