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May, 2010 - Issue #108

Including the third annual family visit road trip, loads of beets, party in the hood and obligatory zebra pictures.

 

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Camille's cousin Barbara stands outside the house where Camille and her brothers grew up in New Jersey circa 1967.

 

GETTING HIMSELF INTO A SPOT OF TROUBLE

 

Or at least trying to.  Spot stands outside like a spider in a web, just waiting for someone new to happen by.

 

ROAD TRIP!

   

We drove 1500 miles over ten days to spend time with thirty-seven friends and family, beginning with Ticky and Babe Armentrout in the Shenandoah Valley and fueling up with Biodiesel along the way.  See more here: Annual May Road Trip North

 

MATT AND JENN

 

Matt and Jenn were our hosts at their Dickinson College Farm.  We toured the farm,  collected food for dinner and had a leisurely meal before turning into bed on their comfy futon.  Check out our tour photos here: Dickinson College Farm Visit

 

BUNNIES AND DEARS

 

Our next destination was Shippensburg, where we stayed with John and Darla and spent time visiting Mom and the grandkids and great grandkids.  Darla shows off her bunny, Stuart's sweet lion-like face.  Mom smiles during a brief shopping trip.  We also went for a nice hike.  See the rest of the photos here: Cumberland Valley Family Visit 2010

 

THE HOME PLACE

 

Camille spent her formative years in New Jersey.  We headed over to Atlantic Highlands next and hooked up with cousin Mark and brother Jim for a long walk on Sandy Hook.  The next morning, we spent some time in Camille's old neighborhood.  Here she is, having an epiphany in front of the house she lived in for seven years.  More on this story here: Sandy Hook and West Long Branch

 

NEDS PLACE

 

We spent a couple of nights with Ned and Camille took the customary photo of Ned and Bob in their sunglasses.  We gardened, talked, dined, walked and had a great time as per usual.  More photos here: Hanging out with Ned in Cabin John - May, 2010

 

CAN'T BE BEET

 

Beets are one of those vegetables you either love or hate.  We love them, which is why Bob loves to grow them.  On this day, Bob harvested enough for Camille to put up six quarts of pickled beets.  More garden photos here: Sunken Gardens of Moncure - May 2010

 

BADMINTON ON THE RISE

 

 

Back home, our neighbors warmed up their badminton court and we took a swing at it.  Tami took these photos. 

 

TICK PROOF YOUR FRIENDS

 

Tami tick-proofed Melissa by applying tape with the sticky side out.  And then she gave herself some sticky tape anklets. They had some gifts to deliver to Rachel on our side of the woods, including a lamp and a shade so they walked home with Bob and Camille.  And the dogs came along, naturally.

 

SPOT LOVES MELISSA AND MARY BETH

 

And who wouldn't?!  At least he sure seems happy to finally meet both of these wonderful women.  Or perhaps he's laughing because Melissa  almost cut her hand off on his sharp mane. Or maybe he's shocked that Mary Beth has crawled between his legs.  Who can know the secrets of a zebra's heart?

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"It [BPs runaway oil] permeates and undermines the ecosystem in much the same way that big corporations have permeated and undermined our political system, with similarly devastating results." - Bob Herbert in "More Than Just an Oil Spill" May 21, 2010  

"We're the owners of more national government than we can actually use - sort of like the ninety-five percent of SUV owners who never Navigated, Explored, or Yukoned off a paved surface. If you're not defending the free world or paving your continent, you probably don't need the two feet of clearance and a V-8 engine.  An Escort might do" - Bill McKibben from "Eaarth - Making a  Life on a Tough New Planet"

"A giant oil blob lies quivering in deep waters off the coast, like some awful amorphous Mopy Dick full of malice waiting to sink Pequod America - or at least the economies of five states.  A few months from now, the BP Corporation will wonder why it didn't go into something safe and predictable like the pants business instead of oil exploration." - James Howard Kunstler

 

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