Monday, June 26, 2017

Exes and Such

Last night during their goodnight bed routine, Teddy told Nik that tomorrow he wanted Papa to make waffles while they listened to "All My Exes Live in Texas" by George Strait.

I can imagine him at kindergarten working on a project while humming or singing the song, probably thinking, "All my X's Live in Texas".  He might wonder what about all the Y's and Z's, too.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

On a Dark But Not Stormy Night...

Recently two of my son's wives were gone for a week and I thought they might be feeling a little lonely so I decided to throw a "Boys Night In Party". What a great decision!

Between 6:00 and 6:30, Jared manned the grill to cook the meat. I put Nik in charge of the games. Jordan and Talon helped me move the wonderful metal statue Dad made to a better spot around back and Jordan hung up some lights on the pergola that Vince had given me. About 6:30 Kyle came over.  After eating and resting a few minutes, four of them started playing basketball. They discovered that even sons age and tire quickly.

Next was Nik's favorite lawn game, Kubb, which I will probably never understand but enjoy watching anyway, at least when my family is playing. It involves trying to knock over wooden blocks, team against team. After that, they played horseshoes until it got too dark to even see each other let alone the stakes.

We meandered back to the pergola which by now was glowing in the dark, very inviting. Jason swung by about 9 and we sat around chatting.  Kyle, Jordan and Jason set up the patio heat lamp I bought recently on KSL. It put out just the right amount of heat as the night chilled. Talk turned to films, actors etc. and then somebody started in with the puns and riddles, Chuck Norris, all sorts of things. We are probably better than average as a family at this stuff. "What do you do with a sick boat? You take it to the dock".  My favorite one of the night was Jared's quote: "Wanna hear a word I just made up?  Plagarism."  I smile even typing that.

It was my dad's 100th birthday, so we ate mint chocolate ice cream and wished him Happy Birthday! I was noticing the time occasionally, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30...but no way was I going to be the one to shut this party down. At the end, we were gathered around the heater like smart moths to a flame, warming but not getting consumed. Finally, Jared said, "Oh, man, it's midnight.  We had better go."

I will treasure that memory forever.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

4 Wheels

Duke and Darla together have 4 wheels.

When my parents passed on, Nik & Sarah inherited Mom and Dad's bicycles. Duke is Dad's blue one and Darla is Mom's rust-colored one. The bikes needed some repair and sprucing up. Duke has been in a couple of shops and is now running ok. He has a little glitch but if you know what you're doing, he gets around. Nik has driven him to work and back and to Wienerschnitzel's once.

Darla still has some tweeking to be done but in time, she'll be rideable again. She sits in a protected shed next to Duke. They, like my parents, seem natural side by side.

We were talking about the bikes and their riders this week. Mom & Dad were legendary for riding their bicycles over 1000 miles one summer when they were both over 70.  That's unimaginable.  And they weren't out on some flat track either. It was up and downhill most of the way whichever way they went. I think Duke has 3 gears.

I still have the picture in my mind of my parents hopping on their bikes in the evening after a full day of milking, cooking, farming...and heading south on their way to eat at a little diner in Lewiston,, Utah 21.5 miles away, one way! Mindboggling. Of course, they both wore long sleeves and hats to prevent sun damage. Mother's dad died from skin cancer so let me thank both of my parents right now for that preventative measure!