not long after we arrived staal's brother had enlisted his help in putting together the new barbecue. it was a lot of fun watching them work---they're a lot alike (definitely brothers) and both very handy. mike has a business designing and building antennas.
below: brothers, mike ("mick") and "freddie", wrestle the grill while sister-in-law, myrna (recovering from a hip replacement), her brother, frank (who stopped by with his wife), and whiskey the cat look on.
with only a minimal amount of swearing (not at eachother) they got the thing put together...
while we were there i got to meet peter, the peacock, who was a bit put off by zane's presence.
zane was a bit curious about peter but much more interested in running around and keeping the squirrels in check.
|the picture doesn't even come close to showing his magnificent plumage|
i also got to meet cousin, barby (pictured below), who happened to be in the neighborhood on her way back home to seattle. she's a gardener and a lively personality---enjoyed meeting her.
wish i'd gotten more pictures but i was enjoying the visit and almost forgot i even had my camera.
they're a lovely bunch of people and i'm happy i got to spend the day with them. thank you all and a speedy recovery to myrna.