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END OF MT. TREK

2010-09-21T08:06:56.345-07:00

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End of Mt. Trek. Summit picture of Jan and Murph. My picture in Dubois, Wyoming, home of my best friend Pauline. Great trip to Wyoming.



RENDEZVOUS MOUNTAIN

2010-09-20T12:54:28.176-07:00

(image) When I was in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last July my friends and I rode the tram to the summit of Rendezvous Mt. located in Teton Village. We decided to walk the 7.5 miles to the bottom. Some of the trail was so steep that gravity almost pulled you over.

It took two snickers candy bars and two bottles of water, but I made it just fine and so did my friends. Of all the critters we saw on the trail the strangest of all was the Prairie Chickens. Who knew they were hiding out on the Western Mountains instead of the prairie.



GARDEN JUNE 2010

2010-06-24T06:50:29.977-07:00

(image) I have had good luck with my gardens, even though we have had way too much rain. I have had lettuce and onions since May. Yesterday I picked some green beans and peas. Lettuce and potatoes. I have a lot of green tomatoes and we have had hot peppers all month.

My dad was a truck farmer and I grew up with vegetables. My boys have taken some produce home and there will be a lot more to share.

The bad news is the flood gates are open on the dam and looks like I will lose the hayfield again. Lost it in 2008. We replanted then not sure what will happen this year.
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RELAXING WITH MR. BOOTIE

2010-06-22T06:45:23.539-07:00

(image) Mr. Bootie has been teaching me Relaxation Therapy.
I was attemping to make my bed on Father's Day. I was tearful and lonesome. My best friend was home sick with the flu he caught from me. My trail ride and camping trip was rained out and it was raining out of doors. I could not even tend my gardens. I was remembering happier Father's Day when my own father was living and my children's father.

I tried the poses Mr Bootie was in sort of like yoga. It worked and soon I was laughing again. Pets are wonderful friends to have.
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MICOLE AND JASON OLGETREE

2010-06-16T05:31:23.382-07:00

(image) June 13 I had a BBQ welcoming Jason to Iowa. Jason and Micole are military and are transferring from Alaska to Hawaii. Jason has had a tour in Iraq and now will be deployed to Afghanistan.

I am pictured above with granddaughters Mia on the left with Micole in the center.

Denis and I are in the picture with Micole and Jason. Jason is from Alabama.

Pictured is my new ceiling fan. This is a gift from Carrie and Crayola. It is much appreciated.







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COWBOY FUN 2010

2010-06-07T16:11:15.966-07:00

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(image) Jan and I have been having a lot of fun again at River Valley, Farmington, Iowa. It was her and hubby, Murph's, anniversary. Her adult children were there as well as my friend Denis. We had great trail rides, cookouts, and dancing. There was a bad storm on Friday night, June 4th, lightening striking huge trees along the Des Moines River. Terrifying my pup, Nana.

The woods were full of wild flowers and butterflys.

Isn't my Friend's 3 year old hunt horse gorgeous. I dare not show this picture to my mules.
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CATALPA TREES

2010-06-02T04:32:25.034-07:00

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(image) On Sunday, May 30, Friends Jan and Susan came at 8 am and we rode our favorite trails on the Harvey Island. About noon we went to the Monroe County Saddle Club Ride South and East of Albia. We did not get back to Harvey until after 7 pm. That was a longer day of riding than usual. It was very warm about 90 degrees. My mule, Jenny, barely broke a sweat. She is 23 years old and going strong.

We had a close friend in Arkansas, Bill Huston. He has passed away about 2 years ago. A few years ago we were visiting and he pulled up 3 little catalpa sprouts out of his yard. This is the first years they have bloomed and are beautiful. Reminding me of how much fun Bill and Glen had together. Fishing and hunting arrow heads. They even drank a little moonshine. Bill lived in the part of Arkansas which does not sell legal booze of any kind, but lots of shine. I miss those two.

