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From Kansas To Texas And Back – Day One

From Kansas to Texas and Back – Day One – Driving Across Kansas

This could be an interesting trip.
Crazy Kansas weather!
Driving. Started in a rain. Rain turns to snow. Snow turns to sleet. Fog moves in.
It was just spring weather a day ago now this road looks like a blizzard!
Top of the hill straight ahead. The animals are confused too.
One big ol’ buck and 3 doe run across the highway. Just around the corner. Two calves are walking in the ditch.
Maybe the wind opened a gate.
35 miles from home. A scared looking totally confused and half frozen coyote sitting near the road.
And then.
A bull! Yes. There’s a fence down. Maybe this wind has blown it over.
The dam. Must drive over the dam and pass the lake. Wind, rain, snow, slick roads.
These roads have gone from dry to wet to really wet to slick then back to dry and back to wet…
This all happens before I even get to the interstate.
Merge into traffic. Head east.
Fog comes back and WIND!
Wind hits me broad side and tries to push me off the road.
It’s a fight to keep it between the lines.
There’s a huge sign for the presidential library and museum.
I’m sure I just saw part of Ike’s face fly loose
and disappear into the fog.
More snow with the wind.
And then it stops.

Songs Of Silence —
1/160 sec – f/10 – ISO 100 – 35mm

I drive out of the storm.
Crazy strange storm.
Even by Kansas standards this was a very crazy storm.
Roads are much dryer. Fog lifts.
What was that??? Did I just drive past a field of llamas?
or was it Alpaca.
What kind of crazy storm did Kansas cook up this time?
Did I just land over the rainbow?
First stop is near.
Feels like I drove for days and it’s only lunchtime.
Lunch stop. Storm gone. Roads clear.
Final part of today’s drive is uneventful.
But that start!!!
Yep this could be a very interesting journey.


I Have Good Excuses. Really I Do!

Hmmm. My last post was in February! On Valentine’s day to be exact. Sorry to have gone missing on you again it seems that happens a lot lately.

But I have good excuses. Really I do!
Just give me a minute to explain.

My Excuses Are As Follows:
mostly in chronological order because I just looked at the calendar to see where the heck the last 2 months have gone.

*biopsy results to talk about with the Doctor that would later do the surgery
*another epidural spinal injection [Oh, in case you were wondering, yes the second one hurts a lot more than the first.]
*a newly forming women’s craft group to kick off
*the aforementioned surgery to remove those suspicious spots tested with that biopsy
*a weekend trip to see the kiddos, and for D to help K with some car trouble
*fall craft fairs to get signed up for
*that new Photoshop painting technique to play around with and practice on; just wait till you see what I’m painting now!!!
*the follow up to hear the pathology results [yes it could come back, yes it could get worse, but NO meds and NO oncology this time!!]
*a week of dog sitting for 2 of my “grandpuppies”
*a follow up CT for my breathing issues [yep, we all know this getting old business really sucks. Welcome to the COPD club!]
*a new crochet pattern for a life size baby doll found, skin tone yarns purchased, and two arms already done [I must remember to share a picture or two of this one with you all when it’s completed]
*an awesome KPPA photo safari to Castle Rock and Monument Rock [I hope to have images ready to share soon!! It really is a beautiful part of the state to see even if it is way out west in the middle of a field of cattle.]

—As a bonus tip we learned that cattle are not the best conversationalist nor do they give very good directions.

Castle Rock Kansas
Castle Rock – Kansas

*and tonight will bring something completely new to me… Women In Agriculture. Tonight’s program is all about freezer meals. Nice!

So you see; I really haven’t been ignoring you. Just a bit preoccupied.

See ya soon with a few more images from those big beautiful rocks!