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Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Who is that? It’s Erika. Nice hat! On top of the hundreds of other things she can do, Erika can paint. Speaking of painting…the workshop/ garage has two coats of primer and one coat of paint. The second coat will be applied on Sunday if the weather holds out. We chose colors that match our home. The lower section will be stained to mimic the logs on our home. So, what do you think?

Saturday is a big day for us. We are expecting 22 people to visit us. I’m a little nervous about the whole thing, but all of the planning has been taken care of. We have been prepping the yard for the big event. Our septic system will get a workout. The dogs will have lots to sniff. We have plenty of wood for the BBQ and the guitar is tuned up. The weather…well, we’re in the mountains and that means it’s unpredictable. Lately, the weather has been fantastic and we have been eating our breakfast and dinner outside on the deck. The evening breeze that Tsukahara is famous for has been providing some much needed relief from the summer heat. I think our guests will have a memorable time. I think we will, too.

On August 12th, the Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to peak. Our guests should be able to catch a glimpse of some falling stars on Saturday night. If you are interested, the best viewing will be early on Monday morning.  Plan on a couple of hours before sunrise. Look towards the “W” and the “Square” in the sky. There will be no moon so the night sky should be perfect for viewing. Expect about 100 meteors an hour, but from my experience…you never know. Just find a comfortable spot that’s away from any street lights and kick back. It’s one of the few celestial events that can be enjoyed without any visual aids plus the view is best while laying on your back.    George

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