Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summers Day

Fluffy clouds in the sky.
Dragonfly's floating by.
It's a gorgeous summer day.
Time to go outside and play.
Don't waste your time cleaning floors.
There's fun to be had out of doors.
Go for a walk,
Down to the dock.
Don't forget to take off your shoes & socks.
Dangle your feet by the waters edge.
Don't worry about trimming the hedge.
See the minnows swimming by.
Oh heck, give it a try.
Jump right in and take a dip.

Monday, June 27, 2011

safari on Antelope Lake

It was a beautiful evening, so we decided to take the boat around Antelope lake on a safari.

Here's the captain.

We spotted coonigans nesting in a tree.

And got some great shots of pelicans.

Going back to our dock was a buffalo at the watering hole.
I hope there isn't a mean old crocodile waiting for the thirsty buffalo.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Paul Bunyan in North Dakota

 Paul Bunyan has been to North Dakota and I have evidence. He seems to have left behind one of his boots.

That's why there aren't many tree's in North Dakota, but something must have scared that big lumber jack out of his whits when he got to Antelope lake because we still have lots of trees. I'm glad his ax didn't have a chance to make prairie land out of our woods.

 I do wonder what scared the be jiggers out of Paul enough that he ran off with only one boot.
 I have herd tell there where outlaws around these parts back in the day.

 If anybody out there sees Paul, let him know we have his boot. We'll keep it safe for him until he makes it back to our neck of the woods.

 Just tell the big man to leave his ax at home. We want to keep our trees.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Days Gone By

 On the way home from the near by town of Anamoose North Dakota today there happened to be a train  sitting on the track. In this spot locomotives have been known to sit for hours and this one didn't look like it would be moving anytime soon, so I decided to take the long route home.
 On the way I passed a few old homesteads and couldn't resist stopping to take pictures.

 This area used to be populated with many family farms. People have moved off of the farms and left them abandoned.

 I love to listen to the old timers tell stories of days gone by when these homesteads where filled with busy family's.

 They tell me of plowing fields with teams of horses.
 Driving school bus's full of children pulled by horses.
 Bringing in the cows for milking.
 attending barn dances and big family gatherings.
 Going to town on Saturday evenings to socialize.

 There lives where filled with hard work and good country fun.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Zebra Finch's

 Our Daughter Dawn got a pair of zebra finch's for her birthday last year.
 They are funny little characters and make noise's like tiny clown cars.
 These birds are very busy, always flitting around playing with everything.
 We bought them a coconut house.
 These cute little birds went in and out of their house for hours, inspecting the roof and interior.
 Since then they have built a nest and have five tiny eggs nestled in it.
 The house must have passed inspection and the neighborhood is nicely suited for raising children.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Turn The Page Tuesday- Only in Alaska

 "Only in Alaska" The adventures of a young family in a young state by Tay Thomas is my Turn The Page Tuesday book for June.
 This is a documentary written by a wife & mother (Tay) who moved to Anchorage during the 60's.
 It has some very interesting facts & stories about the struggles & survival of living in the north country & through some of the worst earth quakes to rock the state.

 In 1960 Tay and Lowell Thomas, Jr., having lived for ten years in suburban New Jersey, packed their two small children and over-sized dog into a car and moved 5,000 miles to Anchorage, Alaska. This book is Tay Thomas's highly personal and entertaining account of their adventures and everyday life in the vast, unspoiled land that became their home.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


The Lilacs are blooming
Oh me oh my
The lilac's are blooming
Reaching for the sky
Their fragrant flowers fill the air
Bringing back memories
of a day so fair.
Playing in Grandmas yard
With nary a care.
Purple and green
What rich colors of spring.