Archive for February, 2011


Monday, February 28th, 2011

Mom- Ruth Douglas

May 7, 1918 – February 26, 2011

Mom holding me, with my brothers Kenneth and Richard and Grandpa, 1956.

Mom and I at a function, 2002

Mom and I sitting on the swing at Lake Cora, 2003

My Long-Hair phase, 2006

Mom was more than happy to cut my hair! April 25, 2006.

Mom, playing at 'The Bean' in Chicago, May, 2009, just days after her 91st birthday.

Thank you Mom. I Love You.

Feb. 24 – Lake Cora

Friday, February 25th, 2011

We took a drive up to Lake Cora, Michigan to visit Robert’s Aunt and Uncle and reminisce about the great times Robert spent there in his youth. He had never seen Lake Cora in the winter and they have a fairly fresh coat of snow. The lake is frozen over and we were able to walk out and look back at ‘the homestead’ as well as Oak Cove Resort, closed for the season.

Aunt Tootie's Cottage

Looking back at the cottage from out on the frozen lake.

Robert & Mavrik out on the lake.

The Adirondack chairs at Oak Cove Resort waiting for the summer season.

Feb. 21 – Handsome or Cute?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Mavrik is so good when he’s asleep.He fits perfectly in his little doughnut bed.

Is he handsome? In natural light.

Or is he cute? With flash.

Feb. 20 – All Day Rain

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

It has rained almost all day today. Thank goodness for my new rubber boots, the envy of 6 year old girls everywhere!

They are so 'camo' you almost don't see them!

Feb. 16 – On the Way North

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

We headed back to the Chicagoland area today. Our route took us through St. Louis. I’ve never been there and had to be content with a view of the Gateway Arch through the car windows. It was a beautiful day for travel though.

Feb. 13 – War Eagle Mill

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Today was a beautiful day, sunny and warm. The snow has melted off the roads and is quickly diminishing in the fields. We took a scenic drive to the historic War Eagle Mill nearby.

A view of War Eagle Creek flowing past the Mill and under the bridge leading to the homestead.

One of the many grain products produced and sold by the Mill.

Feb. 12 – Beginning of the Melt

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

The Jeep was safe under the canopy at the back house, but Robert couldn’t resist testing it out in the snow. It did a great job pushing through the snow.

Don plowed the path with his skid steer. There actually is no road here.

Meanwhile at ‘the big house’ the snow melting off the roof created beautiful icicles hanging in front of the windows.

Feb. 10 – The Yellow Submarine

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The propane tank disguised as the Yellow Submarine. This picture was taken April 11, 2009.

The Yellow Submarine today, Feb. 10, 2011, almost completely submerged in the snow!

Feb. 9 – Where’s Mav? or The BIG Snow

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The big storm hit overnight and throughout the day. 24 inches in less than 24 hours! It is considered the 100 year storm for northwest Arkansas. Mavrik went out in the morning and got lost in the snow. He had to ‘porpoise’ over the surface, jumping like a deer! The falling snowflakes were so thick and the sky so gray that pictures just didn’t do justice to the scene.

Feb. 8 – Exercycle

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Don had a lot of equipment he wanted to get rid of so I helped him put several things on Craigslist. This Exercycle is quite an interesting and photogenic piece of work.

And it has an ample seat!!