n., pl. -lies.
1. the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.
2. a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity.
3. a costly and foolish undertaking; unwise investment or expenditure.
4. a whimsical or extravagant and often useless structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, etc.
5. follies, a theatrical revue.
6. Obs. wickedness; wantonness.
After a friend told James our boat project reminded him of follies (see #4 above) in Europe, James has decided to call this our folly. Now that I think of it the project also fits the first 3 definitions.
It's coming along and we're figuring it out as we go. We get lots of people hollering up from their tubes or kayaks, asking us what we're building. Some people say, "neat" and smile. Others have said, "I've never seen that before". Many, though, have nothing to say after we answer and have a confused look on their face. I think there are a lot of people who don't understand building something just for pleasure. As much fun as it's been building the deck, I'm looking forward to moving on and pressure washing the boat, putting the shade sail up and working on the inside. Even more, I can't wait to sit on the deck, relax and enjoy the view of the river.
Here are a few pictures that have nothing to do with the boat but are still fun. I took this one this morning because I love watching different species sharing. Yesterday the donkeys were in on this but this morning I had them back in their own space.
This next one is just funny. Chy and Wilson are usually shy with strangers but for some reason they remember my mom even though she only sees them once a year. She brings them their favorite treat, black licorice. She can hardly walk in the lawn without them running her down to check her pockets. This is Wilson and Mom sharing an ear of corn. In this instance my mom may want to read definitions numbers 1 and 2.