Well, it is that


Well, it is that time again. Kajsa’s having her hernia surgeries on Monday the 27th. We check into the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday and have to be at the hospital early Monday morning. I’m considering it to be a dress rehearsal for her eventual transplant surgery.
The procedure shouldn’t take too long, but she’ll be kept overnight. Therefore Chris & Maya will spend Monday night at the RMH, as well. Maya flies to Seattle Tuesday, so it’ll be good for her to already be down in Phoenix.
Kajsa has bilateral inguinal hernias and an umbilical, to boot. I was a bit worried about the pain, but my father, who just had the same surgery, said that it really wasn’t that bad. Thank goodness for small favors, eh?

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Fish Stories


So, back in May, when we had family visiting; Erick and Chris went bass fishing. (I’m not a big angler, but it seems to make them so happy.)

Well, they drove out to a pond about 10 miles from here, and caught several fish. When they came back; however, what they brought with them was a true whopper of a fish tale. I wasn’t sure whether to believe them or not, until Erick sent me this picture yesterday.

Apparently, they cast out at the same time and each caught one fish. And by that, I literally mean – ONE FISH – the same fish.
If you look closely (click on the picture), you can see two (2!) hooks sticking out of this poor guy’s mouth.

Now how often does that happen?
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Fish Stories


So, back in May, when we had family visiting; Erick and Chris went bass fishing. (I’m not a big angler, but it seems to make them so happy.)

Well, they drove out to a pond about 10 miles from here, and caught several fish. When they came back; however, what they brought with them was a true whopper of a fish tale. I wasn’t sure whether to believe them or not, until Erick sent me this picture yesterday.

Apparently, they cast out at the same time and each caught one fish. And by that, I literally mean – ONE FISH – the same fish.
If you look closely (click on the picture), you can see two (2!) hooks sticking out of this poor guy’s mouth.

Now how often does that happen?
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hidey-ho neighborooney


So a couple of weeks ago I told you about our having seen the ring tailed cat on our way down to Wickenburg. Well, a few days ago, I was coming back up that hill, when I saw a very funny looking lizard. I would have stopped to gape longer, but a car was coming up behind me pretty quickly.
When I got home, I told Chris about this reptile. Grey and reddish splotches, about 2 feet long, but stumpy looking (due to it’s fat tail), with a commando crawl type of walk. I joked with Chris that I had thought about bringing it home, but with my luck it’d be a Gila Monster.
I forgot about it for a couple of days. But today, I remembered and decided to look it up. Lo and behold – IT WAS, IN FACT, A GILA MONSTER! I didn’t know that they were this far north and I’d heard they were nocturnal. I feel so lucky to have seen one.
As I said before, I’m getting a great zoology lesson living here. Its such an adventure. I’m always on the lookout for the next amazing critter. But even with all the excitement, I also know that I certainly hope I never break down on Yarnell Hill.

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Father’s day update


What a beautiful Father’s Day. We drove out to a little place called Burro Creek. It was about a 45 minute drive, so we left at around 4:00, in order to arrive just in time for the sun to dip back behind the rock face.

If you look below the cliffs you can just barely see the river peeking out from behind the hill that we climbed down for our swim. It was so beautiful – cool, but not cold. I’ve lived in the northwest for so long that I’d forgotten there was water that you could simply wade right out into.

Kajsa sat on the edge dipping her feet (encased in their new cute aqua socks) into the river for a while before she discovered sand and began to repeatedly bury her legs and then rinse them off.

We all took turns watching her. For a while I just floated on my back looking up at the deep smoky eggplant striated with bright corals and ochres; juxtaposed to the bright robin’s egg blue. Shawn and Chris put on their goggles and swam down to look at all the 1-2 foot fish swimming around beneath us.

As dusk settled, we climbed back up to the camping area to grill up dinner, which finished just as the sun was setting.

All in all, it was a truly lovely day.
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Father’s day update


What a beautiful Father’s Day. We drove out to a little place called Burro Creek. It was about a 45 minute drive, so we left at around 4:00, in order to arrive just in time for the sun to dip back behind the rock face.

If you look below the cliffs you can just barely see the river peeking out from behind the hill that we climbed down for our swim. It was so beautiful – cool, but not cold. I’ve lived in the northwest for so long that I’d forgotten there was water that you could simply wade right out into.

Kajsa sat on the edge dipping her feet (encased in their new cute aqua socks) into the river for a while before she discovered sand and began to repeatedly bury her legs and then rinse them off.

We all took turns watching her. For a while I just floated on my back looking up at the deep smoky eggplant striated with bright corals and ochres; juxtaposed to the bright robin’s egg blue. Shawn and Chris put on their goggles and swam down to look at all the 1-2 foot fish swimming around beneath us.

As dusk settled, we climbed back up to the camping area to grill up dinner, which finished just as the sun was setting.

All in all, it was a truly lovely day.
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Lights, Camera, Action!


This is the picture to show the prom date. I love it!!!
It seems that I can’t pull the camera out without Kajsa screaming “CHEEEEESE” through clenched teeth.

Of course I know exactly where she came by it. I have various photos taken through the years of my assorted family members imitating my face-splittin’ grin. (It really does tend to spread from ear to ear.)
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