GRAND MANAN, N.B.

MONDAY, AUGUST 31/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 31, 2009

Overcast, low cloud cover touching the tree tops on Ross Island, calm, 15C to rise low 20's. Suggest we might have some moisture today, but clearing as the week moves along.

Lots of runnoff still evident yesterday, some road damage on the back road. However for the amount of rain in such a short period not bad. We had over 5 inches overnight, by one guage, his overflowed at that tally.

Emily returned on the 7PM trip, had an opportunity to do a bit shopping before returning home. As suspected they had a grand time, and still telling her grandmother about her adventure getting ready for bed, no doubt will continue today.

Rob glad to see her home, but certainly did not go out of his way to acknowledge her return. Just a discreet inquiry when she was to return.

My contract has been renewed for Setting Day and a day or so at the opening of Lobster Season in November. Have enjoyed the occasion for the past several years with a good friend and his son, goes well, good natured no pressure, just the way things should go.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 30/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:02 AM GMT on August 30, 2009

Overcast, calm, cool 11C temp. DANNY dropped plenty of rain, a bit in the basement, nothing too worry about. Chance of showers as the day moves along, with clearing overnight.

As much rain as I have seen for quite sometime, sustained well into the night. The wind didn't amount to a great deal, however will have to replace the flag, appears it was torn from its moorings overnight.

Emily finally checked in last evening. As suspected they were flooded out Friday night, moved along early Saturday. She was calling from Fredericton, spending the night there at the apartment of one of the university girls. Expects to return home sometime today. It is no wonder she enjoys hanging out with the crowd, never a dull moment.

Rob has a guest overnight, as far as I know, a few movies, PS2 and chips, etc., keeps them from underfoot. Will surface sometime late this morning I suspect.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 29/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on August 29, 2009

A rain event for the next 36 hours in the offing. A meeting of Danny and a relative from the west here in the Bay of Fundy making for lots of moisture. Wind from NE picking up expected gale force this afternoon till tomorrow morning. Temp a cool 12C, raining at the moment, just to increase.

Emily did travel expect they had a damp night in the tent, don't have any idea what thier plans might be considering the weather conditions.

Rob bonding overnight beach bonfire, and overnighting with another musician friend. Did hear the other mother authorize the overnight as long as the music was not too loud, the refrain of 'of course not mom' sealed the deal.

Donna getting things ready for the pair of us to travel on Thursday. Quite an operation it seems, best I stay out of the way and let it happen.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 28/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 28, 2009

Great sunrise this morning, cool at 4C, total calm, to rise into high teens by this afternoon. Rain with a bit of a breeze in the offing for tomorrow.

DANNY appears to be maintaining TS status, and edging ever so slight to the east. A little further jog will put him on a similar path as BILL, will have to wait and see.

Emily packed and ready to go, don't know how many of the clan of seven daughters going along, but should be interesting. Emily certainly anxious to give it a shot no matter what the weather looks like in the next few hours.

Rob bonding last evening with a portion of the "Band of Brothers', soon be time for them to take thier act to the classroom once again. Seems the group still intact for Grade 9.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 27/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on August 27, 2009

Clear, calm, cool @5C this morning, temp to climb into high teens as the day moves along. Clear for the next couple of days, an event forming for the weekend.

The next hurrricane, DANNY, this way comes. The current path puts him visiting to give the best that he has to offer for the Bay of Fundy. Bt the time he enters the Bay appears he will still have plenty of energy to play with.

Rob bonding overnight, Emily below decks, was planning on camping in the St. Stephen area this weekend, a last hurrah prior to school. Danny might put a damper on such activity. That will not make her pleased for sure.

Have a large amount of geese on the lawn between the house and shore. They will not leave, messy and eating the hell of the lawn. Dog refuses to go near them, they are larger than he, but usually he is not intimidated by sucy realities.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on August 26, 2009

Thick fog this morning, with a breeze 10-15KPH from the south, temp 16C. A chance will clear as the day moves along temp to move into low 20's. Outlook for next few days very pleasant, sun and temps in 20C range.

Emily has an overnight guest, all quiet once they returned last evening. Notice all hands beginning to have school enter into thier conversation more each day.

