On Memorial Day Weekend Mark & Danielle hosted a Hay / Muller picnic. We drove to the Hays and dropped off Eric and then picked up Barb and Joe in Albany getting back to the Hays at 12:30. Barbara really enjoyed getting out among family and the weather was perfect for a picnic.
Eric went on the 8th grade camping trip (Thursday – Saturday) to Beaver River; sharing a tent with 6 of his buddies. Initially he wasn’t interested in going, but relented under ‘encouragement’. I think he had a good time as he said having his life guard certification would allow him to go again as an underclassman.
While he was on the camping trip we went to Rochester for Leo’s wedding. We just made it to the ceremony as the bride was walking in. It was a short ceremony and over in 10-12 minutes. We hung around the reception, talked to most all the Skellys’ and then drove home.
On Sunday Eric played in a 4 team round robin tournament at HCCC. Three teams consisted of 8th and 9th graders. One team had three varsity players and they blew out every other team. Eric had an mediocre showing; he had some rebounds in traffic, he had a couple of good blocks and played good defense, but he missed all his shots, except for a fast break layup.
Modified lacrosse finished up with Eric playing as a 2nd line middie. Eric got better at boxing out and digging out the balls on the ground. He did a few face-offs and overall enjoyed the games. He is planning to play summer lacrosse at TriCityLacrosse when the fields dry out enough to play.
This weekend Kathryn and I started cutting firewood from Cookout Corner. There were lots of standing dead ash trees and we likely could get out entire winter’s supply just from Cookout Corner.
We put Eric’s computer desk and the large entertainment center out by the road with a free sign. The computer desk was picked up within an hour. The entertainment center was taken by an Amish family who loaded up on top of their carriage. Quite the sight to see.
It was windy and rainy; very windy as HP played VVS to 11-5 win.
HP Modified Lacrosse team had their season opener vs New Hartford, a perennial lacrosse power and lost 5-1. Not a bad 1st outing considering the number of players who are playing lacrosse for the 1st time. Eric, #26, played middie, did well defensively and had one long run up field, but did not shoot during the game.
Thursday’s game vs Proctor was an 11-1 romp as this was Proctor’s 1st modified lacrosse team and the team’s 1st game. Friday after school HP played Whitesboro and won 8-2. Eric had a long run culminating in a missed shot on goal.
Eric closed out his summer lacrosse season this week. The team was short-handed with no subs and played a Rome team with 17 players and 4 coaches; losing 16-1. He played every position during the game, even doing a few face-offs (which were frequent due to the scoring). Eric managed one good shot on goal that was blocked by the goalie. Trevor had the only successful goal. Overall HP didn’t manage to take very many shots. The kids showed improvement through the season. There were 5 boys that never played before and several 5th graders, so there was lots of room for improvement.
Eric looking a little despondent after the game.
Eric’s lacrosse team finished strong losing by 1 goal to Whitesboro in their final game.
Eric decided he wanted to play lacrosse and with one whole practice under his belt, he played his 1st game on defense. They got soundly trounced by a team from New Hartford who had practiced throwing and catching. Eric got burned a few times by playing the ball more than his man and the physicality was new, but he improved over the course of the game. It was hot, there was a lot of running and he was tired at the end, but he had a good time.
Nothing like having friends and family come and watch your game. Chris had some approving words for Eric’s efforts.
Hip Replacements. There has been a lot of press about FDA requiring analysis of metal on metal hip replacements due to concerns of metal wear and/or metal leakage into the blood stream. I had been experiencing a slight burning sensation in my left thigh. I have been concerned about playing volleyball (3xs/week) and it had been a few years since I had my hips checked so I scheduled a check up with Dr. Zahn. They took lots of Xrays. Dr. Zahn was really happy to see that bone wall has actually grown thicker where the tapered pin encounters my thigh bone. It is very healthy bone mass. The burning session seems to be due to a pulled ligament; treatable by over the shelf medications. A reassuring visit.
Garden. We have been eating asparagus 2-3x a week. I have a row of peas that we are just starting to eat. I recently planted a 2nd row that I expect will be ready to eat the end of July. The end of June I will rip out the row we just started to eat and do one more planting that we will be able to eat in Sept. I planted 12 tomato plants. I tried starting some from seed, but started too late, so I ended up buying transplants. I have cucumbers, yellow wax beans and some acorn squash. I am trying pole beans for the 1st time. Supposedly the vines grow to 12′ so I have this 9′ teepee structure in the garden for them to climb. It looks awesome and the beans are coming up nicely. In theory it allows a lot of plants in a condensed space. We will see. I planted brussel sprouts. Last year I did transplants and they were fantastic late growers. This year I did seeds, but they have come up yet. I will give them one more week and then I will try to find some replacements.
Frankfort AYSO Soccer Tournament. I took a team of 8 boys to participate in the U8 tournament in Frankfort. There were 5 teams: 2 from Holland Patent, Frankfort, Mohawk and Ilion. The tournament ran from 1am-2pm. We played all other four teams. We opened with a 4-2 loss to Frankfort. I don’t think the boys were ready for the intensity of the other players and I was unfamiliar with a couple of players and may not have had optimal line-ups in play. We had two quick goals scored against us before the team got going and pretty much played them even up from then on. We blew out the next team 9-1 with Dylan going crazy scoring – they had no match for his speed. We scored big again in our 3rd game and then broke for a 30 minute lunch break. In our final game we played the other HP team and needed a win to secure 1st or 2nd place. We were down 0-2 in the 1st half and according to Thomas “it was a disaster!”. I told the kids to keep their heads up and play hard. We rallied to a tie, and ended up in 3rd place in the tournament.
1st row: Charlie, Kalib, Thomas. 2nd row: Ryan, Trevor, Eric, Dylan, Sawyer. 3rd row: Jim.
Cookout. After the tournament Trevor stayed at our house and we had our 1st cook out of the year at cook out corner. Kathryn and I checked out the wet spots in Kirkland’s pasture to assess when I could brush hog the perimeter. On our hike back we played a modified ManTracker. The boys tried to ambush us from the hay pasture and we managed to get ahead of them and ambush the kids on the return trip.
Bella’s Birthday. Sunday afternoon we drove to Syracuse and met Ed, Phoenix and Izzabella for a late lunch at Hoffman’s Hothouse. Afterwards we went to a park where Eric and Bella played, Phoenix showed off his latest codes and we chatted with Ed. We had Carvel ice cream and returned home.
Lacrosse. Eric is signed up for youth lacrosse this summer. He and I practiced throwing and catching in the backyard for him to get the feel of the stick.