Hail Robin

Spring started this week with extremely cold winds from the North and then flopped over for a 60 degree thunder & hail storm.

One enterprising robin took refuge under the jeep until the storm passed.

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Hail Storm Bird 1 (3-27-14) Hail Storm Bird 2 (3-27-14)

Heat has Broken

We have had super hot heat this week in Kansas. Finally. It feels like a little summer. My tomato plants are turning red. My new dehydrator will come in handy to dry my chili peppers that are ready.

With spring is the wonderment of growth. Fall I am always amazed to watch every decay and break down. It is so beautiful.



Infinity color grey left dog in car Kansas plate 134DSL

Dude in the grey infinity KS license 134 DSL.

You skated past me at Home Depot when I tried to report you. You CAN NOT leave your small corgie dog in a car on a 100 deg day.

Posting the plate if any one in Overland Park KS KNOWS WHO THIS BAD PERSON IS!!!!!

Shame shame shame!!!!!!!!


Kansas Sunsets

Being a Del Mar girl, I am partial to sunsets. Well let me be a little more specific.

           I LOVE THEM!!!!

Not just a little, “oh that’s sooo nice”.  But a lot.  A LOT a LOT.

For me, sunsets are God’s pause on your day.  I mean, no matter how tiring or cranky your day was, a sunset helps you pause for a couple minutes to admire everything that is greater than you.  All of the seemingly important things (your job, troubles, laundry lists, the dishes, that late report, or the “@*%$*#” co-worker) take back a seat to the magnificence in the sky. . .

Think about it.  Even in the movies, the power a sunset holds on our minds and relationships is tremendous.

The 1986 movie, “Running Scared” has Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal taking a (forced) holiday in the Florida Keys. They realize all the hustle and bustle of Chicago is clogging their lives and they just stop on the pier to take in the sunset.  Between two men discovering life’s balance and “dinging donuts”, the sunset gives these friends something to look forward to!

watching the sunset

watching the sunset

1998’s “CIty of Angels”, with Nicholas Cage, has angels congregating at beaches and bluffs to wake the day and see it off.


Kansas my not have the beaches.  But I am convinced, it really has some of the best sunsets. The high cumulous and stratus clouds help create some of the best sunsets. Deep Purple and Pink hughes scorch across the horizon to herald another day’s passing.  More evenings than not, one of us is looking out the laundry window and then calls the other out to the deck to view the majesty in progress.

This last Saturday’s date night was a perfect night for sunset’s.  After a lovely patio dinner at Sullivan’s, Rob helped chase some sunset’s down.  A perfect date night prolonged driving in a hot rod, trying to capture heaven in a bottle.

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Lava Hot

WoW. It is nice to say it is hot today. We even broke a new Kansas record. We have not been this hot in May since the 1940’s. considering it only just snowed 2 weeks ago, I am thankful for the heat. 1) my new sump pump isn’t working overdrive. 2) my plants are actually growing. 3) it just feels nice to soak up some vitamin D.

Neighbor dog, Jake, came to play today. Scout tried to immobilize Jake with the sonic bark. Buck enforced the rules and dear Neighbor boy showed me his fast ball right into my chest.

My head is still screaming from work. I can’t seem to get caught up. But, I’ll focus on that tomorrow.

For now, just toes up in the breeze relaxing with my beasties, with a chill pill, thinking what it would be like to be a lava lizard.



Turkey Burgers

Ahhhh Kansas.  Nothing like having to grill indoors.  We pulled out the electric grill tonight.  Turkey Burgers on the fly.  Sorry no pictures, but with the grilled onions, they were about as yummy as they got. the trick to cooking a better burger on the open grill is to put a metal bowl over the burgers to convect some heat/steam.  You still should sear everything like you would on a normal charcoal/gas grill.

Work out today . . .

  • cybex stair-stepper 25 minutes and pulling edible bark from Scout’s mouth
  • dog walking
  • head pounding (performed delicately after receiving emails from PITA clients).

The snow is nearly melted from the back yard, but we are now blessed with MUD.

Below’s picture is Sedum flower pods and the fur kids.


Snowy Seedum


So go get out side already.  I did!

Snow in Kansas

After a very mild winter last year and little rain this past summer, we have been blessed with two snows already in Kansas.  Not more than a couple inches each, but enough to make you enjoy it.

As you all know, the biggest challenge challenge with any new puppy is potty training.  Our dog door has been making it much easier this pup around.  However, ensuring that everyone takes breaks from play and snooze with a pee trip is never fun when you have 2 inches of snow on the deck.  Uggs and winter coats are ready to go at the back door, along with a “walkies noise” rattler that both dogs perk up their ears and follow you out side with.  Yes.  I am still smarter than a puppy.

Last weeks snow was very fluffy.  So I was able to get out side with my camera to capture a couple scenes from the yard.

Snow Flakes on Rose Bush.

Flakes on Rose Bush


Ice on Christmas Bulbs

Ice on Christmas Blubs


This was taken at night with the Christmas lights illuminating the bare Burning Bush.

Flakes on Burning Bush