Friday, May 24, 2013

The Crows move in

Several months ago, a family of Crows came to visit.  We love it when family comes but no ... this is different.
These Crows have feathers.
Months later, they are still here.
While their presence has provided ammo for wise-guy neighbors, it's all been kinda fun - until this morning.  Did I tell you that these guys are LOUD?  Really LOUD.  This morning around 5 am (or so) they perched themselves outside our bedroom window and proceeded to argue with each other.  Caw this and Caw that.

There is no indication they are ever leaving.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

20 years ago today

20 years ago today I graduated from Washburn University School of Law.  Here is a graduation day photo:
I had no idea that law school would introduce me to such great friends.  Except for the guy in back wearing glasses, I see (or talk to) the other 5 guys frequently. Even though we are scattered over 3 states, since 1995 the 6 of us have gathered annually for a multi-day male-bonding golf trip. We accept almost any excuse for a group meeting. I am really lucky to have made such good friends in law school.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Jan Lisiecki concert - Mother's Day Lunch

Last August when we met up with Phil in Paris, he introduced us to his girlfriend, Hania. Here are Phil and Hania last August at the Place du Tertre in the Montmartre quarter of Paris.
Phil is now in graduate school at the London School of Economics while Hania is in Warsaw.  Hania is beautiful, charming and super fun.  As it ends up, Hania's cousin is an 18 year old professional pianist named Jan Lisiecki.  As luck would have it, Jan's recent tour included a concert last Friday night in Kansas City.  
We went ... and it was amazing.  It was fun to connect with him after the concert.  Needless to say, he was stunned to hear that we knew his cousin, Hania.  Jan is the tall one in the middle.
Jan's mother warmly received us in a gracious and dignified manner.  
Here is a short You Tube clip of Jan playing Chopin:
As eluded to in the video, Jan plays completely without sheet music. 

Sunday was Mother's Day.  Aunt Nancy joined us for a Mother's Day lunch.  
We are very lucky to have two wonderful mothers.
Happy Mother's Day to mothers everywhere.
Thank you for all you do.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Crow Dinner Party II - Dad turns 87 - CMF wheat

After a two year hiatus, we reunited our 5-couple dinner group last Saturday night.  A simple dinner combined with great people makes for huge fun.
The next day was Dad's 87th birthday.  An Annie's chocolate milk shake before dinner was his birthday wish.
Today, after golf at FireKeeper Golf Course,  I drove to Crow Mountain Farm to check on the wheat.  While I'm no farmer ... I thought it looked great.
The clear blue sky over the lush green field was a beautiful sight.  I love Kansas.