Winter Trees

winter trees

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Highway to heaven?

Sunday morning

Another photo of the trip to Mt. Carmel UMC on Sunday morning. It was a beautiful morning with a sky so blue that it seemed fathomless.

Trees

This one’s for you, Kim. This is the road to Mt. Carmel UMC, off Hwy 79, just north of Rison. This sight greeted us yesterday morning on the way to church.

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Fordyce Railroad Station

Fordyce RR Station

Fordyce is just down the road from Rison, and I took this photo of the old railroad station while waiting for Jim to pick up cleaning nearby. There is a railroad festival every year in Fordyce which is a really big deal. I can’t wait to attend our first one.

I’ve been gone for a while, and found a gentle nudge from a dear young woman to get back into the swing of things in here. So I’ll just have to put my quilting aside occasionally, grab a heavy coat, and get outside to explore my home territory with my ever-ready little digital camera. Sorry for the absence, everyone, but hey! I’m back! (Thanks, Kim!)

Stormy Day

stormy day

This photo was taken the day the storms came through Arkansas. The dark bruised-looking clouds hung low to the horizon. We did not get the bad storms that other areas of the state did, but the wind was fierce.

I’ve been tagged by Kim of Celina Daily Photo to play along in the New Years Resolution game. She was tagged by Jim of Terrell Daily Photo. Here is how the game goes: When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions we seem to fall into four categories: 1) quite serious about them, 2) flippant about them, 3) pressured to do them, or 4) do not do them. So, the purpose of this little game is to let us know which category you are in. I will give mine, then tag 3 other sites to do the same thing.

My resolutions (hopes) for this year:

1. To live and enjoy each day and moment with a focus on it, without worrying about the past or the future.

2. To connect more with friends and family.

3. To eat more healthy foods, without worrying about losing weight.

4. To begin to walk regularly, rather than sporadically, and not worry about how far or how fast. Just walk and enjoy the process.

Those are brief and rather broad, but I believe I can work toward those four goals without an overload of stress and guilt when I don’t quite make it as I’d hoped. So I guess you could say I’m in the “quite serious” about them category.

Now to tag three others: Gordon of Adelaide Daily Photo and J. Andrew of Van Buren Daily Photo and Kate of Cork Daily Photo. If you haven’t already, go check out their sites, as well as Kim’s and Jim’s.

Rainy Day Occupation

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The past few days of cloudy skies and rain have turned me back to my quilting. Above is a hand-pieced top that is perhaps a fourth finished. Below is a close up of several of the hexagon blocks set with small white hexagon units.

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Crisp and Bright Day

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Home at last! This house is on the highway going through Rison, and sits so majestically on this beautiful winter day.

Naniboujou Lodge

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Naniboujou Lodge is located close to the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. The lodge sits on the shores of Lake Superior and is open only during part of the year. This picture is of the magnificent, one of a kind fireplace that dominates one wall of the dining room.

Again I apologize for not being able to resize photos on my laptop. Happy New Year to all my friends and family! This photo of the beautiful Naniboujou Lodge does not do justice to seeing this old place in person. My friend Christa and I stayed there on our vacation north in 2006. (Click on the photo for a more manageable size. Click again for a larger version that shows off the dining room beautifully.)

Summer Memory

Grand Marais marina 

Since we’re on vacation, and I forgot the interface for my digital camera to my laptop, I’ll be posting some photos of past vacations here for the next week or so. This is the harbor at Grand Marais, Minnesota. These waters of Lake Superior are cold even in August, when a friend of mine and I visited the area.

Did I fail to mention I also cannot resize photos on my laptop? Sorry.

Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas to all! We’ll be traveling this week to enjoy the company of children and grandchildren and friends. May God bless all of your Christmases and your New Years!