Opening Day at the Iowa State Fair 2017

We (Grandma Stogdill, Jeri, Tim, and Josiah) headed out at 8:30 from Grandma’s house and got to the fair a little after 9:00 AM. After getting we got weighed, Grandma bought a fresh cinnamon roll to share.

Jeri and Grandma with a Cinnamon Roll. Click photo for full size.

Next Tim and Josiah headed to the MidAmerican Energy hall to pick up our free fidget spinners (for the first 1000 visitors). Jeri and Grandma met Jonathan and Rachel at the gate.

Josiah with his new MidAmerican Energy Fidget Spinner. Click photo for full size.

Jonathan, Rachel, and Josiah went to the DNR Building to do archery…but they didn’t have it this year. Next they went to the Horse Barn. We walked through the Varied Industries Building and saw some of the vendors and their demonstrations.

Jeri and Tim browsing the exhibitors in the Varied Industries Building. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim with view down the Grand Concourse. Click photo for full size.

Tim and Jeri caught a magic show by Steve Trash. Some acts were good. A few were exceptional.

Grandma, Jeri, and Tim sat outside the church during the hymn sing. We watched the chainsaw wood carver next to the church.

Tim and Jeri went to get two veggie corn dogs and deep fried veggies for lunch. We saw Jonathan, Josiah, and Rachel on the Sky Glider.

Rachel, Jonathan, and Josiah on the Sky Glider. Click photo for full size.

The place where we got the veggie dogs is in the background.

Tim and Jeri after picking up lunch from the Veggie-Table. Click photo for full size.

We did a lot of walking today. The weather was nice…temps in the mid-80s and a nice breeze with some clouds.

Grandma, Josiah, Jeri, and Tim with a view down the Grand Concourse. Click photo for full size.

Jonathan got some nachos for lunch. Here he is eating them in the Cultural Center courtyard.

Josiah sitting with Jonathan while he eats his nachos. Click photo for full size.

Rachel got a henna tattoo in the Cultural Center. Josiah made a candle. We watched a pottery demonstration there too.

Rachel with a henna tattoo. Click photo for full size.

One prize winner was made from Lego. (I guess that the correct usage is not to pluralize Lego.) The model honored Desmond T. Doss, the conscientious objector, upon whom the movie, Hacksaw Ridge, was made.

Josiah admiring the blue ribbon winner made from Lego. Click photo for full size.

Josiah made a candle. The scent was Candy Cane. When we got home, he gave the candle to Grandma.

Josiah making a candle. Click photo for full size.

There was a pottery demonstration. Here is Josiah pointing to the pot.

Josiah and Tim at the Pottery demonstration. Click photo for full size.

The Cultural Center was air conditioned. So it was a nice place to relax inside.

Jeri, Josiah, and Grandma resting in the Cultural Center. Click photo for full size.

Josiah met some kids climbing.

Josiah on a climbing wall. Click photo for full size.

Then Tim sat with Josiah to watch the Steve Trash magic show again.

Josiah with Magician Steve Trash. Click photo for full size.

They then went back to the Cultural Center to watch wood turning.

Josiah and Tim at the wood turning demonstration. Click photo for full size.

The guy was making a wooden Christmas Tree.

Josiah at the Wood Turning Demonstration. Click photo for full size.

Jeri went with Grandma to get some ice cream. Then we met at the Food Center, sat and enjoyed some air conditioning, then headed home.

Josiah with the Principal Building and the State Capitol barely visible in the background. Click photo for full size.

Finally around 4:30 PM or so, we headed home.

Grandma driving back home. Click photo for full size.

Here’s Josiah, the proud owner of his first fidget spinner.

Josiah on his way home from the Fair with his fidget spinner. Click photo for full size.

Seeing the Zoo

Yesterday we (Jeri, Josiah, and Tim) drove back from Moline to Des Moines. Uncle Jim. Aunt Vicki, Jonathan, and Rachel came over to Grandma Stogdill’s house for supper. We enjoyed the evening. Josiah and Uncle Jim kept trading jokes. We ended up staying hop later than normal.

This morning, Jim joined the four of us at Village Inn for breakfast. Yum!

Jim went on to a meeting while the rest of us headed back to the house. We met Jonathan at Blank Park Zoo a little after 10:00 am.

Today was Josiah’s first visit to a zoo…he’s 11 years old. He has been learning a lot about various animals from the PBS television series called “Wild Kratts.” So he really enjoyed the trip.

Josiah in a Kangaroo Pouch. Click photo for full size.

Josiah grew some wings.

Josiah with Butterfly Wings. Click photo for full size.

Taking a short break in the shade.

Grandma, Josiah, and Jonathan taking a break at Blank Park Zoo. Click photo for full size.

We saw sea life, birds, tortoises (one was HUGE and weighed about 500 pounds), lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, monkeys, and lots more.

Check out the monkey expressions.

Monkey Expressions. Click photo for full size.

Here we are in front of the ostrich exhibit. Although the ostrich looks like he’s ready to peck at Jonathan’s head, he’s really too far back behind the fence.

Jonathan, Grandma Stogdill, Josiah, Jeri, and Tim with an Ostrich at Blank Park Zoo. Click photo for full size.

Josiah said that his favorite (which he was telling us about before today) was the Red Panda. He used Jeri’s phone to take a picture.