We had a great time on Memorial Day. Great Aunt Carrie took Baby Kirk a piggyback ride. Little Kirk was ill with ear infection and a cough. He did not feel so good so we did not play with him very long. This is baby Kirk's first horse. It plays music and whineys


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IOWA STATE FOREST SHIMEK

2010-05-26T05:51:32.204-07:00

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There is a rather new policy in our state forest regarding Equine trails. If it is wet, close the trails. You can see by the pictures, that the campgrounds are not in use much as the mother deer keep their babies there because it is so quiet.



RHUBARB 1$ EACH STALK

2010-05-06T06:41:51.015-07:00

(image) Grand daughter, Mia, said Rhubarb was one dollar each stalk at the Down Town Des Moines Farmers Market last Saturday. She was purchasing Rhubarb to make Rhubarb Margaritas for a party this weekend. I asked her down to my place to help her self. I already froze my rhubarb for the year.

Rhubarb Margaritas. WHOOPEE Save one for me. ps. Mia we need the reciepe.



MAY DAY WEEKEND 2010

2010-05-04T15:38:26.422-07:00

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May Day weekend was spent at the River Valley horse camp at Farmington, Iowa. Jan, Tom and Tammy and myself, Grandma Jeanie. We had a great ride 5 hours on Saturday. It did rain on Friday and late Saturday night, but did not spoil the fun. We spent a lot of time on the Extreme trail ride challenge, practicing.
Sunday was a fun ride with the Iowa Donkey and Mule folks.
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MIA'S CHICKEN UPDATE

2010-04-29T07:45:07.963-07:00

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(image) These pictures were taken about 10 days ago. Mia and her children have successfully tended their 6 baby laying hens. They are hoping for an egg supply this Fall.

They are not allowed roosters in the city of Des Moines, so alas, there will be no babys.



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2010-04-26T05:08:57.915-07:00

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(image) My friend Denis and I watched baby Kirk Sunday afternoon. Kirk, Holly, and Lacy went fishing and mushroom hunting. We all had fun.
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APRIL 2010

2010-04-19T08:44:17.731-07:00

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(image) Sunday was a nice day for trail rides.
Jan and I rode on the Island in the morning and in the afternoon with the Monroe County Saddle club. The Des Moines River is wide near my property.

Bootie is trying to tell me to change the channel on the TV. He prefers cartoons to the news.

Happy Trails.
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VIRTUAL FLORIDA SPRING BREAK VACATION

2010-04-09T06:28:59.486-07:00

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(image) My friend, Jan, plus her family, are on Spring Break vacation in Florida. This is my virtual Florida vacation. Thanks for sharing.
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EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH

2010-04-08T08:28:38.503-07:00

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(image) Jasper, Great Grandson, is holding a yellow egg.
Madison, my brother Jack's, granddaugter has a bright pink dress. Lacey Fay is sitting on the walk. The men are left to right Kirk, Jack, Joe, and Mike.

Bootie is my Easter basket gift 24 7.

We had a happy Easter, Glen was missed.

Lots of family were in other places. Carrie, Crayola, and Cathy. Sundance, Jorgen, and Gretta. Mike and Kelly.

Skyler was present and I gave him my bicycle. It is a 27 speed and almost brand new. Since I have the mules I rarely ride it any more.

Baby Kirk was to little to look for eggs, but watch out next year.



THIRTY DAYS OF SPRING

2010-04-08T15:53:02.110-07:00

Dear Friends. I have been so busy with the coming of Spring. Good Friday the potatoes and onions were planted and shallots. First the garden was plowed and cultivated. Lacey helped me. I went with friends to collect money for the Pony Express. The organization supports Easter Seals.Next was Easter Brunch with family. Easter Egg hunts.Also an old house was pulled over and part of it has been recycled. There was yard cleanup and fence to fix. In other words, I have been busy!I also have a new best friend and he has been taking up my time as well.Sylvia tried on her new dress on Easter Sunday. She is wearing it to a wedding.Kirk's older children, Jorgen and Gretta, were in Knoxville Saturday to help little sister, Lacey, find Easter Eggs. Kirk is in front of the old house on the corner which was pulled down with RickMenards tractor.Ron carried the Flag and Christi presented the checks to the Easter Seal Commitee.[...]



