Uncle Joe is such an inspiration to everyone here at the Ranch. When he’s here on the weekends, he likes to walk up around the pond for exercise. He’s got two hiking sticks, and it takes him awhile, but sometime he’ll go two laps around.
I asked him if he knew what a “cairn” was, and he said, “No.” I explained that a cairn was a pile of rocks, made over many years by adding a single rock to stack every time you pass by. Some cairns are huge, but then they are very old. I suggested to Joe that he might want to create a cairn at the top of the hill by adding a rock every time he hikes up to the pond.
Hearing this, Joe’s face lit up and he got very excited about the idea. On his very next trip up the hill, he carried his first rock. Sue and I have been adding rocks, too, when we walk up the hill, and the cairn is beginning to take on form and substance.
Uncle Joe turned 95 years old in July. It’s amazing and humbling that he is eager to tackle a project with the time-span of a cairn at his age.
I made a bunch of hardwood sticks for a project in the shop: Putting blackout curtains on the windows so we can watch movies earlier in the summertime.
Sunflowers and barns.
Summertime Saturday lunch: Bacon, Lettuce, Onion, Avocado, and Tomato sandwich bar; the BLOAT Bar. Mmmmmm.
The Easy Leaves arrive to play the wedding.
Hombre_McSteez at work. He’s doing a commercial for a car company to air on the Web during the World Cup.
Marty does everything differently.
An inquisitive chick.
Just outside the Tall Barn, the tables are set for the wedding reception. Dancing will be inside the barn later.
We hosted a wedding at Monkey Ranch on the Summer Solstice. Here you can see the Father of the Bride walking her down the aisle towards her waiting groom.