My oldest daughter turned 15 and wanted to spend the day with a few friends at a state amusement park that has been around forever. I have memories of going to it nearly five decades ago. Some things has changed but the wooden rollercoaster ride in the background was one I rode on as a kid. I couldn't help but ponder the millions of dollars in lumber it now holds in todays lumber market.
One thing that has changed is that they now rent cabanas in the water park portion of the park. Since the three teenage girls obviously didn't want a dad with them all the time (and truth be told I lost them within 15 minutes of our arrival), I rented one for the first time along with a lunch shown above. I could sit in the cabana on a comfortable chair, under a ceiling fan and spend my day reading while the girls did their thing and stopped by once in awhile for food, drinks or to change into their swimsuits. It was hands down, my favorite trip there outside of when I was a kid and actually liked to ride the rides.
If you noticed a shortage of comments on your blog a couple weeks back, that was because my brother stopped by for a visit for several days and since my office is the spare bedroom when I fold the murphy bed down, I don't have access to my computer and I don't own a tablet. Thus my internet time was cut to zero for a few days. During that time, my brother and I did some work on the farm, visited our grandmother in the nursing home and drove around checking the crops. Above is a cornfield and it just struck me as classic SE Iowa so I took a picture.
We vastly expanded our garden this year and part of the reason is to just try a lot of things to see what works. Above is a kohlrabi plant that seems to be doing really well. We like eating shredded kohlrabi in summer salads. We did a lot more work in our garden but we were so pooped at the end of the day, I neglected to take any pictures but the one above. I hope to do better next time.