Friday, August 30, 2013

Driving Miss Crazy, Part IV

Yesterday: chores inside and out, back to the Fair, a dash about Salem buying groceries, home for more chores and packing.

While at the Fair I looked at the horse show photographer's proofs and loved several, but his prices for prints OR digital images were too rich for my blood. Instead, I spent my money on some practical things I can use for years – and a yummy cinnamon roll. That brought my "Fair Food" total (over four different days) to two falafels, one raspberry milkshake, a shared marionberry milkshake, and that cinnamon roll, and I'm pretty sure I walked or sweated all that off. Brian had an elephant ear yesterday; I just can't hack that much grease anymore!

He's eating it at the only place we actually sat down yesterday, a well-done educational show on raptors. Such beautiful hunters they are! I took photos until my camera died.

Unfortunately that was before I went to the arts and crafts exhibits, so no quilt photos. :-(   I looked for the paintings by a young woman in our church and never could find them.

Before the raptor show, we visited a wildlife rehab exhibit with some great animals. You could pay to have your photo taken with this young tiger cub (asleep here, but later rather fiesty!),

and I couldn't get enough of watching this adorable six-month-old Syrian Brown Bear cub playing in her pen (I always wondered about the Bible story of David killing a bear; I didn't realize this close relative of the grizzly and Kodiak used to populate the Middle East!).

It was a smaller Fair this year, with lower attendance; that makes me sad and worried about its future. So many states have eliminated most or all of the agriculture-related things from their fairs – if they even hold one anymore. I sure hope ours survives!

Now back to work on getting ready for our camping trip, laundry, running to town to do payroll and a few time-sensitive errands, and maybe a bit of much-needed cleaning while Rick does his scheduled calls. Hopefully we'll get to camp before dark! I am looking forward to time to SIT, relax, and visit, as well as riding my horse on the trails.

That's it for August from . . .


Tombstone Livestock said...

Hate to see downsizing of County / State Fairs. Back in the mid nineties when I was on Fair committee they eliminated all Senior Livestock shows, so sad. Still have another month here before County Fair time, think I will try to go on Seniors Day, get in free, do have to pay parking.

Susan said...

As far as I'm concerned, the only fun things about the fair are the agricultural parts. And the food, of course. Those pix of the raptors are breath-taking, Michelle! After these series of posts, you sure deserve a sit down or five! Have a great weekend!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Fantastic bird shots! Such beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing :-).

Mary Ann said...

Those were the most beautiful birds! I'm so glad you were able to get shots of them.

I'm trying to get caught up on your fair week, so am reading backwards this morning!