A lovely day today, and I had such fun! Erin and Emily attended a music festival in Morehead - they played in a trio with a pal, Brittany. Erin and Brittany played their violas and Emily played her ratty cello....I really need to find her a decent cello. I listened to them play and I thought they sounded...well...just like they always sound - rather painfully out of tune. They were playing the hell out of those instruments, let me tell you. There was only one judge, an older man, nicely dressed in a suit. Apparently, he heard something I didn't because he rated them a 2, which pleasantly suprised me. Even so, I'm proud that my girls went the extra mile and worked to prepare for the event.
I called Sarah when I got into town and she reprimanded me for calling her at the unGodly hour of 8:50 AM. She said she couldn't possibly roll out in time to hear her sisters perform. The performance lasted all of 1 minute max, so maybe the extra ZZZZ's were worth more to her. After they were finished, I escorted the 3 girls and two 6th grade boys as well, to Wendy's for lunch. It was quite an experience for me to observe these boys. I am not so familiar with boys, and I found one (Max) quite entertaining and the other (Trevor) just downright sweet. Still, boys will be boys, and I'm glad I have girls to deal with. Sarah met us at Wendy's for lunch.
Next up, we trekked back to the music hall just in time to hear the drum corps practicing out front. Morehead has one of the finest drumline's in the country. They are totally awesome, even when practicing. I can't even imagine how awesome they must be when they are actually performing. I stood there just spellbound watching. It makes me want to go ahead and get a drum set (which would be nothing like these talented young men and women were doing). Even so, I've often thought about buying drums - a little something to annoy Jerry and the neighbors. If I had lots of money, I'd buy drums, a french horn, a trumpet, a bass, and a Clavinova. I'll be a jack of all trades, a master of none.
The girls were preparing to board the bus and Sarah took me back to her dorm to see the pottery pieces she has made this semester. Such a talented girl! I totally sucked at ceramics, I attempted a class once, thinking it'd be an easy humanities elective. I have no talent for it whatsoever. The pottery wheel definitely humiliated me. Next, we drove out to her friends' farm so I could sort of meet Omie and Mary. I also saw Rain, but none of these equines were wanting to be messed with. They walked off when we got near. The dogs and people were much more friendly out there.
Next, we looked at property that might be for sale. I told Sarah that even though both pieces of property would suffice for me, the location was objectionable. Either piece of land was really not as close to Flatwoods as I would want. The one piece does border Daniel Boone National Forest. It's on a ridge and there's a huge pasture, that would be perfect for an orchard. I think I need to be looking in Greenup, Carter, or Boyd counties...maybe I'd consider Lewis county. I was thinking no more than 45 minutes away. These properties were more like 75 to 85 minutes away. Still, the valley property is almost exactly what I thought I was wanting. Some open pasture surrounded by woods, and a nice creek. The ridge has no pond or creek...but then flooding shouldn't be an issue either.
Sarah showed me her business plan. All I can say is, it looks very well thought out but a bit optimistic to me. But then, I'm mostly a pessimist, especially when it comes to risking huge sums of money. And, maybe my sweet Sarah is not afraid to plunge into 250 G's of debt, but I just couldn't! Gee, when I go to the races, I have to be pretty wasted to even bet $4 on a race! She must have gotten the risk gene from her Dad, because she sure didn't get that from me! We had an "interesting" long talk today. I promised to visit her in Ireland next spring. I am going to do my best to make that work out. I wonder if I can hire a nanny for a week or two? Next year, I get another 5 days of vacation thanks to enduring 25 years of service with the company, and unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to get all my vacation in this year. Looks like I'll be carrying over at least 5 days to next year. I will have lots of vacation next year.