Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday Fences from Montana



This first picture is not of a fence, but rather a sign in front of the cabins where we stayed in Big Foot.  The cabins were a bit pricey, but were very comfortable.  There was a river running swiftly behind the cabins, creating a wonderful atmosphere.
 Jerry shot this picture through the trees.  If you look at this picture, you can probably hear the water running over the rocks.


This corral and fence row is along the road at the Flathead Indian Reservation.  The fence is not very sturdy, as you can probably see, but the corral is interesting.


I love this shot of the buildings with the fences, also at the Indian Reservation. It is really an odd fence line, don't you think?


And this is the last one for this week.  Note that the mountains still have some snow.  These are the Mission Mountains, and the lake is Flathead Lake behind the buildings.  Looks like there is one log missing on the fence.

Linking in with Run-Around-Ranch-Report




Linda

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flowers and Cherries and the Theater


Some of us have shared our flowering back or front yards. We saw the most beautiful flowers hanging in baskets and planted along the streets on our way to Big Fork and then on to White Fish in Montana.  I couldn't figure out how they managed to get so many flowers into these baskets, and the colors were so vibrant.  I hope these pictures do justice to these.





The theater behind some of these flowers was another of our "live theater" presentations, only this one had actually some professionals.  In Big Fork, many young people come for summer theater to build their resumes.  They earn a weekly stipend, a place to stay including utilities, and work with some amazing folks.  Ats this theater we saw "Thoroughly Modern Millie".  It's a musical about a young woman who goes to New York to make her way and to find a husband.

Cherries are very popular around this time in Montana.  There were a number of stands along the roads on our way toward Big Fork.  These are not like the pie cherries I'm used to from Illinois, but big, fat cherries that are dense and sweet. 
Thanks for sharing in one of our road trips in Montana.....more to come in the upcoming days.  It is such a beautiful state!

Linda

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Words


Our good friends in Montana drove us to a cute little town further west and a bit north  of Missoula called Philipsburg.  When we arrived in the town we found a two-street long car show in progress.  There were some real classics in the group.  So in keeping with the Tuesday challenge, I went in search of something to include in the blog with the words "cover" and "show".
 
 
 

 


This first picture is of some blankets (cover) in a store with other gifts and notions for the public to enjoy.  The black and white reminds of a pinto pony. 

 
 


 The bed frame is absolutely beautiful, as is the quilt coverlet.
 
We spent some time in and out of the stores, admired the beautiful and classic cars displayed on the streets, and visited with other folks along the way.
 














Then we went to the live theater production of "Wife Begins at Forty" at this theater.  This is my "show".  The play was hilarious, and was a really special diversion from the heat of the day.  I am always amazed at the talent of some of the volunteer performers at some of these tiny theaters all over the country.  The actors were from nearby universities, either students looking for opportunities to perform and add events to their resumes, or professors of theater just having a great time.
 
 
What are your experiences with live theater?
 
Sharing with Two Shoes in Texas from the airport in Salt Lake City on our way home.
 
Linda
 
 
Two Shoes Tuesdsay
 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Random Information

Sometimes we are presented with basically random, but informative items in newspapers and such.  So I thought I'd share a couple with you today, sort of interesting data and a chuckle or two.




From my hometown paper. The Delavan Times:   A favorite for snacks, s'mores and piecrust, the graham cracker was developed in 1829 by the Rev. Sylvester Graham.  The true graham cracker is made with graham flour, which is a coarsely ground wheat flour.









And another item:  Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver, "the gun that won the West," worked on the prototype in his father's textile plant. Colt once earned a living touring the country performing laughing gas demonstrations.









Also: Apples and blueberries are 90 percent pollinated by honeybees.





And from Montana Meanderings by Bonnie Yeo:
"You Know It's Going to be a Rotten Day When:
The bird singing outside your window is a buzzard.
You put both contact lenses in the same eye.
Your twin forgot your birthday.
You turn the news on and they're showing emergency routes out of the city.
Your income tax check bounces. "

I share this silly little post, as I am traveling in Montana.  Will be back this week to share some photos and interesting sights along our "tour" with our friends Judy and Larry. 

Have a good day!

Linda

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sisters


This delightful picture  is of my mother and her sister, Dorothy. As Mother and I were looking for ways to preserve family history and pass them down to family, we thought it would be fun to get Dorothy into the plans.  So we decided to write a little story about Dorothy and her specialties.  Dorothy was two years older than Mother and worked very hard on the farm, keeping a huge garden and milking cows.  I remember that she and her husband, Herman, always had to go home early on a Sunday afternoon after dinner to milk the cows.  

