Archive for July, 2012


So I was sitting outside tonight, minding my own business.

When I glanced up into our pine tree and thought, well what is that hanging there?


It’s moving…

I realized we had various stages of Cicadas hatching or whatever you want to call it.

So I went and got my camera, found an old wooden side table / step thing we have by the bar-b-que and started shooting.




Oh look this guys is still squirming his way out.

I think I’ll watch him for awhile.

I’m taking shots at different angles, trying to see what’s in focus and what’s not.


Suddenly “George” starts wriggling really fast and his little legs are flailing all around. (yes I named him George)

Well what is going on with this guy?


Oh! He has a free loader on his back!


Come on dude find your own spot! This is a huge tree!


George is asking me for assistance.

Yea, not going to happen, George…

That was the last shot I got of George.

In the tree anyway…

I was looking at the last picture I took to see if I had it focused ok and when I looked back up, George was gone.

Wait a minute they have to let their wings unfold and dry out before they fly the coop…

Where did he go?

Oh hell!!

I look down and George is clinging to my shorts!!!

He’s clinging to my shorts!!!!!!

In a flash I’m jumping off my rickety step and now my arms and legs a flailing! Oh there was some screaming as well!

Finally after about 1/2 an hr. I got him off me.

(okay maybe it was more like 5 seconds)


He landed in the grass.

…and I’m pretty much done for the night.

George will be fine I’m sure.


Well, maybe not…

To be continued?

Nope, I’m going to bed.

Night all!

Until next time…Appy Trails. Smile

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I’m going to be a rebel and start with the color green for this blog.


After 6 weeks of no rain and scorching 100+ degree temperatures…


We are finally getting some rain. I’m so happy for green right now.

There I got my “green” out of my system.

…for this blog, anyway…

…I love the fact that I can now walk barefoot in the grass and not say “ouch, ouch, ouch” while I’m doing it…

…and I actually saw a neighbor mowing his lawn for the first time since the end of May…

Okay, now for my purple…


Throughout the drought I tried to keep my flowers and garden watered. I walked around the house and into our ditch to snap some photos.

Speaking of gardens…

…my cucumbers are sure strange this year…


Say hello to my little friend…


I think I’ll call him, Benny. Benny the bird.

(I’m in a strange mood today)

Anyway I must remember this is the weekly photo challenge and it’s about purple.

There are lots of variations to the color purple…

Dare I say there could be “50 shades” of purple?

Tee Hee!

Until next time…Appy Trails. Winking smile

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This is the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this challenge.

We live on a farm and I think this is a beautiful moment.

Whether you’re a horse, dog, cat, cow, human or basically “All Creatures Great And Small”.

Did you read those books by James Herriot?

You should.


Get ready…

Are you sure you want to see?







Inside for 11 months and 10 days.


Outside…finally, after 11 months and 10 days.

Until next time…Appy trails. Smile

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This is what I’ve been dreaming about lately.

This is what Southern Wisconsin has been dreaming about for months.

It may not last long but we’ll take it.


The brown in the background is my pasture. It’s also the color of the hay fields around here.

Until next time…Appy Trails. Smile

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This is Emma’s tail. It never stops.


This is Emma. She never stops.


Until next time…Appy trails. Smile

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I’m really frustrated with the whole job hunting thing.

Having done the vet tech thing for many years, I just couldn’t handle the physical demands of it anymore.

I quit in November of 2011 for a break.

After having a medical procedure I started job hunting again this March.

Are there any work at home jobs out there that aren’t a scam???



It’s 102 degrees here in Wisconsin, and I’m feeling grumpy from lack of horseback riding and frustrated from job hunting.

So I’m going to go hose down the horses and get away from the computer.

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