Pup in a Pot

Remington Remington, 10 week old Golden Retriever, got his first smell of fresh flowers on his first visit to "grandma's house". I think he prefers water fowl. Thought for the Day: Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.Ann Landers

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

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

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

Light Painting

Light Painting Looking for ways to beat the oppressive heat? Try light painting in your basement. Set your camera on a tripod. Turn off all the lights and block any light coming in the windows. Using various exposure times, use LED pen lights to paint your subject. Experiment with various light sources and exposure times. … Continue reading Light Painting

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