23 December 2009

gifted cards

Cards for holiday presents finished. Check!

14 December 2009

04 December 2009

(blanket) FORT

Needless to say, I'll be sleeping here tonight. And maybe for the rest of my life.

29 November 2009

new card design

V. time-consuming design, but worth it, methinks.

22 November 2009

15 November 2009

butternut squash pie

My day today. Om nom nom.

01 November 2009

sunday afternoon, the end

sunday afternoon, cont'd

The Mississippi.

Kind of love the graphic on their warning signs. That's exactly what a person falling off the side of a hill would look like, no?

sunday afternoon

Gorgeous day, so went hiking at Effigy Mounds National Park today.

12 October 2009

elkport revisited

Remember that little bank building that I blogged about last winter, from the once-town of Elkport, IA? I went back there this weekend to see if it was still standing... and it's not. In the above photo, it used to sit between the powerline post and the tree at the right.

The far building that is also missing from the left picture was the old high school. That building was in bad shape -- the roof had caved in -- and they were already starting to demolish it by the time I left in April. I assume that the bank was then next.

Shortly after I had posted the original photos back in February, I was informed (thanks, Jim!) that the bank building was actually used as the town Post Office for many years (I'm unsure if it was still the Post Office at the time of the flood in 2004, but I did see some letter boxes through the window, so it's possible).

The entire flood area is now a community park and campground. I don't know what kind of structural damage the bank building sustained (the outside walls looked pretty stable to my untrained eye), but it's unfortunate that it wasn't able to be saved and incorporated into the park.

The church is still standing, and looks in great shape.

07 October 2009

how to climb a tree

Step 1: Find a tree.
Step 2: Move upwards by any means possible.
Step 3: Look down. Why else climb a tree if not to see how things look from up a tree?

26 September 2009

kitchen painting

Decided my kitchen walls need some color.

13 September 2009

09 September 2009

screen shots

Who knew window screens could be so much fun? Not me. (Click on the individual photos to see a larger version and get the full effect.)

small town views

04 September 2009

i walked the red carpet

Not really. But there was a (short section of) red carpet, complete with (not necessarily short) LA movie people, in town tonight. The town being Elkader, IA, population 1500, the occasion being the new indie film 16 to Life, filmed on location twenty minutes away in McGregor (which, just to be properly thorough, has a population of 871). And that's the news.

28 August 2009

07:16 friday

Hear the morning birds?

20 July 2009

sunday picnic

Today I head back to Minnesota. Farewell for now, New York City.