Archive for January, 2011

Jan. 28 – The Big Bird

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Our friend Don took us to the Fayetteville, Arkansas airport to tour a large military plane on display. It was a beautiful sunny, blue sky day. We were suitable impressed with the size of the plane and the seeming competence of the youngsters (compared to us) who fly, maintain and guided us through it.


Monday, January 24th, 2011

One of the projects around here is to organize the shop. It’s like trying to herd cats! At least I got one or two drawers of the tool box organized! My OCD is shining through!

One of the 3 drawers of sockets!

Meanwhile, the guys hang around the woodstove doing what guys do best!

Warm Fire for a Cool Evening

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The burn pile was started up this afternoon, in anticipation of a few inches of snow tomorrow to dampen it down. It was welcome warmth in the cold northern breeze. The glow of the fire with the backdrop of a colorful sunset caught my eye.

On Thin Ice

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

On our Saturday drive we visited two of the many lakes in the area. This one still had a thin layer of ice that held the weight of this flock of geese. Several geese even flew in and made a slippery landing without breaking the ice!

Meanwhile, elsewhere on the road this tree was slowly devouring a metal sign!


Friday, January 14th, 2011

I made potato pancakes a few days ago, from potatoes grown in the garden here! Back in April we were here and helped put in the garden, you may remember that post; click here. And here we are 9 months later eating the produce ! I didn’t even have to weed or water! The potato pancakes (recipe and instructions gleaned from my mother-in-law Ruth just last month) were delicious.

An odd shaped spud from the garden.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

We had a beautiful sunrise a few days ago, before the latest storm. In hindsight it made me think of the saying “Red in the morning, sailors take warning!” We had very clear skies today, the sun was a yellow ball going down, so we haven’t had a “Red at night, sailors delight” sunset yet.

Sunrise Panorama


Winter Finally Finds Us

Monday, January 10th, 2011

A wintery mix in Northwest Arkansas

We went to bed last night with a light dusting of snow and awoke to a little more than that. All day was gray with occasional snow flurries of tiny little flakes that barely accumulated. This evening after the meager sun went down the bigger flakes began to fall and we have about two inches now. It lightens up and softens the landscape of brown grasses and bare trees.

Happy Birthday Mav!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Mavrik turned 3 years old today! Let’s hope those terrible twos are over!

Mavrik spent part of the day sandwiched between his two girlfriends, Dixie on the left and Lucky on the right.

Mavrik enjoyed his favorite snack of ear wax, and Lucky enjoyed the attention!

Keep the Shop Fire Burning

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Time to stoke the shop woodstove to keep it warm for tomorrows chores.

Ear Buds

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

No, not an IPod for Christmas or anything like that. Mavrik has a new buddy whose ears he can lick! Get it, ‘ear bud’? Mavrik has two doggy buddies here, Dixie, a German Shepherd and Lucky, a mix who is lucky she found such a good home. They are working out their hierarchy and it helps to relax by ear licking I guess!

Two of the Three Stooges!