Rest Stop

Old Folks Four elderly people passing the day away on the front porch rockers. It looks like a Rest Home rather than a rest stop during a busy day of sightseeing. The sign on the right provides the alibi. Thought for the Day: Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever … Continue reading Rest Stop

Lazy Days

Cedar Creek, 2022 The "lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer" (Nat King Cole song from the 60's) are upon us. Nothing like a good book, hammock and a quiet lake to relax. Thought for the Day: Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgement will … Continue reading Lazy Days

Spring Planting

First Planting March came in like a lamb with several warm days in the high 60's, tempting all the gardeners to put something (anything) in the ground. As usual, March has a little something for everyone, and it went out roaring like a lion, ending with several blustery days in the 30's. Oh well, it … Continue reading Spring Planting

Thumbs Up!

LRTI Surgery My thumbs don't work anymore -- no cartilage left in the basal joint, the one that connects the thumb to the wrist. Anti-inflammatory medication hasn't worked, and cortizone shots are only temporary. So, I decided to have LRTI surgery --Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition. The operation was two days ago on my right … Continue reading Thumbs Up!

Super Bowl XXX

Yesterday was Super Bowl XVI (56, converted for your convenience) and I've watched every one of them ... three in person. Every year the Super Bowl is a "red letter" day on my calendar. Most memorable of all was the first one I attended, Super Bowl XXX (30) -- Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys. I … Continue reading Super Bowl XXX

2022

Tanzania, 2016 First post of 2022, and happy to see 2021 in the rear view mirror. I am looking forward to a healthy and happy new year. Thought for the Day: Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things … Continue reading 2022

New Year’s Prep

Well, you made it through the Christmas rush, all the gatherings, the Christmas cards, the family traditions, decorations, hours of baking, gift exchanges, the feast AND the celebration of the Christ child's birth. Now, it's time to relax. Oh, wait! It's your turn to host the New Year's Eve party. And, another resolution ... Uggh. … Continue reading New Year’s Prep

Christmas Past

1958 This is the oldest family picture I could find with a Christmas tree, taken by my older sister. Wow! We really got dressed up for Christmas morning. I remember the time spent with my Dad shopping for the Christmas tree: going to several grocery store lots looking for the perfect tree. I would hold … Continue reading Christmas Past

Christmas Cards

I'm working on our annual Christmas letter, which is always a struggle to get started. As thoughts swirl around in my head I get more and more frustrated. It takes awhile to organize my thoughts, which translates to, "relax, it's no big deal, blah, blah, blah". This was my first draft. Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Christmas Cards

Welcome?

Imagine: You're new in town. You're trying to decide what neighborhood would be the best location for work, leisure, life style and making new friends. You find an affordable apartment with all the amenities you desire. You sign a lease. On moving day you notice your neighbor's "welcome" mat. Thought for the Day: If you … Continue reading Welcome?

Reminder

Family Prayer, 2011 Above is a document recording the family Thanksgiving in 2011. At the time, I thought I could never be more grateful for the blessings I have received from my family. But, the blessings keep growing every year. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thought for the Day: When I started counting my blessings, my whole life … Continue reading Reminder

Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, the family gathered for their annual Halloween "reunion". This collage of past years' celebrations was made for "giggles and grins". Trick or Treat? Thought for the Day: The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.Thomas … Continue reading Halloween

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

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