Martin turned 14 on June 30. The neighbors down the road, drove over in the specially decorated Birthday mobile.
In addition, Martin also had an afternoon at Climb Iowa where he had fun with the climbing walls and bouldering. Happy Birthday Martin!
This year we are trying some Kentucky Wonder pole beans on the pergola. Last year we grew morning glories.
This year we hope to just hop out on the deck to grab some beans for the dinner!
My desire to stop weed whacking stinging nettle and to continue to have marinated lamb chops on the grill led to this!
Three lambs, named by Martin – Thor, Loki, and Odin. They transitioned wonderfully to their new home – no bleating at all after leaving their ewe-mom. Now get chomping those weeds!
Spied this on an elderberry bush and thought is was a fungus. Upon further inspection it is hard with lots of yellow dust dropping off it.
It is attached to the plant via what looks like a stem. Closest I can find out to what it is is “Puccinia bolleyana.” But I can’t find much about it. Strange things in the elderberry hedge!
Linda wrapped up her two-year internship at the Des Moines UU church this weekend.
Here she debuts her new minister’s robe – a gift from her internship committee.
Speaking of them – here is most of her committee.
Linda with her mentor and colleague-to-be Rev Mark Stringer.
And finally, some old (or shall we say long-time?) friends from the previous ministerial search committee in Ames that came down for the occasion.