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

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