Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Summer Summary

Since I didn't recap Jun and July and now August is over I decided to do a whole summer wrap-up.

6 - Mark was in town.  We went to dinner with Mom, Shaneen, Steve & Verona at Don Pedro's.
9 - BBQ with the family
16 - Opening night for 7 Brides for 7 Brothers; Katie has a part.
18 - John's birthday.  Katie and I went to a summer reading program class where we learned different patterns for folding paperback books.  I didn't feel guilty because most were yucky romances.  It was fun and we made several over the next week to give to the library for a huge mobile they are going to hang.
21 - Father's Day

Books Read:
The Texicans by Nina Vida
1st to Die by James Patterson
Split Second by David Baldacci
A Second Look by Lisa Scottoline
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman

Boston Legal Seasons 2 & 3
Victoria Albert
Bramwell Season 2: Disc 1& 2

4 - Fourth of July Celebration - We held our traditional BBQ for both sides of the family who live in the area or who were visiting.  After hamburgers and wonderful potluck dishes we watched the fireworks from our front lawn.  Some of the group walk over to the park to watch them.  It was an especially pleasant 4th.
7-9 - Mom, Candleman, Katie and I went to Cedar City to visit Susan and maybe see a play at the Shakespearean Festival.  Dinner with all the cousins from Northern Utah at the Pastry Pub.  Candleman and Katie saw Secret Garden.  Went to Corey's one evening.
10, 11 - Candleman, Katie and I drove to Las Vegas to see Alyson.  We had a wonderful time visiting and playing games.  We went to 3 different Barnes & Nobles bookstores looking for their special $3.99 books. Sounds crazy now, but it was fun. Lunch at On the  Border and dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  Drove down the strip and saw the fountains going.  That was neat.  The strip doesn't seem anywhere near as bright as it used to so maybe they are saving energy for the good of the planet.  Couldn't believe how many people were crowding the sidewalks and streets.  Absolutely amazing!
12 - Back to Cedar City and another good visit.
13 - Candleman's birthday.  Ohhhh...he is getting so old!  We stopped in Provo and bought him a ukele for his birthday.
15 - BBQ with some of my side of the family.  Nothing like burgers on the grill.
24 - Dinner with family at Steve & Verona's.
27 - Went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  It was good.
31 - Petersen reunion in Layton.  Lots of fun.  Mom, Mark, Susan, Shaneen, Cassie, Kevin, Kristi, Ronnie, Candleman and I attended from mom's part of the family.  On the way to Layton we stopped at Zupa's for lunch.  It was fabulous!

 Books Read: 
The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut

Boston Legal Season 4 & 5
Monk Season 7
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bramwell Season 2: Disc 3


18-22 - My niece, her husband and 6 kids and her sister-in-law and her 3 kids were all staying at Mom's this week.  J & J took their nice camper down for some of them to sleep in.
20 - Candleman bought 3 milk cans over the internet for a lot of money! so he could fix milk can dinners.  Tonight he tried it for the first time.  There were potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onion, corn on the cob and kielbasa sausages that are layered and then cooked over a camp stove for 1 1/2 hours then dumped in a big trough or metal tub.  He made so much that we invited the whole crew back for dinner the next night and still had oodles left over.  Jenny brought her luscious rolls.
21 - All Debbie's crew and a bunch of local family members hiked to Jone's Hole to play in the waterfall.  Sounds like they all had a blast.  Candleman and Katie joined the fun but I stayed home to enjoy the peace and quiet. 
22 - Brett & Angela and Cassie came out and we all met at Mom's for sloppy joes.  Shaneen must do something 'secret' to hers because they tasted especially good.  We played the name game and had tons of fun.
30 - Candleman made Ebleskivers in his new cast iron Ebleskivers pan that I kidded him about buying.  They were so yummy.  Looking forward to having those often.  He got very proficient at turning the little bundles of goodness.

Books Read:  
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (highly recommend - this is book 3 in the series)
Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck
The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner (really liked)
The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block  (highly recommend)


Northern Exposure Season 5
Eureka Season 3: Disc 1 & 2
Eli Stone Season 2
Bramwell Season 2: Disc 4
The Closer Season 4

Overall Impressions:
I have loved this spring and summer.  It's been cooler and wetter than most which made it great for enjoying the backyard.  I really don't want summer to end, although it's always nice to get in a more set routine in the fall.  Our tomatoes have produced and I'd like to go on enjoying them for several more months, along with the squash.  I hurt worse than I ever have the first part of the summer but the last half has been basically pain free.  It's been heaven!  I do love autumn I'm just not ready for it so soon.


julie said...

I'm glad you've enjoyed the summer so much - sounds like you had lots of fun. I'm also glad that you're not in as much pain as you were and hope that it lasts for a very, very long time.

Framed said...

It was a good summer, wasn't it? As always, I enjoyed the dinners at your house and Steve's. Now I need to do my recap of August. It was not very eventful, other than what you've already described. I have no life. As for the sloppy joes . . . They were pretty good, weren't they? I think I put more mustard in than Mom does because Steve doesn't like mustard. But I do.

Candleman said...

Holy Cow! What a great summer! I was so glad to be off and enjoy so much of it! I'd better get back to work soon, though, or we'll be too broke to have any fun next summer.

How does it all get by so fast!

Susan said...

You always do so much and have so much fun. Parties at your house are the BEST! And I miss going to them and seeing the family. I loved having you all down here in July.

Cindi said...

I heard the milk can dinners were super good. I tried your oven roasted tomatoes. Yummy. I need to do it to some more. I'm glad you had a good summer.

Alyson said...

You guys went to Zupa's? I love that place. Is there one on the way to Layton? When I lived up there, the closest one was in Riverton, almost to Draper. Now I'm jealous!