Archive for December, 2010


I can’t believe Crystal got this…

   Posted by: John    in Uncategorized

…yes, it’s a dog.  A Pomeranian puppy.  Now the poor cat is going to hate us for sure!

Crystal and Dog-Who-Has-Yet-To-Be-Named


Scenery on the way to Sweet, Idaho

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors

We drove up to visit our friend Mary who lives in Sweet.  It’s about an hour drive, and some of it is quite scenic.  Here are a few pictures we took of the scenery along the way.  Click on them to get the big picture.

View from pass over Freezeout Hill

Off the road

Part of Black Canyon Reservoir

More of Black Canyon Reservoir

Sage brush

Just above the dam



   Posted by: John    in Family

Christmas has once again come and gone.  Of course, every year it seems that it gets here way to fast, then is gone and another year looms ahead.  So, here are some of the Christmas goings on.

Santa, of course, made it over and left some good stuff under the tree.  For some reason, Santa doesn’t wrap the stuff he leaves at our house, so it’s just sitting there waiting to be discovered.

Lookie what Santa brought!

Yes, Santa brought a real Wii.  Now there will be more ways to waste time around the house.  Someone (who won’t be named Ashley) was up waaay too early and let the world know about it on Facebook.

It's too early for this stuff. Note the time.

Speaking of Ashley…here she is with a Penguin Pillow Pet.  Yeah, I know, I hadn’t heard of them before either.

Penguin Pillow Pet

Crystal hauled in the Hello Kitty gear.

Hello Kitty Bag

Karen got a nice new camera.

Karen and her new camera

And I got a digital picture frame.  These things are awesome!

John's new toy

So, all around a nice Christmas.  I guess it pays to be good all year!


Crystal’s 17th

   Posted by: John    in Kids

Yup, she turned 17.  Can you believe it? 

Crystal at 17 years old

We had her party the weekend before, and she had a couple of friends over for cake and gifts.  

Barbara and Devon

This thing just cracked me up.  Like the original 8-ball, but the Hello Kitty edition. 

Hello Kitty 8-Ball

Someone got to her car! 

Hit and Run

So, Happy Birthday Crystal!


Fruitcake Recipe

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 cup dried fruit
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
lemon juice
1 gallon whiskey

Sample the whiskey to check for quality.

Take a large bowl.

Check the whiskey again to be sure that it is of the highest quality.

Pour 1 level cup and drink.


Turn on the electric mixer; beat 1 cup butter in a large fluffy bowl.

Add 1 teaspoon sugar and beat again.

Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry another tup.

Turn off the mixer.

Break two legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of
dried fruit. Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose
with a drewscriver.

Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift 2 cups of salt. Or something. Who cares.
Check the whiskey.

Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can
find. Grease the oven.

Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.

Throw the bowl out the window.

Check the whiskey again..



   Posted by: John    in Kids

Crystal had used some clay for a school project.  There was some left over, so Ashley made a few things.  She is pretty creative; I thought the Pikachu was well done.


A Martian Princess


Mountains over Boise

   Posted by: John    in Outdoors

Last week’s snow, combined with a cool sunset make the mountains overlooking Boise real pretty this past week.

Click to see full size



   Posted by: John    in Outdoors, Pictures

It is Winter early.  Snow has been on the ground for nearly 2 weeks.  Here are a couple of pictures of the area.

Trees in a snowy field


Cornfield and houses

Lonely house in a snowy field


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

   Posted by: John    in Family

Karen was in Encore’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” the past couple of weeks.  It is the story of a church that always puts on a Christmas Pageant, and it is the same thing every year.  The same person runs it and the same people play the same parts.  When the lady who always runs it is injured and in a wheelchair, Grace finds herself running the pageant.  And somehow the Herdman kids, local juvenile delinquents, find themselves playing the roles of Mary, Joseph, wise men and the angel, much to everyone’s horror.  Chaos follows and everyone is sure the pageant will be a flop.  The Herdman kids are touched by the story of Jesus’ birth and the pageant turns into the best that anyone has ever seen.

Tyring to decide who will run the pageant. Karen in the middle.

Supper at Grace's house.

Grace telling Bob that he WILL be attending the pageant.

Women's Choir. Karen in upper middle.

The Herdman kids.

Getting the role of the Angel.

Fire at the church! (Karen gets to yell "Fire" in a crowded theater!)

Trying to explain how cigar smoke is different than wood smoke.

The Pageant Choir. Karen is middle row, far right.

The Pageant: Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus.

The Pageant: The Angel "Pushes" the Shepherds to the stable.

The Pageant: The Wise Men bow before baby Jesus.

The Pageant: Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. The gifts the Wise Men (Herdman kids) bring.

The Cast of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever".