Hoops Summit, Watertown

This weekend was the culmination of Eric’s 2019 AAU season as his Mohawk Valley Elite team competed in the Hoops Summit held in Watertown, NY. The team came away with 2 wins and 2 losses. I am particularly proud of Eric working to come back from ankle surgery and regain his game. Eric didn’t score much, but played stout defense against larger post players and pulled down double digit rebounds in the last game.

Stillwater Reservoir

Skip and Steve left on Thursday to scout campsites; ending up at Picnic Point, which they said was fine when breezy, but overrun with mosquitoes when the wind died down. So they picked an alternative (#37) for those of us that arrived on Friday. Kathryn, Gaie and I paddled in Friday afternoon, followed by Dave and Debbie Shoemaker.

After sitting up camp Kathryn and Gaie went fishing with Kathryn catching 7 small bass during the evening session.

Kathryn made Spanish Rice for dinner which was delicious and bountiful. It rained overnight but cleared out Saturday morning. We took the canoes out for fishing, but didn’t have much luck. The weather was highly variable with sun, clouds and wind all fluctuating throughout the day, but no rain. At night we had chicken and rice with vegetables. After dinner and another attempt at fishing the crew started playing pitch and looking over their shoulders at a pending thunderstorm. We settled until Skip’s tarp just as the heavens unleashed a torrential rain. It rained almost all night. Sunday morning we awoke at 6, packed up our gear, were on the water a little before 9am and off the water 45 minutes later.

Red Wigglers

I bought 500 red wigglers to work through our overflowing compost bin. They were shipped from Jim’s Worm Farm and re-located to Jim’s Compost Bin.

Senior Nationals Volleyball Tournament – Albuquerque

Kathryn’s 65+ volleyball team finished 4th in their 18 team pool – just out of the medals, but they did get this nifty ribbon.

Empire State Senior Games 2019

The Empire State Senior games draw more than 1,100 athletes aged over 50 from around the state to compete in 20 events. The biggest draw this year is pickleball with 450 registered, followed by volleyball with 275 registrants.  I got invited onto a 65+ volleyball team, Jabberwocky, from the Amsterdam area and we managed to practice together twice. Separately, Kathryn joined a women’s over 60 team. Men’s games were all day Saturday and women’s matches were on Sunday at SUNY Cortland’s Lusk Field House . Our 65+ Team, Jabberwocky, started off playing a 5-1 configuration and losing 2 of our 1st three games. We switched to a 4-2 alignment with better passing and won our 1st medal match. We lost in the gold/silver finals to a team that practices together on a weekly basis. We played 12 games in all. It was nice to improve our play and come away with a silver medallion.

Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Friday Eric had the spoken portion of his French test and did quite well. The tutoring has really helped. Saturday we went to Matt’s house for a Hay/Muller picnic. We played 9 holes of disc golf – not very well. When we got home we watched a YouTube video on footwork and throwing technique which seemed to make an improvement.

Sunday I finished placing bird houses in the pasture and did some grading of the road side sand that built up over the winter. Kathryn and I cut firewood; particularly a large poplar that fell across the trails. Sunday night we were planning on cooking over the fire at cook-out corner, but we were interrupted by Cullen getting into a porcupine. Fortunately, he didn’t get any quills inside his mouth and Eric/Kathryn were able to remove all the quills. While restraining Cullen Eric picked up two ticks – one of which we didn’t discover until later in the evening. The tick was still burrowing and we did the best we could to extract him. The next morning K took Eric to urgent care to ensure all the tick was removed and to get an initial dose of antibiotics.

Monday I planted most of the garden starting with Brussel Sprouts, peas, tomatoes, broccoli, artichokes, pole beans, pumpkins, acorn squash and kale. New this year is the attempt to grow artichokes – I have never tried them before and use of hog panel fence for the pole beans. I still have more tomato and artichoke plants to transfer. We mowed the lawn and Kathryn used the self-propelled mower to mow most of the trails.

Local Bird List

I saw a birding contest sponsored by the DEC with the challenge being to identify at least 10 birds from a list of birds common to NYS. We were just able to identify 10 from their list, but decided to list birds we commonly see from our house. We came up with a list of 53 local birds that we see regularly.

Baltimore Oriole, Blue Bird, Blue Jay, Bob Link, Brown Thrush, Canada Goose, Cardinal, Cat Bird, Chickadee, Common Yellow Throat, Crow, Downy Woodpecker, Evening Grosbeak, Grackle, Great Blue Heron, Hairy Woodpecker, House Finch, House Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Junco, Kestrel, Killdeer, King Fisher, Mallard Duck, Meadow Lark, Mourning Dove, Northern Harrier, Orchard Oriole, Oven Bird, Pee Wee, Phoebe, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Siskins, Purple Finch, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Red Tailed Hawk, Red Winged Blackbird, Robin, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Rose Breasted Nut Hatch, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Ruffed Grouse, Snipe, Starling, Tree Swallow, Turkey, Turkey Vulture, Veery, White Breasted Nuthatch, White Crown Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, Wood Thrush, Yellow Finch

Hoops Summit and Volleyball in West Virginia

This past weekend Kathryn and Margaret drove to West Virginia to compete in a Senior’s volleyball tournament. They drove down on Friday, did a short tour of Harper’s Ferry and played volleyball all day Saturday, losing every game, before the return drive on Sunday.
Eric played in the Hoops Summit basketball tournament in Saratoga. We drove over on Saturday morning. Eric played in two games Saturday afternoon – losing by 5 in Game 1 vs. NY Warriors and winning game two. They won their Sunday afternoon game, but did not make it into a tie-breaker championship. Eric is starting to lose weight and re-gain his conditioning. He did a good job of defending vs. larger post players, but did not score.

Spring Break Week

During spring break Eric worked out twice with UC Head Coach Sean Coffey focusing on improving his shot. He also had a bonus session shooting at Accelerate. He played pickup at GWF twice. He did ~4 hours of yard work for Ruberti’s.

Kathryn continued her cross fix workouts managing 4 workouts / week. She got invited to attend a day long tournament in Cobleskill. She played on a team with noted SCS graduate Mike, who is captain of our Empire State Senior Games team.

I drove to Delanson and picked up the remaining holiday decorations from Robert and dropped them off with Billie Jo. All told the back of my truck was full of Barbara’s decorations.

D-Squad Tournament

Eric’s MVE team played over the weekend beating their D-Squad opponent; losing to the Syracuse Nets and losing in overtime to Cap City. Eric played sparingly, often alternating defense / offense with Dylan.