It’s a good thing this is my favorite to harvest from the garden because not much else is panning out for us.  The neighbors’ trees are creeping in on our sunlight and the tomatoes are spindly little things.  At least I think that’s why they’re not producing.  They got some lovely organic fertilizer and everything.  The kale did great but the rabbits thought so too.  The banana peppers are trying hard and the poor pumpkins wilt in the heat EVERY day. 

Oh well, lots of pesto for us anyway…


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Rick Rack Therapy

I’m gonna level with you.  I’ve been a little grumpy the last few days.  It was a long week that ended in some bittersweet news.  Oh, and I’ve been limping for days because my sciatic is killing me (yes, I did just use that phrase, and yes, I am 90 years old).  Anyway, I was quite surprised and pleased to find that a little red rick rack and some cheesy old breakup music was the recipe for a little pick me up.

Flash forward a couple of days now and I’ve started another sewing project which I’ll share in about 6 years soon!  It’s much more of a challenge than my usual fare, so we’ll see what happens!


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Happy Fourth


This was my last-minute attempt at a festive dessert for the holiday.  I was in a mad dash to get it photographed because the boys were impatient to eat and even more excited to go shoot off some (very tame) fireworks in the driveway. 

We had a really nice holiday weekend and hope you all did the same!







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Why hello there, poorly neglected blog.  How’s it going?  I think this pregnancy has taken its toll on you.  It just hit me that a ton of my good photo material last year came from some long walks with the stroller, just seeing what I came upon.  Those don’t exist right now(much to my dismay).  I’m having lots of little side cramps when I walk any length of time almost 50% of the time I go out.  So along with my fitness suffering, I’m not getting out and exploring with the camera as much.  Oh well.  This too shall pass!  I am having some really old photos printed for family albums, so something’s getting done.

Anywho, a couple of weeks ago we went to visit Grandpa Jerry and his trains!  My guy is pretty lucky to have a real conductor for a grandpa.  If you’re in Atchison you should stop by with the kids and take a ride.

We spent a lot of quality time in this engine messing with switches and levers and pretending to drive.  It was blazing sun time of day so it was a challenge to balance the blinding sky with the midnight black of the train. 

Along with the kids mini train there are tons of old full size train cars to explore…


Hope you all are out having some summer adventures too!



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They are just my favorite every year.  These guys came in as buds with a big bunch of giant magenta show offs.  When all those fell apart the smaller secondary buds decided to bloom for me and they were just so pale and gorgeous.  I’m glad I let them stick around for round two, because holy cow, it was worth it!

Oh, and I found out the name of the flower I have on my masthead.  It’s a pasque.  Evidently it’s a tundra plant, but seems to do just fine in my neighborhood.  Go figure.


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Photo Shoot!

Well, perhaps that’s a bit misleading, but I snuck a few snaps of sweet baby Luke when he and mamma Emily stopped by to visit this week.  If it had been a proper shoot I would have been annoying and made Emily turn herself around and face that gorgeous light to get a good one of the two of them.  We’ll have to do that again sometime guys! 

Hope everyone can handle the cute…

 A smile, score!

Thanks you two!


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A few things I’ll just throw out there…

I’m hot on the trail of the species of flower that I’ve used as the masthead below my blog title.  Until now I’ve only been able to describe them as Dr. Seuss Dandelions.  I made sure to watch out for them in our neighbors’ yard and they start out as this early blooming pretty deep purple thing.  I should probably just ask them huh?

This summer’s photo-related goals start with learning a couple of tricks in the editing department.  Up till now, everything you’ve seen has been hardly even cropped, much less enhanced in any way, I can do better!  And I also plan to print out a small selection of family shots for the album (heck, even just to have in the packages) from each of the folders I have from about the last 2 years.  I’m not even talking nice framing quality, I’m talking drug store prints(I’m pretty good about getting those rare frame worthy shots printed well).  I’m just a little behind eh?  We’ve got a new edition heading to our house in Oct. and I’m pretty sure that’ll be last on my list this winter!

Help keep me honest!


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