Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Trying to catch up!

Where does time go?  I really need to know how I can get behind with so much, so often?  I can't even keep up with reading my favorite blogs lately? Of course if I stopped adding more to my blog roll that might help... but it's not likely; I might miss something really good out there is the blogosphere!
  I think the best thing would be for the addition of a few more hours in each day.  I'd like to start this retoroactive to June 1st. Wonder who I speak to about that.....???
Let's get caught up on the month of August shall we?

He's saying fair # 2 !! :))

We'll go back to the middle of August.   This is where fair number two takes place.  The Rochester Country Fair was on Sunday, August 21st and we were there!  (I was MUCH calmer mentally with this one.)  We once again did sell a few things, and thanks to the heavy buckets of cat litter (new/clean) lashed to the legs of our tent, it didn't blow away in the wind ~ lucky, it WAS a windy day! Nice people, nice atmosphere ~ much more "fair" like.  They didn't have much in the way of animals (though there were  a few greyhounds from a rescue group ~ beautiful animals!) ~ but they make up for the lack of animals in tractors of every shape and size and they have a parade with them!

I love it that woman drive big tractors!
If you squint behind the tractor line up, you can see our tent!
This one was retrofitted with wings and a gun ~ driven by Snoopy, I mean the Red Baron!
A VERY large shorts.
Center of operations for M&S Creations!
and our view out across was the bee keepers tent!
A windblown me!

Chain saw carver guy....

This was my favorite one!  They were raffled off at the end of the day; sadly i didn't win him.  :(

And then in more recent news.... we had a visit from "Irene".  If t
Now normally I like a nice stormy day to hunker in at home and do "inside" things.
It was NOT nice at all...  While we got no rain from this weather event, we more than made up for it with wind.  We had waves and white caps in the river out front. The direction of the wind sent it straight up the river.  Our poor tree just couldn't take it. The first "arm" that broke off landed in the new neighbors yard. It settled down amoungst his fleet of small boats he had parked there, neatly slicing one of them in half.
It did miss his antique car however. 
Then the willow tree on his own lawn broke off... and covered the rest of his front yard. 
He emerged out onto his front steps, bathrobe flapping in the howling wind and said,
"I guess it's "gone with the wind".....

This is what's left of what was about a 100' tall tree.... and over the fence you can see the remains of the willow tree.

You can make out one of boats there....  That's the husband weilding his chain saw. Chainsaws seem to be a theme this post.... though i haven't seen him make anything that resembles a big green worm yet...
Two baby squirrels were also rendered homeless in the willow tree crash.  The neighbor is now running a squirrel nursery, in addition to woodlot if anyone has need of either.

All and all we were lucky. The death toll for the "Tropical Storm Irene" is up to 44 souls, and it seems a lot of Vermont has literally been washed away... ~ and there are STILL hundreds of thousands of people without power... they are hoping it will all be restored by this coming Monday. That's a long time in this modern world without electric, and for anyone with a private well, in many case this means no water either.
August has had it's ups and downs...
Let's see what September brings....  it's my favorite month. 
Coming soon to a blog near you; the "travel" theme for Being Creative!
Stay tuned! 


  1. Oh my goodness, regarding Irene. It's such a shame about the trees, but at least that's all you lost hopefully. I hope things pick up for you quickly! Well done with the fair mark 2. Looked like a good one! Bestest wishes, for a calm September. X Julie

  2. Thanks Julie ~ I am hoping for a wind free month.... with occasional gentle rain (at night preferably) to water the gardens! :)))

  3. Oh Mel, I'm so sorry about the damage from Irene! That's really terrible!
    There's a lot of green worm carvings to be had from the aftermath though!
    I loved the John Deere featuring the Red Baron! Are you a Peanuts fan?
    Seriously though, I was so sorry to read about you and your neighbours trees and boats. Hope you're OK. Hugs (lots of)

  4. So glad you came out fine... Irene is one angry lady. Sorry to hear about the tree and the squirrels losing their home though.

    So glad you made it to the second fair:)) I see you are both wearing happy clothes and that shows you were more at your ease this time around. I, too, love the carved green worm... do you think Scott woudl be interested in doing anything similar, even if on a smaller scale? It would look so good in your little homes!

    Let's hope for a wind free and a bit wetter September. Looking forward to your next post (you write so well, did I ever tell you that? )

  5. Glad you were ok. Here's to a mild and golden autumn with no storms.

  6. Thanks for the kind words ladies...
    I am looking forward to a beautiful autumn, complete with apple pie and a horse drawn wagon ride, fingers crossed. :)
    Excellent idea about making the husband try a few worms ~ if he makes them small (the one in the photo is 5 feet tall!)I send you girls one of your own!! he he ! Thanks for visiting!

  7. Oh, and i do like Snoopy by the way... didn't expect to find him driving a big green tractor! :) ha ha

  8. Melody, could I just copy and paste your first paragraph into my next blog post please?!! Only joking - but I feel exactly the same!
    Love your stall again and such cool pics of the fair.
    Was thinking of you and Irene, so sorry to hear how much carnage she caused around and about.
    However all that talk of September is making me look forward to sampling some New England autumnal colour via the bloggisphere!
    xx Ali

  9. Cool pictures of the fair Mel. I can tell you enjoyed this fair more than fair 1, just by looking at the photos.
    The green worm is awesome. Shame you didn't win that one.
    Oh, that looks so sad, all those trees ... you are really lucky they didn't crash on your house.

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