Our oldest turned 39!!  We felt like Oprah… you get a pizza and you get a pizza and you get a pizza.  Bryon introduced HIS kids to “The Last Starfighter” and we all dug into the pizza of our choice.


Ice cream for dessert and the evening was a success.  Cards and gifts were opened and wishes made.


Father and son…a birthday filled with laughter, fun, mugging for the camera and making good memories.



Birthday in the Park


Fun and games with the birthday boy turning double digits.  Games, play, costumes, searching for gems, pulled pork sliders and picnic food.  What fun!


The birthday boy and his “crew” prepare for battle.


First game of Kid Kubb goes to the little ones.


“Wind” blows


The “Shadow” knows


“Fire” crackles


“Death” ….scary


Mom and Dad still have the energy to smile after hosting such a full energy bash.


The birthday boy dabs out.

Mother’s Day


Felt lucky with the beautiful cards, flowers, hugs and messages for Mother’s Day.  A hanging pot bursting with colorful flowers and elegant card from my husband.


I received a bouquet of flowers dyed with so many colors it looked like a party in itself.  Along with Bryon’s flowers, Nora added her own card – with glitter, of course.


A beautiful plant arrived with hugs along with more lovely messages.


fam card

The plant was huge (about four feet tall) with blooms that will live in the sun for years.  My husband has already lovingly planted the flowers where I can see them from our little deck.

Every single one of the cards made me tear up, except for the last one….which made me laugh so that I had to present it in video form.  There is just no other way to get the full impact of a child’s imagination.

Happy Mother’s Day!  I felt like a queen!


The Delight of Storms

I heard about possible storms, but really, one hears these warnings all the time. I tend not to pay so much attention. Then I looked out the north windows and saw the purple-black sky. We seldom see such a sky down here, such mass of heaviness and bearing down on us like a huge iron […]

via The Delight of Storms — Curtiss Ann Matlock


The Great Doggy Door Escape

Don’t you have those days that you just want to get away?  I sure do.  I follow Lynz Real Cooking as she shares stories about family, her life, and the beautiful landscapes around her home in Idaho.  Enjoy her story “The Great Doggy Door Escape.”

For a couple of months both Aiden and Bennett have been looking at the doggie door, watching Kenny make his exit and trying to figure out how he does it! Well the other day it happened! Bennett is the great explorer of the two boys and he was very pleased to finally make his move! […]

via The great doggie door escape — lynz real cooking


Valentine Lock


I surprised my sweetie with a little lock for Valentine’s day.  From time to time, we enjoy a cheesy Hallmark romance.  This month we watched “Love Locks” that noted a bridge in Paris where lovers would write their names on a lock, attach it to the bridge, then together toss the key.

So on Valentine’s day we watched the movie and at the end, I handed over the lock.  I love being goofy with my sweetie.




Christmas Bowl 2016


Twas the day before Christmas

And all through the lanes

Came Foxes and Bowmans and some without canes.

We bowled with such gusto,

How joyful, how merry

To others we appeared to have nipped on some sherry.

We cheered for each other

How nimble, how light

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good Strike!

Curious about our Christmas tradition, I posted an explanation last year in “The Christmas Bowl”.