Sunday, October 31, 2010

Getting Scared

Getting Scared
Getting scared is sort of fun
It makes me grin and grimace
I always think my heart will stop
When spooks begin to surface
When bogies sit upon the fence
And spread their reign of terror
My fertile mind will then commence
To turn the tame to error
That swishing sound, what can it be
A vampire or an old hag
A closer look will then reveal
A fence-stuck plastic bag
But lo what is that flashing light
Some mortifying specter?
Nah turns out to be the neighbor kids
and flashlights out to pester
A fraidy cat old neighbor man
Who doesn't like the darkness
Whose mind will trick him into seeing
Halloween-y spooks in August!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I sent a couple of sendsomething letters this morning. The great news is, I received a latter from Ross!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This is the back of the envelope that I sent to kaustic! Please see the previous post


I just received a letter from my penpal Kaustic He is my favorite penpal. His letters are always well written and he uses a fountain pen! Thanks Steven! OBTW - I penned a letter back and had a little fun on the envelope.

Monday, October 25, 2010


I received a letter from a new pen-pal! Becky in Pennsylvania sent me a letter. So I wrote to her and sent it "tomorrow." I hope my penmanship was passable.

I also wrote letters to my students who went on the National FFA Convention trip. They should have it in hand on Wednesday when they come to school. I hope they are inspired to do great things.

I have about a dozen thank you letters to write. Maybe tomorrow...


I ended my trip with 7 Illinois, Indiana and Alaska postcards. My youngest, age 7, looked them over and declared that I should fill them out and mail them to him! "You know, put that Dear Wilson on them and write something to me!" So, I guess I might do that! He likes getting mail. As do I. As do you!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Here is the Colorful Colorado cap I earned after being accosted by 3 exuberant senior citizens at the Julesburg, Colorado Welcome Center. I filled out a junk mail form, swallowed some tepid, weak coffee and tried to explain that I live less than 30 miles from the welcome center, but alas and alack, they insisted that I am deserving of a cap! Who am I to argue with senior citizens?

Friday, October 22, 2010

24 more hours!

By this time tomorrow (Saturday) we will be on our way back to Colorado! It has been a nice trip and I hope the kids have been getting some good out of it. The drama of teenagers does wear thin!

While on this trip, I sent 5 postcrossings cards, 3 to each of my sons, 2 to my wife and 1 to my parents. It has been fun to confine my writing to an old fashioned "tweet" of limited space. I will try to purchase a few more cards from the road so I will be stocked up to mail a few cards around.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We have arrived at Indianapolis. Now the task of feeding 40 teenagers!


Here is a dew covered flower-day lilly?- at the LaQuinta in at Moline, Illinois. Pretty way to start the day. Thank you /od for making flowers!


This postcard s being mailed to Wilson. I found it at a truckstop in Nebraska.
I just finished up my 1st set of postcrossing cards. Now to find a mailbox.

Monday, October 18, 2010

We just crossed the Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa. It is dark.
I have my first postcard ready to go for Wilson.
Iowa=corn fields and field terraces on steroids. Pretty nice to look at.

Electricity and Electronics

I packed my bags for the trip to Indianapolis. I was stunned by the amount of electronica and electric chargers I am taking to be wireless! Ipod and charger, digital camera, GPS and charger; netbook and charger, blackberry and charger.

I spent a few minutes looking around our house. Our world is dominated by electricity. Sure we have a natural gas stove and furnace, but neither of them will work without electricity! If it is not directly plugged it, it requires batteries. Thankfully, my acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo don't need electricity, although I do have a battery powered electronic tuner!

Woe to our society if electricity disappears.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Strategy for the next few days...

I intend to purchase postcards from whatever truckstop our FFA bus stops at or from anywhere I can find postcards and fill and send them out from the next stop our group makes. I will also purchase any postcards I can find from Indianapolis and send them to all of my people and a few to random addresses.


I wonder how much time is wasted watching professional sports? I know it is entertainment. I have 2 fantasy football teams that I manage. I watch hockey whenever I get the chance despite the fact that I don't know how to skate. Today my heart was ripped up into my throat and then dropped into my bowels by the Denver Broncos. Why do I watch them?

Pens at the ready!

I have gathered the pens I am taking with me to Indianapolis this week. I have a journal book ready to write in. My ipod is charged, my netbook has several books to read and I have a variety of charging type accouterments to carry along. Sure makes life easy, this portable electronic stuff! ;) I intend to mail several postcards from along the way and have a bit of fun.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Today I sent out 7 letters written over the past week. First to carlee, steven, shona and elle. I also sent one to Rio de Janero and texas via I responded to a postcard I received from West Virginia via I sent a letter to Rick in SC from

New Blog, new Day

Hi me, I expect I will be the one to read this blog. But I intend to keep track of the letters and postcards I send out. A blending of old (handwriting) and new (blog) Multi-tasking on the frontier!!