Master-stone

Winona Getaway

After work beating the stuffing out of me for months, I knew I would need a sanity break, as close after the big implmentation as could be managed. Since I couldn't count on it being springlike up north, I headed south and spent two nights at Winona. That makes it sound like I stayed at Winona...I slept there, and crammed in as much hiking as the weather permitted. I did also stop at Nelson Cheese Factory, Lark Toys by Kellogg, and wonderful Treehouse by La Crosse, but this getaway was mostly about getting out to enjoy the springtime.

The Towners asked for photos. I took a few (hundred) and picked out some of my favorites to share.

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Blink

2020

Back with the quiz I've posted yearly since 2004. 2020 was quite a year for most everybody in the world. For me, nearly all the bad stuff from 2017 onward kept going, though at least the finances improved from 2019’s trial-by-fire. However, what got worse was not being able to successfully complete any art projects until some small ones starting in mid-November. I had to lay that down on the altar with no certainty for months if it might be permanent. That was agonizing. So, for me, the pandemic traumas from 2020 were like icing on a very large cake, even if the ‘icing’ did get a bit thick at times. Trying to stay on top of mental health due to the challenges of isolation and restrictions became a priority. So, in that, I’m very blessed, as far too many lost so much more in this very grueling year. As for 2021...I hesitate to even speculate!
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Book 5

Fifth FYI Finally!

Well, I was hoping to finish Memorial Day weekend, so I wasn't too far off. I made good speed at editing the last Geren novel, which felt short after the huge fourth one! Today I finally finished. This is my FYI that the revised version of my fifth and final Geren novel is now available for anyone who read the older version and might like to read it again.

Available formats
- pdf
- epub (for Nook, Kobo, Onyx Boox, etc)
- mobi (for Amazon Kindle)

If anyone wants paper copies, I will put them on my purchases list, but it will probably come in July, with my next 'extra' paycheck.

I'm not quite done with this six year project yet. I've learned so much from my fabulous editor that I have a list of small tweaks to attend to with the first four books. But...the end is finally in sight!
Book 4

FYI the fourth!

As I expected, no way I could get through the monster fourth Geren book in a year...but a year and a half isn't bad. Today I finally finished. This is an FYI that the revised version of my fourth Geren novel is now available for anyone who read the older version and might like to read it again.

Available formats
- pdf
- epub (for Nook, Kobo, Onyx Boox, etc)
- mobi (for Amazon Kindle)

Please let me know if you want paper copies, and they will get a higher priority on my ever-lengthening purchases list!

And now for Geren book 5, the last one, at last!
Book 3

A belated FYI, finally!

Running later than late this year--didn't manage to finish in January. But I finally finished. This is an FYI that the revised version of my third Geren novel is now available for anyone who read the older version and might like to read it again. I've also made some very minor tweaks and cosmetic changes to the first two Geren novels.

Available formats
- pdf
- epub (for Nook, Kobo, Onyx Boox, etc)
- mobi (for Amazon Kindle)

Please let me know if you want paper copies, and they will get a higher priority on my ever-lengthening purchases list!

And now for Geren book 4...and that will NOT get finished in a year unless I really do find a time-turner!
Waterfall

Oregon!

Below are a few photos from the wonderful trip my mom and I took to Oregon late August. Got to see great new places (Columbia River Gorge, Jacksonville, Bend, Sisters) and revisit others (Ashland, Florence, Hecata Head). Most memorable was seeing the total solar eclipse north of Madras, but aside from too much wildfire smoke in places, the whole trip was amazing.

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Spring

Spring!

Been blessed with some nice weekends and gorgeous venues in which to practise with the camera I got for Christmas. Spring lovers, enjoy!

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Flock

Birds, birds, birds

I'm loving the great zoom on the camera my parents kindly got me for Christmas. My first opportunity to really try it out was on my Florida vacation. Below are shots of sundry birds...but I had to include one reptile as it's not really Florida if I don't see a wild gator!

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Autumn

Another autumn

So of course, I can't expect any autumn in my area to live up to the amazement that was 2014, not for years to come. But this autumn was blessed as well. Only light frosts so far, not that many storms or bad winds, and the wonder of at least one sunny day on three sequential weekends in October. I had to take advantage of that, to make up for not having time to spare for spring outings this year.

So for anyone interested, the photo spam is below!

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I love God's work!
Mountains

Canada!

Got to see an abundance of wonderful new places during my trip to Canada with my mom and her friend Cindy. While I'd been to Waterton National Park in Alberta 11 years ago, I'd never yet been to Banff or Jasper, or anywhere in British Columbia.

Simply loved it. British Columbia is everything I imagined and more. Vancouver Island and Victoria are amazing, and of course the national parks are marvelous.

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