Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Twins

While eating breakfast on the patio a few days ago, I noticed some visitors.

 Twin fawns!


 They moved back toward the pond.


 Walking along the pond dam, I spotted this twin watching me.


 Shortly joined by the other twin.


 Then they decided enough is enough and they left.


 Twin #1


 Followed by Twin #2


 Apparently they were still curious . . .



And then they were gone!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fun Day in Lawrence

Last Friday we headed to Lawrence with good friends Susie and Bonnie and met up with Katy for a fun day. We arrived at Washington Creek Lavender, located south of Lawrence by the community of Lone Star, when they opened at 10 a.m. and were given a tour by the owner Jack Wilson.

































 The white variety of lavender is called Edelweiss and the purple variety is Grosso. They also have Melissa which is a pink lavender.










 Inside the lavender drying room.



 Susie, Bonnie and Chuck with owner Jack Wilson. Thanks for the great tour, Jack!



After eating a delicious lunch at Free State Brewery, we walked around downtown Lawrence. We stopped at the Ladybird Diner for cold drinks and pie. Each table had a unique set of salt and pepper shakers and we immediately thought of Nick and Megan!

At 4:30 p.m. we had appointments at The Bodhi Tree for acupuncture treatments. We all came away with less aches and pains and feeling very relaxed.


Loved our day in Lawrence!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pickin' Those Blueberries

Last week we visited Robertson's Family Blueberry Farm in Saginaw, a small village south of Joplin, Missouri.





The farm opened for customers at 7:00 a.m. and we arrived right on time.



 The morning was cool and the dew was heavy.



The farm has over 2,000 blueberry bushes.



 The berries were plentiful and the picking was easy.



 Our arms got wet from the dew.







 It didn't take long to fill our buckets. Chuck was the overachiever!



 We picked over 14 pounds of berries.











 Fresh blueberry muffins



The blueberry galette wasn't pretty but tasted great!



Refreshing blueberry/peach/strawberry protein smoothies



Oven-baked skillet pancake with blueberry sauce

Favorite blueberry recipe (so far):
Chuck - Blueberry galette
Rita - Oven-baked skillet pancake with blueberry sauce




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

70 Years Ago

When I was working on a photo book entitled "Frank and Aileen", daughter Megan was nice enough to write the opening paragraph for the book:

"Frank and Aileen grew up on farms in the same mile section east of Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County, Kansas. Aileen was born in 1924 to Frank and Ellen Reardon. She and her brother Barney were raised in the southwestern corner of this section of land. Aileen honed her skills as a master pie-maker, thus gaining the attention of Frank, who was raised just to the north of her family's farm. Frank, born in 1920 to James and Johanna Sheehan, followed in his father's farming footsteps. Frank married the girl next door and they built their lives on a farm located between their childhood homes."

Here are some of my favorite photos of Mom and Dad . . .

 Mom bought her fur coat while working in Kansas City before she was married. I remember as a young girl snuggling up in this coat on cold winter nights.


 If ever there was such a thing as a dashing young farmer, Dad would be it.



 Mom (holding the bat) and Dad (second on the left) with friends for a baseball game.



Love this photo!



70 years ago . . .their wedding on May 25, 1946.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Springtime on Quincy Street

First bloom of the season was our Lenten Rose.



 Flowering almond



 Flowering crabapple blossoms



 Our pink dogwood bloomed better this year than in the last several years.



 The dogwood and azalea have been buddies for a long time.



 Eastern tiger swallowtail loved the azalea.



Sweet blossoms on the lily of the valley.



Mariesii viburnum blooms were abundant this year.



One of our first irises to bloom.



Black iris











Newly planted window box



Knockout rose



Our first daylily



Linda's lilies are beautiful this year.



Tomatoes are planted.



Herald the heron is back.



We put the hummingbird feeders out on April 15 and have seen quite a few scouts.



Red-bellied woodpecker



Baltimore oriole enjoying the oranges.



It's been a great spring so far!