Friday, August 21, 2015

End of Summer Ohio Visit with Family

Cora went to her first Vacation  Bible School with Ohio cousins.One night the lesson was about forgiving. Each child received a baggie with marshmallow, graham cracker, and chocolate with the saying, "Forgive...and then forgive s'more." She also made paper lanterns, and cardboard sunshines.  On the last night, the church hosted a cook-out picnic for the children's families with activities that included bubbles, duck duck goose, 9 square, and roasting s'mores. 

At Mamaw's Cora had fun making Lite-Brite pictures.

Meg had fun picking flowers.

I had fun doing a tidy-up project.

We all had fun eating summery meals together and walking to the local park.

The rest of the family came out for a weekend of slumber party with Daddy's cousins, hair styling, and pond fun.

Finally we met my brother's family for a park supper in southern Ohio. The evening went by quickly chasing the resident geese, exploring the huge tent playground, riding ripsticks & scooters, shooting hoops, and playing sand volleyball.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

July Garden

Many things growing in the July garden...

Filling in bare spots and plants growing up over one another.

Plenty of greens to harvest: Kale, Red Beets, Swiss Chard, Turnips. 
(Though not the family's favorite side dish!)

Banana Peppers are the first of the peppers to start producing. The Bells have little babies on them, but the mini sweets are only growing plants, not fruits. Perhaps because I saved seed from grocery store peppers?!

The garden view from our back patio. 
Someday that hodgepodge building will be improved. It disgraces the garden photos every time!

One morning's harvest.

The okra plants are thriving in the heat, all 3 rows tangled together in a prickly mass. The picking is a bit sticky, but I'm so glad they are producing. Okra is my hubs favorite garden veggie. He could skip the greens.every.time.

The pea gate trellis has been overtaken with cucumber plants, hurray!

Basil is growing well in the shade of mammoth indeterminate heirloom tomato plants.

The calendula is blooming that was brought all the way from Ohio in July and transplanted for medicinal purposes.

Another day's picking.

Produce harvested in July: 77 pounds
Green Beans, cucumbers, onions, and turnips being the heavy weights.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Meg is 3!

Our littlest Bowman had a birthday!

She's been choosing her favorite zinnia blooms from the garden to fill and refill our table vase.

 Simple cakes.
Brightly sprinkled with sweetness.

Broiled pizza sandwiches
Corn on the cob
Vegetables and dip
Fruit kabobs
Jello cubes
Vanilla cupcakes with peppermint icing

She was so excited to open her "birthday". (You know presents are the best part. Evidently in her mind they are the only part!) Gay gifts waiting in the basement, pretty packages arriving in the mail, and UPS delivery too! Not pictured: oversize polka dot ball and pink cozy coupe.
Hurray for a birthday!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Colorado Summer Trip ~ Days 4 & 5

The woodstove fire was stoked at night, but simply ashes come morning. 
When your cup of coffee steams profusely, you know it's cold inside. 
Our breakfast song also steamed the air in front of our singing mouths! "For ye shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing..." 

We started our big last day rolling over Tomichi Pass again. The winding trail took us through many puddles and streams, next to waterfalls and lush forest undergrowth. Here we are on top of the world...

No stopping for snowball fights or licks this time. Cora even forgot to look down at the Jeep remains she was so worried and chattering about on that scary part of the trail. She did notice the chipmunks and marmots scampering in front and beside us and the deer in the valley below.

Hancock Pass wasn't nearly as awful as I remembered. We did get off the Ranger once on a super sharp switchback, but the 4-wheeler kept on a truckin'. We met a nice family at the top who we took a picture of and they in turn did of us.

Destination St. Elmo! We brought along salted sunflower seeds that the little chipmunks would not touch. (So we humans enjoyed them on the trip home.) Once purchasing a baggie of the black birdseed kind from the touristy general store, the girls had no problem getting critters to perch near or even on their hands.

We picnicked on the steps of the historic Post Office before heading over Tin Cup Pass. We enjoyed the scenic ride up, near a rushing stream with numerous pristine camping opportunities. I'm not sure I'd want to haul everything in there, but the sights are fabulous!

Near the top of the pass we got into more snow. 

The ride down was hobbledy hoy, hobbledy ho over numerous rocks, but at the bottom Mirror Lake is a beautiful sight and even fun to drive through if you have to.

We stopped for a snack and chat, but no fishing as we pressed on to get back to the cabin before too late. Over Cumberland Pass to Pitkin and back through Wanita and Black Sage.

Eight or nine hours since we'd set out found us cooking stir fry over the fire, fishing in the creek, and relaxing in the Pines.

The next morning we tidied up our temporary Colorado home, before venturing back out on the highway. 

Down the mountain, alongside the Arkansas River, stopping quickly at Royal Gorge. The mountain goats (or sheep) met us in the parking lot! We peered through the fence steeply at the tiny river and train tracks far below winding their way along the canyon bottom.

Finally back in Kansas flatland, witnessing another of God's beautiful sunsets in the vast sky as we travel along on the old Santa Fe Trail.