Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Look Back

Looking back this Thursday, these theme seems to be much the same...fires and lack of water.
 August 26, 2015
Fires are burning rampantly in this state once again..
Others as well.  
Growing up in the Forest Service, I know there have always been seasons that are worse than other. 
Last year seemed bad.
 This one is worse.
It looks as though Hearst Castle itself might be spared.
So many prayers being said...for those affected by the fires...the floods...the tornadoes...the earthquake...the terror.  
Appreciating those working so very hard to help is important.
So is praying for them. 
August 25, 2014
Drought, drought, drought.
Detest, abhor, new normal.

August 25, 2013
Again

August 24, 2012
I sure do miss watching our girl play golf.
Need to get SPF into it before high school!

August 25, 2011
Math in 6th grade is a tad bit more difficult, although this worksheet still confounds me.

August 25, 2010
Sure glad I have not repeated this trick.

August 24, 2009
I still love my sister's home.
 Hard to believe they have been there this long.
I think my 21 year old nephew may have forgiven them for moving by now.
Maybe.

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This May Take Forever

 Between me trying to maneuver my way through a new to me laptop, sorting through pictures as well as my emotions and thoughts regarding last weekend, you might just get a photo a day.
 It will take approximately  2 1/2 years, though,

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Comparison

  Well, I forgot to place the girls in the same order, but this gives an idea of just how much they grew this year.  
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2015
Our girl is a bit taller, but has been passed by her firends. 
2016
They also look more confident this year as well as colder.  
It was a foggy, chilly morning.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Favorite Olympic Moment

There are several moments in these Games that rank pretty high in my mind.
Michael Phelps.
I was so pleased to see the man he has grown into and after goofing off in his early twenties, recommitting himself to his sport and making us all proud.
The USA Women's Gymnastic Team.
They seem to truly like one another and wish the best for each other. 
They are pretty good, as well.
And this.

This is what sportsmanship is all about.
It encompasses what we, as humans, should aspire to do and to be.
What was your favorite Rio Olympic moment?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Truism

Praise the Lord, all you nations!
    Extol him, all you peoples!
~Psalms117:1

Friday, August 19, 2016

Owls. This is Sad. You've been warned

I love owls.
They seem so majestic and wise.
I think of them all hailing from Pooh Corner.
 
 Several days ago we noticed an owl on the side of the road that had been hit by a car...we assume.
It is not something that we see very often and it made us
all sad. 
Two days ago on my pre-dawn walk, I saw another owl fly from our orchard across the road. 
Yesterday, I heard the owl "whoo whooing" from the telephone pole overlooking the deceased bird. 
Did you know that barn owls can mate for life?

As adults, Barn Owls are solitary animals until they pair with a mate. They mate for life and become very emotionally attached to their partner. Barn Owls can often be seen cuddling with their partner and babies in their nest. They will mate to show affection to one another, although they are not actually breeding.

When one mate dies, the other becomes immensely depressed and wills themselves to die. They display a catatonic nature and die much faster than regular starvation or dehydration. In the wild, Barn Owls have relatively short life-spans, so they may only breed once or twice during their life.

I have never wanted to offer comfort to a bird before.
 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Look Back

August 18, 2015
This remains a gift that I adore to give. 
When I receive a card back in the mail, I am even happier!

August 18, 2014
Laughter is still the best medicine.

August 18, 2013
Hearing about this team's racing was a lot of fun.
 Nowadays, Garrick and his beautiful wife are spending their days enjoying their new baby!

August 19, 2012
These races were indeed fun for my menfolk. 

August 18, 2011
I didn't plant enough peppers this year to can, but I am going to make some Tomato Jam in the next week or so. 
Super yummy and different.
  I had to laugh and Denice's comment in the post...she really does like the relish and I need to make her a jar and ship to Colorado, although I would love a visit from her.

August 18, 2010
 I am in the process of planning my cooking project for the year. 
Any ideas?

August 17, 2009
That's all.