Monthly Archives: May 2015



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Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized


Things I’m thankful for

  1. My dependable, loyal and trustworthy wife
  2. My delightful daughter
  3. My family’s relatively good health
  4. My patient, easy-going and steady-as-they-come parents
  5. My in-laws, who are so generous with their time and talents
  6. And I’m thankful that I didn’t grow up in a Cardinals household.

I absolutely, positively, genuinely detest the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


On Maisa’s last day, she poses with photo of her first day


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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


Maisa’s kindergarten art


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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


A good day

Jill and I helped with Maisa’s “Field Day” today. The kids did all kinds of fun games outside on the last day of school.

Then we picked her up at the final bell (she got to skip “after-school” today, and I used a vacation day) and we ate at Chic Fil-A.

Now we look forward to Zack Greinke on the mound tonight as our beloved Bums try for their fifth win in six games.

Only one bad thing about today: The Dodgers traded Juan Uribe, Jill and Maisa’s favorite player. 😞

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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


Danish pride

The Ankeny Kramers traveled to Elk Horn on Saturday and enjoyed the Danish town’s Memorial Day festival. Wish we’d arrived a little sooner to see the parade, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

Iowa has so many of those neat little towns like Elk Horn. If I had more time I would like to see more of them. Lots of opportunities in our fine state for “mini-vacations” and day trips.

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


From feast to famine

No sport has a better sense of humor than baseball.

Five days ago, all the commentators were talking about how the Dodgers’ offense had been historically good through the first six weeks of the season. They were hitting homers and scoring runs at an unfathomable pace.

Then of course the Dodgers went cold, scoring a grand total of zero runs in 35 innings stretching from Sunday to tonight. That tied a Los Angeles Dodgers record for longest scoring drought.

So in about 72 hours, Dodger fans went from “Our offense can pound any team into submission” to “I have no idea how we’re going to score a run in this game.”

Luckily the Dodgers had Zack Greinke and Kenley Jansen on the mound tonight, and two runs were enough to beat San Diego 2-1. Rookie Joc Pederson hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Uncategorized