Slideshow of granddaughter Alexandra’s visit

Our oldest granddaughter Alexandra came back from Seattle with us and was here five days before her dad, our oldest son Rob, got here from his home in Colorado. They stayed another five days before heading back to Aspen.

We had a great time and here is a slideshow of just a few of the photos I took.

Next on my agenda is putting together a slideshow of our time with youngest daughter Jessica in Seattle.

And then putting together some videos.

Kids and grandkids sure keep a person busy. I wonder how I ever had time for work!!!!

Trip to DMV surprisingly easy and pleasant — for me


I’m back!

It’s done!

Three vehicle registrations renewed and it took less than 20 minutes.

No line. No waiting.

But only because I went to the DMV’s website to reserve my spot in line clicking on it at 7:30 a.m. After entering my cell phone number, I immediately received a text saying my wait time was 4 minutes (by 8 a.m. the wait time was 312 minutes or 5 hours and 12 minutes). I live about 5 minutes away from the DMV (depending on the traffic). When I arrived the parking lot was filled, a line of probably 100-plus people stretched out the door and a police officer was at the door to keep order and allow people who had called ahead to go inside. Continue reading

The dreaded DMV


I’ve been dreading today all weekend.


I have to go to the DMV in Olathe to renew our vehicle registrations.

It’s my own fault. I could have mailed them in but with granddaughter Alexandra in town, I forgot and missed the mail-in date deadline.

I wanted to do it online and use my credit card and would have but each vehicle needs a pin number in order to do that. And as luck would have it, just two of our three vehicles have that pin number. And when you use a credit card, you pay a “convience” fee for each vehicle as well as a processing fee. So I figured since I had to go to the DMV to renew the registration on the un-pinned vehicle I might as well save the extra fee money and take care of all three at once today.

Last year, it wasn’t a bad experience. But since the state went to a new computer system that was supposed to make it even better, well, the waiting time has become worse — a lot, lot worse — to the point that they turn people away.

So, we’ll see how it goes. I’ll try to secure a time via the website. I’m sitting here waiting for 7:30 to try and secure my spot.

Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it goes!


Parting shots of Dylan and Carys

Getting back into the routine can be difficult after so much time away being with grandkids, being with your kids far away, and then having kids and grandkids at your house when you come home.

But Terri and I wouldn’t change a thing. We had a great time hosting daughter Sherri and her kids, Dylan and Carys, 5-4, from Colorado for two weeks at the end of June.

Here are some parting shots put together in a slideshow. Enjoy! Continue reading

Some photos from Seattle

Guess what?

I’ve taken a lot of pictures while in Seattle. Here are just a few I’ve been able to work and get ready for the web. More will come later when I get the chance to work them. Continue reading

Billions wasted in Iraq war, according to audit

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Funds released Friday, July 13, what it called its “final” report on how taxpayer money was spent in Iraq reconstruction.

Bottom line? Continue reading

Why Yoder wants to repeal the health care reform law

Third District Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, spoke on the House floor today, July 10,  about why he thinks Congress should repeal the current health care reform law recently judged constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and replace it with what he calls bi-partisan, common sense and “widely agreed upon” reforms he says will improve health care quality and access for Americans.

Here’s the link to the video:

Here’s what I think: Work it, massage it, make it better, but don’t waste America’s time and taxpayer money with all this repeal BS! It’s time to move on and forward NOT backward.

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