Must be Monday

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Slow and steady wins the race.  I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.  It was a very busy weekend too busy really for my liking.  Navar had a teachers conference and I went with him just to get out-of-town.  It was strange walking around a school where most of the people are teachers.  I should have gone to the zoo.  Strange Segway I didn’t mean it that way I was just was thinking there was a zoo in the city and that might have been fun.  It was a long drive so it was interesting watching the light change seeing sunrises and sunsets.  I just realized I missed looking up at the stars this weekend, that’s how busy it was.  I hope you had a chance to take a look at the meteor showers.  How was your weekend?  Do you have your poop in a group or are you feeling overwhelmed too?  I took several photos  this weekend I think my favorite was a close up drive by photo of a sugar beet factor  I’ll try to put it up on Thursday.  We also went to a cattle drive one of the teachers  at  Navar’s school was moving 500 cattle 26 miles, crazy.  They even had to cross a busy highway it really looked like it all went pretty well.  They had several people probably family and friends on 4 wheelers a few hired hands working cowboys on horses and one person on a motorcycle.   At one point when we were trying to find where the 500 cows were so I could take a few pics  we drove down a small dirt back road, half way down the road all of sudden here comes a wave of black and red cows walking leisurely up the road.  Navar stops the car in the middle of the road and I thought this could be interesting.  The cows basically walked towards us and then parted us like the red sea.  I was feeling a little claustrophobic, but at that point there wasn’t much I could do about it.  When they got to the main road Navar got out of the car to help at one point, the sheriff had blocked the road with his car.  The cattle slowly crossed and off they went literally into the sunset crossing a huge field.  No wonder I’m tired.

I’m also a little stressed as I realize my part-time job a sales job is not going well so the reality of having to pound the pavement and look for something else is probably in my near future.  I watched a funny video the other day about going on job interviews at Frank Angles blog  it’s the 7th video down in the bunch its a funny video and I will keep it mind while I’m interviewing.  Feel free to tell me about your weekend or any short jokes you have memorized.  Hope you have a great week.

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Free Chat Thursday

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Unusual Thursday

Unusual Thursday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Morning Happy Thursday. I will be a little late this morning so please tell me a little something about your  Week.  I will catch up with you this afternoon.  How has your week been so far?  Any plans for the weekend?  Or  It was a dark and stormy night even the dog was afraid to howl….

The day turned out well no howling dogs or dark stormy sky actually a beautiful blue sky gorgeous day.  I enjoyed the sunrise and the sunset today took pictures of both.   I heard on the news today that we are in for some meteor showers this weekend, the Orionid  Meteor showers typical viewing in October.  I will hopefully be star-gazing the next few nights.  I’m taking a Picasa class in a few days.  I hope I don’t end up more confused could happen.

Rounding up Cattle in Montana

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I hope you had a good weekend.  I wonder what the week will bring?

Here are a few photos I took over the weekend.  The photos with people I took on our drive Saturday to Slippery Ann Elk viewing area to listen to the Elk Bugle.   We had a great time watching the elk so close up and listening to the bugling it did not disappoint.  I will put up a few photos in the near future of that trip.   Anyway the cowboy and cowgirl photos I took from our moving car as we were flying down the highway on the trip there.  Navar driving, pointing and saying  “Look they are rounding up cattle.”   Rolling down the window and pointing the camera out the window ( carefully holding the camera more inside  the window than outside the window).  Not wanting to lose the camera to the road.  I’ve been wanting to tell you about a fun creative project for a while, hopefully I can explain it Ok.  You may have already tried this way of taking pictures before, but if not I will do my best to explain it.   Also if you have not tried  this before using a small camera is best.   I call it drive by photography.   As I rolled the window down I could hear the sharp short whistle from the working cowgirls and cowboys as we were driving by it was very exciting.  I  immediately felt like I was on the range.  Usually when I try taking photos from a moving car it’s more of a blur.  I think of it as a fun creative project instead of an official photo shoot.  If you’ve never tried this before I can tell you it’s really fun and it can also be very rewarding.  I know it sounds simple so the benefits could be easily overlooked.   I think in one way that it has changed my photography by making me more relaxed and more open to the idea of seeing other possibilities when I’m taking a photo.  Instead of just seeing what I think  might be a good photograph.  As you are flying down the highway of course sitting in the passenger seat not the drivers side now that really would be distracted driving.  Seeing interesting old or new  buildings or different shapes and colors and just snapping photos and having fun. The big part is just having fun, chances are you will be deleting most of these images.  Seeing things burr by and clicking as fast you can almost like watching  moving paintings going by.  It’s not ment to capture sharp photos, but to loosen up the ways of seeing.  As I click I may take a photo in a very different way then I would normally and some times when I look back at these images there are surprises, buildings or telephone poles that I would not normally think to put in a picture but some how it works.  It’s a fun creative project when you are bored going from point A to point B.  The two photos without people I took yesterday while waiting for Navar as he was talking on his cel phone.  This time I got out of the car and took more time with the photos.  It was nice to watch the light change as the clouds rolled by changing the colors of the field from tan to the bright yellow.

Free Chat Thursday

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I have so many random thoughts in my head this morning it’s difficult to distil them into a few sentences.  First Thank You for coming by today and Thank You for commenting Monday that was so much fun!  The above photos are from last weekend a few things that caught my eye as we went to get wood again.  It was pretty in the forest a light dusting of snow. Soon we will be living in a winter wonderland.   It felt a little Christmassy with lots of nice forest smells.  The weather seems to be going from snow days to warm weather in the 70’s with that beautiful deep blue sky that you see only in the fall.   I couldn’t believe how blue the sky was yesterday.

