Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Conscientious Construction means New Home Quality in Virginia (VA)

Progress is exciting. Imagine looking out those windows after a new winter's snowfall! (Stay tuned)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Valley view

If you're not a River person, maybe you'd like to spend some time in the mountains? Be patient. (these pix are from late July). Wonder what this dream house looks like now?


come sit at Dan's picnic bench and enjoy!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

... and go Fishing

Sometimes you just need to be laid back.
It's a 55-pound yellow catfish.

Wrap-around porch

A summertime late-afternoon cloudburst.Can you imagine being here and enjoying the riverview while comfortably setting on the covered porch?

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Today's Sunday, when all the TV networks have their Meet the Press type shows. Perhaps you haven't heard...

Donald Rumsfeld briefed the President this morning. He told Bush that three Brazilian soldiers had been killed in Iraq.

To everyone’s amazement, all the color ran from Bush’s face, then he collapsed onto his desk, head in hands, visibly shaken, almost whimpering.

Finally, he composed himself and asked Rumsfeld, “Just exactly how many is a brazillion?”

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

More wedding pix (good ones!)

The pictues you've waited for! Mark & Laura have made over ONE HUNDRED pictures from the July 1st wedding weekend available.
Click the link over on the left "100 Wedding Pix" to see them all)

Here's some teasers:

Amy and Lindsey at the riverfront restaurant.

Along the St. Croix, with a riverboat cruising downstream.

The wedding ceremony
  • Seated: Mickey & Jim
  • Standing: Nathan, Jim, Natalie, Kathy, Lindsey, Amy & Dan, Laura, the minister
  • Seated (in front of minister): Amy & Geoff

The Wedding Toast.

Dan & Amy at the right edge of the picture.
(The teary-eyes don't really show up well in this picture)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Downsizing - to all-on-one-floor

It has been awhile, but now you can begin to see signs of progress. You'll see the stack of pre-fabbed lumber;
view from our front porch to the w
alking trail.
A view of the entrance to the house (already with bathroom facilities).

Also, see the view from the back porch
and garage to our neighbors-to-the-south's garages on the service road. Look carefully & you can see the clock tower between the 2 houses.

Finally, 2 shots of the model house. Be sure to imagine: there will not be 16 steps between the garage and the main floor!
Our's should look very much like the model by December or January.
Stay aboard & watch the progress over the next weeks and months.

Sunflowers are tall!

Look how tall the sunflowers have grown. In front of them are white, pink, purple cosmos.

The other picture shows all the sunflowers smiling at you. Reminds me of lots of kids all trying to get into the picture.

In the background is the PT Cruiser convertible, this time with its top down. More fun.

Friday, August 11, 2006

More Weddings! and a hot day today

Match the pix with this:
  • Hervey got married in July & has moved to Atlanta. Jennifer got married this summer, too.
  • Linden is the county seat of Perry County. Perry County is notable for having the lowest population per square mile average in the state of Tennessee.
  • As of the census of 2000, there were 7,631 people, 3,023 households, and 2,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 7/km² (18/mi²).
  • It was sunny today (this could fit sun flowers, see how they've grown in a day; or maybe a sun-enabled 99 degrees).

Kayaks here

Rick writes:.
..we're in the route planning stages for arrival in Tennessee around mid-September '07. Maybe we'll even have a kayak on the roof.
But the kayaks are already here! (Photos from last summer)

See the Virginians, Laura & Mark. He's so helpful in
getting Laura launched-- and then she just barrels along downstream.

Amy appreciates the help from Dan. No, Rick, Karil wouldn't have to have an outfit to match the kayak's color. And, paddling downstream, notice how they stick together. Well, that was BEFORE their wedding.

Meanwhile, the other Amy has it all figured out-- click to enlarge and see what's in her right hand.

do these pix bring on some nostalgia? They do for me. It's fun on the river.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Newborn in Germany

Sean was born 23:14 on June 22nd, he weighs 8.15 pounds and is 20.5 inches in length.

Mitzi and Sean are doing well.
(taken the evening of August 3rd with a Nikon D50)
Papa Kevin seems ok, too.

Who has "Aunt" Nancy & "Uncle" Peo's address? Mine got erased somehow.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Just sent the "debut" e-mail. It's time for me to think about cutting the grass. We've had a lot of rain lately. Got diesel fuel yesterday for the tractor. Hope you're all having a good Wednesday.


It was 90 degrees today; 100 degrees in the county seat.

Life is good at the river

Moonrise; Sun-flowers the next morning, smiling with their cheery faces for you.

from the house, sitting on the crest, you can see...

... the River!

The Wedding Groom

Siblings... priceless!

Groom and Mother-of-the-Groom

(Minnesota is over his left shoulder, in the background)

The Grooms' Sister's family

The groom's Mother-in-Law
(I couldn't resist)

The Wedding Bride

Biggest news this summer was the wedding!

The bride's family was spotted in Wisconsin getting "snapped" by an excellent photographer (not me; I was just bootlegging while he did the good work getting everyone to pose).

Siblings... priceless!

The littlest ones there are here with their Auntie.

Cat and mouse (rabbit)

Look carefully and you'll see the cat is very much alive.
But, it would seem the rabbit in her mouth is not so fortunate. (see earlier post, "Deer Me")

Good news: Just after this picture was taken, the bunny got away and ran into the grove, chased by the cat. The cat returned to the porch; bunniless.

That's not good news- those bunnies ate my beans!


Last Sunday we saw a deer in our "grove".

Looks a little hazy 'cause it was taken through the window. When I went out onto the porch, it ran away, of course.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Deer me

Looking out the window this morning there appeared to be a baby deer bounding across the yard by the river's edge. Upon further observance, surely it was a fox, or more likely, a coyote. Grabbed a long pole & ventured out to where our cat hangs out. No more kitty!? Whew, she was on the porch, vigilant for rabbit Hunting.

Come back again soon!