Day After

Thanks for all the Thanksgiving wishes!  We did, indeed, have a wonderful meal and a great time spent together.  I hope you enjoyed your time whether with family, friends, or simply by yourself.

We have so much to be thankful for.  We are surely blessed.


Our 4″ of snow was a big draw for little boys.  Snowpants, hats, mittens, and boots were layered on and we proceeded into the white.  Hours later, the boys were ready for a break and so was I!  If I could only chug up and down the hills like they do!  A measly 4″ isn’t enough to cover the big bumps and rocks that grownups can feel when sledding, so I only slid once.  But, my! what fun that is!


Tonight it is once again below zero… frost rims my windows and moonlight glows on snow… May you begin to count your blessings for next year’s Thanksgiving on this, the day after.

whitetail doe


Happy birthday, Daddy… long gone, never forgotten…

Wordless Wednesday – “Creekside”


Have a Happy Thanksgiving, folks!

Full Moon

We tested our bulls today for sperm motility and trichomoniasis… sounds just delightful, eh?  I’ve posted about this before… and I was ready with some photos… and then one bull had a lump on his shoulder that’s been there a while, and the vet took care of that… and I had lots to share!

But I got to thinking.

It’s not very… appealing…

It’s not very… pretty…

And I just thought, well… maybe not…

It *IS* right before Thanksgiving…

Maybe I’ll just wait on this post… or you can go read the old one if you are really interested… If there’s a morbid curiosity out there, I can talk about it AFTER the last of the pumpkin pie is gone!  Just let me know!

I shall take it easy on you tonight!


Full moon, setting sun in my studio window…

full moon

Yucca Blossoms Puzzle

Had to do another one… they’re just a tad bit more fun than just a photo, don’t you think?  This is one of my favorites… I LOVE yucca blossoms!  Yucca blossoms in red hills with blue skies is divine.  If all my clothes, walls, jewelry, and whatevers were these colors, I’d just be tickled!!!  Oh, wait… maybe they already are!!!


(Note:  Fewer pieces this time, so a bit faster for solving… hope you like it!)

previewYucca Blossoms

A Little Boy’s Hands

One day, when the twins were here, Wyatt found some plain wooden blocks.  I had a plan for them at one time, creating a puzzle set of four blocks, like ones I’d made for Jaxon.  Wyatt played with those blocks ALL DAY.  Well, I decide I was going to give them to him for his birthday, but first I decided to make them into another block puzzle.

Now, last time I did this, some of you were mortified that I would use an actual vintage book and destroy it in the process.  This time it is a bit different… This was Daniel’s book once upon 25 years ago or so… and I saved it for him.  However, along the way, it got wet, and the pages stuck together.  It was a mess, ready for the garbage, but, I decided to give it life again.

Pecos Bill blocks

The book is laid open to a salvagable page, and I draw a light penciled square around all four blocks, making sure nothing important falls on the lines that will be the edges.

Pecos Bill blocks

blocksWooden blocks are coated with Mod Podge and the picture carefully laid upon them.  Care is then taken to cut them apart from each other.  While insuring that they are firmly on each block, I then took sandpaper to the edge, actually running it down the edge of the paper, so that it ends up matching the wood perfectly.

Pecos Bill blocksblocks

The process is repeated on all six sides.  Multiple coats of Mod Podge are painted on, making a hard, waterproof (-ish!) set of blocks.

The beauty of it is… I also gave Wyatt a new copy of the book, so he can read and form the six pictures right on top of the ones on the page… making it a tad easier for a four year old to accomplish.  At the last minute, I decided it was still too difficult, so I took some colored sharpies and created a uniquely designed “frame” around each picture, so it can be done much easier!

Now I don’t try to compete with “remote-controlled turbo-powered Thomas the Tank Engine”, because I know I can’t, but when the plastic is broken and the batteries die… a great book and matching set of puzzle blocks will be waiting in the corner for a little boy’s hands to pick them up…