Saturday, July 12, 2008

One single impression: Doorway

It's OK to come on in
Contemplate your naval
Finish your up beer
Don't even have to flush

Out into the garden
A fresh outlook on life
Be sure to do the right
Ladies are on the left

To peek inside, click here

Other One Single Impression participants click here

For my longer picture story about Luchenbach, Texas,
click here

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Things that didn't stay in Tekamah (and Nebraska)

We got home late this Thursday afternoon from Blogstock '08 and a detour to Telluride, Colorado. Our Colorado visit will be told in part in a later blog.

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About half of the Blogstock '08 festival attendees wore t-shirts with this logo. Mrs. Jim and I didn't get one as we really weren't around very much during business hours.

Mrs. Jim and I didn't have anything to hide. I scratched my head and found some things that did not stay in the Corn Country (Nebraska).

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Several of these items shown are from the Welcome Bag given to Mrs. Jim and me the first night of Blogstock, starting at the top row from left to right:
1. A pack of two black and one red markers from the Dollar General store in Blair, Nebraska. We had to get these to make our poster for the float.
2. A nice tall mug from the Morrow Kennels. This will be nice for my Arnold Palmer drinks.
3. A neat little star template I made to stencil the stars onto the poster. As a retired engineer, it had to be almost perfect. See the poster below.
4. A new phone book having Tekamah, Herman, and Blair phone numbers in addition to Fremont. Borrowed from the Super 8 Motel at Blair.
5. A very nice book made by
Ralph Campbell for the Blogstock attendees. It contained a bio and a couple of posts of the others and a few who wanted to come but couldn't. Thanks, Ralph.
6. A jar of honey from bees on Cliff's farm. Well, from Sue Bee who has hives on the farm.
7. A nice jar of cherry jelly. I suspect the cherries were from trees on the farm.
8. A bright orange bag the Blogstock favors came in. The computer cartoon reads "I love my computer because all my friends live in it."
9. June 25th Burt County Plaindealer with an article about Blogstock written by
Cliff Morrow.
10. Ten washers I got that were left over from weighing down the trim on our float
11 (Not shown) Two nice ball pens, green and white, advertising the Morrow Kennels.

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A neat little sore from rubbing on the stirrup leathers on Major's saddle. I had left my blue jeans at the motel. No pain, no gain, my nice ride, see the previous post, was well worth this little bit.

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Four dozen plus two golf balls given us by our cousin, John, of Tekamah. John walks a lot and when his walk is at the cemetery beside the golf course, he finds many 'out of bound' balls.

Thank you, John. And Cliff, you might identify one of these (golf rule number one, identify your ball).

At any rate is 'finders keeper' rule for our family and John graciously gave us these balls that he had found.

Now, Mrs. Jim and I will play 'one for me, one for you' with the NIKE and Callaway balls. Then Mrs. Jim will take what she wants and I can have those she doesn't want.

Something that did stay in Nebraska

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We worked hard to make this poster (aren't my home drawn stars beautiful!) and similar mate, then left both of them in Cliff's truck. We aren't sure whether or not he will save it for us or give them to a cousin. We would like to have them to show Adi. Maybe she has looked at the blog. I hope so.

Bloggers writing about Blogstock '08 (so far)

Be sure to click on any picture you like to make it large enough to see real good. Cliff said we made the paper in three places and left links to two. Ralph put on a couple of pictures that have Mrs. Jim, one of me. Jerry's blog is the most comprehensive report so far (I'm checking them as I write). Rachel has a nice picture of Mrs. Jim talking and working with Mrs. Morrow. I'm there too in another one. John and Terrah's son, Jacob, was the hit of Blogstock '08! Mrs. Jim and I couldn't figure out how he was able to eat all the sour cherries he picked. Terrah doesn't have pictures but does have some nice commentary on Blogstock '08. Jamie Dawn has some nice things the rest of us missed. Jerry has a neat little rundown on some logistics of attending blogstock.

Note: Scroll down on these blogs if you are looking this post in July 2008 and you will find them. If later, you probably should do their blog search--upper left hand box on most--on their blog using the word, Blogstock.

We surely did have a good time. And we got to meet quite a few fellow bloggers and their families.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

How about driving 900 miles to meet someone you have befriended on the Internet?