Emily has in her possession the Drivers Handbook to study. She will be sixteen in Feb., and has let it be known she will write for her 'permit' on that day or ASAP thereafter. Another Right of Passage, nothing like getting prepared.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 25/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 25, 2009

Fog as the sun come up, but quickly burning off, Ross Island coming into view with the treeline clear at the moment. Calm, a bit cooler at 14C, expect to rise into 20's as the day moves along. Great time of year, nice temps during the day, cool when time to turn in.

Local activity remains quiet from a fishery perspective, a spike in tourist activity seems to have occurred. However expect Bill might have put a damper on some travellers.

Kids pretty well hanging out, spending a bit of time thinking about school starting in a couple of weeks, must say Donna is thinking about it also, no doubt for different reasons.

























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MONDAY, AUGUST 24/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:29 AM GMT on August 24, 2009

Different weather this morning from yesterdaya afternoon, bright sun to rain and a breeze from the north at 20KPH, temp at 16C. Clearing with good temps for the rest of the week.

Bill a non event on the island, the swells were evident, however not overly signifigant. Across in Maine at Acadia National Park, twelve people washed off the rocks watching the wave action. Last report two still missing.

Both kids in residence albiet well into the evening before they were accounted for. School routine not far away.

Next week Donna and I go for a little drive toward Bismarck, N.D. and points in between for a couple of weeks. Hope the weather improves out that way, has been wet all summer.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 23/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on August 23, 2009

Fog, wind picking up from NE, currently a steady 20-25KPH, the effects of BILL still not determined for wind. No watches for the Bay of Fundy, lots for eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Temp a humid 17C, once this goes through clear weather by Tuesday.

Travelling with the gang can be an experience it seems. Moncton HOT & HUMID, especially for the a group from the cool Bay of Fundy. Temp combined with high humidity made sleeping more than a bit of chore.

We left to come on the late boat arrived at the compound to find a Dangerous Goods trip the last of the day. We were fortunate to be one of the twenty-five passengers and vehicle allowed to travel. Several of a group of baseball players had to spend another unplanned night on the mainland.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 21/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 21, 2009

Very wooly, visibility less than 1/4mile, a humid 17C, looking for Tstorms or rain befor the days is out. Moisture in the forecast for the weekend, alot depending on what BILL decides to do.

Gang getting prepared for overnighter in Moncton, dropped the second night to insure back on the island befor BILL has an oppportunity to do his thing on the Bay.

As of this moment BILL tracking more to the west with the influence on the Bay quite reduced. However still a model showing the eye could pass right over the house late on Sunday.

Fishery still very quiet nothing going on in the wier fishery, or anything other fishery to speak of at the moment.

Have heard that some of the dulse buyers are no longer buying for the remainder of the season. A short season very poor drying conditions signals a disaster for those dependant on that sector for a major portion of thier yearly income.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 20/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on August 20, 2009

Another bright red sunrise, absolute calm, harbour another reflecting pond, a warm 18C this early. Temp to rise again into high 20's with rain in the forecast for Friday thru the weekend.

Hurricane BILL indicates he will skirt the eastern Nova Scotia shore Sunday afternoon. This is subject to change of course, a few more degrees to the east and he would miss the Maritimes altogether.

Trip to Moncton still on, however the return time and date in a state of flux for a day or so. Probably hit for the first trip back from Blacks on Sunday morning. Depends on what speed Bill is travelling and what influence he will have on the Bay by that time.

A rarity this past few weeks, both kids below decks overnight. Stayed close to the fort after the day at the pool, too hot to do much else I suppose.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:33 AM GMT on August 19, 2009

Hazy with a red sun this morning, a slight breeze from the south moving the humid air. Temp a pleasant 15C expected to rise into high 20's again today, with a threat of Tstorms later on.

Hot again yesterday with at least another day in the forecast. Still nothing more than the passing comment on the heat, certainly no complaints, we will be back into showers by the weekend.

Emily and the seventh daughter camped here overnight, very quiet once they settled in for the night. Rob likewise not much activity from any quarter probably due to the heat, the pool was the centre of the universe during the afternoon.

