Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Enough already

OK, I surrender don't send any more snow. Norfolk and surrounding area have set record on December snow fall. Officially Norfolk had 30" in December and we received a couple more last night. Now that we are buried in snow the temps are going to get really nasty. Below zero at night and below freezing "highs".
My swirly lighted Christmas tree is on a light sensitive timer. It comes on at dark and stays on for 6 hours. It doesn't come on because the light sensor is buried under 4 feet of snow. So my 8 foot tree is now about 4 feet tall. I hope I can get it out by Easter.
Both of our Christmas get togethers were postponed. One is rescheduled for Saturday the other for sometime in March, or June if we have spring blizzard. Keeping my fingers crossed. This is making it kind of hard to type so excuse the errors.
The streets are a mess. Intersections are treacherous as you can't see what is coming because of piles of snow. If you stop you may not get moving again. Cars are buried on the streets. I try to be a good neighbor, but am tempted to report the ones on my street. The good thing is I don't have to leave town and only have about 12 blocks to work. The days are getting longer and spring is coming. Isn't it?

Happy New Year.

Friday, December 25, 2009


Wishing everyone out there a Merry Christmas. I hope you and yours have better weather than in the Midwest. It has been snowing and blowing for 2 days with possibility of more through part of tomorrow.

Our Christmas packages will have to wait until the family can get here. The cookies are in the freezer for their own safety.

Christmas day was spent like any other Friday. Doing laundry. Didn't even step out to see how cold it is. The drifts are the deepest we have had since moving into this house 8 years ago. Did see a squirrel run through the snow. Still don't see how all the little creatures can survive winter.

Just rambling and hoping for a better tomorrow.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Saturday & Sunday

On Saturday we took the EL downtown to The Saturday Market. This is almost like a state fair without the rides and livestock. A lot of vendors set up booths and sell their wares.. Lots of food choices. We chose gyros. Don't think I liked them very much. Having limited amount of room in my carry on luggage, the only thing I bought was some kettle corn.

Since it was Halloween there were a lot of little kids trick-or-treating. One was an adorable little gnome dressed like the gnome that advertises travel on TV. She was probably around 2 years old dressed in a light blue robe and red hat. One of the dancing water thingies was an attraction for her and several other little kids.
The chilly weather didn't seem to bother them. J & K had an artist do caricatures of them.

Kendra's choice of "things to show Gramma" was Powells Book Store. This is about 6 or 8 blocks from the market so we walked. Just as we started up the street it started pouring down rain. I guess this is the way it is in Portland. I bought a couple of books for reading on the return trip.

We then went to another little suburb to visit some antique shops and eat supper at a Chinese restaurant which was very good.

Back home & watched a little TV.

Sunday we went to Church. A very small church compared to the one they attended in Lincoln. C J % K were among several joining the church that morning. Some of this group were also being baptised. As we took communion we dropped rose petals into water in remembrance of the saints that have gone before us. They have a lady pastor and was a very nice service. C & I had coffee and walked around outside while waiting for K to get out of SS>

Terry picked us up to take a drive up Columbia Gorge. Even though Cindy said we would not eat anywhere we could eat in Nebraska, Arbie's seemed like the most convenient spot to have lunch. We stopped at Cindy's favorite falls, Monhotmah(don't think that is the right spelling). We walked up to the bridge about half way up, but decided not to go all the way to the top since days are kind of short and we wanted to go the dam and fish hatchery. There wasn't much to see at the hatchery except the aquarium that had a sturgeon that weighed over 400 lbs. I think his name was Herman. Back to Portland and another meal. This one in a place kind of like IHOP or Village Inn. Another very good meal. Good thing we were doing a lot of walking. Back to the apartment and repacked for the trip home. Said "goodbye to JD since she opted to sleep in.

Monday, up early to catch my flight home. Kendra got up for a goodbye hug. Cindy dropped me off at the entrance. The flight home was a lot nicer than the one out. I thought I might have time to get a bite to eat in Denver, but our connection to Omaha was not near the food court. I was glad I had my kettle corn and some cookies that Terry had given me. Got into Omaha around 4 and was back in Norfolk by 7. Had to stop at the store to restock for the week.

It was a great trip and I am glad I know how to picture the apartment and the area where My Girls live.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


When we got back to the apartment, everyone was ready for bed.

