On this day

The sound of Taps’ 24 notes and a salute to my uncle.


Rest in peace Ron Baxter (1943-2014)

Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know

God is nigh.

Original lyrics to accompany Taps (source: Wikipedia Taps)


Our vacation finally arrived!  We flew to Kalispell, Montana and enjoyed several days with our daughter, her boyfriend and his parents.  In addition to wonderful company, the scenery and activities were memorable and fun. The hospitality we received was amazing and unforgettable.


Cedar Waxwing, a fruit eating bird found in Montana year-round, flying at the pond.


A doe and her fawn near the house. They were nearby every day.


Keith learning how to fly fish at Lake Rodgers near Kalispell, MT


Fly fishing in a Clackacraft boat at Lake Rodgers


Lake Rodgers. Beautiful!


Geese, lily pads, leeches, eagles and more at Lake Rodgers.


Hoary marmot seen on the Going-to-the-Sun-Road in Glacier National Park

We went horseback riding, whitewater rafting, sat around a campfire at night and, of course, ate huckleberry pie and jam.  The sun rises about 5:45 am and sets after 9:30 pm and there was enough light in the evening to still see until 10;30 or so.  Montana is a perfect place to visit during the summer so that you enjoy its perfect temperatures and beauty.

Independence Day

After a wonderful meal and dessert that included black berry cobbler with home made vanilla ice cream (Thomas Jefferson’s ice cream recipe), we enjoyed conversation with friends and lots of fireworks.





On Stage

One flower standing taller than the rest in this pot on our back porch reminds me of a ballerina gracefully posed on stage.


Our Backyard

Peter is in our back yard.





The Sky’s the Limit

While in Vegas for the library convention I took the time to walk through Caesar’s Place, the hotel where I stayed.  It is grand in many ways.


A view of one of the towers at Caesar’s Place.


The 7-minute Fall of Atlantis reenacted with animatronics, water, fog, and fire is free to watch in the Forum Shop at Caesar’s Palace.


Inside the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace.

As with everything there is a limit.  In this case perhaps the painted sky is the limit.

A Case for the Pits

My favorite home-made ice cream that Keith makes is chocolate cherry almond and he made some this week.  He couldn’t find his original recipe but he found one close, which resulted in doing a few different steps.  One of those different steps was to use real cherries and then he got a bit inventive in order to easily remove the pits from the cherries.  He  used a shell casing. 20140624_0008







Let’s talk.  Are you listening?  I missed you while you were having fun on the lake.


Texas and Kelsey

Father’s Day

Got to spend a day with my family!  Sweet memories.


Pillow Talk

Messages from my husband…


Over the last few days while he is away, I found a new message from him.  Soon, very soon, I’ll have some down time.


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