Monday, May 26, 2014

Do you like flowers?

If you don't like pretty flowers ...log off now!

Home sweet home was awash with the scent of flowers and the buzz of bees! I say "was" for a reason, stay tuned.
Some Rodie's will grow up here.

The 'rose tree of China' is a spring time favorite.

Mama bought some very pretty hanging baskets at Bell's Nursery.  Red geraniums and two shades of blue lobilia.


 Mama reworked this area as it had become over-grown with grass.  It looks much nicer now!

 Mom put a bunch of her favorite basket stuffers in this one.

 One of them is this pretty variety of Cosmos.


 The rock garden is a favorite spot of mine.

 Shooting Stars I love!

Anemone too!

 Fresh Parsley is the best!  Mr. Froggy says so!

Wild violas are simply pretty.

 Table scapes are important, this is mama's favorite place to have a glass of wine or ice tea in the evening as the sun rolls around to the west.

Now, why the "was" ?   Our air is fouled with a smokey haze these days. A massive, wind-whipped wildfire in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula has been burning and growing for days, but fire managers are hoping rains forecast for Tuesday will help crews gain a handle on the blaze.

The Funny River Fire covered nearly 248 square miles as of Monday morning and was 30 percent contained.
Almost 600 firefighters are battling the blaze among rolling hills mostly covered with black spruce. The area has been without rain for more than a month, and steady winds from the southwest are fueling the flames.
 The smoke plume for the Funny River fire  across the Gulf of Alaska and affected air quality across the Kenai Peninsula and south-central Alaska.

 The infrared light in this satellite image shows the fire front and burned area:

                 We are praying for the firefighters and the wildlife in the area.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Summer Swimmin'

I know, Summer came with a bang...fast and furious!  Kinda like me!

I could not be happier to be back at the lake...found a fresh water clam and a baby beaver!

The little beaver was to quick for mama to snap a picture...maybe next time!

I also found a Floating Frisbee!

I will fetch it forever...if only mama would let me.

We played for an hour and she made me quit.  Maybe I can play longer next time?

This is my opinion of quitting!  I am not a quitter!

I'm gonna shake all over her!

But then she mentioned Daddy, and I miss him. I kept an eye out for him but he never showed up.

OK mama, lets go home now!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hi Ho Ranger!

Last month Daddy and I went to the local Ranger station south of Anchorage to help them with a problem on their inner-nets.  The station is right next to the railroad tracks and the ocean.  The Rangers protect our wildlife and parks and people and that's good, because I like wildlife and parks and people.

Daddy says the station is in a historical building.  I think that means "cute house".

They also have this ginormous train display.  This is a snow-blower train and the railroad drives these down the tracks to blow the snow away.  This one doesn't move anymore.  It's for us to look at.

Come on Dad.  Let's get inside.  You got work to do.  I got people to meet.

I made friends with the ladies in the office right away.  That's important, because they run the place, you know.  Daddy says women are the bosses of everything but I'm not supposed to tell 'cause it's a secret.

Ranger Matt showed me around the place and told me about all the good stuff they do.  He was very nice. I got kinda scared when the train came driving by 'cause it was real loud but Ranger Matt protected me.  'Cause that's what they do.
Ranger Matt is my buddy now.  I think I could be a Ranger when I grow up.  Do you guys have any Ranger buddies?

This is Superintendent Harrison.  Daddy says he's the big boss.  To my doggie friends, that means he's the pack leader.  He is very nice too and he showed me around the place and even took me to the visitor area and the big snow-blower train. 
How do you like our official "Pack Leaders" photo?  I bet you guys are jealous, ain't ya?

I think we got the bestest Rangers in the world.

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