Friday a.m. (not too early) we left to drive to Seaside. Seaside is not really beside the sea it is by the ocean. It is pretty much your typical tourist town. It is also the last stop of the Lewis & Clark expedition. We ate lunch at Pancakes and Pigs in a Blanket or some such name. Very good. We checked out the shops, Jaydee and Kendra decided to have their picture taken. Maybe one of them can post it for you. We walked up the hill and there was the ocean. It was cold and windy, but J & K took off their shoes and socks and waded into the water. Cindy & I decided it was too cold. On the way back to the car we bought salt water taffy and stopped at a 50's diner and had ice cream.

It was dark when we got back to Clackamas and Cindy took a wrong turn and we ended up crossing the Columbia River into Washington state. So I can say I have been in Washington. She finally got her bearings and we got back to what was familiar territory for her. We stopped for a bite to eat at a Mexican place and then went home.

We had only been home a few minutes when Cindy's friend, Terry, called and said he cut his finger on a can and it wouldn't stop bleeding and could she drive him to the hospital. It did require 3 stitches, but like a typical man, he was just going to duct tape it and let it heal.

More later.

Maybe Thanksgiving Day I can get Tammie or Abby to see what the problem is when I try to post pictures.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

getting to Portland

On October 29th I left Norfolk at 10 am to catch a 2:30 flight from Omaha to Portland via Houston.  Although it was raining I wasn't too worried about the weather as it was just rain.  After getting checked in and wondering around a bit, I decided maybe I should get a sandwich and not wait until my short layover in Houston.Then I headed for my gate.  Our plane was about 10 minutes late getting into Omaha, but I wasn't too worried about making the connection since I had a little over an hour to get to my next plane.  Just about 10 minutes or so late taking off and away we went into the wild blue yonder.  And I do mean wild.  Our pilot informed us that we would be taking a different route due to the stormy weather.  He changed routes about 3 times to miss the worst of the turbulence.  Finally arriving in Houston at 6:10 to make the 5:59 connection.  Luckily (or not)  everything in Houston was late due to storms.  Our plane was waiting for us to leave at 6:45.  Another lady passenger and I raced to the next gate that included  a shuttle ride to another part of the terminal.  We made it in plenty of time around 6:30.   On the plane, the door is shut, and we waited to leave the gate.  And we waited and waited and waited.  Finally we taxied to the runway.  The pilot informed us there were 23 planes ahead of us.  Then everything was grounded because of high winds.  The cell was supposed to pass through in about 30 minutes.  Then the wind changed so we had to taxi to another runway.  While all this was going on we were allowed to have our electronics on so I called Cindy and told her expected arrival time was 10:30 instead of 8:30 PDT.  Aound 9:30 we left Houston with arrival time 11:15.  Do the math, that is 1:15 CDT.  After getting above or around the storms the rest of the flight was uneventful.  Thankfully,  Continental still serves food.  We had a soggy cheeseburger, a salad and a bite sized Hershey bar.  Sure glad I had the sandwich in Omaha.With our safe landing in Portland at 11:15 I called Cindy from the gate and told her we were on the ground.  Thank God and technology for cell phones.  Cindy is only about 20 minutes from the airport so after I got off the plane there was just a few minutes wait for her and the girls to pick me up. 

Friday, October 9, 2009


One of the things on my "bucket list" was to read the Bible cover to cover. The King James version that I received for comfirmation is the one I read. It is finished (pat,pat). King James is probably one of the hardest to understand, but it really suprised me how much of it was familiar. I have on loan from Janell a study version with questions and answers and a text that is easier to understand. This one will take longer because of the q's & a's. Each evening depending on how late, how alert, or how tired I am, I read a chapter or more before I go to bed at night.

In the beginning (ok, I plagarized) man (man meaning the human race) lived hundreds of years until God decided that man should live only 120 years. Has anyone in modern times lived that long? I don't think so. There does seem to be a lot more people reaching the century mark, but what is the quality of their lives? Most of them are in nursing homes just waiting to die. They can't get around, don't recognize their families and can't even go to the kitchen and get a dish of ice cream or a cookie if they want it. What kind of impact would a cure for alzheimers have on nursing homes? They could go home to their spouses or to an apartment where they could watch soaps or games shows or the news channel and eat their ice cream and cookies whenever they felt like it. On nice days they could get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. Especially this time of year when the trees are the most colorful. Coffee or tea with maybe a game of cards or scrabble with friends or quilting at a senior center would also be options.

