Monday, April 06, 2020

Crazy Times

The JoAnn Fabric store where I live is still allowing patrons inside the store, but only 10 at a time.  This was the line outside the store when I was there this afternoon.  The majority of the people were there to purchase fabric to make face masks, as was I.  

The store also provides a service where you can order online and pick up curb-side a few hours later.
Shout out to JoAnn's for providing thousands upon thousands of face-mask kits at no charge.  How awesome is that?
Just sew a mask (or 10) and donate them to a facility that needs them.

By God's grace this hideous virus will end soon and we'll be able to get back to close-encounters-of-the-social-kind, much needed and much desired.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

In The Midst of the Virus

The United States, along with other areas in the world, is currently in the throes of the Coronavirus19.  It's a drag and it's scary.  The isolation might do just as much damage as the virus, although that statement might be a stretch.

Since I haven't posted in such a long time, I just gathered together a few photos I've taken over the past several months.  I still try to get out every day and always have my camera with me, but my local West Texas area is pretty void of photo ops.

Several months ago I signed up to take horseback riding lessons.  After each lesson I stick around and try to get some good shots.    It's still winter here in West Texas, so it's not very green or lush.
I was hoping I could get to some ranch rodeos this spring, but I guess those plans are on hold this year.

When I first relocated here I managed to connect with a local photographer who was looking for an assistant.  This was from a senior photo shoot~~the mom and brother were checking out some of his shots.  It was a beautiful day, but again, not very green.  This shoot was completed before "social distancing" became the norm.  How I long for those days again.

One of the local collages has several of these very cool sculptures outside the library.  

There's an historical village not too far outside of town.  I went there one day to see what I could get photos of.  Unfortunately it had just rained and they wouldn't allow anyone inside the buildings in an effort to preserve the structures, so I was only able to walk around outside.  This building was obviously the barber shop. 

Hopeful we won't be required by the gov't to stay inside our homes and I'll still be able to get out to public outdoor places even if I am alone.  In that case I can still be making photos even if I am alone.
God have mercy on our country and the rest of the world.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

It's Almost the End of the Decade

Not only is it almost the end of the decade, but it's only the 4th post this year.  
A lot has happened this year, but there's been a lot of down-time too, so there's no excuse for not posting more than 4 times.

In a nutshell:

**I spent the winter in Hawaii
**I stopped in Texas on my way home from Hawaii for
my grandson's 1st birthday in April
**In mid-June I packed up and moved to Texas
**In mid-July I traveled to Fairbanks, Ak to visit one son and meet his
girlfriend who is from Australia and was also visiting him
**On the way home from Alaska I stopped in San Diego, CA for a 
couple of weeks to visit with another son
**As soon as I got to TX in June I began establishing myself in the things that
make up daily life, i.e:
Photo Group
Dinner with friends
Finding doctors & dentist
Spending time at the pool
and so on...

West Texas is not the most scenic and photogenic of areas so I've been working at finding photo ops, which is no easy feat around here, thank you very much.  So the following are just a sampling of some of the images I've managed to make in the past 6 months.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

My Random Days

I've been such a slacker about posting to this blog.  It's a situation that's been getting worse and worse over the years.  Why?  I don't know.  But I haven't been inactive.  

My hiking group, taken last fall before I left for Hawaii.
I'm posting a photo-a-day on Flickr and a photo-a-week in another forum through facebook.  I guess it's easier in those places because I don't have to think of what to say.

Taken at the Mall in Albany, NY.  Capitol building in background.
My life situation is changing.  I'm currently living in a small tow-behind trailer on my daughter's property and will soon be relocating to Texas to be with my other daughter who is having her second baby at the end of July.  I've never even wanted to visit Texas, let alone live there but 
I've learned along the way never say "never" to God.  He just laughs
and you usually wind up doing the thing you most don't want to do or are afraid to do.

So here I go on a new adventure.  I've secured an apartment (oh the joy of living alone!!), I found a church, I know where the Starbucks is and the library and the other coffee shop, and a photo group and I've googled a few hiking trails (if you can call it hiking in flat Texas).  

