Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ANYONE NEED SOME RHUBARB?

The first crop of the year is always rhubarb. It's another bumper crop! Tyler and Hannah just can't wait for the first picking. They keep bringing stalks to the house, asking "Is it ready to pick yet Gramma? We picked about half the patch, enough for at least four pies.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Weekend in LaCrosse

We went to LaCrosse for the weekend for Samantha's graduation. I was in charge of making the potato salad and Sandy helped me out by peeling the two dozen eggs. Whoever thought you couldn't put all the shells down the garbage disposal at once.



So Mark came to the rescue but we didn't tell him what was plugging the drain. He figured Becky had put too much stuff down earlier. Hmmm Sandy , what do you think he'll find down there?
What are all these egg shells doing in here?


And finally, the reason we went to LaCrosse, the graduate.

Friday, May 2, 2008

LAST DAY IN THE SPRINGS

Today we just took it easy and started gathering our things together for the trip home. We did some window shopping and walked through the mall and some other stores. I think we are all kind of burned out from all the sightseeing. Melissa took us to one of the townhouses where she works and we got to meet the guy she works for. Now when she talks about her work we kind of know where she's at.
Tomorrow we head out for Red Oak, Iowa. I'm not looking foward to 12 hours of driving but its the only way to get there. We'll spend a day there and then another 9 hour drive back to Medford. Hope you've enjoyed seeing our trip and we will be home soon.



One more picture. This chair was alongside a highway and we had to turn around and go back to get a picture of it. It is the worlds largest rocking chair. It is 21 feet tall and 14 feet wide. It weighs 9100 pounds. I so wanted to try and climb up on it but it was inside a locked fence.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

SNOW AND PIKES PEAK

Like I've said its been just beautiful weather here all week but today this is what we woke up to:

30 degrees and blowing snow!

So is the trip on the Cog Railway up to the top of Pikes Peak off? It snows about an inch or two and by 11 a.m. the sun is shining and we can see the mountains!


At 1 p.m. we board the train and head up the mountain. It's 14,110 feet to the top but we're told they can only go to 12,130 feet because of the high winds. When we arrive at the "Windy Point" which is as far as we can go, it's VERY VERY windy and we're above the point of trees growing. I'm ready to go back down.


This little building/cabin is at the Windy Point and was the living quarters for many people throughout the years. They housed people in the 1800's and early 1900's who were traveling to the peak. A son was born to one of the couples who lived here at one time.




We stopped in the town at the bottom of Pikes Peak and did one of these vintage photos. Jim wanted me to wear the bar maid costume but it was a little too skimpy for me so I went with the Southern belle look.

We ended the day with dinner at a chinese restaurant called P.F.Changs. The best Chinese food I've ever had! Melissa was having a chocolate craving so this is what she ordered. It was huge!!!!! And what was it called? The Great Wall of Chocolate. Even the three of us couldn't eat it all but I bet it'll taste pretty good tomorrow.