I had a few things around the yard that I wanted to get done before the family arrived for pictures at 3:15. One of the main things was to clean out my little pond. The water had gotten so dirty you couldn't even see the fish anymore! So I pulled on my rubber gloves and dragged the wet/dry vac to the backyard (since my pond is pretty small it's a fairly quick job). I got a really good surprise when I was filling it up and put the little potted aquatic plant back in the water....
This little frog is living in my tiny pond! I've never had frogs before, so I don't know if he was living in the plant when I got it or if he hopped over from somewhere else. Whatever the reason, I was pretty excited about it.
I was also surprised at how much the fish had grown since May when I put them back out in the "wild."
I remembered to add a capful of pond clarifier when I filled it, in an effort to try and stay ahead of algae build-up this time around.
It's nice and cool again (70's for highs during the day) so the air is turned off and the windows are open. While I was sitting at my computer and checking e-mail, I heard an unusual-sounding plane flying over. I dashed out to the deck with binoculars and camera, trying to get a visual and here's what I managed to photograph (my third surprise of the day):
According to our newspaper, it's a B-17 Bomber. Have you ever heard one of those? There is a very distinctive low roar of their engines. Whenever I hear them (which isn't too often anymore) I think of what it must have been like during WWII hearing them leave the bases in Britain and then flying over Europe.
The EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the US Air Force the last weekend in July, and this plane is enroute to that event. When Brother Phil was in the Air Force, I had the good fortune of being able to schedule a couple vacations that coincided with air shows at bases he was stationed at. I really enjoy seeing military aircraft and need to try and figure out if there's a way I can get over to Oshkosh later this month.
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The family picture was a lot of fun. It was a bit windy, but it's always that way at our house. It was really fun to have everyone together and all dressed up.
Brother Dave, Charlie and Spousal Unit discussing "guy stuff"
My Sissy and her 2 girls
Brother Phil working as a human "sun filter" to keep those bright rays out of the photograph--good thing you're tall, Phil!
Wow, Phil, I think you're pretty good at that. If UP ever lets you go, your next career may be in film!
Mom and Dad with the 3 grandkids.
Me and my siblings (with Charlie, that little camera hog!)
And last here's me, the Spousal Unit, Charlie and Brother Dave.
What a fun day to have the family together. Mom brought all the wedding photo albums to our anniversary celebration supper. We had great conversation and lots of laughs.