Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Caution: butchering picture below. 

Logan did something last week that no one else in the family has done. He went hunting and got two deer.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Frosted pumpkin

Frosted pumpkin

Monday, November 24, 2014


 Shortly after we cut the back wall off the sunroom, the temperatures dropped. Tuesday morning I discovered that the pipes to my washer and laundry tub were frozen. I turned up the furnace and ran the dryer, and the pipes thawed. That evening I borrowed a space heater and stapled up some plastic. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Raising the roof VI

Cutting from the outside.

You know the cartoons where one side of a house completely falls off? Well, that's a lot like what happened to the Cookie house on Friday. 

Cutting from the inside.

The wall falls down. Good riddance to the door.

Inside looking out.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kitten Gray

She wants to come live at my house. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The end

My raspberries bravely hung on through the end of October so that Julie was able to savor a few, but now they are finished for the season.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014


One of my birthday gifts--a lamp from Betsy, Brian and Logan
I had a blessed birthday last week, filled with birthday wishes, emails, texts, and phone calls from coworkers, friends, family and even a few businesses. I felt very loved (well, by everyone but the businesses).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Julie brought a pair of courting giraffes home from Africa. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


This was the view from my upstairs bedroom a couple of weeks ago. The leaves are no longer on the tree. Now they are underneath it. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sharing tea

Julie is in Pennsylvania now, starting her new job. But, we got a lot of tea drinking in while she was here for a week and look forward to sharing more pots of tea when she comes home for an extended visit in December. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014


Recently I resolved to wash my dishes every day. I usually don't accumulate that many dirty dishes in a day, so it seemed a waste to wash a couple of spoons, a cup and a couple of lunch containers. But, I've discovered that a sink full of dirty dishes disturb my sense of well-being. I've also discovered that washing the dishes is a good excuse to take a break from studying for my master's classes. So, at least once a day I make sure I have a clean kitchen. 

Go ahead and call me crazy. I have a working dishwasher that I use for a drying rack.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


 Charlie is an "uncle." Judith and the kids came for a brief visit recently and they brought Sadie with them. Sadie is Judith's adorable yellow lab pup who loves to play with Uncle Charlie. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014


Photo by Leon
After a year in Zambia, Africa, Julie arrived back in the United States last Thursday. Needless to say, there's been plenty of talking the past couple of days.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Special music

It's extra special to have all of the Bylers join together for special music. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014