Category Archives: Family

Enjoying the Holidays

John enjoying family time

John enjoying family time

We returned to home on Saturday evening after enjoying time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday. We had great weather in Phoenix and of course great food. What was most wonderful was all the laughter and conversations. 🙂

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My Grandfather’s Pocket Watch

My Grandfather's Pocket Watch

My Grandfather’s Pocket Watch

While visiting my parents during thanksgiving my dad gave me his father’s pocket watch. A treasure to me. It does not run but the hands turn so I may have it repaired. 

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Yes, It’s a Toaster

Yes, it's a toaster

Yes, it’s a toaster

I remember the cold winter mornings I would cut a slice mom’s homemade bread, toasting it in this exact toaster and smothering it in “real” butter. Well, mom made her homemade bread before we arrived for Thanksgiving. As expected I cut a slice about as thick as it would fit in the toaster and drowned it in butter. I mentioned how impressed I was that the toaster was still working. Dad then informed it was one of their wedding gifts which makes is almost 68 years old. I made toast every morning I was there. 🙂

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Watching the Sunset

Sharing a Moment Together

Sharing a Moment Together

A moment of anger can destroy a lifetime of work, whereas a moment of love can break barriers that took a lifetime to build.

This morning is overcast and cloudy. One of those solid and flat gray skies with very little texture. The temperature is around 60 degrees so it is pleasant to be outside, walking or riding the bicycle.

I leave a week from today for 6 weeks. Will camp one night at Great Sand Dunes NP and and one night at Canyon Dechelly then on to Phoenix to spend the rest of the time with family.

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Family, BBQ and Sunset

A little dirt and watermelon juice make for a happy boy.

A little dirt and watermelon juice make for a happy boy.

This past Saturday afternoon I went to a BBQ at my oldest daughters home. They grilled up some elk burgers and brats. 🙂 Games were played, children and puppy dogs ran all over the place and lots of laughter was heard.

Even a swimming pool to enjoy.

There was not a clean child around.

Chris and Cody supplied the meat while everyone else was asked to bring a side dish. Well that meant there were too many salads and deserts to fit on one plate so multiple trips to the table were needed. I found this young girl exploring all of the back yard, walking stick in hand.

Front Range Sunset

Front Range Sunset

As the sun went down I stood along the fence in their backyard with camera in hand and watched the colors. Nature was magically making  art and I had a great front row seat.

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Abbie

My granddaughter, Abbie

My granddaughter, Abbie

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Happy Birthday, Abbie!

Abbie

Abbie

And, today is my oldest granddaughters 21st birthday. I may be a bit biased as a grandparent but I think she is a very special gift. I love you, Abbie!

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