Chance Encounter

I’ve been busy learning all the ins-n-outs of my new camera and spending quite a few hours (days) watching Youtube videos on how to use Adobe Lightroom.  I was driving home the other day from my parents and just happened to witness this on the side of the road!


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How freaking cool is that! I was able to pull my car up and snap a few photos… he was no more than 10 feet away and didn’t seem to even notice me, until Myles jumped up and started barking. I was shaking so bad from the excitement and couldn’t believe that I had my camera right there with me. You don’t see images like this in the cities!

My ankle is healing quite nicely and I’ve stopped using the brace. I’m still being quite careful as I don’t want to re-injure it. Things are quite in the cabin… still patiently waiting for this snow to clear. I’m fine with the weather right now, it’s giving me ample opportunity to enjoy my new found (actually I had two years of photography in High School, so it’s not really new) hobby.

Anyway… one more for the road. Just a quick pic of one of my Moms house plants… if it only looked this rich in real life… man I love Adobe Lightroom!


Stay warm!


In Nebraska searching for babe

So here I am in the beautiful state of Nebraska visiting my favorite internet friends. I haven’t “gotten into any trouble”, like my Mother cautioned, but I did wind up twisting my ankle on the steps. I think I have my Mom’s same bad karma. Now I’m sitting here on the couch with an ankle the size of a melon… I dare not walk on it too much. My trip may consist of doing nothing but sitting… I would like to try to visit the zoo here, but I’m not sure if I will be walking in time 😦 Maybe I can find one of those fancy mobile scooters to rent. The weather here is about 20* warmer than Minnesota and it’s nice to go outside and not see piles of snow.

After many phone calls and various google searches, we managed to track down Robin (aka babe25); Kevin wasn’t much help but he was fun to talk too… HI KEVIN! We haven’t spoken to Robin since January 5, 2013 when she finally got “grounded for life.” I guess it’s a “Southern thang” to ground your 31 year old daughter. I remember our internet exploits fondly: the special hotdog and of course, the squirt pillow. Oh babe25… how I miss your toothless smile.

Victoria made an amazing pizza my first night here… home made dough and everything. Last night we had McDonalds and I got the worst fries I’ve ever tasted… I was quickly reminded why I hate fast food and I SWEAR I’m done eating that crap now. Tonight I make meatloaf; Gene’s favorite (sorry buddy I don’t think they will let me bring the leftovers on the plane). Well that’s it for now… hopefully I make it to that zoo!DSC_0051 DSC_0089 DSC_0097 DSC_0103 DSC_0111

Emotional Rollercoaster

Hello strangers! The last few weeks have been pretty crazy for my family and me. My parents ran into trouble on their trip to Florida. My mom tripped on a curb and broke both the fibula and tibia in her ankle, and that was pretty much the end of the trip. She spent a week in the hospital down in Florida and wound up having surgery to put in titanium “pins.”  My parents are “motorcycle enthusiasts” for those that don’t know… and this was a trip they were planning for some time (it was the reason I was dog sitting). My Mom had to ride in the back of the pickup all the way home to Minnesota. My Mom has also been having some health problems lately and was scheduled for a biopsy today… thankfully that came out well and the preliminary results don’t show any signs of cancer. I spent the majority of the day with my Dad at the hospital awaiting the results. As if things couldn’t be more fucked up… my Uncle Mike (my Mom’s brother) passed away in a head on collision in Colorado Saturday night. I’ve had my hands full… so sorry I haven’t updated lately. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put all of this in my blog, but I know some of you rely on this for updates on how things are going with me… I’m hanging in there. Things are definitely less of an emotional mess now that I don’t have to worry about another parent with cancer.

On a happy note and spur of the moment decision: I’m flying to Nebraska tomorrow evening to spend time with some of my close internet friends… my Stickam family. LONG LIVE BABE25!!!! This will be a week long, much needed, “mental” vacation. I need to hurry up and write this post so I can finish packing…

I FINALLY received my new Nikon camera and will put up some pics at the end of this post. It was a little expensive, but well worth the investment. It’s a Nikon D32oo for all you camera buffs. You can bet I will be taking TONS of pictures during my trip. I also finally shot some video that will be going up on the YOUTUBE CHANNEL as soon as I find time to edit it!!!

Next time you hear from me I will be in Nebraska… stay warm!

Boys and their toys:

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The girls are still cozy warm in their new “winter coop”

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Gene… being Gene… got his wheeler stuck TWICE today!

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The kitchen floor that we finished tiling


And Finally the bed frame 🙂

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