Monday, January 31, 2011

I've Got Some Scraping To Do

This frost was my welcoming party when I got back to my car after working today. That's pretty typical for days when the temperature doesn't rise above 10. The most frustrating part is that the frost is on the inside of my windshield, not the outside. I try to wait for the defrost to melt it off, but I usually lose patience and hit it with the scraper. The angle is a bit rough on my arm, though, and usually leaves me feeling sore.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sundays in My City - Fresh Snow

Unknown Mami hosts Sundays in My City where we can all take a tour of each other's cities. Why not join and take us on a tour of your city?

Here in my corner of Bozeman not a whole lot was going on except errands and a bit of fresh snow. I know which one makes for better photography. Enjoy the fresh layer of snow!

Couldn't resist this last shot. The house was definitely warm and inviting after having been out in the cold. These snowflakes may not be real, but they add a nice touch of color to all the white on the outside.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Prompt Me! Wednesday - Where I Belong

My friend Eunice had a grand time laughing at me as I snapped photos of farms, tractors and corn fields on my visit home this past summer. I'm sure she thought I had lost my mind photographing things I grew up looking at all the time. Fortunately for me, those photos came in handy for this week's Prompt Me! Wednesday post.

I was surprised to find out Seal's video had spoken to me on a deeper level than I was aware of at first. On the surface, I was attracted to the road shots. The haystacks reminded me of my upbringing. As I've traveled home over the years, I've had so many road trips where all you see for miles are stacks and stacks of hay. I was all set to do a quick post based on this surface observation. Here's some shots of farms I took.

I thought surely there must be more to this video than that. Perhaps something in the lyrics would resonate with me. I immediately recalled my favorite lines: I belong to you, And you belong to me. While the song speaks of a very intimate relationship between people, it occured to me that the same intimacy can come from a city, a hometown. An epiphany was born! I belong to Charles City, and Charles City belongs to me. The reason I never understood that is I spent most of my life keeping that a secret. I kept this in such strict confidence, that I didn't even tell myself. Well, no more.

To find out what prompted this post, check out Prompt Me! Wednesday at Jillsy Girl Studio.

PS - Technically that barn photo may be from Minnesota. I can't remember for sure. And the tractor is between Rockwell and Charles City. Still, they're good representations of the area I grew up in.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sundays in My City - Sunday Drive

Sundays in My City is hosted by Unknown Mami who is kind enough to give us all a chance to show off our cities. After your tour Montana, please stop by and check out other interesting places from around the world.

This week's tour revolves around central Montana, an area where there isn't a whole lot of anything except ranches. The nearest town was Columbus. We were attempting to visit Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuge. We weren't able to find a road in that looked passable. So we decided to head for Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge. Check out the second set of photos to see what we discovered. Yes, that is a you may not enter sign. OKAY. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of a national park? My only thought is the entrance is somewhere else. If so, why not word it: "This is an exit. The entrance is here."?

In any case, the gate is in the middle of the road, and everyone has driven around it to the left side essentially creating a new road in. The roads inside the park are still there to drive on. We didn't attempt to do so as the whole road in is one big mud slick right now. Apparently if you drive on this stuff, all you'll do is get stuck. I think of it as quick mud. Without the snow and ice packed up on the trail, we'd have had a hard time walking in much less driving. As it was, we nearly left our shoes behind. Welcome to Montana. Well, in the summer that mud will be baked and hard as ceramic but you'll have trouble negotiating everyone's tire ruts. Yup, yet another reason to buy a jeep.

You can check out the federal government's blurb about this area here:
Hailstone / Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuges. Notice there is no mention about it being closed to the public. I'm not sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.

The blog below may explain the closing, but I'm not sure doing so fixes the problem.

Hailstone listed as Refuge at Risk

Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures!

PS - No, I'm not sure what the boot on the fencepost is about. There were three of them. Frankly, it kind of gave me the willies.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Winter Morning

I took this shot on my way to work about a month ago just after it had snowed. One of those lovely mornings when the snow makes the world look so fresh and new.

