Saturday, January 5, 2013


What we did while the dads and guys were at the lake
catching fish for our dinner.

 Conditions at the sledding hill were perfect.

 Angry Birds of all kinds…

 …were flying through the air.

One Black Bomb Bird

 Two Black Bomb Birds

 Watch out for the Mom Bird!

 Sled races



 Unusual sleds

A  Double

 …with a synchronized hand dance.

 A Triple

 Meanwhile at the top of the hill

 The moms were providing power for the next run.

(note to family:  high rez versions of these photos are available upon request.
Or you can wait until I get my stuff in a stack and send them and more out on disk)

Thursday, January 3, 2013


DH and friends left at six a.m. to go ice fishing in Montana.  The temperature here this morning is minus 10 F (-23C) give or take a few double digit degrees.  He was excited it would be much colder at the lake.  Having a spouse who likes to ice fish is like having one who thinks he is a chicken.  I'd tell him he's crazy but we like the eggs--or in DH's case--the trout. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Google Street View captures the moment  in locations throughout the world.  If you search the internet you'll find discovered examples of weird, funny and unusual events caught by their cameras.

Somewhere in the UK a seagull nearly collides with the Streetview Camera.

The aftermath of a motorcycle wreck.

Santa making some late deliveries.

In December I went looking for another image in Slovakia to use for the Virtual Paintout.  I was "traveling" down a street in a village called Oravska Lesna in the Zilina region when I saw two ladies on the sidewalk.  They were carrying handbags and looked like they were on their way to go shopping.
Approaching them from the other direction I saw a boy wearing a baseball cap. 

Here's the link to the location.  Check it out.  Be sure to give it time to open. I'll wait here for you.

Then I noticed the boy was enjoying an ice cream cone.  A few feet past the ladies I made a 180 degree turn to look back and saw the boy continued to to savor his ice cream but had respectfully given the right of way to the two ladies and had stepped off the curb to let them pass.  You'll find my entry in the December Virtual Paintout about thirteen pictures down.

January's paintout is the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea just off the coast of Ireland.  I'm looking forward to exploring another new location.