Josiah taking a picture of his favorite animal, the Red Panda. Click photo for full size.

The weather was again beautiful. Thus our two and a half hour stroll through the zoo was exceptionally pleasant…especially for a summer day in Iowa.

Jeri and Tim at Blank Park Zoo. Click photo for full size.

Seeing the Quad Cities

This morning, Uncle Greg, and cousins, Jessica and Sebastian, left for Omaha. Before they left, we took a family photo.

Greg, Jessica, Sebastian, Grandma Pau, Jeri, Josiah, and Tim. Click photo for full size.

Last night Uncle Greg and Sebastian worked really hard to polish the badly tarnished house numbers on Grandma Pau’s house. The day before, they had replaced the outside light which was also very tarnished and overall ugly. Here are the bright and shiny results.

Bright and shiny house numbers and outdoor light. Click photo for full size.

This afternoon, Jeri, Josiah and I (Tim) traveled across the bridge back into Iowa. We drove to see our old Davenport house where we lived from 1992 till 1995. It’s still there and looks nice. However the old Rasing tax office where Tim used to work (just two blocks from the house) is completely gone.

2110 N Division St, Davenport, Iowa. Click photo for full size.

From there, we stopped at Greatest Grains, a health food store, in Davenport. When we checked out, Jeri recognized the lady as one who had worked there over 20 years ago. She didn’t look that old; she must eat really healthy and take care of herself.

Then we drove down to the Mississippi River. We stopped near LeClaire Park and walked across the Sky Bridge.

Josiah, Jeri, and Tim near the Sky Bridge. Click photo for full size.
Josiah, Jeri, and Tim on the Sky Bridge in Davenport, Iowa. Click photo for full size.
Tim and Josiah on the Sky Bridge. Click photo for full size.

Then we drove across the Centennial Bridge into Rock Island. There we stopped again at the new vegan café in Healthy Harvest Urban Farms for lunch. The three of us each got a veggie wrap which we enjoyed.

Josiah, Jeri, and Tim having Veggie Wraps at Healthy Harvest Urban Farms cafe in Rock Island, Illinois. Click photo for full size.

Josiah with his Veggie Wrap and a side of Potato Salad. Click photo for full size.

Celebrating at Souplantation

With Jeffrey back from Alaska (he spent six weeks at Kako Retreat Center), we took everyone out to eat to Souplantation. (Victoria and Lizzie spent four weeks at the camp in June.) Plus we had rarely seen Jason for the past few months as he was immersing himself in coding school to expand his web development skills.

Jeri and Tim photobombed by Josiah and Lizzie at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.
Lizzie, Victoria, Justin, Joanna, and Nicole at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.
Jason, Jeffrey, Sarah, and Josiah at Souplantation. Click photo for full size.

Fourth of July 2017

Our homeowners community had a picnic at the clubhouse for the Fourth of July. They had bounce houses and games for the kids. Everyone brought a salad or dessert to share. Joanna made a strawberry-upside-down cake that was right side up because we never flipped it. One popular burger chain is The Habit Burger. They have locations in various states but primarily in California. They catered burgers and fries for our picnic. They even had a veggie burger option.

Jeri, Joanna, Victoria, and Tim picking up our veggie burgers from The Habit food truck. Click photo for full size.
Joanna, Jeri, and Jason next to The Habit food truck. Click photo for full size.
Josiah in the sack race on the Fourth of July. Click photo for full size.

Peaches!

Last year, we harvested ZERO peaches from our peach tree. We credit an opossum (or some other night-time creature) for eating them all in one night.

However this year, we have had a bountiful harvest! We have picked well over a hundred peaches. Most are quite small…about the size of a quarter or half dollar. A few are larger then a golf ball. The rain probably helped increase the crop.

We’ve made peach cobbler a few times and have eaten quite a few fresh.

Peaches on our tree. Click photo for full size.

Spring Recital 2017

Joanna, Victoria, Jeffrey, and Lizzie sang “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.”

Here’s Lizzie playing “O Love that Will Not Let Me Go” which was arranged by Justin.

Lizzie and others worked hard on this arrangement of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.”

Lizzie, Joanna, Sarah, Nicole, and Victoria after the Spring Recital.

Lizzie, Joanna, Sarah, Nicole, and Victoria after Spring Recital. Click photo for full size.

A Tiny Avocado

Today we saw the first tiny avocado on our new tree!

A few months ago (in January), we bought a 10-year-old semi-dwarf avocado tree from Moon Valley Nursery. Over the ensuing months, we became more and more concerned as we watched the foliage gradually turn brown all over. But over the past few weeks, the buds have turned into a lot of new leaves and flowers.

Here are some pictures taken back in March. With the foliage turning brown, we were concerned.

New Avocado Tree. Click photo for full size.
New Avocado Tree Closeup. Click photo for full size.

The tiny avocado in the picture is smaller than a pea. We hope to see it grow MUCH bigger!

Tiny Avocado. Click photo for full size.

John Chiu “Chung-tai” Pau

Dominic, a Scouting enthusiast from Hong Kong, shared some information about Ian Pau’s dad (John Pau) and granddad (John Chiu “Chung-tai” Pau). Clicking the names will take you to FindAGrave.com for each one.

He also said that John Pau was a recipient of the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) in 1946, and eventually became the Assistant Commissioner of the Boy Scouts Association, Hong Kong Branch, in 1948.