Reflection

Cedar Creek, 2022 After a long day of fishing, the neighbors decided to take a break. Time to reflect on success and failure. Thought for the Day: By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius

Choke Cherry

Choke Cherries are aptly named. Fresh off the "vine", they are a "Wake-Up!" Their flavor is sharp and long-lasting as it sticks in the back of your throat. But, I thought they might mellow over the years and make a decent wine. WRONG! While the clarity is excellent, the color is uninviting. The aroma was … Continue reading Choke Cherry

Peach

Another batch of home-made wine started in the summer of 1970. Preparing peaches was much easier than the dandelions. My review: Beautiful color and very clear. Virtually no aroma, forgettable to the palette with a spiritless finish. Hardly worth the effort. Thought for the Day: Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games.Babe Ruth

Pear

Pear wine was my third attempt, hoping fermentation would relieve my general dislike for the fruit. My review: A rich amber color and obvious clarity, matched with aroma hinting of light butterscotch, teases the palette's anticipation. However, the lack of any bold flavor makes for a timid finish. Thought for the Day: I cook with … Continue reading Pear

Dandelion

After sitting for over 50 years, you can imagine the nervous anticipation of "popping the cork". My review: Delicious amber color, very clear, and decent viscosity ("legs" ... with crutches). Delicate aromas ... of dust on the bottle. Drinkable, but ambiguous to the palette. Conclusion: Dandelions are better for making wishes. Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Dandelion

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

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

Veterans’s Day

Raising the Flag Think about the American Flag on Veteran's Day. Why is it the most recognized flag in the world? The sight of the American Flag makes one think of: freedom, independence, liberty, justice, opportunity, hope, security, family, and friends. People from all over the world have been migrating to and settling this continent … Continue reading Veterans’s Day

Nap Time

Too Much Fun! Romping around in the fresh air is a lot fun! I love the soft grass! I'm learning to fetch, it sure is fun!. I’m getting pretty good at it too! I love it … I could do this all day! But, a nap sounds pretty good too. Thought for the Day: Try throwing … Continue reading Nap Time

Siberia

Warm & Toasty In terms of extreme differences between hot and cold, I've read that Nebraska's climate is similar to Siberia. This winter I believe it. The all-white frozen landscape is getting mighty boring, and two weeks of sub-zero temperatures haven't helped. A warm toasty campfire would sure feel nice about now. Thought for the … Continue reading Siberia

United States of America

On January 6, 2021, while Congress was in session to certify the electoral votes of the 2020 Presidential election, which elected Joe Biden as the next President of the United States, a mob of thugs broke into the Capitol. Members of the mob appeared to be some of the thousands of Trump supporters who arrived … Continue reading United States of America

New Year’s Eve

There are years you remember forever, seared into your memory, etched in stone, unforgettable; e.g. President Kennedy's assassination (1963), the moon landing (1969) and the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon (2001). 2020, the COVID year, is one of those years. People began stockpiling toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bottled water and food. … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Turkey Day

Wild Turkey - 2015 Happy Thanksgiving, 2020! The COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed everything since March, and made even more frenetic the recent presidential election. Another spike of recent COVID cases is driving dramatic changes in our observance of this truly American holiday through city and state mandates; e.g. mask wearing, limiting the number of people … Continue reading Turkey Day