Apple Picking

An overcast sky and mid-forty temps made for a crisp day of apple picking near Mondamin, Iowa.  No tree climbing was allowed so teamwork was necessary.  A dad and uncle support a 10 year old picker, while young cousins catch the harvest below. Thought for the Day:  Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is … Continue reading Apple Picking

Broadway St., Nashville

This is my perception of what Nashville's Broadway Street would look like on a semi-perfect September day on a late afternoon weekday.  While the shops, cars, neon lights and skyscrapers are an actual photo I took, the sky is my imagination.  I was in Nashville for five days and saw only two hours of partial … Continue reading Broadway St., Nashville

Exhausted

Animals get tired, just like people.  This monkey must have had a very busy day; it is  obviously all tuckered out, pooped, spent, down for the count, drained, bushed, outta gas, weak, sapped, exhausted and just plain tired. His grand kids must have just gone home. Thought for the Day:  On the seventh day, God … Continue reading Exhausted

50th Anniversary

All of our eight grandchildren were present for our 50th wedding anniversary and we are very thankful for that.  They had fun with our hat collection. They're not in any groupings of our children, but we know who they are.  Love 'em all! Thought for the Day:  Children are the rainbow of life, grandchildren are … Continue reading 50th Anniversary

Fruit Pizza

One family July 4th tradition that has evolved over the years is the fruit pizza resembling the American Flag.  It started long before 2014, I just couldn't find the pictures. Hope you enjoyed the Fourth. Thought for the Day:  We have the right to express our pride in what our forefathers did, and our joy … Continue reading Fruit Pizza

America’s Pastime

Baseball has long been called "America's pastime"; it's been popular since the mid- 1800's. In this day and age of instant gratification, it is hard to understand the sustained popularity of a sport with so much down time between mere seconds of frenzied action. The baseball season is over for this nine year old who … Continue reading America’s Pastime

H.S. Graduation

Yesterday, my #1 Grandson, #2 Grandchild graduated from high school.  Whoa, hang on, is that possible!?  He was just born a couple years ago. He graduated from a small Lutheran High School, only 83 in his graduating class.  But through the four years he attended, I could see  he was getting a very broad,  but … Continue reading H.S. Graduation

Senior Prom

As a proud grandfather, I watched my oldest grandson get mugged by the school's paparazzi before they left for the school's senior prom.  Actually, I think they were after a picture of his date. Like most everything, he took it all in stride -- never getting too high or to low, but keeping an even … Continue reading Senior Prom

Fifth Birthday

My granddaughter is five years old today.  In this picture, she is wearing a knit outfit that her great grandmother made for Ava's grandmother.  All of our granddaughters have had their pictures taken in this or other outfits made by their great grandmother. I thought her expression fit a much older age of photography when … Continue reading Fifth Birthday

Problem Solved

I know a guy that solved a common problem in an unusual way.  He had a queen-sized box spring that wouldn't fit in his brand new two-story house. Installing the mattress was no problem, but the box springs couldn't make the tight corner at the top of the stairs.  He sawed the wooden slats on … Continue reading Problem Solved

Halloween – 2017

Halloween is right around the corner. The family Halloween party was a little different this year; i.e. held in two locations.  What was typical and expected about the party was the Des Moines group won the best-costume prize ... AGAIN ... as usual ... as always. Omaha was a mixed bag of good efforts, like … Continue reading Halloween – 2017

Pretty Girls

One of the things I most enjoyed during the week at South Haven, was spending quality time with my grandkids.  Generally, they are so busy with other activities at home, especially the older ones, that I'm lucky to get a "hello" and "goodbye". After dinner one night, all dressed up and no place to go, … Continue reading Pretty Girls