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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Summer Perennials in Bloom

Got up early this morning.  I can't sleep late.  Decided to go for a run before the heat of the day.  4 miles and even at 8am it was hot.

Gavin went out at like 7am for his run...met a friend at Sachem North.

Cooled off by jumping in the pool.  Quiet house until I started making breakfast.  

Made bacon and eggs for Kyle, everyone else fended for themselves.

This day in history "On this day in 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.
Although the dam would take only five years to build, its construction was nearly 30 years in the making. Arthur Powell Davis, an engineer from the Bureau of Reclamation, originally had his vision for the Hoover Dam back in 1902, and his engineering report on the topic became the guiding document when plans were finally made to begin the dam in 1922.
Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States and a committed conservationist, played a crucial role in making Davis’ vision a reality. As secretary of commerce in 1921, Hoover devoted himself to the erection of a high dam in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. The dam would provide essential flood control, which would prevent damage to downstream farming communities that suffered each year when snow from the Rocky Mountains melted and joined the Colorado River. Further, the dam would allow the expansion of irrigated farming in the desert, and would provide a dependable supply of water for Los Angeles and other southern California communities."

Quite incredible the public works projects that put people to work, and expanded our economy.  Today, we have have been hearing about shovel ready projects, and job growth.  To be honest, I think the economy is still in the crapper, and please, please, please don't blame Bush.

The patio pavers under the table are looking pretty dirty.  Since they are in the shade part of the day, and water collected under the table, I think we have some moss, mildew, or algae.  Out comes the power washer.  Even working in the mist of the power washer, it is too hot to be doing any kind of work outside.

A lazy day at the Jenkins house, watching the flowers grow.  The boys content to play some video games.  I venture out to Sports Authority to spend some of those cash back bucks.  A new pair of shorts and a bathing suit for Dad...

I swing by stop and shop for a few items.

I venture out into the heat and grill some buffalo wings.  A few minutes out by the grill and I have to come back inside to cool off.  Lunch brings everyone to the table at least for a few minutes.

I drop Luke off at a friends birthday party, keeping a close eye on the weather, and still no thunder storms.  Spaghetti, meatballs and sausage (yes, back out in the heat to grill the sausage).

Ending the day with the usual blog entry.  Nothing too exciting, but at least it was not 109 degrees like St. Louis.

Photo of the day "Summer Perennials in Bloom"

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