Check it out, dude. “Showers and Growers”!

We had planned to do this post last Saturday so Jingle could check it out while having his Sunday “dark roast.” Then, we got concerned about our friend Bill and the fires on the West Coast and put this on temporary hold. Maybe Jingle can save it for next Sunday? Oh. And by the way, we’re giving our “grower” award to the dude in pics #1.


We’re back in school and the kids and I are loving it. Janette will be here tomorrow to work with them on their French and “Patricia” is coming on Friday to begin teaching them (us) how to “throw a pot” (we haven’t told the kids yet so it’ll be a big surprise). I asked her if we’d need a kiln for firing the pottery and she said “It’s not necessary – at least for now. We’ll start off using self-hardening clay. Someday, if we get more sophisticated with our potting we can consider a kiln.”
Chad is at least as excited as the kids. “Dr.C” has a list of local kids on a waiting list and we’re hoping someday we can begin bringing some in. We could handle 6-8 more kids in our little school. This pandemic surely won’t last forever?

It’s “Friends Friday” and, once again, we’re asking “Who would you do?”

Hey guys. It’s Rick. When we did our last “Who would you do?” mega post, I said it would probably be our last. Then, I ran across Keon’s “Soft and hard” folder and thought “Hmmm. I bet we could turn a bunch of these into another “Who would you do?” So, with a TON of help from my amazing husband, we put this together. It’s quite large and I’m guessing it’ll force Jingle to increase his “Dark roast” budget. We had a blast putting it together and hope you’ll enjoy it. When this Covid thing is over we probably won’t have the time to put together posts like this 🙂


It’s Ben. I asked Rick and Keon if I could “tag on” to this post and they said “Please do.” I want to give you a report on David’s and my trip to Kansas City so I could get a CT scan to see if there was anything wrong with my brain (? !). We drove up on Sunday and I had the scan Monday morning. The people at the “Cancer center” where they did the scan were amazing. A nurse (gowned, gloved and masked) met us at the door. She told David she was sorry, but due to Covid 19, he’d have to wait outside. She gave me shoe covers, took me to a small room and told me to wash my face and hands thoroughly with surgical scrub. Then, I put on a gown, plastic hair cover, gloves and a mask. That done, we headed back for the scan. Before I lay down on the scan table, she wiped everything with disinfectant. The whole thing took about 30 minutes so David didn’t have to wait in the car too long. The nurse gave me a phone number and told me to call it “sometime before noon.” I did… and the PA I talked with asked if I had access to “Zoom”. I told him I did and was familiar with it. He said that due to the pandemic, the neurologist would like to “meet with me” by “Zoom” if that was satisfactory. I said that sounded great. So, at 2:00 p.m. I logged on to Zoom, clicked on “join meeting” and we were good to go. The “meeting” lasted about 20 minutes and I was very impressed with the Doctor. Long story short, he told me he didn’t know what had caused my “incident,” but he could assure me it wasn’t related to a TIA (mini-stroke). He said he didn’t think there was anything further I needed to do “at this time” but suggested if I should have another of these “events” I contact a Clinical psychologist. He said his nurse would text me names and contact information of psychologists he recommends.
So – with that behind us, David and I had a delightful Monday evening at home. David made a wonderful dinner… we had a lovely Napa valley cabernet… took our pipe and headed to the hot tub. And, yes. The sex was incredible!
This morning, we did a “Zoom” meeting with Rick, Keon, Cal, Alex, Scott and Denise. We decided since the only contact I’d had while in K.C. was in a safe, sterile environment, there wasn’t any need for “self quarantine”. We drove back to the Lake this afternoon and had a grand group dinner this evening.
Getting the scan done was a bit of a chore, but I’m glad I did it. I’m feeling great now (both physically and mentally) and am anxious to get back to our little classroom with the kids tomorrow morning. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers the past few days. We love you! xoxo Ben and David

“Soft to Hard — Before and After!”

On Monday, our buddy “BillS” commented, saying:
“I have not taken the opportunity to check out this post yet, but the title gave me a post-idea. It may be a hard one to do, but I can’t remember when URD has ever let me down! (-:
“Smaller and Bigger — Before and After!”
or “Soft to Hard — Before and After!”
I’m sure you know what I mean. Two pics of the same guy. First soft then hard! It sounds like a simple idea but will the pictures be easy to find? I don’t know!
So what do you think? XOXO”
What do we think? We think when our “Requested-in-Chief” asks for a post, it’s time to get our butts in gear. Here you go, babe… a bunch of “show-ers and grow-ers” that should fill the bill.
(We should mention that many of these dudes are repeat visitors to URD… just not in this format. We don’t think it really matters 🙂 )


Yesterday, Ben and I took Dub, Austin, Travon, Bella and Chance up to St. Joseph to watch the “Chiefs” training camp. What fun! Getting a chance to see Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Chris Jones, Andy Reid, etc. in person was a big-time thrill for us Chiefs fans.
It was the most time we’ve spent with Chance and he’s a joy. He’s talking to us more and more and honestly, there isn’t a communication problem for any of us – especially Dub and Chance who seem to have learned ASL overnight.