A Short Dog in a Tall Winter

It sucks when you’ve got stubby little legs and there’s five inches of fresh snow on the ground!  Doesn’t make it very easy to got potty.

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I don’t think Strider was too happy with me.  I shoveled the sidewalk, but not the yard.  How dare I?

IMG_2954He managed, but I got the stink-eye.

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Icy December Morning

There are some positives to working at a TV station that’s in the middle of a cornfield, 10 miles from town.  There’s even more when you are working there when the sun rises.  And when everything is covered in a half inch layer of ice, you get some lovely pictures.

Sunrise and the Lazy Dog

I love this time of year.  I love the fall, I love the rain…and I love when the sunrise starts just after my show is over at 7am.  It means I get shots like this when I look out my office window.

Silo Sunrise wide

Silo Sunrise close

Silo Sunrise tree

 

Then, when I get home to upload the pictures to the computer, I get this, from the dog who thinks I should be paying attention to him 100% of the time.

Pay attention to me!Mom, why aren’t you paying attention to me yet?

Yawn!

 

Oh, and I brought my pictures home from the LBD Photo Contest…the ones from my last post.  They are now proudly displayed on the wall!

The five enteriesAnd the winner!

The winner

 

 

On The Way Home

So, a few more photos from last weekend’s insanity.  As I was driving home last Sunday, I was stopped by some construction at one of the bridges.  Since Hwy 400 is a 2 lane road, construction on a bridge means one lane traffic!  Which means drivers get to sit and wait until the traffic from the opposite direction passes.

While I was waiting, I took these:

Barn

Barn and Silo

Reflections

I’m feeling a bit contemplative this evening.  It always happens this time of year…even more so now that Mom’s gone.  I guess I’ve got a lot to think about.  My life has changed a great deal in the past two years.  It’s almost like I can’t catch a break.  Just when I think everything’s slowing down and I can get a deep breath in, something else knocks the wind out of me.

I miss Chelsea Road.  It’s a little road that dead ends in the middle of El Dorado Lake.  It’s where I’d go when I needed a place to think things through.  I haven’t been able to find anyplace like it here in Pittsburg…I haven’t felt like I needed it until now.  Maybe I should start looking.  I’d always feel better after a few hours out at Chelsea.

I know I have at least one person who I can talk to about this stuff, and I’ve recently just discovered a second person who has helped me more than I can ever tell her (and I’m definitely looking forward to visiting her next summer…my first *real* vacation).  Talking to my Aunt and Cousin always helps, but sometimes, I just have to work it out on my own, you know?  That’s where I am right now.  A “spring cleaning” of my brain of sorts.

And since I can’t visit Chelsea Road, I guess I’ll just have to make do with photos.

Dead Plant

 

Chelsea Road

End of the Road

I guess I’ll end on this little contemplative note that used to pop into my head when I was younger, before I dealt with my depression.

If you decided to just walk away from everything…leave it all behind…computer, phone, everything…If you decided to walk away and start over, how long do you think it would take for people to notice you were gone?

Things!

Man…I haven’t posted in ages!  And this past week has been insane.  Storms, power outrages, no sleep, and HOT.

My air conditioner has issued another challenge…”I will not work!”  My AC guy…”Challenge Accepted!”

The winner?  Well…that has yet to be determined, but the (jerry-rigged) AC is still running.  For now.

So, I was going to post last weekend, but I kinda got distracted by the tornado sirens going off in Pittsburg.  Camping out in the bathroom with the frightened fuzzy-one is not fun.  This happened the same night that Moore, OK got hit.  Just a few hours after.  Lost power for a few hours.

This damage is literally across the street and a few feet up the block from me.  It was determined to be straight line winds only, thankfully.  The storm also took out many of the trees at Schlanger Park, and the wall of a welding shop, both just a few blocks away.  It was not pleasant.  I haven’t heard winds like that since the Parsons tornado back in 2000.

Rolling InThe storm rolling in.

And I had wanted to post these recipes last week, but as I said…I was a bit distracted.  So, here they are now!

First:  Chicken Noodle Casserole  http://blogchef.net/chicken-noodle-casserole-recipe/

Chicken Noodle CasseroleThis was freaking incredible!  I didn’t use Cream of Mushroom, cause…yuck. It’s tangy, and savory, and buttery, and yum.

Then, cause I wanted something a tad healthier… Key Lime and Honey Winter Fruit Salad  http://barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2013/02/key-lime-honey-winter-fruit-salad-recipe.html

Fruit SaladThis one was really good too.  The only catch is that after about two days, the juice from the lime and pineapple breaks down the kiwi.  It still tasted awesome, but the texture was a little off.

Finally, I was watching this really cute video this evening… http://screen.yahoo.com/puppy-wakes-205914028.html  and Strider got REALLY interested in the cute, yelping puppy.

Strider Interested in Puppy

Go bye bye?

Strider loves his car rides.  There was severe weather in the area over the weekend, so I had to go and drive right into it, and of course, the Corgi got to come along.

Car Ride!

 

Got some lovely pictures.  I love thunderstorms.

Clouds

 

Sun and Clouds

 

Dark Clouds

 

And my favorite.  I love the contrast in colors during storms.  Especially when back-lit by the sun.

Field During the Storm

 

We’re going into my favorite time of the year.  Spring.  aka Severe Weather Season.  People think I’m nuts…going out after these storms, but, I know how to chase.  I work at a TV station, and I’m pretty sure my meteorologist friends/co-workers would smack me upside the head if I didn’t do it safely.

So expect pictures.  Lots and lots of pictures of storms.

*girn*