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West Virginia: New River Gorge Preserve

Hello, hello. So, yeah, the vacay got busy, which made it fun. Sadly, it’s over and I am now home again and it’s back to the grind stone, or will be as soon as I get sorted out. You know how it goes.

I took a lot of photos the second week and was whining to myself about getting them copied from Instagram to here, but it turns out I can just embed them. Yeehaw! Not only saves time, but storage space, as I am approaching my limit – again – and this time just resizing won’t do anything since I already resized everything before.

Anyway, I figured that waiting until November to go to West Virginia would mean I missed all the fall colors (they were gone here, already), but it did not! In fact, it seems like I was just in time for a lot of it. So, be warned, lots of pics of fall colors.

I was originally going to put them all in one post, but I guess it’s too many, so I’m breaking it up. If the embedding works, you should be able to click the little arrows for a slideshow on each embedded image.

If it works.

First, we have some random photos of West Virginia roads. These are all in the Beckley area and/or New River Gorge Preserve.

The New River Gorge Preserve is HUGE. Look it up on google maps. It’s also gorgeous. Apparently the river was too rocky and wild for early settlers to do anything with, so it was mostly left alone. Or something like that. It’s smack dab in…um, is it the Appalachian Mountains, or is it something else? I did a quick google, but couldn’t find it, so I’m going to call them super big hills for right now. Feel free to correct me in the comments.

Anyway, here we walked down to a little beach area. I’d like to think I took a photo of a sign or something so I could tell you what little area, but if I did, I haven’t copied it off yet (plus, I admit, my instagram postings are a little muddled because of their ten photo limits). It’s labeled as being the bridge, but you can see it isn’t…

There are a few more of that little beach area (including a coupe of repeats – sorry), and some more of an area up the road from it. Still not at the bridge, despite Instagram’s tagging.

More of the little beach and the river view from it – and though it’s tagged as the New Gorge River Bridge, it still isn’t. There’s a shot of some very interesting grass we found growing along the river – it’s triangle shaped! However, we were assured by a local that it is just boring old “river grass”. Yeah, I still thought it was pretty cool.

Okay, more tomorrow. Have an awesome triangle grass kinda day!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to 2005

Another two rolls of film made it to walmart and back. Not a lot of good pictures on it, sadly. Some were ruined by time like this one:


And others were just bad photography, like the four of the blurry toad (Which I’m not uploading). Among them were a few salvageable ones.


There was one photo that the effects of time enhanced:


Pretty cool, huh?

Not much to share. Been editing on the book. Hopefully it can be done soon so I can give it to the beta readers. Fun times.

Have a good one,

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Henry Doorly Zoo Part 2

Annnnnnnnd…I’m back. How lucky for you. Before I get into anything, I want to tell you about the cool contest we have going at the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy Webcomic site. A lucky winner will be featured in a page of our webcomic – how cool is that? And to enter all you have to do is post a selfie! You can get all the details on ย the TTC site or on the Facebook Fan Page.ย (while you’re there feel free to drop a like!)

Today’s photos are from our 2012 trip to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. I posted photos of the aquarium and sea life yesterday (there were some good ones IMHO). Today’s images are from the Leid Jungle complex. the cat house, and Madagascar.

The third, and final part will post tomorrow night. While you wait, be sure to enter the awesome TTC contest for your chance to be featured in a webcomic! Remember,ย you can get all the details on ย the TTC site or on the Facebook Fan Page.

Have a Madagascar kinda day!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚


Henry Doorly Zoo Part 1

Though we went to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha last April, we also went in June of 2012. Yes, the 2012 photo theme continues. I ended up with so many pictures that I’m splitting it up into three blogs. If you’re impatient, you can always check out my flickr album and see all of them (including the ones I’m not putting on here).

This bunch of photos comes from the aquarium complex.

I think the jelly fish shots turned out pretty good – and though there wasn’t much in the way of penguins I think I got some good shots of those in April. If I ever get caught up on my photo editing we’ll see.

In the meantime, there are waaaaayย more zoo photos in my Flickr albumย and I will post part 2 tomorrow.

Have ย jelly fish kind of day!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

The Characters I Hate

Though I haven’t mentioned it, I have been reading. I’ve just started Tricia Drammeh’s newest (yay!) and next I have DM Yates Dimmidiums #2 to beta. Before those, I read a book that took much longer than it should have. It looked like a good book. It sounded like a good book. It had romance, it had action, it had excitement, it had adventure, it was decently edited – it even had hot men. So what was the problem?

The protagonist was a Mary Sue.

