It has been a busy week at the Huber household. Layne and Elissa and Brody flew in on Tuesday to spend a couple of weeks with us (so expect a lot of Brody pictures).
The birds appear to be eating the blackberries way before they get even remotely close to ripe. I managed to find this one hidden under a leaf. It’s probably time for some netting.
On Friday, Bilbo had a grooming session.
There will not be any further pictures of Bilbo, as we returned him to the Poodle Rescue Society. He was becoming increasingly stressed and abruptly antagonistic to people who startled or crossed him. We are hoping that there is a better home for him out there. Or, in HR speak, “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
It was a busy week at the Houston Huber Household. Probably most important was that I completed the green card process, getting my permanent work authorization for the States. No pictures to show of that. In other news…
At a local Barnes & Noble store, I picked up a ‘build your own gliders’ kit (from their half price table). After some tweaks to the tail ailerons, it flew pretty well even though it was sort of windy.
Flowers and Fruits
Danaya and I took an alternate route to the chiropractor on Wednesday, driving through one of the communities that has been hit hard by the flood. There were a lot of houses in this community with piles of debris (drywall, carpet, etc) out front. I drove through again this morning, and a lot of it had been cleaned up already. There were some streets that were still in cleanup mode.
Zach Winters house concert
On Thursday night, I drove Danaya and Daelynn to a house concert featuring a musician from Oklahoma named Zach Winters. It was held in a large very soggy backyard (like step on the grass and sink into a couple of inches of water) and was a whole lot of fun.
On Sunday night, we were awoken by a major storm that dumped a lot of water overnight. There was lightning and thunder all night long, some of it amazingly close and loud. All of us received periodic public announcements to our cell phones providing tornado and flash flood warnings. Both Mikaela and Heidi have old cellphones which are no longer in service, but apparently are still eligible for public service announcements. At 2:00 am, I had a worried set of kids (Mikaela, Heidi, and Brock) and a distressed dog in the living room. The detention pond was pretty much full at 6:00 am (see following picture), but by 8:00 am was down quite a bit already.
At our place, we got (received, experienced, were deluged by) 15 inches of rain as measured by one of our garbage cans.
Work was closed on Monday, but for us the rest of the week was normal. About a mile or two north of us is Cypress Creek. It crested a couple of inches short of the all time measured high water mark, something like 127 feet above normal levels. It closed major roads in our area for 3 to 4 days but didn’t really impact us.
In other news,
And in another news, Lori and Bilbo had a big altercation this week. Bilbo is now undergoing obedience and submission training.
I had to return my Pomegranate Orchard Otharized Professional badge, as the pictures that I posted last week labeled ‘baby pomegranate’ actually turned out to be the pomegranate bud and flower as shown by the following two pictures. I guess that the fruit comes after the pollination process.
Painting The Roses
Although I had captioned a picture last week about painting the roses (referring of course to the Alice in Wonderland movie), it was all in jest. However, one (and only one) of the roses actually is mostly red and part pink, looking indeed like it had been partially painted.
Davison made a dessert this week called a ‘pavlova’. It consisted of a meringue crust, whipped cream and sliced fresh fruit. It was delicious and allowed Davison and Brock to stay up past their bedtime as it took an extra long time to cook.
Mentor/Mentee Meet the Family event
For the past 1.5 years as part of a work-sanctioned give-back-to-the-community program, I have been mentoring a middle school student. This consists of meeting once a week during a lunch hour for 30 minutes.
This past week, Lori and I went to a dinner and speaker event and had a chance to meet my mentee’s family. Mentor (sitting) and mentee (standing) in the picture. Some additional yard pictures