Cooling Off

It looks like a long hot summer: Memorial Day temps exceeded 100 degrees and June has been warmer than normal so far. No better way to keep cool than dipping your toes in the lake under a big shade tree.  While you're at it, look at yourself in the mirror and see what the future … Continue reading Cooling Off

Summer’s End

Hey!  Where'd everybody go?  It's only mid-September, and I haven't seen a soul for weeks.  I'm hanging here, limp and lifeless, all by myself without anyone to keep me company, not even an occasional rattle from the cottonwood leaves. I have a feeling that I'd better get ready for nine months of loneliness.  I'll hang … Continue reading Summer’s End

Cousins

The first real warm day of the summer, with the sun taking its sweet time to set.  The day was long, giving the cousins plenty of time to reconnect, and many fun-filled memories:   swimming in the lake, minnows, sand toys, sun screen, rope swing over/into the water, sand between the toes, sand castles, fish … Continue reading Cousins

Sandbox

Start the summer off right -- in the sand box.  There's nothing more attractive to a toddler than the sandbox, and nothing more fascinating to them than the strange feel of sand in all of its various forms -- wet, dry, cold, hot, coarse and fine. Sand is crafty too, the way it lures the … Continue reading Sandbox

Watermelon Man

Sorry about the late posting of this blog; I was snowed in yesterday and couldn't reach my typewriter in the barn.  You know how those Midwest blizzards are, you can't see the barn from the house and won't find your way back without a rope.  So, I called room service for the livestock, rolled over … Continue reading Watermelon Man

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Like the song goes, "Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,  full of soda and pretzels and beer", nothing beats a rope swing over the water for good clean summer fun.  Where did the summer go?!  The kids are back in school, college football is here (nothing wrong with that), days are getting shorter and … Continue reading Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Fishin’ Hole

Labor Day:   The unofficial end of summer, the last summer holiday, the final curtain of summertime fun.  Reality sets in with thoughts of "school nights", regimented daily schedules, early risings, and shoes. One last night on the dock at the old fishin' hole is a good way to end the summer. Thought for the Day:  We … Continue reading Fishin’ Hole