Yesterday was cloudy, cool, and rainy. Today was the opposite - sunny, breezy, and just beautiful. We could have seen the eclipse if we'd had this weather yesterday. We ate our lunch out on the balcony and I even sat out there and read this afternoon.
We've got a couple of hummers flitting about, eating the food we've put out for them. While I was reading outside, one of them came to eat. After a few sips, she saw me and flew up into the tree. I was going in to get the camera, but I figured she wouldn't stay on the branch. Boy was I wrong. After about 20 minutes, she did a recon flight and saw me still there, so up to the branch she went. I'll bet she was there another 20 minutes. I finally came in so she would feel comfortable eating. I heard her little chirps within just a few minutes of my coming inside. The little male didn't show his face while I was out there today.
We got a video from Bryan of Aidan saying both Grandpa Dave and Grandma Peg!!
We've been waiting for the total eclipse forever, it seems. We here in Waterloo are now hoping that the one in 2024 will be able to be seen! It was very cloudy here today, so no eclipse. It did get a bit darker, but that's all we saw. Darn!
Here's a picture of Blaise and I reading about dinosaurs! I wish Dave had come in a little closer, so my legs weren't the first thing you see!
It was good to be back in our own church this morning. Good sermon, too. I thought the scripture was very appropriate for the world today. It is from Acts 2.
Acts 2:37-4237When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the LORD our God will call." 40With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."41Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
It just spoke to me. I feel like if we remember our baptism, and listen to what God has to say, we can forget this mess the US is in and be able to relax knowing our futures.
We wanted to go to Morgs for breakfast after church, but it was full. So we went to Village Inn and it was PACKED! So we came home to eat. Dave went to Bryan's for the afternoon and I did the Sept newsletter and calendar. Yay! I also got to watch the Cubs win in extra innings!!
I don't remember what happened yesterday...oh yeah, I fixed the pillowcase for Dave's wedge pillow for one thing. Dave mowed here at the condo while I was doing whatever I was doing. Then about 4:30 we went to Linda's. Bob & Ann were there for the weekend so I sat and talked to my brother for quite a while. Then Kyle, Cassie, and Blaise arrived! He was being bashful with us. That was a first. It didn't last long though, because we had a bite of supper and I sat at his little table with him. When we got done eating, he wanted me to read to him. We read 3 and a half books before it was time to go to the party. He didn't want to go but I left the book and he got ready. The party was a get together for Clayton & Kaylee. Clayton will be leaving in a couple of weeks for The Netherlands where he'll play basketball for Leiden this year. Kaylee won't be going until October sometime because she's the maid of honor in a wedding. So she and the dog will join him after his season starts.
It was a great party - tons of food, perfect weather, and Clayton's band. Good music, guys!!
Today we did some things to the camper and then we installed our EasyView TV. We did something wrong, though, so we have to wait for tech support to call us back on Monday. We also covered my recliner - so no more pinkish raspberry in our living room!! Yay!
We made it home, safe and sound - thank you, God! We had a very good time on our little trip. On Saturday night we went to a party for our O-town pastor, David, and his wife, Liz. It was a great group of hand-selected people who have been friends with David & Liz for the past 7 years. It coincided with David's retirement and his 70th birthday, as well as their pending move to Wisconsin to begin their retirement life. Fun times and lots of laughs!
Sunday we went to church with our old friends and then lunch with a group of 10. Then Monday we went to Cantril to get our 25 pounds of popcorn for Florida, plus a list of stuff from Ann. We met Bob & Ann for lunch at the Recovery Room. Bob has now had 13 radiation treatments out of 35. He says they drive for 3 hours (both ways) for 3 minutes of treatment. Say a few prayers for my brother!
After lunch we took off for Cherry Glen campground at Saylorville. We couldn't get in at Adventureland. Cherry Glen is beautiful and quiet!! Unfortunately they didn't have any WIFI at all. We checked our phones by using data, but didn't use them for anything else. We did, however, have decent tv viewing for the evenings when we returned from the Fair. Again, the Iowa State Fair was wonderful. We were there two partial days and saw lots. This is the first time we didn't eat a bunch of junk! We had a great time!
We're heading out again tomorrow morning. This time, we're heading to O-town until Monday afternoon. Then we'll be going to Des Moines for the best state fair ever! We plan to be back in the 'loo on Thursday afternoon. So today was spent packing the camper!
We plan to take off early in the morning so we can have a Canteen for lunch! We've got a get-together tomorrow night with friends, then church on Sunday. Monday morning we're heading to Cantril to get stuff for Florida. Monday afternoon we get to see Bob & Ann and then off to Des Moines. Tuesday and Wednesday are fair days and back here on Thursday. Are you tired yet???