Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas



We wish all our family and extended family and all our friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are hoping the new year will bring happiness and success to all.

Sam, Donna, Rigg’s, Charlie & Sadie.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

update on Donna.

Donna had a Doctor’s appointment with her COPD doctor this morning,she has not been doing well, for the last couple of weeks, weakness,dizzyness, not being able to breath even with the help of oxygen. THe doctor changed some of her medicine and wants her in the hospital on the 26th. for some tests that can’t be done in the office.Naturally Andy and I worried,I ak all family and friends to remember her in their prayers.

I had my doctors appointment today also, when I got there, they told me it was for yesterday,I told the the card the girl in the office gave me said Dec23th on my refrigerator.Had to reschedule, next available day was Feb 2nd.

Nothing else going on everyone be safe, Sam & Donna…


Sunday, December 20, 2015

December weekend.

It is a really nice sunny weekend with a temperature of 56 degrees. Donna was feeling better so for the first time in weeks she went out and met her bff Renee for a brunch, she was tired when she got back but at least she got out and enjoyed her morning.

My Son Andy got a cord of wood delivered by a friend of his, they are unloading it onto the wood rack. With the mild winter we are having it should lastuntil spring. But no matter how nice it is we always have a couple weeks of below zero weather usually after Christmas or in January some time.


Andy and buddy loading the rack.


Still more to go untl they have it all on the rack.

Andy was carrying it from the trailer in the driveway to the back of the house in his arms his buddy had a wheelbarrow. Guess who was working harder.

How many of you guys out there can relate this like I can.


THat’s about it for today, be safe out there.

Sam & Donna……….

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Open Live Writer Test.

Just saw my buddy Bayfield Al’s post saying he got his Open Live Writer working, so I decided to work on mine. After several attempts I finally got it to load. Had to go to Control Panel and uninstall the version I downloaded last week, Then into the download folder to delete the setup program I had downloaded. Then I went to the Open Live Writer web site and downloaded the program setup again. This time it all came together and worked, This is my test I will download some of my recent doggie pictures to check the picture capabilities.
                              Meghen & Lugar
Yep I’m happy with the pictures so much better than blogger, This is the way to post a blog, so glad they got it together again.
Hope all is well with all our friends, Be safe out there.
Sam & Donna………

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Great news from Jersey.

Last night was the year end awards banquet for the Rough Riders of New Jersey Horseman Club.
My Granddaughter Meghen was awarded this years Grand Champion Award, We are all so proud of her.
                                                       Meghen is 2nd from right.

                                                             Meghen and her trophy.
                                Meghen gets her jacket, a ribbon, and her belt buckle..
                                           My son Tim and his buddy Ritchie went grocery shopping.Not the biggest doe but these are good eating,I always kidded Tim about New Jersey deer being so small compared to the monster we have out here where the have a lot to eat.

Following up on the last post here is the new retaining wall, hope it last longer than the last one.
The last two post's have been composed on Blogger, My Live Writer is still down. I am not having any trouble importing pictures, but I don't care,for the way Blogger sizes them. I use medium in Live Writer and it fits my space just right, as you can see the pictures above are sized large and they are still a little small, will have to experiment with this and see if there is a way to make a custom size.
That's about it for today, it's a cloudy dreary day but the temp is near 70 degrees, that won't last long and it will drop again.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.......

Friday, December 11, 2015

This morning the contractor put up the forms for a new retaining wall, then this afternoon a large cement truck arrived and started the pour. Talk about making quick work of tearing out and replacing a wall.

As you can see in the one picture the contractors Grandson is sitting in a wheelbarrow supervising the job. Donna is still waiting for her TV be delivered, Walmart did a trace and all they could come up with is it was lost in transit, so they said another one would be shipped. It is cloudy and in the 60’s today, better than normal December temps.

We are just just sitting around and being lazy, Hope all is well with all out friends, be safe out there, Sam & Donna……..

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Leaning wall removal.

As anyone who has visited the Weeb Ranch in the last 5 years or so has noticed. We had a retaining wall outside our garage entrance that has been leaning and getting worse as each winter goes by. We were getting afraid that it would come down, so we decided to have it removed.


Leaning wall last summer.

This morning the contractor arrived to start work on it.





AS you can see he had some heavy duty equipment and a tandem dump truck to remove the pieces. He will be back in the morning to continue the demolition and then start rebuilding a smaller wall.

You can bet all this noise kept the mutso’s occupied with barking and being excited.

After having the bathrooms done and painted and now this maybe we can start saving for another trip to someplace warm. Although as you can imagine this job is costing us a fortune.

That’s the news for today, be safe out there, Sam & Donna…….

Monday, December 7, 2015

Dec 7th Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the attack on the Naval base in Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy.Thousands of lives were lost. But it awakened the sleeping giant of America and we came back to achieve victory in WW2.




Take a minute to reflect on this and the danger our country faces today.

It is a cold day here at the Weeb Ranch, Donna and I aren’t planning on going out anywhere, But the mutso’s are in and out they don’t seem to mind a little cold, except for Sadie, she goes out does her thing, then runs for the back door to come in, Charlie would play outside all day if you let him.

Were still waiting for Donna’s flat screen TV to be delivered. It will replace the set in our bedroom that is about 25 years old. Last time we ordered a TV from Wal-Mart it was delivered in 3 days. This time it was due here on Dec 4th but never arrived, Wal-Mart is tracing it now all they could say is it doesn’t show any delivery, No kidding.

That’s the news for today, everyone be safe, Sam & Donna………..

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wow what a week.

