Dude. Check out these colorful guys in black and white!


Hey, all. It’s Keon. It’s been a while since we’ve had a post in “black and white” and, since they’re some of my favorite pics, I thought I’d put some up.
Things are getting settled down after a busy holiday – and the kids were really excited about getting back in school this morning.
Travon totally loves the new I-Watch he got for Christmas. Now he can read his text messages instantly from his wrist, ask Seri questions without getting out his phone, and keep track of the number of steps he takes each day. When I was his age, no kid had a watch – and “smart watches” didn’t exist. Makes me feel kind of old.
Rick and I were talking and decided “Denny” must be psychic. I mean, he was talking about Diana getting pregnant before any of the rest even thought about it. We may need his special skills as time goes on 🙂
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. Hope 2021 is a whole lot better than 2020! xoxo Keon and Rick

It’s a “Friends Friday” WHOA – as we welcome our new family member!

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. Keon and I have done a lot of “Friends Friday” posts – but this is our first shot at a “WHOA” post. We both have “Whoa” folders (and we wanted to tell you about the latest addition to our family) so we pulled some pics out of the folders, and this is the result. There are almost certainly some pics here that David and Ben have posted before, but we hope at least some of these will cause you to say “WHOA”!


Ben got a call last Thursday from his Dentist. Actually, “Dr. G” is the dentist for the entire Northland gang. Anyway, he called Ben and wondered if they could “get together for a drink after work.” Ben said “Sure” and suggested Dr. G stop by their house.
Dr. G went to David and Ben’s place and they made some drinks and headed out to the patio to talk. Here’s a summary:
-Dr. G’s mother had stage 4 breast cancer that had metastasized to her lungs, lymph system and brain. She passed away last November.
-Since Dr. G’s father was alone then, he (Dr. G) decided to surprise him with a puppy for Christmas. He got him a “1st generation miniature golden doodle.” He’s the offspring of an English golden retriever male and a miniature poodle female. The breeder told him the pup was whelped in October, so it was 12 weeks old when Dr. G picked it up. He gave him to his dad (who he said was absolutely delighted) and he named him “Max.”
-Dr. G’s father had a severe stroke last week. He’s still in the hospital and will move to a rehab center in about two weeks. He has brain damage – is paralyzed on his left side and can’t talk. The prognosis is for an extended period of rehab and the doctors say he may not regain his ability to walk and talk. That leaves Max without a home.
-Dr. G said he couldn’t take Max because he and his wife live on a (fenced) acreage and have 3 rottweiler guard dogs (2 females and a male). He said, “The “rotties” are sweet dogs and we love them… but frankly, I’m pretty sure the’d kill Max if we took him home. Max has been living alone since the stroke, with Dr. G and/or his wife going by twice every day to care for him.
-Max needs a new home and Dr. G called Ben because he knew he and Dub volunteer at “Wayside Waifs” and he wants Max to have “not just a good home, but the best home any dog could possibly have.” He’s almost 9 months old now. He’s house trained, leash trained, crate trained and doggie door trained. Dr. G says he’s the smartest dog he’s ever seen.
David and Ben suggested they go get Max and bring him to their house until a good home could be found. They said Dr. G just smiled and said that was exactly what he’d hoped they’d do.
So, David, Ben and Dub went and got Max and brought him to their house. They said their dogs did a lot of barking – but Max didn’t seem to mind.
-Friday morning, Ben called Keon and told him about Max. Said Dub wanted us to meet him – and asked if we wanted to come over. Keon, Travon and I and went over to their place for lunch. I think it was a set-up deal. The minute we saw Max, we all fell in love with him – and I think he knew he’d already found his new home. We asked Travon if he wanted Max to be his new puppy. He said “Ummm. what about Muff?” We all laughed and told him we thought he could have two pups. Max and Muff.
-The only problem was… we didn’t have a fenced yard. Our home is in an “older section” of Platte Woods and when it was built, most houses had chain-link fences if they had any fence at all. With a whole bunch of help from Alex and Cal, we’ve completely re-done the interior, but we didn’t have a fenced yard. Ben said that wasn’t a problem. We’d build one.
-Saturday morning, the entire Northland 12, plus Scott and Denise showed up at our house. We sketched out the fenced yard and started digging post holes. By evening, we had the posts set in concrete. On Sunday, we put in the gates and stretched the chain-link. While we were doing that, Dr. G and his wife stopped by. They were smiling and Dr. G said “This makes us very happy. It’s exactly what we’d hoped for. With all this love, it’s not just a good home, but the best home any dog could possibly have.”
So, that’s what’s new here. And it seems like maybe Dennie figured it out even before Keon and I did. The last time I looked in Travon’s room, he and Muff and Max were all curled up in bed fast asleep. We’ll have to make some rules – when we get around to it 🙂

It’s a “Friends Friday” Ebony and Ivory splash!

Hi, guys. It’s Keon. It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Friends Friday” post, but last week, Brad commented, “…when is Keon going to do another post? As I recall his were awesome as well!).”
And Denny said, “… it’s just as cool with me if you wanna switch it up now and then with a post of sizzlin’ black dudes, and/or some super hot gingers!!!”
Then, “Alex” said, “Just know there are tons of people
who may not comment (like me) that look forward to your posts.”
So, I thought I’d get my butt in gear and put something together. You all know that I’m black – and Rick’s a redhead – which makes us kind of a different couple. That’s what I was thinking about when I did this “Ebony and Ivory” post. I think it’s our diversity that makes us interesting (and fun)… and hope you like these pics!

David, Ben, Dub and Austin spent the 4th of July in Springfield with the grandparents – then went on to Tablerock lake for the rest of the week. They’ll be home on Sunday. Rick and I have been staying here at the house taking care of the dogs and the garden (we had very specific instructions from Dub about how everything should be done). We’ll be interested to hear about their trip and how things went with Austin.
Stay cool.
Keon (and Rick)