Bill this way comes, appears to be on the SE coast of NOVIE for landfall on the latest computer model.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 18/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 18, 2009

Fog this morning quickly being dispersed by the sun. Another warm one in store, now 17C expect to hit near 30C before the day is out. Calm, forecaster suggesting a possiblity of showers for today and tomorrow, no indication of moisture anywehre close.

Emily still remains at large I would have to think a man that has seven daughters might balk at another around the house, or may not know the difference. She certainly at home there and always made to feel welcome.

Rob spent the day hanging at the pool, and bonding with some of his group. Sort of a quiet time for him, waiting for weekend in Moncton.

The arena project just about complete, with no good news on the artificial ice side of things. We were hoping some stimulus money might fit, however to date such is not the case with no indication we can expect any further financial assistance to complete the project.

Hurricane BILL appears headed for our area, sometime next week, a bit early to tell just where, but looking like he is visiting the NE seaboard or very close.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 17/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:28 AM GMT on August 17, 2009

Fog this morning, soon to be burned off as the sun is shining through. Calm, already 18C temp expected to increase into high 20's once again. Similar weather pattern till weeks end.

Emily out overnight, Rob below decks, not much going on yesterday, a few hours at the pool for the pair of them.

Fishery news still remains very quiet, no wier fish, the seiners able to get what they require. A few boats fishing in the 'grey zone' nothing great from that area, historically into September before it picks up, if there are going to be any.

Our drive to Winnipeg getting closer, should be arriving if all goes well around Labour Day. A quick trip out and back via U.S. is the plan.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 16/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on August 16, 2009

Clear, calm, already fairly humid, temp to rise into mid 20's with a chance of showers by afternoon. No indication that showers are in the area just a bid of haze in the harbour.

Emily babysitting last evening, Rob gathered up some movies and disappeared into his pit never seen him all evening. Both must require some down time to recharge, seem to have been on the go all summer.

Fair amount of ducks in the harbour, and a few geese that have come ashore on the lawn. The geese refuwe to leave, right back once you leave the lawn, messy is one term that comes to mind.

A couple of systems in the Atlantic now been named, the next week will be the first hurricane watching for this season.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 15/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on August 15, 2009

Hazy in the harbour this morning, no clouds, harbinger of a warm one as the day unfolds. Calm, 17C, looking for a high on the other side of the 25C, forecast changing abit a chance of rain first of the week, temps remain high with sun mid week on.

Emily home after being on an overnight camping excursion at the HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPGROUND. Seems the evening went well, combined with a day at the beach she got the day in quite well.

Rob overnight at 'camp' with a couple of the band of brothers. The camp is near the house, with an extension cord they have all the nessecities of roughing it, the games are on a smaller screen. Can't imagine they will be up too early this morning.

A line of ducks all the waterfowel I have this morning, geese on the seawall till dark, appeared they were prepared to spend the night.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 14/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on August 14, 2009

Clear, a hint of fog over Ross Island, soon to be burned off I suspect. Calm, a nice 15C temp to rise into 20's as the day moves along. Long range nothing but sunshine as of this morning with high temps. We are forecast in the mid 20's higher 'inland'.

Emily out overnight, Rob returned to his pit after an evening of male bonding with a couple of his peers. The group of classmates seem to interact with one another at least once during the week. There dosen't appear to be a dominate group or cliques just large mass that get along.

Fishery news remains status quo, very quiet. A few of the fellows will be starting to play in the trap yard, with some already at it. Still no indication of what price would be like by November.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 13/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on August 13, 2009

Cloudy, millpond calm on the water, 14C temp. The weather forecast still remains on the positive side for the next several days.

Harbour has more waterfowel in evidence this past few days, the young are big enough they can fend for themselves from predators.

Trip to ortho no problems, Emily getting to the last few visits for removal by Christmas month. She is pleased but did lament there goes the excuse for her frequent visits to the big smoke.

A start on the shopping for school clothes completed, however a family tour in the works for next weekend. Yesterday a bit hectic, with delays at ortho starting things a bit behind, an overnighter much more relaxed.

