Monday, October 28, 2013


 For the past six months, my grandmother has been staying with my folks.  It has been a real treat to have this access to her, and has allowed the kids to really get to know her.  At 94, she has the usual memory issues, but remains happy and vibrant.  She puts on her lipstick and earrings every day, and is ready to GO (which is more than I can say for myself on many a day).  Nana is incredibly social, and loves to spend time with people, especially kids.  And she absolutely loves to play cards.

 She and the kids have that in common. 
 They all love a mean game of Go Fish.
I'm so grateful that my kids will have this connection and memory.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ranch Happenings

What's this out in the field?
   It appears to be coming this way.
 It'' Mom on a QUAD.  Now, I'd have to say that is close to the top of my list of things I thought I'd never see.  For no good reason, since my Mom has many adventures under her belt--waterskiing, snowskiing, boating, fishing, world travels.  What's a little four-wheeler to someone like that?  And if you look real close, you can see a very wide grin.  We got this little old quad to share on the ranch.  It is everyone's favorite new toy.
And here is another little ranch event--
A giant tarantula ON OUR HOUSE.  The biggest I've seen.
Mark went in and saved the day.
And dropped him the woodpile. 
What?  Couldn't you have brought him a little further away???? 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Redneck Lincoln Logs

Our friends Nick and Judy came to visit, and Judy always saves paper towel and t.p. rolls for crafty things.  She brought a bunch for us. 

They were immediately transformed into a castle.

Now THAT is crafty.

Friday, October 11, 2013


I have received several queries from concerned parties about what the heck is going on with "Jumping the Tracks".  Has it become completely derailed?  Never to publicly share our gripping day to day adventures again?
NO!  At least not this week.
Especially since I found out my smartphone is apparently spying on me.  I went to upload pictures the cumbersome five-step way I always do, and found that now my photos directly from my smartphone were available at the click of a mouse.  Did I authorize that???  Google, you frighten me with your power.
But for now, I will happily exploit this new capability by posting.
Another problem that has been hampering my posting is my desire to keep things in chronological order.  And it seems to me that every summer I totally blow it--accumulating far more adventures and pictures than I can keep up with (which is not a bad problem to have!).  So every fall I give up and hope that I'll remember to throw some summer flashbacks in here and there.  Like the Boston trip.  Because there are some GREAT pictures there, courtesy of my BIL Andy.
Today, however, we'll stay local.  We picked apples at a friend's house.  They shared fresh apple juice and apple pie--So inspirational!  I need to plant some fruit trees!

Abigail is my natural tree-climber.

 Handing them down to Mae.

Looks like Mae approves!

Our friends also have grapes:  tiny and so sweet!

I need to break out my Backyard Homestead book and get to work!