Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Here are some updated pictures of my outdoor flowers. I thought they were coming along nicely. I have a personal ban on yellow flowers. I'm trying to stay with the blue/pink/purple/white/red theme; thinking it seems somewhat cooler in appearance. The orange begonias only made it in because of their salmon-y hue! Also, I'm just not a fan of yellow flowers, for some reason. The crocks were out in front of Howard's grandma's house for a long time; they are very special and we're glad to have them in front of the house. I'm glad things look so good so far; it's still nice and damp outside and not very hot yet, so it's a good time for container gardening.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Girlie Buttercup

Oh, the indignity of it all! And the frustration of having a 12-year old owner! Sigh!

Friday, May 25, 2007

watering the martins

When the weather is hot and dry, we like to "water the martins"....spray water up beside the martin house to let them cool down. They will be wary of it at first, and once we've been standing there awhile, they will start swooping through it. It's pretty fun to watch. Riley & Mason took over watering duties this weekend. Mason loved the fact that water was falling down on top of him, and Riley made sure to spray him occasionally, which would just make him squeal even more. I think these pictures say it all!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Death of A Friend

Saturday night brought some very sad news to us about a great friend of ours, Bob Boardman. Bob was an ag pilot and a professional nature photographer. He was also one of the nicest, funniest men I've ever known. He and Howard would talk flying, Superbirds, hunting, photography, etc. He is the person who introduced Howard to the Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness. He was so funny. You couldn't talk to him without smiling or laughing. We were so crushed to hear about his accident. It makes you wonder how someone who was only 40 could have accomplished so much, and makes me ponder my own obituary some day...what have I accomplished that would make for good obituary fodder at this point in my life? At any rate, we are certainly going to miss Bob, miss watching him fly, miss taking him for ice cream when he's flying in Turkey Ridge, miss hearing him laugh, miss riding in the Superbird, and miss the pride in his eyes when he talked about his wife and children. We should all have such an impact on those around us and leave such a visible footprint when we leave the Earth.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

one more pic

Okay, a bit picture crazy today, I'll admit. Here's a couple pics of the kids.


Grandma "Honey" gave our Mas another haircut. I think we are always laughing too hard during haircuts to ever document it. I thought I'd take some pictures this time.

growing up

Riley actually asked me to curl her hair before the concert last week! (wow!) We had a good time and she sat well through the long ordeal. I had to snap a picture of her getting ready afterwards. I don't know where the time has gone.


A cute brother and sister moment while camping.

Monday, May 14, 2007

graves, smores, ticks, laughs!

Okay, we have returned from our trip! It was pretty eventful at first, with the camper swaying like crazy behind the Pilot, but we made it there. Our favorite spots were taken, so we ended up in the "grave spot"--there is an old wooden cross there with "Joseph Stewart" written on it. Kind of spooky! We put everything up, had a big bonfire, and made s'mores, of course! The next day, we waited for our friends to arrive, then went fishing for awhile in the afternoon. The crazy wind made that almost impossible. Didn't see or catch any fish. That night was a great meal of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, potatoes in the dutch oven, beans with rib meat, and pumpkin crunch cake in the dutch oven. (Glad our friends had the knowledge to run their dutch oven! MMMM!) Followed up by more s'mores, of course! Ha ha! We were finding lots of ticks all weekend, too. I stopped counting at 10. Sunday morning we loaded up pretty early, following the night of hearing nothing but a strong south wind blowing. I was pretty nervous to pull the camper again, so we started a bit earlier and switched the hitch upside down. It rode much better in this position, so that was a relief! We had a great time and it was a worthy trip for the camper's first time out!

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Okay, I've been missing in action lately...actually, I've been in action but not online. We've been preparing to go small feat the first time out in a camper. We've tent camped before, but some of those things don't apply when you go in a camper. So, three solid days of work so far, one more to go, and hopefully tomorrow we'll take off. (Take off, ay!) I'm sure there will be fun shenanigans to report come Monday...or, tales of woe and misery and words to the wise about how not to go camping! :o) In other news, my garden is coming along nicely, with only a few sickly looking tomato plants and a couple of pepper plants that succumbed to the wind last week. Other than that, now all we need is heat so they can all grow. Time to sign off and continue working.