Monday, July 20, 2015

Your Weekly Update

The beautiful and talented Greg Hartley worked in the meadow for several hours over the weekend. He's a  mighty, mighty man and we love him.

The Scoop:
CAMP FIRES:  Fire danger is very high, so we won't have a camp fire, but we are tentatively planning to burn small fires in the Hamfist barrel. It doesn't generate a lot of heat, so bring warm clothes for the cool nights.

FOOD: Please bring a pot luck item to share at dinner; plain or fancy, large or small, doesn't matter. Bring your own breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks.  I'm planning to make Asian noodles, veggies and fish on Friday, Asian noodles, tofu and veggies on Saturday. Dog Boy will NOT be barbecuing this weekend. Anyone who wants to step in and cook a hunk o' meat will surely be lionized.

COOKING GEAR: The outdoor kitchen has prep tables and drinking water, but no refrigerator, oven or stove.There are two Weber grills and a propane grill to share. There are plenty of forks and plates; several spatulas, tongs, mixing bowls, chef knives and plastic cups; one big cutting board, one big coffee pot, one dutch oven and one soup pot for boiling water. There are very few bowls and spoons. There are often several camp stoves on the tables, but it's a good idea to bring your own.

Let's see, what else do you need to know? The weather report is calling for high 80s and breezy; perfect. Disc golf usually tees off around 10:00 a.m., byo discs. We also have bocce ball, horse shoes and a couple of golf clubs. You're welcome to practice your drives as long as you don't bean a disc golfer. Unfortunately, the Slip N Slide is a long shot this year; too many other projects going on.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Colestin Camp Out To Do List

Sweep and rake
Pull out carpets
Collect cow shit
Repair Titus
Check water lines
Bleach and fill water barrel
Charge batteries
Check lights
Wash all the dishes and re-organize
Set up garbage and recycling
Fix the kiddie pool
Set up slip n slide
Check for candles and lanterns
Hang tarps
Set up guest tent
Make up beds at house 
Run the well pump

That doesn't include the shopping and cooking.  It's an undertaking.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Quality of Mercy

A gentle rain droppeth from heaven today.  It surely does feel like mercy as Shakespeare suggested. It is sweet relief from the 105 degree heat of last week.

I sat in the musicians gallery on the Elizabethan Stage last night and looked out at the audience as scattered raindrops glittered in the lights. I'll be sitting in with the band on a very silly musical next week, a bucket list experience if there ever was one. The musical is silly but the music is not. It will tax my abilities. Frankly, I'm nervous but nothing ventured, nothing gained.  I observed last night and will spend the week practicing. I can do this. 

I got terribly lost leaving the gallery and wandered in the dark backstage, stumbling into places where I had no business being; mortifying.

I've let my pathological fear of embarrassment stop me before.  Not this time.  A sweet, cool breeze is wafting in the window. Life is good. Never fear, I've got this.