Long Trail Ahead

•May 27, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Nice scenic walking trail to the lake

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Day of Purple

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Purple Day

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Pretty in Pink

•May 20, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Lovely Pink Flower

•May 19, 2022 • 2 Comments

Waiting on the Moon

•May 15, 2022 • 3 Comments

It is a gorgeous cool evening, was perfect for sitting at the lake and waiting on the Eclipse of the Moon. I got to the lake early so i could, fingers crossed, get a good spot, which i did. There was a couple parked in front of me that were also there to view the Eclipse, super nice, we chatted a bit wished each other good luck and then they went off to do their thing.

Its a pretty little lake with a nice paved walking trail that many were taking advantage of. As the time went by more people started showing up. Some really nice and some that were not so friendly. Which I did witness and was warned to avoid. Needless to say I didnt linger on the dock long and went to a different location. One where there was less light and other distractions. But then I started creeping myself out thinking, ya know it really is dark and anyone could sneak up. LOL, being female, parked out in the dark it is a valid concern. So I took a few more shots and called it a night.

I was kind of suprised by the tailgate parties and the little clusters of people out watching and waiting. But who can blame them for getting out of the house on such a nice night. They were all laughing and talking and having a good time.

I hopefully got a few good shots, and will find out tomorrow when I go through them. I do know there were some epic fails so I will just pretend those do not exist.

But here’s a shot of the lake from my phone as I was waiting.

Have a wonderful peace filled night!

New Hike Today

•May 14, 2022 • 5 Comments

Doggy and I went to a new park today for our walk. Its a heavily wooded with lots of paths through the woods for hikers and bikers and a paved path for a smoother walk. We chose the woods, the trails are smooth and well worn but alot of up and down. We were both hot and ready to hit some AC once done.

Beautiful Day

•May 13, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Since most of the week has been hot (90’s high/dew points 70’s) it was nice to wake up to what May should feel like. Cool! Granted i would still prefer 60’s with a cool breeze year round. But today I will take it and enjoy. So we got out for a walk to enjoy some fresh air. Think the dog enjoyed it more than I did though..

Raccoon River

•May 11, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Levels are high from all the Rain.

Water Works Park

•May 10, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Des Moines, Iowa

Trees a Blooming

•May 9, 2022 • 2 Comments

Still a bit overcast but beautiful morning. Sun was out more by the time I left.

Historic Valley Junction, Iowa

•May 8, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Valley Junction is a nice place to spend some time browsing the shops or stopping by one of the many bars and resturants for a bite to eat. And with over 30 specialty stores, your bound to find something to take home, whether its fudge or some suprise treasure, did I mention the fudge yet?. There is also events held throughout the year, Farmers Markets, car shows, Jingle in the junction, the list goes on…So stop by for an afternoon.

Click on the link below for a little Valley Junction History.

Random Landscapes

•May 6, 2022 • 1 Comment

I was cleaning off memory cards and found a few that I had forgotten for whatever reason.

Whats the Saying about Woodchucks

•May 5, 2022 • Leave a Comment

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

It really is a tongue twister at times, and for some reason it’s always in my head when I see this little thing. I can’t ever get close enough to get decent photos, it’s very skittish and when it hears the click of the door opening it’s back to its hiding place. But I still like seeing it and it’s friend when they come out. So more often than not I watch from the window or if I happen to be outside I just watch quietly so as not to disturb them.

Blue Skies

•May 4, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Smiling at me……..Finally saw some sun and blue skies. But it is already going away..

Was nice while it lasted.

May Flowers

•May 4, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Just a few flowers from around town. Will be nice to get out and take pics once the sun finally comes out!

Pella Iowa Tulip Festival

•May 4, 2022 • 1 Comment

Its that time of year again. So if your in Iowa or close enough, get your walking shoes and camera ready! Also your Appetite!

You do have to pay but it is worth it, and Pella is a good place to visit even on a regular day. And besides who does not love Tulips and Dutch Letters?

Morning Walk

•May 2, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Since it wasn’t raining decided to take the dog to the park for a walk, was a nice change of scenery from where we had been going. The park is heavily wooded with dirt trails heading off into the woods, but main trail into the park is paved. Not sure how far or where all it goes, but the trails are well worn and are used frequently. There is also a disc golf course along the outer edges off the park.

No Longer Needed?

