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AR Fun & Old Dunnigan Park Photos

Today I was thankful for the heating bags from my aunt and Juli, one on each side of my head helped a lot! (More later on that.)

Since Pokemon had the equinox event going this weekend, hubby and I went to Omaha and pokemoned for a little over an hour, then made a Walmart stop (where I continued to pokemon, ha ha!)



We also watched Money in the Bank tonight, but my head hurts too much to review it. I have a hard, pea sized lump behind my left ear, and the glands along the bottom of my neck are swollen and hurt. I noticed the lump and swelling last night (it didn’t hurt much then, but hurts now). Also my scalp is itchy (kinda weird). Hubby said to give it a couple days then go to the doctor (or I should say Nurse Practitioner because we don’t actually get doctors around here – I even went to ER in Red Oak once and could not get a real doctor…). I guess it will be a chance to meet the new one. I did google the symptoms and am happy to say that it doesn’t fit lymphoma (no night sweats, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, or painless lumps – this friggin’ hurts!- I worry because cancer runs in my family – my uncle had lymphoma in fact – and with Sjogrens my chances are increased), but it does fit an embedded tick, an infected bug bite, or an infected gland. So, we’ll see how it goes.

Not much else to say that I can think of, so gonna end this with some old photos I finally got edited. These are from the Dunnigan Park in Bolivar, from March of 2012.


And now I’m going back to editing the photos of Fort Madison because my head hurts too much to do anything else.

Have an Equinox extra pokemon event kinda day!

Jo :/

Last of the Rose Photos

And for your enjoyment, here are the last of the rose garden photos from Lauritzen Gardens!


I’m still really happy with how these came out. Those overlays really made a difference from bad lighting to magical sunset sparkle, LOL!

Okay, probably be back later for my daily thankfulness post.

Util then/if not have a sunset roses kinda day!

Jo 🙂


The last couple of nights we’ve had some pretty interesting storms with a LOT of lightning. Both nights the brother and I headed out of town to get some lightning shots. I don’t want to say we’re both fraidy-cats, but we do get spooked. The first night we had an okay time at our first spot – wasn’t creepy or anything, but the storm moved away, so we had to relocate. In the second location, we were on a hill, in the pitch black, on a gravel road in BFE, surrounded by the lowing of either cows or bullfrogs (really, it was bizarre sound that was sort of a mixture of the two and unlike any frogs or cows I ever heard), when there was a scuttling, scraping sound, kind of like I imagine The Luggage in Discworld novels makes, or the sound of some kind of very large crab. It scuttled/dragged itself across the gravel and into the weeds along the side of the road. By the time we got the light up and on it (I did mention it was pitch back out as the storm – and lightning -were in the distance, right?), the thing was concealed in the tall grass and the deep ditch. Needless to say, we decided it must be an alien facehugger. So, we left rather hurriedly. (laugh if you want, but I’m still alive.)

Last night we returned to the first spot (not stupid enough to go back to face hugger territory) but it kept pouring rain off and on (it’s hard to adjust a camera, hold a light, and an umbrella all with only two hands.)  Finally I set the tripod up in the backseat and rolled the window down just enough to take pictures out of it, ala FBI. I got some good ones, but then that weird frog/cow noise started, the wind picked up, and the rain really hit like a monsoon and we decided we were done. (I’ve left out the story of the radio coming on blaring music that nearly gave us both a heart attack, but it was exciting.)

So, today I am thankful to still be alive after adventures with the brother :p

As for those storm photos, here are some for you!

Tomorrow is the big Facbook party BTW. I’m giving away summer fun prizes. You don’t need to be a reader of my books to come join and play games, so there’s no excuse not to come!

Have a “not killed by a face hugger” kinda day!

Jo 😉

AR Fun

I know it’s supposed to be Blogophilia tonight, but between one thing and another I’m not done yet. I have two of the prompts worked into the story (a continuation of last week’s) but haven’t made the third yet, so I’ll have to do that tomorrow.

Today was one of those one thing and another days. I had company (which I enjoyed, might I add), had to cook, pokemoned for about 45 minutes extra just because it’s the start of the Equinox event (more ice and fire types and extra XP),  etc etc. so I didn’t get a lot done. There’s always tomorrow, I guess.

