Monday, June 23, 2008

Baseball, Bridges, and Bass

Saturday night, Larry's company provided all the managers and their families tickets to see the local baseball team play. We actually got to sit in the suites! Free food and beer! The Greenville Drive is in the same minor league as the Augusta Greenjackets. If we ever go to the game where the two of them play, I guess I'll have to sit behind home plate so I can root for both teams.
It's a beautiful stadium. Oh, before I forget. The Greenville Drive is the farm team for the Boston Red Sox. How exciting is that for you, Mom?

May I introduce the mascot? His name is "Reedy". He's named for the Reedy River that runs through Greenville. Shelby was a fan from afar.

Mommy and Shelby

Shelby took this! How awesome!

And then she took this. "These lights are so they can play when it gets dark."

Grown men racing motorized toilets.

The Drive lost. But who cares? Fun was had by all.

Sunday was quiet. Larry went and played a round of golf with the other managers of his warehouse.

Later in the evening we went downtown to walk around the Falls Park on the Reedy. I so can't wait to take anybody down there.

This is the suspension bridge that is over the river at the falls. It's 355 feet in length and is only supported on one side by it's towers that lean downstream at a 15-degree angle.

The gardens that make up the park house an amphitheatre, park benches, swings, etc. It has to be my most favorite place so far in Greenville.

I've got an outing planned for Monday.

Until then...

P.S. Ok. So there was no bass. I needed another "b" word.

Friday, June 20, 2008


This week we have spent a good bit of time at the pool. The weather here has been beautiful. Low to mid 80's with no humidity.

Here are a few photos. Buried treasure at the bottom of the pool. 50 cents. Jackpot!Larry attemptimg to dunk Shelby. Didn't succeed. The water only came up to her chin.

Not really sure what this was about. Maybe water up her nose? Whatcha think?

She calls her herself "water ballerina". I think she's in contention for a gold metal in synchronized swimming.

Here she is "racing" a little boy named Andrew. He's seven and still wears his water wings, too.

With Shelby, we're not really working with her on the fundamentals of swimming. We just want her to get used to the water and how her body moves in water. If not anything we can get past the water in her face issue. Bath time is not easy when it comes to washing her hair!

We've got some things scheduled this weekend, so I'll have something to report!

Until then...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day in Greenville

I think Larry's Father's Day was a good one.

When asked what he wanted to do today, he said he wanted to hit some balls.

So away we went.

Next to fishing, this has become of Larry's passions. Forget going and playing a few holes, I think he would rather just go to a driving range.

Shelby seems to hold hold her own pretty well.
Then I gave it a try. What a fiasco! Larry kept laughing at me. Said he could tell I played softball by the way I was swinging. I told him I probably would have had better luck hitting the ball like it was a softball.
Then Shelby began to get bored....

On a "hole", it was a very good day!

So I wish all the father's, father's to be, and grandfather's in the family a Happy Father's Day!

Until then....

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Where are the ducks?

Ok. So the name of our apartment complex (correction, community) is "Mallard Cove". With a name like that it sounds like there's nothing but ducks here, right? Oh, how wrong! It should be called "Goose Corner".

The more that I'm around these geese the more I become fascinated by them. I've gotten where I sit on the ground with them and they walk right up to me. Virtually sitting in my lap. Some of them are so used to humans that they even let you touch them.

These are goslings. According to the internet the one on the left is about 10-12 weeks old. The ones on the right are about 8 weeks old. They don't honk yet. They make more of a weezing whistle.

There's something about their feet. When walking on pavement, it sounds like a spatula on the counter. Slap, slap, slap!
Some of them have bands around their "ankles". For tracking, I suppose.

Oh, by the way. Yes, the do "goose" each other. In fact, I was "goosed" by one of them on the rear because I didn't give him (or her) a piece of bread. There aren't any special markings that differentiate a male from a female.
The pond in the center of the "complex .

Oh, here's some ducks!

Until then....

Organized Chaos

When the packers come, there's nothing you can do but stand and watch as your life and home become cardboard boxes.

Now what the moving company fails to tell you is that the people are trained to pack EVERYTHING. No questions asked.

The night before the packers came I forgot to run the dishwasher. So, yes, they wrapped and packed all the dirty glasses and dishes in the dishwasher! The funny thing is that when I unpacked the box I found the silverware basket from the dishwasher full of the dirty utensils still in the basket!The truck
or Shelby's stage

The sofa.

After the truck pulled out of the driveway Shelby and I ran some errands before leaving town. She wanted to eat at "The Sun" for lunch. For those of you who don't know, I used to work at the Sunrise Grill. It's a locally owned restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch all day. Well, sort of. The hours of operation were 6-2, 7 days a week.

Anyway, while we socialising, Shelby got hold of my camera. This is her contribution.

Miss Debbie

Mr. Dre (he knew how to cook Shelby's grilled chicken just right. Squishy.)

The current news

Shelby and Krystal (her rabbit) - self portraits

We then headed up to Greenville to wait for the truck. It would be two days before it would get there. But there were things to do. Shelby finished the school year (again) in Greenville County. She had to be on roll at Pelham Road Elem. for a couple days so she could be eligible to be a returning student next schoolyear. It's a rule in the No Child Left Behind law.

Things are getting settled here slowly. I don't have any pictures of the apartment yet. Still too many boxes around to get a feel of the place.

I do have pictures of things we have done around town.

Until then....

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This place called Greenville

As my family and friends know, I have moved to this place they call Greenville. The one in South Carolina not North Carolina. It's located in "The Upstate" region of the state.
I read not all that long ago an interesting analogy of South Carolina. It read, "The state of S.C. resembles the profile of an eagle looking westward. Greenville is the 'eye' of the bird, so to speak, occupying the northwest corner of the state." I think they're right.
The weather here is not that different from Augusta. However, I have noticed there is a constant breeze blowing. I'm guessing that's coming in from the mountains.

This blog thing is very new to me. My sister, Jessica, said I needed to do this so that everyone back home could keep up with the comings and goings of life up here.

I have pictures that chronicled the move. When I get the hang of this they'll be on here soon.
Until then....