Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Here, Summer Not

A nice meal of striped bass. They are good eating, plus a lot of fun to catch. My title used to be a recording for the phone, " This is the OOTP summer home, summer here, summer not." This year as summer welcomes us it has been hard to tell where spring left off. Morbid hot has been all over, but the rains continue. Rivers are going over their banks  and people getting lost in the waters. I was headed to a lake this weekend, but may have had to fish in a parking area I usually park in.  Yesterday instead of meeting on the lake, my kids and grandkids joined me for lunch at  a restaurant and we had a great time just being together and enjoying  a huge meal. Stories flowed as the waters ebbed and I was glad all made it home safely. We had five inches of rain at my home yesterday. I hope you are all playing safe this summer.
Brown Thrasher
Wet dogs on a rainy day. I like to go to this hay barn and sit when the weather doesn't let us get out. It has been revamped with picnic tables making it a great place to have a picnic also. It was one of those days to listen to the rain and just get out after three days of wet.  This is at a nature center with 750 acres that has equestrian trails throughout, along with cabins and campsites that have nice corrals to park that steed. The dogs enjoy running around and then coming back to try and sit on my lap all wet. We come here year round and they can run lose in the back areas pretty easy.

Yarrow and  Spiderwort
Prairie Rose
Around the yard at the farm. I have a lot of clematis in bloom and enjoy their exotic blooms.

Brown Eyed Susan Vine
A new solar lighthouse, the light spins around and keeps ships from crashing on my prairie lawn.
At the cathedral in St. Paul, IA, this tiny town of less than 200 has a unique church. I would like to know more about this statue below.

Out on the prairie
With lots of new bloom
Plants crowding in
But there is always room.


  1. 5 in. of rain would flood us very badly here.

  2. Love to fish. And eat em too!
    It's been cool here. It'll get warm I'm sure!

  3. I'm heading to the prairie for a fish dinner, hope you have some left :) So many pretty flowers and I'm glad that the lighthouse will prevent a shipwreck in your garden.
    That church is gorgeous.

  4. I always enjoy your pictures and posts. we got over 6 inches of much needed rain about three weeks ago over a period of about three days. we used to get about 54" a year until we went into a drought. I don't know what we are getting now but it doesn't seem to rain much in the summer anymore.

  5. We've had mostly rain all spring, too. sigh.

  6. Your pictures are always good to look at on these rainy days.

  7. I'm sitting here with my own wet dog. It sure has been a rainy this spring. Glad you got to spend time with your family. Days like that are a treasure.

  8. Water rising here too. Beautiful flower collection. Now St. Paul, Iowa. Whoda thought. I was born in St. Paul. Not that one though.....;)

  9. Your answering machine message was funny! Great pictures.

  10. That lunch with your kids and grandkids while waiting for the rain to end sounds like a good time. Hope the flooding does not affect your area too much.


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