I do have a few bits of news I can share though. First, weeds can do an astonishing amount of growing in 10 days.
Second, thanks to my dad (and the wonderful brothers who now farm my parents' land) it looks like I again have barn siding to salvage for my shed project.
Third, we have an estimate to deal with the flooding problems at the end of the drive. However, we asked the county engineer's office for a second opinion and after looking at the problem they said any tile would be mostly a waste of money for two reasons - (1) it would need to be extremely large to deal with the heavy downpours that cause the problem and (2) because of where it would need to be located, any tile would quickly plug with chaff and other debris from the field. The county engineer suggested with either (A) relocate the end of our driveway 20 feet or so south, or (B) wait until the current soybean crop is harvested so we have a better view of the problem area and then reassess the situation. We're going with B.
Fourth, we still have kittens. A dozen kittens to be exact. Ethel amazed all of us, not only by having 7 kittens in her first litter, but also by managing to keep all seven growing and healthy. If you're local and want a cuddly little buddy, let us know!
Fifth, although it was never mentioned here, I spent most of July trying to convince Honda to pay for a $2,000 repair needed on our van. I had to fight way too hard for it, but just before crossing the Mackinac Bridge last Friday we got a call saying Honda has finally agreed to cover the necessary repairs! This means we should still be able to have the back of the house repointed this year!
|Toes in Lake Superior|
|Fishing with her Grandpa|
|Neil enjoying table ball at the resort's play area|
|Every six year old girl's dream|