Traffic on the ferry has been strong, the Black Boat has encountered some problems with the bow visor. Off the run for a trip this morning to repair the hydraulics.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:06 AM GMT on August 12, 2009

Partial overcast as the sun begins to show up from behind Ross Island. A very slight draft from the norht, 15C, very high humidity overnight, very uncommon especially this year. Longrange looking good with higher temps and mostly sun in forecast for the next week.

St. John for the day, ortho visit, Emily should be on the down side of the apparatus. They have been on since last Jul., December was the target month as I recall. She is meeting some of her peers from the Moncton French Camp to do a little mall crawl together for the afternoon.

Rob returned home about dark, having spent the day between Woodwards Cove, Seal Cove and Miller's Pond. Very little contact with home base. The discipline of school is going to be a bit of a lifestyle change in a few weeks.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 11/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:27 AM GMT on August 11, 2009

Low cloud cover this morning, just at tree top level on Ross Island. Calm, threat of rain, a humid 16C. Forecast is getting better nice temps and sun in store till the weekend. Longrange giving high temps and sun for a nice change.

Rob camping out overnight, Emily returned to the fold after a couple of days on the move.

Activity in the community seems pretty quiet, still no great change in the fishery aspect. Wiers seem pretty quiet in all parts of the Bay. The season is fast getting away for this go round.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 10/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:30 AM GMT on August 10, 2009

Overcast, near rain at the moment, calm, 14C temp. Still forecasting rain for next few days, heat at the end of the week, at least for inland locations.

Both kids out overnight, Rob attempting to sleep in a tent, Emily had the thought but decided to stay inside because of the change of weather.

Yesterday a lot of sun and almost hot for a day that was being called a chance of rain. One more we can rave about on the positive side, certainly have had enough on the negative side of the weather scale.

An otho trip on Wed. will get the first shot of school shopping out of the way, Emily and her nan have it planned on how the max time can be used at the most stores that have to be visited.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 9/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 09, 2009

The weather is great once again this morning, a bit cool at 10C, total calm and lots of sun. Forecast is suggesting this is it till Thursday, with more rain coming our way in the interim.

One extra below decks overnight, Rob has one of his buddies in. Emily had a babysitting job, that cancelled at the last moment.

Lawn between the house and shore completed yesterday, am assured will be suggested the remainder by completed by days end, it certainly needs a trim.

Geese in flight these days, a pile of them on the lawn by the shoreline. Pretty hard to get them to move, have to walk right up to them and then they just move onto the beach till I leave. Did see a flock of sand pipers in the harbour last evening, can't recall when I saw them last around here, when we were kids on the beach literally thousands at different times of the year.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 8/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 08, 2009

A bit of an overcast this morning, a brisi breeze from the west @ 15-20KPH, 13C for temp, expect to rise in the 20C range as the day moves along. Canadian fellow says sun for tomorrow followed by three days of rain, U.S. telling the rain starts tomorrow.

Probably will be a day to get the riding portion of the lawn undercontol. It has been doing very well this summer, however notice now the other lawn in the August mode, growing much slower.

Both kids in residence last night, Rob had movies his sister a short time babysitting made for a quiet start to the weekend.

The fishery remains too quiet. Very little going on in any part with the exception of our lone seiner. They are capturing what they need for thier market.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 7/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:32 AM GMT on August 07, 2009

Overcast with the threat of rain in the offing, 14C, calm. Another reflection pond morning in the harbour, outlook for the weekend promising with sun in the forecast.

Still remains quiet in the community, summer routine. Did notice some of the carriers moving out yesterday afternoon, an indication that some of the wiers have herring at least.

Emily on an early shift the morning, left at 0500 till 1400. Had a short shift last evening, seems her weekend is pretty well taken up doing her babysitting thing. Rob still pretty well the Life of Riley, dosen't appear as if too much is going to interefere with that for the remainder of the summer.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 6/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 06, 2009

Great looking across the harbour this morning, millpond reflection of Ross Island at nearly low tide. The water so calm the waterfowel are making a wake as they do thier patrol. Temp a pleasant 14C, sun taking care of the remaining ground fog looking for a good day weather wise. Rain for tomorrow with not too bad looking forward.

Rob out once again, Emily holding her own, think she finds the time a bit long as she has to plan her day not like the time she spent in Moncton. Now learning she did absorb some of the second language, she is making contact with one of her new friends when we do the monthly ortho trip next week.

