Thursday, July 29, 2010


Isn't this little Adirondack chair "cuter than a bug's ear" as my dad used to say. Tim made the chair last Saturday. He and I were scheduled to go four-wheeling for the morning. Tim said he didn't feel like going four-wheeling that morning, instead he felt like working in the shop and making this chair.

It's a repurposed chair from an old, large, computer table that Jeff and Susie had in their basement that went almost all the way across one side of the room and held two computers. When they got rid of it, Tim took the wood home and replaned it and made this chair! It should fit Hunter just fine. I'll try and get a picture of him in the chair soon.

From lois

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Garage Sale Find

We found this FIRST EDITION Zane Grey book at a garage sale and snapped it up for 25 cents. 100 YEARS OLD. Copyright 1910. Lo and behold, come to find out it's only worth $3.96. Oh, well. It was fun, anyway.

From lois

Friday, July 23, 2010

Some cute little kid slippers

Here are some cute little felted slippers. I got the pattern from Dorlene Cross. They are about 6 inches long so might fit a 3-4 year old. I do want to make some baby slippers, so will work on another pair and try to make them a lot smaller. They were so fun to make!!

From lois

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hunter's Soccer Camp

Here are a couple of pictures of Hunter's soccer camp. Of course, Grandpa and I had to be there to watch him. He did really well and was enjoying himself. In the first picture he is actually winning the race since they are practicing running backwards toward the girl on the right.

From lois

From lois

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Book Review

Just for something different I am going to do a book review of Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne.

I like murder mysteries and thrillers but am always looking for a good non-fiction book to read. Sometimes I will start one and about half way through find it is too boring to finish. So, this is a good one! Here are a couple of good things about it:

1) Mr. Gwynne illustrates both sides of the "rise and fall of the Comanches." You don't come away feeling totally sympathic toward the Americans (or Mexicans or Spanish) or the Comanches. (Note: after rereading this comment I will have to amend it by saying that Mr. Gwynne portrays how unfairly and stupidly the Americans and the American government acted toward the Comanches. Whether you consider this a fact or an opinion, I guess, is debatable!)

2) Inside of the timeline of events are fascinating facts that he has thoroughly researched, so the book does not become dry.

Inside the story of the rise and fall of the Comanche Indian tribe is the story of Quanah Parker and his mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, the famous white girl, who at the age of 9 was captured by the Comanches and, years later, ransomed back. We see the Texas Rangers and how they began and became skilled by copying fighting tactics of the Comanches.

Most of all is a wonderful picture of the Comanche Indians, how brutal and terrible they were, but yet how sad the whole picture is of their defeat and move to reservations. We don't meet Quanah until about halfway into the book, but then we learn a lot about him.

Still, you have to enjoy history to like this book. There are lots of facts about Texas history. I do recommend it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Day at St. Maries

We drove to St. Maries for the day while Carissa and Ben were here to Todd and Amy's river property. The day started out brisk, so game of croquet warmed everyone up. It was too cold to enjoy any water sports, unfortunately, but it was still very relaxing.

A walkway that Tim and Todd built to go from shore to the dock.

Fastest burger flipper in the West!

This water's too cold, Mom, even with this wet suit on!