Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Evening Cinema

Everything you wanted to know about hauling ass on 2 wheels, but were afraid to ask...

I love this website.

How hot is it?

It's so hot it'll straighten your socks!

yesterday's socks :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009


As the temperature rises,the little guy on our thermometer sheds his duds. Hope it doesn't get any hotter, I really don't care to see what's under those skivvies!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dads Rock

Happy Father's Day all you old and young Dad's out there. Perhaps some day, you too, can wear art as cool as these Tees...
Dad! - We love you.
xxxooo I and A

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bad video Great Barn!

John, Jack and the Cornerstone crew finished the WildO Haybarn thisafternoon. Life on the ranch...easier all the time!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

If You Build it, Hay Will Come!

Jack, John and the Cornerstone Crew began erecting the new WildOrban Hay Barn today. I blinked and they were gone!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pine'n for the Fjiords

Well, the dimensions are not up to spec, but using bits of wood lyin' about I've constructed a crude Kubbs game set. Now to find some competitors. The twins are ready, so I guess we'll give it a go!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


So I sauntered over to the beach yesterday with an icy margarita in hand and learned a new game called KUBB. I figured since I come from a family of carpenters/margarita lovers/artists/backyard gaming enthusiasts you might be interested in learning about it. Seems easy enough to make with some spare wood. Sort of a mix of Bacchi and Jenga. Would be curious to know if anyone else has played it. Simple enough for kids to get in on the action too. Check it out...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Tabouli to go with those Wings....

Tabouli Salad
1 cup tabouli salad mix (bulgur wheat with dried herbs and spices) – About ½ a bag
1 can (14oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes (Hunts) or use tomato or V8 juice
½ can water
Soak tabouli mix with diced tomatoes and water for at least 2 hours; then add
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
1 red pepper and 1 Anaheim pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 sweet onion chopped (or use 1 cup diced green onions)
1 cup fresh chopped parsley or more
1 small clove garlic, minced (optional)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (or combo or lime juice and red wine vinegar)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or salad oil
1/2 T red pepper flakes
salt to taste
pinch of sugar
Mix together and add additional moisture if needed. Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Summertime rolls around and chicken hits the grill...actually we grill year round but "Buckwheat's BBQ Wings" are reserved for the warm weather months. This batch of wings reminded me that a year or so ago I mentioned getting a family cookbook together so I guess it's about time I get it going.

Buckwheat's (little Tony Tantillo) wings is one of those simple recipes that can be and has been altered to one's own taste. Though I don't remember exact measurements I don't think they're really necessary, but here are the basics.*
1/2 lb wings or drumettes per serving
salsa or rotel
salt,pepper or seasoning of your choice
your favorite bbq sauce
water (combined with other ingredients to cover chicken in a pot).
Bring to a boil then remove from heat and set aside while charcoals heat.
When fire is ready place wings on grill turning frequently while basting with liquid from pot. When chicken is nearly to your liking baste with bbq sauce and finish grilling. Best served with pan fried potatoes,(recipe coming soon) cool cucumber salad,(anybody got a recipe?) and fresh out of the garden corn on the cob...napkin please!
*Approximate ratios are 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup salsa, 4 cups water, 1/2 cup bbq. Seasoning to taste.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's that time again

Freewheel. This coming weekend i'll be heading out. Melinda graciously volunteered to drive me (after i begged and co hearsed her) to the start in Duncan Oklahoma on Saturday morning bright and early. Try not to visit Melinda for a couple of weeks, because she will probably miss her hair appointment at 2:30.
I'm nervous about the ride. Not exactly like last year being a 'first timer' but similar, because, like last year, i'm not 100% physically prepared. Maybe 50 %. But i feel more prepared, because I do realize the mental struggle to make it. It is hard, but i almost feel like i need it to smack me around and be tough so i'll quit my whining.

I've learned a couple of things that i'll use this year. Here are a few - wear earplugs at night, don't bring so much crap...pack light. Don't bring as many clothes. Stop for longer periods, always eat some free fruit at the designated stops, put extra sunscreen on your thighs, a leg 'farmers tan' is not that bad, people will help you as long as you ASK, i'm more of a loaner than i realized, take more pictures, and last but not least, don't wear underwear under those padded bike shorts (tmi?)
Below is a list of where i'll be during the week. i wont' be doing the day 7 from Alva to Kiowa KS. you can also check out this stuff on
This year there'll be no phantom rider showing up(pete) and i'll miss that for sure. Also, the cities are too far out from home, so i'll not see john liz and the boys show up at night like last year. So send some mental 'hello's and positive vibes my way if you can. It'll be cool to see the other side of OK.
love to you,

Day 1, 6/7 - 50+ miles, Duncan to APACHE (was Anadarko)
Day 2, 6/8 - 60+ miles, APACHE to Cordell
Day 3, 6/9 - 65 miles, Cordell to Cheyenne
Day 4, 6/10 - 67 miles, Cheyenne to Thomas
Day 5, 6/11 - 54 miles, Thomas to Fairview
Day 6, 6/12 - 55 miles, Fairview to Alva

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer Splash!

Will checks out the pool on a muggy Memorial weekend day.