Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Kolden Report: Sandbar and beyond.

                   Hello, kids!

Some weeks ago, I spent a bit of time at the river.  I am so enthralled with the changes occurring along the sand bar, post flood.  We are now entering the third year of "healing" for the ravaged Missouri River Shores and the changes are remarkable!    Enjoy this look and beyond...

Nature's decor.

Texture.  (I found this log with odd textural elements, interesting.  Wonder what caused it?)

10 Penny. 

Home, sweet home.  Not sure who's home, though.  (Piles of detritus still lie where the river deposited them and now have become home for critters.)

Hidden pond.

Silken shores (A closer look.  LOVE this!)

A curious squirrel kept tabs on me as I moved through the woods.


Line up.

Let the sun shine!  (I am so enamored of the affect clouds have on the sun.)


Dawn.  (It's been awhile since you've seen this view, right?)

High stepper.

Two, tango.

Lush lily.

Up next:  Spring camping!

"Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are." -  Marianne Williamson


Friday, May 1, 2015

The Kolden Report: Home, sweet home.

Hello, kids!

From Ely, Nevada we made it to Dillon, Montana.  We got up the next morning to find the motor home leaking fluid.   (We had seen some drips WAY back in Lake Havasu but dismissed them as oil.)   Many hours later, a loose plug was tightened, stopping the flow of fuel and we were again off!

Evening was upon as as we rolled toward Geraldine.

Square Butte Glory

Awash in gold.

The next morning, it was divide and conquer time as it was our last day with Mom and Dad and there was much to be done.  Dad and I went to Great Falls to get lab work and purchase groceries while the sisters and Mom unloaded the motor home and cleaned.     Since we had company coming for dinner, we were under a bit of a time crunch.  

Montana morning.

Dad on the Missouri.

The next morning found Mom and Dad COLD.  I took my quilt in to cover them up.  Even cold, I think they were glad to be back home!

And of course they were so cute I had to capture the moment.

We were picked up at noon,  by cousin Carol, for delivery to Billings where we girls would board flights home the following day.

Mom and Cousin Carol.

Mom and Dad. 

Penny and Mom.

Laughter, the best medicine. 

Penny, Mom and Cindy.

Penny, Mom and I.  (Yes, there is a sense of humor in the family.)

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!   We are lucky to have you and Dad on the planet. 

We do know how to have fun!

The view from our window in Billings, downtown.

One thing to love about small planes:  You can almost reach out and TOUCH the clouds. 

Up next:  Camp about!

"You don't choose your family.  They are God's gifts to you, as you are to them." - Desmond Tutu