Are you brave enough to touch it?  Up close a cactus looks like a bunch of flowers on a stem, soft and inviting.  I would touch it not knowing what it is, but when someone says it is a cactus…well never mind!

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Yep it’s risky!


I took some photos of my husband hang gliding and as I look at them I see risky written all over them!  I have written before about his flying but I realize now how risky it is for me to take the pictures!

Hang Gliding

To get good shots I’d have to lay on the ground and the tow plane would travel right by me…hmmm not ready for that yet!  I also want to get aerial shots so I’ll need to go up in one of the tow planes, which have no doors and are totally open to the environment.  Ok that I can do!


Next flying season I’ll just have to do both!  I’m just so fascinated by hang gliders and the guts the pilots have I guess it will be my turn to just do it!




The loyality of an animal is pure and intentional.  Jax is half Labrador and half Weimaraner and my husband took him in when he was about a year old.  Of course, Weimaraners are high strung so it takes a special person to have patients as he went through his puppy phase.  When he got him the previous owners left him in a crate all day and very rarely let him out.  Thank goodness they had enough and his doors opened wide to welcome Jax.  Soon we were married and my husband and Jax moved to the country.  He was the happiest I had ever seen him, so much room to run and a lake he could swim in.

He is 8 years old now and is a calmer, older dog but wherever I go he is by my side.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been diagnosed with Diffuse Systemic Scleroderma.  There are times that it is a challenge coming down the stairs in the morning, and one morning I found out how loyal he really was.

I started going down the stairs and my legs were stiff so I made a loud thud when my foot hit the top of stair.  I started to fall forward and went to grab the handrail but my hands have a hard time gripping the railing.  I look down and there was Jax.  He heard me fumbling and came to my aid and I grabbed him.  He stopped my fall.  He stayed next to me as we went down each step and once I was on the floor…he took off lol!  He did his job.

Animals are amazing, they sense when you need help without evening saying a word.  This is Jax, look at his face!  So cute and loyal.



Costa Rica part II

I just got back from Costa Rica but this time we took my girls with us.  Once again I had a great time!  The good news on this trip was my oldest daughter speaks Spanish so that helped a bunch!  The people there are so nice and most speak English but it is nice to communicate in their native language!

We rented a car this time and had to figure out how to drive 40 miles to the rented house.  Fairly easy but we did learn they don’t follow the US driving codes!  The roads were paved for the most part but there were gravel roads with major potholes so it was an amusement ride in addition to driving!

So I took pictures of course!

I loved the shape of this tree so we stopped so I could get a picture, of course don’t forget the cow!

We were here in January and the one thing I noticed was the color of the sand had changed. I was told by a local lady that the black sand was volcanic ash and it gets washed ashore in the fall because of the change of the current. The tan sand is in the spring..never considered that! Another awesome tid bit about this place!

Of course the local wildlife was everywhere!

In my previous Costa Rica blog I had mentioned I found an incredibly scary creature…well I found another one!

Of course you can’t forget sunsets and scenery!!!

We made it back and as I sit here and look at the pictures I can’t wait until we go back again!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Family corners



I like this corner of my machine shed because in the middle you can see a slight tear…grandpa hit it with the combine!


My great grandpa built this and the corners are simple.  This was back when a 2×4 was real dimensions.


Corner of the work bench my father made when he was 18.

Magnetic to bugs!


My poor trees seem to be magnetic towards pests.  My beloved elm is has the Emerald Ash Bore which bores into the veins of a tree and slowly interrupt the flow of nutrients to the tree.  My youngest daughter lived in this tree growing up and I’m sad to see it go.


The apple tree was attacked by Japanese Beetles and they pretty much ate all the leaves.  Believe it or not it was covered in green leaves this spring!  I guess no applesauce, apple butter or apple pie this year!


The cedar tree that was planted over 80 years ago by my great grandfather is magnetic to lightning…the top was hit!

lightening tree

I’m hoping to be magnetic to the lottery!  Maybe the right numbers will just be attracted to me and I’ll be the next big winner!

Learn from science



The current administration in the US has decided to down play science and silence those who have the knowledge to make this world a better place.  We learn from science everyday and those who spend their lifetime doing research, shouldn’t be silenced just because it doesn’t fit into an agenda.  We all have our views towards science like whether or not climate change or global warming is real.  Scientific research has given us so many great accomplishments, maybe we should listen.

I would like to pay homage to a woman whom I admire and gave me the initiative to keep learning about science and fulfilling my dream.

Maria Sklodowska, otherwise known as Marie Curie was a female scientist that fought many trials and tribulations to obtain her status as a well known Nobel Peace Prize winner.  She was the first female to obtain this prestigious award and also the only woman to have won in two different categories: physics and chemistry.

She and her husband took earlier research on uranium and discovered how it worked, which lead to her idea of radioactivity.  Further study of radioactivity lead to polonium (named after Poland her country), radium and ultimately curium (which was named after her).  The discovery  lead to nuclear energy and the creation of the X-ray machine in addition to other research.  In WWI, this machine saved many lives and was known as the “Little Curie Machine”.


Marie ultimately gave her life to the research she truly believed in.  She died in 1934 at the age of 67 from radiation poisoning.  Because of her death, science has learned about the dangers of radiation and implemented safe levels for those who use it.  Without those guidelines, many more would perish, but thanks to science we now know.  How many times have you had an X-ray?  Did it show you have a broken bone or other ailment?  We can thank Marie Curie and science for the ability of seeing through our body to determine what is going on.

Today we have MRI’s that have expanded from this idea by using powerful magnets instead of radiation.  Science keeps us learning and reaching for the impossible, it should be embraced as a chance to learn about the unknown, not silenced.

This is one of her quotes that I think sums up our view of the unknown…

“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.  Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood”

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