Down The Lane

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Down the lane and through the farmyard seems like a good place to be. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing today, find a way to be kind to yourself.

Follow that path, pause to breathe fresh air, capture the moment with a photo. It’s worth the effort. I promise.

Devil’s Tower, Black and White, and Stall Tactics

Weeding phone pictures is a task that I am unapologetically bad at until warnings start popping up about full storage.

I don’t carry a camera most days and instead rely on my iPhone for walking around pictures. That means there are fun pictures of cool things collected here. There are also funny memes, images of recipes and pictures of things to remember. Products in the store and their barcodes save time later but they also accumulate until cleaning house is forced.

At this moment, photo weeding is supposed to be a priority. Instead I’m reliving adventures and converting some western vacation pictures from last summer to black and white.

Who needs productivity when you can have art?

Here’s a scene from Lusk, Wyoming. Classic and western, right?

And this is Devil’s Tower.

It’s sacred ground and it is monolithic. To call it impressive would be an understatement.

Here’s the view from the trail.

It was here that I saw my first Prairie Dogs and, I know how ridiculous this sounds, but that was a trip highlight. Cute little guys, those prairie dogs, but they’re prone to carrying disease so don’t try to pet them!

So that’s enough stalling. Time to resume photo weeding and back up. Tell me I’m not the only person who postpones organizing phone pictures until it’s an absolute requirement!

The View From Here

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This is the George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, Indiana. I sat on those steps early one fall morning in 2018 and watched the sunrise. It was a beautiful Saturday morning and the town was quiet.

I sat here for a long time just enjoying the peace and lost in my own thoughts. That was a rebuilding year for me personally and one of the best things that came out of that time was that I managed a good bit of travel and embraced my status as a single person. Sitting here that morning I realized that I was ok with who I was and the fact it’s just me.

The sunrise view from these steps wasn’t the best but the view of my life from these steps was darn good.

At the end of the day, you’re all you have and no amount of money, no stuff, no job, no relationship and no promises will change that. Embrace who you are, learn to take care of yourself, take the solo trip, eat alone in the restaurant, go live your life.

The sun will rise and set every day. In between the two, there are adventures to be had. Don’t waste a single minute. Get out there and enjoy life.

The Car

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On Monday I shared a picture of a cool hood ornament. A few folks asked about the car attached to that hood ornament and I luckily had a picture to share!

It’s from a 1930 Model A that I admired at a local event last year. A regional Model A Club was giving rides and, while this isn’t the car I rode in, it’s pretty fantastic.

By the way, my very smart dad tells me that the hood ornament on this car is a radiator cap. Beautiful and useful too!

Jump. Don’t Climb

Scout loves to jump. Climbing is good but jumping is better. And like most cats, he always wants to be at the highest point in any room.

He recently found his way to the bookcases in my bedroom.

The route? Jump from the night stand to the top suitcase. Hold on tight, balancing carefully as the suitcase shakes and threatens to fall. Then nonchalantly step over to the top shelf where he can balance atop books and radios galore.

Super, right? I can’t wait till he starts knocking things down from here. . .

Making The Best Of It

Saturday was gloomy and cool but that didn’t deter me from hitting the trail. I’ve been dying to get out for a hike for about a month now. Sadly, it has been rainy or dark every time the opportunity has been available.

The trail was nearly deserted and there were few people around to interfere with my peaceful morning. It reminded me that sometimes conditions in life are not ideal. Sometimes it’s a little dreary and cool. Sometimes you can’t have just what you want. That doesn’t mean you should not push forward, make the best of your circumstances, and reach for what will make you happy.

In fact, you may just find the experience more enjoyable because you’re pushing forward while the crowds are holding back.

Airplanes and Good Memories

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That’s the Grimes Flying Laboratory taking off from the Jackson County, Ohio Airport while Dewey Davenport awaits his turn in his 1930 New Standard. The occasion was a 50th anniversary celebration at the airport. I was there for my first ever biplane ride and a Model A ride.

It was a good day. Happy memories like these help to carry me through the winter until new adventures can be had. I’m grateful to have pictures like this one to keep the memories alive!