Monday, July 22, 2019

Time out

It is that time of the year again.  A week with Aunt Bonnie.  I will let you know about our adventures next Sunday.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Flowers and more flowers...

Please forgive me.  I finally have flowers so I'm afraid you are going to see them until you are nauseous.   This isn't the best photo, but I have enjoyed watching the three baby chipmunks that have found a home in my birdhouse.  They are a hoot to watch.   The beauty below trotted by Monday morning as I was having coffee on the porch.  I wondered what Ella would do if she saw the fox and the answer is... Nothing.  She just watched it go by.


My mother-in-law gave me some monstrous hostas.  I had more fun hauling them around and taking photos of the in the cart Kelly rejuvenated for me.  

I had am truly happy to see the garden in bloom.  Today was the perfect day.  The sun was out and then this evening it cooled down nicely.  We were surprised by fireworks last Sunday, as it was raining too hard to shoot them off on the Fourth.   Kelly and I enjoyed a few days at home after a whirlwind family tour.  

I'm sure your gardens are way ahead of mine.  What do you have blooming?

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Whirlwind Family Tour...

Kelly and I went on a whirlwind family tour.  We were able to visit my sister, his mom, his brothers and sisters, his nieces and nephews, my brother and my parents.  It was a big loop up I-90 and back through South Dakota and Highway 14 & 34.  Although it was a quick visit, it was good to see everyone.  A few photo highlights...
There are always hummingbirds in Minnesota and Darlene is still in her 70's.  We had to drive by and check.

Kelly's mom was renovating her garden, so she gave me 3 giant hostas, lilies, and purple cone flowers.  One hosta filled half the pickup bed.  People kept looking at us, because it looked like there was a garden in the back of the pickup.  They made it home and were immediately transplanted under the deck.  A big thanks to Cindy.  

 What?  A picture of a lake in Minnesota.  Who would think of such a thing?

We took a walk every morning at the St. Charles park.  It was very nice.  Then off again to South Dakota.  At my parents it isn't hummingbirds, but turkeys.  Not lakes, but the Missouri River.  We took the back roads and I must say it was nice to slow down and not have traffic.  
 Mom's flowers were amazing.
 This family of squirrels was romping all over.  These two stopped for a quick family portrait.

 I am so lucky I was home for the cactus blooms.

 The Prairie is My Garden
 Look at that little bugger run.
 A look across the mighty Missouri River.
 Canvasback Ducks
 I was lucky to get this shot outside of Sturgis, South Dakota.  The sweet clover is crazy this year and I can't think of a prettier shot.

It was a wonderful trip and great seeing everyone.  Best of all, coming home to a yard in full bloom was a perfect end.  Did you go anywhere for the Fourth of July?

Sunday, June 23, 2019


I got to watch my nieces rodeo this weekend.  It brought back a lot of memories. Only there were a few major differences.  One it was cold.  I don't ever remember a cold rodeo.  100 degrees, I remember that and lots of dust.  Second, there were actually bathrooms with running water.  I remember outhoses without toilet paper.  Anyway, seeing the girls made for a fun day.
 Note to self, next time take the group photo at the beginning of the day when we are fresh as daisies.  Not at the end when we are sunburnt and grimy.
 Taylor running the barrels above and Sierra below.
 Haley running the junior junior barrels.  It was a wild ride.
 Haley in the goat un-tying.  She needs to take the ribbon off of the goat's tail and the goat is ready.

 Sierra is roping above and Taylor is below.

Dad giving some last minute advice.  The girls did good for their first rodeo of the year.  It was great watching them.  
 Finally, I am close to finishing one of my projects.  Someone in town had two big wheels for sale at a reasonable price.  I snatched them up immediately.  My garden fence is close to being finished.  These are preliminary ideas.  I'm very excited about putting this project to bed. Ha:)

It was a super busy weekend.  I don't think I was still for more than a few minutes.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when my husband started up the fire pit and we relaxed for a bit Saturday night.  Nothing say summer like roasted marshmallows.

Have you ever rodeoed or been to one?  Have a great week.