Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reunions . . .

A few months ago, we went to a small reunion for my mother's siblings and their children.  It was fun, but kind of sad at the same time.  It's hard to think of your mother getting older, let alone your aunts and uncles!  I don't see them much, and it really hits home when we are all together.

It was a very soggy day the day we went down.  It was the end of September, and the cloud were hanging low in the sky, it had been raining for a few days, and it was just beautiful!  I took these pictures with my phone . . .  out the window, so they aren't very clear, but it was so pretty!

The drive really was gorgeous, my phone pictures certainly don't do the scenery justice. 

This is a picture of my mother and her three siblings.  The lighting was terrible, and I only had my phone.  My mom is sitting on the right, her brother, who is 10 years younger, is standing behind her, then next in birth order is her sister who is sitting across from her, and then her little sister, who is 16 years younger, standing next to my uncle.  She was actually more like a sister to us when we were growing up. 

This was a good picture, of my aunt and my mom. It was a fun day!

Since these pictures were taken, my aunts husband, the one sitting across from my mother, has passed away, and she has been placed in a retirement center, and my mothers health continues to decline.  I suppose it was a good thing we got together when we did.  Life certainly has a way of marching on doesn't it.  He is the first of my aunts and uncles to pass, and it just seems so strange.  It wont be long until my generation is the oldest . . . how strange.   

It seems like I have been away from my blog for such a long time.  I'm not making any promises to myself about keeping up, because time marches on for me as well. 



Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome Fall . . .

I love Fall, and everything that comes with it! The sights and sounds, the smells and the taste of Fall are finally here . . . officially!  This was one of my favorite childhood songs, it is sung to the tune of, Hush Little Baby.

Come, Little Leaves
by George Cooper

"Come, little leaves,"
Said the wind one day,
"Come to the meadows
With me and play;
Put on your dresses
Of red and gold,
For summer is past,
And the days grow cold."

Soon as the leaves
Heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering,
One and all.
Over the meadows
They danced and flew,
All singing the soft
Little songs they knew.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Again . . .

I can hardly believe it's already Saturday!  It seems like the week went by so fast, and another one is almost here.  Before we know it, we will be putting up the Christmas tree and playing Christmas music!  How many of us are ready for the Holidays?  I always say I'm going to start early . . . I NEVER do it!  Let's get Autumn over with before we start on Christmas . . . :0)

Speaking of Autumn, I think we have the most beautiful sunsets this time of year!  Last Thursday, at the football game, we had a perfect view of the sunset, and I couldn't help but capture it on my camera! 

 I wonder if the football players noticed this gorgeous sky!? 

Last night we were babysitting a few of my "Little's", and I couldn't resist taking a picture of this cute face . . . someone really likes ice-cream!  This boy has the most beautiful blue eyes! 

The leaves are starting to change on my trees, it won't be long now until we are gathering them up everyday.  So much to do before the snow flies and the cold weather sets in!

 "Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night; and thus he would never know the rhythms that are at the heart of life."
~Hal Borland~

Have a wonderful Saturday!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Slipping Away . . .

This summer has slipped away so quickly!  It has been a very weird summer for me, a few health problems, which seemed to get worse as the summer went on.  Hopefully, (keeping my fingers crossed!), they will just get better, and better as we head into Autumn! 

We had unseasonably cool weather in August, with lots of rain, which, in turn, ruined so much hay, that was unfortunately, cut and baled and laying in the fields.  It also caused the grain to sprout, right when it was ready to cut, making it useless for anything but feed, and some of it not even fit for feeding animals.  There was lots of mold and dust, a disaster for anyone with asthma . . . me!  There were a couple of weeks that I could barely go outside.  When they were finally able to cut the grain and gather the hay bales, the dust would just hang in the air it was horrible!  After a Dr's visit today, I am hoping to get my asthma under control and enjoy the beautiful Idaho Indian Summers that we are so famous for!

I did get a few things done while sitting in the house . . .

I know, this looks like a terrible science project gone wrong, but I promise it's not!  These are pickled eggs!  After my husband and I were married, he worked for his uncle, on a ranch in Bone, yes, I said Bone . . .   :0)  A small community in the hills just East of where we live.  There isn't much to do in Bone, but they did have a little store, that sold the most wonderful pickled eggs!  I just loved to go there and buy one and enjoy it's tangy yumminess!  Sometimes I would buy two!  The vinegar makes them look kind of creepy, but I prefer apple cider vinegar to white distilled vinegar.

 A few weeks ago, a sweet friend of mine gave me a big box of the most wonderful corn, so I just had to freeze it for winter!  It was so delicious, and I put up about 18 quarts . . . so good in corn chowder! 

My garden was not wonderful this year, but I did get a few really wonderful zucchini . . . so I made zucchini bread, oh my goodness, so delicious!  I think I may have just sat around and and put on a few pounds this summer!

And at last, football season started!  Yes, it truly is Autumn when the nights get cold, and the boys put on their uniforms!  That's Christian, standing in the middle, it's hard to believe that he is all grown-up . . . 

I hope to catch up on my blog reading tomorrow, and looking so forward to it!  Well, I think I should call it a night, and go crawl into bed . . . night all!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Craziness Continues . . .

Well, the craziness seems to continue at my house!  It seems like we have been really busy . . . but I'm not sure what I have accomplished?! 

We, my husband has been working in the yard, the lawn is always green, and everything looks wonderful.  We haven't dealt with the ugly mess from the sewer problem, but, we will fill in the bare patches, and plant grass in them this Fall.  Hopefully, in the Spring, the grass will come up, and we can work on it from there. 

We haven't been camping much since our family camping trip, but plan on lots of camping in the next few months, Autumn is my favorite time to be outside - hunting and Salmon fishing is just around the corner, and we are really looking forward to it!

We did go 4-wheeling with some friends a few weeks ago and had so much fun!  Here are a few pictures . . .

Looking out in front of the 4-wheeler - so gorgeous!

We could see a couple of fires that were burning wayyyyy down from where we were!

 A little trail that we were walking on...it was so pretty, but really high!

It was a cloudy, kind of smoky day, so you couldn't see the valley and the mountains on the other side very good.  Our elevation was about 8000 feet above sea level where I took this picture!  Not sure how I was still breathing!

We have had so much rain this last month, and the streams were just beautiful, and everything was so green, especially for this time of year in Idaho.

Nothing better than having fun with good friends!!

We had two of our little grandsons come and spend the night with us a few weeks ago, they are so cute!  They love to feed the horses, but are just a tiny bit scared of them.  I just have to share a few pictures of their cuteness!

I hope that everyone has been having a wonderful summer!  I'm just feeling lucky to have gotten a post in before September . . . just barely!!