Fire and Water and Trees (oh my)

July 21, 2009

Cooking, Journal

Merry Bradaptation Day!

Beth and Harold had a tree trimming company come to their house and take out some trees, and they were also able to come to our house and trim up our buckeye and the big pin oak. My heart started beating wildly when I came home and saw all the branches in the yard. Firewood!!

The tree looks so handsome now.

So, after dinner we decided to roast some marshmallows on those branches. Never minding the fact that it was beginning to sprinkle, we started a fire. Brad and Beth had some umbrellas, but I got an ‘instant canopy’ from the basement that took several minutes to assemble…. in a downpour.

It was awesome. I got to wear my raincoat with whales inside!

The whole experience was like cramming a week of bad camping into half an hour. We huddled by a smokey fire while rain dribbled down Brad’s back and into his pants. We roasted marshmallows over a pathetic flame while I held a smoke-filled umbrella over the marshmallows so they wouldn’t get soggy. We were cold. As my sister says, “Good stories never come from happy times.”

Rain and fire together. Is it my birthday?

Tim was not impressed.

Uncle Brad

I tried to make a Fire Saver that was actually quite successful. After Beth and Tim went home and Lloyd and Brad were catatonic in front of the t.v., I had perfect marshmallow coals.

It looks sunny, but it's raining overhead.

Those bricks are magic.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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9 Responses to “Fire and Water and Trees (oh my)”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Is there nothing cement blocks can’t do?

    I was just glad that, after we were done roasting marshmallows, we didn’t have to go to some tent or crummy cabin. We just went inside and watched TV. Now that’s my kind of camping.


  2. Beth Said on:

    It was wet. And cold. But the marshmallows were tasty. As was the Kahlua-laced hot cocoa.

    I hate camping.


  3. Deanne Said on:

    But that dry tent and warm sleeping bag feels soooooo good after you’ve been wet and cold!


  4. Michele Said on:

    Well your good times are heading our way!
    I smell rain! Fire up the grill!


  5. Peggy Said on:

    What fun!! And I love your cinder block canopy…I was gonna say, ‘Is there anything cinder blocks can’t do?’, but that was taken.

    Was Brad’s impersonation of Alton Brown the only entertainment? Tim seems quite intrigued with it.

    Lauren, next fire you need to break out your ukuele!


  6. Curt Said on:

    There’s that The Garbage Co again. Are yall getting paid by them?


  7. Curt Said on:

    Isn’t it crazy that yall are wearing jackets and sweatshirts in the middle of July? I love this weather. Is another ice age coming? Hope so. I want to kill one of those woolly mamoths. We could grill it over Lauren’s fire pit and feed the town of Seward.


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