Monday, November 13, 2017


We had some steak left in the freezer and decided that today was warm enough to grill it.  I needed the stocking hat to protect the new skin on my head that is from my recent treatment to get rid of the skin cancer skin.  It is a little tender in the cool air.  Anyway, we had enough propane to get the steaks cooked and they were good.

I had just put the steaks on the grill.

Checking the time to see when I started the cooking.  They are very thick steaks and take about 15 minutes to be ready.


Sunday, November 12, 2017


Pat has better attire for snow shoveling than mine was as shown in the last blog.  It is a little colder today.  She should have had a hat though.

Pat on the shovel.


Saturday, November 4, 2017


This is my shoveling attire for the first snowfall that requires shoveling.  It is around 35 and no wind, so it works well.  The snow is very wet and would make a great snowman.


Friday, October 27, 2017


The following group of pictures of our back yard were taken almost exactly 24 hours apart yesterday and today.  They show the before and after of our first snow of this winter.  It isn't as much as predicted, but plenty for now.

The view from out over our deck.

Over the deck with the new snow.

This shows the Gazebo, and the river.

Same as above with snow.

This is the main part of the back yard.  The two trees on the right are the Cherry and Apple trees.

I think the green looked much better.


Saturday, October 7, 2017


We have two nice Maple trees in our backyard and they are both in full color now.  Also one other tree that I am not sure what kind it is, but it has turned a deep purple color.  Here are some pictures.

This is the Maple in front of the Gazebo.

This is the same Maple tree again with the other tree that is back and to the right of the Gazebo.

This is the Maple behind our garage with the Pine tree blended in with the Maple.  They are really to close together, but that is the way they were planted many years ago.


Thursday, August 24, 2017


Yesterday evening we went for a pontoon ride.  During the ride we spied a Heron sitting on top of a boat lift looking real proud.  Got a couple pictures.  After we got home I took some pictures of flowers we have on the back side of the house.

 This is the right profile of the Heron.

This is the left profile of the Heron

This hanging basket flower has been like this most of the summer.  It slowed down for awhile and I gave it a shot of Chicken Poo and it has really come back.

Like the previous flower this one has responded well to the Chicken Poo.  It had completely quit blooming a couple weeks ago.

This is a flower that sits on the ground.  It has maintained the blooms all summer.  I "fed" it also.


Saturday, August 5, 2017


Picked the first Tomatoes and Peppers this morning.  They are finally starting to get ripe.  There will be a lot more to come now.

First two tomatoes, one is a Roma  type and two nice Peppers.  Should be more about every day now.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017


We had two trees in the backyard that were originally planted to close together and were starting to interfere with their growth.  So, we had one removed today.  Ralph Hansen came this morning and had the tree down and hauled away in under 30 minutes.  He did a fine job.  Now all this is left is to get the stump removed.  Here are a few pictures.

This is the before picture.  The tree in the middle is the one going down.

Cutting the major limbs that can be reached off first.

Tree all ready to come down now.

The tree is down and he planned and did fall the tree right onto the wagon so that the top could just be cut off and not have to be loaded a piece at a time.   That is Ralph in the red shirt.

Here he is cutting the top off before cutting up the trunk.

All done and ready for the stump grinder.


Sunday, June 4, 2017


We have lived here now for 9 years and one other time about 8 years ago we had a deer in our backyard.  Tonight it happened again.  What looked to be about a year old doe was chowing down on our Cherry tree when Pat first saw her.  She yelled at me that a deer was eating our Cherry tree and I wasn't real sure what she said.  I came into the kitchen where I could see the tree and sure enough there was a deer nibbling on the tree.  I grabbed my camera to get a picture figuring she would take off as soon as she saw me.  I took one picture from inside the house and then went outside to scare her away.  She wasn't scared and moved over to nibble on the apple tree.  I went down from the deck into the yard and started toward her.  She just watched me until I was only about 20 feet away and then moved back toward the river.  But, she didn't want to leave and I chased here all the way around the back yard into the front yard and finally into the neighbors front yard.  This chase was at a medium speed walk.  She finally went on up the street the last we saw of her.  Never saw a deer so unafraid before.  Here are the pictures.

 Deer at the Cherry tree.

 At the Apple tree.

Getting close.

