If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rambling Men

Yesterday afternoon provided Mike a little bit of time after selling vegetables at the farm stand, after moving some hay, after cutting some grass.  So, hearing some sweet voices playing outdoors up the hill from our house, he decided to do a bit of rambling round the farm.

First, he went up the hill toward those sweet voices and found another fellow who was up for a bit of rambling.

Down the hill they rode and across the field they went to visit Mike's mom.

Then, back through our yard they traveled with just a short little pause to say hello.

I love those rambling men!

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Have I mentioned what an easy-going little thing our newest granddaughter can be?
Here she is all snuggled into a sweet towel after a relaxing bath. 
And then, out of the corner of her eye, she sees it coming.
Ready or not.
That brother of hers closes in to smother her with kisses!
Yep!  There he is talking to her and laughing with her and showering her with kisses.
Not just once!
Over and over again he shows how much he loves her
And she watches with rapt attention.
And waits for the next wave of his showering kisses to come.
Almost always with a sunny look of anticipation.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Relaxing in the Bath

Relaxing in the bath is something almost every woman enjoys and Linley is really no different - even at five weeks she enjoys lounging in the tub!
Of course, just out of the camera view is her mother who is sponging her off and lathering up the soft cloth to clean out her little rolls.
Then, there is also the older brother with the old cell-phone with no battery who is wheeling and dealing in his corporate world!  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Newest

This girl.
She is growing so fast!
She is looking and learning about everything around her at five weeks.
Sometimes she gives a little half-smile - mostly for her big brother.
She likes to stretch out and kick and wave her arms around.
She is such a pleasant little thing and so easy-going.
Our little Linley is taking in the world around her and listening closely to everything we say to her with intense concentration.  At five weeks, she is such a sweet joy to all of us!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Silly Faces

During my fall break from school I went over to spend a little time with the newest grandchild and her family.  While she was busy with her mother, I took a little time to be entertained by her big brother.  
Like most four-year-olds, he is glad to pose for the camera sometimes.  So, while he was sitting still (an oddity in itself), I snapped off a few shots of this rascal.
The serious demeanor quickly became an opportunity to make silly faces.  Let me tell you, he really has some silly ones.
Of course, between most of these snaps were some giggles and wiggles.
The scowls dissolved and more and more often the giggles took over.
There is also the opportunity to stick out one's tongue without getting reprimanded.
And again the giggles were hard to hold back even with his tongue sticking out!
Then, of course, comes the all-important question...
Can we look and see how the pictures turned out, Grand B?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Breaking Into Fall

Maybe today is finally it. 

The day fall arrives. 

September has come and gone.  We are half-way through October.  Footballs have been flying through the air.  Yet, it has still been more like summer than fall.  What's up with that?

Oh, I've enjoyed the warm, sunny days.  I've enjoyed the time outside wearing only short-sleeves.  I've sneaked a couple of pumpkins in here and there. 

But where is that subtle nudge of fall?  Where is the little breeze that requires a sweatshirt?  When will Mike be chopping up leaves instead of mowing grass? 

Maybe today.  The breeze is fluttering the dried leaves from the trees and tickling the wind chimes on the back porch into song. 

I'm wrapping up my fall break from school and longing for a couple of days more of freedom from the routine.  Maybe fall is finally here.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Farm Couple

Today Mike and I really were a farm couple.  Mike has been working in hay and I have been making sweet pickles.

As soon as he got home from selling vegetables at the vegetable stand, Mike got on the tractor and started moving hay out of the front field.

As soon as I got home from work, I put together a pan of lasagna.  I had browned the ground beef yesterday.  So, all I had to do is mix the cheeses, add the sauce to the meat, and layer up the ingredients.  Then, I started working on finishing up the pickles I'd started on the weekend.

Bryan and Jessica have some miracle cucumber vines that are still prolifically producing and have all summer long.  They gave me a bag full on Saturday when we were celebrating Harris.  So, Sunday I sliced them up and put them in the brine.  This time I was far more prepared than I was that first time when I made sweet pickles.   I used a cloth sausage bag to hold my spices.  I just cut it in half, tied up one end and divided the spices, and tied up the other ends.  It worked well.  I got five pints and 4 half-pints! 

So, that is two batches of sweet pickles for this summer!  Yum!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Harris's ABC Book

As we have done for four other grandchildren, Mike and I put together an ABC Book for Harris for his birthday.  Here is how it turned out.

Front Cover

Inside First Page

Pages A and B
Pages C and D

Pages E and F
Pages G and H

Pages I and J

2 Pages for K

Pages L and M

Pages N and O

Pages P and Q

Pages R and S

Pages T and U

Pages V and W

Pages X and Y

Pages Z and Alphabet

Last Page

Back Cover