As I posted in the last blog I had it home two days and then the screen went out, Donna and I decided that instead of putting more repair money into it we would replace it with a new one. Went to Wal-Mart and bought another HP laptop. That set us back another 300 dollars.
Got it home and then came the worst part, setting it up and trying to get it loaded with the programs I was using, fund out windows 10 will not load Office 2007, when I upgraded on my old laptop everything went in 10 okay. But not with the new version. This left me without my email program (Outlook). IT also would not load Live Writer.
It took two days and a lot of Googleing to finally get all the  programs I use loaded, I also get my e-mail now via the Centurytel website.
So here I am thoroughly frustrated with all the effort it took I hope I never have to buy and load another one.
                               Sadie’s new make over.
That’s about it for today, hope all is well with all our friends out there. Be safe, Sam & Donna…..

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Up and running, Finally.

After two weeks, I finally got my laptop back from the repair shop today, The keyboard needed to be replaced again. you just don’t realize how much you miss a computer until it is gone, no blogs, no Facebook, no emails. Donna has her own laptop but it is setup with her accounts, so I just did without most of the time and waited. feels good to have my old friend back, especially since I can read my digital train books again.


                                  Riggs is moping too.


Granddaughter Meghen in her Christmas skirt..


Meghen on Angel, with Dude.


Rigg’s & Charlie.

The weather is starting to act Decemberish, it’s in the 40’s right now and cloudy, don’t look forward to winter.

Hope all is well with all our friends out there. Be safe .Sam & Donna…..

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Notes.

Another beautiful sunny and mild weekend, it was in the middle 60’s , just great November weather. Got great news from New Jersey.
My Youngest Granddaughter Meghen cleaned up in ribbons at the last horse competition of the season. Earlier today.Meghen competed on both of her Dad's horse's, On Angel she got Grand Champion, and on Dude she got Reserve Champion, for a total of ten ribbons.She says now she can't wait for the Christmas Banquet and Awards ceremony.

Wow what a competitor, hope she does as well next year, we are all so proud of her and her sister Katie.
Charlie and Rigg’s resting after playing and wresting around in the kitchen for an hour. Talk about bulls in a china shop.
Not much doing around the house this weekend. Donna was feeling well enough to make trip to the Drug Store and Market yesterday, we have a small Italian Meat Market a couple of blocks away, that has absolutely the best meat around, even their hamburger meat tastes great. Donna is making a pot roast for supper and even the three dogs are sitting with their noses pointed at the cooks island. The Weibel’s will eat good tonight.
Not much else gong on around here, the Kid’s are out somewhere. so Donna and I are dog sitting with Charlie and Sadie. Everyone be safe out there. Sam & Donna……

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Veterans Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of 1911. An armistice was called ending World War 1. IN 1954 it was changed to Veterans Day to  commemorate all who served their country in the armed forces.




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As most of you know Sam served from 1966-1970 during the Viet Nam conflict in the US Navy as a member of a flight crew in Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2, the world famous Fleet Angels.AS we would tell anyone, “Once an Angel, Always an Angel”.I will also tell anyone especially when  am Thanked for my service, That is was the most fun a young man could have. So lets take a minute and say Thanks to a veteran today on their special day.To all my fellow blogger veterans, Have a great day.

Another nice mild Fall day, here in Dardenne Prairie, sunny and in the middle 60’s. The dogs are going in and out and loving the warm and sunny day outside.

Other than that not much shaking around the Ranch. Be safe out there, Sam & Donna…….

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Donna& I are still alive.

Boy I can’t believe I let the blog set for so long, maybe it’s the great Fall weather, we have only had a couple of rain days and the rest have been sunny and mild. Bobby, the young man who is doing the repairs and carpentry work here at the ranch started in the Kitchen Bathroom, we had a window that came apart and needed replacement, since it was an odd size it had to be ordered special made. that took three weeks he got it in yesterday and now the paintwork and wood staining needs to be done. Here is a before and after view.





Tough to get a decent picture when your shooting into the sun, Maybe I could get a few tips  from Bayfield Al.  Both days the sun was full strength directly through the window.Rigg’s is being his lay next to me on ,my shoes self.


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Just another lazy day for him at the Weeb Ranch. Donna made a great pancake breakfast for us this morning, I may have to have a nap after that, Some time this week I will have to drain the water lines on Chappy and blow them out with air, then I put a gallon of pink antifreeze in each tank and some in each “P’ trap, that will winterize her before out next trip. We still haven’t figured out if we will make a winter trip south, Donna is fighting her breathing problem, and I am having occasional balance problems which I think is being caused by the amount medication I am taking for my feet.

Not much else going on here, we enjoy reading about all our friends travels,although we don’t comment much, we are out here and a part of your travel and winter excitement.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall is coming.

It’s been another week, and the morning and day temperatures are coming down a little 50’s in the morning and upper 60’s in the afternoon, been some cloudy days in there so Fall is arriving here in Dardenne Prairie. Got some pictures from my New Jersey Grand's.


Katie getting ready for hunting season.


                    Meghan & Lugar.


Meghan doing some fishing.


Meghan with a piglet.


Father & Daughter.

AS I posted last week I ordered a flash for my Canon camera. A neweer tt560 speedlight from Amazon for $32.99.

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This is a great buy and it works great, the Canon Speedlight was in the $250 range and this will do anything that the Canon will.

Took a bunch of test shots and the pictures were great.

Rigg’s and Charlie wanted equal time so here’s a couple from the.



Went down to the Dardenne Prairie City Hall to sign papers this morning to have our property annexed into the city, the previous owners never did that. So now after the next Council meeting we will officially Dardenne Prairieites.

That’s about it for today, Hope all is well with all our friends. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna…..