Tall Tales from the Patterson Ranch

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St. Patrick’s Day 2009

March 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Ulster Flag
Saturday, the 14th of March, we hosted our annual St. Patrick’s day bash. We had 22 people total, which was one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had (other than our insane wedding reception). We enjoyed tons of delicious eats and drinks. Doug ground the lamb himself for the shepherd’s pie, which was *amazing!* We also had a wonderful potato and leek soup, corned beef & cabbage, smoked salmon with capers, and salad.

Shepherd’s Pie
shepherds pie

As the night went on, the beer and whiskey were flowing and we all had a great time.

Tab and Pritee
Me and Pritee

‘Deep’ conversation

Ish even broke out the green turban for St. Pat’s!
Ish enjoying his sidecar

On March 17th we went to Kansas City for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade! It’s always the biggest city-wide celebration. The weather was warm and several of us got a slight sunburn, which was quite a change for usual St. Pat’s weather. The parade lasted a little over two hours and was really cool.

Ginormous inflatable St. Patrick!
St. PatrickParade Time
Humane Society Wiener Dog
Mid Continent Library
Purgatory Tattoo
Irish Cowtown

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Parade Time

December 15th, 2008 · No Comments

December 6th was the Jefferson City Christmas Parade. They had so many entries, we stood out there for an hour and a half and didn’t even get to see half of the parade. But, it was so cold we couldn’t take anymore!

Me and mom Mom was so bundled up, you could barely recognize her.

Me and Jon Me and my little brother, freezing our butts off.

Dad rode in the parade with Toys for Tots and Keegen got to ride with him (that’s him in the Santa hat)!


JonathanPopcorn Paige

Jon and AmyMy brother and sister-in-law were having a blast.

Fire Color Guard

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

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Christmas Season Has Begun!

December 14th, 2008 · No Comments

We’ve been busy over here decorating, visiting, and shopping. We’re almost finished decorating and shopping, but the visiting has barely started! So, if you haven’t seen us yet you probably will soon. On the 7th of December, we opened presents and celebrated at my parents’ house in Jefferson City.

Keegen and Paige

Sue Watching


Our niece, Paige, was so good all day and this is the first year she really got into opening her gifts. It was fun to watch.





Our nephew, Keegen, started out having a BLAST, but at some point he got very tired and it kinda soured from there.

Keegen Watching

Keegen Running


He loved the guitar we got him! Keegen

Keegen Pouting

You get kids all these great gifts and what do they play with? The BOX!

Keegen and Paige in a Box

Doug and I had a great time too, but he somehow dodged the camera all weekend!

Tab Opening

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Christmas Decorations

December 12th, 2008 · No Comments

We finally got the dining room, aka The Christmas Tree Room, cleaned up and decorated for the holidays. Here are some pics.

Our Christmas Tree next to the fireplace.

An up-close and personal with some ornaments.

We even have some presents under the tree and its not even the 24th yet!

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Fall at the Patterson Ranch

October 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Close-up of the maple tree out back.

Its Fall again, and this year the trees around our yard have been fantastic! We had lots of rain these past couple of months, so the leaves have been slow to drop and have beautiful color. Friday afternoon, it was bright and sunny, so I grabbed our camera and started walking around the yard to see what I could image. My walk just made me even more satisfied with my decision to move out here.

Our maple tree out front.

Our Pond

Close-up of our maple tree out front.

Our neighbor's 4H project.

Our neighbor's bean field, finally drying out.

Ripples in our pond

Reflections in our pond.

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July 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Our annual ‘Blow-Stuff-Up’ party was small this year. Unfortunately schedules kept most of our friends from being able to attend. Most of our family was there, and we all had a good time. It was a hot day and many enjoyed the coolness of our new pool. We gave up on the pop-up pool with the inflatable ring. The plastic had degraded significantly, and it wasn’t worth keeping up with the patches any longer, so we got a metal frame pool. So far, this pool is working a LOT better, and its bigger and deeper, as this month’s water bill bears out.

Everyone having fun in the pool.

We had our normal type of display with the majority of our money being spent on the mortar-launched aerial bombs. We like those a lot! :D Not all of our stuff was up in the air, though. We also had a fair assortment of fountains including one that we really liked from last year called Lava Lamp. Similar, but bigger, than the Lava Lamp is the Solar Storm fountain. With a SOHO image of the Sun at solar max, how could I not get it? All of our fireworks this year, and for the third year running, were purchased from the Fireworks Supermarket in Odessa. They have demos of their stuff on-line if you’d like to see a video of the fountains.

Mortar shot at our party. Lava Lamp fountain at our party.

The following weekend, Higginsville had its fireworks display at the Fairgrounds Park. Being a small town with a smaller audience, they can do more than just the standard aerial bombs that you typically see, although they have plenty of those too. They have a lot of large fountains and roman candles, and their finale is just awesome! Unfortunately this year, the wind was blowing straight toward the crowd, so we had to endure a lot of smoke and cardboard shrapnel. It was worth it!

Huge professional-grade fountains at the Higginsville fireworks show.

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Progress Report: Kitchen

March 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Just in time for our St. Pat’s party, we got most of the new kitchen floor put down. The only parts of the floor left to do are under the fridge and the china cabinet. To see the rest of our progress on the kitchen, check out the permanant page, Kitchen, linked on the right sidebar. Here’s a couple of quick pics of the new floor. This is the same product we used in the bathroom except in an 18″ size instead of the 12″.

New kitchen floor

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Tab and I would like to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Toss a pint o’ Guinness or have a couple fingers of good whiskey and enjoy the company of friends and family. We had an Irish dinner last Saturday (pictures to come) and it went very well. Good friends, good food, good libations, good times. :)

A Traditional Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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A Christmas Gift of History

January 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

My aunt did something extra special for the family this year for Christmas, and especially for us grandkids. She put together a collection of Irish crystal and porcelain, some of which belonged to our grandparents, some of which was purchased for their similarity to items my grandparents have. Heres is a picture of what we received to begin our own collection of Irish linen, porcelain, and crystal.

Irish pottery starter collection

The Belleek pieces can be easily dated by the nature of the stamp on the bottom of the piece. Our two vases have the 2nd and 3rd Green Mark. You can learn more about Belleek Pottery and the meaning of the marks at Marion Langham’s site.

2nd Green Mark on the small vase   3rd Green Mark on the large vase

We haven’t done enough reading to know how to date the Wade pieces we have, but they are from Wade of Ireland factory which is no longer around. You can still find Irish Wade being sold, though, so it will be easy enough to grow our collection.

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New Bathroom Pics …finally

December 29th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Well, at long last, I’ve gotten around to taking pics of the new bathroom. The demo started in July and the fixtures were in place and working within a month, but it took me a bit longer to finish all of the drywall work, the floor, and trim. We ran into some strange surprises during the demolition. Here’s some quick before and after shots. You can read the whole story about the bathroom remodel on the static page Downstairs Bathroom.

Here’s the bathroom before the fix (notice the lack of any bathing apparatus).
Downstairs bathroom before the big renovation

Here’s a shot from the same angle as the one above. We put in a 48″ shower stall and moved the washing machine downstairs next to the dryer.
Downstairs bathroom after the remodel

The old vanity didn’t fit with the new shower, which was fine because it was old and water damaged. It needed replacing anyway.
The new vanity

Best of all is the new sign on the door. …not that people will need a sign to know what the room is once they open the door. ;)
Washroom sign

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