Friday, November 24, 2006


Poor Snutch.
His birthday was the last one of our family growing up and so was treated poorly.
Us kids had usually run out of money by then.
This year it fell on Thanksgiving and got lost in the shuffle.
Sorry Snutch.
Happy belated birthday.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I miss him

I didn't miss the colorful leaves in Springfield after all. We missed the peak but that is okay. There were other things that needed to be done.

The squirrels there are bold. This one just stared at me so I stared back. I think he has an acorn in his mouth.

I believe these are sugar maple leaves. Isn't that blue sky something?

The day before the funeral was beautiful.
Then it turned stormy and cold, gray and windy.

I like this tree near Murl's grave. The bark has such an interesting twist to it.
Nobody knew what kind of tree it was so we took some fallen leaves back to Emby's house and her daughter, Swanut, with everyone's help and a dichotomous key, identified it as an American Basswood or Linden.

We may be wrong, though, as the Worldbook Encyclopedia at home shows that tree to be much more pyramidally shaped and not so round.

I just needed some kind of reference point if I was ever going to be able to find the spot again.

All the grave markers in that area are the flat kind which makes it a very serene place but difficult to get ones bearings.

So that nobody is under the impression that the fall color of the leaves on the trees in California are not as pretty as elsewhere, here is my Chinese Tallow.

I just love her, even if she is a bit crooked.
And you can't get these colors just anywhere.

(Go ahead, click it.)

Edit: Can you believe it? These trees are considered invasive and are outlawed in many places. Lots of people hate them.

I am dismayed. I will have to check with my wildlife biologist. Ta?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Full of days

Papa went to be with his Saviour this morning at about 7:45 am CST. He was 106 and a half years old or nearly 39,000 days.

I am so glad that Da and I were able to have such a nice visit with him just three weeks ago.

We will remember how he enjoyed that meal from KFC and how he enjoyed hymn 162--What rich, eternal bursts of praise...

Here he is with his family when he was the youngest, circa 1900. Yes, he is wearing a dress. They did in those days.

We are returning to SPI just in time to see all the colorful leaves ...
gone, wouldn't you know?

Saturday, November 04, 2006


They are all wrapped up and ready to go to the shower tonight, but I thought to get a picture before they leave my house. The bride very kindly gave the quilt back temporarily so I could decide how to make the pillows.

Two matching throw pillows with an odd one.

Close up of the odd one.

My favorite verse for newlyweds.

This is called cheating. I didn't want to get my navy bedskirt out and go through the trouble of getting it under the mattress and everything so I just used navy sheets and wrapped them around the bed before putting the quilt on. Looks nice, I think.