Friday, March 27, 2009

Family gathers for a long weekend

Our Colorado family barely escaped their home before a 12 inch snow storm. Now, they are looking at 4 to 6 inches here tonight. All the grandkids are having so much fun, no one seems to mind.

Despite the cool weather last night, everyone thought it was summer. 
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We started this morning by bowling a line.

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Everyone, including Evan, was into the game.

After bowling, we ate at Planet Sub and then on to the first showing of Monsters vs Aliens in 3-D.

The weather has turned to sleet so we headed home. Drue, a Kansas University graduate, is cheering for her team in the Sweet Sixteen.

Good day, wonderful family.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sometimes it’s a diary

There are times when I write things in this journal that most reading it could care less about.  Still, my writing ends up being somewhat of a diary of our day to day goings on. 

For those who aren’t familiar with blogger, you can search your own blog for key words.  So, say I wonder when I wrote about green tea (surely I have, I drink it all the time) I can run a search.  So, here goes—let’s see….sure enough, on September 11, 2006, I wrote about the benefits of green tea for me and my plant.  Guess I’ve been drinking it for a while.

So, with all of that, now you know why I am writing about my windows.  Years down the line, when I wonder the date we refinished all our interior windows, I will have it documented.

This refinish project was long overdue.  We have a lot of south windows and they especially were showing the damage from ultraviolet sun rays. While they were at it, they did every window in the house.  They look very nice.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More Spring notes

Definitely it is spring around here.  I took the picture in the header this morning—it is not ours.  For some reason, our Bradford pears are not blooming.  Either they are late or sick.

Also, around 5:00 pm we spotted a Barn Swallow zipping by the window—only one.  Maybe it’s a scouting party to make sure we are still here before the rest arrive.

The rain last night certainly gave the fescue a kick.  We don’t like to mow until after the last frost.  A county extension agent once said it was best to wait.  A hard frost may harm newly mowed grass. 

The early blooming Jonquils are always a treat.  Certainly a confirmation winter is about over.  I particularly like this picture of a pasture surprise.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Turkeys enjoying Sunday afternoon

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At first glance, this picture is obvious.  Wild turkeys are moving across the pasture, right?

When we checked closer with binoculars, the real story is apparent.  There are 14 hen turkeys minding their own business (some are out of the picture).  Approaching from behind are five jakes and one tom, checking out the ladies.  Ms Hens are doing their best to be coy. 

In the not too distant future, will be the “dance” when toms and hopeful jakes put up their back feathers (think Thanksgiving) and strut looking very impressive.  I started to say “handsome” but you would have to be a turkey to think that.