A Mary Sue is basically a character that every character in the book instantly loves. Mary usually solves all problems, is clever, witty, ultra talented, and if she has flaws they only serve to make her somehow cuter. Often she is a personification of what the author wishes she was, hence why everyone falls in love with this character.ย (You can read about the history of the term.)

So our character (we’ll call her Mary) has a full time white collar job – the kind of job that you never really stop working. To wind down she does gardening. I’m down with that. Then the author starts to tell us how teeny-weeny-tiny she is. (I can’t count how many times we hear about her “child-sized hands”). She’s itty bitty, barely weighs anything – fine. I’ll take it. Suddenly, we are told that she’s still curvy with full breasts and a “luscious ass” despite weighing “100 pounds wet”. Ugh, but okay. Now we introduce the idea that Mary works out daily, while working this over-time filled job, and gardening. Okay. Fine. Of course, by now the hero, who has just met her, is head over heals for her, despite his swearing he will never date again after some horrible incident years ago (but hey, Mary is so great that upon *seeing* her he throws that out the window), and all of his friends, who are normally prickly, distrustful, and suspicious, instantly warm to her because she’s so funny and clever and can finish their sentences and figure out the truth of what’s going on (and a love triangle ensues, but that’s another story). Ugh. Then the author reveals that our white collar full-time working, gardening, exercising, witty, clever, smart, almost-psychic woman is now a WEAPONS expert. WHAT??? Are you kidding me? And… we’re not even a third through the book yet.

I’ll give you a hint, it just keeps going like that. She’s so perfect, that I’d like to see them put her on an episode of Dr. Who to see if she and her teeny tiny hands could out-perfect Clara. (sarcasm) Add to that the non-stop lectures this character gives us via her thoughts. She is a vegan, only eats all natural organic food (to the point of chewing someone out at one point), refuses to use technology because it’s “bad for you” (despite the obvious job requirements to do so) to the tune of a three paragraph lecture (meanwhile readers are reading this lecture on their eReaders!), only uses all natural herbs and holistic medicines, and don’t get me started on her views on religion, blah, blah, blah.

I can’t help it. When faced with a Mary Sue character I am instantly transported back to a high school mentality and want nothing more than to see someone dump a vat of pigs blood on them (ala Carrie). Not only does it grate on my nerves, the same way that tiny little princess that everyone just love-love-loved back in school made me want to vomit, but it makes the character unrelatable and unbelievable.

Or maybe it’s just me. I’ve run into a lot of these characters (the aforementioned Clara on Dr. Who is a glaring example), and there are plenty of people who seem to like them. (In the case of Clara it seems to be mainly men, though, so maybe they’re not paying attention to her personality?) but when answering the question “What inspired you to write your book” on an interview form today, I thought of them – of all the perfect Mary Sues. Back in the day, that was the reason I started my vampire series. I’d run into three different books in a row that had Mary Sue plain Jane who stumbles into fantasy land and within a week turns into a vampire/werewolf/monster killer. Um, no. Just, no. No ordinary woman is going to be able to turn into a ninja-style fighter over night (at least Mary was a work-out-aholic weapons expert to start with!). The characters also never faced consequences, despite being involved in incidents police would be called for, and there was never any mention of repercussions for any of their actions. Those things bugged the crap out of me then, and they bug me now.

How about you? What kinds of characters do you find annoying?

And while I’m here, enjoy some more random photos.

Have a Mary Sue kinda day!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Can You Identify These Cars?

Ah, the fun of a car show. Before you picture me trooping through snow with chattering teeth and frost bitten fingers, I have to admit that this car show was in June. Of 2012. Yeah, I know. It’s more of those old photos I’ve finally gotten around to editing.

The Father-in-Law (who has since passed away) was a mechanic and show car man, and so we went to several with him and his wife Jean. At the time I took the photos I knew what all of the cars were (because he told me!) Now, I’ve sadly forgotten, and without him to tell me again, I have no idea what they are. So, if you know, please, please, please comment it somewhere (click on the pic to make them bigger and in the lower right hand side you’ll see it says “Comment”) or you can comment on the post. Any help would be appreciated.

And for a couple non-mystery photos:

I admit, the fact that both Jean and Lonnie have passed away has contributed to my ignoring these photos – as well as ignoring my photos from February of 2012 when we went on t rip with them to Iowa (we were still in Missouri then), but I will have to deal with them one of these days.

