Christmas Portrait Photography was fun this year; so many interesting expressions in costume!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The current holiday films are finding their place in 'reel time'. Our family traditions find us sharing at least one movie during the Christmas season. It's not the shows, of course, but time together - making memories. As for the movies: The re-make of 'Footloose' is fun, but Robert Downey Jr. and George Clooney are always interesting: 'Game of Shadows'; 'Descendants'.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
If you've been to Virginia in the past 30 years you are likely familiar with Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett's ' Sweet Virginia Breeze', perhaps the unofficial state song. The tune and lyrics often dance in my head and put a spring in my step; so last week I was not surprised to hear 'the Blue Ridge Mountains Tend to Set Me Free' singing sweetly in my ears as I hiked the mountain trails in the rain and fog. Yes, they do set me free...
Friday, December 16, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Paddlers came from as far away as Minnesota and Wisconsin for the annual Skunk River Paddlers Holiday 'Waffle Paddle' despite rain, cold and fog. Eleven paddlers stuffed ourselves with 'Dad's Waffles' at the Ames Arboretum, then bundled up like Abominal Snowmen and headed out in the gray fog for a 6 mile paddle down the Des Moines River. We ended our afternoon at the Flat Tire Cafe - along the High Trestle Bicycle Trail, where Dave and Travis kept us laughing with their crazy (but true) tales.
Monday, November 28, 2011
In No Particular Order, Some of the Best:
1. Ave Marie - Josh Groban
2. Thankful - Josh Groban
3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Mellencamp
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Sister Hazel
5. Joy - George Winston
6. Where Are You Christmas - Faith Hill
7. Elf's Lament - Barenaked Ladies
8. Mary, Did You Know? - Kimberley Locke
9. Run Rudolph Run - Sister Hazel
10. Angels We Have Heard on High - Josh Groban
11. Jesus Child - Cambridge Singers (John Rutter)
12. Sleigh Ride - Boston Pops Orchestra
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Everywhere I went this weekend people were out enjoying our unusual warm weather. I was able to put in 25 miles on my bike and almost 20 miles in my kayak; although a full wet suit was required for paddling, the warm sun and gusty winds felt wonderful. Soon the snow will fall and we can get out our skis and ice skates, but for now I will treasure every warm day that comes our way.
I read something at Starbucks the other day that made me think of winter with a new perspective:
'With shorter days come longer nights'
....hmmm, that doesn't sound too bad.
This red Current Designs kayak isn't mine, but the camera liked the brilliant red. I'm still plotting and researching my next kayak.....maybe it will be red.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
With all it's bells and whistles I'm not always sure how my big TV works, but there are times when I do make an effort to get through the buttons to watch/listen to the big screen. Another 'Sing-Off' season has started and is worth the effort.....come to think of it 'Glee' has probably started again too....
Monday, October 3, 2011
With the 'VerminWhisperer' (see gitcheegumeeguy.blogspot.com) out of town this weekend things got a little out of control at the Lake. Dejected that I was unable to convince an injured beaver to paddle back to the parking lot in my front hatch, I was somewhat pleased later in the day to have an opportunity to rescue a very large corn snake from oncoming traffic. Unfortunately the ingrate tried to bite me as I attempted to hurry him off the highway!
In general, it was a great day to be on the Lake for all of God's strange creatures.