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

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