We just got back from visiting my Mother-in-law.  The kids drove me nuts in the pickup.  They didn’t so much fight as just make a lot of racket.  We stopped in a Dollar General to pick up some snacks and go potty.  Leo followed Daddy into the bathroom, and when Dad was done, Leo gave him a loud, “Good job, Daddy!”  At least one of them is potty trained.

When we got back I was excited to see people had ordered five of my books on Paperbackswap.  Of course it was five different people, but I can now order five books I want. I have to register the ladies for school tomorrow, so I can go to the post office then.  GD and I discussed this, do you ususally have to register your kids each year?  We both went to such small schools, the teachers would have known if we had moved.

We got an awesome new chest freezer.  Our old one is avocado green and around 30  + years.  It also isn’t staying cold enough.  This one has kind of a grid thing so there are compartments in the bottom so I don’t have to muscle heavy boxes around to get to stuff, it will be sorted right there.  Whoo hoo, ready for a bunch of hamburger.

Did you notice the second rainbow is backwards?Colorado trip-43 Curt Gowdy State Park. 

The flower pics are on Rabbit Ears Pass in Colorado.  You should have seen them, they were glorious.

Colorado trip-69 Colorado trip-70




What I did for my summer vacation.


The day we left I ran around looking for my digital camera.  It was nowhere to be found.  I went to have my hair done and my friend loaned me her point-and-shoot 35mil camera.  I didn’t use it much because I swiped Mom’s digital camera, which was a good thing because I took some great flower shots.  More on that later.


I went home for my High School reunion.  It was nice to see the people I went to school with again.  Most are still at home, or in the Eastern end of the state or in the Denver area.  I found out that I received the same degree from the same university at the same time as a high school classmate.  I don’t remember seeing him at college at all, and it isn’t that big of a school.  He was cute, I can’t believe I missed him.  That really baffles me.  The ones I keep in touch with were not there, so I had to mingle with all kinds of new people, which was a little uncomfortable.  I determined my one friend is a savant.  He can recognize anyone anywhere after any amount of time.  Even after a sex change, I believe.


I took several extra days so I could catch up with non-high school friends too, including a friend I have had since Kindergarten and then another I met on summer break from college.  She moved from Texas to my hometown, so I can see her whenever I go home.  I am so happy to have her there, even if I don’t get back but a few times a year.  Just knowing makes me feel good.  I am hoping she can get me the opportunity to take a photo of Hayden’s Penstemon (an endangered flower) next spring.  I am sure people will let her know where they grow, it is kind of her line of work now.  Hint hint.


Then I drove the ladies out to Craig, CO to visit my cousin and her kids.  The gentlemen stayed with Grandma and Papa.  We drove and drove, and the mountains and flowers were beautiful.  I was so glad to have Mom’s camera along, I am a little surprised the battery stayed charged. You may feel differently after I get all of them posted.


I found my camera today.  If I had only not purchased the UW jacket when I went to the bookstore to buy another flower ID book, can you have too many of those?  I didn’t have a Wyoming one, but now I do.  This one has a really handy id thing in the front with small photos of the flowers and page numbers under it.  Usually they are arranged by family which is a pain or if they are by color, you realize one man’s purple is another man’s blue.  Anyway, I bought the newest CJ Box book because it was there and it was signed plus a book called Wicked Plants which looked like a lot of fun, and a bumper sticker I didn’t need.  My camera was in the pocket of the jacket I packed but never wore.

The Plantagenets


I lamented to Mom that it seemed that the only English history I could find revolved around Henry VIII, his wives and his progeny.  She told me I needed to read about the Plantagenets, and proceeded to give me a book.  It took three days to read nine pages.  I spent quite a bit of time trying to decode the family tree in the front.  She suggested I print one off of Wikipedia.  Wikipedia has a great set of family trees all the way back to Ethelred I think, but it won’t let me print!  It is a wonder that those people didn’t have three thumbs each with all the line breeding that went on.  The book is really readable, any book with a family tree and a map is bound to be good.

Biblical Randomness


Reading the One Year Bible has left me with some unanswered (unanswerable?) (hypothetical) questions.  I read it late at night, so my thought process is not often in the middle of the road, rather it has gone off road completely and is tooling happily down the ditch.  Please don’t take this as blasphemy, it isn’t meant as such.  I am a questioner; it is a hobby that gets me into trouble.  My last minister said to me during a Bible Study, “That is a good question.  When I was a teacher that is what I would tell a student when I didn’t have the answer.” And then she looked at me waiting for me to figure out I wasn’t getting an answer to my question.  (I didn’t ask her any of these though)


I have a student Bible, it has all kinds of interesting asides.  I think it must have been written for Lutheran students (I have my reasons for this), but I am not embarassed to run around with a “student” Bible.  I figure most of us are indeed students of the Bible, as none of us have written any of it.  I have a good start on memorizing the books of the Bible, OT through Kings II and NT through…Acts.  That may go down when I hit the shorter books.


I was a little alarmed to see that I will be reading Psalms again.  It has been the most difficult for me to really concentrate on.  I find myself singing in my head, the lines used by Christian artists in pop songs (his love endures forever).  I can’t wait for Isaiah so I can hum the Messiah.  Leviticus was exceptionally tough.  I hear Chronicles is another charmer. I may need some support getting through that.  I have developed a bad habit, just reading every two or four or five days.  I need to re-affirm my intentions to read daily.  That has to help.


My thoughts


  • Do you suppose “to this day” those dead kings are still in the cave with the rocks piled in front of it? Joshua 10:27  Every time I see one of those “to this days” I wonder if it really is…

  • I didn’t know Barak was a Biblical name.  Why do we have to be reminded that Abner is the son of Ner 15 times?  It is a lot easier to keep track of Abner than those names like Jehoahaz and Jehoash and Jeroboam or Athaliah and Ahaziah and Amaziah.  I could go on with the R ones too.

  • Jesus performed more bread and fish miracles than he did bread and wine ones. Wouldn’t it be interesting to take wine and fish at communion?  (yes, I know why, I am in left field here, come join me) Would the wine communers be taking smoked salmon while the grape juice communers take fish sticks?  What would that leave for the water communers?  Baked fish?  I wonder about these things late at night.

  • I never imagined there would be so many potty stories! Well, two so far, but still…

  • That Annanias and Sapphira thing makes me wonder exactly what the early Christians would think about the economics of Communism.

  • I am very curious to read these annals of the kings of Judah and Israel.  I was excited to learn more about Solomon’s great wisdom, but there was no new information in Kings I.  I felt cheated.  Do you suppose they still exist?

  • The Old Testament makes a pretty strong case for polygamy.


Favorite verses:

Psalm 141

Psalm 73 vvs. 23-26

Psalm 65 vvs. 9-13 the agriculture thing gets me every time

Psalm 66 vvs. 13-14 made me laugh out loud

I notice they are all from Psalms.  (to start with, they were the easiest to find)  Maybe it is a good thing to read Psalms again.