Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beach Runners

Beach Runners
This is another photo from Oceanside on the 4th of July weekend.  The city was on high alert for the holiday, and it seemed that every street corner had a “No” sign of some sort.  No Fireworks, No Noise, No Parking, No Dogs, No No No No No.
Everything about this image screamed “Yes!!!” to me.  I love the freedom of it. To me, this is the 4th of July.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Dave and I went to Oceanside for the 4th of July, and I decided to bring my camera when I went walking on the beach.  I’m so glad I did!  This little girl cartwheeled herself right into my shot.  (I was prepping to take a picture of the seagull in the background.)

Sunday, May 29, 2011


I'm so thrilled that my garden is happy. Everyday I'm seeing something a little bit different. I'm not fooling myself into thinking that it's going to get under control in the next month or two...but there's progress.

And now there are daffodils! I've got a few packets of seeds that I haven't planted yet. Wildflowers and perennials. And, I can't decide what to do with them. If I plant them, I might have to let the weeds run free for a little bit until I can identify the newcomers. And, if I do that, how can I make sure that I don't lose control. On the other hand, who really cares. It's better than it has ever been. Maybe I should just embrace it and go for it.

Think I've made my decision. Bring on the newbies.

Monday, May 16, 2011

House Chickens

I think that everyone needs a house chicken.

Our neighbors have a new family member, possibly a Silver Sebright (sorry, not quite up on my chicken identification skills. ) All I know is that she's a really sweet-tempered chicklet, and she doesn't mind at all if I carry her around. I had to bring her home and introduce her to Dave. I handed her over and she promptly fell asleep while he was browsing the internet.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Salsa after Midnight

The last few years, we've been getting enough fruit off of our trees to make salsas, jellies, wines, etc. This year our harvest didn't really pay any attention to our schedules or the weather. The peaches started falling off the trees while I was in Minnesota. And when I returned home, we were in the middle of a 100+ degree heat wave. What to do?
Salsa after Midnight!!!

Dave took the the propane base from the turkey fryer and set it up outside. I set up a chair so that he'd have a place to put the jars as they came out of the canner. The only mishap was that I thought he was waving at the camera so I happily stood there taking pictures...only to find that he was actually waving for longer tongs so that he'd stop steaming his hands!

Anyway, it was fun. The house stayed cool, and the peach salsa is darn tasty. :-)

Friday, July 24, 2009

What a Lark!

I love Lark Toys in Kellogg, MN. The craftsmanship is amazing on all of their carousel animals.

Dad was chomping on a toothpick so he doesn't have a smiley face...but I LOVE this picture of Mom. :-)

Bev and Kale enjoyed themselves on the carousel. Smile for the camera.


Eli helps out with the yardwork. Why doesn't our mower have bubbles?

Strawberries, anyone? I don't think anyone had a problem eating their fruits and vegetables this weekend.

I love the expression on the boys' faces. So cute!!!

Mom and Dad and I went exploring...and found a replica of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House."

Flower Child.

And here we are...because Mom asked....

See, there's the smiley face.

Oh, BTW, I finally decided to join Facebook, and I'm surprised how much I've actually been posting. Wanna be my friend? :-)