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Monday, August 06, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge – Staying Cool (July 2018)

Staying Cool was just what we tried to do for July. We left the Texas heat for a long weekend in Chicago. It was cool!

The aquarium offered some cool views, as well as some nice A/C.

The Crown Fountain is a cool way to keep cool. The kids enjoyed playing in the water.

Headed to Navy Pier to watch some cool fireworks.

I though this sign was pretty cool.

The EL is a cool way to get around town.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge – Fun (June 2018)

The hardest part of this month's challenge was choosing just five photos. We spent about a week in the Boundary Waters between Ely, Minnesota and Canada. Five days total and about 50 miles paddling/portaging out on the water before returning to base camp. We had a blast and enjoyed the cooler temperatures.

Headed out for our adventure. There were five scouts, two adults, and our guide in three canoes.

These two goofballs found these Frozen-themed sunglasses in the park in town before we left. They got plenty of goofy looks.

A little late evening fishing.. John was skunked on fishing when we were last here, this year he caught a nice rainbow, a small-mouth bass, and a something little bitty.

Eddy Falls - we passed this way in 2014. It was fun to see again.

Even in the wind and rain of a surprise storm they find a way to smile.

We had a great trip. It was more than likely my last with the Boy Scouts. John starts college this fall, William has a lot of other interests, I have resigned my position as Scoutmaster, it's time for some other folks to step up and enjoy these experiences. I wouldn't trade them for anything, especially these last few years getting to enjoy both of my boys. Take a look at my entire Northern Tier 2018 album, if you'd like. I invite you to participate in next month's challenge, posted at a lil hoohaa soon. And check out every one else's contributions.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge – Outdoor Activities (May 2018)

I almost forgot all about this! Here's the quick and dirty May Challenge - Outdoor Activities

We had a fun little canoe trip with the Scouts that are headed to Minnesota this summer.

The pool is open and our baby boy is now 16!
Swimming away 15.

John is now a High School graduate. Last day of high school for him.

Jumping feet first into summer.

Annual get-together with a bunch of good friends.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge (April 2018): One person

April's challenge is one person. I had a couple of ideas, I thought about 5 of one person, but ultimately wanted to share some others. So here we go:

My nephew is a senior this year and getting ready to graduate. I took the opportunity of an Easter visit to get some shots of him for his announcement.

It took a little work to get him to loosen up though. I think we finally got him to relax. :)

Will is just a sophomore but wanted in on the action.

John is also a senior. He had a tux rented for the weekend for an event so we decided to make the most of it.

The boy loves his Jeep!

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge (March 2018): Five

My only real problem with my plan for FIVE was my project started a while back so I've only included March photos, but you can check out the whole album on Flickr as it grows.

On September 13, 1979, my dad came home with a Silver Anniversary Jeep CJ5. It's been here ever since. For the last 30-35 years it has sat out in the elements at our ranch, used to get us around the pasture. I learned to drive a stick in it, as did my sister, and both my boys. For some reason, late last year, my dad decided it was time to clean it up. He talked about several plans, the worst of which was just to coat the entire thing in bedliner material. That stuff is pretty much permanent and we would never be able to restore the Jeep to anywhere near original. So John and I started a campaign on two fronts: John kept showing him pictures of restored Silver Anniversary's and I directed him to this website created as a registry of Silver Anniversary's. Jeep didn't keep a record of how many of these were made, so this gentleman created this registry of confirmed finds. Less than 125 have been found. Fast forward to March. It spent much of March in the paint shop and a detail shop getting her stripes back. I think she turned out as nice as I remember when new.


At the end of February, we bought Amy a new vehicle. When I picked up the Silver, it needed to be protected from the elements. I couldn't resist our garage full of Jeeps (even if the middle one is a Fiat :) ).
One. Two, Three Jeep Deep.

My dad got back to town so I needed one more DURING shot before we rolled it down to the shop to start reassembly. He drove it while I followed, it has no lights currently, and now we pull out wiring diagrams and old parts and see what we can do to get it put back together.

Just for grins, here is my sister and friends circa April 1996 driving it at the ranch.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Photo Blogging Challenge (February 2018): Simple

February has been anything but simple. I'll spare you the details but we've been busy. I almost skipped out again but I didn't want to miss two months in a row. So here we are.

Air travel makes managing my folks in Tulsa pretty simple. The fact that they are all good people helps the most. If it wasn't for the plane, I'd be away from home three days for one day of work.

The First Saturday of every month the little community of Pearl, Texas holds their Bluegrass Festival. While the lack of drums and electric instruments simplifies things, the harmonies and melodies are often far from simple. But it does hearken back to simpler times. I get down there as often as I can. http://www.pearlbluegrass.com/

While perusing my stream, I noticed a lot of my daily posts were sky shots. Pretty skies make photos pretty simple.

You would think it would be simple to ship a parcel without beating the box and the item all the way to hell. You would think...
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Sometimes, something as simple as moving our regular Troop meeting to the bowling alley is what it takes to re energize these younguns.

That's what I have for this month. Hopefully, March will be a little more... simple and I will be more inspired. Take a look at the other submissions if you'd like and, heck, join in, won't you. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (December 2017): Holly Jolly

I don't think I've ever gotten one of these done this early. The link up has not even been posted but here I am. We are headed out on New Year's Eve so I figured I better get it while the getting is good.

Without further ado, here are my five that are more Jolly than Holly.

The first of the month brought the annual Waco Wonderland celebration. It was well attended this year. Plenty of vendors as well.

A new Star Wars always makes me jolly. John and I took in a late night show early on to avoid the spoilers.
👍👍 #starwarsthelastjedi

William received his Eagle rank in a Court of Honor held this month. We are now a two Eagle family and proud of both of them.

Winner of the ABC TV's Great Christmas Light Fight. This lady is over 70 and sets all this up herself. Trained as an electrician too to wire it all safely. It started many years ago because her daughter was in the hospital at Christmas and she wanted to see the tree. They live just across the street from the hospital. It grew from there. I hope the $50,000 in prize money helps pay her electric bill a little.

Christmas Day finally came once again. These four just keep growing. It's bittersweet to think that 2018 will be the year Evan and John head off to college and leave their nests behind.

Here is where I'd normally put a link back but like I said, I'm early! So go look at a lil hoohaa blog take a look at some of the other challenges he's putting up while you are there. And if you like taking photos or want to take more photos, think about joining in on this one in 2018! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!