Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Minnesota 2014

Just got back from a trip to see Gpa at his new digs in Minnesota.

I think I lucked out because we had fabulous weather pretty much the entire time I was there and so over the 6 days, we were able to golf 9 holes on four of them. It was so much fun and being that it was the last week of October, it might have been some of the last golf of the season for both of us.

I was able to see two of our cousins while I was there, one of which, we golfed with and I am hoping that now that Gpa lives closer to them, each time we come out to visit, we'll get to see them as well.

Gpa's new place is cute and he has everything he needs set up pretty well. Being that he only moved 19 days before I came out to visit, we did a lot of errands while I was there to finish out some things that he needed to get done. We worked on getting his paperwork for his driver's license, setting up the bathroom the best way to work for him, and tried out a pizzaria within throwing distance of his apt that turned out to have pretty good pizza. Gpa is doing great adapting to the new surroundings, and will know all the local shortcuts in no time.

We drove by and even parked in the lot at Mall of America but didn't go in so that is on the check list for next visit for sure. I would love to check out some of the other touristy things next time as well as maybe some geocaches.

It was a really great visit, and I am looking forward to getting out there again!
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Two Years Ago on In My Words...Catching Up and Cold

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Smile 100/100 Thunder And Lightening

This is my lucky shot from a storm we had. I was standing on our front balcony and the storm was so perfectly located that I could stand there forever just taking pictures hoping to get the lightening in one.

When I took this one, it looked like just a flash on the camera but then when I transferred it to the computer, that is when the details were shown.

I love that this is my last picture for this project too because I have always been a huge storm fan! In another life, I am sure I was a storm chaser...LOL

I took this picture with my Fuji Finepix f50 with no flash. I edited in GIMP 2.6 for color and light and then added the fuzzy border.
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Eight Years on In My Words...Technical Difficulties

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Smile 99/100 Park Friends

This is my cousin and his friend heading over to the water park section of one of our local parks.

We try to hit this park each time we go to the Grower's Market so he can have some play time after being so good doing what the "grownups" want to do first.

He is going to be three this winter and he is already such a little man! Seeing them head off for their little adventure made me smile.

I took this picture with my Fuji Finepix f50 in normal sunlight with no flash. I edited it in GIMP 2.6 for color and light balance and then added the fuzzy border.
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Nine Years Ago on In My Words...Green Anole

Monday, July 07, 2014

Smile 98/100 Veggie Snack

These were the veggie snack during the cleanse. I could eat as much of this throughout the day that I wanted.

It was a combo of cucumber, green beans, celery and radishes in a lemon, oil and pepper mix of dressing. It was super yummy and crunchy.

The only down side is that the radishes lost their coloring in the liquid and made the whole thing a little less appetizing in looks, but it still tasted great.

I took this picture in our kitchen with my Fuji Finepix f50, with no flash. I edited it in GIMP 2.6 for color and light balance and then added the fuzzy border.
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Five Years Ago on In My Words...Making A Cup Of Coffee

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Smile 97/100 Pool

Nice sight on a hot day...still have a lot of work to do up here around the deck but one day at a time, is the only way to tackle it, otherwise it becomes overwhelming.

I think this shot is actually from last summer because I have cut the plants along the fence way back so they are not dropping fruit and leaves into the pool.

I took this picture with my Fuji Finepix f50 with no flash. I edited it in GIMP 2.6 for color and light balance and then added the fuzzy border to it.
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Two Years Ago on In My Words...Productive Day

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Smile 96/100 Cleanse Breakfast

This quinoa breakfast was a great starter during the cleanse weekend. It had prunes, and some seeds in it and it was very filling. Didn't feel deprived at all.

I made the quinoa in a saucepan on the stove instead of in the rice cooker since the amount being made was below the minimum for the rice cooker. It was pretty easy to make on the stovetop and definitely makes me feel like the options for having quinoa more frequently now are there.

I buy it from Trader Joe's and think it has a great flavor. I took this picture in our kitchen with my Fuji Finepix f50, with no flash but the macro turned on. I edited it in GIMP 2.6 for color and light balance and then added the fuzzy border.
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Five Years Ago on In My Words...Yummy In My Tummy

Friday, July 04, 2014

Smile 95/100 Detox Juice

This is an awesome combination. It is pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, one lemon squeezed and then water. It is a natural detoxifier. It helps to flush your body while still providing you essential vitamins and liquids.

It was part of the 48 detox I did on my days off this week to just give my body a nice cleanse. I was able to drink as much of this during the day as I wanted and I found it to be very refreshing.

The "ice cubes" are the reusable ones that you can freeze and add to drinks to keep them cold without watering them down.

I took this picture with my Fuji Finepix f50 in our living room with the flash off but the macro enabled. I edited it in GIMP 2.6 to balance color and light and then added the fuzzy border.
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Six Years Ago on In My Words...Toenail Woes