Monday, February 28, 2011


Now playing on my iPod, Willie Nelson "Whiskey River."

Frosty cottonwood near Boulder.

Last tee shirt for a while, I promise.



Jeez, I hate to criticize, dear Town of Pinedale. It's commendable that your employees are out at 4:00 AM plowing the streets. I wouldn't complain for the world. But I HATE it when they are plowing the street in front of my house in the wee hours of morning and they put that damned plow in reverse and it goes "beep, beep, beep".

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Were you aware of the fact that gummy bears practice voodoo? This picture is proof.

I have cancelled my subscription to Newsweek on my Kindle. I think I tried reading it for three weeks. Guess I'll just stick to reading the news I get on my computer.
I have read some really trashy novels on my Kindle lately. Hey, they were free! Another free book I got was "The Sayings of Confucius", and started reading it today.
"The Master said, The men of old were loth to speak, for not
to have lived up their words would have shamed them."
This must be where the saying came from "It's better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you're a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

Friday, February 25, 2011


Now playing on my iPod, Paul Simon, "Late in the Evening". I love his music, especially the ones on his album "Graceland", which was recorded in South Africa, using South African singers and musicians.

Don't know what happened to my blog yesterday. I guess I just lost the day. All I can figure is I got involved in a new book.

Judi's pictures the other day reminded me of this shot I took of the Grand Canyon from 38,000 feet. That was my first passenger jet flight, and I loved it.

In London, a specialist ice cream parlor is serving up ice cream made from breast milk. The concoction will be called "Baby Gaga".
I don't know what else is in the news today. I quit reading after I read the above article. I read the Calvin cartoon of the day instead.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I am finished with the silverpoint drawing. It's really a practice piece, to see the different effects of hatching, crosshatching, scrumbling, darks and lights, etc. I'm not sure I learned that much. Then I spelled my last name wrong when I signed it.
I'm starting a drawing of quakie trees next.

The silver will tarnish more quickly if the picture is put in sunlight, so I laid it on top of the box in the south window. This picture shows how the silver reflects the sunlight.

It was so great to get back to art group this morning. We had quite a crowd. Judi has left to visit her daughter and family.
Conley has been hanging out with Betty again, and he brought muffins. (Betty Crocker). Lenore is going to leaving soon to visit her daughter in CO, then to Florida.
And Pam is going to be gone again.

Watched a movie yesterday, a rental from Amazon. I have heard of "Last Tango in Paris" for years, so yesterday I watched it. (gag, gag.) I'm not bothered by sex and bad language in movies, but this one was over the edge. Marlon Brandon stars in it. I guess I never did like Marlon Brando much to start with, and like him even less now.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Kasey came in all excited last night to tell me she heard an owl. They went back outside to listen some more, and I heard Barrie say as they went out the door, "No, I told you owls don't eat people."

I opened my window to listen to the owl, and took this picture of Barrie and KC out in the yard.

Have you ever seen a three year old try to put on a new roll of toilet paper? Very interesting process.

We know for sure spring is coming. Just heard on the radio that baseball players have reported to their spring training camps.
No amount of planning will ever replace dumb luck.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday - new snow

I read a very misleading headline on the computer this morning. It said the National Christmas Tree blew down. Of course I thought it was the tree from Wyoming. But when I read the article, it was a spruce tree that had been planted and had been growing there for years.


Two more tee shirt designs


Judi asked what the secret is to copy and paste things into blogs. Well, the trick is, you have to use Mozilla Firefox. I hadn't installed it on this computer yet, but I did yesterday. I have no idea why IE won't allow pasting into blogs. And Firefox won't allow you to place text above your graphics. So I make part of the blog using IE, save it, and complete it with Firefox. Weird, huh?
Blogspot doesn't play well with web browsers.
We are a living in dumbed-down time when we spend more to entertain our kids than educate them.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


I apologize, but I happened upon another website with printed teeshirts. I love the sense of humor of the people who design these shirts. So I am posting a couple.

I know I mentioned that I was less than impessed with the lady who sang The Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl. My friend Charm sent me the following editorial someone wrote about it. This is great. Thanks for sharing it, Charm.


So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing our national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten: straight up, no styling. Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don't make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86 year old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love, not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from the costumes, the makeup and the entourages.
Sing the "Star Spangled Banner" with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Now playing on my iPod Toby Keith "I Love This Bar"

Stupid things I am doing with my Kindle:
  • Subscribed to Newsweek Magazine
  • Dowloaded some Shakespeare plays

Took a college class years ago called Current Events. We had to subscribe to the Time Magazine, read it every week, and pass a test on it. I hated the class, so why would I subscribe to Newsweek?

Shakespeare? I don't know. Most of them were free. But there is a site on the Internet where you can read all his work, and there is even a short report in plain English so you understand what the play is about.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


A picture of my cousin and me playing with one of my Grandad's puppies on their farm. Years later, at a family reunion, we had our picture taken again. When I got old enough to dress myself, I covered up those knobby knees.

