Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rustic Framing

Lander Mills
Lander, WY
April 2014
Other images of this old elevator can be seen here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Back in Time - Wyoming Homestead

approx. 1939 or 1940
I am not sure, but I think this man is my maternal grandfather. I love the scene behind him -- the house, the sheets hanging on the line, the old car, and the Wyoming landscape, an area filled with promise.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

At Loose Ends

women's size 10
knit with 56 stitches on size 2 needles
I loved knitting this pair of socks from odds and ends - four different sock yarns. Each stripe is 10 rounds.

Photo shows one sock inside out and the tails that needed secured. While there were a lot of loose ends, I didn't mind because I like the socks.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

While in college and for the first year I taught, I drove my brother's 1965 Ford Galaxy 500, but the Thanksgiving of my second year of teaching, I purchased my very first car, a two-door, Dodge Dart Swinger.
1974 Dodge Dart Swinger
The Swinger had a white vinyl roof that was difficult to clean. Even though the car had a low clearance, I drove it on the back roads around Wheatland and all over the Laramie Peak area. My mother insisted a CB radio be installed in the car so I could ask for help, if necessary. My brother, John installed an eight-track stereo system in the car for me, too.

When I went to Japan, I left the car at the farm and my brother used it from 1979 to 1981.

Honda Civic (year unknown)
Misawa AFB, Misawa, Japan 1979
The Honda was a used car, but I can't remember the model year. Read about the Honda Civic here
1981 Toyota Tercel
When I returned from Japan, I drove the Dodge Dart until the transmission went out. The Tercel, which had front-wheel drive and a manual transmission, was the car I purchased to replace it. This little car had a big heart, especially driving in the snow and mud when I lived on the farm Over North.

1988 Ford F-150
Eventually, the mud and snow became too much for the Tercel, so I purchased a four-wheel drive pick-up to use when the weather was nasty or when the roads were really bad. The pick-up was also handy for hauling.

1994 Toyota Camry
When the Tercel's odometer turned over 250,000 miles, I traded it for a used Camry. I was commuting nearly 70 miles a day and welcomed the smoother ride, automatic transmission, and air-conditioning.

2004 Toyota Camry
In 2004, I purchased another Camry and donated the 1994 to the local community college foundation. It's amazing how retirement has extended the life of my car: today after ten years, the 2004 Camry has only 75,000 miles on the odometer. Since my previous Toyotas were in excellent condition after performing over 200,000 miles, I anticipate this car will last at least another 10 years.

I have owned six vehicles in 40 years. How many have you owned?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Back in Time - Freda

Freda and Terry S.
approx. 1980
Freda was a Red Angus and Holstein cross and was the first born on the farm. She was named after Fred, a redheaded young man, who worked for my mother and brother. Freda became one of my mother's favorite bucket babies, and she continued to seek attention as she grew.

My nephew Terry (shown in the photo) is a dare devil and will try practically anything. Since Freda was so docile, he thought he could sit on her back, and he did many times. The day I was there to take photos, he had just finished his irrigating duties, which is why he is still wearing his irrigation boots.

Terry and Freda

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Simple Beauty

April 2014
Last week, I was stuck by the simple beauty of the morning sun casting a shadow on the wall near my grandmother's china cabinet.

The cabinet is probably close to 100 years old: I inherited it from my mother, who inherited from her mother. I remember when Uncle Otto (my mother's brother) delivered the cabinet to the farm on a bitter cold day in December. Wrapped in old quilts and blankets, the cabinet had traveled in the back of his pick-up from South Dakota. Mom was afraid the glass would crack when the cabinet was brought into the house.

I, too, worried about the glass when I moved the cabinet to my home 20 years ago. The glass in the door has dimples and waves in it, and the side pieces are curved. The glass and finish are original. This is the oldest piece of furniture that I own.

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