Saturday, March 24, 2012

First mowing of the year

Exceptionally warm weather over most of the last two weeks has convinced all our plants that spring (or summer) arrived early.  One could even argue that our unseasonably warm weather goes all the way back to last November.  Last spring, the mower didn't see use until April 20.  This year, the grass was unruly four weeks earlier, and it looks much better now that we've taken dominion over it once again.  Visiting every inch of the yard is also a good way to remind oneself of all the yard projects that are now available for tackling after being conveniently ignored all winter.  Ready or not, the mowing season has begun!

Monday, March 19, 2012

English Country Dancing

In case you didn't make it to the Very Merry Ball in Batavia, Illinois on February 11, I've included this video of a few steps of one of the more unusual dances of the evening.  A special thanks to Paul and Pamela Butler, Allison Hawbaker, and John Bliss for performing fearlessly in front of the camera even though I failed to ask their permission.  Recognition is also due Nathaniel Sisson for tirelessly calling all the dances, and performing his duties wonderfully, but all this fun would not have been possible without the generosity and organization of the Merrys.  Thanks, Merry family for a memorable evening! Look closely, and tell me in the comments section which other people are visible in this video.  (you can also right-click on the video to watch it on my YouTube channel)