My cousin, and brother and me playing monopoloy on the floor of my Grandparents' house on their farm near Albin, Wy. I still remember how thrilled I was when the older kids consented to let me play monopoly with them. But I notice my brother is telling me what to do.

Probably right after the game, the older kids went out and teased the turkeys then called us younger ones to come see something. Those damned turkeys would chase us and gobbble at us. I still hate turkeys!

I have the old sewing machine in this picture.
I seem to have everyone confused about where Barrie has lived. She moved to Alaska when she was 18, and stayed about five years. Then she moved back to Pinedale. I think she stayed about five years, then moved back to Alaska. She didn't stay long, but came back to Montana and lived there a few years, near Helmville. She moved back to Pinedale, married, had Kasey, divorced, and she and Kasey live with me.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Barrie and Will went to see Bob and Charlene. Bob took them fishing, and Barrie stocked up on fish to feed her dogs. I think these are salmon. Bob and Charlene live in Homer, AK. Good fishing there.

A letter to Santa from a very long time ago. She got a "stufft" black cat. We still have it. I think it's one of the animals KC sleeps with.
We had sourdough hot cakes and ham for breakfat. Or maybe it was brunch. I wasn't sure Kasey would like the sourdough, but she had seconds. My sourdough was started well over 100 years ago. Tracy's great grandmother had a starter that has been passed around to everyone in the family.

The old LeClair family ranch was along the Wind River, and the family cemetary is out there. It's on Riverview Road south of Riverton.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I am back to the box of old pictures I found in the closet. The two above are pictures of Barrrie on 4th Street in downtown Anchorage where the Iditarod starts. Her aunt Charlene and uncle Bob D. were there to watch her and took some pictures. We have the video of the start in Anchorage and also of the real start in Wasilla. Love the dog heisting his leg on the truck.
I have been looking for this recipe and finally found it in an old e-mail. Tracy's brother, Sonny and his wife Judy make this chile. It is delicious. Sometimes they use pinto beans instead of kidney beans.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Leonardo, Raphael and I

This is the start of a silverpoint drawing. The old Renaissance masters did silverpoint drawings, because pencils hadn't been invented yet. I am trying it just because I'm curious.

You have to prepare the paper first. I put three coats of ground (gesso) on some bristol paper. The metal point of the stylus won't leave a mark on plain paper. I am using silver, but you can use copper and other metals. Even gold.

I guess it's quite a bit like drawing with a hard lead pencil. But it is supposed to tarnish after a time, which gives it a brown tone.

Barrie trimmed the cat's nails while she was lying on the top shelf of her cat tree. She protested, but stayed there. I tried to upload a video of this, because the snarls and growls add to the effect.

The neighbors must have a frozen water line. City trucks have been down there most of the morning with something that resembles a metal detector - I would guess they're trying to locate the line. I like having a well.
The XM radio is working perfectly (hooked up a different antenna to it), the furnace is working, and the bird sound is gone from the refrigerator.

Friday, February 11, 2011


No blog yesterday. I tried all day to upload a Quicktime movie. Finally gave up.

Yesterday my XM radio quit. I got my extra radio out of the closet, put the battery in it, and left it to charge. This morning I tried the old one again - just to see. The darned thing worked. That's probably just a fluke.

I'm on the desktop computer downstairs and find that my HP laptop is not recognized. Can't share files. Shoot! And I just got it set up so it will print to the printers downstairs.

The furnace has been malfuntioning. You have to go down to the basement and tap on this round black thing sometimes.

And Barrie said the garage door opener is not working right.

And this morning it sounds like there's a bird in the refrigerator.

Took these pictures several years ago at drag races on the lake. It wasn't until I printed them that I paid attention to the names of the snow machines. Grandma Hardy is sitting on the "Exciter" and the baby is sitting on "Playmate".

Barrie left for Montana early this morning. The Day Care is closed today. It is about 10:30 and Kasey and I are both still in our pajamas. I fixed her oatmeal for breakfast. She wanted more milk so I told her to go to the refrigerator and bring the milk to me. So she got both the large jug of white milk and the smaller one of chocolate milk. Then she carried them both back to the kitchen and set them both in front of the refrigerator door. She had to move them to get the door open. She finally got the white milk put away and brought me the chocolate milk.
It sure takes a long time to do things when you're three years old.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


My friend Gina stopped by this morning with her new ipad. No, Steve Jobs did not come with her! The ipad looks really great. I have wondered if I would use one, and still don't know. Gina was wanting to download some music to hers and get some ebooks. I enjoyed ver visit.

This is the watercolor pencil drawing I did of my boots and Tracy's hat. What a disaster! The boots ended up with yellow/green tops and purple bottoms. This picture was taken before I used the water. Didn't improve it any.

