“Gray skies are gonna clear up. Put on a happy face!”

Our “Colors” post series continues with some dudes in (and out of) GRAY whatevers. We suppose “Gray” (or “Grey” if you prefer) isn’t really a “Color” at all… just a blend of black and white. Having said that, it’s what these guys have in common. That and a whole bunch of “hotness” 🙂

Another week of coronavirus madness has come to an end and we’re still going strong here at Table Rock.
David, Chad and Matty are in the Northland now, but will be back later this afternoon. Matty met yesterday with the “child counselor” and it apparently went well. Chad said both the counselor and Matty wore masks during the session. She (the counselor) told Chad she’d asked Matty if he knew why they were wearing masks. He answered “I guess it’s because of the crayola virus.” She said she was glad she had a mask on so he couldn’t see her laughing.
David and Chad had a list of things the kids wanted from home. Bella wanted more clothes… Travon wanted his camera… Chance wanted his headphones… and so forth. They’re also bringing Dub’s grow lights and the plants he’s been growing from seeds for his garden. He’s decided not to make a garden at home this year – but he and Jim are going to “garden together” here at the Lake. I don’t know which of them is more excited about it, but Jim laughed and said “I bet this will be the most weed-free garden I’ve ever had.”
Keon and Rick are the only other parents who will be at the Lake this weekend. Keon has been working from home and Rick is on leave from his job so they’re pretty confident they haven’t come in contact with anyone who might be positive for coronavirus. Of course, Denise and Scott wanted to come, but they live on the 20th floor of their condo building and have to use the elevator, so they’re worried they may have run into someone who might be positive. All the kids have been skyping with their parents every day so loneliness hasn’t been a problem yet.
We don’t have a plan as to how long we’ll be sheltering here at Table Rock. Maybe this thing will slow down in a few weeks?
Chad came up with the idea of teaching the kids to sing “Put on a happy face,” and they love it. We sing it at “school” every day.
“Spread sunshine all over the place – And put on a happy face” 🙂

Another fun trip to the Lake.

We’re back from another great trip to the Lake. We closed on the loan on the cabin on Thursday morning… then headed out. It was just David, Dub, the dogs and me and we had a fun day. When we got to the cabin, we found a container full of fresh peanut butter cookies on the kitchen counter (with a note from Carol saying not to forget to return her tupperware). A locksmith came by to change the locks on the cabin and dock. Of course, we had extra keys made for Jim and Carol. The dogs LOVE the cabin and quickly made their “nests” on the screened porch. We don’t let them run loose because there are both foxes and coyotes around there and we’re afraid they might be looking for a “miniature schnauzer snack”. We did take them out on the boat and they did a lot of barking while Dub rode the wakeboard. When we got back to the dock, Dub took them swimming. Although neither of them had been around water, they’re both surprisingly good swimmers.
The grandparents (and Coco) arrived Friday morning and Dub took his grams and gramp over to meet Jim and Carol and show them Jim’s garden. Then we took them out on the boat and had lunch at the Indian Point floating cafe. Friday evening, Jim and Carol came over for dinner. Afterward, Dub surprised us by bringing out the dominos (we didn’t know he’d brought them) so he could teach everyone to play Mexican train dominos. We sat around talking and drinking wine, beer and caffein free Mountain Dew and playing dominos and it was great fun. Jim and Carol are obviously delighted with their new neighbors.
We came home yesterday and have been getting ready for the big eclipse party on our driveway tomorrow (and school starting Tuesday). David and I are ASTOUNDED by how much Dub knows about the eclipse. He’s spent hours and hours reading and studying about it on his i-pad. Of course, Austin and Erik will be here to share the experience. We’re almost exactly in the path of totality so it should be awesome. Dub had wanted to photograph it, but his granddad convinced him to just wear his glasses and watch it… leaving the photography to the professionals.
We’ll be back posting on Tuesday. We LOVED Rick and Keon’s “Friends Friday” post and appreciate Rick’s salvaging the Latinos we thought we’d pre-posted.
Hope you guys all have a wonderful eclipse.