Monday, May 31, 2010

GrandDad's Garden

GrandDad's Garden in Late May
Asparagus - My Green Heaven
Cherries and Strawberries - Yum
Flowers, Trees, and Leaves,
Frogs and insects,
and PawPaw Trees.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

To the graduates

A virtual bouquet for the graduates as they begin their grownup adventures. I am very excited for both of you. You're going to learn so much and meet so many interesting people and go so many places where the rest of us may never go. You're young and healthy, and you can really do anything you want. So very exciting!
It's hard to believe (it always is), but 10 years have already gone by since I finished high school. People will give you lots of advice, some of it good, some of it terrible. Everyone wants you to be happy and fulfilled, and with each new generation, we hope they can unlock the secret of true happiness and fulfillment.
Chances are, Scott and Paul will probably choose somewhat different paths to what they think of as happiness or contentment. These paths will be illuminated for you by whatever your values are - whatever seems really important to you, whether it's seeing the world and experiencing its many cultures, or climbing the way to the top of your vocation, or simply being a wonderful, kind, loving person (which is really neither simple nor less important).
Along the way, you will be tempted to stray from that path because there will always be an easier option, or an option that pleases the other people in your life more than yourself. And at the time, you may not even think, "I must stay true to my values." People just usually don't think that way. But eventually, it will occur to you that maybe you've strayed from the things that were truly important to you as an idealistic young person.
And so my only piece of advice is... keep a journal. It will help you collect your thoughts and rehash what's going on in your life. When you don't write your thoughts out, they swim around your mind aimlessly like a fish in a bowl, going nowhere, and often you may find yourself mired in thoughts that are, frankly, just not that important. Also, the past piles up pretty fast, and memories become distorted. Writing helps unlock your mind and set your thoughts free. What is really important to you seems to naturally manifest when you lay out your thoughts in linear fashion. It's the cheapest therapy, a perfect way to check in with yourself.
And then, when you're old, you can get a kick out of reading the journals of your riveting youth once again.
So, that is my advice. Keep a journal.
Any other advice out there in the blogosphere?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

And the Garden Grows

After about 6 weeks of fairly cool wet weather the garden is beginning to look like a garden. The weather is warming up and many blossoms, buds and even small fruits are beginning to develop.
As we pluck the numerous weeds from around the "good" plants I have finally realized the true meaning of a green thumb.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Sure do miss you every day.  Love Mom

Thursday, May 20, 2010

You're a Winner!

Happy Birthday Kale!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

MossHunter and FisherGirl

The rain soaked everything but left a little room for sunshine Sunday afternoon so the girls and I visited Roxanne's new place in Verdigris. 
Ivy got to fish for leaves and Alaina tried to influence moss growth.
Poor Jet got a bath when we got back home and the girls spent the rest of the day getting muddy.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Groovy Sixties

We know the sixties was the most groovy decade of them all. Happy Birthday to one groovy chick! Happy Birthday Jetta Jo.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Using the Clippers to Cool

Summer hair cut time.Yee-haw.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Using the Sun to Cool

We put this solar attic fan in. Will let you know if it helps us run the air less. Next we need to add more insulation in the attic. But this is a start.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Home Building

A pair of Red Bellied Woodpeckers have been busy this past week building a new home in the maple tree just off our back deck. Here, the male , watching his back.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Just for Fun

Apparently I'm not allowed to imbed the page here so just check the next post. sheesh!