Saturday, June 7, 2008


Another Saturday Photo Hunt is here. I'd love to dye this mop and say it was David Archuleta but sadly it is just me every morning before I hit the shower. Our subject this week was "Bad Hair". Actually I love my hair but it does have a mind of it's own. It's only manageable about every other week.
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Friday, June 6, 2008


The subject this week is "Childhood Keepsake". The picture frame below was made by my Dad when he was in New Guinea serving during WW II. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to ask him about it's history before he passed away. He and his best friend made identical ones to bring home. In the 80's when DH and I started collecting antiques we discovered that this type of item is called "trench art". Anything made of war materials during war time, more or less qualifys.
The base is made of New Guinea Mahogony which is extremely hard. The shells are 50 caliber machine gun shells. They form the sides that hold the picture frame. The back of the frame is pounded copper salvaged from a set of copper covered stairs dockside that were being replaced. The front covering over the picture isn't glass but very heavy plastic that was salvaged from the windshield of a plane that went down in the lagoon off shore. There is an Australian coin embedded in the base. The part holding the picture is curved. This is the picture of me that my Dad had in it when he came home.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008


When we bought our mountain property in 1972 it had a tiny three room "dry" cabin circa 1900 on the lot. We had three small children and for two summers had fun playing house in it before we had it moved to a better spot and started the major additions and renovations. But the original cabin had two beautiful stoves in it. We used the small woodstove for cooking and heat. Cooking with wood is not as easy as one might think but we managed to keep everyone
fed. It now has a place of honor in our family room.

The second stove is an old "Heatalator" wood burner that we kept as part of the rebuilt cabin and still use on chilly mornings.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008


It's good to have Internet access again. We were 3 days without the computer while we moved to our cabin for the summer. GH got the computer up and running today while I planted the flower pots. Took us 9 1/2 hours drive time on Sunday.

Desert, Desert, and more Desert

Long, long, long road---we might be getting too old for this.

The Yampa River running very full

The Colorado is out of it's banks and all over the place

Monday was spent unpacking, grocery shopping and the most important- picking up 6 flats of pansys. Beautiful yesterday, windy, cool and rain today and it's suppose to snow tomorrow. Get the runners of plastic out for the plants.
I'm really looking forward to introducing all of you to the beautiful place that our family
has loved for 35 years.