Sunday, June 29, 2008
My lineman has had this old Chevy longer than I can remember. I love the old thing. He paid $100 for the old '49 truck at an auction up in northeastern Montana a few years before we were married. I have so many memories of that truck. Mostly trying to move it from place to place.
Years ago we needed to move the ol' gal to his uncle's farm and my lineman says to me "You drive the truck and pull me in the old '49". Oh, great. Hey, I don't mind helping out where I can but his uncle's farm I would be towing him to was 5 miles away. Not usually a big deal but there were some good hills from our place to his. Not a very big deal either..... except..... the ol' gal does NOT have brakes! "Don't worry" he says, "I'll give you hand signals and you just look back at me and you'll know what to do. And hey, don't worry Carin". Oh, this isn't going to be good.
Off we go on the dirt roads and it was going pretty good. Then we start going down a hill. I look in my mirror at him and he waves his hand from atop his nice 5-gallon bucket for a seat. I slow down. He waves again. So I speed up. Then he starts waving again like he's mad at me or something. I slow down again. And we are just getting jerked around something horrible. Then he really starts waving his hands at me. Hey, I usually do good at this kind of stuff. Why is he so mad anyway??? I gently speed up to get the trucks to work together and then he just goes wild with his arms! GOOD GRIEF. What does he want from me. Finally we get to the bottom and around a section corner and I have had enough of his non-verbal argument with me. I stop the truck and he gets his truck stopped. He comes flying out of that ol' '49 faster than I've seen him move.....
Turns out there were some bees in that ol truck that didn't want to go for a ride that day.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Okay, a little off track there. The Grand Canyon. Yes, that's where I was, the Grand Canyon. We were at the Grand Canyon and we were walking along a rim of some sorts. My cyclops dad says he wants to take my picture with my mom. Oh, my dad's not really a cyclops, we just think he is because you can only see one eye due to the fact that the other is firmly placed behind the lens of a camera - Okay, so that trait seems to be genetic. Continuing on.... My mom and I go out onto this ledge to have our picture taken. Oh, by the way, there is a MAJOR lightning storm in the area. We walk out to the edge and the cyclops, uh, I mean my dad is getting ready to take our picture. My mom is saying "hurry, please hurry dear". I don't know it was a long time ago, it might have been a bit different. All of the sudden my mom looks down at her arms and all the hair on her arms are standing STRAIGHT UP! I look at her and her hair starts standing straight up! She grits her teeth through her smile and says something about hurrying with the picture, but..........
Oh, we were fine. He got the picture taken but is sure was hair raising!
Yesterday afternoon I spent some time snapping pictures of a storm that rolled through. I didn't dare go outside so I propped the door open and stood in the door way. Yeah, as if that was going to keep me safe. Enjoy the pics.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We have all heard that song and if you're like me you probably haven't given it much thought.
The bird would turn one way and the antelope would turn to chase.
Back and forth this went. Sometime the doe would just trot along and other times she would turn up the speed. Talk about good entertainment watching these two play.
It was the bird who eventually quit the game. The antelope looked so dejected after he left. I guess that's why the song doesn't go "Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam and the bird tease the antelope all day".
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
How did they ever manage to get so close up to those Buffalo without being trampled to death? Maybe there was a large fence I, I mean, they stood behind. I went ahead and took the liberty of photoshopping out ear tags. I wasn't aware they had ear tags that many generations ago. None the less, how thankful I am to have these pictures of a simpler time in America.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Angela Bird (Angie) is someone I know who is missing. She is the mother to 3 wonderful children. They attend the same school as my oldest son. I have been with the younger children in the classroom, I have played adult soccer with her and her husband . These truly are wonderful, wonderful people. I was shocked when a friend called this morning to tell me she is missing.
Please click on this link
to read the story, see her picture and know what her vehicle looks like. For those in this area we can keep our eyes open for her and we can all pray for them.
Monday, June 16, 2008
One thing I don't sit on the fence about.... taking pictures. Good thing too.
My advice to my boys: Don't sit on the fence when your older. Make a decision and go with it!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
A Tee Pee near us. I shot this out the window of my Suburban where the heater was keeping us toasty. Again, is it June or February?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This windmill is in the valley just below us. It makes for a great photo opp.
I saw the clouds start to take on beautiful colors one evening so I threw the kids into the Suburban and drove down to the old windmill. I crawled under the barb wire fence and ran out into the pasture. Imagine my amazement when I see three antelope willing to stay in my picture. "Thank you, Antelope." They are in the right side of the picture.
Monday, June 9, 2008
If you would like to participate in this class please contact me, as you can see there is still time available to become involved in "The Ladder" Okay, seriously... We are getting closer to having this garage done. There is certainly an amount of satisfaction that goes with "doing it yourself". There is also a certain amount of soreness that goes with "doing it yourself". Also, I am sure you noticed the lack of doors. We have the doors nicely stacked inside the garage. There are several reasons they are not yet installed. First, each door takes approximately 9-10 hours to install. Second, although I really want them on I don't want to evict our house, I mean garage guests. We have several birds nesting inside and they have dreams of starting a family. Who are we to crush their dreams?
Saturday, June 7, 2008
These next two were taken on consecutive evenings. We have had storms roll through for at least two weeks now. What a great opportunity to take pictures.
My question is this: Which photo do you like best? They both have rainbow's but the 2nd one is more faint than the first. But in the first photo our old Chevy is wet and doesn't show the rust and aging the old girl has seen.
Leave me a comment and let me know which is your favorite. Thanks!
Friday, June 6, 2008
The last school bus ride for this 1st Grader. His bus driver, Don, is fantastic. We are really hoping Don has this route next year. What bus driver wouldn't want this route out in the country. Look at how empty the bus is! He only picks up a few kids out here.
Well, congratulations Bridger, you are on to 2nd Grade!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
And next into the starting gate is Overcoming Odds. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not such a large jockey should be riding a small steed. With accidents in the past all eyes will be on these jockeys as they vie for the winning positions. --AND THEY'RE OFF!!
And the winner is... Overcoming Odds by a wheel. Well raced boys!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
You see all of those are so much fun and I would have enjoyed those as well. However, I was here at home, knee deep in a complete PC restore. Ah, come on you know how much fun those can be. Who would want to do anything else? Not me. Nope, just give me my messed up computer, the need for a complete PC restore and beautiful weather. You bet. I would not have wanted to be outside working on mowing, planting, playing ball with the kids, working on our projects around here.
Now that the restore is complete and I have the majority of my software installed that means I have more time for boring things. Things like taking a walk when the sun is setting with it's gorgeous colors. Reading to our children. Taking pictures of the goldfinches. Throwing the ball with my punks. I will also have time for unnecessary things like cooking, cleaning, getting the kids ready for bed.
Yep, that sure was a fun time restoring my computer. I will cherish it deep in my memories for years to come.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Well, enough about that. All this thinking about my middle punk being a lineman, oh sorry, a Power Line Man has got me thinking about this video on YouTube. Strange how this is something that would have us screeming in our nightmares and yet for these guys it's second nature. The sound is a little quiet so you'll need to turn your sound up a bit probably.
Bird on a Wire