May 31, 2010 – India Looms for Claire

Less than two weeks before Claire boards a plane for the unknown!  I encouraged her to take up the blogging torch, so I wouldn’t have to keep up with her activities so closely (a good father gracefully lets go, right?)  So Claire has started her own blog called Namaste, Veggies!  and the location is and has already posted some pre-trip background and thoughts.

one year ago…”House Painting”

May 30, 2010 – OK, We’re Almost Done with Claire

OK, I promise, we’re almost through with Claire posts for a while, but when your baby graduates from high school, it’s best to note it in this Dad’s “Online Scrapbooking” as others have referred to this blog.

Sp there she is, all done with high school!  As her achievements have been previously chronicled, I’ll leave them be for now.  But she did have one last high school honor – she was selected to address the audience at the graduation ceremony.  We were far away, it was hot, and the parameters of the speech left little room for outlandish creativity (aka duct tape school dresses), it is put here only for those relatives who are very interested, the rest of you can wait for tomorrow’s post.

one year ago…”Martin Planting”

May 29, 2010 – Garlic Off To Great Start

The garlic is exceptionally early this year. We’ve already had to pull off the first few scapes – can’t ever remember dong that in May.

Here’s some of the garlic fairly close up.

We were able to institute the new four foot alternating beds in some gardens where garlic wasn’t planted. These two new strips of clover and perennial rye are starting to come along.

one year ago…”Workin’ on the Barn”

May 25, 2010 – Getting Tomatoes In

Finally getting around to some gardening.  Getting the tomatoes and peppers in the ground.

Slightly new system this year.  We’re out of end rolls from the cardboard factory, so I picked up some giant tarps from the lumber yard to use instead.  Cut them to four foot widths, then cut holes in to plant, poked some holes in the tarp with a potato fork to allow water to seep through, put in the stakes, slid the tomato cages recycled from old woven wire fences over the posts, covered with some straw.  The sections between are the new alleys of clover and perennial rye.

one year ago…”Hops”

May 22, 2010 – Graduation Party!

The day finally arrived!  Our first-born’s graduation party.

No party is complete without the graduation “shrine” to the graduate.  We made Claire prepare her own shrine.

Claire with one of the graduation cakes.

I made a video entitled “Claire: The Movie” and took out a few snippets below.  I’m particularly fond of my role as disappointed father.

Part 1 – Musical Intro

Part 2 – Friends Speak Out

Part 3 – Family members remember Claire.

one year ago…”Chimenia”

May 19, 2010 – Jazzed Up

This week was the spring jazz concert.  Emma wanted to play in jazz band, but there’s not many parts for flute, so she picked up saxophone to play in jazz band.

But the director featured her as a flute soloist one song.

It was also Claire’s last high school music event – here she is at the keyboard in jazz band warming up before the show.  It’s a toss-up to me whether I enjoy the spring jazz concert or indoor marching band program the best.

one year ago…no post

May 18, 2010 – Goats on the Ground

Pearl successfully gave birth today.  Last year we just found her two newborns dead.  This year she had two kids and is fairly fierce in guarding them.

They one that looks like her is a male, named Henry and the brown one that looks like her father, Harriet.

After we found them in the pasture, we moved them to a pen to get acquainted and not lose each other.  The children went into look at the kids in the pen and she started pawing the ground, then lowered her head and the children decided it was time to leave.

one year ago…no post