Today is our son-in-law Ben Hughes’ birthday. It’s not surprising that he has received a wealth of best wishes on the occasion. Ben has a large circle of acquaintances and all of them are his friends. He and daughter Carolyn are very compatible and make a great couple. We took birthday cards up to them this evening since Carolyn’s birthday will be on Tuesday, August 11th. Maybe having their birthdays so close together is what makes them so compatible. Ben gave Elaine 3 tomatoes from their garden which helped to “make her day”. She has already eaten one of them. We got down to Dennis Kahl’s Retirement Party after Church this morning. Having that on the last day of the Fair as exhibits were being taken down was very appropriate for a retiring Extension Educator. We met their son Bryan who is a Resource Conservationist with NRCS located at Chadron, NE. He spoke favorably about the new Client Gateway program that our son Jon led the development of at the Washington, D.C. headquarters. Again, Happy Birthday, Ben. Just looking at this picture of you helps me to relax.