Friday, September 30, 2011

September Wrap Up

Duke observes early falling leaves in late September.

It's been a poor month for blogging. In order to finish on something of a high note, I thought I'd conclude with a list of items that I could have (should have) posted on this month but was too busy or otherwise distracted to post. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I've thrown in some pictures to help move things along.

Back to School - The Dude started 6th Grade, Maria started 9th/High School

Maria was cast as Hope Cladwell in her Roseville Area High School's production of Urinetown. It’s a great opportunity for her – and a bit overwhelming (at least it seems that way to the parents).

Fall - my favorite season.

Finally, given that it is Friday, and I do love my oldies - here's the Easybeats performing Friday on My Mind. Heard this one many times over the years on oldies stations but never seen the group - much less heard/seen them live. Quite the energetic lead singer - dig that crazy shiny shirt. [Hat tip, Maverick Philosopher.]

Let's hope for a better-blogging October.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Orange - My Favorite Fall Color

Above - some early orange amongst the yellows,browns, and greens discovered on the walking path at noon. Below, some fall color (or at least drying flowers) from the home garden.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Time for a Nature Break

After a busy morning which started with a 7:00 am conf call, and the discovery of ABC gum in my midst, it was time for a nature break.

Fall colors have begun - with the browning and yellowing of the grasses.

Here's a real close-up of the walking path.

Thanks for the Gum

Left my cube at lunch, turned the corner and discovered this little gift on a filing cabinet.

Who would leave ABC gum on a filing cabinet in a hall at the office?

My kids often ask if my work-life is like The Office.

I usually just chuckle and say, "No. Nothing like that happens in real life."

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Anyone Working?

Is anybody here?

I ask as I get one Out-of-Office reply after the other to my email. Maybe we should just schedule regular holidays – and force everyone to take the same days off. Can well agree that Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day will be 4 or 5 day weekends – taking (at least) the Friday before and Tuesday after off as well?

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Farm Fun

We all went to the farm for a mid afternoon picnic to celebrate Jake’s 76th birthday, and the end of summer. No farm event is ever complete without some work. Shana's uncle Bub cut down an old dead elm, then cut it into pieces and we all hauled it over to the bonfire. The fire was welcome on this late summer day as the temperature was in the mid 60s, the sky was cloudy with a few clouds producing a little drizzle, but the sun peeked out from time to time. Several of us grabbed a chair and had our food around the fire.

After dinner and some work, Shana and I walked around with Duke. I took a few picture of the old place as the sun shone through – putting everything in its best light.

Labor Day at the Cabin

Sun rising on what could prove to be a cool, fall like day.

Duke and I found evidence that Fall has begun on our early morning walk.