Soldotna Progress Days, and the weekend was busy! Saturday was beautiful and sunny, and was a hectic day of fun. Janek and I started by sitting on the sidewalk waiting for the parade. It was exceptionally nice this year, and really long. We were sitting by a nice woman and her nephew, who was just a little older than Janek. These two boys got lots of candy from the parade floats, and generously shared treats with each other. Next was a bazaar at the senior center, then a huge festival at the fairgrounds and the rodeo. In the evening, Janek also wanted to go to the car races, but I was exhausted by then. Even though Cheyenne was still suffering from food poisoning, the vet called to say it probably wasn’t serious and that she’d get better. He said since she still wants to eat and drink, it’s a very good sign. The poor dog waited patiently in the car with only one mishap.
Sunday morning Peter took Janek out with him on the boat for a couple of days fishing, so I had quiet time to do some computer work. The house is uncannily quiet and empty without him. But Cheyenne seems to have finally recovered so we can go out walking again. In spite of my goal to sell this house and simplify my life, I am glad that I’m here for family this summer. My daughter Dara and her family will also be coming later in August and with Peter’s family here it will surely be a very busy place. After everyone is gone in September I’ll need to think about future plans. At the very least I need to have the driveway extended into the adjoining property this fall and develop a nice parking pad for our rigs.
Fun pictures from this week — One night we went out to visit Peter on the boat when they came in from fishing…
After some serious rain, and even a storm with thunder and lightning that I have never seen here, we got gorgeous sunny weather again.
The favorite activity at the festival for all the kids was the bouncy obstacle course provided by the Alaska National Guard. I think Janek would have kept doing that all afternoon.
This year Janek was brave enough to join the six-and-under children chasing the calf with a money-winning ribbon on its tail. After a lot of chasing, the ribbon fell off, so every child won a $1 bill. Janek had also gotten a plastic egg at the parade with $1 inside, so this was a good day money and candy for him!
He loved to watch the young calf riders, the first child was only three years old, he did pretty well and Daddy kept a hand alongside all during the ride.
I was surprised to see a woman in the chainsaw carving contest this year!
She looked like she really knew what she was doing!
After we came home, Janek and Cheyenne both loved playing in the lake, and I had to laugh at their goofy antics.