•May 2, 2022 • 3 Comments

After this chilly rainy weekend I am starting to wonder. It’s another dreary chilly start to the day and it’s May 2nd. I should’nt complain since I know by June I will be complaining it’s hot. But you know it is chilly and damp when even the cats are hogging the heating vents or wont come out from under the pile of blankets they have burrowed into. Oh well, it will get better, Right?

Happy Monday everyone! Have a safe and Wonderful Day!

May Day, do you celebrate?

•May 1, 2022 • 2 Comments

I wish I could say it was a beautiful sunny mild day. But i cant. Its been overcast for days, bordering on cold with high winds that just keep blowing. Granted stormy skies are beautiful in their own way. But I want to plants flowers and open windows. And even tho i am not a sun worshipper, I DO need to see the sun once in awhile for longer than 5 minutes. I know by mid summer i will be wishing for cool breezes and milder temps, but for now i will settle for atleast 60 degrees lol..

But I can’t remember if we have ever had any traditional May day celebrations in my family, I know its more of a European thing and they have celebrations. And I know we have done May day baskets, but other than that i am not sure if the States acknowledge it.

Anyone celebrate it in any way, would love to know.

Have a Happy first day of May!

Faithful Sidekick

•April 30, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Charlie even though he is getting older, still likes to get out and go on adventures.

Silky Cotton Weed

•April 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

I think these are a cotton weed but not sure if thats the correct term for them. But they always remind me of silky cotton.

Faded with Time

•April 28, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Taking Flight

•April 27, 2022 • Leave a Comment

This Herring was startled into flight by a family with a dog that was walking down to the shore. I got a few shots but not as many as I would have liked.

Cats Do Rule

•April 26, 2022 • 1 Comment

Most anyone who knows me, knows that I like cats, some call me the crazy cat lady. Im not that crazy, but I do love my cats. When times are crazy, or im feeling down or stressed they are there. Unconditional love and acceptance. They make me laugh, cry, they annoy me, but I can always count on them to put a smile on my face. And they are always at the door when I get home, just waiting.

I hate when i hear stories about animals being abused, or kittens tossed away. It makes me want to save them all but I can’t. But it also makes me cuddle mine a little bit more and appreciate them more. As i write this they are all snuggled in their favorite spots, waiting for their end of the day treat.

If you have pets, doesnt matter what kind, cuddle them a bit more and feel blessed to have them in your life. They deserve nothing but the best from us.

Windy Sunday

•April 24, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Sometimes I think these really windy days are our new reality, but thats ok. Was still a beautiful day to get out and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. These are from my phone, I had my cameras, just have not had a chance to go through them all yet. But there was a little bit of everything. Eagles, herrings, Pelicans, Ducks. Most were flying around or to far away. Those will be on the cameras.

Winter Wont Let Go

•April 17, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Winter just keeps trying to hang on. Took a couple shots on my way home from time with family. Even tho weather wasn’t the best it was good to spend time with loved ones.

Art Class Day

•January 29, 2022 • 2 Comments

Today was painting day, still getting the hang of techniques and holding the brushes etc. But it was a fun class with a great group of people who did amazing jobs on their beach scenes. Me well, I am my own worst critique… But here is the finished painting..

Tracks…..kids 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

Rock…Geode

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..

Horse

•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 Ancestry.com. 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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Give Me Some Trees

•October 16, 2021 • 1 Comment

Down By the Lakeshore

•October 16, 2021 • 4 Comments

Pear, Maybe?

•October 9, 2021 • 4 Comments

Lastnight I had my first oil/acrylic painting class. I have never used oil before but I ended up liking it.

I will admit I was a bit nervous about going as i’m used to pencil and how I do things but it doesn’t hurt to go outside your comfort zone and try something different and I am glad I did. I did mess up a bit but it’s a learning process so I can’t complain to much. Im sure I will go again and will improve. So hopefully my pear atleast looks like a pear…

It was fun though, good company, lots of laughter, food, drinks and even made new friends. So overall a good evening..

Why?

•October 7, 2021 • 5 Comments

Why is it cats, or pets in general, dislike when their humans are reading? Doesnt matter what it is, books, newspapers, magazines etc, especially if it interferes with their habits. They feel the need to make their presence known.. I finally gave up since I was clearly interferring in her nightly bedtime routine…

A Bit Bugged

•October 6, 2021 • 2 Comments

Color Me Purple

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Little Bit Country

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Raindrops on Petals

•October 4, 2021 • Leave a Comment

And So It Continues….