I really don't know where I am going with this. It is all just rambling on about thoughts of living to be 120. Living to be 120 is not on my bucket list, but "living" until I die is. Have a nice life :).

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Season's end

Golf season is winding down. The PGA players are chasing "The Tiger" for nuero uno.
Club tournaments and city tournaments have been played. Lots of golfers seem to put away their clubs after Labor Day and school starts. This is really a shame because some of the best golfing weather is in September. This year out late summer weather in Nebraska has been the best. Temperatures have been great and we have not had a lot of windy days either. The rains have come at good times and the courses are as pretty and green as spring. One of the downsides of fall golf is the falling leaves. Our course has mostly evergreen trees so the leaves are minimal. The baby geese have grown up and flew away a couple of months ago. Even though they are fun to watch, it's nice not to have the poopy mess they leave.

This is the time of year clubs have some "fun" tournaments trying to generate a little more fall interest. This Sunday our course is having a "one-person scramble". Each player gets to hit 2 balls on every shot. If you have a good shot with the first ball, you don't have to hit the second. A lot of clubs have a final 4 person scramble in mid October. A second reason for this tournament is to get the inventory in the coolers down. Especially if the clubhouse is not used during the winter months.

If you are thinking of buying new clubs, this might be a good time to shop. This years models will be replaced with new ones next spring so just like the automotive industries, they have year end clearances.

I hope all you golfers had a fun season and remember a bad day of golf is a better than a good day of work anytime.

For you non golfers, you don't know what your are missing.

Monday, August 24, 2009


This weekend the LPGA's equivalent to the PGA's Ryder cup, the Solheim Cup, was played near Chicago. For those of you who do not golf the format has nothing to do with your final total. It is called "match play". The golfers compete hole by hole. If they get to the 14th hole and have won 5 holes the match is over. Winning 5 up with 4 to go. During the Solheim and Ryder competition they play 3 different formats. Four-ball, alternate shot and singles. Four-ball has 2 players from each team. If one play has less than the others that person or team wins the hole. The alternate- shot is really the hardest format. One player tees off and they alternate hitting the shot until the ball is holed out. If there is a low score that team wins the hole. Singles is head to head competition between 2 players. There are 14 players from America and 14 players from Europe. If the team ends up even at the end of 18 holes each team gets 1/2 point.

The first 2 days match 8 players (2 teams) from each team for 4-ball play in the morning and 8 players (2 teams) from each team for alternate stroke in the afternoon. On Sunday there are 14 matches of head to head competition.

After the first 2 days of competition the score was all tied at 8 wins each. If you think golf can't be exciting, you should watch the Ryder and Solheim cup competition. There are so many ups and downs and ties that it can really keep you on the edge of your seat. Although the US won 16 to 12 it really wasn't a run away on Sunday. The leads changed so many times it was hard to keep track. A lot of the matches came down to the last hole.

These matches were televised on the Golf channel. So if you don't get that tier of channels, you probably didn't even know this was going on. I have not seen even highlights on any other channel. Granted, I don't watch every news or morning show, but shouldn't the LPGA get as much attention as the PGA? The Solheim and the Ryder competitions are only played every other year. This year was the Solheim and next year the Ryder. Playing one year in the US the next in Europe. The US has never lost a Solheim match on US soil. USA, USA, USA!!!!!!!! You go girls.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fun stuff

Since I don't want to bore you with all the tournaments that go on this time of year, I will steal something sent to my e-mail.

Although this isn't related to golf, one of the dumbest phone calls that came into the bank where I worked many moons ago was a lady that asked if all her checks were in. Like the bank was supposed to know how many she had written.

