Either I've gotten very lazy or my live is so boring, that I didn't bother to write a blog for September. Time to catch up. Perhaps the biggest event has been our fostering another giant schnauzer. Marshall is a leggy, 80-lb black giant. He has been a lot of fun to have around. Since he is young, he likes to play a lot. He even wears out the sisters.
I went to the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando. I was so sick of flying that I drove. I learned a lot, presented my talk, and reconnected with some old friends. I did not go to Disney or any of the other tourist traps.
My dog class has been going great. We have had dogs ranging from Newfoundlands to Yorkshire terriers. I'm sure the students are enjoying it. Indigo earned the Canine Good Citizen title, and we're working on the skills for a Therapy Dog. Isabel is making progress in agility. She did really well in our demonstrations at Responsible Dog Ownership Day at Quincy Mall.
I fixed up an old Hiawatha bike that my brother Mike brought out from California. It originally came from my Grandpa's estate, then hung in our milk barn for years. I put new tires and tube on it. It is rusty but ridable. Savannah rode it in the Monster Bike Bash in Columbia and won a costume contest with it.
I got another vintage bike, a Raleigh, that also needs tires and tubes. It's a 3-speed with a steel mixte frame. It does have some sweet fenders on it though.
Anticipating the need to plow snow this winter, and given the need to move stuff around and work on projects here, I thought a UTV would be the ideal solution. After considerable research, I got the Honda Pioneer. Although I had to send it back for a new fuel pump after a week, it has performed well ever since.
I found a couple of vines of wild hops at North Campus and I harvested as much as I could. They were so prolific that even after several one-hour picking sessions, there were still many cones left on the vine. I dried them and stored them in my basement. I brewed up a batch of beer with it and bottled it. I will be drinking it soon.
I taught the bug and bird parts of a Master Naturalist class. They seemed like people who were really into it, though we didn't see as many species as I had hoped.
After nearly 3 years of waiting, I finally gave the deposition for the expert witness case I've been working on. I'm not used to having my authority questioned as part of my regular job, but the opposing attorney in this case had no problem questioning it, and every assumption I made. It was a bit unnerving, but I think I made my points and even got him back on a few.
I helped set up and take down the equipment for the Responsible Dog Ownership Day that the Quincy Kennel Club held at the Quincy Mall. It was a fun event. Isabel got to demonstrate agility twice and appear in the breed parade. We hung out and chatted with our kennel club friends, mall visitors and vendors. Dairy Queen had the pumpkin pie blizzard, which I could not resist. I got to see and visit with a lot of dogs too.
The last day of the month was, of course, Halloween. One of my students surprised me by dressing up as...me. He had the hat, jeans, khaki shirt, tennies, fake beard and moustache, and even the earring.