Back in the Saddle

It has been awhile since my daughter and I have been around horses together. Had an enjoyable time at the farm as the grands are now able to ride their Grandpa Pugsley’s horse. Of course, their mom and I had to check him out first. (You might notice the stirrups are kid length.)

Seeing What Rusty Can Do

Curious Critter

Entertaining Wildlife

Living in the city doesn’t mean we don’t have critters around. We have seen fox, coyotes, raccoons, woodchuck, deer, snakes, rabbits and numerous squirrels in our yard. We feed birds, also, which provide color as well as entertainment and lessons for the grandkids.

The curious critter in this picture came to the door and stood for several minutes.

Back at the Cabin

Grandchild #3 has turned 8 years old. At 8 each grandchild gets their first solo visit to the cabin with us. For two weeks they get to hang out with us to do the work and fun of cabin life. This guy likes to fish, chop wood and ride the tractor with Grandpa. On rainy days we play Carom and Dutch Blitz. Funny thing…he doesn’t seem to miss “technology” at all.

We came early to the cabin this year. The trillium are blooming, the birds are singing and we are getting some good spring rain for the garden. I have seen an orchard oriole, black and white warbler and scarlet tanager so far. I must get the hummingbird feeder up. We’ve had one coming to where the feeder was other summers.

Two Adventure Stories for summer reading

After the RJ series, the author’s Nebraska roots are inspiration for these two books.

Matthew Hartmann’s Pony Express route was along the Platte River Road in Nebraska. It is historical fiction told in the voice of the young man who who rode “The Pony” and found romance.

Year of the Hawk is a sweet story of two Pawnee children who find a hatchling hawk in a pile of leaves on the ground. Pawnee culture in the late 1800’s, friendship, rescue and training of the hawk fill the pages of this little book.

Children will enjoy reading or listening to an adult read the books. They are available on Amazon.

The Rest of RJ’s Story

RJ’s Legacy is the final entry in the series of this beloved fictional character. The reader meets the adventurous RJ in RJ’s Journey and RJ’s Valley. Her life spanned the historical context of the Westward expansion in the late 1850’s through the Civil War, the pioneer days in Oregon, the Women’s Suffrage movement and World War I. In Legacy, RJ’s adult children reminisce about their mother’s life and the reader learns more about the strength of this pioneer woman.