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?


Rainy Day

A rainy day to match my mood.  *blargh*

It was a rare day today…Late January…Mid 70s, with severe weather in the area.  It heralds the return of Lake KOAM.  Also known as “The Big Damn Puddle in Front of the Building.”

I took these pictures outside my office window.  Just before the temperature dropped 20 degrees.  73 today, 38 tomorrow.  Yay.

Welcome to Kansas.



Dripping Berries

El Dorado Lake

So, on the way up to the Flint Hills Scenic Byway, we swung by El Dorado Lake.  I took this picture out by Chelsea Cemetery.  It’s on a little road that dead-ends in the lake, and has always been one of my favorite spots to visit.  I’ve been going there for years, so I also get a first hand look at how far the lake levels have dropped.  This time, I was able to hop off the road, walk down to the shoreline, and grab a really nice piece of driftwood.  And no, the wood in the picture is not what I brought home.  *grin*


Eastborough Park

So this little park is a slice of nature 20 feet away from Kellogg in Wichita.  It’s in a little town within Wichita called Eastborough.  It was a hard enough place to get to…all the streets in the little town are one-way streets.  You need to know your way around.  I took some of my favorite pictures here, and it was well worth the confusing streets to get them.

This last one is my favorite.  I didn’t even know I had it until I got home and was able to fully review all of my pictures.  I was focusing on the stick and didn’t even realize I had gotten the droplets.