A few of the fellows working on trap gear for the fall fishery. Not much else to do from a fishing perspective, no speculation on what the price may look like by that time. Economy indicating a turn around, but jobs not reflected by the change, no jobs no market.

Price of fuel continues to rise, another three cents a litre this morning. Locally will be $1.03/litre still having problems understanding demand down price up, what happened to supply and demand economics.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 05, 2009

Hard to fathom, fog so dense can't see the shoreline. Back to the moisture till the weekend, the weather forecast appears to change by the hour. Currently calm, a damp 15C, unless we get a wind change little chance this fog going away anytime soon.

Rob back in his own pit, Emily same. They were busy again doing what teenagers should be this time of year. Bonding with thier respective groups, a little contact with the opposite gender under the guise of swimming or skate boarding for a change.

Still quiet locally from a fishery prospective, a few boats scalloping, have not heard how they are doing. The weather still conspires against the dulsers, not much market remains even if the weather does improve. Notice many opportunities to purchase from various homes, an attempt to generate some sales.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 4/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 04, 2009

Morning fog burning off, prospects look good for another fine day. Calm, temp a cool 12C will rise low 20's as the day moves along. Similar weather in the forecast for the week, a welcome change is such is the case.

Yesterday turned out to be a great weather day once the fog disappeared. Fog returned after dark, great weather for sleeping. Managed to get the hayfield that was moms lawn knocked down. Riding mower a grand thing for sure.

Seemed to be quite a bit of activity in the wier fishery yesterday, noticed several boats leaving the wharf to seine. Some on the back of the island as well as Whale Cove, a good thing to see boats going to work.

Rob out overnight, Emily in her own nest. Both quite busy in thier social world over the weekend between sleep overs, pool, and festival things quite busy for them.

Still no progress in getting artifical ice in the new arena. Will be a great disappointment this winter now that we have had a taste of the benefits it can provide to the community from a family and organized sport perspective.

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NEW BRUNSWICK DAY, AUGUST 3/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 03, 2009

Once again lots of fog, rain overnight, another day of the same old weather pattern. Calm, temp 17C, forecast giving a day of sun then a day of this for the remainder of the week.

Another fine weather day yesterday, after the fog burned off. Rob managed to get the main portion of the lawn under control. He was a tired gardener having spent the last two nights in a tent, complete with TV and Playstation and one night of rain combined for little sleep.

Fishery news remains pretty well the same, however a few of the wiers around North Head have stopped a few herring. Still nothing sustained, but by this time any is a sign of hope.

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SUNDNAY, AUGUST 2/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on August 02, 2009

Overcast, with a few low lying clouds, temp 17C, absolute calm. Looking good for today with a prospect of rain tomorrow then clearing, appears to be the pattern for the week. A little bit of sun a welcome thing.

The weather yesterday was ideal, as they say it made for a "huge day". Lots of sun, almost too much heat, clear for the fireworks last night. Today is supposed to good for the Rotary BBQ at the Anchorage. All indications from the outside would suggest the Rotary Club once again hosted a fine festival.

The kids busy all day, Rob once again out overnight. He and Emily spent the day out and about. Festival grounds, pool, Emily attended a baby shower before the fireworks. One of the few times I find the cellphone for teens a handy item. As long as she would answer could get in contact with her.

Beer Can Chicken on the menu today, along with some cheese potatoes, all on the BBQ, easy to prepare and makes great fare.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 1/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 01, 2009

The sun appear to have the upperhand this morning. A small amount of haze which is quickly disapating. Calm, 17C temp, prospect for rain still remains high in the forecast. A cold front anticipated for nrext week with highs only in the mid-teens.

The holiday weekend well underway, the Festival having so-so weather during the day, seems to be plenty of the kids around the rides, don't know how the booths are doing, will give it a shot later on this afternoon. The parade to get underway at noon, hope the weather co-operates, mom is part of the representation from the Nursing Home, she and her friends looking forward to the event.

Rained hard overnight, front lawn just a pond, won't get the mower into it today by the looks of things.

Emily babysitting last night, don't know when she returned home. Rob bunked out, however will be around today for fair and parade.

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