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April 29, 2005

Grow Tubes Finished!

The grow tubes are done! Rebecca got a row and a half done yesterday, leaving me with just over one row left to finish tonight. Got out to the vineyard about 7:45, and was actually joined by my cousin Mike Smith, who was visiting from Newport News. Sadly, Mike was in town visiting our Grandmother, Mary Lightner who is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack last night. Not the best circumstances to hang out in, but we made the most of it. Mike is a project manager on the George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) so I got to learn a bit about that while we assembled grow tubes.

Having someone else help out definitely speeds up progress, and we were done by 9 - just in time for a beer, then I had to head home to pack for the Florida trip, and Mike was heading back to see Gram.

Although I'm happy to have the grow tubes finished, and excited for Shannon to have her baby shower tomorrow, my heart is heavy with thoughts of Gram. She is the cornerstone of our family and her condition is very serious. It will be a very restless sleep tonight.

Gram at our wedding - Shannon, mom, Gram, me, Aunt Annie

Posted by Stephen at April 29, 2005 9:19 PM