Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Spent today driving around on an ATV and clearing trails on Killdeer Mountain. With all the noise I created using the chainsaw, I still managed to see much wildlife: turkeys, deer, songbirds, and a curious ermine that reminded me of a skinny cat. I also saw what looked to be a wolf's paw print in a gopher mound. No sign of mountain lion, but they're around. A hunter saw one on our property last week.

November has been beautiful. The temperature reached 63 today. October was miserably cold and wet.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Took a leisurely drive into the countryside yesterday.

North Dakota is dotted with abandoned farm houses like this.

Hana loves to explore old houses. Gilda is afraid of ghosts, though. She tried to jump out a two-story window. When we got home, she puked on the rug.

Hamm's & Schlitz, beer buddies.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's Veterans Day again, Grandpa Sand. You've always told me war is hell. I believe you. I pray that I never get shot full of shrapnel, witness the gory deaths of friends, nor have to kill at close range, like you did as a First Lieutenant in WWII. Thank you for your service abroad.

Thank you also for being an active local citizen with a strong voice. I'm posting a short part of a letter you just submitted to The Dunn County Herald regarding national health care reform:
"What if Medicare could be raised high up in scope and national kindness and human dignity? What if it could become a comprehensive program to protect us all from sickening anxieties and the resultant deterioration of family morale due to unmanageable health care costs?"

Bob Sand, Killdeer
Gramps, I appreciate your bravery on and off the field and for always challenging your fellow Earthlings to strive for peace and justice.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Pictures of home:

The mini-barn where Hana works. Gilda is the pup.

Work-in-progress rock patio (with '78 Pace Arrow RV used for storage).

One of two front porch rockers.

Coat rack with blue front door.

Coal stove.



And Beyond.

Sunday, November 01, 2009