Monday, November 30, 2009

What was I thinking?

OK, I admit it.  I wanted to be a cool mom.  I have always been willing to try something at least once.  Well, I tried it.

This was two years ago in Florida with my daughter, Amber, and her friend, Kassidi.  We are getting instructions on how to fly through the air with the greatest of ease on a flying trapeze.


As we get tied into this contraption I am starting to wonder what I've gotten myself into....

Uh oh.  I don't want to let go of the bar.

They took us way up high.  At this point I have a death grip on Amber and Kassidi.

Can you hear the screaming and hysterical laughter?

Once again I really don't want to let go of the bar.  I'm afraid I might fall down now.

This very attractive picture of me was taken shortly before I threw up.  I won't be doing that ride again.

If you would like to experience other slices of life, check out My World Tuesday.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Desert Heat

The sun blazed, searing her eyes, parching her throat.  

He laughed and said, "Your hair is so dry it's sticking to the roof."

She sighed.

This is my first attempt at Microfiction Monday.
I don't tweet.  Maybe I need more practice.

Summer's Remains

Look for live flowers at Today's Flowers!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Our noble beast, Brogan, is an Irish Wolfhound, and no, we don't put a saddle on him even though he's almost as big as a horse.

Cat Ballou, better known as Lulu, loves Brogan.

Sometimes I'm not sure the feelings are reciprocated, but he tolerates her.  After all, she is a cat.

There are more animal friends to be found at Camera Critters.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vernal's Dinosaur

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Home Sweet Home

This is the front of our house.  I like to call it "nouveau farmhouse style" because it kind of looks like a farmhouse but it has high tech windows, blown insulation and steel siding and roof.  Brogan is the guard dog.  The window above the garage is my blogging room with a view.

We park the flatbed trailer in the llama pasture to make more room for car parking in the driveway.  See the woodpile?

Here's a little piece of that woodpile. I hauled in wood on Saturday.

These pictures are perhaps a little mundane but this is my world, where I live, where I spend a lot of time and I truly love it here.

Anais Nin said, "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."

This is how I feel about blogging memes and making new friends through blogging, that a new world has been born out of my world because it is now seen through different eyes.  Sometimes I will post a picture or say something then find a surprising comment that is like a little revelation.  I like thinking that our connections are creating a new, friendly and encouraging world.  I also enjoy viewing blogs from around the world and learn something new from that as well.

This morning's view from my room is beautiful.

Thank you to all my creative blogging friends!  And thanks to Janie of Utah for saying, "You should start a blog..."

To see what else is happening around the world, visit My World Tuesday.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Still life in the cemetery

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Llama treats

Llamas like oats and corn as a treat but they live on grass hay, consuming much less than what horses eat.  Also, they don't beat a pasture down into dirt either.

This morning I went out to feed them and then laid in the dirt to take pictures.  Just another day in a blogger's life.

Spud came over first for a bite.

Skipper was making sure it wasn't a bone for him.

Wally came over next.

Domino was last.  She is usually the most piggish and will spit at the other llamas to make sure she gets the most.  They don't spit at us.

Corn, anyone?

See what other critters are doing at Camera Critters.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Clear skies

This farm house is still standing with a little propping up.

Check out Sky Watch Friday for other glorious views from around the world.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Betsy inspired me to post this picture of my old car.  I bought it for $500 because it was the only car that started on the day I went car hunting and that was all I had to spend.  It's a 1963 Studebaker Lark and I loved it even though it was difficult to find parts for it.  I'm posing in my more fit and younger days somewhere in southeast Idaho.

Check out other nostalgic posts at Remember Whensday.

Monday, November 16, 2009

It begins.....

Winter is official even if the calendar says wait until December.  It was very cold last night.  It will probably look like this in my front yard until April.  Some years it's much deeper than this, some years it's not.  We shall see.

A magpie checks out the fog and snow from up high.

Flowers put on their snow caps.

I struggle with maintaining a cheerful attitude about winter, but it's My World with a little Macro Monday thrown in.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Salt Marsh and Sailboats

Here we explored a state park south of Ventura that Joni wanted to check out.  It had very nice camping spots.  It was a much different environment than what I'm used to seeing.

There were beautiful tall grasses waving in the wind,

succulents covering the dune,

and pretty yellow flowers blooming.

And then Joni offered to take a picture of me at the beach!  Proof I was really here.  We sat on the beach and watched the sailboats for awhile. relaxing!

This is a combo post.  It's Scenic Sunday, Today's Flowers AND my 300th post!  Wow.  Not to mention the end of my California trip.  Two weeks of posts from a five day trip that will hopefully carry me through the winter weather that is now setting in at home.

Friday, November 13, 2009

More birds

OK, is this not one of the funniest beaks you've ever seen?

How do these birds fly so close to the water without just falling in?

Hiding in the sand after chasing waves and bugs

More cute animals are hiding at Camera Critters!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Beach Umbrella

Ocean skies are quite often hazy from all the moisture in the air.  Here is a "typical" beach scene, but then I got to playing around with the camera.

My sister was so excited to get this umbrella for only $10!

While sitting under it I became captivated with the structure, colors and light shining through.

It's fun to experiment with composition too.

All in a "day's work" at the beach!

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