Friday… I don’t remember Friday… That’s the danger of posting a few days late… You forget everything!
Now I remember. Tomi, Jeff and Abbey came over for a cookout. Jeff brought steaks and I supplied beer! Everything was going fine with my choice of Hefeweizen until we ran out, and I slipped him some India Pale Ale. I must make a mental note to never let that happen again!
Saturday, we ran down to Missouri for Angela’s extended cousin (or Uncles) estate sale. We took the kids (They were VERY good considering the conditions) and Linda. There was not a lot to his estate, and we were afraid that being 15 minutes late to the sale would have us missing any family heirlooms. Not so. We missed out on a lot of nick-knack items. Once they started auctioning off the furniture, we bid and won on a truck load of stuff. So, I think everyone was satisfied. Ang and Linda were initially concerned that people may have pillaged cousin Delmar’s house, and that nothing would be left for the sale (Proceeds went to the local cemetery fund).
On a sidebar. Demar smoked. And I when I say smoked, I cannot exaggerate enough the smell that has been burned into this furniture. I went out to the truck today, and could not believe that the barn was starting to smell more like Delmar’s house than horse poop. NO LIE! Good thing we did not bring it into the house yet!
Today, I started setting up all those IKEA shelving units in the basement. The “Coal Room” is not shelving central! I have not moved everything. But its getting there. No pictures of this anytime soon.
After that, we took the kids to Peoria Art Guilds exposition at the East Peoria waterfront. It was great. I think the turnout was low for the artists because the weather was dreary. But honestly. It was perfect for us to get out and walk with the kids. Not terribly hot and humid as one might expect from this time of year.
Still later, we went to the Tremont Turkey Festival. Ang rode a horse in the big parade. (It was a big parade! Much longer than one would expect from such a small town!) The kids were fascinated with all of the old tractors. They look exactly like the toy ones that Aiden has. So he watched intently. Oh, another thing about parades these days. Do we need soooooo much candy? I swear my kids brought home a full grocery store plastic bag full of candy. That was ridulous! They should just throw one piece from ever float…. Man, am I the Grinch or what? After the parade, we went over to the festival and road the Ferris Wheel as a family. That’s when I found out why this is the first time I have ever seen Ang in a Ferris Wheel. She hates them. She was scrunching down lower and lower into her seat as the ride progressed! The kids liked it. They also liked the “Whiplash style” race cars, Almost-like Dumbo flying elephant ride, carousel and train. I sprung an extra 4 bucks and let the kids pull up ducks from that classic scam. They walked away with horns that are sure to satisfy Mom tomorrow!
Now, on to Media for the weekend.
- Iron Giant, great kids movie, maybe a little older than mine!
- Stepford Wives, Terrible Terrible Terrible (I think I should concede and admit that Matthew Broderick may never have another decent movie)
- World Party. Goodbye Jumbo and Private Revolution probably need to be reassessed from my all time top 12 cds. Wow. What great storytelling!
- Robyn Hitchcock. Live from Archive.org. Been listening to the Portland show with the Minus 5. Phenomenal! Queen Elvis never sounded sooooo good!