Walking the Wall . . .

Today was pretty much a rest up day after yesterday’s all-day road trip. We thought about sitting outside with our coffee this morning, and some of Miss Terry’s delicious homemade bread, but the chairs were still wet from last night’s rain, so we gave it a pass.

I mentioned right before we left Houston that I was helping my beautiful great-niece’s Stahlie and Darby get their visas for a visit to China. And now they’ve been and come back, so we have pictures.

The Great Wall

Great Wall 1


This is Stahlie

Great Wall 9


And this is Darby.

Great Wall 3

Great Wall 2


Here’s Stahlie doing her ‘Praying Mantis’ karate move atop the Great Wall.

Great Wall 4

Great Wall 5

Great Wall 6

Great Wall 7


And this is Darby doing her scene from ‘Titanic’, or maybe James Cagney from ‘White Heat’

“Top of the World, Ma!”

Great Wall 10


The Forbidden City

Forbidden City 1


But I think this one is my favorite.

Great Wall 8

How many other people can say they’ve been photobombed by a Chinese Communist soldier?

Looks like Stahlie and Darby had a great time, and Jan and I are glad they made it back safely. Hopefully we’ll see them in about six weeks.


Since we’re on family stuff, Brandi sent this photo of Landon making pizza at his daycare. (Landon says it’s not daycare. It’s SCHOOL!)

Landon Makes Pizza

Doesn’t seem like he’s too enthused about the whole process.


Later in the afternoon, I saw Nick Russell outside, playing like he was going reinstall the new locks on his rig’s fuel fill doors. After watching this pitiful display for a few minutes, I went outside to take over the project and do the job right.

I told Nick that I saw through his Tom Sawyer ‘Whitewashing The Fence’ routine, but that it was just easier to do it right the first time, rather than have repair the damage.

What I didn’t say was that I didn’t want to have to drive him to the emergency room after he hurt himself trying to use ‘Tools’.


Looks like we really dodged a bullet storm-wise this afternoon. Weather alerts were coming on saying there was a line of thunderstorms coming through the area, with 60 mph winds and quarter-size hail. Said to expect roofs being blown off and hail damage to vehicles.

But although we got the heavy rain for a while, it’s looks like the really bad stuff stayed north of us. Good.

Don’t have anything scheduled for tomorrow. Good.


Thought for the Day:

Talk about going two-for-two!

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”
Lord Kelvin, ca. 1895, British mathematician and physicist

“Radio has no future.”
Lord Kelvin, ca. 1897



3 Responses

  1. LOVE the photobomb how cool is that??

  2. Bill and I visited a home of someone in the red army when we toured there. No one will be able to take the memories of that visit from Darby. it’s not anything you could vision without being there.

  3. My, tis a good thing you and Nick meet up at times…tis nice to have good help…and not even have to ask for the help either!! hehee!!

    Great photo of Landon. Sounds like he has his own ideas in mind already!!

    I am glad to hear the storms bypassed you all…can’t you find a bit safer spot to meet up with Nick?? A friend in VA wrote that more nasty storms are going past there too. I just HATE the storms back east…never been more scared in my life than during storms there. Our son’s best boyhood chum lives in Washington, Ill…yep, that horrid storm there cleaned out a good portion of his neighborhood….he is likely the only one unscathed by that one. Five houses away was scraped to bare dirt.

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