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April, 2006 - Issue #59

BOB AND CAMILLE

CELEBRATING SPRING IN THEIR OWN SPECIAL WAY

 

TWENTY YEARS AGO

Mom joined Shirley, Camille and Susan in Susan's Denver backyard.

While Susan's two sons and dog enjoyed the summer lawn.  From left to right - Shirley, Mom, Susan (with Brendon at her feet) Erin and Cody.

 

FRIENDS

Tara and Margie goof around by a railroad trestle on the first day of the month.  They had joined Camille for a six-mile walk along the county roads south and east of town.

 

ON THE FAST TRACK

Not all train tracks are active these days, but the stretch we were walking along (an on) on this day is.  Sometimes we count the cars and there are often close to 100 behind two to four engines.  They haul everything from crude oil to automobiles.

 

IT'S COMING!

Bob points to a few miniscule buds in an effort to convince Camille that spring is headed our way.  Hope springs eternal!

 

BOUNCING BACK

Another month, another photo of the rubber plant which miraculously recovered from being tossed out in the parking lot in freezing weather.

 

PRETTY AS A PICTURE

 

Misty and Tilly pose for the camera on April 4th.  Misty was sporting a new haircut but Tilly was wearing her same old winter coat.

 

BIRD WATCHING

Camille searches for signs of life on an interesting rock outcropping.  For more photos from this day, go to Hiking the Drylands.

 

IN HER ELEMENT

  

Camille has long harbored a secret desire to become a librarian.  She finally realized her dream by volunteering to sort books at the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store.  Amy, on the right, is another volunteer who gives time to the never-ending sorting effort.  The profits from the store go into materials for building Habitat for Humanity homes.

 

AT HIS WHITEST

Silver, after a bath, looks longingly out to pasture after being tied for thirty minutes to dry in the sun.  For some other after-bathing photos of Silver and Monty, click on: Spring Cleaning

 

A PLACE TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH

Bob and Camille drove away from civilization to the wide open spaces for some light hiking and more bird watching on Easter Sunday.  They also saw antelope and (surprise!) two Easter Bunnies.  For a look-see, go to Easter Sunday Get Away.

 

TURNING ARABLE LAND INTO THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE

THEN

Eleven years ago, Bob rides Jesse down a county road flanked by fields of winter wheat.

AND NOW

That same field today grows no wheat.  Instead, a pathetic monument stands as testament to America's unstoppable obsession with conspicuous consumption.

 

ON A LIGHTER NOTE

Old friends, Bill and Disa stopped by for tiddly winks and dinner on April 19th.

 

OH YES, AND BEERS ON THE DECK

 

Don't forget that part!  It was just warm enough to sit in the sun for half an hour.

 

Bob enjoys a stout while listening to stories and Camille demonstrated her Sun In Your Face Squint with a self-portrait.

 

Disa and Camille take a look at the music we had queued up on the computer.  After dinner, Bill and Disa brought out the big guns - these scrumptious desserts of chocolate, meringue, carrot cake and fruit. 

 

SOMETHING MUST LIVE HERE

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On April 23rd, we went for a walk and spied a hole in the ground.  To the left is a whitened pile of droppings.  We guessed that this was a seldom-used back door for some kind of critter.

 

ANOTHER CLUE

A nearby pile of feathers indicated that the animal is a carnivore.  We've heard from others that they have seen foxes and heard coyotes in our neighborhood.

 

THE FRONT DOOR

 

    Fresh paw prints in loose dirt identify this hole as the animal's front door.  Bob stuck the camera down into the hole and snapped a picture in the hopes of catching a glimpse of something other than dirt and darkness but no luck.

 

THE UBIQUITOUS DANDELION

Another sure sign of spring, these beautiful blooms look good enough to eat.  Say, what - they ARE edible?  When we this found out, we immediately reclassified them from weed to free food.  To see what we did with them then, click on Deep Fried Dandelion Blossoms.

 

AHHHHH - NOTHING LIKE A SPRING BIRTHDAY PARTY!

What's that? You say this one was for a horse?  This I'll have to see!  Go to Tenorio's First Birthday Party.

 

LOVING THOSE LILACS

Yes, flowers were the theme of the day on the last day of the month when we went for another weekend hike.  There are more pictures here: Hiking In The Spring With Flowers

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies. - Nadine Stair

"How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land?' - Chief Seattle, 1854

"Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still for once on the face of the earth, let's not speak in any language; let's stop for a second and not move our arms so much." - Pablo Neruda

Visit Plastic Farm Animals to find out what we are really thinking.

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