Complimentary Colors

Purple & Orange Mexican Sunflower and Aster can be quite spactacular when they bloom at the same time ... and invade each other's space. These are some of the latest flowers to bloom, giving us one last blast of vivd color before everything starts turning brown. Love it while it lasts! Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Complimentary Colors

Traffic Cone

This is an artistic and creative way to control pedestrian traffic. It gets your attention, and politely asks you to "Keep Off The Grass". Where did I find it? Outside the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraksa. Where else? Thought for the Day:If you're in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you're still in … Continue reading Traffic Cone

Apple Fest

Odd Ball October is apple picking time. As we've done for the last umteen years, the "fam" picked apples at the Morris Farm in Mondamin, Iowa. The weather was perfect. It was fun getting together. Thought for the Day: I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.Barbara Bush

Joslyn Museum

Joslyn Museum The Joslyn Museum is one of my favorite places in Omaha. Kids love it too, although most of them don't realize they're developing an appreciation for fine art and architecture. This second story venue looks down on the Storz Fountain Court. Thought for the Day: Children have to be educated, but they have … Continue reading Joslyn Museum

Cross Country

Cross Country Fall is the season for Cross Country. For first-timers, it is tough getting in shape. After a leisurely summer, the sudden demands on your body to prepare for long distance running (2 miles) is like a fire alarm going off in your bedroom at 2 AM. In training for only three weeks, these … Continue reading Cross Country

Meet & Greet

Phoebe & Remington Our #1 Granddaughter (oldest) introduced us to her latest "acquisition". This was close behind a new apartment, new car and other things she's done without the last four years, while getting her RN degree. Meet Remington, a Golden Retriever, only 8 weeks old. Awwwwe! Thought for the Day: Buy a pup and … Continue reading Meet & Greet

Thrill Seekers

Golden Tower - Tivoli Gardens This scary ride is a free fall drop from 200 feet. Imagine that sensation! Thrill seekers stand in line for hours to get scared to death. Why? Thought for the Day: Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or … Continue reading Thrill Seekers

Aronia Berries

Aronia Berries When we heard nutritionists promoting aronia berries as the next greatest health food, high in antioxidants, three times greater than blueberries, we planted a bush. After six years we finally got enough to harvest -- about 3 gallons of berries. They are native to Iowa and were called "chokeberries" before the marketers and … Continue reading Aronia Berries

Hobo Convention

1929 Ford The 121st Hobo Convention was held in Britt, Iowa in mid-August. It's a small-town event that draws people from all over the country, including "retired" hobos, their children and grandchildren. It's a reunion as well as a celebration of the colorful history of hobo life. The museum is fabulous -- full of photographs, … Continue reading Hobo Convention

New Flower

Rocky Mountain Bee Plant This strange plant showed up in my new wildflower garden. I contacted the source where I bought the "Pollinator Mix" to identify it, and was informed it is a Rocky Mountain Bee Plant. Hmmm, I thought the mix was native Nebraskan wildflowers. (Who cares!?) The wildflowers I planted this spring to … Continue reading New Flower

Iowa State Fair

18 I went to the Iowa State Fair, mainly to see the 81st Photographic Salon. Four entries per person are allowed, but only one in each of several categories. There were 2,086 entries this year -- less than the normal 3,500 or more. This is my 8th year of participation. Three of my four entries … Continue reading Iowa State Fair

Wildflowers

wildflowers A new septic tank and laterals tore up the front yard of the Lake house last fall. Using a pollinator mix of 44 varieties, I sowed a large part of the yard in wildflowers this spring. I'm pleased with the results. Thought for the Day: May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely … Continue reading Wildflowers