(Jan) Another July Hot-in-Iowa week has gone by and we spent most of it enjoying a wonderful Corps of Engineer’s campsite at Saylorville Lake near Ankeny. Because of the recent heavy rains, the water level under the reservoir’s mile long bridge was quite high and we could see the tops of trees a quarter of a mile from the shore line. Saylorville opened the spill way crest gates on July 2nd and the lake reached a level of 887 ft; 5 ft. shy of the record crest in 1993. By the end of the week the crisis had past and boats resumed sailing & skiing; we had a beautiful view from our site above the lake. Local friends were also camping there so we had a fun time.
- On Monday we drove to Ames to have lunch with Brent, Donna & family
- Went to Prairie Meadows for Breakfast w/Ron & Edna and Gary & Karen on Tuesday
- Grilled steaks for dinner & had a campfire w/Jim & Jerri and Ron & Edna
- Hosted Brent, Donna & family for lunch on Friday
- Played bocci ball with the grandkids
- Enjoyed campfires and drives around the lake w/Muhlbauers
- Headed back to the farm on Saturday
- Turned 60 on the 11th & received many, many good wishes
- Went to see M&D at the Swan House on Sunday
- Ate at Pizza Ranch for my birthday and stopped to see Glen & MA and got to see their new landscaping.
Today was mowing and string trimming day at the farm. Despite another 1 1/2 inches of rain this morning we got the yard work done this afternoon, as well as a trip to town for the mail. The July rain has been good for the tiger lilies and garden phlox which are in glorious bloom. Also, the corn crop is evening out and tasseling after a very soggy start. The corn plants are beginning to set ears. Rain and Sunshine; a dynamic duo!