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Winter…

The property to the left of the road belongs to my sister.  I hadn’t ventured beyond the house before, thinking that there wasn’t much else beyond it since the street itself ended in a cut de sac right there.  Oh I had seen pick up trucks turn into this road, I just hadn’t thought much about it.  That there was a horse farm behind her property was something I’d heard, but I must have always been here in the summer when the woods back there appeared to be endless. Any truck heading down this little road would just disappear, swallowed up by the woods.  If her dog hadn’t barked at any and all traffic I wouldn’t have known they’d come through at all.  I think I might have heard a horse once or twice, but the other day I actually saw a couple of them.  They were wearing blankets since it was so cold, and it was just a glimpse of them in the pasture, through the trees.  There is no real point to this story since Ozzie didn’t see them, but if he had it would have been a much more exciting story, for him at least.  And a PITA for me.  He wouldn’t try to chase them, or even try to fit through the fence, but he’d happily stand there and bark his head off at them.  I prefer him to keep a low profile so I can drink coffee on the deck and watch him wander unleashed.

I missed a few photo ops on the nice drive to the Nip the other day.  It was a crisp, clear day with nice light.  And now it’s been raining.  All day yesterday, and it’s gloomy again today.  And now I remember hating January.  Gray, cold, boring, January.  And it’s not even here yet.  Once I get this snowbird thing straight I’ll be in lush, green, Florida at this time of year.  Out photographing all the flowers and wildlife that also love to spend their winters there.  But here I am, and yes, it’s gray, but I’ll finally be seeing my oldest, dearest friend today.  Even lovely, warm, Florida can’t hold a candle to being with the people I love…

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50 shades of Grey…

No, not the book, I’m talking about the beach.  Grey’s beach, which was appropriately named, at least it was today. The sky, the water, and even the stones lining the boat launch area were gray.  50 shades for sure.  And the wind whipping made me very glad to have the tripod.  I walked out onto that very long pier, thinking that as long as I was there I ought to see what everything looked like from that vantage point, but I decided to turn around.  Which got me back to that new van that I love, which is also gray, just as it started to pour down rain.  And that’s when I discovered that yes, I had locked the van, but I had failed to close the side door.  It probably doesn’t sound like a great morning but there are no guarantees when you head out, so I’m not complaining.  12-21secondtry12-21shades112-21shades212-21gray612-21gray7

 

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Rainy morning photo ops…

The sunrise is later now, so that leaves more time to cruise around drinking coffee from my Starbucks to go cup and looking for potential photos to take.  Even when it’s drizzling rain, but only a light sprinkle, so I stuck with it.  And it’s a good thing I did because before the sun came up the the rain came down for real.  And that was it.  It was Steak n Shake that had caught my eye, with the black and white stripes and red accents.  I noticed it the other day and thought I’d like to take a picture.  Once I did that I saw potential everywhere.  3-12steakandshaketacobell2PaneramcdonaaldsDuncandonuts2tacobellDuncandonutstwisty treatSometimes you have to just take what you can get and be happy that you got anything at all…

 

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Two leashes and a bag of poop…

That’s what I had in my hands when I spotted the flock of robins a couple of doors up.  I didn’t have my camera with me on the dog walk either, so photos weren’t an option until I looked for them after I got home.  And the sunrise I didn’t go out for because I expected it to be overcast? Well, that happened, but I did get a photo out the back door. 2-4sunriseoutback

So, what to photograph in the limited time available before the rain?  And close by, because these trips to Clearwater are 100 mile round trips and I’ll be back there again tomorrow night.  Maybe it’s because the chickens next door have been visiting my yard lately, and they’ve de-weeded pretty well, but I thought of the chicks they usually have a Rural King.  But that wasn’t all I found there…2-4ruralkingchicks2-4pinkflowers2-4pink22-4yellow2-4pansy2-4fringe2-4blueBut the real find were the boots!  Now I can join the ‘photo chicks’ I know on one of their photo walks, and not worry about getting my feet wet.  And when I’m not walking with them the boots can live in my bathroom, they’ll fit right in.+2-4beeboots If the nice woman I met at Rural King is reading this, welcome to my world!