The beginning of the chase around and out of our yard.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017


My new Husqvarna lawn mower was delivered today.  It has a 54 inch mower deck and a Briggs and Straton engine.  It is similar to my old one that I traded in.  Has a couple other bells and whistles that will be nice.

This is the old one.

This is the new one.

This is the new one with an operator.


Monday, May 15, 2017


I finished planting my garden this morning so it will be ready for the rain this afternoon.  We also got all of the flowers we place outside around the house and they are in place with their watering systems ready to go.  Here are some pictures.

This is the tomato and pepper end of the garden.  There are 6 tomato plants and 2 Bell pepper plants.  Hope they are big producers this year.

This is a shot of the whole garden.  The two rows on the left are sweet peas, the two rows down near the tomato end are Radishes and on the right side near the fence are three hills of Cucumbers.  There is a hard to see green stake at each hill.

One of our outside flowers on the back side of the house.

Another flower in the back of the house.

This one is at the bottom of the steps going into the Gazebo from the yard.

Another one by the steps.

This one sets on the steps by the front door to the house.

This one is along the sidewalk going to the front steps of the house.   There are 3 kinds of plants in pot.  They were just re-potted yesterday.

This one sets on the landing by the front door to the house.   There are also 3 kinds of plants in this pot.   They were also just re-potted yesterday.

Our Bluebirds finally showed up last evening and laid claim to their house.  So we don't have to worry about the Swallows taking over now.


Saturday, May 13, 2017


I went fishing off our dock today for the first time in almost 2 years.  Had a little luck and caught 2 nice Channel Catfish.  Cut into good size hunks, they will make excellent feed for my tomatoes this summer.  They are also good eating and I will have to catch some more for that. They were about 2 lbs. or so each.  Here are a couple pictures.

Here are the two fish.

Proud fisherman


Thursday, May 11, 2017


Last spring we planted two new fruit trees in the back yard and they have both made it through the past winter and are sprouted out with leaves and blooms.  One was a Cherry tree and the other a Honey Crisp Apple tree.   The Cherry tree looks like it could almost have enough cherries to make a pie if all the blooms turn into cherries.  Hope the apple tree has a couple apples as it has some blooms if you look closely.

This is the Cherry tree with the top of the Apple tree in the lower right corner.

This is the Apple tree with the Cherry tree in the background.


Thursday, March 30, 2017


While we were gone for our winter vacation in Arizona, we had our master bathroom completely redone.  It has turned out real well.  The project went smoothly and there were only 3 or 4 telephone calls with questions for us on what we wanted.  We had picked out all the tile for both the floor and the new shower as well as the fixtures.  The plumber, electrician, carpenter and tiler just had to take it apart and put it back together with the changes and new stuff.  We want to thank Roman Richter who was the general contractor and also did the carpentry work.  He built the new vanity and linen/storage cabinet.  The following are the pictures of before, during and after.

This is a before picture of the vanity area with the divider wall.

Another before picture of the vanity showing the divider wall and the drop down area over the vanity.

The before picture of the shower door and linen storage area to the left side of the picture.

Before picture of the inside of the shower.

Before picture of the end area of the vanity.

This is a picture of Styrofoam that was on the outside wall.  The crazy design is from a colony of ants that lived there some time in the past.  They probably left when we had the new siding put on the house summer before last.  Could be some "real" modern art.

 Shower wall and end of bathroom after gutting.

Bathroom floor after removal of all old tile.

Starting to be put back together.

One end of the new shower area.

Other end of new shower area.

Middle area of shower showing the soap/shampoo storage area.

One end of the shower with new tile installed.

New floor in the shower.

Side wall of shower with the soap/shampoo storage area.

Other end of shower with new tile

New vanity installed.

New vanity with drawers and doors.  Also shows the new mirrors.

New vanity with new granite top.  The new cabinet is on the right of the picture.

New vanity with faucets and our stuff in place. 

New light fixtures and mirrors for the vanity.

Pat's end of the new shower.   For some reason this picture looks more brown than it really is.  See the next picture for a better picture of the color.

Patrick's end of the new shower.

Soap/shampoo in place.

New linen/storage cabinet.

Shot of the new vanity from the door.   This compares to the very first picture at the beginning of this blog.

We also had the floor of our downstairs bathroom re-tiled.  This is after the old tile was removed.

Downstairs bathroom floor with new tile installed.