•September 30, 2021 • 2 Comments

Even tho im disliking my farm scene,(still kind of am) I came back to it. I think i have it where I want it just need to clean it up and finish it…

This Happens

•September 29, 2021 • Leave a Comment

This is what happens when you start doodling at an angle..I Started out liking it but now im not thrilled with it and I dont know if i should bother finishing it.. It just might hit the junk pile, which has been growing lately…

Winter Past

•September 27, 2021 • Leave a Comment

One of my favorite things to do last winter was watch this herd of deer. There was maybe a dozen or so, sometimes they were all out at once other times just a few. Or they were all out but half were in the trees while others were out in the open. They got used to me sitting out on the deck watching them as long as I didn’t make any sudden moves. So most times I didn’t even try to take photos, instead just choosing to watch them eat, sleep and play.

Time to Harvest

•September 14, 2021 • 2 Comments

Nothing says fall more….Getting close….

A Few More

•September 8, 2021 • 2 Comments

Heres a few more drawings, they need cleaned up a bit more and some tweaking but its a start as usual..

I do like trees

•September 5, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Trees

•September 4, 2021 • Leave a Comment

I have been practicing on my trees, trying to improve their looks…

Garden Irises

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Cloudy Afternoon

•June 18, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Cant Just Pick One

•April 29, 2021 • 5 Comments

So why bother trying….no I didnt buy all these lol! But i did get to many like I do every year..

Country Fence 2

•October 21, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Here is Fence number 2, Rough Draft, in the fence series im doing..Def not finished but a good start I think.

Country Fence

•October 16, 2020 • Leave a Comment

This is my newest work that im trying to figure out. I need to figure out what else I want to put in it and then bring it all together..

Hot Summer Day

•July 22, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Sometimes you look out the window and think its so pretty out, big white fluffy clouds, green green grass and trees. It invites you to step outside. Then you open the door. And the realize the joke is on you and its HOT!

But today it wasnt horrible, the sun is wzrm but its tolerable out. So Charlie and I did a short drive just to get out for a bit.

Finally Blooming

•May 20, 2020 • Leave a Comment

I was starting to wonder if these would ever bloom…

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Row Row Row Your Boat

•May 15, 2020 • Leave a Comment

This is my 2nd attempt, so itsdef a work in progress. Still need to figure out my shading. But I will get there..But as long as it looks like a boat I will be happy..

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In this one, I made a few changes…

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My New Creative Outlet

•May 10, 2020 • 2 Comments

IMG_0267The last few months have been crazy to say the least.  As a photographer I am constantly on the fence these days about do you or dont you go out. If you do is someone in authority going to send you home or if you go out is that the day you become unlucky.

So for the last few months I have not been out to do anything unless I had to go out. My creative side needed an outlet tho. I have always loved drawing and im constantly doodling on whatever is handy.  I like using pencil and hopefully at some point move on to paints, maybe lol

But Until I get back out into the world with gear in hand I have been trying to get better at my drawings.  Sometimes i fail miserably, atleast in my eyes, at the look im trying to acheive but thats ok. Nothing happens overnight, i just keep plugging along.

Here is a sample of something I did this morning.. its not even close to perfect I am liking it..

Clark Tower

•October 28, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Clark Tower built in 1926 is located in Winteset Iowa its made of Limestone and stands 25 feet tall.  It was built as a memorial to one of the counties first pioneer families.

You can climb the stone stairs to the second floor or climb the steep stairs to the top to see a view of the valley.   But the trees sometimes make that impossible.  The stairs to the top are steep and you have to be careful but it’s worth it as it the drive.

The road is one way and rather bumpy at times and you wonder if your vehicle will make it around some turns but it’s a great drive on a fall day.

There’s also the option of taking the mile walk (one way) from the park to the tower. As theres trails that would be worth the walk.

 

 

Cedar Bridge of Madison County

•October 27, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Cedar Bridge is one of the “famous” Bridges of Madison County.  Its one of 19 Bridges that were built in Madison County but only a handful are left standing today.

You can read about it here at the following website.   http://cedarcoveredbridge.com/

In 2017 the Bridge was destroyed by Arson but was rebuilt.

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