Tracks… or deer?

•January 16, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Try a combo, neighborhood kids making use of the hill and the dozen or so deer that like to wander around the yard. It is gorgeous out tho with that blue sky and blanket of white snow..

The Dig Out Begins!

•January 15, 2022 • Leave a Comment

We got over a foot of snow yesterday, weather man said we were below normal snow totals but I am pretty sure we made up for it in a day….Cant remember the last time we got this much snow. Its beautiful and peaceful to look at, but cant say the digging out part is a joy.. Thanks Mother Nature!

Turned Out Pretty Good

•December 28, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Atleast I think so……

I did some art for my sisters for Christmas. I forgot to take final photos but had my sis take photos of one I did for her. I think they turned out nice, and look great framed…

Happy Birthday Iowa

•December 28, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Here are some Iowa facts….

December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state  

Flower…Prairie Rose

Tree…Burr Oak

Bird…Eastern Goldfinch


The word “Iowa” comes form the American Indian tribe of the same name.

Iowa became the 29th state on December 28, 1846.

Iowa is the only state bordered by two navigable rivers; the Missouri River to the west and the Mississippi River to the east.

The capital of Iowa is Des Moines, although Iowa City was first

Iowa’s nickname is the Hawkeye state.

Iowa has 3 state universities: Iowa State University,(Cyclones) University of Iowa, (Hawkeyes) and University of Northern Iowa.

The world’s first electronic digital computer was built and operated by researchers at Iowa State University in the 1930’s

Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only person to die during Lewis and Clark’s historic journey, is buried in Sioux City.

Iowa Timeline

1673 – Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette are the first Europeans to visit Iowa.

1682 – Robert de La Salle claims Iowa for France as part of the Louisiana Territory.

1788 – The first permanent settlement is established in Dubuque.

1803 – Iowa becomes part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase.

1804 – Explorers Lewis and Clark travel through Iowa on their way to the Pacific Ocean.

1808 – Fort Madison is built by the U.S. Army.

1812 – Iowa becomes part of the Missouri Territory.

1832 – The Black Hawk War occurs.

1838 – The Iowa Territory is established.

1846 – Iowa is admitted to the Union becoming the 29th state.

1857 – Des Moines becomes the capital city.

1928 – Iowan Herbert Hoover is elected the 31st U.S. president

Doesnt Look Like Summer

•December 8, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Its crazy weather. One day it is in the 30’s next day 50 or 60. Make up your mind already. But it definetly does not look green any more.

Neal Smith Trail

•November 16, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Went for a quick walk this morning. Didn’t have my camera but I took some shots with my phone. Still alot of pretty colors but the leaves are falling fast. Not to mention it was windy and chilly and I wasn’t dressed for the cooler temps. All the same tho it was a pretty morning just to get out.

Fall Clouds

•November 4, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Horse of Course

•November 2, 2021 • 2 Comments

Im still working on horses and probably will continue to do so. I have been doing different areas of the horse. But ya know sometimes it is difficult to sketch and draw when you have a cat leaning over your shoulder watching what you do. And he keeps coming back no matter how many times he is moved.

I need to work on the eyes for sure..The one of just the ears different one.

As always, thank you for looking and have a wonderful and safe day.

Land of Mushrooms

•November 1, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Ever have moments where you see or hear something and it takes you back to your childhood? Growing up the doors of my bedroom had mushrooms on them. They were there when we moved in and we just left them. But for whatever reason I would just stare at them. I could imagine little creatures and faeries running through this forest of mushrooms and I could see myself riding my horse along trails made by the mushroom creatures. I had a good imagination lol. The mushrooms were different colors but mostly had the same shape.

Im not sure if the mushrooms are still there or if they have been painted over. But I picked up some drawing books at the library and I saw the mushrooms in one and it just took me back to that room growing up. I asked my sister if she remembered them, I got a nope.. Thats ok, i remember them with a smile..


•October 31, 2021 • Leave a Comment

My first attempt at drawing a non stick horse.. I do kind of like it but it is far from perfect which is what i like about it.

