Friday, November 5, 2010

Billy the Deer Dog

Uncle Ordie Watts of Monticello, Arkansas did an unusual thing back in the 1970's. He had a young billy goat that he put in the pen with his deer dogs. The goat started thinking he was a dog. He would try to bark and he would run with the other dogs through the woods to flesh out the deer. Ordie painted "GOAT" on both sides of "Billy" to make sure he didn't get shot. The story of this was published in the Arkansas Gazette Newspaper.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Almost Heaven

Dad and me - sitting, talking in a West Virginia, cold, clear mountain stream.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Pink Galleon

Watercolor effect (below) on a photo I took inside The Pink Galleon.

Judy vs. Jack - "The Thrilla in Monticilla"

Poor Jack.  To be so accomplished, handsome and intelligent, "pert near perfect", a fine specimen of a man and to be treated this way!! :-)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September Trip to Arkansas

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Spent a week visiting Mom and working on projects along with my Uncle Jack and Aunt Judy from West Virginia. It was great seeing them and having time with Jack to talk about Dad and solve the world's problems. Click here for more pictures

Friday, August 27, 2010

Theme song of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"

The Musicians performing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Friday, August 13, 2010

Don's Photos

A wonderful set of photos that my father-in-law, Don Phillips, took during his travels around the world. 

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Podcast Site

Two new episodes on my podcast site. Three hundred ten followers and I don't even know them. Guess they like down to earth "folk art" if you want to call it that.  The newest episode is of mom trying to sing and dad joining in but forgetting the lyrics.  The one below it is my uncles Ordie and Carl talking about my great uncle Joe shooting the "mule" by accident.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Domesticated Moths

It takes patience to train a moth to be still like this one.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

One of my favorite photos

I took this photo in 1997 in the Milwalkee Art Museum. It was a short stop on our first trip to Door County.

Uncle Ordie

Uncle Ordie Watts
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Podcast of Ordie talking about old times

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fun in Branson

Mom met us in Branson over the weekend and we really enjoyed ourselves. It was mom's first outing like this in the past 1.5 years. More pics can be found on my smugmug site.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Flag My Country

I thank all those who fought for our freedom and rights and who made this nation great. Freedom isn't free. I remember my seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard and often wish I had stayed in for twenty. May God Bless our Country and may everyone have a wonderful and safe July 4th holiday weekend.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day to Dad and all you Father's out there.

Happy Father's Day Dad.  I'll remember and love you forever.

Thank you Lord

I spent the morning and early afternoon at Bennett Springs.  It was beautiful.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Spent a week at Mom's to work on several projects including repairs to Dad's workshop and cleaning out and organizing everything.  Here are pictures of the yard, the fence, house and outlining property.

Friday, April 16, 2010

All That I Live Slide Show

The message is alright but my posting this is to point out yet another cool service and technology. I may try creating a PowerPoint slide show like this for a set of photos.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter 2010

Visited Mom Saturday and Sunday. Took this photo after church and our lunch at Western Sizzler.  Spring weather is helping us feel better after a long and difficult 2009.  Uncle Ordie having advanced bone cancer is our concern now.  We visited with him after we took this photo and changed clothes. Ordie and I shared a lot of memories and before leaving we exchanged a good long look and said our "I love U's". We owe our parents, aunts and uncles so much when you think about it.

I brought out into the yard at least 30 potted plants from Dad's old work shop that were stored there through the winter.  Now Mom has something to do. She called the back of the yard her "sick bay" and she tells the plants "once you get to looking better I'll move you up to the patio".

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Seaman Totten

When I was a young man in basic training in the U.S. Coast Guard.

My Father-in-Law

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Uncle Ordie

Me and my uncle Ordie Watts.
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Theodore Howard Totten and the initials THT should have been TNT according to my Dad. In my recent podcast episode Mom explains how he got his name. Click here to be directed to Mom's audio recording.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dad's Gone but not Forgotten

Dad passed away on November 28, 2009 at the age of 75. The cause of death was congestive heart failure which was brought on from the condition of his lungs and a weak heart. Dad passed away 2 weeks after his 18th chemo session. His lungs were scarred from 50 years of smoking, he had emphysema and cancer had come back on the right lung (the one he had partially removed earlier in the year). He passed away approximately 8 months after being diagnosed with cancer. The surgeon said he was stage III and almost IV. We really had no idea just how little time he had left. Dad was loved and we talked every day. What a lucky man I am to have had him as my father. There are pictures of him on my smugmug web site.

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