Dinner consisted of the following: Alligator, Camel, Emu, Elk, Wild Boar, Kangaroo, Frogs Legs and some spuds for good measure. Everything was delicious….and a lot tasted like chicken! So, what does chicken really taste like?


Plate 1

Plate 2

More fall activities

Today almost all of us visited Marini Farm Stand in Ipswich MA. The highlight was getting completely lost in the corn maze.

The optimistic maze trotters about to head where hundreds have failed before.

JMan choosing an entry point. To made matters worse I left my glasses in the car. So even with a good map…like the one behind JMan I could not see it anyways.

The tape changes colors depending on how lost you are, but green means you were almost out. Spoiler alert….we did not find the green tape.

Everyone tried a turn at leading including Koda.

JMan with our “get me the frig out of here flag”, which I might add we did not use.

Your very lost tour guides.

JMan gets in a hug.

After 20 or so of wandering around I decided to backtrack out of the yellow area and back into the blue area as thats the color at the start. The boy scout in me followed the sun and a few minutes later we popped out in the same place we started. Did we cheat…sure, but hot cider and donuts far out rank the Iowa feeling.

JMan and Jess get in a little rest on one huge chair.

Potato cannon….

Mine turn…I managed one hit at about 4:30 on what looked like a 6 foot square target at 35 yards. Not bad and I’m definitely going to look into building one of these puppies. No AFT stamp required and legal in all 50 states.

Quick run on the giant slide…

And who said kids have all the fun. BTW adults go faster as gravity has more to work with!

Gangs all here selfie.

Red Apple Farm

Family day out at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston MA. If was a serious effort the pry the offspring away from electronic simulation but the threat of bodily harm and the chance of getting cider donuts convinced them to leave the cave and venture into the big blue yonder.

40 minutes later we were in banjo land surrounded by lots of good looking animals and a few humans that looked like they spent way too much time in the boonies.

Koda on the other hand was in heaven. Lots of love from all manner of folks, big small, some with 4 legs and tails.

We managed to stay away from the fried dough and cider belly bombs. It was touch and go for a few when I could not find coffee at 3pm, but one of the many workers pointed me toward my salvation. No ice coffee but I made use of my double cup and found ice….so ice and coffee make…well you get the picture.

GMan had a little father/son challenge flipping tires the local Cross fit folks had on hand. I took the bigger of the two we had and still managed 8.5 flips in 30 seconds….GMan got me by .5….thats 1/2 a flip. Not bad for an old fart. We did however set a new record which stood for the remainder of the afternoon. I’m fairly certain my body will remind me of that event in the am.

During the toss…I’m the gray headed one in the background….incase you mixed us up. Hard to believe GMan is almost as tall as me.

I managed a hand slap in public from GMan after….bonus points for almost self inducing a heart attack.

Jess and Koda hit the pumpkin patch.

Joined by JMan…

JMan on the other hand decided to try a tractor pull….meaning he pulled the tractor. He got off to a great start as it was a slight grade in his favor, but when gravity went against him it was tractor 1 – JMan 0. Good effort up until the end, I was a tad concerned he’d bust a ring on the final pull.

We saw all types of animals, some with better hair than many of the rubberneckers on the outside of the fences….or was it really the inside! In any event the Alpacas won best hair in my books.

My dear you look marvelous!

Everyone had a wonderful day and we only brought home the remainder of 1/2 an apple pie that GMan and I put a serious dent in….come on now, flipping tires is hard work!

Your friendly tour guides.

JMans Birthday

We celebrated JMans birthday today. It was a quite event with just the family.

Kinda looks like nappy Birthday Jacob! However, it was s good cake.

GMan dishing out the goods.

As usual we all belted out the Happy Birthday song (off key of course). Not a lot of growing food here but it is a party after all.

Hmmm…not sure this is legit

Found this in a parking lot at work. Not sure it’s completely legit. Seems like a great reason to buy a Panamera, Macan or Cayenne!

If you missed the point, look what’s in the passenger seat.

All moved in…well mostlyh

Movers showed up at 8:30 and packed everything we needed for in the apartment and some boxes to be stored in the garage. JMan and I spend the morning prepping the apartment and when we got home at 11:30 the movers were hungry to fill the second truck. 25 minutes later we emptied the entire second floor of the garage.

Koda checking out the movers truck. Despite all the commotion he did quite well throughout the process. BTW is that not the nicest floor in a truck you ever saw!

After the movers left GMan got reawakened with his couch. He also did really well and I’d be a lot more tied without him.

Above: Koda get in a dog nap. Below: Later he got in a little game time with the boys.

And a few hugs….

The garage is filling up nicely. I’ll have to do a little tidy up but according to the movers and as I suspected, we’ll easily get in all the rest of the furniture we are keeping and the tools from the garage.

The aftermath of 25 minutes work with me feeding, 4 lads running and another loading the truck.

The first of many….I certain. In the foreground are some pins my good friend Mike B gave me. Seems appropriate given my choice in beverage. Thank Mike.

All in all it was a good day, both happy and sad but now we need to settle in for a few days and next week we do it again….but this time just garage to garage.

Weekend random photos

Between trying to squeeze and extra dime out of yard sale deals we packed and pick up keys to out interim home. Its going to be cozy going from our current to an apartment but we are all ready for a change.

Top left…keys to our new gaf. Top right….last time anyone saw “Blonde the Cannon Theatre prop”. Bottom left….Simply the coolest dogs in town. Bottom right….Paddock welcome slate.