Friday, August 31, 2012

The People You Meet on the Course

One of the great things about Luke heading over to Natanis nearly every day for golf is that he meets some really nice people. Today, he played a round with Ashley, who fills in the number one slot on her high school golf team.

Oh, and Luke made the paper again. The story's not in the online version of The Kennebec Journal, but here are a few excerpts from today's printed copy: 

"Luke Ruffing remembers the day vividly. Last October, the Maranacook Community High School junior [but he doesn't actually go to the school: just plays for it] was battling Malcolm Oliver of Lincoln for the Class B state championship ... Oliver won the round, and the title, by one stroke ... . That day, 10 months ago, still fuels Ruffing ... . [He] won the Men's Club Championship at Natanis ... beating Hamel with a chip-in on the fourth hole in the playoff round. 'It was just insane,' Ruffing said. 'Rain was beginning to come down sideways. It was a good competition for me.' But beyond physical practice, Ruffing knew he had to work on his mental game, specifically, his emotions. ... 'I've really learned to control myself out there, and it's helped my game a lot,' Ruffing said. 'I contribute that mostly to (Torrington) [Luke's golf instructor]  and my dad a lot.' Not that Ruffing needed much improvement — he averaged 39.4 strokes per nine holes during the regular season — but as Maranacook head coach Ryan Meserve put it, Ruffing has matured beyond his years. ..."

Photo taken 8/31/12

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Stella made me chase her around the house when I pulled out the camera. She's an imp. I posted my favorite shot of her (and Sam) over at Flickr.

Photos taken 8/30/12

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sort of Hard to Believe

Luke, my firstborn, is 16 years old today. I don't have anything terribly profound to say; it's all been said before. He's a great kid, and I'm lucky to be the one on the receiving end of his "I love you, Mom"-s.

Photos taken 8/27/12

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Proud of Henry

Henry just received this letter from his Sunday School teacher.

Photo taken 8/25/12

Thursday, August 23, 2012


This evening, Jack called Stella a cutie pie, but Stella — of course — begged to differ. "I'm not cute!" she said, "I'm awesome." So Jack called her an "awesome pie." What did Stella say in response? "I'm not a pie."

Photos taken 8/23/12

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Stella came across a pair of mittens this morning, and Sam put them on her feet. She came to me and asked, "Want to see me skate?" I said, "Yes, and I'd love to take your picture." She said, "OK," but made me work for a decent shot.

Photos taken 8/21/12

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Season Begins

Practices for the high school golf team started last week. Luke and his teammates played a scrimmage today. The funny thing is that Luke actually plays less golf now than he did all summer. Most days this summer, he played at least 18 holes, if not 27 or 36. Now, for each high school match and practice, he plays a mere nine.

Photo taken 8/20/12

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Leave My Tomatoes Alone

When we got home from church, Henry and I gave the tomato plants the once-over, and found another hornworm. I asked Henry to retrieve my hornworm remover (old kitchen tongs — more like claws, really — thanks, Mom). I then noticed that some of the plums were looking less than wholesome, so I started searching. Guess what I found. Ugh — a huge, honkin' hornworm. I drowned the two green things (but later exhumed them from the water-filled pot and made up a little story about a caterpillar hunter). I was actually a little bummed about the big ugly guy: it would have metamorphosed into a hummingbird moth, and they are cool.

Photos taken 8/19/12

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Good Day for Golf

Clouds and rain greeted us this morning, but by the afternoon, the sun was shining. It matters little to Luke. He's likely to be on the course, no matter what the weather.

Photos taken 8/18/12

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Checkout

When Stella pretends she's a doctor, she gives her patients "checkouts." Today, she had her own checkout, and she was happy as a clam to cooperate with every request.

Photos taken 8/17/12

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Stella was "reading" me a story about a princess put in jail, when she stopped, looked down at her dress, held up the hem in one hand (like a woman at a dance), and exclaimed, "I'm the princess!"

Photos taken 8/16/12

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In My Own Backyard

Cemeteries can be fascinating places for photos, with great texture and interesting stories. I wanted a gravestone shot for today's Call and Response word, which was "history," so I decided to try a cemetery I had never visited: St. Mary's, one of the few Catholic graveyards in the area. When we got there, Bridget and I discovered some beautiful gravestones and a Stations of the Cross monument(?) that was breathtaking.

Photos taken 8/15/12

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bounce Ball

Henry is a creative soul. He's always dreaming up contraptions, characters, origami designs and games. He recently came up with Bounce Ball, which is a lot like tennis, but is played with a big pink ball and no rackets. Sam has gotten quite good at the sport.

Luke, on the other hand, seems a bit deficient in the creativity dept., but he makes up for it in golfing prowess. Today, he won the Men's Club Championship Tournament at Natanis, his home course. He ended today's 18 tied for first, then won it in a 4-hole playoff.

Photos taken 8/12/12