Smores Galore!

30' pine tree A large pine tree on my north property line fell victim to beetles and died after a quarter century of service. By the looks of the bark, the woodpeckers must have feasted on the beetles for many years. A family work day, eight lumberjack wannabees spread over three generations, made short work … Continue reading Smores Galore!

Fetch

"Fetch" No matter where or how far you throw the Lab's ball she will find it and bring it back for another toss. And another ... and another ad nauseam. Throwing the ball into the lake only makes her happier. So anxious for you to throw it in the lake again, she drops the ball … Continue reading Fetch

Awaiting the Master

Loyal Companions Two Red Heelers, Australian cattle dogs, patiently await the return of their master. This scene appears to be shaping up as a "red letter day" on the master's calendar. Three favorites coming together at the same time: fishing, beer and loyal companions. Thought for the Day: Loyalty means nothing unless it has at … Continue reading Awaiting the Master

Fashion Trend

Virus Masks The world is learning to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Closed schools, libraries, bars, restaurants, movies, public parks, and cancelled activities that draw crowds; e.g. sporting events, concerts, weddings, funerals, etc. have become the norm. Wearing masks in public places is becoming more common. We only leave our house once a week, but … Continue reading Fashion Trend

Easter, 2020

Easter Church Service The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world and the Easter holiday was no exception. Our local church in Nebraska has been closed for almost a month, providing services on-line. They even tried drive-by communion one Sunday, but have since resorted to "self-serve" communion at home during the streamed services. We … Continue reading Easter, 2020

Hairy Canary

Hairy Canary III The Hairy Canary Rally Team was formed in 1973 by a Ford Motor Company engineer and two of his friends. A 1969 Ford Mustang was beefed up to be their first rally car. They took turns driving and navigating, gaining more experience as family and friends joined the crew -- even kids … Continue reading Hairy Canary

New Year’s Prank

Gazing out my back window, a bright flash caught the corner of my eye. At first, I didn't see anything, but then it flashed again ... and again. Something shiny on top of our wren house was reflecting the sun; the wind was redirecting the "flash". I walked out to the wren house and found … Continue reading New Year’s Prank

Christmas Debris

Buddy & Scout Christmas is an exciting time for everyone, probably the most anticipated event of the year. With all the built-up anticipation and anxiety of a tidal wave, it all comes crashing down in the flurry of gift opening. And after the excitement recedes, the clean-up begins. But everyone chips in enjoying each other's … Continue reading Christmas Debris

Stair Steps?

Grandkids - 2019 When the four older grandkids stopped growing, the "stair step" theme for their annual picture went out the window, but I still record them oldest to youngest (l to r). This year's photo shoot encountered additional complications. Two of the participants had schedule conflicts and couldn't make the "reunion". Rather than scrap … Continue reading Stair Steps?

Digital Trees

Joslyn Museum It looks like these four have nothing better to do than stare at the wall. Maybe they're just resting their feet after hours of touring the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE. At best, maybe they're admiring the artwork in front of them. What this picture doesn't show is the animation of this … Continue reading Digital Trees

Christmas Tree Hunting

7' fresh cut Christmas Tree - 2019 20' Blue Spruce After Thanksgiving, a person can devote 100% of their attention to Christmas. Number one on the list is putting up the Christmas tree. Finding the perfect tree for your house can be a chore. Many people resort to pulling out the plastic one in storage … Continue reading Christmas Tree Hunting

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving - 2019 Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, second only to Independence Day -- both original American holidays. I have so many things to be thankful for; twelve are pictured here. Four others are not pictured, as they had commitments in Arkansas this year. While I missed the four, I treasured the time … Continue reading Thanksgiving

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious Apples Thunder and lightning kept me up all night, and the rain continued to fall gently during breakfast. The rain stopped, but cloudy skies prevailed as we departed at mid-morning for our annual family apple picking. The sun was just beginning to peak through when we arrived at the orchard near Mondamin, Iowa. … Continue reading Golden Delicious

Cedar Creek Sunset

Cedar Creek Sunset Labor Day weekend. Darkness is falling like a shroud; dying embers from our marshmallow roast are losing their glow as the sun falls below the horizon, and the sliver of a moon is little help. I notice that the moon is falling behind the big tree. Hmmm, I always thought while the … Continue reading Cedar Creek Sunset

Birthday Boy

11 years old There are two things that this handsome lad absolutely loves: playing baseball and following the Huskers. Playing baseball at the highest level for his age group, he maintains a great attitude for the game. Win or lose, he gives his best effort and leaves the field with a smile on his face … Continue reading Birthday Boy

Slice & Dice

Slice & Dice I took my 6 year old granddaughter out to the garden to gather some spinach leaves. She is always eager to help. Her eyes lit up when I gave her the sharp paring knife to cut the stem while I held back the leaf; this was her first experience with a "sharp … Continue reading Slice & Dice

Favorite Memory

Brady, NE My favorite childhood memories include visiting my cousins that lived on Jeffrey Lake, 5 miles south of Brady, NE. Especially in the summer, when we could swim three times a day (60 minutes after each meal), play baseball and explore the County's junk yard. What made this all possible was my uncle, who … Continue reading Favorite Memory