this used to be our family blog entitled "British Royalty versus the Ramsey Clan" (since i'm descended from King Edward II and jon is a descendant from the Ramsay Clan) but since jon never participated, and my mom is the only one who reads this, it is now a format for writing her letters. I mean, for writing you letters, mom.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


thanks to jon's transplanting skillz, we now have four lilac bushes in the front yard. thus, my first lilac bouquet from my first owned lilac bushes:

As i was plucking the violet bundles off the bushes, jon remarked, "what's the point of having the bushes if you pluck off all the flowers?" and then belched loud enough to scare birds out of the neighbouring trees...

...then we went inside to find Margie modeling some lilac petals on her collar for us with a big toothy grin:

what a weird family i have.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

susan's tulips

Black Beauty

red & yellow parrot

Saturday, May 17, 2008

dandelion, dandelion

Because of this children's nursery rhyme:

"Oh dandelion, yellow as gold,What do you do all day?"
"I just wait here in the tall green grass
Till the children come out to play."
"O dandelion, yellow as gold,What do you do all night?"
"I wait and wait til the cold dews fall
And my hair grows long and white."
"And what do you do when your hair is white
And the children come out to play?"
"They take me up in their dimpled hands
And blow my hair away."
Susan will spend her adult life with a yellow lawn. She has a hard time thinking of those golden flowers as weeds. Goodbye lush grassy lawn.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

sculpting fun out of stones

since jon is poor, he has to play with rocks.

here he is building a sculpture...

and then bowling margie over with his mad backyard games skillz.

Saturday, May 3, 2008


why are susan & jon so happy?

because they had delicious sushi and went to an Elbow show...


Friday, May 2, 2008

the other day...

when margie and i were looking at the great blue heron nests up in the treetops by the mississippi river...

she decided she needed to jump in.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

nature walks

in stead of sitting inside all day, susan braved the freezing cold "spring" weather
and went for a walk in the chilly sunshine...