I took a shower yesterday morning when I woke up. You might be relieved to know this is not unusual. But by late morning, I did wonder why I bothered. This is how I saw my world most of the day:
Through a haze of sweat pouring down my sunglasses.
I worked in the backyard with Mark most of the morning and part of the afternoon. This is unusual but I’m tired of spinning my wheels inside the house. Instead I opted to help Mark with some outside work. Plus I owed him some labor from a Father’s Day coupon. We are on a big push to complete the backyard landscaping before the frost.
We have a lot to do. And it’s hot. And school will be starting soon. And there is barely any vacation time left. And we have a locust problem.
Not really but I was running out of excuses.
Jess and I worked on some of the landscaping. She worked on the area in front of the chicken coop.
I worked on the area around the barn.
I was an utter failure at the first pass of pavers. Mark had to come in and reset them. But my second attempt was much, much better.
Mark worked on the door for the chicken pen and cleaned the chicken coop. The pen is a fortress. Nothing’s getting in there.
Except Jess so she can hold and spoil Palma who seems to enjoy it.
We’ve discovered we have another rooster. He’s been dubbed Archemides.
The day was so hot we didn’t get as much accomplished as we’d hoped. We stopped early for some home-spun Olympic events.
The DGG’s are big fans of the synchronized sports. One of my favorites is Synchronized Ice Cream Cone Eating:
Aw…Charlie broke a perfect 10…but, a true competitor, he moved on to Synchronized Chicken Roosting:
I think Charlie and Palma deserve the Gold.
Lastly, we moved on to the always popular Goat Gymnastics where Dannon executes a perfect handstand:
And, of course, her unparalleled prowess on the vault:
Dannon’s favorite event is the balance beam but a recent growth spurt prompted her to leave it out of her routine.
As you can see, she was quite talented but she has her eye on the Gold. She and Marigold watch wistfully as Charlie completes his beam routine.
Marigold rests after a challenging grazing routine. She is concerned she is not getting enough calories to sustain her exhausting schedule.
The girls await their scores on the podium. It’s a gold for Team Oberhasli!
And the Individual All Around goes to Dannon! Have you had your Wheaties today?
Coach Mark congratulates his girls. He will be managing their endorsements.
There was celebration in Olympic fashion last night. The best thing about our torch is that you can make S’mores.
I never fully appreciated what Mark has accomplished this summer until I worked outside yesterday. One day and I was wiped out. He has been doing this all summer. First working in the yard then spending time with the kids. He doesn’t get Gold. He gets Platinum.