My New Year’s Resolution




Happy Thanksgiving

The fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S..   The First Thanksgiving was in 1621 when the pilgrims celebrated the fall harvest. They were thankful for a good crop and partied for three days. They were much younger than I am.

We spatchcocked our turkey last night in preparation for it’s stint in the […]


Blog Assistant

This is Gertie.  I’m dog-sitting today while they’re all out and about.  She’s helping me blog.  She seems to get along well with Trixie and Gus but would rather just sit on my lap.





Internet Speed Test

Every now and then I run a speed test on my internet connection.  I’m very happy with my current connection.

It really doesn’t seem much faster than when I was getting 30 or so Mb/s at the old house… certainly not 3 times as fast.

You can test your connection at



My Dirty Dog

We let the dogs out about 10 pm last night. They’re usually out for just a few minutes before we go to bed.  It had rained most of the day but stopped late in the afternoon.  While Trixie doesn’t like to even go out if the grass is a little damp, Gus doesn’t care.  Pat wasn’t paying […]


One Last Look

We closed on our house overlooking the mighty Mississippi River today.  It’s a done deal.  We went by the house yesterday and did some last minute cleaning and blowing of leaves off the driveway and decks and took a few final pictures.  The great view will be missed but it was time to move on. […]


Shades of Fall

A view from my back yard of a couple of my big trees against a bright blue sky.




Lake Effect

I took this photo on Saturday at a family farm using an artistic effect on my camera.  My friend Chad was fishing with his little buddy.  Click to enlarge.




Rainbows Over Missouri

As I pulled onto I-70 out of Columbia MO heading east to St. Louis I was greeted with this sight.

About a half hour later this appeared…

As I was getting ready to post the pic above my son sent me this photo he took over Desoto MO which is south of St. […]


Meanwhile, in my front yard…

Not only did we have a garage sale on Saturday, we also had a big old oak tree taken down.   

It had been hit by lightning and was mostly dead.  I think I’ll sleep much better knowing that a storm won’t send it crashing into my bedroom in the middle of the […]

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