We spent the weekend out at the Dog Ranch (TIRR), helping them prepare and set up for their annual Open House which was Sunday. Dave was out doing the lumberjack thing with his new chainsaw, and brush knife, clearing the walking trails and dreaming up MonkeyBoy's eventual Eagle Scout Project. I was tasked with disinfecting everything in sight, then power-washing the results, and moving the mulch we had previously created with the giant wood chipper a couple months ago. Then Dave & I moved about a literal ton of fine road base, used to improve the dog runs and walking paths to the runs. The Monkeys were off working cleaning the house, moving mulch, set up the tables and chairs, and general decorating.
Saturday night turned into the wee hours of Sunday as we helped finish feeding the dogs and getting them all bedded down for the night. I didn't realize how much work it is, to just feed that many dogs. I was sore, tired and exhausted from the day, and from having slept little the previous night. Cody decided he wanted to whine and rattle his Cone around 02:30, just as I was drifting off. Luckily, he paid attention to the less than kind words thrown in his general direction by me at that hour, and laid back down and went to sleep.
Dawn came far too early for my taste Sunday, and there was yet more work to do. Dave and I set up the sun awnings so there would be shade to sit in, and a breeze to enjoy. We could not have bought a nicer day for the event! Weather was mild and sunny, with a light breeze. Visitors and their dogs arrived, and we all had a good time, sitting around, talking about the dogs, and watching the demos that were put on. I got to run the grill and cooked up the hot dogs and burgers for everyone.
Dave and I were tired though--tired enough that after 3 cups of coffee, we both broke down and had a pair of Dr Peppers each! Neither of us have had soda for over a year. It was funny--that stupid soda nuked Dave's headache in about 15min.
After we got home, it was time to clean up, do laundry, get Dave's lunch for Monday ready etc. But of course, to top off a lovely long working weekend, Monkey3 began to complain of a severe stomach ache, and eventually showed a fever and puked. Ah...the joys of motherhood!
Hope y'all had a pleasant weekend too!