Tuesday, May 27, 2014

First mermaid of the season spotted. . . .


Rachel Carson would have been 107 today. . .

. . . however, she only lived to be 56.
Credited with being a key figure in the advancement of the environmental movement.
And although she does have her (conservative) critics, her contributions to awareness can hardly be argued.
Rachel Carson

What has always amazed me about people like Rachel Carson is how much they seem to get done in their short lives, almost seeming like they know they will die young.

History is dotted with people who leave a mark on the world yet die very young.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Looking way to serious

Thanks John N. for the photo. I guess you can tell I haven't been in my boat for awhile.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Look closely, . . . what else do you see?

Once you see it, you will wonder how you missed it.

Ah! Spring.

 Saturday found us fairly early at the CO-OP getting plants for Grandma's garden.
 The flowers are already in full swing.



 But not so the veggies.
So we got busy.
Daughters job this year was to plant the tomatoes.

Grandma supervising after knee surgery.

 Off to a good start.
 But Grandma couldn't just watch the whole time.
 Daughter was real proud of how dirty her hands got.
 Half way done.
Ice Cream break after 24 plants!

Well done.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ever Elusive Uncle Leslie - Not a big break in the hunt, but a big surprise.

If you have been following the drama that is my search from my moms brother Leslie, you will know I have very little information on him and am having trouble coming up with more.
He falls into a time period were he does not appear on one set of census data (being to young) and the next set not being yet release to the public.
When searching for his war records I keep running into another Leslie.
But yesterday, catching up on my Facebook feed, I found my cousins wife had recently posted some new scans from my aunt (who is 90 plus) from a box of photos she has.
And she had two I had never seen before.
But only one related to Uncle Leslie.
Verbal family history has it that Uncle Leslie was married for a very short while and my moms family (at least my mom) only remembers her vaguely and only having met her once or twice.
We are not sure of her name. And we don't know what happened to the marriage.
But one of the pictures that was posted was of Uncle Leslie getting married.

He is, well, the groom in this photo, holding the gloves.

I don't know anyone else in this photo, and other than the best man, if indeed that is who is next to Leslie, they are probably all friends and/or family of the bride. The photo was probably taken before the war.

Although not really supplying any new information on his war record it does at least add fact to family lore.
And it inspires one to keep pursuing his history.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mothers Day weekend 2014

 . . . Is passing old cars. .





. .  on the way to the farm. . .
 . . . fishing with Grandpa. . .
 . . . all ready. . .
 . . . still ready . . .
 . . . Grandpa catching one with the Barbie reel . . .
 . . . daughter catching one with the Grandpa reel . ..
 . . . planting flowers with Grandma. . .
. . . with Great Grandma supervising. . .
 . . . best place to sit on a sunny day . . .
 . . . walking with Grandma to fly a kite. . .
 . . . Grandma may have the kite, but Uncle Tim has the mule. . . .
 . . . modern cowgirl? . . . .
 . . . "Let's check the back forty. . ."
 . . . 1908, the old cellar. . . .
 . . . Mothers day, mom to some thing different. . . .
 . . . Dr Dan the Pancake man. . .
 . . . raccoon pancake. . .
. . . Disney princess pancake. . .
 . . . mom and Minnie. . .
 . . . me and, um, mini me. . .
. . . live music before a five course meal set to "Steel Magnolias" . . .
 . .  Sherlock Holmes. . .
. . . Grandma and the Grand kids. . .

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Have you ever read "Sheldon"

I just discovered this doing some reading on the guys who made "Stripped".

"Sheldon"   You know me and good comic art.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Spring weekends. . . .

 Spring is. . .

. .  making squirrel/bird feeder/traps out of princess buckets. . .
 . . . and hanging them between trees. . .
 . . . . making up new national flag dances . . .
 . . . it's called 'choreography'. . . .
 . . . setting up to eat dinner with binoculars so you can keep vigil over bird/squirrel feeder/trap in princess bucket. . . .
. . . and still keeping vigil. . .
 . . . then using bucket for something else when birds or squirrels do not show up after 10 minutes. . .
 . .  . getting ready for Daisy camping day with  friends. . . .
. . . . watching the Blue Angels fly over while working in the garage. . . .
 . . . first time helping with BBQ. . . .
 . . . talking sports and manly things while waiting for BBQ to cook. . . .















. . . then deciding mommy has a better approach. . .



Ah, spring!