Thursday, March 29, 2012

My youngest son's college lacrosse team traveled four hours to DC yesterday for a game.
It's usually us making the trip to where ever he is playing, so it was nice to have a 'home' contest.

The boys are always hungry after playing, so it is tradition for the parents to provide a post game tailgate.

My contribution was a fruit salad.

The watermelon was from Mexico, the grapes from Chile and the oranges came out of a can from China. The wonders of a global economy and modern transportation? Or something terribly wrong?


The Hornets won and my boy was duly happy.
 But the best prize for me was having all my sons together.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I am still amazed at all the beauty.

My brother Paul visited last week from Kansas and we put him to work planting pear trees, rasberries  blackberries an additional apple tree and replacing two blueberry bushes.

Many thanks for your help.

Linking with

Pleave visit Nancy and Lisa and the gang for wonderful ideas and lovely photographs.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

....And then there is Spring at our farm.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring in Washington, DC

Just a bike ride distance from our in town apartment...

...the Cherry Blossoms are in full glory.


Friday, March 16, 2012

I'm Watching You

So says the trunk of my apple tree.

And a little doodling for the grandsons:

Monday, March 12, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My visit to California was over so fast. Too fast.
But my heart is happy for the time.

We found the ocean. We chased butterflies. We found the seals. We found the toy store.
We played and played and played.

I was attacked by a shark,

and attacked by a bubba monster.

My Kate has a gracious home and and beautiful family.
She manages both with such ease and grace.

How proud I am to see her in her do it all so well.
My heart is very happy.

Monday, March 5, 2012


Land of beautiful sunsets and beautiful Grandsons.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Seeing Trees

Sometimes we don't hear things until we are ready, even though it's been told to us many times over.  The same can be said of what we see.

For over a year now, I have passed by a tree just out side my back door of the farm house a zillion times, never taking much notice. I don't think I could have told you what it's leaves look like when filled out. It simply wasn't as magnificent as the White Oak that I have gaped at since day one out the front door after all.

I picked up a few fallen twigs from that back door insignificant tree and stuck them in my "dead stuff" arrangement thinking they were interesting non the less. Tree enthusiast Nancy over at WindowSillArranging ID'd the twigs as belonging to a red maple. Nice. At least it has a name, poor thing.

I have a few often used works of Nancy Ross Hugo's on my bookshelf .

and had ordered another that just arrived in the mail.

Magnificent book.
A must have for anyone who has ever seen a tree. Or at least thought they had.
I have spent the last two days engrossed in the book, walking around my farm discovering all the gems that I have...that I walk by every day...but just didn't See them. Nancy and photographer Rob llewellyn teach us not just to look at a tree, but to See it.

My back door red maple and I have become very good friends.
Just look at how it is ready to greet me each time I walk by now.
How did I not notice it's worthiness?

I am ready, most ready, to See what else is on my knoll.
Tree Watching. Just what I need...another new hobby.

But first, I am off the see my Grandsons.
And I won't miss a single moment of seeing them.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Husband, his brothers and my sons all work together in the family auto business.
Tools are their lifeline.

Glad I could contribute.