Saturday, March 26, 2011


I haven't posted anything about the property for a while so here it is. While I was in NY the door was installed. Gareld says it doesn't look much like a barn door. I know it doesn't but it doesn't look like an ugly shop door either. Dad is building the side doors and they will be "barnlike". I am hoping that pulls the look together. Then add the copula and a weather vane and you have a barn.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Howdy "Neieieieigh"bor

Here's what I see out my kitchen window. They are fun to watch. They also have an interesting
appetite as you can see from the side of the barn. I guess they won't starve that way. When we first moved in I took a couple loaves of bread over. They didn't show much interest in that. While cleaning weeds out of the yard I even tried throwing some over the enthusiasm for that either. They have an owner who checks on them regularly so whatever he brings over in the bucket must hit the spot.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Far, Far, Away

One week ago I left this little cutie back in New York and flew home to work and life here in Oregon. I miss him a lot. We skyped yesterday and he is just so full of activity. He is figuring out that his body can really move. He is also talking up a storm. Morgan is going out there this week while on spring break. She flies from Boise on Tuesday. Jeremy will go out April 12. We all need our turn to see this newest member of our family. Brandon and Monica plan to bring him here to visit all the west coast friends and family in September. Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I got lucky while in Syracuse. There was an antique show at the fair grounds. A fairly small one compared to EXPO standards. There was about 150 booths. I love spools. I have been collecting them for years. I have over 140 in my personal collection and I usually have them all on display. I rarely find one I don't already have. At the antique show I saw these. There were many more bundles all stacked together and I thought it looked like a pretty holiday display possibility. The sign said $1.50. I assumed that was $1.50 each which is a really good price for one spool but the vendor saw me looking at them and said it was the price for the bundle. SCORE! I got four bundles and was tempted at the end to go back for more but I had already packed and my carry on was getting full of other great treasures. I like it when I find a great buy.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Winter Wonderland

I sat Wyatt out on the deck after we got back from our drive. He's not quite sure what is going on yet...he was sleeping in the car.
Looking down at the Indian River and this is the top of a falls. All that ice in the center of the shot is on the trees across from the falls. The splash has encrusted the bushes and trees in ice. It is a very pretty site in person.

Looking upriver from the one lane bridge in the town of Philadelphia, NY.

There are a lot of foundations on barns and houses made out of stone. In fact there are many stone and brick houses and buildings. They are pretty, I like the look. You can tell this part of the country is quite a bit older than the west where we live.

This pretty scene is right smack in the middle of a small town just across the street from the elementary school. Most of the barns have several lightning rods along the top and many have the glass or ceramic balls still on them. At the antique show in Portland just the balls cost a couple hundred dollars.

The green barn I went back to find. I have enough barns to make a nice calendar. Hey maybe that's an idea!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Barn Raising

Wyatt and I went for a drive and as we passed many neat old barns I decided to start taking pictures of them. I saw a green one before I had this idea so I 'm going back to find it today. It's very pretty here in north central New York State. We are only 15 minutes away from the popular Thousand Island area and Canada is just over the river.
Just up the road from Brandon's house. Site of an old mill.

A cop pulled up behind me when I pulled over to take this shot. Just seeing if everything was alright, he said.

Some of the pretty scenery...flood warning!

This one is interesting.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

NewYork so far...

The reason I'm here. Isn't he just the cutest thing. I am having such a good time just holding him, playing with him and giving him cuddles. He won't be little very long so I am really glad to be able to come clear over here to spend this time with him.
Grandma brought Wyatt a toy!

This is Monica's fitness center. She is the Facility Manager of all areas of the indoor fitness center and outdoor fields. She runs the whole thing and is also a personal trainer.

Here's Brandon in front of work. An army base is like it's own city. It covers a big area and has all the businesses and services you'd find in a city off base. They employ lots of civilians, I suppose because the soldiers need to concentrate on defending the country and are always being deployed.

This is the BOSS center. It's an activity center for the soldiers. Recreation rooms, media rooms, a computer room, kitchen, and gathering space for off base activities. Brandon is a full time civilian employee. His boss is out on maternity leave. She just had a baby boy yesterday so Brandon is the boss of BOSS for now.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


On Thursday I will fly across country to Syracuse, NY. Then it's about an hour and a half to La Fargeville where Brandon and Monica have a house. I'm going to see this scrumptious little guy. In this picture he went to visit his daddy while he was ice fishing with the soldiers. His mom put some snow in his hands and he is deciding if he likes the feel of it. I suspect he will be in the snow a lot, after all his mom and dad met while snowboarding and they can't wait to get him on the mountain. Wyatt Bond you are such a cutie! I love those big blue eyes.