Sunday, August 25, 2013

Running of the bulls Virginia style.......

Around 4,000 people gathered yesterday at a motorsport park in a neighboring county to participate in Virginia's version of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Participants paid $60.00 each to experience the thrill of being chased by twelve 800 pound bulls. About 8,000 people came to watch the event. Two people were hurt with concussion-like symptoms and one was taken to a nearby hospital. The event ended with a food fight between the runners and spectators that used 45,000 tomatoes. I bet that was one big mess!

Years ago when my Dad raised cattle, I was chased by bulls several times. It wasn't fun or exciting - it was very frightening. I had no desire to repeat the experience or to even watch other people, so I did not attend.

Would you run with the bulls? If you would like to try it, the promoters plan to have events in 10 more cities.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A cool and wet Sunday ......

It's been cool with a misty rain falling all day. Hubby has been relaxing on the sofa with Molly Ann, watching the Nascar race. After doing a bit of housework, I settled down with a good book. This weather feels more like October than August to me. We went to a JJ Grey and Mofro concert at Pocahontas State Park Thursday night. It was an outside concert and I got chilled even though I was wearing a light jacket.

My hummingbirds are still swarming around the feeders. I tried taking pictures, but I am a terrible photographer and they move so quick. I also have lots of butterflies. They are a little more cooperative with having their pictures taken.

Schools in our county start tomorrow. I remember being so excited when it was time to go back to school. I would be anxious to see friends that I hadn't seen all summer and catch up on all the gossip. I loved fresh new books, notebooks, and other school supplies. Were you happy or sad to see school start when you were a kid?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shredding ........

My house has an attic that is accessed through a hole in the ceiling in the hall. You have to climb up a step ladder and pull yourself up into the attic. Since I've gotten older and suffer from arthritis, it's difficult for me to go up there. Like most attics, it is full of all sorts of junk. My house is small and I have limited storage, so over the years I've put lots of boxes up there.

I've talked Hubby into climbing the ladder and taking down a few boxes at a time. I then go through them and either throw away or donate what I don't want to keep. My goal is to completely clean everything out of the attic. Last week he brought down boxes and boxes of cancelled checks. I had about 35 years of checks. So, this week I have been shredding and shredding and shredding .... I finally finished yesterday afternoon. Boy, am I glad that is done!

When I haven't been shredding, I've been filling the hummingbird feeders. There must be thirty or more that swarm to my feeders. I'm filling them at least three times a day now.

We're still eating tomatoes and green peppers from my garden. The squash and cucumbers are gone - eaten by squash bugs. I got one watermelon before something pecked holes in the rest of them. I'm thinking about planting fall crops now.

Hope you have a nice weekend!