I have a story about the boots. Jack Warner bought them for me (as in Warner Brothers). Warner Brothers had a ranch out of Kingman, near where we lived, and the manager of the ranch and his wife were good friends of ours. Jack Warner would come to spend time on the ranch once in a while. I was wearing a really old well worn pair of boots, and Jack wanted them. He said he was always watching for things like old boots to use in his movies. So he bought me new boots and took my old ones. Somewhere, one day long ago, some movie star wore my old boots in a western movie. I don't know if I would have recognized them or not.
Bummer. My XM radio is not working. It's in "demo mode". I sent in a reactivation request and it's not working yet. Guess I better find the directions. If all else fails, I have an extra XM radio in a closet.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I enjoyed seeing Hank's pictures from the air museum the other day. My uncle was an Air Force photographer in WWII, and stationed in New Guinea. He was able to bring a large collection of photographs home with him. I went through them and brought a bunch home to scan. I only got a portion of them scanned.

There were several photos of these cartoons. After I posted them online, someone sent me a copy of a Life Magazine article about the men who created these cartoons.

All the planes had nose art, most of which pictured nude girls.

There are lots of interesting pictures here. If anyone is interested in seeing them, click on the link at the top right hand column for my PBase gallery.


Monday, February 7, 2011


I was going through pictures on my hard drive this morning and came across this. Don't know if I ever posted it or not. It's a pastel portrait I did of my uncle quite a few years ago.

My mom's brother, Bill Choate. He lives at a nursing home in Torrington, and he's got to be 100 by now. He roped at a branding on his 95th birthday.
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Barrie is making me a list of what to do and when to do it. She is going to Montana. Kathy has offered to help pick up Kasey or drop her off. I might ask her to stop and take Kasey to Day Care on her way to work. Barrie thinks she will palm her three "house" dogs off on her father!
Sounds like no one else was impressed with the Black Eyed Peas performance at the Super Bowl yesterday. And the lady who sang the Anthem was terrible!. Even if she had remembered the words. She butchered the song.

I remember the lady who was supposed to sing the National Anthem at a hockey game several years ago, She forgot the words, so stepped back to get her sheet music. When she stepped back out on the ice, her feet shot out from under her and she fell flat. She was cute, and I think she appeared on the Jay Leno show later and sang.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Watching the Super Bowl. Pretty good game so far. One of the camera men on the sidelines just got wiped out. The half time show was extravagent, but I'm not a "Black Eyed Peas" fan.

Kasey at the Dog Lot

The wind has made some big drifts at the dog lot, and Kasey had fun sliding down them.

Grinder and Bailey. The dogs are chained to big wooden spool houses, but they are covered with snow.

My friend Gina posted this photo on her blog. Wish she would allow comments so I could tell her how much I like her picture!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


A cousin of mine asked me how long I was going to use this "sore ankle" routine. Well, this afternoon, a cleaning crew arrived upstairs. Barrie brought up my clean laundry, and got the vacuum cleaner out. Kasey came with her duster. Barrie even cleaned my bathroom.

"Oh my ankle! It hurts! Ow, ow, ow!"

Well, with this kind of treatment, don't you think I should keep it up?


After cleaning, Kasey hung out with me for a while. I let her use my watercolor pencis. We still don't know if she is going to be left handed or right handed. For a time, she had the pencil in her right hand, and the watercolor brush in her left, and using them both.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Kasey was dancing around in her Lance Mackey shirt last night, yelling "Ya Mon!" Influenced by her new friend, Newton Marshall, from Jamaica.

Lance's kennel is named "Comeback Kennel". Lance nearly died of throat cancer a few years ago. Don't know how he ever came back to win four Yukon Quest Championships and four Iditarod Championships.

The small spurs I have now fit Kasey's boots. She thought she was pretty cool in them. I couldn't convince her that ballet dancing didn't go with boots and spurs. I thought her Mom should take her down to the Cowboy Bar to dance.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Now playing on my iPod - Alaska's Hobo Jim, "Catalog Dreams."

I love this song. It's about a family receiving their Sears catalog - the old fat 1,000 page catalog. How many of you remember those? We used to also get Penney's, Spiegel, and Montgomery Wards. I believe it was Spiegels who sold pets. You could order a pet monkey for $50!

These catalogs also came in handy at the table. We never had any "booster seats" for kids, so we put the catalogs on their chairs for them to sit on.


I was minding my own business this morning, when something touched my hand. I looked down, and there was Maddy. She had decided to leave her pen in the back hall, and came upstairs. It's kind of like having a pet moose in the house.


A friend sent me some cute pictures. I like this one.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Enough, already. I think 35 degrees below zero is pushing it a bit.

I didn't go to art group again today. I move too slow, and I might stick to the sidewalk and freeze before I get in the building.

Kasey is trying out Newton's sled.

Snow Angel.
Barrie didn't get out to take care of her dogs last night until after 7:00. Kasey was lying on the dining room floor, crying because she couldn't go. It was 24 below zero, and Barrie has to snow machine 7 miles in to her dog lot. Kasey didn't think that was a good enough reason for her to stay home. She finally got herself together and went to bed.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I'll have to ask Barrie about this picture. It looks like Kasey was happy to see her truck, which Lance and Newton borrowed.

Newton was showing Kasey how to dance, Jaimacian style.

This is the inside of Barrie's horse trailer with the dog boxes installed.
My computer said it was 18 below zero at the airport this morning. It was probably colder than that at other locations.