That's what thirteen of us blog writers did for a July 4th weekend good old fashion Blogstock '08 (remember going to Woodstock way back when you were a hippie type?).

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Here we have your favorite blog writers standing by our 4th of July parade float. If you had a crush on one, take a good look using
super size to make sure you are still in love!

From left to right (click a blog title link to view that blog):
Janell of
One Square Mile
Cliff of Cliff Morrow's Blog
Ralph of Homespun Headlines
Desiree of Believe,Live Well,Laugh Often & Love Much

LZ Blogger (a.k.a. Jerry) of LAZY Blogger
Jerry of Back Home Again
Rachel of Sliding through life
Jamie Dawn of Jamie Dawn's Mindless Blather
Nora of chez pez
Jim of JIM'S LITTLE BLOG, JIM'S LITTLE PHOTO PLACE (has Wordless Wednesday posts), and Ask Dr. Jim (blog)

Not in the picture:
Driving the float, Dan of
Dan's Everyday Observations
Coming in the afternoon
John of
The Changelog
Terrah of Forest of the Plains

After the parade we all split. Most went for lunch at the Silver Creek Winery and B&B north of Tekamah.

Mrs. Jim and I had Jaycee BBQ at the park with our cousins, Jack and Linda, and Jean and Dwain. We don't get to see them very often so this was great. Then we visited cousin John who also lives in Tekamah, but didn't make it to the park for BBQ. We had some really nice visits and decided all of us cousins needed a cousin reunion.

That evening we went to Cliff Morrow's farm for hamburgers and hot dogs. Cliff is an excellent cook. And he does it at a drop of the hat, just call or come. He should be a Southerner, with all his hospitality, he would fit right in.

There were fireworks in the Tekamah ball park that evening but most of us just relaxed and chatted at the farm. Those who went said they were great fireworks.

The next day we all showed up again for brunch cooked of course by Cliff. We had sausage, pancakes, and eggs. IHOP holds no comparison to Cliff's breakfasts!

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I went for a horseback ride in the cornfield in the afternoon on Julie's horse, Major. He is a nice horse who needs to be ridden some more.

Several of the neighbors who read Cliff's blog also showed up. Some have a Blogger ID so they can leave comments. The day will come when they too will try the blog writing thing. A lot of us got our starts with that Blogger ID, I did.

Supper was Cliff's famous barbecued chicken. It was really good. He made just the right amount, not a quarter of chicken was left.

Marilyn made us some nice cobblers outside, cowboy style, in iron pots covered with hot charcoal. The last picture is of Jerry blowing out the candle of his birthday cake. I don't think anyone asked him how old he was, but of course all 72 candles from one box were too many.

In between there was a lot of side dishes made by bloggers and those coming to meet and mingle with us. Please have a little sympathy with me as I couldn't eat corn on the cob or the chocolate cobbler with pecans per my colonoscopy doctor.

Shown also is Cliff's outdoor kitchen, minus cookers which were beside the house, minus the food on the table, but does include the outdoor refrigerator standing tall there in the backyard. That reminds me of a redneck joke that I can't remember how it goes.

And here is Ralph and the birthday boy, Jerry, having a serious conversation.

After supper we had a show and tell about our blogs. That was interesting for all to see how we all had started blogging, what we are writing about, our purpose for blogging, and anything else pertinent or we cared to ramble on about. Then it was time for goodbyes.

Will we do it again? Ask Cliff. That would be nice, but by next year I suppose gasoline will be about $6.00 a gallon if it goes up like this year. But like the movie, Field of Dreams, have it and they will come.

Cousin Bud in Colorado got a visit after we left Sunday morning for a fourth visit with an a first cousin of mine. I have three others but we couldn't see them on this trip.

Tonight we are staying in Dillon, Colorado, where it was 45°F when we got out of the car and went into our motel. Tomorrow night for a bit we will be staying at Telluride, Colorado.

Adi, eat your heart out. I miss you (she is staying with Karen and Billy) and will be coming home very soon. Cliff's cat is named Luke, I forgot the dog's. Both of those critters took a liking to me. [Does this remind you of the Nursery Rhyme, Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat (she went to London and all she could see was a little mouse under the queen's chair.)?]

And no, we didn't get one pictures of my first cousins! I'm sorry too.

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Proverbs 4

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