Libraries…A Community Must Have

•October 30, 2021 • 2 Comments

Libraries are good for communities, I think they are essential. Not just for people, like me who just love reading, but they offer so much. They offer kids of all ages a place to go after school if they need to for homework, research or just whatever. My library has a place designated for children and a space for teenagers. They not only offer books and dvds, but they have tablets, a computer area, copying and printing, a book sales area.

Other Examples: GENEALOGY…. my library, I dont know if they all do this, offers free access to you can access it at the library or you can access it at home. I have used this many times. I think going into the libraries you have more access to features than when you log on at home. ABCMouse……an online interactive thing for young kids, has reading, language arts, math, science etc. A WORLD CINEMA COLLECTION…..foreign films etc. Not my thing but could be for someone. Maps, Travel, Food, other genalogy access, jobs. The list goes on and on

It even gives access to our local newspaper.

It also has activities for kids, book clubs, scrapbook clubs when I was in today, was told ignore anything that looks out of place as lastnight they had lazer tag going on. I am thinking ok interest8ng. My library is 2 stories so plenty of room I suppose.

And one thing I thought was great is The Adventure Pass. Iowa libraries give free access to certain attractions. It gives passes for 2 adults and 2 kids. Did i mention its FREE? You can get passes for the Zoo, Botanical Center, Science Center and a couple other places. Its an awesome program, especially with the rising prices. They do fill up quick so you do have to plan these trips. And different libraries in different parts of the state probably offer passes for their area attractions.

My library recently did an overhaul/Update and it looks good. And I really do like my library they offer alot, the staff are super nice and helpful and its just a nice space to be in.

So check out your library, might be suprised at what they offer..

Happy Friday

•October 29, 2021 • 1 Comment

It’s finally Friday. A day most people look forward to as it signals the end of the work week. For me Friday has brought an end to the rain! Finally it’s over, but it’s still cloudy and very windy. And next week will be even colder. But that is ok, summer was long and hot and it’s finally Fall.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend planned.

Just Gloomy

•October 28, 2021 • 1 Comment

Its a gloomy Thursday morning. Its been raining off and on since the weekend and even tho we need the rain, like everyone else, im kind of over it. But I went outside to grab a few pics with my phone, got soaked and now im chilled. Its a chilly rain, i can say that. Everything does look pretty even tho its wet and gloomy. Pics arent the best cause I resized them smaller than I had intended.. But Gotta love Fall on days like this even if it is gloomy and makes you want to nap.. Its a Good day to snuggle with the furbabies and read a book I have been meaning to.

Enjoy your Thursday everyone!

Madison County Countryside

•October 26, 2021 • 6 Comments

Madison County, Iowa Parks

•October 25, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Visited a couple parks in Madison County over the weekend. They are located outside of Winterset or you can get to them through the Winterset City Park… The picture at the botton, you do drive across that to get to the rest of the park on the other side. You dont want to drive across if there’s alot of water tho, but what was there wasn’t bad.

I See You

•October 24, 2021 • Leave a Comment

You never know when your being watched or by who….

Back Roads

•October 23, 2021 • Leave a Comment

What is it about Back roads, Country Roads, Dirt Roads, whatever you want to call them? A lot of people make fun of me cause im a Back Roads type, I love driving back roads, especially in the fall. You see so much more than jumping on an interstate or any highway and flying 70 mph. I have nothing against highways, they get you where you need to go and sometimes you have no choice but to take them. I just prefer taking a different route.

I think my dad got me started on my love of back roads. Growing up dad worked the night shift and sometimes on his nights off he of course would be awake in the middle of the night and sometimes I would wake up and hang out with him until he would send me back to bed or I just fell asleep.

Sometimes we would watch a movie or I would watch him play River Raider, anyone who knows that game, I probably just aged myself…lol Other times we would get in the truck and go for a drive, didn’t matter where we went but we would drive the back roads to where ever. sometimes it was still dark when we got back other times the sun would be coming up while we were still out.

I dont know if he knows how much I loved that time I got to spend with him and to this day I still cherish those memories. We dont get to spend much time just going for a drive anymore but I still cherish the time I do get to spend with him…But my love of driving the back roads is still there and every chance I get I go for a drive.

Doesn’t matter where the road takes me….

•October 18, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Perfect Fall Day

•October 17, 2021 • 2 Comments

Saylorville Lake, Iowa

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