Sunday afternoon in downtown Abilene
Now I just have to work on finding or establishing a book group, a sewing group and finding all new medical/dental providers and I'll be good to go.  I'll be about 20 minutes from my daughter.

So in the meantime I spend my days running errands, making plans, finishing up my doctor/dentist appointments, attending the grandkid's spring concerts and grandson's AAU basketball games, telling my friends I'm leaving and trying to spend some time with them, and of course, taking photos. 

I'm also knitting a baby blanket~~I started it mainly to have something to do in the evenings but then I remembered a friend's son is having their first baby in July, so that works out great.   

Beautiful color blue for new baby boy. (pic is not true to color)

Granddaughter's spring concert.  Band & chorus.

 So now we're just waiting for spring to arrive for real here in upstate NY.  There's hope...I guess.  It was 43 this morning and it's Memorial Day weekend.  Sheesh.


Friday, February 01, 2019


Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save these who trust in You
From those who rise up against them
       Psalm 17:6-7

Manoa Falls is on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  The hike is 1.6 miles RT uphill but not terrible and it ends at a waterfall/pool.   Some steps along the way.  The trail was pretty wet near the top but otherwise pretty well groomed.  We did the trail on a Sat morning so it was very crowded.
We started out at a Tea House, then made our way 
 to the trail which was a short drive from the Tea House.

Off to the left of the trail to the waterfall is another trail leading to an arboretum which
I hope to get to some time this winter.  
There usually aren't very many flowers blooming in the arboretums in 
Hawaii during the winter, but they're pretty interesting

Britt & Betty.  
Britt recovering from rotator cuff surgery and 
Betty being her usual self.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

 Nine Corner Lake Hike

Three of us headed out this morning for a winter hike.  It was VERY the time we got to the trailhead it was minus 5.  (It warmed up to about 13 by the time we got back to the car)  But it was lovely.  For a change the sun was out and there was no wind at all.  It was about 2 miles round-trip but the route in was a lot of uphill so it was a challenge.

This friendly stuffed animal greeted us at the sign-in.  It made me smile.

On the way out we stopped to take our group pic.   

We stopped at our favorite local cafe for lunch and some fun conversation.  On my way home I stopped to get gas and saw that there was an offer of a free scoop of ice-cream in any coffee drink purchased.  I over-indulged and got my preferred drink of iced-coffee  with a scoop of Brew-Ha-Ha ice cream. Totally decadent.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Almost Year's End

"Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written".  Jn 21:25

I was just looking back on the posts from this year, a paltry 4 before this one.  I can hardly believe that's all I posted.  Where has the year gone?  And how bad of me that I didn't post more!  And just 4 posts in spite of my determination to post at least once a week.  Ooops.

So much has happened this year both good and sad.  I stayed in NY last winter for the first time in 10 years.  It was nasty cold with a lot of snow, but my hiking buddies and I managed to get out to snowshoe or use spikes almost once a week, which made the winter a little more tolerable. 

This Fall we continued finding trails and the one below is one of the last hikes we did before the weather turned snowy.

Last April my youngest daughter and her husband were blessed with their firstborn child.  James made his arrival three weeks early but completely healthy and happy.  The parents are over the moon.

8 months in this picture

In May my oldest grandson graduated from college.

         This past summer one of our hiking buddies passed away after a 2-year long struggle with bone cancer.  I was out of state at the time.  We think about her every time we hike.  She is missed.

In early October I attended my 50th College Reunion in Jamestown, ND.  I hadn't been back or seen anyone from my class in all those years.    Everyone reconnected so easily and we had such a great time.  It was a bittersweet weekend.

           In late November my second oldest grandson began his BB season so I spend a lot of time attending his games.  After this year's season there are only two more seasons to go.  That is, until the little guy starts sports.

 That's a quick review of the past year.  In between the big events were all the mundane activities that make up a life.  Sometimes those mundane things seem bothersome or annoying or pointless.  When I feel that way I try to remember how much I'm blessed 
*with good health
*with family
*with adequate finances
*with friends
*with a nice home
*and on it goes
Basically I try to keep things in perspective.