Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas 2015

This year we took Christmas to our parents. We had a nice Christmas Eve dinner at Aldersgate with Oma and friends
followed by a Christmas Day blow-out at the Gs' house.
That evening Jake treated all of us to a first class Christmas Dinner of Steak Oscar ... now known as Jake Oscar. It was exceptional. Photos followed.
While I was able to get the traditional cousin photo,
but somehow, despite spending days together, I missed getting a family group shot of Samantha, Jake and kids.
Somebody else took this photo ... to the tune of
Merry Christmas 2015.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sewer line for Christmas

After babying our decrepit sewer line for years, it finally shot craps. (Aren't I a funny guy?) The project involved digging a 100 foot trench (6 to 9 feet deep) from the house to the alley and burying a new line. No big deal.
 Maybe a yard in the spring. In the meantime .... flush.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

TEDx Topeka

TEDx Topeka.

Tonight we attended TEDx Topeka where we were captivated by 8 fascinating and stimulating presentations by Topeka people. It was a total blast.

Topics included:
"The Power of Humility in the Age of the Selfie"
"Growing Solutions to Feed the World"
"Taxation Myths and Realities"
"Neuro Linguistics Programing: The Female Mindset Redefined"
"Transgender in Kansas"

Topeka is cooler than I thought.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

International Desserts

Today we hosted AFS foreign exchange high school students for a Holiday Party featuring International Desserts. They each bring a dessert from their home country
and tell of a holiday custom and how their family celebrates it. 
These kids are great. 
Only 9 students this year. But everyone of them is a winner.

Oh yes ... Verena, the Mueldener's exchange student from 2002-2003, was back for a visit. She is very accomplished and super sophisticated.
It is really fun watching these kids grow up. Most of them do it sooooo very well.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving continues to evolve as the most eclectic Crow Holiday of the year. This year it included Bev and her family as well as Lynn and two of her sweet daughters. Although it might appear to be a Christmas photo, here is a Thanksgiving Lunch photo of our fun and diverse group.
I like to think that the very first Thanksgiving Dinner ... shared between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621 ... was equally fun and diverse.

We also got to visit Oma and give her a Thanksgiving Day hug. Although she is more "fuzzy headed" every day, she is thriving in her home at Aldersgate's Village.

Happy Thanksgiving 2015.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The World of Crow is 10 years old

Today marks the 10th Anniversary of The World of Crow.

Not counting this one, there are 425 posts. The first post can be found here.

Maybe they'll get more interesting someday. Unlikely, but maybe.

Halloween Weekend - 2015

Halloween weekend ... now more than 2 weeks ago ... was a blast and a half. It all started when Mark (and his friend David) drove in from Minneapolis on October 29th to celebrate his 61st birthday at Aldersgate Village with Oma and Carolyn.

A day later,  Samantha, Jake, George and Aria flew in from California. The next day, Philipp and Nica flew in from Boulder. 
Granny and Granddad joined us for Halloween ... where Cookie Monster got treats from his Great-Granny
 and checked his email while talking to Elmo.
He pulled the old folks around the neighborhood 
so he could take in all the sights.
The weekend brought together lots of fun people. Hugs and smiles were shared.
Unfortunately, Helen and I were both haunted by a Halloween late night flu bug. Fortunately, we didn't infect anybody else. Overall, it was a scary fun Halloween Weekend.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Crow Mountain Farm - white lime

An afternoon trip to Crow Mountain Farm with Dad revealed several large piles of agricultural lime.
Agricultural lime is a white caustic alkaline substance consisting of calcium oxide that is obtained by heating (or maybe pulverizing) limestone. It is used to correct high levels of acidity in the soil. Everybody knows that. 

