7.06.2014

Boomers All Around!

Hi Every Buddy!

Last time I told you next time I wrote we would have lots of pics of our home improvements . . .but none have taken place yet!
We have done all the things we are supposed to, put the work out for bid, and we are almost ready for the roof to be replaced but that can't begin until the electrician appears to remove an old fuse box, and on it goes!I suppose much of the problem is our short summer season and everyone wanting work done between now and fall.

Stella had a hard time with all the booming of fireworks on Independence day(it starts mid afternoon and continues on and on!)She could finally go to sleep when they finished.  The next day she slept away most of the day, then about suppertime we got a huge electrical storm,thunder and lightning in every window and it went on for hours!  Not a break to be had for dear Stella!

Maybe workers here next time I write and we'll try for pictures galore. Sending hugs all around and wishing you all a happy summer.

Jo,Stella and Zkhat (who is not upset by boomers)

6.01.2014

We ARE---BACK!



HELLO EVERY BUDDY!

I think we are finally back after working like a mad woman trying to figure out the operation of Windows 8.1!

I have missed terribly reading your blogs, hearing from you, it almost feels like we have moved away, because things are still in an uproar here.  

I need to have my roof replaced and since I use my upstairs as an attic, its full of fabric, furniture etc, that has to be moved or covered before they start, but first they are redoing the downstairs bathroom walls, and everything in there needs to be moved out (empty cupboards,etc).  So my main thought is where am I gonna put these things.  I think I will put it all in  the garage and hope for a good selling or giving day or two to come along.  

Stella and Zkhat are doing fine.  Stella has the most fun being "the Greeter" so as soon as workpeople arrive, she will be in her glory.

In the Dell crash I lost all my addresses so it would be great to hear from lots of you so I could contact you.  Thanks to Gail and Bertie, Kathy the Photog, and Tex for writing me.  No, I didn't lose all my photos in the crash, but had just put the collection up on discs a week or three before,and i am so glad about that.

So next time, we'll have some pics and more news of the re-do!

Cheers and hugs all around,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat













4.28.2014

Has this ever happened to you?

Hello Every Buddy!

Long time no see, but I am very busy trying to do lots of houseworky things that I didn't do when I was so sick since last late summer. (I am fine now!)

Tonight I was sitting at the computer, I turned around and Zkhat was sitting on the washer staring at me.  Trying to do some kind of mind meld maybe (I'll have to check her food and water dish!)  I had my camera at the ready, and snapped a picture and got this "I wasn't looking at you, I was just sitting here thinking."  She was definitely STARING though, but here is the picture I got:

   

We are having gruesome weather like lots of the USA is having, just so far, nothing dangerous, but this coming week is predicted for rain
every single day!

Zkhat doesn't care though because she doesn't do outdoors, and Stella just is not for going out in it either except in emergencies.

We hope somewhere, here in the USA, someone is having some  nice weather.

We had some pre-Easter visitors with a little guy named Jacob who was celebrating his first birthday.  I was thinking of what I could buy him for a present when it ocurred to me my son Mike's blocks were up in the attic, 46 years old and in fine shape.  So we gave them to Jacob and he just loved them. Nothing like antique Playschool Blocks for this little guy.

Sending everyone all best wishes and good weather!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

3.20.2014

What to do with the pictures!


Hi Everybuddie,

We were told sometime back by a computer tech, we had to get rid of some of our pictures!  So like anybody does in the spring, we have been housecleaning the computer.  We plan to put lots of them on a disc, so we don't lose them and toss what we don't care so much about.

But here is my problem, almost every picture I have saved tells me a little story, and I really love that.  With this picture I am gonna show you today, its about my neighborhood when I was a kid.    You couldn't go to anyone's house at certain times of the day because all the old ladies couldn't miss "their stories" which means soap operas.  When they came to our house, they would drink coffee and TALK endlessly about what was going on .  It would sort of aggravate my Mom, who couldn't hear well enough to make sense of the stories but she would pretend to be interested.  So you can see why I fell in love with this
picture!

                             



A very long time ago, there were about 20 or more stories (soaps) on daily.  You had to carefully choose what to hear or see.  But I think today they are down to six or so!  But like my mother, I never caught the pleasure of seeing them!

Happy Springy Weather to everyone!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

3.17.2014

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

MY IRISH FAMILY WOULD BE SHOCKED IF THEY KNEW I MISSED A CHANCE TO WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY ST. PAT'S DAY!

SO HERE IS MY GREETING:


LEPRECHAUN #1:  DO YOU KNOW WHY GOD INVENTED WHISKEY?

LEPRECHAUN #2:  YES!  TO KEEP THE IRISH FROM RULING 
                    THE WORLD!

MANY BLESSINGS TO ALL, IRISH OR NOT!

JO, STELLA AND ZKHAT

3.07.2014

Getting Stuck in the SNOW!

Hello Everybuddies,  (This is dedicated to the White Dog Army and their Mom and Dad)

Long ago, in the Winter Kingdom of Wisconsin, I had to drive out in the country to see some one.  It was mostly summer homes and not many people around.  My car rounded the corner of the road and went right into a snow bank, deeply!  I uttered a few words, then got out of the car, looked down the road and saw a farm!  Well, Whoopee.  It was a good walk, but I could do it.

Just as I started out, an old, beat up pick-up pulled up.  A very rough looking guy got out of it, went back to the bed of the truck and pulled out a big shovel!  He never said a word, and started in shoveling.  The snow flew!!!  First one side, then the other until I could see I was almost ready to go.  All the time I am talking to him, I tell him I have no cash, but I would write him a check and happily pay him for what he did for me.   No, no,no he wouldn't take money!

As he was getting ready to leave, he finally looked at me and said

"YOU'DA DONE THE SAME THING FOR ME,
WOULDN'T CHA?"

I said, sure I would have and I am more thank grateful!  But what was really going on in my mind is that I would have passed him up like a dirty shirt.  But God Love Him, all these years later, I still think about him and his kindness.  There are angels all over everywhere and we just never know when we will be lucky enough to meet one.

Cheers and hugs,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat
(Stella wasn't there but she would have loved him and his pickup)

3.03.2014

A Little Bit about Tex-Wis Girl and the Run-Around-Ranch

Hello Every Buddy!

Those of you who know Tex-Wis (Theresa), who writes the Run Around Ranch Report know that she is a terrific artist, and recently did a give-a-way of a lovely Goldfinch to Lynne.  I was lucky enough to win one of her bird portraits and this is what it looks like next to my Mt. Fuji tapestry.



He is a beautiful little Sparrow.   I wrote a note to congratulate Lynne on her win and she was more than happy about it.

Theresa has a  give-away of one of these hand made bird pics away every few months and if you go to her blog, she will tell you how it works.  I am not sure there is even one person who doesn't visit T's blog because  you almost have to make a reservation to make a comment.
She now tells us she is Mom to 250 Whistler ducks who are more than fun to watch.  Its one of the best Blogs ever and if by chance you have missed it, now is the time to get on board.  

   By the way, I also have another something to look at:  A Russian Mom of two little boys who is a photographer at

Cheers,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat