Friday, March 25, 2005

Easter brings Renewal


I made an Easter card for my mother using this picture of the alter of her church. Several years ago, her congregation lost their building to fire. The glass in this cross was salvaged from the original windows.

Zion church as embraced their new home with renewed hope and spirit. May we all experience the same this Easter weekend.

Thursday, March 24, 2005


Playing hard to get Posted by Hello

Feeln' frisky Posted by Hello

Turkeys & Hula Hoops

I delivered a package today to a customer that had domestic turkeys. The three toms were desperately trying to get the attention of a hen. As you can see by the picture, she wasn't impressed.

Last November I wrote that Toms, especially in the wild, practice this strut in the spring as a mating "dance." I haven't noticed any of the wild turkeys I see almost every day strutting yet, but they are a bit more elusive then these handsome domestic birds who were putting on their show right out by the road.

Dan & I shopped for small Easter gifts for the grandkids tonight. We ended up with hula hoops. I bet this simple, enduring toy has been around 50 plus years. All three generations will be playing with them this weekend.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Pelican


Pelican
Posted by: lhanney.
So ugly it is beautiful

Pelican


Pelican
Posted by: lhanney.
It's spring & and pelicans are migrating through. The marshes near our house provide a nice stop over. Chip has been out with his Cannon Rebel.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Flat Tire

and I don't mean beer.

Yes, I had a flat tire on the route today. When I drove the Sweetness Nova, I could change one of those bad boys in 10 minutes. Now that I have the Yahoo pickup, it definitely takes longer. Of course, it was snowing and a brisk northern wind. It seems there is never a good time for a flat tire. My biggest problem is lifting the tire up on the bolts. I have a fairly good system, but it involves sitting on the ground--not a good idea in mud.
I lucked out when a young man home on college spring break happened by & gave me a hand.

All was good

Monday, March 21, 2005


It's the first day of spring!  Posted by Hello

Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down

Words & music by Paul Williams & Roger Nichols

Talkin' to myself and feelin' old
Sometimes I'd like to quit
Nothing ever seems to fit
Hangin' around
Nothing to do but frown
Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down
.

These lyrics to the 1970s song by the Carpenters seem to fit today. It is cool and rainy with a good bit of wind thrown in. All of that with the temperature around 44 degrees made for a dreary day.

This all sounds depressing and I really am not “feelin’ old” or frowning as the song says. We planted garden yesterday & the rain will get it going. There was no dust on the route which is always nice—there are always good things about rain.

I spend a lot of time listening to sports talk radio out of Kansas City while on the route. It was this afternoon, after listening to a couple of hours of KU fans talking misery about their loss in the NCAA tournament and University of Missouri fans trying to make them feel even worse, that the Rainy Day song came to mind.

I had KU playing Illinois for the national championship on my bracket. I am a Kansas State University fan but I was sticking with my state team and throwing Karma their way. The interesting thing is all the KU fans I know told me I was full of it for going with them that far. Then these same fans are shocked and surprised when they loose. I guess they just didn’t expect to loose their first game to a small school with only four scholarship players. Definitely, this rainy day and Monday has KU basketball fans down.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Downy Woodpecker


This little guy loves our bird feeder. He will creep up the porch post and go after the sunflower seeds. This picture is compliments of Chip.