BABY CHICKS

2010-03-21T06:23:10.577-07:00

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My Granddaughter wants to raise chickens. She lives in the City.

These are the babies. Good Luck. You will do well.

When I was a child we would have 200 baby chicks. Big business in those days.



March 10, 2010 Artic Flowers come up through the snow

2010-03-18T10:12:18.102-07:00

(image) These little flowers came up in the snow and now they are in full bloom. Always a welcome sight in early Spring. We have a forecast of 4-6 inches of snow tomorrow. Say it won't last long please!!!
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SPRING & SUMMER ON MY OWN

2010-03-13T08:57:52.185-08:00

(image) Glen 1965. Rites of Spring. Along with the Magnolia blooms we always hunted mushrooms. Mushrooms and Arrowheads. That is what we used to do in the early Spring.


This is the mud season 2010. Yesterday my son Kirk slipped and fell flat in the mud. I don't know why I did not take a picture. Since he was uninjured it was pretty funny. He was a totally a mud wrestler.
I did the same thing a few days ago. This is the season of mud and flood.

My diesel dually and generator started up and with a roar and are ready to roll 2010.

I have been making plans for Spring and Summer. I have my saddle club weekend rides on the calendar. I have my reservations at the horse camp at Farmington for every4th weekend until winter. That is when there is a fun mule and horse show and entertainment at the lodge.

I am going to Eminence in May and October. Cross Country Trail Ride.

My little farm, gardens, and lawn are waiting for my labors. Everything is going per direction.
This is my second Spring without Glen. I am doing my best, but it is lonely. It is hard to keep focused on things and that is why I have made so many reservations and plans.

My dancing lessons are over for this year. It is a challenge to take couples dance lessons when you are single. This would be more humerus if it was not so sad. I laugh and cry at the same time. I have learned how to have a blast with a broken Heart.

I take a little time every day to feel sorry for my self and then I go to the barn and visit my mules and listen to them chomp up their hay. My dog and cat are always under my feet. Life is good. Everyday is a gift.



IOWA ICE BERGS

2010-03-10T19:51:29.360-08:00

(image) Our place on the river is below the Red Rock Dam. The water stays open all winter. We have lots of water birds to enjoy during the winter months. This piece of ice was breaking up. We used to have ice jams at this narrow place in the river before the dam of 1968.

Nana is so proud of her deer leg. She carried it 3 miles to our home. Then she buried it as well as she could for a later treat

English River flows into the Des Moines River near my property. The English is flooding big time. 2008 was a flood that destroyed my little Hay farm. I replanted. I hope we do not lose again this year. Lots of folks have their homes at stake. I just have a hayfield.
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ISLAND MARCH 2010

2010-03-05T09:54:13.228-08:00

(image) The Bald Eagles are fishing and the geese are flying. A birds eye view of my little spot in the Universe.
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MARCH SUN

2010-03-03T14:23:28.167-08:00

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My friend Tom came over after work today and we took a nice ride down by the river. He is riding my mule, County Fair. We say several Bald Eagles and a beautiful Des Moines River.

Spring is in the air!






RARE SATURDAY NIGHT

2010-02-27T14:26:09.318-08:00

The sun is shining!! First Weekend in recent memory without a weather maker. When you have to drive 100 miles round trip for a night on the town the weather does make a difference.
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WINTER WILDLIFE

2010-02-25T05:56:29.047-08:00

On my 10 mile drive to town there were always Hawks in the trees. During this time of year, many times there would be a pair of Hawks in the same tree. This winter I rarely see a Hawk,
The Bald Eagles have taken over. They look so majestic waiting for a mouse or rabbit. I see them flying over our house as well. I do wonder where the Hawks are hunting.

My dog Nana, Border Collie, , Australian Sheperd, and Blue Heeler mix. Black and white in color.
She is eight years old. She is constantly chasing squirrels and rabbits, seldom making a catch.
Yesterday she brought me a large rabbit very much alive, severely injured. Glen would have put the animal down immediately and gave it a respectful burial. I just stood there, crying a little. Nana was confused and she carried that poor dying rabbit around for hours and finally buried it herself.