Author Archives: Mel Pete

Friday 18. August 2017


It’s that time again…ticking down the days until school starts back for a new year. It’s been a long summer, time to get the boy back to the grind and myself back to some sort of routine again.  


(somewhere around Niobrara, Nebraska)

We’ve actually had a rather nice summer around the homestead, The Old Boy and I actually toned it down this year, have diddled around the place and let the DNA take over and played Hobby Farmers.  Old Boy has torn down fence, put up new fence, torn down old and put up more new.  He’s seemed to really have enjoyed it. I’ve played barefoot in my flower garden many evenings with an audio book playing.  

Bubba won’t admit it, but he seems to be getting bored with our slow pace this summer.  He kept busy until the past month or so, bond fires with friends in the evenings, driving up and down the driveway with his pickup in the evenings while visiting with his friends on the phone.  He’s on his third girlfriend of the summer, so spending time with her a little now.  First football game of the season is tonight, so he’s going to watch her dance at half-time and then they are going to bond fire with friends until I go get him.  Five months and he’ll have his drivers license, will be so nice!


(Niobrara, Nebraska)

We haven’t done out normal small trips this summer like we have for many summers.  The kids and I started taking my mom on mini-vacations each summer about 12 or 13 years ago.  No one could get into the groove this year.  With The Girl gone and out in Western Nebraska, and with Bubba being 15, mom and I are the only ones really wanting to go, but going without the kids doesn’t sound fun though.  

We did take an afternoon trip to West Bend, Iowa to The Grotto of The Redemption…my mom, Bubba and my niece Lu.  Beautiful, peaceful place…one doesn’t need to be Catholic to feel the beauty of this place.


(The Grotto of The Redemption…West Bend, Iowa)

My guys humored me a few weeks ago and went with me to Winnebago, Nebraska to their 151st Pow Wow…AMAZING!  Had been wanting to for years, this year I decided it was time, less than two hours from where we live, so the boys weren’t away from their work for too long.  It wasn’t really their thing, but I absolutely LOVED it!  The drums, the clothing…don’t know what to say other than it was amazing!


(Pow Wow at Niobrara, Nebraska)

This past weekend I stepped outside of my box and did something I’ve never done before…went on a mini-trip while leaving my boys at home in charge of the dogs. There was a Pow Wow in Niobrara, Nebraska that I wanted to go to and the boys did not, our daughter said she’d meet me and go, having never been to one.  We met in O’Neill and spent the night, we swam and visited for about an hour at the end of the evening.  Definitely something we’ll have to do again.


(Niobrara, Nebraska)

A nice end to the summer break.  Was glad to come home to the house still standing and the dogs having been taken good care of.  You know I worried more about leaving the dogs than the boys!  I’m a worrier.  

Now we are at the end of school break, time to start something new…our baby is going into high school and I’ve come to the realization that it’s time for me to do something different for myself.  Not sure what it’s going to be, but the little kid years are over, they don’t need me as much as they used to…so going to have plenty of time to discover a new routine.  


Thursday 22. June 2017


Damn, doesn’t feel like we should already be almost a month into summer break.  Have been running with Drivers Ed since a week after school ended for the year, thankfully almost done…drives one last time tomorrow and three more classes in the next two weeks.  Will be so nice when Bubba gets his school license and can drive himself to school this coming year and Old Boy and I won’t have to play tag on the almost hour round trip each morning.  It’s been worth it though, so glad we decided to open enroll outside of our school district.  Bubba feels as though he belongs at WC more than he did at MVAO.  

Been such an odd summer.  The first couple weeks it felt like the guys were constantly up my butt and I was beginning to feel enclosed.  The past week has been the exact opposite, the boys have been busy.  

Told Old Boy earlier tonight that this difference in how Bubba is compared to K at his age, day and night difference and feels strange to Ma.  When K was 15 our house was where the group landed more often than not, I was always running with K and friends.  

Even as seniors in high school I recall telling Old Boy that the girls needed to get a life, they most often than not spent weekend evenings at home with us.  I never complained, just thought it was odd because we were always out and about on the weekends or would be in the basement watching movies, not sitting in the living room with the family.

K was never much of one to enjoy being away from home.  Could pry count on both hands how many times she spent the night with friends at their homes in all her school years, she could usually talk her friends into coming to our place instead.  Never complained and still don’t, really enjoyed all those years.  

Bubba is a different cat, he will go and do with his buddies and even spend the night here and there, a few times he’s even gone for the entire weekend.  The boys are fishing, roping and sitting around the bond fire in our yard almost daily.  So different from his sister.  Can only imagine what his high school years are going to be like…he’s already had four girlfriends that I know of, three who’ve been here to “hang out”.  Lord help me with this one!  

This past weekend was Father’s Day.  Decided to go a bit crazy with my dad this year being I’m always treating mom, she’d easy to get little things for…dad, not so much.  Late in the day Sunday Bubba and I went to where dad was roping to take his basket.  One of the many things in the basket was a bottle of Black Velvet.  Dad was tickled, mother was not.  I’ve gotten an ear from her twice now.  Note…no more booze for grampa!  

But you know, being the baby of the family…it’s my job to cause problems!  🙂



Monday 19. June 2017


Enjoying summer at the homestead, going whichever the way the wind blows lately.

Have been enjoying taking over cattle chores.  The four longhorns aren’t very nice to Herman, our little guy, don’t like to let him up to the bunk until the corn is gone…have been bonding with him, Kirk would say SPOILING him, such a sweet little guy!

Slowly getting the weeding done among all the flowers, loving watching them start to bloom.  The lilies are going crazy right now.

Enjoyed an entire weekend to myself this past weekend, the boys had a two day roping in southern Iowa.