Time for a peek into Rick’s “Whatever folder”

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. Sorry it’s been so long since Keon and I have posted, but 2020 has been an insane year for us. I’ve learned that running a business remotely is harder than you might think. Having said that, our nursery business is about to finish its most profitable year ever. Getting out of the in-person retail part of the business turned out to be the right decision at the right time.
Anyway, we’re beginning to get excited about the Holidays. We’ve finished decorating the cabins and they’re pretty spectacular at night. Jim says people in Branson can probably see the glow. Now, if we just had some snow, the kids would be really happy.
Hope you’re doing well surviving the pandemic. Maybe someday we’ll all look back on this and think having our storage areas full of toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer was pretty funny! xoxo Rick and Keon

It’s a “Friends Friday” Pride Month interracial mega-post.

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. Last week, I texted David and Ben asking if they’d like me to do a “Pride Month” post. David texted back “Of course.” Ben said “Absolutely.” I think this year with all the racial unrest in the Country, Pride Month” has a special meaning, and that’s what I’ve tried to capture with these pics.
As you know, Pride Month is celebrated in June each year. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:
“The Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ) community in Greenwich Village, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, gay street kids from the surrounding area, and members of the community who came from neighboring gay and lesbian bars, fought back against an early morning police raid, refusing to be arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar and being out in public. The Stonewall riots are widely considered to be the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.”
It’s taken more than fifty years for gays in America to achieve a decent amount of justice and equality – and much work remains to be done. None of the Northland gang members are old enough to have experienced the discrimination, ignorance and ugliness suffered by gay people fifty years ago. Hopefully, our kids will grow up in a World of even more justice and equality for gays, blacks, hispanics, american indians and other minorities. Cal often points out that our little group doesn’t live in the “real world” and, of course he’s right. In our Northland family, it makes absolutely no difference whether you’re white, black, ginger, hearing-impaired or anything else. Heck, we even treat Aussies like “real people” 🙂
Our hope is that all the recent demonstrations will someday result in true equality for gays, blacks and other minorities. We can, at least HOPE!
xoxo Rick and Keon

It’s another “Friends Friday” – “Who would you do?” mega-post.

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. Last week Ben did a “Dudes without razors” post – then a couple of days later, David followed it up with “Dudes with razors.” That got Keon and me thinking about joining pics of shaved and hairy guys and making them into a “Who would you do?”
It kind of works. A bunch of the men in these pics are “trimmed” or “manscaped” but we don’t really mind. Hope you have as much fun with these as we did putting them together.


Lots happening here at the Lake. The furniture, equipment and files “DrC” sent for the new “schoolhouse” got here Wednesday and we all helped with getting everything unloaded and put in place. Ben said he told the kids it was time for “summer vacation” and a break from school. When he did that, he said Dub, Bella and Tra got upset and wanted to know why they had to have a vacation. They wanted to keep having school and the rest of the kids agreed… so they’ve decided to have summer school four days per week (Monday through Thursday) from 9:00 a.m. till noon. We’re really glad they enjoy learning and the shorter days will still give them a break.
We finally got the boats out of storage (also on Wednesday) so we all headed out on the lake Thursday afternoon. The water temp is a delightful 75 degrees so it’s perfect for boating fun on the lake.
Ty and Damien got here Thursday evening and got moved into their new “cabin.” You can’t imagine how happy Austin is to have them here. They brought their huge screen t.v. and popcorn machine and are having the kids over for a “movie night sleepover” tonight. It’s good to have the whole gang together again.
We’ll have a busy Memorial Day weekend with boating, cookouts and celebrating having everyone together. We have American Flags and bunting on all the cabins so we won’t forget the reason for “Memorial Day.” Hope you all have safe, healthy, happy Holiday weekends.
xoxo Rick and Keon