Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Setting a Precedent and More On Genny

There has been a saying that I like to quote, one that almost always causes the listeners who hear it to be taken aback and have to ask for clarification. I was once told that it is a quote by someone else. However, after I have done pretty diligent searching with the use of two or three different search engines, I have been unable to find another source of the quote by anyone else that is searchable via internet search engines.

Since my blog lists that photos that I have taken and ‘most’ of the text written by me has the ‘rights’ reserved by me, I will thus put it here where it has a ‘presence’ on the internet and written by myself. The quote goes as this:

“I know what I know, and I know what I don’t know, therefore, I DO know it all.”

Having thus now been written and posted upon my blog, any further uses of that quote must include my name as the source. Otherwise, anyone using that quote without my permission will be subject to punishment. You know….. something like being flogged with a dry feather.

Tongue in Cheek Megan Fox

My work day was really a long one today. Since I don’t have a lot of vacation days built up, I don’t want to use what I have up and mess up the vacations that we want to take. So, I had to work the whole day instead of going to see Genny.

I was able to retrieve the photos on Photobucket on my computer at work, and everything looked normal. So, I sent those from my work e-mail to our home e-mail account with the hope that everything worked from that source. Those were also elongated as well. So, I decided that it was our default image viewer that was messing up.

I can retrieve them with Adobe Photoshop Elements and they looked fine, so I created another folder and saved them there from Photoshop. Now they all should work, so I’ll now post some pictures for those that don’t want to follow links.



Moira has been wanting to hold Genny, and today she tried to pick her up.  Surprisingly, in her attempts, she was trying very hard to get her hands just right and also support Genny’s head as well.  While no photos were taken of that attempt, we do suspect that Moira will “mother” her little sister.  When Moira first got to meet Genny yesterday, she kept wanting to kiss her and put her hands on her.


Until we download some more of Jo’s pictures of Genny, this is the best that we have.  It was taken with Kevin’s cell phone and sent to me at work.


Here is the one with all four grandkids that I linked to yesterday.


I can’t wait to start taking them all camping.

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