How about you? Any dumb or funny phone calls?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: What are your green fees? Staff: 38 dollars. Caller: Does that include golf?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, I need to get some information from you. First, is this your correct phone number?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, we have a tee time for two weeks from Friday. What's the weather going to be like that day?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, I had a tee time for this afternoon but I'm running late. Can you still get me out early?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, do you have one of those areas where you can buy a bucket of golf balls and hit them for practice? Staff: You mean a driving range? Caller: No, that's not it..,,,

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, I'd like to get a tee time tomorrow between 12 o'clock and noon. Staff: Between 12 o'clock and noon? Caller: Yes. Staff: We'll try to squeeze you in.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Do you have any open tee times around 10 o'clock? Staff: Yes, we have one at 10:15. Caller: What's the next time after that? Staff: We have one at 10:22. Caller: We'll take that one. It will be a bit warmer.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: How much to play golf today? Staff: 25 to walk, 38 with a cart. Caller: 38 dollars? Staff: No, 38 yen.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: What do you have for tee times tomorrow? Staff: What time would you like? Caller: What times do you have? Staff: What time of the day? Caller: Any time. Staff: Morning or afternoon? Caller: Whenever. Staff: We have 16 times open in the morning and 20 open in the afternoon. Would you like me to read the whole list? Caller: No, I don't think any of those times will work for me.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Do you have a dress code? Staff: Yes, we do. We require soft spikes. Caller: How about clothes? Staff: Yes, you have to wear clothes.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, do you have a driving range there? Staff: Yes. Caller: How much for a bucket of large balls? Staff: Sorry, we're all out of large balls. But we can give you twice as many small balls for the same price.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Can I get a tee time for tomorrow? Staff: Sure, what time would you like? Caller: Something between 9 o'clock and 10 o'clock. In the morning, if possible.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Do you rent golf clubs there? Staff: Yes, they're 25 dollars. Caller: How much to rent a bag?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, my husband just called me on his cell phone and told me he's on the 15th hole. How many more holes does he have to play before he gets to the 18th?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, do you have a driving range there? Staff: Yes. Caller: How much for a large bucket? Staff: Four dollars. Caller: Does that include the balls?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Do you have a twilight rate? Staff: Yes, it's 15 dollars after 2 o'clock. Caller: And what time does that start?

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: Yes, I'd like some info about your golf course. Staff: OK, what would you like to know? Caller: I don't know, that's why I called.

Staff: Golf course, may I help you? Caller: My kids just came home with pockets full of range balls and said they stole them from your driving range. Would you like to buy them back?

Friday, May 29, 2009


I didn't report my .6 gain last week. Had a real busy weekend.

I lost 1.8 this week.

Abby's softball and Jacob's baseball have started so something else to do for the next month or so. Abby had her wisdom teeth pulled about 3 weeks ago and developed a surgical infection so couldn't play this week. She had a dentist appointment today and hopes to be able to play next week.

Jerry, Joe and Jake are getting Jerry's semi ready for a truck show tomorrow. I helped some today. Kind of hard to get it all shined up when it has to be on the road.

Joe has been hauling cattle for a company out of Wayne. He had a little mishap with a cow kicking him in the hand. It broke the bone on the outside. He seems to be getting along ok with it in a cast.

I had a nice lunch with Janell, Randy and Mick last Saturday. Memorial weekend is a good time to visit our hometowns. We ran into a lot of old friends.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


A writer's blog on Pistols and Petticoats about hanging trees got me to thinking about trees.

The maple trees on our street are dropping their seeds. This means I will be pulling trees out of my flower beds the rest of the summer. If they would be left to grow my house would be in the middle of a forest.

The cottonwood trees in the park in Lyons are real giants. They are probably the same ones our mother played around when she was a little girl. The big tree that grew through the sidewalk on the corner by the bank is gone. In the summer time it seemed like there were always some men sitting on the bench attached to the tree. Probably solving all the world's problems. Well maybe just the town's problems.

Grandma's cherry tree also springs to mind. Picking her cherries every summer was not one of the things I looked forward to. Those cherries seemed to be too sour for me and there didn't seem to be enough sugar to made them sweet even in a pie. In the fall there were black walnuts. Even though there was a lot of work to getting the hulls off, breaking their hard shells, and digging out the meat, they are the best nuts for brownies. Squirrels must have very strong jaws to be able to crack those shells.

Mulberry trees, yum. Eating the fruit right off the tree would turn our hands and lips purple, but oh my they tasted good. There are a few trees on our golf course that I like to nibble off of when I pass by them.