For other fresh perspectives on the sky, check out Skywatch Friday.

One Word Wednesday - Free to Bloom

Much like me, the liclac tree yearns to be free of the snow and bloom again.

Stop by Jillsy Girl and check out One Word Wednesday. Better yet, play along. It's lots of fun!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sundays in My City - More MOR

Sundays in My City is hosted by Unknown Mami. Drop by and check out what's happening in other cities around the world.

We spent our day at the Museum of the Rockies. They currently have an exhibit called Wolf to Woof which illustrates how dogs evolved from wolves and other wild canines. It's pretty cool. This exhibit covers how dogs fit into many different cultures. Also some of the jobs dogs do in our culture. And of course why it's important to spay and neuter.

We wanted to see this exhibit one more time before it gets replaced in February by frogs. I'm not complaining. I plan to go as soon as it opens. We have one awesome museum!

Eskimo Carving

Channel Island Fox - Synthetic Material

Dog in Trash - Why to Spay or Neuter

Friday, January 14, 2011

Skywatch Friday - Looking Out My Back Door

For today's Skywatch Friday post, I must admit to being a bit lazy. I snapped a couple of shots through my sliding glass door. I have a good excuse. I'm feeling under the weather at the moment due to a lovely bout of flu.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sundays in My City - Holding Onto My Fingers

All I can say is I'm glad to be ending today with all of my fingers still attached. My adventures actually started yesterday when I put a sliver in my right little finger. Courtesy of our cabinets that are starting to fray. Well, I had no success removing it, and my husband pronounced it too deep to mess with once he had a look. That left a visit to the Urgent Care at the top of my to do list today. I am so very grateful for the professional attitude at that place. Once I got over the internal giggles due to the fact that the doctor who saw me looks exactly like Roger Ebert, I did just fine. He gave me a shot, made a small incision and pulled that sucker right out. Didn't hurt too bad at all, and it was a small price to pay for peace of mind. I'd feel really silly losing my finger to infection from a sliver that I could easily have removed. Call it pride. Call it attachment to my fingers. I call it good common sense.

Well, apparently the universe felt I owed it some sort of finger payment. Later, while we were out feeding the ducks, I had a little nipper that kept trying to eat my index finger. So much for getting a really awesome shot of the frost covering his head and beak. I couldn't seem to explain that my husband was the food dispenser, I was merely there to document the feeding frenzy. I don't think the ducks would enjoy munching on my camera. If you look really close at the last photo, you can see some of the frost covering their backs. It was 5 degrees out. Mainly because we didn't get around to feeding them until 5 o'clock in the afternoon after it had gotten dark. Sigh. Still, I think they appreciated it. I don't think too many people brave the cold to feed the ducks in the wintertime.

Drop by Sundays in My City at Unknown Mami's to find out about other adventures in other towns from around the world.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

One Word Wednesday - Balance or A Lack Thereof

Jillsy Girl, who hosts One Word Wednesday must have read my mind this week because balance is exactly what I'd been thinking of.

Lately, there's been a lack of it in my life especially when it comes to my blog. I have been so busy getting settled after our Christmas trip plus our family got a gift that has definitely been hogging my time. And so I'd like to take this opportunity to blame my lack of blogging on - Rock Band 2. Plus the Green Day cartride I got. Oh and the Beetles one too. Of course, I can't let the Lego version slide. It's the most addictive one. We spend at least an hour if not 2 playing it night after night. And that's exactly where my time for blogging would be.

So I apologize to my followers for my addictive personality. Once we are the most awesome Lego band in the whole universe, I'll be back to blogging more regularly. Until then, enjoy this shot of a pepper seed I took. The shape and the colors make a very nice, well balanced photograph.

I was not paid or given anything to endorse Rock Band 2 or the above game cartridges. I really am that addicted to this game:)