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From the Lens of Bill Stice – Medicine Lake

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Bill Stice“Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. The snow melt fills the lake in spring but during the summer the water drains into an underground river which re-emerges above ground beyond the end of the lake. The Native Americans thought it was powerful medicine for this to occur.”

Bill Stice





Guest Writer: Barbara Slayton, “Life on the Farm”

December 4th, 2014 7 comments

A Repost from 2011

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the house…  Actually, no one was here but Mac and me.  I was contemplating dinner, but really  had my mouth set for one of the delicious smelling home made cinnamon rolls that I had made that afternoon. 

Anyway, when Mac went out to the truck for a minute he noticed that the motion sensitive security light was already on.  Then he saw a flash of white.  Oh no!  He figured that the little white faced red cow had gotten out of the pasture. 

He flew into the house and flung open the back door…scaring me out of what wits I had left and yelled “Get your shoes on Bobbie, we’ve got a cow out!”  

I jumped up -well, actually, I grunted my way up out of the recliner – searched for my oldest pair of tennie pumps and made a quick pit stop. (you don’t want to be out running around in the pastures with a full bladder, believe me.)

 Mac’s plan of action was to open the gate to the barn lot and we would move down to the driveway near the road.  Between us, hopefully, we’d move the cow up the fence line and into the barn lot. 

It was cold,  enough that we could see our breath, but we kept searching with flashlights all around the road, but didn’t see hide nor hair of a cow. 

Mac flagged down a guy in a truck and asked if he’d seen a cow out and he said no, but if he did he’d honk his horn.

Mac made a loop around the back of the house and told me to stay at the end of the driveway and if the cow came rushing away from him, I was to stop it and head it back to the open gate.  I was listening for a horn to blow, but never heard one. Mac motioned for me to come on up to the house,  we would have to drive the pastures and count the cows  to see which one was missing.  

When we got to the west pasture lo and behold, there they were, lying down pretty as you please. We  counted them several  times before Mac would believe that they were all there and not running wild up the road! Whew!

Relieved, we bounced back thru the pastures toward the house .  I told him that maybe he had seen a deer and that would explain  how the thing got away so fast, as they can leap the fence and be halfway to Arkansas by the time he and I got our act together. 

When we got back to the house Mac said maybe it had been a deer. He said that if it was a deer he probably should feel like an idiot for making all the fuss but he didn’t feel silly because it could very well have been one of the cows out.  

Of course he was right, but it sure wasn’t how we had planned to spend Christmas Eve.  Oh well, we slept well that night, knowing all our girls were home, and the cinnamon rolls were delicious.  

Now, don’t you wish you lived on a farm?

Punch Bowl Cake from ‘The Blind Lady Cafe’ FB

December 4th, 2014 3 comments


Southern Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 (6 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1 lg. can crushed pineapple, drained
2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen strawberries
2 bananas 
1 (16 oz.) carton Cool Whip

Bake cake in two round cake pans and set aside to cool. Make pudding and set in refrigerator to get cold. Cut one layer of cake in small chunks; put in punch bowl. Spread half of pudding on top; then add half of pineapple and one package strawberries. Slice one banana on top; half of Cool Whip, spreading to cover completely. Repeat with the other layer the same – ending with Cool Whip. Let set in refrigerator overnight.

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