Friday, October 30, 2009

Project 365: Week 44

Idaho Week #2

Eight Kochs and four dogs in one household.

Allow me to introduce, from left to right: Pixie, the visiting princess belongs to brother Terry and SIL Sandy; Molly,  belongs to resident teen Cody; Bella Kenzie's new pup, is the youngest member of the household, trying to make friends with Emma, the oldest. The latter only growls. She's old and has worked very hard fetching 90% of the 180 ducks for the three avid hunters.

The totals: 180 ducks, 18 phaesants, 8 grouse

The guys got up at 5 a.m. every morning and were off to the wild. E.v.e.r.y single night, after fighting the elements, a late supper, cleaning the birds, they just HAD to wind down with a game of cribbage.

After mom and kids left for school and work, SIL and I spent hours and hours around the table in "the women's chamber", as we took to calling it after reading our book of the week.

We worked on our Bible studies, read, shared. Sandra finished many knitting projects: sweaters for the little dogs, stocking hats, a prayer shawl, etc. I read aloud Lisa See's bestseller. We highly recommend the experience, great discussions followed.
Thursday--last day to hunt, pack up, treat our hosts.

Friday--departure day
BIL and SIL left early, though somewhat concerned about the weather they might encounter. Sure enough, Interstate 80 closed at some point, and they had to re-route.
Our misfortune was different. I mentioned our car troubles and God's protection in a previous post. We got the car back from the repair shop sometime this week, but didn't test drive it. We packed up and started down the hill...

...the car died twice! We barely made it back to the house. TWICE it was towed away in ONE day and no solution. Intermittent problems are very difficult to diagnose. Fuel pump replaced, still wouldn't start.

Saturday: Still no answers. Replace the car computer? But no parts available till Monday. So we wait, relax, eat, walk, visit. The weather is gorgeous.

This is one of the hopeful goodbyes. K is a bollywood dancer ready for a Halloween party.

So it's Halloween. Has a gremlin taken over our car?
We walked by the most impressive neighborhood Halloween display again today (the one I posted Friday).
Since then we heard the story about the man responsible: a part-time employee of our store-manager nephew, older, had his knee removed, leg in a cast, waiting for infection to clear for knee replacement. Even so his house is ultra decorated. Who did it? Any clues in this photo?

You can't see it here, but there was a man on the roof speaking Spanish and a woman on the ground giving orders. (Behind every great man is a woman... speaking Spanish .)


Elizabeth said...

Great week... great pictures... looks like you guys had a great time... great hunting totals... that is awesome!
Hope they figure out what is wrong with the car and get it fixed real soon for you!

Stonefox said...

Wow, I've never seen anything like those ducks!

I've heard of Lisa's book, but haven't read it. I really want to read it now!

Thanks for helping me promote the candle event- I am praying for these missionaries to be blessed to high heavens :)

Lisa said...

Hi Rita,

AGAIN, as I was reading your blog I got a comment from you. (The link at Sara's is still wk 43.) Sounds like ID was a great time away, minus the car drama. Men and women are so different, aren't they?? Any baby news?

SmallTownRunner said...

Everyone's posting cute doggies today! (Okay, just you and Kim, but still!) I hope you two get back home safely and soon.

Dena said...

Wow...that's a LOT of ducks! I've never heard of anyone getting that many, even if it was more than one person.

I guess the blessing of your car troubles is that you were close enough to not have to worry about being stuck in the middle of nowhere all alone.

Edie said...

Love the pictures of the dogs. They are so cute! Sounds like you all had a great time. I hope you get the car up and running soon!

Edie said...

I'm so glad you like the scripture tags. Help yourself anytime.


sara said...

Rita, looks like you guys had a a wonderful vacation....minus the car problems!!

I have always wanted to learn cribbage. I love any kind of card game.

So what do you do with all those ducks?