Odd stuff.
Not lime colored at all.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Samantha and kids

Every once in a while, a Dad has got to post pictures of his kid ... and her kids.
So there you have it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Oma moves to Aldersgate Village

After living in her house for 62 years, today Oma moved to Aldersgate Village Retirement Community. Actually, we moved her to Aldersgate.  A recent home invasion and theft heighten our long-standing concerns about her safety. The move was not without resistance. Helen very wisely enlisted the services of the Topeka Police Department (and staff social worker) to help Oma understand that the move was for her own safety. Even then, the strong-willed Oma let her feelings about it be known.

But, by mid day she was semi-settled, sorta-smiley and super-ready for the 3 PM ice cream social ... that she attended with her friend Carolyn.
While I'm sure the transition will be rocky and full of anxiety, the end of day number one was amazingly tranquil. Congratulations, Oma. You tackled your first move in 62 years with bravery and courage.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Alzheimer's disease sucks

Alzheimer's disease fully, completely and totally sucks.
Period.

Monday, August 31, 2015

George turns 2

We recently returned from California where we helped George celebrate his 2nd birthday. George loves trains. So, his party was all about trains.
It even included a masterpiece train cake made by our dear friend, Emily Liggett.

We all had a blast. 
Even baby Aria liked hangin' out with her big brother.

Happy Birthday to George. 
Choo-choo.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Luna moves in ...

Several months ago we were electronically introduced to Luna by our friend, Thad Alton. 
A student at the University of Michigan, Luna was coming to Topeka for her photojournalism internship with Thad at the Topeka Capital-Journal. She looked like fun. We insisted that she stay with us. 

Luna is totally fun. In the short time she's been here, Luna has done tons of fun and interesting things. She has made gobs of friends and photographed countless Topeka events. She knows everything that's going on in Topeka. She is a constant whirl of energy and enthusiasm. 

As she ends her internship and prepares to go back to Michigan, I reflect on her free-spirited personality. I admire her quest for adventure and respect her love for humanity. I will miss her. I watch with eager anticipation of her next worldly (and fun) adventure.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

1,000,000 views

Several years ago I posted a video on You Tube captioned Cat Protects Old Dog.

Made merely to share with our neighbors the encounter I had while "walking" their 17 year old dog, I had no idea that the primitive smart phone video would become popular. It has elicited 500 comments, 2,000 "likes" and 1,000,000 views. While that number pales by comparison to the mega views on other videos, it still amazes me.

More amazing yet is the never ending parade of passionate comments. Many of them are focused on the "cat vs dog" rivalry.

My 20 pound cat chases ma neighbor's yellow lab "Daisy" all the time =D Chuck is the king of ma hood.

The cat would scratch the dog what, once? Maybe twice? Before the dog brutaly murdered the cat.

A cat may be able to get a dog to stop attacking it, but if both are committed to fighting to the death the cat would never win. Depending of course on the size of the dog.

I agree, pound for pound, a dog is NO match to a cat...cats are incredible fighters...

Y'know I don't really like cats, but I have to give credit where credit is due; this cat ain't takin' no sh*t.

That cat, no matter how brave, could end up in multiple parts scattered around the yard.

Many others are fun and witty zingers criticizing the video quality.

Footage so blurry I thought it was bigfoot and two chupacabras.

I like the part when the orange pixel protects the white pixel.

how did you record the video? with a toaster? :D

What pixel exactly is the cat? :)))

Great quality....  This must be the 'berry' flavor Captn' Crunch box camera. 

This has been fun. Please watch Cat Protects Old Dog. Tell your friends too. Especially the clever ones that are willing to post comments.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Yankee Gutters - Garden Tractor Pull

Our old house has Yankee Gutters ... which are gutters that are built into the roof line itself and not attached to or hung from the facia. 
The repair and maintenance of Yankee Gutters requires a craftsman who knows how to rebuild them. 
Lucky for us, we know Dob.
Dob is a very interesting guy. For fun, he competes in Garden Tractor Pull competitions. Last Friday night we ventured to Meriden, Kansas, to watch him compete in the the 39th Annual Meriden competition. He competes in two separate weight classes. Here he is in action.

And here he is with his two award plaques ... one for each weight class.
Yay, Dob.