Playing Pente, a cool boardgame, on the computer

Pente is a fun board game created in the late seventies by a guy from Oklahoma. The object of the game is to get 5 pieces in a row  -or- to capture 10 of your opponents pieces. The game is surprisingly fun and very easy to learn, yet it has enough depth to keep things interesting. We keep a Pente board and playing pieces in Colorado. My family has been playing the game for over 20 years. The past couple

Our Cabin in Burrows Park Circa 2009

This post was inspired by Jes and Neil. They posted a beautiful vintage photo of Estes Park Colorado circa 1909. The colors and age of the photo make it very unique and beautiful to my eye. So, I decided to try to emulate that look using a digital photo of our cabin. Here is the final result, circa 2009: It makes me very happy that parts of Colorado still remain pristine and primitive after a hundred years :-).

Summer Update

Just jotting down a few notes here: Our winter vacation to Hawaii is coming together, I’m slowly checking items off the list flights booked, at what appears to be a nice low price (the cheapest I’ve ever booked for Hawaii) accommodations for the first half of the trip Some things are still left to do: rent a car book accomodations for the 2nd half of the trip Ines and Greg may come to Hawaii too! That would be totally awesome…

Links found during/for our STL trip Gelateriata Volini –  a three minute walk from John’s, and I stopped in here about 6 times :-). They have a nice assortment of gelato and some good coffees/teas too. City Museum – much more exciting than it sounds! PS here is a cool link Jesse sent me: (it’s not STL related, but it fits with the “link” theme of this post :-))

Back home, hurrah!

Ohh, it is so nice to be back home :-). We were just gone for 4 days but it seems like a week and a half. The trip was a lot of fun, but I am just glad to be back home! Here is a photo from the hundreds we took for Kevin and Shannon’s engagement photoshoot: that particular photo is by Samantha, it was one of my absolute favorites from the day. More to be posted after Kevin and


This has been a good but crazy two weeks. Two weekends ago Samantha went to visit her awesome family in Kansas. Kevin and I had our “guys weekend“. That was followed by a few days recovery for me. Then it was time to go full bore on projects around the house, farm and for work. I also got to spend a lot of quality time with my awesome family (usually in the evenings) so I think everybody had a great