Summer is winding down here in Madison but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been busy.

Two weeks ago, we visited the Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie, which is about a half-hour from our house. We’d never been to the Sweet Corn Festival, even though we’d heard about it for years. This year, for whatever reason, we finally decided to go. It was cheap to get in ($5 for parking which includes admission), and they practically give away the corn ($6 for a so-called tote, which in our case held ten ears). We then spent a couple of bucks as a tip for someone to butter some of the corn for us. Sarah and I also got six-inch subs for $2 each. We had a dinner packed for Garrison because he hasn’t developed a taste for corn yet, and we brought water so that was the extent of our spending for the evening. We got more corn than we could eat in one sitting, had a picnic on a hill listening to some live music, and Garrison got to have fun in a petting zoo. For whatever reason, even though it doesn’t sound like much fun, we all had a good time.

Last weekend we met friends at the Capital Brewery Bier Garten. It had been two years since we’d last visited, and so we were surprised to find that they’d added a large canopy over much of the garden. That greatly improved the experience because previously, it was basically a bunch of picnic tables on a big concrete slab with the brewery (and bar) at one end and a stage at the other. With the canopy, it is now possible to enjoy yourself on sunny, hot days. Our friends, Paul and Ashely, brought their 17-month-old son Finn, and we were all happy to watch the boys play together, rather than just near each other. They chased each other around a tree, threw toys together, and generally entertained themselves well enough that the adults were able to enjoy some beer and adult conversation.

After giving up brewing for a couple of months because we anticipated moving, I’m trying to get back in the habit. A week or so ago I brewed up an English IPA and I’m hoping to brew up a red ale this weekend. I also recently started a small batch of hard cider.

Dalla has been busy catching and killing the varmints in our back yard. The other night she caught another rabbit, flushing it out of the hostas in our back yard, chasing it to the fence, and killing it in front of all of us. Garrison didn’t quite understand what was going on, but he sure thought it was exciting watching her tear around the yard.

Sarah just finished with a month-long “boot camp” exercise program. For a month, she’d been getting up at 05:00 three times a week to exercise with a group in a local park. Having tried it when we lived in California, I can safely say that I won’t be joining her for any pre-dawn workouts any time soon.

On another note, there are some new photos of Garrison in the Photo Gallery.