Friday, February 13, 2015

February 13, 2015 Another gray day in the neighborhood...........

We have had a lot of gray, gray days this winter.  I have to say.......I'd rather have more cold and blue than warm and grey.  On this particular day, it had been pretty gray and I just decided when the sun peeked out for a minute, I was going to go for it!  I headed for the shore and got some glorious sunny photos, for about five minutes............then, back to gray!  But, I thought this one was pretty even without all the color.
If you have followed me for a while, you know I like to be outside, and I like photography.  Winter is my most prolific time, as a rule.  But, we haven't had too much for ice formations this winter.  So, that, along with all the gray weather, has not had me out taking as many photos as usual.  But, I'm always out looking.......
Now that I have two dogs that love going for their daily adventure, that keeps me inspired also.  Betsy is doing very nicely these days.  Having Toby to show her "how things are done around here" is very helpful.  There is nothing like an old dog to teach a young dog what she needs to do.
We have had nice snow for skiing this winter.  So, almost every afternoon, Betsy and I hit the trails.  Nothing like a good run on skis to inspire a young dog to run and get her exercise.  Toby is way past that.  He will be 12 in May.  He still likes his fun.  However, long runs in the deep snow aren't his thing any more.  He likes a good, hard packed trail.  We had that until this last 6-7" of snow.  This snow is pretty sugary and doesn't pack well.  It is, however, great for skiing.
There isn't much new going on in my world to write about these days either.  There are news items that could make me get a good rant going.......and, I think about it.  However, not everyone is always of the same opinion and, uplifting words are better than a good rant.......even if you mean every word of it.  If I get one going..........I mean it!
I have started working on the Hovland Arts Festival stuff for the year.  There is always plenty to do there.
I had a chat with Sameen Amin, who is producer of America Tonight on the Al Jazeera network.  The discussion was about wolves.  They were coming to Minnesota to do a program about hunting them in Minnesota.  It aired Wednesday night.  I missed it.  The movie Zero Dark Thirty came on and I was watching that instead of watching for what was on the other network.  It isn't listed in the TV guides so I just had to watch for it...........and missed it!  A friend, I had told about it and that it was supposed to air sometime this week saw it.  We had discussed her coming up here and getting her out with a wolf hunter.  She was all for it.  However, they ended up in Ely and never did get up here.  I guess they did show both sides of the issue with the people from HOWL, in the cities, showing their side.
Maybe one day I will catch it on a repeat!
Anyway.......winter is passing........we have lots of deer around........a few rabbits........little of this and that.  Not exciting stuff, most days.........but, that's ok.


  1. This is a beautiful photo--and I think the "no color" makes it even better. Thanks for sharing. And I hear you about rants. Thanks for sharing non-rant stuff. :-) Keeps me from getting into my energy-sucking rants!!

    1. Oh, I can quite get in to some of the rants with some of the stuff going on these days. I quite think some of it needs to be said, and heard by more people. But, the ones that need to hear it don't want to .......anyway. They would rather bury their head in the sand and pretend all is well and it isn't happening. But, another day! :)

    2. You are right on--the ones that need to hear it don't want to, or won't believe it, ... . wonder how one gets their message across to those that need to hear it?