This summer my husband and I traveled to Colorado. I have written and dreamed of mountains my entire life and now I was going to finally see them. Words cannot describe Colorado, the wonderful drive through Rocky Mountain National Park, the hiking, fly fishing, sleeping in a sweet little cottage next to a river, I am forever changed.
We drove I-70 from Indiana to Colorado, It was a long drive and I was so full of excitement, reading highway exit signs of town names along the highway sent my imagination into a spin of what life was like way back then, all those old wild west towns I remember from movies, books, names on highway signs passing me by at 75 mph; Salina, Abilene, Hays, Dodge City, Burlington. Before our trip several people told us that this drive on I-70 is awful, boring and we should fly to Colorado. I found the views breathtaking off I-70, so vast the flat lands and rolling hills, scattered with ranches and thousands of cattle in pastures grazing tall grasses and all the old lovely barns that were barely standing. This drive was so important and I tell everyone with great excitement how I enjoyed my drive on I-70 and all the beauty there is to see.
The Great Plains led me to the mountains and touched my soul.
Something about my Mozzie dog makes me smile, she always sticks out her tongue. I found her standing on the side of a rural road when she was a pup about 2 1/2 years ago, I knew she had been dumped, she was very afraid and hungry at first but ready to be loved. Mozzie has grown into a fine loving dog who protects her home with a loud deep bark and is always ready to play.
I love my Mozzie.
It’s March and thinking of flowers from last year, how I missed them so.
Today in my part of Indiana the sun was shining and temps reached 63 degrees, I could smell the spring in the air.
Now to wait patiently for colors of green, pink and yellow.
Sometimes life can be so beautiful it amazes me.
Flowers in spring come to life to remind us we are getting closer to the end, little yellow flower reminds us to live.
Smokey night with dreams, thoughts of stillness, forever. Moonbeams shining the way, comforting to sleep.
Large lake with waves
takes my breath away
tears fill my eyes for you have inspired me
to grasp life, to feel alive.
To sleep at night is to dream for the day
for only wishes and wants can’t go away
for the night my dreams fade to colors
for daylight my dreams fade the reality
Nothing like getting a new toy. Let me rephrase that, nothing like an adult getting a new toy.
Yes, I bought me a new toy, a lovely Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T3i, not sure what the T3i stands for but it is so cool. I have always enjoyed taking pictures, it brings me joy. I started out many years ago with a basic little 35mm, then a small digital camera, then a few years ago a more advanced point and shoot digital camera. Now I have the big daddy a true d-SLR camera, like the professional photographers use.
For the last two weeks I have attempted to use this camera, first I used the auto mode just trying to understand how my new toy works, then last few days I have attempted to use the programmable mode, which means you have to set some of the settings to take a photo. I figured out yesterday and today that I have no idea what I am doing, managed to take a few photos that look decent(at least decent to me). So now I’m off to find an online basic photography class. I really need help,” what the heck is aperture and shutter speed anyways?” I thought I kinda new what I was doing but I am humble enough to admit I don’t have a clue.
So now I will share a few of my beginner photos with my brand new toy. I promise to keep practicing.
excitement of dreams to come soon
excitement to try, even if…
even if it turns out not entirely right
oh the excitement to try
Well it has begun, a whole new year.
I have been down for the last few weeks, I thought well maybe it was due to the new year beginning and just feeling sad about life but the little light bulb in my head went off and I realized why I have been feeling so blue.
I miss my chickens. One week before Christmas this past year some little critter found a way into my chicken coop and managed to kill all my chickens, my guinea and my duck. Yes, I am making a sad face right now! I really enjoyed taking care of our little farm animals. We had been raising these chickens for over three years, it’s funny how you develop a bond and how a routine is formed when you are raising animals.
I do enjoy where I live and I do enjoy seeing all the wildlife that lives around me but if I would have caught that critter in the act it would have not ended well for him or her. This is part of the price you pay when you live out of the city, there are risks but I would not trade it for anything. I do love living with wildlife around me for they bring me joy. I love raising chickens and other little farm animals for they bring me joy also. So now I will wait to see if we can repair or build a new home to raise chickens in again.
To a new year and new beginnings.