Sunday, July 29, 2012


We have captured a salamander.
Now what should we do?
Should we put it into a witches brew?
I've herd of spells and concoctions to make.
Did I hear a salamanders tail they take?
He seems a bit parched in this dry old land.
Lets set him free
by the lake shore in the cool damp sand.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

We're off to see the wizard

We're off to see the Wizard.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

 Dawn & I set out early Saturday morning on our way to the North Dakota State Fair in Minot. Where we met up with Dorothy and the rest of the gang from "The Wizard of Oz" We  journeyed down the yellow brick road (parade rout) past many fans and spectators.

 Dorothy tried to keep Toto safe in his basket but at one point he was snatched away by the flying monkey. The munchkin chased the monkey down and returned Toto to Dorothy.

 The lion had to fight off angry spectators placed in the crowd by the wicked witch with his mighty fists "Put em up, Put em up"

 At last we made it to the Emerald City (Fair grounds) where we spoke to the Wizard. The great Wizard was able to grant our every wish (Free Fair Tickets) and with three clicks of her Ruby Red Slippers Dorothy led us safely back home.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Exploring the Turtle Mountains

 We ventured North last week, up towards the Canadian border.

We went to explore the Turtle Mountains and found this ginormous turtle riding his snowmobile in the town of Bottineau.

 Willie took a nap in the Blazer while the adventurous girls went for a hike through the woods.

 We found evidence that gnomes live in these woods. This is a small Jiffy Popcorn lid. Just the right size for a gnome family's movie night.

 On the way back we cooled off our toes in the sand of Lake Metigoshe.

What a perfect summer day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Turn The Page Tuesday/ Still Alice

Still Alice by Lisa Genova is an amazing book. Everyone should read this incredible novel to gain insight to Alzheimer's disease.

 In this novel Alice a very intelligent lady is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. As this debilitating disease progresses we go through the changes with Alice from becoming lost in her own neighborhood, to the end stages of Alzheimer's.

 Reading this book makes you feel as if you are right there with Alice and her family facing all the challenges that occur with this brain altering disease.

 I couldn't put this book down or stop thinking about it as I went through my day.


Sunday, July 1, 2012


Welcome to Antelope Hills Ranch.

 This picturesqe North Dakota ranch is nestled between rolling hills and beautiful Antelope Lake.

 This is a perfect spot for a family get away. You could spend your days swimming, fishing for walleye & perch, boating or bird watching. Our area is in the flyway for migration so we have a variety of birds from pelicans, trumpeter swans, snow geese, canadian geese, many kinds of ducks. We also have many song birds from the orange and black Baltimore orial to the redheaded blackbird. There is a never ending melody of bird song resonating throughout the ranch.

 You could hike the hills or follow a deer trail thru the woods. Don't forget to bring your bucket to pick wild June berries, chock cherries or plums.

 The perfect ending to a peacefull day will be a bonfire by the lake.

I hope you enjoyed your stay.