Thursday, September 29, 2005


From the archives
I took Jacquie for a ride in the R22. We flew out of the French Valley, CA, airport.
(Date of photo: June, 2003)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


What is there about a sunrise? For me, it's the beautiful and gradual flowing of pure color from darkness to brilliant sunshine. When I catch the sun rising, as I did this morning, I cannot help but wonder at the graphical transformation from night to a new day.

This morning, I sat on the porch in my robe, with a cup of hot coffee in hand to ward off the 34 degree coolness ... No, not cold ... coolness. The air was still and dry and as I snapped several pictures, trying to the capture the best representation of the event, a Momma doe and her two unruly fawns bounced around on the lawn as if it were put there just for their enjoyment ... that is until they saw me!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

As The Helicopter Might see It


A little panorama shot of "Casa Qué Pasa."

Hurricane Problems Extend to Pullman

Having moved from a "well-connected" community, where our cable internet connection provided us with speeds of 3,000 Kbps, it was (and it was anticipated) a real adjustment to be back to a dial-up connection. Neither cable or DSL is available here.

Even using my realiable ACN Internet service, the best we can do is 50 Kbps on one line and 28.8 Kbps on the other line ... the line I'm on right now. I talked to Verizon about the the slow speed on line two and they just said, "You're lucky to get 50 Kbps on line one: We only guarantee 28.8 Kbps on rural lines."

I looked at the alternatives: Just "grin & bear it;" try to get the Pullman wireless Internet provider to extend service to this area; or twiddle my fingers until some miracle happens and we get cable or DSL here. None of those possibilities were very appealing. So: Back in August, I ordered a satellite internet setup. It's expensive but will deliver around 750 Kpbs, downloading, and 128 Kbps, uploading.

As of today: NO satellite equipment has arrived here at the ranch! The story I'm getting - and I've checked it out with other satellite Internet providers - is FEMA has bought up all the satellite internet equipment to use for the hurricane disaster operation. (From what I have heard about FEMA, "my" equipment is probably sitting in some warehouse - unused!) I'm told that "maybe in October" the equipment will ship. From my years of experience, I suspect that "maybe" is spelled with a capital M!

So here I set, all brokenhearted, watching my files creep in and out of Verizon's phone lines at about the same speed as the angleworm trying to get away from the robin, I'm watching creeping around in our yard.

As you look at the Photos Of The Day, please appreciate how long it takes to get those pictures uploaded!

(As I proof-read this note, Jacquie is looking over my shoulder and telling me that someone is going to say, "You spoiled kid - you are upset because you don't have high-speed Internet service and those poor folks don't have a place to live." She's right, of course, but I don't think my 30" dish sitting unused in a warehouse is doing much for disaster relief. Besides, just for the record, we do care: Jacquie and I gave a four-figure donation to the Red Cross - so don't flame me! LOL)

Monday, September 26, 2005


More evidence that fall is quickly approaching.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


September 25, 2005

Fall colors were popping out all over.

We took a little Sunday Stroll on the WSU campus, today. We visited the art gallery where they had a large exhibit of Roy Lichtenstein's print art. He is considered to be the greatest pop print artist of all times.

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Bryan sailing our small sailboat on Priest Lake. I'm not sure of the date of the picture, but it's around 1992.

Is This In The Future?


A Hard Day's Work

We're installing a 13,000 KW backup generator. This is a very cool unit that will automatically start and pick up the load of the essential things in the house whenever the power fails. One of the problems we had to solve was to run a separate line to the pump house so we could also have water. Digging the ditch was a hard (two) day's job. Today we layed the wiring and covered up the ditch. Both Jacquie and I are glad that part is over.

Photo Quiz - "The Answer"

Light shining through one of Jacquie's stained glass pieces.

(Watch for new quizzes, from time to time.)

Friday, September 23, 2005


September 23, 2005
Feed Me - Feed Me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


September 21, 2005
We think this is a grouse. There were about a dozen of them pecking away at our lawn, but by the time I got my camera, only this brave bird remained.

