Thursday, July 22, 2010

Charley’s Note From Camp

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 Dear Grammy,

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Can you plees feed Bubbles 8 pellets EACH DAY?

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He needs to be fed today. Also, make sure to give Special K some extra love.

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p.s. Frisky is Special K

p.s.s. Make sure to spend lots of time with Scratcher

p.s.s.s. Love you!

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p.s.s.s.s. Popuh, don’t sing the ‘Little Fishes’ without me.

p.s.s.s.s.s. SQUIRRELS!

p.s.s.s.s.s.s. Bye!

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As you can see, Charley loves to use exclamation points as much as I do! This is her first time away at camp so we are anxious to find out how she has done. What ten year old girl doesn’t love horses—especially a little “Tom-boy” like Charley. We haven’t gotten to talk to her all week, and can’t wait for her to come home so that we can learn how she is, and if she liked camp. 

p.s. In case you didn’t figure it out, Bubbles is Charley’s pet fish.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Where The Buffalo Roam



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No, not the real thing. But, if you squinch your eyes…

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and ignore the reminders of modern day…

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You can almost feel like you have been transported back to the days when the prairies were alive and well, and the buffalo did roam where ever they wanted. 


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And Native Americans lived in harmony with nature.


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These metal sculptures were found at a rest stop in the southern edge of Iowa just before we passed into Missouri.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Taste and Smell of Summer

 The summer is flying by. We are just getting back from our annual two week trek up to the north country. The week before that, we were busy with VBS. As soon as it was over, we packed our bags. Tucker and Kiefer tried to stow away in our bags, while Bo looked on with his face getting longer and longer. He was so morose by the time we left, we always get a case of the guilts for leaving him. Charley promised to let him sleep with her while we were gone.

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We had a lovely time. First at the family reunion in Branson, Missouri, and then on to my mother’s in Illinois. We ate, and played. Shopped and antiqued, and lost track of time. We took our time going home, antiquing all the way home. We stayed at our favorite B&B in Kansas City and visited all our favorite antique shops and found some new ones. But, it’s good to be home. I missed our fur-babies and grand-kids terribly, not to mention the garden. By the time we got back from vacation, the daylilies were done. The garden looks like a jungle, and the temperature is nearing triple digits—so it will have to stay a jungle awhile longer.

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Now the girls are getting ready for their camps. Charley to horseback riding camp with her best friend Sam. Libby with her best friend Becca to a beautiful camp in the mountains.

Summer is in full-swing. Lemonade stands and watermelon feasts. Pesto making parties and ice cream socials. Early morning gardening and Saturday afternoons is a cool dark movie theatre. What are you doing to celebrate the summer?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sights and Sounds of Summer

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Not only did Charley and her friend Sam make over twenty dollars at their lemonade stand, I had to make an emergency run to the store to replenish their supplies. They had people waiting for a cold glass of lemonade!