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Friday, July 22, 2016


Almost everyone is worn down from this heat wave.  I just looked at the weather and it's 63 right now (heaven!!!) but it's supposed to be 106 later today (not heaven!).
I walked outside to find this beautiful hanging basket completely dried out and shot.  I immediately flooded it and flooded it some more and misted it.  Later that evening I was rewarded with the full beauty once again.

Whew!  Wouldn't it be nice if we could do that?  Just add lots of water and we're beautiful once again?  Wishful thinking.  I'm just happy that I didn't lose my flowers.   Stay cool.    Diane

P.S.  My brother got home from the hospital yesterday.  He has a long way to go before he is healed - 6 months probably.  He's in Buffalo now  so I'm going to go over to see him as soon as they get settled - I can't wait to see his face and also see if I can be of any help to his wife.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Such a busy life...........

Thought you might like to help me watch the avacado seed open.  It's been sitting there in the water for months and now it's going to sprout.........the neighbor was teaching a visiting little girl how to ride a bike in the middle of the street........the busy detour will begin again tomorrow but today the kids can play in the street............Rascal snores on his favorite sleeping brother is still in the hospital and he will be for 3 to 5 days, he's in Casper so it's hard to visit him but I talk every day..........the robins are having a hard time keeping track of their babies, they're constantly in a state of fussing and worrying........I scrubbed the birdbath.......put some things in the storage shed, hope to have another garage sale this summer and try to get it emptied out...........the town is settling down after the rodeo, I'm thankful that it's over for another year.........watched the Christian worship hour - it was interrupted by George Stephanopolis with a special report about another police shooting life in a nutshell this morning.     Diane

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Remembering Alaska...........

 I've made two trips to Alaska to visit Amanda and Gregg.  On this visit they took me to Halibut bay which is a ways across Kachemak Bay from Homer.  We had surprise reservations (to me) on one of the two boats which make the trip.  This one is an old mail boat, Stormbird which I think is a very reassuring name.

Going across there were two giant rocks which were home to many different species of birds including Puffins and Penguins just to name a few.   On one of my previous posts I named more of them. This was an honor to see these.

Lunch was waiting for us at Halibut Bay.  It's a unique place with buildings of every color along a boardwalk approached only by boat.  Magical!!

Back on shore I was able to spend time(not enough) with Amanda's friends and see their homes.  Above is Ellen  who lives alongside a lake and has a beautiful log home and 2 wonderful dogs.

Me, Amanda and Gregg after a flight in their 185 Skywagon.   He LOVES to fly so I can go up with him anytime as long as the weather is good.  Amanda is learning to fly now, too.

Thank you for letting me reminisce.  I know you've seen some of these pictures before but thanks for bearing with me.         Alaska is a magical place and these two treat me like a queen.  It's wonderful.    Diane

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful Sunday............

       Sunshine and cool yet
       Time - many times there has been none
       My little Rascal who always seems O.K. with the agenda
       My daughters, my friends, and you, dear reader
       My Lord

       Mostly it is well with my soul.              Diane

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Fourth

Invited to a family get together of Lindsay's(my granddaughter) in laws family in the Bighorns.  My daughter Catherine's and her family were there, too  It was a wonderful day.  Above is Cathy with her granddaughter who was the belle of the ball.

The mountains smelled divine,  all very nice people and dogs, which of course I loved.  Many of them, including my little great grandson, had already been up there for several days.  It was so nice to be part of the festivities and especially to see my family.       Diane

Sunday, July 3, 2016

July 4th.....................

Happy Independence Day to you and to all it stands for including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and I might add the right to keep and bear arms.  This nettles some people but it's pretty clear - without that right we would not be citizens who call this country our own, we would be subjects or slaves or not even have a United States of America.  Independence Day , I hate to tell people, is not about hotdogs and ear busting  fireworks and getting drunk.  It's about a young country building what our founding fathers hoped they were forming.  I think we should be very proud of what we have made and I think we should guard it with our very life.

On this day exactly 100 years ago, July 3, Walter Sullivan and Jennie Yates, my grandparents,  were married.  I think there was some significance to this.  They loved this country and they loved the 4th of July and that's why they chose it.  You probably couldn't get married on the 4th because everything was closed.  So chose this day which was almost the 4th.  My daughter Amanda and her husband, Gregg were married on the 4th and he proposed to her at the top of the Empire State Building on the 4th.  My dad and his brother went to fight in WW2 and my brother went to Vietnam.  I will always love July 4th and I will always defend our guns.                                    Diane

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Progress (see post below)...............

 April 9 - Just beginning the shop cleaning
A few days ago.  Still much to do                                   Diane