Monday, August 31, 2009

Lightning trees...

On July 14th I wrote about a big lightning storm in our area. I commented about how close the lightning strikes were. Later, Hubby found two "classic" examples of trees that were struck by lightning in that storm. They are about a quarter of a mile from our home.The splits in the bark are caused by the heating of the liquids in the tree itself. Cool!!

Back to school lunch.

PIR Days: One of the things we love about going to school three days before the kiddos is that we can all go out and have lunch together! There was a lot of catching up on what we had been doing.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Farmer's Market and "I fought the Law and I Won..."

I was finally able to get to a Farmer's Market today! Jo and I got up early and "headed into town". The atmosphere was upbeat and casual. Just strolling around the downtown streets, looking at all the healthy plants and fruits and vegetables that people have put so much effort into, is a delight.

I always go through the entire market and then head back to my favorite Hutterite stand. Their produce is excellent and I love to listen to the ladies with their German accents as they sell me items.The Billings Youth Orchestra were playing Vivaldi, OUTSTANDING! They did an excellent job, everyone enjoyed the music and it was a lovely addition.There was quite a crowd at the market this morning. But we're in Montana and so I always see a few people that I know, fellow teachers, friends, or both - teacher friends, and family ....Oh, my brother and his wife!We enjoyed our shopping trip.

And then:

School is beginning Monday, and the construction around our community is EVERYWHERE. On our trip home from farmers market, Jo and I decided to try to find an alternate route to work. We were able to accomplished this with ease. We now have a "Route A" and a "Route B" to school. But, because I'm basically a very nosy person I opted not to retrace my steps, and I circled around so that I could see what the local firemen were doing at the bottom of a hill. Thus, the beginning of my trouble.

Now during the school year, I drive down this hill everyday and I know that you quickly pick up speed even without having your foot on the gas pedal. I've sped down it and slammed on the brakes as I spotted an officer of the law, I've even had a sheriff shake his finger at me as he drove by. But, today I was interested in what the firemen were doing NOT the oncoming sheriff. Damn, he turned around and put on his lights. Right there in front the the firemen! I just had to keep going for a little ways before pulling over, any one of those firemen could have been Hubby and I didn't want him watching as I got my first ticket!

If you know me, you know my history with the law. I'm not a perfect driver - I have a perfect driving record - but I'm not a perfect driver. Today I pulled over and did what I do when I get stopped by an officer. I'm cooperative.. NOT what Hubby says.

...well, once I was pulled over for having expired plates on my car and I put on my Southern Belle hat and said, "But officer, my husband takes care of that sort of thing". (I've hated myself for it ever since!)

...and I was stopped by the city police and I rolled down the window, batted my eyelashes at him and said, " You're not going to give me a ticket for going 37 in a 35 mile per hour zone, are you Officer?" The officer's reply was, "Ma'am you were going 39 in a 25 mile per hour zone."

...or when I was stopped late at night when I was going to pick up one of the girls from an out of town sporting event. I did a "California stop" at an intersection instead of a full stop. Twenty minutes later I had the daughter in tow and gave him a happy little flash of the headlights - and he responded in kind!

...and then there was the time when... Well, you get the drift.

Today I rolled down the window and admitted to everything. If you know you were speeding, why lie?

In my mind I kept hearing my mother say, "Someday Judy, you are going to get your due, you can't keep dodging these tickets with your charm and sweet smile forever." ie.: "When you get old you'll get a ticket!"

The officer asked to see my license, title, and insurance.

When I gave him my license he looked at it and said, "Boy, you don't look the same." ALRIGHT BUDDY! Look, LOOK at the date on the license. This license is nine years old - almost a decade, I'm up for renewal!!! ("OH MOM," I thought, "HOW RIGHT YOU WERE!")

But I poured on the charm just like the old days! We talked a little, bantered back and forth, and from the officers lips came the hoped for comment, "I'm going to give you a warning!"After I dropped Jo off, the "Golden Oldie" radio station was playing, "I Fought the Law and the Law Won".......well, fellas not today!

Summer is winding down...

Hubby and I have been wanting to go on the Meteetsee Trail, this is an old stagecoach route from Red Lodge, Montana to Meeteesee, Wyoming. It was a very rough, and expensive, ride for the pioneers. Luckily we were in a four wheel drive, air conditioned coach!
From vast prairie...
to rugged mountains, the views were breathtaking.

A fun morning in the country!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The next generation of knitters!

I received an e-mail this morning:

"Chloe's been trying to knit (pick up sticks as needles) - ended up, to her surprise, as a series of knots. She wants Gramma back to show her how it is done!


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Cosmo!

It's Joseph's tenth birthday and it seems just like yesterday that we were anticipating his birth. What an exciting time! We called the little person we were waiting for "Cosmo" and it stuck for quite a few months! Have a wonderful day Joe!

It was a great visit!

We have had a fun week. Isaac was happy to see "Boy Gramma" and they spent time bonding on the four wheeler,and just talking...It wasn't hard to keep cool,
We went to Chico and had lots of fun. (No pictures this time - just go back to June and there they are. Same amount of fun, just a different day.) Isaac was so sweet when saying goodbye adding, "Thank you for taking us to Chico, Gramma." They do love the "warm swimming pool"!

We had lots of sweets including ice cream cones and kisses!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Cameron!

Today our little pirate is six years old. We love you so-o-o-o--o-o much! Hope your party was great and today is outstanding!

Friday, August 7, 2009


Yesterday afternoon we had a visitor at our back door!

And today, we are going to have VIP's visiting - the family from North Dakota will be here soon! I've doing some baking for the Tiger. He LOVES banana bread. I thought I'd share my banana bread recipe, it's the best ever. It originally came from Sunset Magazine via my sister-in-law.

Banana Bread (1 loaf)

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs slightly beaten
3 medium-sized bananas
1 cup regular all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup hot water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Melt butter and blend in the sugar. Mix in beaten eggs and mashed bananas, bedig until smooth. Sift all-purpose flour with salt and soda. Stir in whole flour. Add dry ingredients alternately with hot water. Stir in chopped nuts. Turn into greased 9x5" loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 10 minutes. (I bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.)

Now for a batch or two of cookies!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

...and more about the visit.

SUNDAY afternoon we went with the Son-in-law for a paragliding adventure. Getting anywhere in California means traffic, lots of traffic...Once we got to Pacifica it was overcast but beautiful!
The Son-in-law flying by....It proved to be a busy day in the air....
MONDAY we went to the VERY popular Bakesale Betty's for lunch. This bakery has many wonderful baked items but the lunch menu appears to have only two items - egg salad or fried chicken sandwiches. That's all Betty needs to have, the fried chicken sandwich was outstanding! We also had a slushy type lemonade drink, and FREE cookies. Yes, free cookies! While we where eating at an ironing board on the sidewalk....the line got longer and longer with people wanting to eat lunch, the lovely blue haired Betty came out and gave everyone in line a cookie for being patient! - What a great gal. TUESDAY on to the airport. We drove by the Golden Gate Bridge,
and Alcatraz,After an uneventful flight I was home again, and look what was at my door!Thanks family for such a great time!!! I loved seeing you all! Love you lots!!