Speaking of snow

As we headed outside tonight…

I had hoped Isabel would ride her tricycle in the garage (since the driveway is sloped) to get some practice on the pavement but she got out her gardening tools instead and “made snow”.

She was raking with the rake and banging with the shovels on the concrete saying she was making snow.

Back in the house…she was so upset that she couldn’t go outside to play.
I really do feel for her; since the weather has changed we have been stuck indoors more then Isabel really wants to be.


Today is my Gma Euny Kuhr’s birthday; she would have been 83.
This is my tribute to her…

1981 – Grasshopper Junction, Arizona
My family and I had just moved to Arizona the previous year and my grandparents came out to visit. We took them to the Grand Canyon, the London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Vegas, and even the booming town of Grasshopper Junction!

1988 – Killeen, Texas
My parents, grandparents, and I went to visit my Uncle Denny and his family for Christmas. My Gma loved to play cards and the card game of choice for the Kuhr clan is Pinochle or Euchre. My Gma would play any card game though, it was her way of visiting with family and friends.

1991 – Omaha, Nebraska
This is Gma and my nephew, Kevin. Unfortunately, Kevin passed away from SIDS three months later. I was the one who received the call from Gma that he had passed…I can still her frantic voice like it was yesterday.

1994 – Ozark Lake, Missouri
This is how you could always find Gma (if she wasn’t playing cards),
in the kitchen either cleaning or cooking.
She could stuff you like a turkey – her food was so good!

Summer 2000 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Gma and Gmpa made a trip to Denmark were the Kuhr’s came from, of course.

August 1997 – Lincoln, Nebraska
My grandparents 50th wedding anniversary.
This is by far my most favorite photo of them together.
(it looks so much better then this scan!)

September 14th, 2007 – Blair, Nebraska
This was the last day I saw my Gma Euny.
She passed away on January 19th, 2008.

Still like two young “kids” so deeply in love!

60 years together equals
4 sons,
7 grandsons,
3 granddaughters,
5 great grandsons,
and 7 great granddaughters.


Mommy has an idea…lets make a fort!

Ask any member of my family and they will tell you that I used to love making forts. I would use the card table, the piano and the bench, laundry baskets, boxes, and anything else I could get my hands on. I would then use blankets and towels to cover the whole conglomeration. Then I would crawl inside and just hang out in my little fort. I would keep them up for as long as my mother would get sick of seeing the eye sore in the living room. Then I’d wait a week or so and do it all over again! Now, it’s time to pass those skills on…

Isabel’s first fort.
She played in here until she smacked the top of her head on the “skirt” of the table; which happened to be moments after I took this photo. Until next time…

Later, she was “reading” the grocery ad after “work”.

She has this little game that she plays almost every day where she says she’s going to work. Then she’ll go into the laundry room, close the door behind her, wait a few minutes and then come back through the door and announce she’s home from work and needs to eat dinner and then go to bed. She then pretends to eat dinner but won’t pretend to go to sleep and then will go right back to “work”. If you ask her; “Are you going to go to sleep?” “No, I awake. Need to go to work.” she says and then does it all over again. Sometimes after she walks through the door “coming home” from work, she’ll also say that she needs a kiss, too. :o)

Fun times

Tonight after dinner Isabel and Daddy had some fun time together before it was time for bed.

Daddy swinging/spinning Isabel in her castle tube. This would have been so funny to hear/see on video – she was laughing so hard! :o)

Daddy’s new do.

“I did it!” she says. If she’s not playing photographer (her latest game) or doctor, it’s beautician.

Camera Always At The Ready

As I went to take Daisy out for a potty break; I happened to spot this little frog in my flower pot. It was such a vibrant orange against the green foliage that I had to take it’s photo. Unfortunately by the time I got Daisy reeled in, paws cleaned off, shoes off,  to grab the camera, and get back outside, it had hopped out of the plant. I had to get down on the wet ground and get this shot of it from under a pallet of pavers on the patio…at times I feel like I need to keep my camera always at the ready…

I tried looking it up on the internet as to what type of frog it was but couldn’t find any frogs that looked anything like it. Oh well…

Western Long Toed Salamander

Gino was out mowing the lawn this afternoon and spotted this little guy crawling in the lawn. He scooped it up and called me to grab the camera. We took a few shots and then sat down at our puters to see what we could find out about this little guy and this is what we found…

The Western Long Toed Salamander is one of many subspecies of Long Toed Salamanders. Western Long Toed Salamanders can be distinguished from others by their distinctive coloration. These animals, though rarely seen due to their nocturnal habitats, can be fascinating to observe in the wild.

Western Long Toed Salamanders are found in a variety of habitats, from scrubland to mountain forests. Usually, they live between sea level and 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) in elevation. Western Long Toed Salamanders are nocturnal. During the day, they can sometimes be found under rocks, logs, or leaves. Some hide underground during the day, and almost all are found near water. At night, they hunt for small invertebrates, usually insects or worms. Western Long Toed Salamanders commonly remain close to the pool they were hatched in, though some may be found further away. Western Long Toed Salamanders are rarely seen in the wild, and they may be easiest to see when they are migrating toward breeding ponds. Juvenile Western Long Toed Salamanders are also sometimes seen when they are looking for an area in which to over-winter.

The Western Long Toed Salamander has a slender body and can grow to between 4 and 6 inches in length. Western Long Toed Salamanders have a unique stripe along their backs that varies between shades of yellow and green. This stripe runs from the head to the tail tip, and it has very uneven or jagged edges. Older Western Long Toed Salamanders usually have more faded stripes than do young animals. The stripe continues up to the head, where it breaks up into spots. The background color of this salamander is dark brown or black. Some Western Long Toed Salamanders often have many silver or white spots on the sides of their bodies and down over their feet. The belly is a sooty or dark brown color. There are usually 12 or 13 costal grooves on the Western Long Toed Salamander. True to its name, this salamander has long toes. The snouts of Western Long Toed Salamanders are blunt, and males have limbs and tails that are noticeably longer than those of females.

The Western Long Toed Salamander usually lives in the Pacific Northwest regions of the United States. It is most often found from western Washington and Oregon to Vancouver Island. In some parts of Canada, the Long Toed Salamander may be considered at risk for endangerment. This is because its range is so limited, and where it is found, populations tend to be isolated or patchy.

Usually, Western Long Toed Salamanders breed between January and June. Generally, breeding season is determined more by latitude than by temperature. Western Long Toed Salamanders engage in amplexus and then lay their eggs on submerged vegetation. They may lay the eggs in clusters or singles. The single eggs are generally found closer to the surface, while clusters may be in the deepest area of the water in a protected area such as the underside of a log. Usually, the eggs hatch in about three weeks, and the Western Long Toed Salamanders will generally remain in the larval state until the summer after they were hatched.

I take picture

Yesterday, while we were out shopping we happened to stop at the Goodwill to look for some pants for Isabel (didn’t find any). When Isabel and Gino found this little item for  99 cents…

A camera like mommy!
Isabel is so proud of this – she walks around the house saying “I take picture”
and then she “snaps” the photo.

It’s supposed to blow bubbles out the black hole in front when you hold the button down – we tried this and it just made a mess;
so it’s a camara just like mommy’s.