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Texas Color

November 18, 2014


This past Saturday I decided to mow and bag leaves in the yard.  I worked in the yard a couple of hours and got it ship-shape.  It looked really nice.  Just as I finished, snow flurries filled the air.  Before long we had a couple of inches of snow  plus wind chills around zero!  Brrrrrr!

I know, I know… I live in Iowa so what do you expect??  But it doesn’t seem right to mow, bag leaves and shovel snow all on the same day.  Ugh.


So, I am revisiting Texas (we were there in October) with these photos.  We will have flowers and all of this color in Iowa… sometime next April.  🙂





Say “Hello” to the Animals

November 7, 2014


Some of my friends from Dallas wanted to say “Hello” so I agreed to send their greetings your way.

Our recent trip to the Dallas Zoo provided a great hike and offered us an opportunity to see some amazing animals.  The large areas the animals roamed in were impressive.  The day was perfect (mid-80s) and the animals were out and about.


Mr. Gorilla taking a morning stroll after a yummy meal.


The giraffe enjoying a snack.  She really likes her veggies and said it was finger licking good!


Taking a walk is an important aspect to healthy living.  Here we find the ladies of the zoo (yes, all the elephants were females) taking a stroll.  They actually were coming to get some fresh apples.   They are well cared for and like to interact with the crowd.  The elephant in the background was injured many years ago and is still moving about in her mid-40s.  She would never have survived this long in the wild.

Our time at the zoo was awesome and my friends hope you enjoyed their story. 🙂

Recalling Summer Colors

October 1, 2014


October is here!  And we all know what that means…

The leaves change color – then they fall.

The nights get colder – then one morning the grass is white with frost.

And we dig out the sweatshirts and coats.


I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer.  But, the clock is ticking and the sun disappears earlier and earlier.  Fall is here and we know what comes next.

Before all that happens, I want to revisit the colors of summer.  These photos come from the Iowa State Fair.  I had a small camera that day so the quality may not be the best.  But, the photos bring back nice memories of that day.

And not to worry… I really like the colors of fall.  And the stark days of winter.








Splish Splash

September 22, 2014


September… the nights are cool and the days are perfect.  The heat of summer is a fading memory.  Not so long ago our temps were in the 90’s.  The summer rains and humidity made the air heavy.  The summer weather was great for the corn and soybean crops.

But, for people… Ugh.


So, what do you do when overheating while at the Iowa State Fair?

Some buildings are air-conditioned and offer a cool escape from the humidity.  These buildings provide a number of benches so the weary visitor can recharge in comfort.

But, some of the younger visitors, including our grandkids, prefer a more active cooling experience outdoors.

Splish, splash!!


Thank you Liam and Julia!


Remembering Summer – the Iowa State Fair

September 2, 2014


It has been awhile since I have posted… It has been a difficult stretch.  Back in winter I found out I had prostate cancer.  Then shortly after that  my mother-in-law fell and broke her hip.  She was 90 and a healthy woman.  But, two surgeries took a heavy toll on her.  She passed in May.  That gave me a few weeks to help get the estate in order and the house ready to sell.  She lived 90 miles away so it took time to go back and forth.  Anyway, I had 4 weeks to get things done because I had my cancer surgery in early June.  Since then, I have been in recovery mode.  With so much going on, my mind has not been on the blog.  Now I am back.

I will begin by remembering summer and some of the beautiful things in life.  First on the list – going to the Iowa State Fair in mid-August.


I will start with a few photos of animals.  The Iowa State Fair has great throngs of people making their way through buildings filled with animals.


The Fair has everything… cows, sheep, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, llamas and more.  I will only show a small part of what I took in that day.  Hopefully, these photos bring back memories for you.  Maybe you have been to a fair and enjoyed a day of wandering through the buildings looking at animals and eating all crazy foods on a stick.  I’m not sure which is more popular – the animals or the eating.  But, I bet if there was a poll, the food would win out.  Anyway, for now, enjoy the animals. 🙂





Dogs Like to Dress Up Too

December 18, 2013

The World’s Top 10 Best Images of Dogs in elf Costumes

Its that time of year…  Some are taking stock of the year – have they been naughty or nice?

Others see it as a great time to see the family – here come all those relatives that have moved all over the country.

Others see it as a wonderful time to remember the true traditions of Christmas – the birth of the Christ child, the three wise men and Christmas music.

Others look forward to all the football bowl games.

It is also a time for dressing up the pouch.  I thought I would share some really cute photos of dogs decked out for the holidays.  Click below to see some awesome dog photos… and enjoy a few laughs.

The World’s Top 10 Best Images of Dogs in elf Costumes.

Iowa – The Land of Legos

December 11, 2013


Illinois is the land of Lincoln and I propose that Iowa is the Land of Legos.  I know, I know… other states have Legos too.  But, I think the photo above proves my point beyond any doubt.  I took this photo at the place that is about as Iowa as any place on earth – the Iowa State Fair.

Maybe my Iowa Lego hype is overstated.  Actually, Legos are wildly popular and this is not limited to Iowa or even the United States.  Here are some surprising Lego facts.  (Thanks Alisa Weinstein!)

— Children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO sets (worldwide).

— Over 400 million people worldwide have played with LEGOs.

— Over 400 billion LEGO pieces have been produced since 1949.  That’s enough to reach from the Earth to the Moon ten times.

— Enough LEGO pieces are sold in one year to circle the world 5 times.

All our kids liked Legos and it appears the grandchildren also enjoy Legos.  That lead to some questions.

How many of you have built things with Legos?  How many have given Legos to their kids?


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