Sunday, July 14, 2019

80th Birthday Party

One of our founding members, Vonda, turned 80 this week.  No one here actually believes that she is 80, and she has not produced a birth certificate, but we had a party for her anyway.  She is an amazing, energized, creative, fun, wild, loving, patient, unstoppable woman.  The party was a surprise, and she was actually surprised!

We played Pin the Tail on the Democratic Donkey  - each of the tails had the picture of a Democratic candidate!

Stewart came very close to that donkey's butt!

Stewart, Mike and Glaeshia checking out donkey tail placement

Joyce and Chuck enjoying the appetizers.  Karolyn and Karen did the decorations (while Vonda was oblivious in the adjacent room) and they choose a kid's birthday party theme, complete with balloons, crepe paper, party hats, noisemakers and poppers. 

Jan, Vonda and Marj checking out the Democratic candidate tails

Mike and Vonda  at dinner.  Over the meal, many people read poems and limericks that they had written for Vonda.

Cecil and Joyce enjoying the little cups of mints and nuts

For the kids party theme, Karolyn somehow found neapolitan ice cream.  She made us all take strawberry with our chocolate and vanilla.  She and Anne had a pretty slippery time getting it sliced!

There were two carrot cakes (Vonda's favorite).  

We didn't make her blow out 80 candles

Mike, Karen, Joyce, Karolyn and Anne serving up the desserts

Karolyn, Mike, Michael, Richard, Stewart and Jim lining up for cake and ice cream

After dinner we played reverse charades (many actors and one guesser for each team). 5 different teams tried to act out things that Vonda has done in her life.  You'll see from the photos that she has done some pretty crazy things!  This one was riding in a submarine

Karolyn, Cathy, Vonda and Marj - I have no idea what they were acting out here!

I put this one in just because I loved Jan's hair!!

Joan, Barb, Lorna and Linda trying to figure out what to do

Joan, Barb, Linda and Phil reading (with confusion) what they are supposed to act out

Does this look like a prairie dog town to you?

Maggie, Joan, Lucy and Ross trying to be iguanas

Glaeshia, Karen, Jim and Stewart checking out their clue

There was a lot of great Moose acting here

We don't have photos of one of the crazier ones.... Vonda getting run over by a donkey!  And somehow, one of the teams was able to act out that Vonda yelled at a cop in Mexico that she wasn't going to give him money and he actually went away after she screamed "No pago nada!!!"  This lady has had quite a life..... and she's still so young!!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Lovely June Workday

It's going to be getting hot here soon, but today was overcast and fairly cool .... a great day to be outside working at Elderberry.  We had two visitors today - Su-Min and Ayn - and they both helped with some weeding chores.  The big project today was staining our new mailbox structure, so we had several helpers working on that.  In addition, we had folks cleaning the hive, splitting kindling, and repairing an old barn.
.   Mike and Chuck staining the structure that houses
our mailboxes, golf cart (named Zelda) and bikes

We have many old buildings at Elderberry, so we are staining our newer buildings to match the
heritage buildings on the site - metal roofs and aged siding.

Just as I was walking by with the camera, Mike managed to drop his whole
paintbrush into the bucket of pain!
Jon and Joyce were also on the staining crew
Mary and Ross worked on repairs to an old log barn where we
store our 4-wheeler (named Zeke).  Joyce stopped by to ask if help was needed
and was put to work pulling nails!

Ross hard at work on the barn

In working on the barn and mailbox structure we used untreated pine from a local sawmill, and saved all
the scraps for firewood.  Richard is using a froe to split the scraps for kindling for our common house wood stove.

Meg heads up the kitchen committee and was hard at work cleaning today

Joan heads up the common house committee and was doing the type of cleaning I never do at my own house!

Ayn is a new associate member and spent much of the day weeding

Su-Min was also visiting today - Lucy kept our visitors busy !

Sadly, we had to cut a huge red oak tree on the property this past week, because it was dying. 
Cecil and Vonda are loading up some of the wood from the tree to split for firewood. 
We were also left with a good-sized pile of mulch.  Before the tree was cut
we held a little ceremony to thank it, and also to express gratitude for all of the trees on our property.