Anyway, I thought I’d share my fun AR shots I took tonight. AR – Augmented Reality – is what the pokemon game is built around; the idea that reality has been added to – aka with the pokemon that pop up in real world places. They have a cool feature that let’s you play that way, or just take photos. I haven’t done much with the photos in the past, but I’ve decided to try to get some fun ones because while catching a pidgey may not be exciting, taking a photo of a pidgey perched on a tree would be a lot of fun.

Taking a shot is actually a bit challenging because you have zero control over where the pokemon shows up in the screen. And it isn’t a matter of, “Oh, he’s at the bottom, so he’ll stay there when I lift my phone up.” No, he stays rooted where he is, as though he was *really* there, and if you move your phone too far he just disappears off frame. SO a lot depends on where your phone is aimed when you switch to AR mode, and then it’s still a matter of getting it lined up by changing your angle, and… anyway, it’s a “thing”.

Also, I mentioned dinner? We had Native tacos, which are so, so good!



Oh, and hubby said the soap from yesterday’s remelt blog worked just fine. he compared it to sandpaper, in fact, so maybe fewer coffee grounds next time. Then again, maybe the sandpaper is a good thing.

And now I am heading to bed and will write more tomorrow. I also need to get my party stuff worked on for Saturday.

Have a pulling Pikachu’s tale at Walmart kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Baylis Park in Council Bluffs & Other Things

Yesterday hubby and I did our weekly grocery shopping. It was a sunny day:

We went to several places, including the restore where we picked up a couple of ceiling fans, Menards where I finally got a couple of trellises, and we tried Freddy’s (who has frozen custard and steak burgers! I didn’t try a burger but their hot dog was really good!).

I insisted on some pokemon time, but he didn’t want to go back to Omaha, so instead we hit up the Baylis Park area. Normally we just drive around it, but the fountain was working and lit up, so we stopped and I took a bazillion pictures of it because it changes color!!

There’s also a cool gazebo thing there:

Everything is squirrel themed, though I have no idea why. Something to google I guess.

Anyway, I was thankful yesterday for getting to play around the fountain. The wind was blowing the spray around in a fine mist, and I really enjoyed hopping around in it, squealing, and hopping away and such. Like a toddler in the sprinkler. It was a lot of fun.

And now I need to go hand wash my dishes because our dishwasher died. Yeah. Already. Hubby thinks it is the motor. Not happy about it, but I’m pretty sure the warranty is over (we’ve had it for just over two years.). Something else to look into, though.

Have a playing in the fountain kinda day!

Jo 🙂


Fan fiction and Flowers 

Today I am grateful for receiving the first entry in the fan fiction event. Whoo hoo!! I haven’t had time to read all of it yet, but I enjoyed what I did read. 

And now, you thought I forgot to bore you with flower photos. Ha ha! You were wrong!

In truth, the base pics were pretty bad ; harsh lighting because they were taken late in the day. So I thought, why correct it when I can tweak it? Using those snazzy overlays I bought a bit back, I embraced the sunset lighting scheme and enhanced it. I’m happy with the results. 

And now, bed time. 

Have a fan fiction kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Mysteries & Flowers

Today I am thankful for the third mailing of Risen, the Mysterious Package experience we got for my brother. He has enjoyed it, which I’d hoped he would. Though I will say we didn’t have to spend as long solving things on this one, but that was because we have the translation app on his phone, so the Russian was easy to translate. Had we not had the app it would have been quite an ordeal, let me tell you. This mailing included a letter that wrapped things up and a severed finger in a vial of serum. OoooOOoooOOooo.


Other than that I finally got around to buying the Last Shadow Puppets second album. I admit, I put it off last year because I HATED the song Bad Habit and was only iffy on Everything You’ve Come to Expect – and then I forgot all about it. But I thought of it today, so I finally broke down (after sampling the songs on Amazon) and I’m glad I did. I still dislike Bad Habit, but it might eventually grow on me. The rest of the songs are worth a listen, especially Patterns, Aviation, and The Bourne Identity.

And now I share some more pretty flowers with you! Ha ha! They will never end!

Tomorrow evening we’re heading to Bloomfield, Iowa so we can make it to the salvage yard there in the a.m. and get the fender for our truck – the only thing left to fix from where hubby hit the deer.

Have a severed finger kinda day!

Jo 🙂

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