Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

I'm dutifully posting our annual Thanksgiving round table photo, as per tradition.

I'm sorry the exposure is so bad -- it was a gorgeous day with bright sunlight, so the bay windows really let all that beautiful light in, which is wonderful in person, but very hard for the cameras to adjust to.  If I still had PhotoShop on my PC, I could fix some of this; but, alas, I don't.

So-- going around the table from left front:  "empty plate" is David (#2 son) who is actually taking the photo, so not in it.  Clockwise from his plate is my son-in-law Tim,  Amanda, Krista (Amanda's best friend, who always shares Thanksgiving with us because her family is all in Wyoming); myself (Tracy), my mother Sharon, my sister Toyia (obviously, she and I are just talking to each other and not paying attention to the photographer); then baby Henry, then Henry's mom & dad Lacy & Jared  (my sister Toyia's middle son family).  Then of course at the head of the table, was our wonderful host, Steven.

Steven roasted the turkey and made the pumpkin pie. David offered the tasty lamb roast (one of Steven's lambs), and made the gravy;  Jared & Lacy brought the sweet potatoes casserole; Toyia brought a wonderful salad; Amanda & Tim made the potatoes and green been casserole, as well as bringing rolls; all I had to do this year was make the dressing/stuffing.  It all turned out quite wonderfully.

Below are some photos of the table setup that aren't such a bad exposure.  Steven went to a lot of work to make the day memorable and traditional.

Steven chose an eclectic group of antique dishes from the china cupboard to grace the table. Everything from fine antique china to Jewel-Tea ware.

Waiting for the arrival of everyone

He also decided to shine up his great-grandmother's glass toothpick holder collection to add color to the bright sunshine streaming through the windows. It was beautiful.

After the meal and the clean-up; most of us went for a walk to enjoy the day.  After we returned, we played some lively rounds of Apples to Apples; and cards and other games.  It was a wonderful day of family fellowship.  Everyone went home happy, and with leftovers!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

View from the top

We don't have any "hills" in our river valley area of Kansas.
So I thought I'd share some photos my son recently posted on his Facebook page -- of the views he gets of our place while up the 30 foot windmill tower doing maintenance on the windmill head.