Driving through Missouri and Arkansas one October was one of the most beautiful drives I have ever taken. The trees were every color you could imagine. Another October we drove to California and back. The prettiest trees on that trip were the ones along the Platte River in Nebraska.

On a train trip to Biloxi, Mississippi when I was a teenager what I remember most was riding for long stretches through really tall trees. I don't know what kind they were, but they seemed to go on forever.

There are two trees in back of our house. I think the big maple belongs to the neighbor, but it is on the lot line so I'm not sure. It certainly provides a lot of shade. The other is one that flowers pink every spring. If you go back a few blogs there is a picture of it.

Isn't it amazing when you think about how deep the roots of some of those big trees have to go to be able to keep them from falling over in the wind? Those roots are not deterred by sidewalks. They just push them up and keep right on growing.

I think that I shall never see
a poem as lovely as a tree

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
against the earth's sweet flowing breast

A tree that looks to God all day
and lifts its leafy arms to pray

A tree thay may in summer wear
a nest of Robins in her hair

Upon whose bosom snow has lain
who intimately lives with rain

Poems are made by fools like me
but only God can make a tree
-Joyce Kilmer-

Monday, May 4, 2009


Spring has finally arrived. Although it officially started in March, the weather didn't catch up until this weekend. Time to mow, plant, water, pull weeds clean gutters, wash windows and finally get to play some golf. The laundry can be hung out to dry. Nothing like sheets right off the clothesline. Love the smell. Too bad it only seems to last one night. Unless you want to wash sheets every day.

On the golf course. This area has had some great rains the past two weeks. The fairways are beautiful dark green. One batch of baby geese has hatched 8 in all. That will mean a lot of goose poop before they leave. Local rule is you get a free drop from a ball that finds the poop. Just don't lick it to clean it off. Use the ball washer.

A new golfer's aid has become popular. Anyone who watches any golf at all knows what a Sky Caddie is. It is a GPS device that measures distance to the cup. The golf course has to buy all new flag sticks with the chips in them. They are legal in tournaments, but only if they just show distance. Some higher priced devices show wind velocity and other factors. Now I know what I want for Christmas (it's too late for my birthday), as our course is going to get the sticks.

Remember golf is only a GAME. There are only 3 things to remember. Keep your head down. Keep you darn head down. Keep you gosh darn head down.

If it goes right it's a slice. If it goes left it's a hook. If it goes straight it's a miracle.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Just for laughter

OK, my six funny memes.

1. A similar experience of losing my van. The location was Kohl's in Omaha. When I went in I made note that the door I entered had a display of pillows just inside it, so I had to exit by the door with the pillows. After checking out at the checkout near the pillow display, I went out that door. My van was not where I thought I parked it. Standing there looking somewhat lost I said to a passer by "I Can't find my van." She said maybe you came in another door. Sure enough they had pillow displays by both doors.

2. Each morning at work the first person to arrive makes coffee. Usually me. I make one pot and leave the other pot with water for the next pot. One morning one of our very brilliant? sales people poured the water into the coffee maker and sat the pot on the burner on top instead of under the basket. It wasn't funny at the time, but it is now. I did make him help me clean up the mess.

3. A dog story. When we ran the hog confinement near Scribner we had a big white dog, Duke. We also had a pit that the waste from the buildings ran into. Also a sort of landfill for our trash. OK, the scene is set. One day we looked out the kitchen window and there was a skunk with his head caught in a jelly jar. Duke was nosing around him and the inevitable happened. He got sprayed. Duke was not a dumb dog. He ran to the pit and jumped in. He may not have been dumb, but he was a slow learner. He went back to investigating the skunk. Spray, swim and back to the skunk. Don't know how many times he did this. Eventually the skunk wandered of into a field across the road. It was hot and we saw his deceased carcass later. By the way Duke was not a house dog.

4. In a discussion about birds and bird nest, one of my legally blond co-workers asked "Where do baby birds get there milk?"

5. Did you hear about the lady that shaved her legs a wrecked them? Now say this real fast. This was a little one liner going around a long time ago. A not so bright person tried to tell it and said "Did you hear about the lady that shaved her legs and ruined them." Not the same.

