You've seen our preliminary landscaping work. Mom's garden is doing great. We are eating lettuce and radishes in our salads. The tomatoes should start getting red soon and we should be eating beans and peas in a week or two. Hopefully, the corn will be ready by reunion time.
Dad wants a rock retaining wall supporting his flower creation in front of the house. However, just the rocks for Plan A priced out at over $3,000. You know our motto--you needn't suffer from lack of money if you have plenty of imagination and creativity, So we decided to skip Plans B and C and go directly to Plan D--Disney Imagineering since we live close to Disney World. If Disney had to make rocks because we have mostly sand in Florida, we can do the same. So while mom is growing radishes, tomatoes, and other yummies in the garden, dad is growing rocks. Here I am preparing the rock mix...
planting the rocks...
harvesting the rocks...
and placing them on the hillside.
Here is a peek at the almost finished product--two layers for flowers. Hopefully the bed of zinnias on the lower level with be up and blooming by June.
There is more in store to delight the eye when you visit our house. Just wait and see what else imagineering can do.
We just got back from visiting Chrissy and Randy and kids at the Kannas Condo in Panama City Beach. The food, the swimming and the beach were great in spite of the 5 inches of rain the first day. Of course the Kannas hospitality can't be beat.
Now that the inside of our log cabin is completed, we are working outside to prepare for our 50th Wedding Anniversary family fun time in June. We've got the basic garden in. We hope the grandkids will be able to harvest corn, tomatoes, and other delights when they come.
We've also started the landscaping around the house. This past two weeks we've worked on the new flower beds along the front porch. The roses, hibiscus, gladiolus, and other flowers should be looking great by June.
Now we turn to the butterfly garden and berry patch.
I just got back leading a 50 mile canoe trip with 12 boy scouts and 3 leaders down part of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. We had a great time. Here is our picture report.
We stayed in free screened sleeping gazebos most nights with hot showers and flush toilets--not bad for a primitive wilderness trip. The last night the gazebos were tree houses--to everyone's delight.
They worked on the backpacking part of the cooking merit badge, with everyone having to prepare one lunch, one dinner and one snack for four using if possible no more than boiling water, with varying results.
The first day it poured rain the whole 13 miles. The second day we canoed 19 miles with a strong head wind. The third night it got down to 28 degrees, but we were in tents in a youth camp, 3 to 4 in a two man tent and we had a nice campfire with wood we purchased from the park ranger so everyone says that was the warmest night. The leaders had to rough it in their own tents.
Other than the rainy day, the temperature was perfect for canoeing during the day if you remembered to layer the clothes--no sweating, no mosquitoes, and there was no complaining about being in your warm sleeping bag by 9 or 10 at night instead of running around camp. I've never had so much sleep in my life--10 to 11 hours each night while waiting for the morning sun to warm things up a bit.
Kim stopped by from Chile for a two day visit on her way to a conference in Atlanta. Half the family (including 20 nieces and nephews) greeted her at the airport or at the cabin for two days of Thompson fun on the farm and at the beach. Chrissy and Randy even popped in from below zero weather in Minnesota. We celebrated birthdays for Victoria, Tatum, and David. Note that each birthday child had candles grouped on their own section of the cake so they could blow them out together and all get a wish. We'll let the pictures tell you what we did before we sent her on her way (though it was too dark to show the piles of ribs, hot dogs, and hamburgers we ate.)