Friday, December 2, 2016


Just to review, I'm writing from the following suggestion list for thirty days.  Hopefully this will get me back to blogging which really is my diary and hopefully I'll find something interesting to say about each subject.  Here's the list:

Since I only have five minutes to write, I'd better get started.

First of all, it's a difficult day weatherwise at a difficult time of the year weatherwise to write about the weather.  Today has been especially gloomy all day and for the first time this year, the 10 day forecast includes many temperatures below freezing and some snow.

I can't complain though.  This has been the most beautiful autumn in my memory.  Those horrible blustery cold days that I usually associate with this time of year have been few and far between.  We haven't had snow to speak of yet although I did see a few flakes one day.

But here's what it looks like this year on this day.

 Not that pretty is it.  And is that a squirrel nest up there?  Could they really spend the winter in such a precarious place with no real shelter from the wind and the cold? 
 I've never really liked squirrels but this almost makes me feel sorry for them.  Because sometimes they can be cute - even in snowy weather.
But then I look at pictures like these and I'm reminded that I don't like them - at all.

But I digress.  Back to the weather.  It's sad that because of the weather, my koi will spend about a third of their lives like this.   They will just kind of lay at the bottom of the pond in a state of semi hibernation until the water warms and they can become playful and fun again.  Right now I'm thankful that the pond has been cleaned and the net is in place to keep leaves from polluting the water. 
And finally I have this to say about the weather.  Rainy days don't make me sad.  Cold days can be okay.  After all we have our warm houses and warm cars to protect us.  Hot days are fine because if it's too hot we can sit in the air conditioning and look out at the wilting world outside.  Sunny days are really pretty and there's protection to keep us from getting too much sun.  (Remember your sunblock should contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.)

But the weather I just can't endure is wind.  It's rude and unrelenting.  It doesn't care if you're trying to deliver mail or if you don't want your hair flying around and showing that you need to get your roots done.  It just blows and blows and makes scary noises.  No.  I can't abide wind.

But the weather will be what it wants no matter what.  It's one thing that just can't be controlled so I guess we should just make the best of it.   Even when it's blowing all the neighbors leaves into our yards.   Wait.   No.  There's no making the best of that.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


My good friend, Nancy at shared an idea for 'getting back to blogging' and I'm thinking to try it, too.  The idea is to use the suggested topics and write for five minutes about each one.

Today's topic is Hello which is great because I'm already at a loss.  The first thing I think of is the Beatle song, Hello Goodbye.  It came out when Harry was in Air Force Tech School in Denver, Colorado and we were counting the days until he got leave and we could get married.  It was late in the evening and I was writing him a long letter and this new song came on.  We were always huge Beatle fans like everybody else in our generation and I critiqued the song for him in my letter.  Of course all the comments were positive.

And then there was the song Hello Hello by Sopwith Camel.  It was very popular and very sweet and very similar to so many of the fun, happy songs of the sixties.   I mean really "Would you like some of my tangerine?  You know I'd never treat you mean".  It doesn't get much better than that.

And then there's hello to old friends and new friends, to family, to strangers we meet everywhere.  It's a good word and it's an important word.  Definitely an 'opener' kind of word.

So hello everybody!  Hope you're all doing well and I hope you have an amazing holiday season!

And my five minutes are up!

But wait!  P.S.  I realized that every blog post should have a picture or two so I quickly scanned through my 120,000 + pictures and grabbed the first one where the pipe-smoking subjects were clearly saying hello to each other.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Katherine Elizabeth (Katie) - Yesterday and Today

Yesterday was Katie's 17th birthday!
Katie is our 8th grandchild and 3rd granddaughter.
She is an important part of this very large family.
And an even more important part of this smaller, large family.
I wrote about Katie in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  Those posts tell you a lot about Katie 'through the years'.  And the following pictures will show how she's changed physically 'through the years'.

So now I want to talk about what Katie's been up to during the previous year - and it's been a busy one for her!
First of all, she spent Christmas in Florida with her family.
And the week between Christmas and New Years in Gulf Shores with her large extended family.
In early February she started dating Thomas, a very nice young man that we met when we visited last spring.
And then, that giant step that so many teens look forward to..... On February 29th she got her driver's license.
Katie played volleyball this year on a very talented travel team.
And was MVP on her high school volleyball team along with first team all conference and 2nd team all region.
So it's no coincidence that she also started getting tons of letters from colleges giving her lots to think about in the next year or so.
And, Katie got a job this year at CVS for which she thanks her brother David probably because he graduated and went off to college leaving an opening.  And I'm betting he put in a good word for her too.  
Also this year, Katie got a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta!  She paid the down payment herself which depleted her savings but thanks to her job, she's built that back up again.
She moved into David's room after he left for college and decorated it "kind of girly but really pretty".
And she went to her first country concert - Darius Rucker - which she loved.
Also, she added that she started her junior year this year and school got hard.  I don't think that will be a problem for Katie though because she always applies herself and she's always conscientious, and she's never afraid of hard work.
   She's always been a Daddy's girl.
but she's a Mom's girl too.  They are very close.
And she's close with her brothers
She's helpful

patient and loving, (proven by the fact that she is always surrounded by her younger cousins who adore her.)
And unfailing sweet.  
I could also mention that she's smart, creative, sensible, and almost perfect but I don't want to get too carried away.  I'll just suffice it to say that we're extremely proud of her and love her very much!  So Happy Birthday, Katie!  We're hoping you've had the best one EVER (for about 4 days now) and that the coming year is even better.  We love you!