Whopper!

6 lb. catfish As instructed by his uncle, the 9 year old was out of bed at 0700 to check the trot lines they had set the night before. The tension on his line turned out to be a 5-6 lb. catfish. Getting the fish over the gunwales was a struggle, but what a thrill! … Continue reading Whopper!

Fetch

Fetch! I had the treat of watching my son's two dogs this weekend while he was out of town. Buddy and Scout are Australian Cattle Dogs, commonly called "red heelers". They are rugged sturdy dogs, agile and very athletic. No quit in these dogs; they will fetch all day long! Thought for the Day: Once … Continue reading Fetch

Peony Shower

Peony Petals Peonies are early bloomers, generally around mid-May. They are popular flowers for decorating graves on Memorial Day. By early June the plants have lost their vigor. The stems are sagging from the heavy blooms, the petals are wilting and falling everywhere. What now? Leave it to an 8-year old. Toss them in the … Continue reading Peony Shower

BSN, RN

New College Grad My grand-daughter just graduated from college. I asked her if she would have any initials after her name, and she responded, "BSNRN". That's a mouthful, which stands for Bachelor of Science in Nursing ... and Registered Nurse after she takes her Board Exams next month. Wow, that four years went quick! Thought … Continue reading BSN, RN

HS Prom

High School Prom Graduating HS seniors on prom night. A lot of growing up in the last four years, and many challenges ahead, but this is the night to celebrate a major milestone in their life. Thought for the Day: To those of you who won honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And … Continue reading HS Prom

Marbles

Cat's Eye This photo reminded me of playing marbles as a kid. Marbles weren't that big of a deal in my childhood; Scouts, sports, board games and bike-rides were more fun than shooting marbles in the dirt. Marbles were popular when my dad was a kid (1920's). My entire "collection" came from him, and they … Continue reading Marbles

Christmas Past

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I did not take this picture, but it had a calming effect on me, and hope it does for you too. Relax and enjoy the reason for this celebration. The New Year is just around the corner. Thought for the Day: Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart … Continue reading Christmas Past

Rosy Cheeks

December, 2018 Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Get your long johns out, we have three more months of winter. Uggh, but a smile like this will certainly warm you up. Thought for the Day: To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the … Continue reading Rosy Cheeks

Fancy

Fancy The passing of our beloved Fancy, the fourth of our family dogs, is an end of an era. For over 50 years we have been met at the door by a wagging tail -- all were good dogs. But Fancy had more personality than the other dogs combined, and the most trusting dog I've … Continue reading Fancy

Northern Minnesota

Driftwood Lodge Last week I was about as far north as you can get and still be in the United States. International Falls was 23 miles WNW. My family had a week together on Lake Kabetogama (that's a mouthful!), and it took us most of the week to learn how to pronounce it. Great times! … Continue reading Northern Minnesota

Tradition

Fruit Pizza A fruit pizza representing the American Flag for July Fourth celebrations has been a family tradition for many years. Two beautiful granddaughters have started to carry on the tradition. Thought for the Day: A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.Winston Churchill

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!

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