Monthly Archives: July 2014

Ahhhh, R&R

It was a week of R&R.

Remodeling the kitchen.  I have wanted the cabinets over the bar and the big box of lights in the kitchen removed for many years.  This week Keith said he’d begin the project in the fall when it was cool since it required working in the attic.  I was pleasantly surprised when I came home one day and the cabinets were down and then the next day the big box around the fluorescent lights was gone with a handwritten message on the ceiling from my husband.


Reunions are a great opportunity to stay connected with family.  Over the weekend Keith, his cousins and their families came to our lake place.  After a day of play, we all gathered around the TV and watched old family movies that we recently converted from film to a DVD.


The remodel and reunion made for a great week.


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.