6. OK, Janell, you asked for it. When Janell was little maybe 3 or 4. She passed a little gas. Her comment was "I peeped." Maybe that is why she likes the peeps so well.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


This is Jacob watching the super bowl at Abby's 16th birthday party. He wasn't feeling very good so couldn't go out and play on the iced over lake.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Car

This was supposed to be my Ruby Tuesday posting. I took my camera to work to show you my new car, but the battery was dead.

Do you like it? Seems kind of strange sitting on the floor of a Ford dealership.

Ok, so this is late APRIL FOOL.

The car is for sale, really, 49,500.00. Can't tell you the year just call me if you are interested. :).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fuzzy Friday

This is the first time I have tried to load more than one picture so "bear" with me.
The bears are called memory bears. A friend of mine made them out of George's t-shirts. They aren't really very fuzzy, but they are cuddly.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


If you look real close you can see an autograph on K's shirt. It was her birthday and we had been to a Nebraska volleyball game. K is a real Yankee fan and Joba Chamberlain, the rookie pitcher who played for NU was there. J & K hunted him down and he signed her shirt and posed for a picture. I had a previous post about this and so did Kendra on her Nerds corner blog.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

More golf carts and fun stuff for golfers.

The following quotes are for my GOLFING BUDDIES
Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it.

Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.

When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.

If you're afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there..

The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing.

No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse.

The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors

Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot.

A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents' luck.

It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt ... For a 10 on that hole.

Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut.

Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts

It's not a gimme if you're still away.

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree.

You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time.

If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age.

Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three.

When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again.

Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe.

If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.

To calculate the speed of a player's downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap; i.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph.

There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove.

Hazards attract; fairways repel.

A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.

If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker.

If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint It's easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the yard

A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.

Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot.

A good golf partner is one who's always slightly worse than you are....that's why I get so many calls to play with friends.

If there's a storm rolling in, you'll be having the game of your life.

Golf balls are like eggs. They're white. They're sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week.

It's amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps.

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse).

It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. On the other hand, you don't get to ride around on a cart, drink beer, and eat hot dogs if you are performing Brain Surgery !!!!

My own personal observation-- A tree is 90% air, but so is a screen door. Try to hit a golf ball through either one.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Flowery tree

This tree feeds the squirrls in our back yard all winter long.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


These carts are not Husker red since they are in Arizona. Are the Razorbacks in Arizona?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday fountain

If the right picture shows up this is a fountain somewhere in Arizona. It is programmed to spout every hour. I think it goes 100 feet in the air.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Finches

Finches in my back yard.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


This is Jerry's collection. It started when a friend gave him a Coors stein.
Coors Lite is JD's beer of choice. Once again the collection has grown.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

I hope this works again. This is part of my red collection. It is called "moon and stars". It also comes in blue and green. I only collect the red. Our friends are really into antiques and collectibles and we sometimes tag along to shows. On one trip I fell in love with some of these pieces that were "on sale for 1/2 price". Ya, right. And as they say "the rest is history."

Friday, January 16, 2009

freaky Friday

This is a house on a golf course in Arizona that Donna & I played last April. These Cacti are protected. If one is distroyed the perp can face a hefty fine.

Friday, January 2, 2009


The flowery picture on the right is what one of my flower beds looked like last summer. I was trying to get the picture to post in the blog part, but I haven't quite figured that out.


Because of health issues my brother has moved to an assisted living facility. Distance, divorce and other circumstances have kept us from meeting and knowing his children, grandchildren and even one great grandson.

This past week he was reunited with his oldest daughter, who he hasen't seen in about 15 years and got to meet her son. His third daughter and three of her children and her grandson came from Indianna to see him and meet some of the rest of our family.

Last Sunday we gathered at my sister's farm for dinner. All that cared to took a short ride on Bubba. Lots of pictures were snapped. Wonderful food and conversation made the afternoon fly by.

New Years Day we met in Fremont and took over the food court at Hy-Vee so they could meet another aunt and her husband and more cousins. More getting-to-know-you time and reminicing made the 4 hours we spent there speed by.

With promises of another visit in June, hugs, good-byes, and safe-trip-home wishes were exchanged.

Over the years I have often thought of these children. When Mom was still alive she did keep in touch with them. After Alzheimers took her memory, we kind of lost touch. Their dad did keep in touch and at times would update us on their lives.
It was wonderful to see them and get to know them and hope to see them (and others) soon.