Saturday, July 29, 2006


I know----pictures of grandkids may be overdone. Grandparents are known to brag about them in ways they never would have dreamed of with their own kids.

Kim sent this picture this morning from last weekend when Doug & Drue were there. I am sharing it because, as they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words."

This lucky snapshot says it all about the personality of this special group.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Feeln' Special

I have written before about Kansas Prairie Blog. Peg writes nearly every day about family, politics, her hometown and her many interests. When clicking over to her site, be sure to read about her adventures. She should write a book just about those. According to AARP, only five percent of bloggers are over 50. Peg should get a certificate as she is around 20 years past that.

This explains my excitement when I found she had linked my site on hers and even wrote a little about me. Glad no one can see me right now because my head is pretty big! Thanks Peg.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

One-Fourth Inch

is all the gauge recorded, but it seems as if it rained more. We went for a ride on the ATV after supper. It was a beautiful evening.

First, we checked out the wild plums. This must be a good year for fruit, as it seems every tree is loaded and the plums are no exception. The Kansas Wildlife and Parks planted hundreds of plum trees in strips in the hunting areas, for animals only. However, the animals ate those plums and “planted” them all over the valley. This would be the year for anyone wanting to make plum jelly—or plum wine.

Next, we checked the cornfield for sign of feral hogs. The corn is ripe and it was obvious the pigs are having a feast. There was evidence of their presence, stocks down and cobs on the ground. The farmer who leases the land was out checking his crops. It must be frustrating to see the damage.

On the way home, we decided to head south on the river road. It was busy down by the river. Probably the Catfish were biting with the cooler temperature after the rain. (Just saying that brings to mind the song Black Water by the Doobie Brothers). We didn’t walk on down to the river as it was starting to get dark, a sign the days are getting shorter already.

We ran in to a car with three Leavenworth (city not jail) hog hunters on the way out on the river road. They informed us TWO helicopters shot TWELVE pigs and someone in the area trapped THIRTY SEVEN. Remember the old game called gossip? We didn’t set them straight—it made too good of a story.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Two businesses we cannot live without

It was hot again today. It reminded me of the 110 degrees in Chapman last week and my promise to write about Londeen’s other business.

Their hardware store is one of those small town places that require vertical and horizontal shopping meaning there are some items clear to the ceiling and it is a high ceiling. They have plenty of Irish memorabilia because Chapman High School is the Fighting Irish. About the only things you won’t find in their store is Kansas University items because both Kay and John are graduates of Kansas State University and are big supporters.

There are two Londeen downtown businesses in Chapman. Besides the hardware store, they also own the funeral home—a very successful one at that. It is housed in a old church building. Kay and John have probably touched nearly every family in the area. They treat a difficult time in a business-like manner with a touch of personal remembrances and humor. Londeen’s are community-minded people.

Chapman had an interesting turn in their economy recently. The town lies about thirty minutes from Ft Riley. Soon the army base will be the home of the Big Red One (1st Infantry Division) and many families will be moving into the area. A local Chapman resident with a vision of the future has started a subdivision on the outskirts of town. The report is the homes are selling quickly.

Chapman is an example of a small town with pride, history and a growing population. Very unusual in rural Kansas. Oh, yes, they also have a hardware store and funeral home.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tuesday Tally

One hot tree frog in a mailbox today---temperature, not looks
Picture by Linda

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Not a tomato's best friend

Late last evening I was tending to the flower bed when in flew what I thought was a hummingbird. Dan was nearby and he thought it might be a type of hummingbird moth. Thankfully, it hung around long enough for me to get the camera.

An internet search resulted the familar Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta). I was a bit disappointed this beautiful creature is a result of the unpleasant little green worm that dines regularly on my tomato plants.

The name of the moth is Carolina Sphinx and is often mistaken for a hummingbird. Notice the long proboscis or tube extending to the middle of the flower.