Tuesday, December 17, 2013

15 Years of Twins

You know everyone needs twins.  and you can get them too if you get pregnant and turn 40 during an el nino year. 
Kale came home to visit, eat cake and celebrate birthdays on the 16th and 17th.  The girls have been having a good birthday and only have one more day of school this semester since they will get Thursday and Friday off for good behavior, good attendance, and good grades.  Woo HOO!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Steve and Trisha! 

Ivy gave Steve a new game called Tenzies for his birthday and once Kale got home for a visit, the kids and Steve played a rousing game.  Very loud and apparently fun.  Perhaps even provides cardio exercise.  Steve will be able to use the heat pack Alaina gave him to relax those tense shoulder muscles.

Donna delivered one of her famous apple pies yesterday, so Steve didn't get candles on a cake - but the PIE is heavenly.  mmmm

Perhaps the girls will get a cake tomorrow? 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

...and Continues to Turn

Jeff Beck's   "Trouble In Mind",

Trouble in mind, I'm blue
But I won't be blue always
'Cause the sun's gonna shine
My back door someday

Trouble in mind, it's true
I almost lost my mind
Life ain't worth living, baby
Sometimes I feel like dying

Gonna lay my head
On some lonesome railroad line
Let that 2:09 train
Ease my worried mind

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

HighSchool Daze

First day of High School

The young'uns started High School today. Hard to fathom the passage of time.
First day of pre-school, 2003

Sunday, August 4, 2013


The grass is green, the humidity high; seems like it's been raining since the 4th of July. Haven't had a good clear night in quite a while but maybe the weather is about to break. Hopefully we'll have some clear skies this week as the annual Perseid meteor shower is "supposed" to be a good one! This coming weekend will be peek viewing time. Several other astronomical events will occur this week so I'm hoping for clear skies and good viewing. Here's a link to Sky and Telescope:http://www.skyandtelescope.com/

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bumper Crop

 When it got hot and dry a couple weeks ago I figured our garden was toast.We watered a little but really couldn't keep up. With the recent rains and cooler temps the tomatoes and cucumbers have made a remarkable comeback.
   Cucumber salad anyone?!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

For Cathy

Belated birthday greetings to Cathy.  Hope you have a great Fourth!


Jetta & David

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy Anniversary Steve and Cathy!

I'm forgetful about a lot of things, but your wedding day (and week for that matter) is clear in my mind.

Sunday, June 16, 2013


All you daddios out there have a great day!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

More of the Same...Not Quite!

Another clear view sky and great sky to view.Had to opt for a wider angle lens for this shot, as the moon is tracking to the SE.
  In a few days Mercury and Venus will close in on each other and pass in the night, then Mercury fades from sight.

Monday, June 10, 2013


As our Earth spins on it's axis and revolves around the sun our view of the constellations and our sister planets changes. Today as the first sliver of our moon sets in the west it is joined by Venus (lower right) and Mercury (center); above are the bright stars Pollux (left) and Castor (right), the "heads" of the twins in the constellation of Gemini.
    Same view tomorrow eve except the Moon will be a few degrees higher in the sky and Mercury will creep closer to Venus and the horizon.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Happy Happy - Snake Dynasty in Claremore

Alaina says snake knots on your ankle are hard to remove and Ivy says snake bites tickle.  My friend Mallory says that to prevent snake bites, do not handle snakes.  Good advice.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Jaime - Happy Birthday

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Got books?

Hello everyone..Got 3 books Jacob has to read this summer.  does anyone own one of these that we can borrow?  Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurtson and Great Expectations (abridged) by Charles Dickens


Saturday, March 23, 2013

John Q. Adams. marblehead lager

After two weeks fermenting,two weeks secondary fermention, ready for bottling .

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


This was our view of  the comet and crescent moon this evening. The comet is not visible to the naked eye but can be seen with binoculars about 30 minutes or so after sunset. This photo was shot with a 200mm lens at f5.6 and 3 second exposure.

more info on viewing the comet: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Track Meet in Skiatook

Ivy and Alaina competed at their first track meet of the season today and it was a COLD and WINDY day.  They are tough cookies.  Both competed in 8th Grade High Jump (Ivy 1st and Alaina 2nd) and the 3200 relay (the team came in 2nd).  Alaina ran in 2 more relays (1-Mile/2nd and 800/1st); Ivy ran in the 800 (2nd) and 1 mile (1st).  So, they both came home with metals from all their events.  They both cleared 4'8" in the High Jump but Alaina missed her first try and Ivy didn't.  That was very exciting.  Hopefully, the weather will be better for the next meet in 3 weeks time.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Presidents' Day!!!

High atop the Sierra Nevada Mountains, fueled by residual snowboarding adrenaline and patriotic fervor, Brandon Covey and Elizabeth Horowitz got engaged. Happy Birthday, George Washington!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Chicken coop

Chickens coming in May.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Greenhouse Update

Well, closing in on a month since reporting on budding cucumbers and finally have some further development to report: Several of the female flowers painstakingly pollinated  by paintbrush have developed fruit. One cucumber has reached a length of nearly 8 inches and is nearly ready to harvest. At least 7 others have started maturing.

Getting more blossoms daily.

The tomatoes have also started to set fruit.

I'll be starting tomato and pepper plants for the summer garden this weekend.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bee Here Now

When you grow a summer garden you pretty much take for granted that nature will take it's course and the blossoms will bloom and the fruit will grow. In the winter greenhouse a little more attention is required. There are no bees buzzing around to do the pollinating so you must bee prepared to do it yourself. All that is required is a paintbrush to move pollen from the male flower to the female flower(the one with the baby cuke attached). If enough pollen is transferred the baby should mature into a crispy green slicer. We've got a dozen or so babies so far...hoping for a nice winter-time cucumber salad. Tomatoes are just now starting to bud so that fruit is still a ways off!