Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thursday Doors

This is the side door to the hardware store in Stonewall, OK. 

Linking to Thursday Doors 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Devil's Tower

Devils Tower is composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Mountains, which is part of the Black Hills. It is in Crook County, near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It is 867 feet from summit to base.

Devils Tower was declared a United States National Monument on September 24, 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

About 1% of the monument's 400,000 annual visitors climbed Devils Tower, mostly using traditional climbing techniques.


 These are climbers from the day we visited. No way! Not me!

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Monday Mural

On the side of a building facing Crazy Woman Square in Buffalo, Wyoming. I was fascinated by the bit of color on the portion outside the frame. Gives the mural a 3D effect.

Linking to Monday Mural 

The Week in Review

8/20/17 - Sunday
Daughter and one grandson came for a visit. They were on their way to Golconda, IL for the eclipse. Put grandson to work picking peaches from the tree in the backyard.

I had no idea my tree was actually producing peaches until last month when I happened to look up and see all of them. Sadly, I have no idea how to care for them. Guess I better read up on the care of peach trees so I don't lose so many next year. 

8/21/17 - Monday
We stayed home for the eclipse. We didn't want to get in the crazy traffic driving to Southern Illinois. Sadly, we had a thunderstorm which blocked our view. It took daughter 11 hours to drive the normal 4 hours back home after the eclipse was over. Traffic was start/stop all the way.

8/22/17 - Tuesday
DC took our new-to-us truck to have a towing ball put on. While he was gone, I pealed and pitted peaches and put them in the freezer. They will taste pretty good come winter.

8/23/17 - Wednesday
Gus was never properly socialized due to DC having a heart issue not long after we brought Gus home. So now he barks a mean bark when people walk by and even when we are in the truck, he barks at everyone. We have not been successful in breaking his bad habits, so broke down and decided to try a training collar. It has a shocking and vibrate mode. We are using the vibrate mode. It has worked wonders. He isn't totally cured, but he is much improved. He listens when we say 'no' now. I felt like I was being cruel, but the vibrate mode doesn't hurt him. 

8/24/17 - Thursday
Too beautiful outside to stay home, so we took Gus for a walk at Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site. We got to see the newborn calf. 
 And stopped to visit the pigs.

In the afternoon, we went out to the county fair to watch harness racing. This was the first time I actually sat down and watched the races. No betting allowed, but people pick the winner and put their name in a box before each race. If your horse won and your name was drawn, you won $5.00. I won $5.00. Lucky me!

The evening entertainment was hard track drag racing. So, we decided to go back for the evening. They raced everything from bicycles to a rail. Little kids to those still kids at heart. Fun evening.

8/25/17 - Friday
Another walk at Lincoln Log Cabin. The sheep were out in force. Tanya Tucker was the entertainment at the fair, but we decided to skip the crowds.

8/26/17 - Saturday
Back to the fair today for horse racing. Sadly, there were only 2 horses in each race. The fair isn't what it once was. Every year I worry it will be the last. It is limping along.

Before the races started, one of the local crop dusting services gave us a show.

Even though there were only two horses, the races were still exciting.

There was a mule race, with only one mule. The other mule didn't show, I guess. A horse was a last minute substitution. The mule won.

I especially liked the pony races. Yes, there were only two. Below is the first pass in front of the grandstand.

This is the winner.

Before the last race, The Cumberland County Derby, the Derby Hats were judged. The last hat on the right won.

Two horses in the Derby. As usual, my pick lost. 

Note the difference in the riders. The winning horse had an actual jockey. The losing horse had a volunteer rider. There seems to be a little difference in size, don't you think?

That's it for week! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Week in Review

I'm late for the week of 8/13/17. I should have posted this Sunday and here it is Wednesday already. Since I retired, seems like I'm always behind.

Monday 8/14/17 - Book Club night. Members have a choice of 2 books each month. They can read both, or pick one. This month's selections were The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis...

...and The Trespasser by Tana French.

Image result for the trespasser by tana french

I thoroughly enjoyed The Dollhouse, but didn't get to finish The Trespasser until later in the week. 

Wednesday was Camera Club night. The subject was 'dogs'. I chose to submit a picture of Granddog Eevie. She got second place.


Below were the other pictures I had to choose from. 




Perhaps I chose the wrong picture.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Douglas-Hart Nature Center

August 11, 2017

Another perfect walking day. The late summer flowers are in bloom. They look nice next to the windmill.

We came upon this buffalo and her calf. 

Gus went ballistic, barking his mean bark and trying to herd the critters away from his food people. His hair was standing up. Once Gus decided they were properly terrorized, he calmed down.

These flowers were plentiful.

This is the walkway to see the marshland, but the marshland was mostly dry land. We sure could use some rain.

I hope next time there will be some water fowl.


I have a hummingbird feeder every year. I do love watching them. I've learned they like my homemade concoction better than the kind i used to buy in the store. The recipe is 4 parts water and 1 part sugar. 

This little guy looked like he had a rough night.

This was the first time I've seen all 4 petals occupied.

I think there is about to be a fight.

My feeder is getting old and losing its color. Probably time for a replacement.

Sam Parr State Park

August 9, 2017

Another nice day to be outside. I am responsible for Granddaughter L's senior pictures, so wanted to go see if the sunflower fields at Sam Parr would be a good place to get some pictures.

Sadly, the sunflower petals were already ragged.  These looked pretty good, but the rest were not acceptable.

They were all facing away from me. Looked pretty good from this angle.

As we were leaving, we stopped to take pictures of the longhorn cattle resting in the shade across the road.

Cute calf.

Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site

August 8, 2017

Since we had a cooler than usual day, we decided to give Gus a treat and take him for a walk. We like to go to Lincoln Log Cabin. It's a nice walk and there are flowers and animals to distract our minds from remembering we are exercising.  Gus was ready to go.

When we started down the path, the sheep were out running loose. When they saw Gus, they hastened to return to the safety of the barn. Little did they know Gus was afraid of them.

He was afraid of the pigs, too. Still he managed to bark his mean bark...

...and chase the pig away.

I don't know why Gus didn't like him. He was a cute pig.

The Rose of Sharon bushes were in full bloom.

I think this is a Curry plant. If not, please correct me.

Yellow flower, yellow butterfly.

We took the scenic route back home. On the way we decided to see where a gravel road went. It ended up being a dead end at someone's farm, but along the way we were entertained by this sight. A pair of running shoes on the electrical wire.

An odd place to store shoes, don't you think?

I liked the barn, too.


The last week in July, daughter and all of her family but one went on a train trip to Montana. Granddaughter L had band camp and couldn't go. She is 17, so there wasn't much baby about it, but we stayed to keep her company in a quiet house. 

Friday night was family night which included a pot luck dinner and a preview of the band's 2017 program. Below is the food line. Fortunately, we were early. When I took this picture, we were already finished eating.

The band members picked a family member to teach them how to march. I was the loser, I mean winner. I always knew the kids worked hard, but now I have a whole new respect for these dedicated band members. 

At the end of band camp, this was the last order of business. A group hug. Impressive.

I enjoyed spending time with L. She is a keeper!