The Frost Is On The Pumpkin

Dateline: Pullman, WA, September 21, 2005

Last day of Summer: We woke up to 29 degrees. Clear day with an expected high of 72 deg. That's a temperature swing of 43 degrees ... Quite a change from Orange County, CA!
Do we still love it?
You bet!


September 20, 2005
Out from a cloud of dust comes ... One BIG tractor. (Three huge wheels on each axle ... Twelve total!) Just for the record: He's plowing the wheat stubble under.

Monday, September 19, 2005


September 19, 2005

Moonrise over the Palouse.

No Hunting

Today, with the help of Jacquie and sister Carol, we pounded in a bunch of "NO HUNTING" signs. Funny thing, as we were pounding in a sign "Burt" stopped and asked if it was OK to hunt birds on our property. He was a nice guy, but we told him no.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Family visit today - Part 2

September 18, 2005
Probably as much fun as swimming, for the girls, was "Golf Cart Driving." Once they got the hang of it, it was almost irresistible!

Family visit today - Part 1

September 18, 2005
Patrick, Lori, Andi & Ali dropped in today for a visit. We started the day off with breakfast in Pullman's "Old European Waffle House," where, as usual, we all ate toooo much. (But is was worth it!)

When we got home, the girls jumped in the pool and we all had a lot of fun.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Can hunting season be far away?

We're painting the mounting boards for the "NO HUNTING" signs. By the end of this weekend, they will all be in place.

Maybe next year, after the deer eat everything in sight, we'll change the signs to read, "HUNTERS WELCOME" ... but, don't count on it.


September 17 2005
When the sun begin to rise on the Palouse on an morning like this, you just know its time for a good cup of hot coffee, sit back and watch the wonder of it all.

Thursday, September 15, 2005


September 15, 2005
So ... What is this picture of? The first TWO people that correctly identify (or reasonably close) gets a very nice prize. (You'll like it.)
To submit an answer, just look below this photo for the "comments" link. Click then submit your answer.
Ps: You'll have to type in the code. (You'll see. Easy.)


SEPTEMBER 14, 2005

We're frequently asked, "What are you going to do with 58-acres of farmland?" Answer: "Let someone else farm it." Yesterday, our tenant farmer was doing "something" to the smaller field, near our house. He had just finished harvesting a crop of garbanzo beans, also know as chickpeas, and was, for lack of a better term, scratching the remaining vines back into the ground. At the same time he was adding some kind of soil nutrient to the ground from the tank you can see.

It's fun to watch all the action, even though we don't really know what they are doing. What they are doing is obvious at harvesting time, but at other times, it's pretty mysterious ... at least to us Fighter Pilots! LOL

(This field is about 500 yards in front of our house.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


September 13, 2005
The last of the summer roses.

Monday, September 12, 2005


September 12, 2005: Dawn broke this morning in Whitman County, WA, at 5:32 AM with a beautiful sepia toned, somewhat "Disney like," sunrise. Clearly, the God's were signalling a cool rainy, misty day.

It worked out that way ...

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Picture Of The Day

Sept 11, 2005
While working at my computer, I looked out the window and saw a fawn resting under one of our trees - just as a big Chinese Pheasant walked by.

We love this place!


Back In The Saddle Again

Back in the saddle again.
After almost a year absence, I’m resuming my Blog. (I know you’ll all be thrilled to death about that! LOL)

A very large amount of water has “passed under the bridge” since then:
My father, Elbern Raymond Daisley, passed away …
My brother, Richard Scott Daisley, passed away …
My brother-in-law, Richard Hemus, passed away …
We moved to Pullman, WA …

What can I say, except: “Life goes on.”

I intend to start posting a “Picture Of The Day,” with brief comments.
What you can expect: There will NOT be a new picture every day … you can count on that.
However, I’ll try to do one whenever possible and I’ll try to make it interesting.

As always, YOUR personal posted comments will be appreciated by all, as they are probably better and more relevant than mine.

Sept 11, 2005

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