Halloween seems to be right around the corner.   I was surprised at how many kids showed up last year.  It’s a small town  less than 200 people . Who knew most of them were kids.  Last year at the last-minute we decided to decorate.  We put an old chair out in the driveway made a slouching man with stuffed clothes, found an old ratty shirt, old work pants set the pants into boots topped it with a  hat and put a solar yard light for the head tipped down as if he was sleeping.  A few of the kids had to tip toe up to him, just to make sure it really wasn’t grandpa.  This year I have no idea what we will do. Maybe we should dress Navar up in the same outfit and put him in the same pose slouched over.  The poor kids would probably pee themselves.   Do you have any ideas?  Maybe turn off the lights and go to bed early.  Do you decorate?  I remember as a kid I always appreciated the decorated houses.  Boy did  I eat a lot of candy as a small child, the loot as we use to call it.  We have already eaten one bag of little snickers.   It’s just what we seem to do every year we usually buy one bag eat it and then closer to Halloween buy more official candy for the kids.  What are your favorite candies?  What was your favorite Halloween costume?  I think the costume that stands out in my mind is one year as a kid I dressed up as a southern belle.  My mom had a red cotton square dancing dress and she made this huge red paper mache hat I wore little  white gloves, but for some reason I really liked that outfit.  I look forward to seeing what the kids will come up with this year.  Well that’s my Thursday’s chat feel free to go off topic and tell me anything that’s on your mind or tell me something about Halloween.  If you like scary movies Gina from Moments of clarity did a wonderful Movie reviews on scary movies the other day.

Monday that feels like a Thursday

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Toy Story (video game)

Toy Story (video game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s so quiet this morning.  Looking out the window at the steel-gray sky.  A gentle rain it’s nice it’s been a long hot summer. Everything is so dry the poor trees.  I wasn’t sure what to post this morning.  I was going to post about the gentleman who’s trying to break the sky diving record but I had second thoughts.  It’s either  going to go off without a hitch Tuesday or heavens it could go horribly wrong.   ( The last few days I’ve been finding myself saying ” oopsy daisy” which I got from reading Carries blog it’s funny to say go ahead take it out for a spin” oopsy daisy”).  Looking at the photos it reminds me of Buzz light years from the movie Toy Story that was a cute movie.  Have you seen any good movies lately?  I’ve been so busy running around with my head cut off, boy that’s a  graphic visual well maybe not that busy.  I know it’s not Thursday, but I guess because of the rainy weather I feel a little bit chatty.  What are you looking forward to in the near future?  We are having company in the next few weeks Navar’s Mom and her husband.  I’m looking forward to their visit.  I enjoy their company.  I’m also looking forward to hopefully going out to listen to the Elk bugling soon.  After the first frost that is the best time to watch the Elk and hear them bugling back and forth. Looking at the dead potted impatience flower on the porch we had our first frost a few nights back.  If we go I will try to take photos of the elk although zoom on my camera isn’t very good.  Maybe I would be better off trying to do a video.  Anyway  just thinking out loud.  What’s on your plate these days?  What are you looking forward to in the near future? Do tell me a story on this rainy Monday that feels like a Thursday.  Now I think I will go build a fire in the wood stove and make a cup of tea.

Free Chat Thursday

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How are you today?  Thank You for coming by can I get you a cup of tea or perhaps a cup of coffee?   Saying so long to summer here, skipping right into fall.  Summer use to be my least favorite season for so many years, I can hardly count.  I had a hard time understanding what the fuss was about.  As far as seasons go I thought it was over rated too hot, too busy, just too much.  Something happened this year.  Summer wasn’t bad I’m not sure I will give it two thumbs up but I can say I didn’t feel the usual seasonal torment.  Do you have a favorite season or maybe a least favorite season?

One cat is cuddle up on the top of the couch and the other is coiled up in his soft little bed by the wood stove.  It did not take them long to know that things have changed.  The weatherman was right Monday when he said a storm was blowing in from Canada and we would have our first snow.  He said it with such confidence that I made sure Tuesday to sit myself down under the tree allowing the sun to heat my back.  One of my favorite things to do this summer was to sit under this tree and read a good book.  Tuesday was one of those extraordinary fall days. The temperature was in the mid 70’s hard to imagine snow on the way. I couldn’t help but to keep looking up from my book closing my eyes and just feeling the perfect temperature around me, hoping this last bit of sunshine could possibly keep me warm through out the winter. I know now thinking about it of course that’s not possible.

I was watching Elk bugling videos this morning.  I was going to post one to show you one of the really cool things that happens in the fall in some areas of Idaho Montana, Wyoming and Colorado other states as well.  Maybe I will post it I still have Elk  bugling going on in my head right now. It’s such a unique sound you may want to turn the volume down or if you’re at work you might want to turn the volume up.  If you get in trouble don’t blame me.   I really should do a whole post on this, because it’s such a cool thing that happens here and other places in the fall.

Monday

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Both Videos are short the first video is one way to get rid of a bear and the second video is of an Elk calf having a good time splashing around in a puddle pretty cute. Hope you had a nice weekend.  I feel a little tired this morning  a lot of busyness over the weekend.  We watched the  homecoming football game and volleyball games.  We also gathered a little more wood trying to get it together before the weather gets ugly.  The weatherman just said we may be getting snow here soon could be as soon as Wednesday.  Hard to imagine snow at this point.  How was your weekend busy or nice and relaxing or a little of both?