Monday, November 24, 2008

After the Party's Over.... More Party!

Darrel, Sidney, Jordan, Laurence, Shirl, Bill
After the game we took the family out to dinner. Olive Garden was the restaurant of choice.
David and Bill
Darrel enjoying those mussels!
Shirl and Darrel enjoying dinner.
It was such a fun time. We love our family!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jordan Takes State (with a little help:) !

What a fun day!! Yesterday we went to Billings to watch our Grandson Jordan play football with the Miles City (CCDHS) Cowboy High School Football Team.
Jordan plays QB. Miles City beat Central to win the Class A State Football Title. Way to Go Jordan!! Jordan is now ranked the #1 HS quarterback in the state. He threw for one touch down and ran for the other. They won 20-7!!
Jordan is a senior and is a great young man. He has broken several records this year. Hopefully this will bode well for college!!
Darrel, Jordan and Shirl
His parents have really done themselves proud! We're proud of all of them!!
The Coveted Trophy!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fun Visitors at My Cafeteria

My Red Shafted Northern Flicker has found a friend. Well, maybe just an eating partner. Anyway is was fun to see him and the house finch together.
I love to watch the flickers. They are such a pretty bird. Through the years they've gotten braver and braver.

I think this is a Downy Woodpecker. Boy was he brave. I got to within about 4 feet of him out in my birch tree. He stayed absolutely frozen. Not eating or anything as I moved up on him.

I do Love my birds!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Little Chickadee

Meet one of my little black capped chickadees. These guys are so quick it's amazing. They fly to the feeder, grab one sunflower seed really fast and fly off. Then they're back in about 2-5 minutes for another. I finally had to just sit with the camera ready to shoot until I got the one at the feeder. The one at the birdbath was easier as he was thirsty so settled for a bit. Birds can be so entertaining!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Self Fertilizing Yard

This is part of our resident fertilizers. Unfortunately we've been unable to teach them the difference between the sidewalk, the yard and the garden.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Perks of Icky Days in Montana

My Flicker has returned. Today is his first visit.
The finches really pig out when the weather is changing.

They love having water to bathe and drink. I love having the birds around. The birdbath and some of the feeders are right outside my office window.
One thing I do love here is that when the weather gets icky, (definately a weather term!), the birds really come in. Some for a drink, and a quick clean up and some for food. There are always lots more when there is a storm brewing. Laurence calls my finches welfare birds. Oh well, I love them!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Big Measuring Spoon vs. the Little One

You already know of my trials with the bread. Viv was kind enough to point out that I was using 1Tablespoon of yeast vs.1 teaspoon of yeast. The crazy thing is that I had actually checked it and in my mind I was doing it right. So, here is the evidence. I did't put in too much yeast OR burn it. Yahoo!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Not Even Breadmaking 101

A while ago my cousin Viv was telling me about the wonderful bread recipe she got from a friend. Bread that was just incredible!! Well of course, I HAD to have the recipe. It was for a 2 pound loaf, but she and I figured that if I just cut the recipe in half I'd be good to go. I made the bread and then there was this smell of burning bread....... ooops, not the smell I'd been after.
It turned out that the dough had risen out over the outside of the pan and then cooked (burned) onto the outside of the pan and the inside of the bread maker! RATS! I had to put a wet washcloth over it for most of the day to finally get all of the baked on bread off.

So, thinks I, I'll try this again. After all it's just a matter of ingredients and the bread maker does the rest. This was my second attempt. BUT dum da dum dum.... at least this time I was on the watch.

I checked the bread YES it was on the outside but I very cleverly took the pan out put the bread into the pan and let it bake. Well a picture is worth a thousand words.


I WILL try this bread-- but Viv will have to make it for me. I am going back to my old recipe!!:) Hmmmmm does this mean I visit her or she visits me?
Back to the old stand by recipes for me:)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Laurence and the Billings Temple

Today was the first Saturday of the month. Laurence and I got to spend the day at the Billings Montana Temple.
If it just didn't mean that we have to get up so early in the morning to get there in time to work!:)