To make an interesting gift for someone, find an old picture such as this one, then find a recipe that can be attributed to an individual in the picture.  If not a recipe, maybe an old car, or some other memento.  Write a little story from your memories of the person in the photo.  In Dorothy's case, we included a recipe for her wonderful  sugar cookies and the following little ditty:

Dorothy always had the best recipes.  She always had something interesting in the little pantry off the kitchen, when we would spend time at her home.  The kitchen was very tiny, but the pantry had a nice big counter top on which she could prepare these wonderful cookies.  There was a large sink under the window in the corner of the kitchen, and a stove to the left of the sink.  Everything was very compact.  Many Sunday evenings were spent with Herman and Dorothy.  We would first visit a short time, and the adults would play cards at the kitchen table, while the kids played.  Then Dorothy would put the coffeepot on, and that would be the signal that it was almost time for "lunch".  These cookies would simply melt in your mouth!
We included the write-up, the recipe and the picture on a sheet and had it laminated about the size of a place mat.  This is a really simple process, but makes a neat gift.

Sugar Drop Cookies (Dorothy Weiland Aper) 

2 1/2 cups flour                               1/2 teaspoon soda
1 Tsp.  salt                                       1 egg slightly beaten
2 T. white vinegar or lemon           1 1/2 tsp. lemon rind, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla                          1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening (or use all butter)     1 cup sugar

Sift flour, soda and salt into a pan and set aside.  Cream well together sugar and butter (or part shortening).   Beat together egg, lemon rind, vinegar and vanilla.  Add to cream mixture, alternately with flour mixture, blending well.  Drop by teaspoons full, flattening with sugared tines of a fork.  Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 400ยบ 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned.
What are your thoughts?  Sound like fun?

Have a great weekend
Linda

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fences for a Thursday



We took a little drive in the country in pursuit of interesting fences in Texas, following the Run-a-Round Ranch Report challenge for Thursday.  We didn't really have an objective in particular, just looking for something interesting to "focus" on.  Jerry took his Nikon, and I had my IPhone 5, so we were armed for the adventure.




We turned on a back road off of 290 and got our first shot of not only the fence, but the windmill and the building behind it that were intriguing.  The fence is of course the old rail fence, the roof on the building is rusted metal.  


Looking on down the road is a good picture of the rail fence and the cactus that usually grow along the roads here in Texas.  The business behind this fence appears to be in collecting and distributing large square poles.  I might mention that these cactus grow in the worst possible conditions, and they can appear dead.  But given a little sip of water, they flourish.


Back to 290, and out on Sisterdale Road, just on past Luckenbach, we found this interesting camp ground.  I love the gate into the place and the sign hanging on the gate.  Also note the "Bikers welcome" sign, a common sign in this part of the country.

Let me tell you about these very tall fences.  This is also a common sight in Texas.  Some ranches put them up to keep the deer inside if there are deer leases on the property.  Many hunters pay an annual lease price to be able to hunt wild deer, hogs and turkey, so the land owners try to keep the animals inside the fence.  And those deer can really jump to clear a normal fence structure.  



In the case of Becker Vineyards, it is more likely that they are trying to keep any varmints out of those beautiful vineyards.  This has been a phenomenal year for the grape growers here in Texas, and Becker is one of our finest.  That's their sympol on the gate.  If you are in South Central Texas sometime, come to see our wineries and vineyards on the 290 Wine Trail....there are lots of them.

Have a wonderful day, and don't get fenced in!  ;-)

Linda

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two Shoes - Stuck, Together

Two Shoes Tuesdsay

Stuck, Together
 The first thing that comes to my mind, is a little assignment I had this morning.  My sweet hubby helped me with some housework that involved dusting some shelves on which he has his collections of Walruses and various childhood toys.


This guy is about three inches long and has huge tusks.  Unfortunately one of the tusks broke off when it inadvertently dropped on the floor.  If you look really close you will see that there is still a crack on the one on the right from some splintered ceramic. But at least the tusk is stuck back in place on the face of the walrus.

  
This is actually one of my favorites.  It's very tiny and made of ivory.  The problem with this guy was that his base had come loose from the walrus, and it is now stuck back onto the walrus.

Together these two little collectibles have been returned to their place on the shelving among the 30 some other creatures.




Jerry and I can get the house cleaned in a pretty short time.  He doesn't mind helping me out with special projects, such as his shelves and some vacuuming.  We've stuck together now for almost 30 years, and have a good life. 

Have a wonderful Tuesday.  All of us bloggers will work together to address the challenges of the Two Shoes Tuesday.

Linda





Sunday, July 20, 2014

Forgiveness by Lucado



You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help in Turbulent Times

My Sunday School class is working through this book by Max Lucado. 

Many times we could just about fall asleep, or do drift off when we are listening to a discussion that doesn't really effect us, but other times we become engaged and inspired during the discussion.  Today our class focused on Chapter 10, "Now About Those Family Scandals and Scoundrels". The story is in the Bible, Genesis 41 and 42.   Max's writes in this chapter about Joseph as the Prime Minister of Egypt, gold around his neck and such, when his brothers came to try to obtain food in the time of Joseph's predicted famine in the area.  These are the same brothers who traded him off for a few coins to be then sold into slavery in Egypt.   They did not recognize him, but he knew them right away.  The drama that ensues is very interesting.  We had quite a discussion on the effects of forgiveness, and not only forgiveness but the "forgetting" that goes along with that.  

