Photo 365 #225

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen the beautiful blue sky we had the other morning.  If not, scroll down the page a ways and look for it in the sidebar.

Go on – I’ll wait. 🙂

I took that picture on my way to work.  I’d stopped to get gas and while I was filling up, I happened to notice the sky.  But the beauty didn’t stop there:

I took these on my way to lunch that very same noon.  I love how the clouds just feathered out at the ends, almost as if they were oil and the sky water.  Except I suppose oil really doesn’t do that in water, does it?  Well then, it’s almost like the clouds are smoke that’s just fading away…

Okay, that’s not a very good comparison, either.  But I’m still recovering from strep, so, uh…And it’s Friday…

Anyway, I just love how these pictures turned out.  The colors are spectacular, the clouds are gorgeous, and I could stare at them all day long. 🙂

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Freeze!

*yawn*

*blink blink*

*chugs two gallons of strong coffee*

Wow!  Well, that’s a little better.  After yesterday, I’m exhausted.  It seems like every time I have a day or two off of work, I need a day or two to recover.  Vacation can be exhausting, but this summer, I haven’t been able to go on vacation, and it’s been equally exhausting.

IMG_20140805_150429Yesterday I froze corn, something I’ve only attempted as an adult once up to now.  It was bad.  I found my grandma’s recipe, then promptly misread it, and the results were terrible.  But we received a boatload of fresh sweet corn over the weekend and had to do something with it, so yesterday I tracked down my grandma’s recipe again, determined to have better results this time.

I’m happy to say I got what I wanted.  I’m even happier to say that I’m done freezing corn (for a while, anyway).

I posted a few shots of my progress on Instagram throughout the day yesterday, but it was after 11:00 p.m. last night before we were finally finished – it would have been much later without the help of my wonderful family.   When I was a kid, my mom’s family always used to freeze corn together – we shucked and cut the corn outside (this keeps the mess down, and I really wish I’d done the same thing yesterday), then cooked it inside.  It was always a big day – Grandpa always had a truckload of corn to freeze.  One of my favorite corn-freezing stories involved my great-grandma.  I have no idea if I was present at the time this particular incident occurred (she died when I was four), but I get a kick out of the story regardless.   Anyway, it was corn-freezing day…

Photo Friday: Outside Interests

Today’s Photo Friday theme is all about the great outdoors.  If you keep tabs on my Instagram widget in the sidebar on the right, you’ll see that I take lots and lots of pictures of flowers.  Like, seriously, a ton.  I may not be able to grow flowers worth a hoot, but I sure can take nice pictures of them.

More pretties are hidden behind the cut!

The change is amazing

From this:

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It's another snowy day in Iowa.

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To this:

Lately…

Lately I’ve been working.  A lot.  I’ve been working a lot at work (Ooh, hello, tax season!).  I’ve been working a lot at home, too (the laundry never. ends.), both on house-type stuff and writing-type stuff.  I have my work cut out for me on the last chapter I wrote; the last third of it needs some serious help.  But that will have to wait.

I’ve also been having some fun.  With what, you ask?  Well, I’ve been messing about on Pinterest quite a lot lately.  You can find boards depicting Lokana, the surrounding area, and the people who live there.  You can also find a few laughs, if you’re so inclined, and maybe a little writerly inspiration.

I’ve also rekindled my photography habit.  Or rather, my photo-editing habit.   Behold, the fruits of my labor. . .behind the cut!