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!
The older parts of Omaha, Nebraska, use "1/2" in the house number of some houses. Alleys are common in the old neighborhoods, making easy access to the back yard. For various reasons, people would sell the back half of their lot, maybe to a son or daughter to keep the family close. A house would … Continue reading Half Lots
The umbilical cord still visible on the calf indicated this was probably the calf's first feeding. We saw several scenes like this inside the Ngorongoro Crater. A funny-looking animal, the wildebeest has a long face like a moose, mane like a horse, horns like a cow, ears like a donkey, beard like no other, and a hump. … Continue reading Wildebeest
Whoa, look at the sparks fly! What is this? A Fourth of July sparkler, grinding wheel, welder? No, none of these ... just a ball of steel wool tied to a string that I swung over my head after setting it on fire. I never knew steel wool was flammable, but it ignites fairly easily. … Continue reading Sparklers on Steroids
The last month of oppressive heat and especially the last four days being over 100 degrees reminded my of this chap getting an early start on his sun tan back in February. But, wait, there's more to this story than just a pretty picture. When I came upon this scene, I was struck by the … Continue reading Sun Worship
I remember these ... well, I don't remember using one, and I've never seen a picture of me in one, but I remember seeing them around the neighborhood when I was a kid. I suppose they came in other colors too, but blue is the only color I remember. Maybe only boys used them. … Continue reading Old School
Where do kids learn this stuff?! At the end of each formal photo shoot involving little kids, especially where they were asked to sit still, smile, be nice, etc. I give them a chance to be themselves and ask them to show me their funny face. For first-timers, who don't know what a funny face is, … Continue reading Sour Puss