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If only it wasn’t raining…

… I’m sure I’d be out front changing the light bulb in the light post.  Especially since I bought the replacement bulb weeks ago, but I’ve been waiting for the perfect day and today would be it, if only it wasn’t raining…

… I’d also have gotten in my 36 laps at the pool…

… The dogs wouldn’t be looking at me and wondering why I don’t stop the rain and take them for a walk…

… I’d probably would have stopped procrastinating and called the sprinkler guy to come fix the sprinklers before my crispy brown lawn dies completely…

… I’d pick up the fiddle feaf fig leaves that are laying out there on the lawn.  I’ve already picked up 5 full garbage bags full, but I probably could fill another bag now…

… I wouldn’t have had to close the bedroom door to keep a wet, drooly dog from dirtying up the clean sheets…

… I would have gone out and taken a lot more eagle photos, and the sunset too…

… I would have washed the car, mowed the lawn, and bathed the dogs…

…and I wouldn’t have worn my in-case-of-mud-photoshoot-shoes to church…1-29Sundayshoes

If only it wasn’t raining…

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Rainy, gloomy, day…

The universe is conspiring against me.  I swear it is.  The weather here is raining, and cold enough to make you miserable, but not cold enough to try to recreate the videos I’m seeing on Facebook that show a soap bubble slowly developing ice crystals as it freezes in the icy cold somewhere where I’m glad I’m not.  And on the iPhone photo page I saw lovely macro photos of snowflakes.  If I was somewhere with snow I think I would be outside trying to recreate that photo.  Yesterday I decided to take a couple of pictures when I noticed how pretty the flowers out front were, so I went to my favorite macro app, Camera +, in the iPhone.  I clicked on the little + sign, but it didn’t bring up the macro feature that I’ve used before.  Instead it was a menu I’d never seen before, and being on my way back to work I didn’t get to investigate.  Nothing is ever easy.

None of my devices were working yesterday, and neither was Netflix.  So I decided to restart my modem, which is when I realized that flipping off the one wall switch in the bedroom had shut off the iron, but also shut down the modem.   Operator error this time, I’m lucky I figured it out so quickly.  My fault, and I suppose it’s also my fault that the Roku remote has been missing for such a long time that I forgot why I hadn’t been watching Netflix for so long.  And when I went looking for a new Roku remote online I discovered the Roku Express app, so now my trusty iPhone is my Roku remote!

I’ve been an Apple girl, (Charley just reminded me that I was a girl when Hollywood was a prairie), for a very long time now, and I’m spoiled.  The computer just works, always.  Well, until lately.  Facebook either won’t load at all, or it quits all of a sudden and I lose whatever I had written.  Today when it quit I noticed the message that the page was reloading because it was using ‘significant memory’.  Is the computer dying?  I hope not because I can’t stand to edit my photos on the phone or iPad, even though I bought the iPad for exactly that reason.  So I use the iPad for Facebook, even though I hate typing on it, but I rely on the computer for WordPress.  I’m worried that I need a new computer, but a new bill? Not so much.

And speaking of Charley, he doesn’t always feel as if he is with me, but lately he’s been hanging around, which is why I took him out for a corned beef sandwich at The Lucky Dill the other day.  Which I ate for him of course, but it was a little dry and he would have complained.  (The piece of cheesecake that came with it was very tasty though!)  I brought the other half of the sandwich home and ate it yesterday.  I took the meat out and reheated it in the microwave with a few drops of water, dried out the rye bread in the toaster oven, then reconstructed the sandwich and added a little cheese, and grilled that thing!  OMG, was it ever good.  But now I’m craving all the carbs and ‘bad’ food that I love but haven’t been eating for months now…

And my final proof that the universe has it in for me came in the mail.  When it came is a mystery, it was just sitting on top of the pile of stuff on my table, looking as if it had just been placed there by someone.  But I’m the only one here and I know that I hadn’t seen it before.  Not a Happy New Year moment.  It was the size of a Christmas card, which is what I thought it was, but when I turned it over I found… a jury summons.  I hadn’t missed the date to report though, so that was good, saves me a big hassle I’m sure.  But in reading the info I see that on my next birthday I will have reached the age to be permanently deleted from the pool of potential jurors.  So it’s official, I have it in writing.  I’m past my sell-by date… sigh.