Friday, July 3, 2015

Deserving Dad and Mom

Bethany and Pete are friends of friends. They're from Grand Rapids, Michigan and have hearts bursting with love for their future child. Their GoFundMe video fills my heart, and I don't even know them. Check it out:


The video tells you so much about them, doesn't it? Who wouldn't want to be Pete and Bethany's kid?!

To read their story and help them reach their goal (They're almost there!), click here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Reasons to Love Our Ragdoll, Ted

Our Ragdoll cat, Ted, turns one year old this month and is everything promised by the breed standard (and more). He's friendly, affectionate, beautiful, and vocal. No one (so far) has significant allergic reactions to him, either, which is a bonus we attribute to his dense fur. I comb him a couple of times per week, and we've so far not had a single hairball incident, which I'm guessing is due to his young age or something?? He also lets me clip his nails (when he is half asleep). We have not declawed Ted, and we've had no issues whatsoever as a result (It makes me feel bad about declawing our past cats!).  Ted also gets along beautifully with our dogs, Milo and Steve. The only naughty thing Ted does is try to sneak outside, but I'm actually thinking about leash-training him so that he can walk about now and then. I'm reluctant because then I fear he'll annoy the heck out of me until I take him out. (Still thinking on that one.) Anyway, today I took a quick video to show another one of Ted's charming qualities, playing fetch.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Looking for Friday Fragments?

Friday Fragments has a new home at A Star in My Own Universe.  Traci's got the red carpet already laid out for everyone :)


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kailyn Update

The Denver Post recently published an update on Kailyn, Mr.4444's second cousin, who is working hard to recover from a life-altering skiing accident. This is my favorite photo from the story:


To read the story, click here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sundays in My City: Recycled Spirits of Iron

Unknown Mami

On our recent trip to Washington State, my kids and I drove past an eye-catching sight and decided to turn around and go back to check it out. Fortunately, what appeared to be personal property was actually open to the public!

Dan Klennert is one of the most creative people I've ever met. For the past 40 years or so, he's been inspired by the potential of everyday, castoff objects, using them to breathe life into completely new creations. This horse, for example, has a mane made from part of an old street sweeper. I can't begin to imagine what all of the other parts were made of, but it was incredibly impressive. [click images to enlarge]


There are iron sculptures all over Dan's property. 


Each one is unique and thought-provoking.


I can't get over how creative Dan is. See the tractor-seat guitar on this one? 


He even has a couple of "R-Rated" sculptures that made us laugh out loud.


(Sorry; this is a Rated PG-13 blog, so you'll have to visit Dan's place to satisfy your curiosity!haha)

While not a sculpture, this truck has a lot of character.


I never thought I'd use the word "charming" to describe an outhouse, but there's a first time for everything; this two-holer is "award-winning," according to Dan.


Kendall and I actually used it; it was interesting and amusing.


I so admire Dan's ability to envision brilliant uses for cast-off objects. Just look at this:


Who sees a tractor seat and thinks, "Hey! That would make a great guitar!"?
Who sees a piece of driftwood and decides that it's the back leg of a moose?

Dan does.


I have no clue what these pieces are from, but I took this photo in case someone else does.


Even this fence screams art and beauty, doesn't it?


I wish I had need for a fence like that; I'm inspired.

One of the coolest aspects of visiting this roadside gem 
was the fact that the artist was available to talk about his work!
 Dan even gave us a little tour of his studio, which includes works in progress!


Check out this llama, a work in progress, all made from pieces of driftwood!


Inside the belly of this fish is a smaller fish that Dan said represents his daughter.


Every single one of Dan's sculptures means a lot to him. 
Walking around the property, seeing the sculptures and reading some of his writings, it's easy to see that he is a special human being, sensitive, kind, a deep thinker. 
He also has a great sense of humor. 
We really enjoyed our time at Recycled Spirits of Iron and feel fortunate to have stumbled upon it.


You can, too; Recyled Spirits of Iron is located on State Route 706, 
just east of Elbe, Washington.

Sundays in My City is a weekly photo meme hosted by the lovely Unknown Mami.