Most families (or other relationships) have some dysfunction that may or may not be addressed, leaving hurt feelings, resentment, and a tendency to avoid any discussion.  

So I just wanted to share this information with you today, so that we could think on how forgiveness in our relationships might change things for us as well.  Today I am sending you a big hug and hopes that you might find peace in addressing any unresolved issues in your life.  

Have a restful, peaceful Sunday.

Linda

Saturday, July 19, 2014

...How Does Your Garden Grow???

This morning I took some pictures of our beautiful back yard and the flowers that are growing there.  Many of my fellow bloggers have taken some lovely shots of flowers on walks or hikes with some very fine cameras, like maybe a Nikon with a fancy lens that my husband uses.  I just grabbed my cell phone and focused in on a few things to share with you.  The first is the cactus garden at the far end of the yard.  The cacti are actually having babies, as you might see in the photo.  These are usually about two feet away from the mother plant in any direction.  The flowering one is a Russian sage, not really a cactus, but needs little water and sandy soil.


This is the view on the North side of the yard.  There is Turk's cap on the far end next to the wall with the red blooms, the light blue flower is Plumbago,then red roses.  In front is the ever healthy lantana, which grows abundantly in the south.


The flowers along the South fence start with the blooming hostas on the far end.  The purple flowers are Verbena, then the Black-eyed susans.  The gardenia bush is not in bloom.  Next is the Mexican Petunia (purple flower), then the tiny white Mexican Petunia.  The huge red flowers are the dinner plate hibiscus.  We planted the tree last year, a Chinese Pistachio, and it has grown at least three feet this year.


Here's a better picture of the dinner plate hibiscus and the yellow bell esperanza.  A Mexican heather is in the foreground, and it has some lovely tiny purple flowers on it.


Behind the cactus garden is a new red crepe myrtle we planted last fall and the red roses.  The vine along the fence is a coral vine...it just keeps growing and trailing.  We cut it down to the ground every winter.


I have included my puppy Polly in photos before on the blog, but never have included Izzy.  Izzy is a yorkie/maltese mix (actually Isabella), and will be 12 years old this October.  She is really doing well, except for gaining some weight and not walking as well as she used to.  She has been a very fun and loving dog and tolerates her new roommate until she has had quite enough.

Have a wonderful day...
Linda

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beach Blanket Books






As I was reading through the AARP Bulletin, I found an article on Beach Blanket Books, and it brought back some memories.  When I think of the beach, I can't help but think of Annette Funicello.  I've included a link to both the magazine and Annette to refresh your memory.  Also, the listing of books in this article was for "50 years of hot summer reads".  Here are some of the highlights:





1965 - Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
1969 - The Godfather by Mario Puzo
1970 - Love Story by Erich Segal
1974 - Jaws by Peter Benchley
1979 - Sophie's Choice by William Styron
1985 - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
1989 - The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
1992 - Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
1993 - The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
1998 - Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
1999 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K.Rowling
2003 - The DeVinci Code by Dan Brown
2006 - Marley and Me by John Grogan
2007 - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2009 - The Shack by William P. Young

And the list goes on and on....check out the Bulletin for a complete list.  I think I'll get a couple of these that I haven't  downloaded.

A friend sent me some pictures with a caption, Pictures that need no caption.  I think some of these came from PInterest, but I think it's OK to share them with you here on the blog:








Hope you enjoy these as I did.  Have a great weekend!
Linda

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fences and Portals



It's Thursday morning, and this will be my first link up to the Fences (and gates) theme.  My husband and I keep a separate album on our computer of "Portals and Passageways", and may someday do a book of pictures for fun.  So I wandered through this album, looking for a variety of pics to take you along on a tour.



 The first of these is of Dachau, from our driving trip through Germany.  Dachau is one of the Nazi prison camps in Germany, and it is very humbling to walk through.  The phrase on the fence means "Work Makes You Free", and was posted on many Nazi prison camps.



This picture is from Eze, France.  Eze is a small fortress city in the hills above Nice.  Very amazing to walk through this older area and imagine the people who may have lived here at one time.  Now it is mostly touristy, but great picture opportunities.



A little different from the European pictures, this one is from the Forts Trail in Texas, just outside Ft McKavitt at Hershfeld.  The old Forts Trail is fascinating listening to the stories of the soldiers sent to the west to protect people from the Comanches and such.  There are some fabulous books about the Texas history and I love reading them.



Back to Europe and Wittenberg, Germany, where Martin Luther preached and nailed his theses.  This is also the burial site for Luther.  It was one of those places where you could stand very still and feel the spirits of those who worshiped there.



And finally, one of the most beautiful spots I've ever been is on Santorini Island, a Greek Isle. We took a bus up the mountain from the sea, visited a winery high in the mountain, then enjoyed the beautiful blue rooftops and white houses of the city.  Can you imagine walking through this passageway to go to your front door?  

Thanks for checking in on the Fences challenge!

LInda Kay


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