And that’s all for now. Have a sparkly red car kinda day!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Lights in Omaha

Hubby has the hard drive imaged but now comes figuring out how to…do whatever it is needs done with the image to…make it into a hard drive. Yeah, I don’t know ANY of the terminology here. Long story short, the hard drive on this laptop has bad sectors – has had since I got it three years ago – and so he originally tried to clone it, but it wouldn’t clone right so he had to go to the next step, which makes an image of the drive (like a virtual disk – with an image of a disc you then mount it in a virtual drive to access it.) However, I have no idea what he does now to make the image into the actual data on the hard drive. I’m sure he knows, but…

Anyway, so I still have the drive with errors, but at least I have a drive. I got some photo editing done of the Omaha Christmas Lights we went to see last week. There is a light show in the park in front of the Mutual of Omaha building, but we missed it. Maybe next year.

If, for some reason, you want MORE Christmas lights, you can check out my flickr album of the trip OR there’s the Christmas Lights folder which may have some of dubious quality – I need to go through sometime and weed some of the older junk out. It’s just so time consuming!

Have a happy new year everyone!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Random Photos

I found some more rose photos from 2012, as well as a few clouds and some Japanese Beetles. I know, none of it is very Christmas-y, is it? I should post lights and trees and snowflakes; eggnog and cookies, but alas I don’t feel very Christmas-y, what with the weather and… and I don’t know. I don’t know when the last Christmas was that I *did* feel it. 1990 stands out as one of the most Christmas-y Christmases ever. I was in fifth grade and I remember we made construction paper socks to hang off our desks, and when we were good we’d get a piece of Christmas candy to put in it. We made the socks in art class (in a room in the basement) and somehow they got mixed up – or at least mine did – and I ended up with someone else’s. So I took it home and spent the evening decorating it up to my standards. I recall using a paper punch to make the holly berries and cutting out individual leaves for one side that the original owner had drizzled random glitter over. And the other side I drew Santa in front of a fireplace. It looked pretty good when I was finished. That was also the year I had a bad cough and my Dad, determined that if it tastes good it doesn’t work, bought me Luden’s honey lemon cough drops. I got slightly addicted to them and faked the cough for a week or more afterwards in order to keep getting the cough drops.

But as for why that year was extra-Christmas-y…I don’t know. The classroom was very decorated – there was tinsel on the windows and a tree – but then they did that in every classroom. And our house was always very decorated, so there was no change there. Regardless, that was the year where I felt the absolute most Christmas-y I have ever felt. It’s sad to peak when you’re ten.

Though I haven’t put photos here, I have made cookies this year, and we cut out snowflakes and hung them from the dining room ceiling, and we have a light up Santa and noel candles outside (with lights!) and of course there’s the tree we cut down ourselves, and we bought plenty of nice (though not super expensive) presents and we made Christmas cards and sent them out and we’ve even watched Rudolf, and National Lampoons, and several weird Christmas shows, including Santa Claus and the Ice Cream Bunny (DON’T follow in our footsteps. It’s horrible.) but still I’m stuck in “bleh”.

Oh well, moving on to those random photos I mentioned.

I will say that on the cloud with the lightning I had to clone brush out several electrical lines and I then accidentally hit the flip button. The pic looked WAAAAAY cooler upside down, so upside down it remains. It’s my favorite of this bunch, with the red rose with the water dripping out of it a close second.

And since it is almost three a.m. I leave you now. Have a good one and I hope you feel more holiday cheer than I do!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Mizumoto Stroll Garden

By editing one photo, shutting down the art program, opening the art program, editing one photo, etc. I managed to edit theย photos from our 2012 venture into the Japanese Stroll Garden in Springfield, Missouri. Things like this are why I miss living there. It was cheap to get in, beautiful, and very, very peaceful. Even with other visitors in the park it was arranged so that you felt like you were the only one there.

There are more photos in my Flickr album, as usual.ย And while these are CC they are sadly non-commercial via the rules of the park.

And if you want to see more of the Stroll Garden, and the surrounding parks, there is also an album from spring 2013 when I was able to get photos of some of the cherry blossoms.ย 

And now we’re off to a Christmas thing in Shen, so have a good one!

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer Roses

‘Tis the season for snow and penguins, but we don’t have any. ย We have warm weather and, though there is no photo of it in this blog, I DO still have some baby roses. Yeah. In December. In Iowa. I feel ripped off.

But I got some more of those 2012 photos edited – specifically some roses.

I admit, they don’t put you in the mood for Christmas, but they are pretty. There are more in the Flickr folder, and thousands more photos in my Flickr account. Literally. More than 22,000. Yeah, about 900 of those are book covers, but you get the picture. The picture. Get it??

Ha ha!

Okay, okay. here’s hoping your days are more seasonally appropriate than mine.

Have a Christmas-y kind of day.

Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

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