Monday, June 26, 2017

Ben and Jack

We took care of the twins one day last week while their Mom took the older two for check-ups.We had a good day!  I didn't take any pictures until it was almost time to go home. Jack is being thoughtful here...

Ben was liking getting his picture taken

This was them when they realized their Mom had pulled in the driveway!

They were pretty excited!

We had a good day with them!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Wish I knew the name of this bug! I saw it this evening out in our yard.

Japanese Beetles....moments before their untimely demise!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I was along on a survey job last week and saw this neat windmill. Windmills are pretty neat and they had it fixed up really nice...

there was also a neat pile of old bricks nearby

and a heavy-duty frame for a swing

and some neat old soda bottles here and there!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Farther up the River

Took a little road trip today....went to a couple conservation accesses farther up the river..This is Riddle the pretty bluff! Guess I didn't actually get a picture of the bridge.  Right past this we did see where a whole house was gone...washed away..

This is the road leading to the Jerome Access. Gated off/closed due to such damage. 

potty house looks funny way over there! lots of fill needed to put this back the way it was.

This access was also heavily damaged in a past flood

Repairs have yet to begin on this...but they have started on the power line you can see in the wires there now and some poles missing as well..

some one used to cook Sunday dinner on this stove!

trees bent over nearly flat

little picket fence from someone's yard. we saw several pieces of various thing in the area

road was pretty washed out

It was an interesting drive!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Flood Book

Thanks to Sarah and Richard most of the books were in a safe place....a few fell off the bunk bed..this one  had some mud on it

and some inside..mostly not too bad though

a few pages looked like this

but with some care cleaned up pretty good!  I still have some work to do on the book. it's an older book and I like the illustrations.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Callaway County

I went along on a survey job up in  Callaway  County recently...someone had an odd sense of humor..tying an old  stuffed animal to a fence. I believe it's a snowman of some kind.

I like the different colors of the weathered boards on this old shed!

Sunday, June 11, 2017


 We took our boat out today, first time this year. We saw quite a bit of damage from the flood....this is Johnson Island, looking downriver....picture doesn't really show it, but lots of trees knocked down and huge piles of logs and other debris.

Like the ground had been stripped clean

Several areas had large sections of bank gone....this area is at the bottom of Terry Chutes...but there are plenty other areas like this, also areas with huge piles of logs and trees.....also trees leaned over, broken off of just plain gone.

and this....all that is left of the pink cabin...such a landmark on the river, just gone.
We are going to hope we don't have any more floods like that!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Green Glass

I worked in the Mae house again today....trying to organize and generally make things better in there...there have been two boxes sitting in the corner by the stairs for, well, for years I suppose. Today I decided to take them out onto the porch and open them up.  This post-it was on the smaller box.   I recognized my Aunt Dixie's handwriting...

and this was on the medium sized box....I remembered this canister set that my Grandma Frieda had, so I knew what was in the box then.

My aunt had packed everything so good! you could have shipped this box anywhere and no harm would have come to the contents!

a salt/pepper shaker..wrapped in bubble wrap, top secured by a rubber band, then wrapped in tissue

this is what was in the box marked "green glass" aren't they pretty?

I went ahead and unpacked the canister set too...this was the last  item in there..small and wrapped well..maybe a toothpick holder?

and here they are!  So pretty! and just as clean as the day they were packed up....
Thanks Dixie for packing them so good!