June 2002


Dear e-Fisherfolk:

Keith says hi! — “June is busting out all over.” So are my strawberries! They are magnificent and if I can quit eating them as fast as we pick them, some great strawberry jam is in our future. Some of the other garden vegetables are doing well, but it’s easier to get excited about strawberries than radishes.

There have been a lot of vegetables in my life lately. I’ve been going to Weight Watchers since early January and have lost a total of 47.5 pounds to date. It is very interesting to be walking around in a new body. At times I feel like a visitor. I’ve lost 6 inches in the waist and I’m having to buy all new clothes. I go to WW meetings in the daytime in the middle of the week, so I’m usually the only male in the group. I was nervous at first, but the ladies accepted my presence and it has been a lot of fun so far. If anyone has been considering joining the program, I recommend it. I just hope I can keep at it! By the way, 1.5 cups of strawberries count 1 point!

I’m really looking forward to our summer schedule. It’s exciting and challenging and will take us to many interesting places and diverse settings. Pick your spot and come on out.

News from the Idlet house includes School’s Out! Dana and Steven took their last finals and are celebrating even as I write this. Both of them are playing summer basketball. I’ve been playing some pickup basketball with them in Fayetteville and it’s really fun to play hoop with my children. I think my on court conversation embarrasses them. Even if I’ve lost a foot of vertical leap and about six steps of speed, I still have quite a mouth on the court. If I’ve lost some physical skills, I’ve made up for them with my mental game. I get a little enthusiastic when we’re playing.

We enjoyed a few dinners of fresh asparagus from our garden this spring. Our strawberries got murdered by weeds. We picked garlic and have hung it to dry. Corn is growing and mulched and the cucumbers are almost big enough to start twining around the fence we built to hold them.

I hope your spring is going well and your air conditioner works this summer.

Troutfully yours,
Keith and Ezra

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