Thursday, August 20, 2015


Today's Throwback Thursday post has two purposes. 

First, as always, is to show you some photos of lives in the past.

But this week it's also to offer some relief to those of you suffering in blistering heat this summer.

So we begin with a photo of my late father from many decades back as he handled a regular chore he was used to around our home in North Dakota.

Do you see how deep that snow is?

He had to shovel a path just so he could get out of the house!

(I'll bet you're feeling cooler already, aren't you.)

Okay, let's flash forward a couple of generations. Here's a photo of my nephew, Dr. Barry, as he descended into the Grand Canyon on a visit.

You undoubtedly have noticed two things.

There is snow there so obviously this little camping and hiking trip was undertaken in the winter!

And secondly, he's wearing shorts! 

Obviously hoping that the temperature will rise as he gets lower into the Canyon.

Now just to show you that Dr. Barry is not totally in control of his senses, here's another photo of him on ANOTHER winter vacation.

Those white spots are snowflakes. He's up in the Boundary Waters area of Northern Minnesota, or someplace like it, skiing.

In a snowstorm!

Now, I don't want you to get the impression that he's the loony one in the family.

Here's a picture of his brother, Tim.

He'd been out skiing in Washington.

Now I've had a little fun with these boys but I love both of 'em. 

I just can't figure out why neither one of them took after their dear old uncle, who knows what to do when the weather turns cold and snowy.

He heads for somewhere warm.

Preferably near an ocean.

Where the locals now how to fix a fine piña colada.

Or at least where he can grab a cerveza in the sun.

(Now, don't you go makin' fun of my beads. They might be sacred.)


  1. Just a hippy at heart..


  2. Ha! Yes, you have a LOT more sense than your nephews :)

  3. I've shoveled snow that deep. That's why I live in Arizona now. However, I must say it did look refreshing compared to day after day of heat. I won't go as far to say that I am looking forward to even our paltry winter though.

  4. I have shoveled some deep snow in my life but that deep? No...
    I am feeling much cooler now, thks.

  5. There was a time where I would have gone for the snow, now I'll take the sun and the ocean.

  6. That trail down into the canyon looks hazardous in the snow. I too would take the beach over snow, but right now I'd settle for just some air without smoke.

  7. I prefer the way you handle cold weather---escape to someplace warm.

  8. Yea, mon! Beach be much, much better!

  9. Shovel that snow? I would turn up my electric fireplace, watch reality TV, and live off my fat until spring!