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Saturday At Stockton

Yesterday was a pretty hot day.  Almost too hot to go to the lake, but we went anyway.  Just Frank and I.  The kids were off doing their other weekend things.  We took the boat, some chairs, an umbrella, my floaty, some snacks (sushi) and some fishing poles and the camera.  We didn’t catch much but had a great day.

We saw a total of 4 boats all day.  That’s what I like about Stockton, it’s never that crowded.  Now a Saturday at Table Rock would’ve been a completely different and totally unrelaxing story.  We parked our boat here and played most of the day.

It was so quiet you could hear the flapping wings of this Turkey Vulture.  There were several out yesterday.  I saw two beautiful hawks as well.

While Frank was off fishing I was busy floating.  At one time I had 12 dragon flies on  my legs.  Eight on one leg and four on the other. 

 

This moth was pretty bland and gray on the outside.  Once she opened her wings she was quite the show.

We trolled the bank all the way back to the boat dock.  It was around six o’clock and the sunlight on the water was beautiful.

As we came around a bend I spotted this Blue Heron.  Frank didn’t stop trolling fast enough before we got into too much sun.  Then we were too close and it flew off.  Crazy boat drivers……just kidding.

We pass this old school house (and cemetery) on the way to launch the boat.  It has a high fence completely around it with with no tresspassing signs as well.  It’s a neat old building.  It’s near Aldrich or something.  I really have no idea of the exact location or town.

You can see inside of it and through the windows that were once there.

Woke up this morning to the hummers fighting over the feeder.  It’s a beautiful day I slept in and missed yoga.  I guess I’ll forgive myself.  Get outside while it’s still cool, I’m going to.


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Secret Lake

My husband has access to a secret lake not too far away.  Today was a beautiful day so after I got home from teaching my yoga class, he asked me if I wanted to go shooting.  I always laugh as he knows I don’t really care for guns.  I said, “No thanks” and he replied with, “I meant you and  your camera.”  I grabbed my camera and he loaded several guns (for himself to shoot) and off we went.  The gate at the property is locked with a giant padlock.  My husband and others use this land to hunt, fish and shoot guns.  There’s a good sized lake out there as well.  It was built in the 50’s.  None of this can be seen from the road.  One has to have a four wheel drive to even think about entering.  It’s awful.  Awful like your head bounces up to hit the headliner in the truck.  More than once.  Big ruts, crevices and steep hills with the added crossing of a creek all before you hit the lake.  Then you arrive.

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I don’t know who built this chair, but I love it.  It’s sturdy and stuck into the ground.

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While he was shooting his assortment of ammunition that he’d reloaded himself, I took a huge hike.  Some people have built little shacks with smokers and what not for hunting in the cold weather.  Some people have just brought in sheds (I would’ve liked to have seen how that happened on this type of terrain) and some people went all out and have sweet little house like cabins with docks and the whole bit.

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I think there’s like 180 acres out there, it’s quite a large space. 

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My husband said this is called Goldenrod and supposedly it means there will be frost six weeks from when it blooms.  To that, I say duh.  It will be October.  Might be a chance of frost ya think?  Old timers are interesting. 

 

  

I spent lots of time looking for different kinds of insects, flowers and wildlife.  Got some great shots of funky spiders and webs.  I saw lots of flowers, but not much in the way of wildlife.  I wonder if the noise from the shooting of guns had anything to do with that?  I think so.IMG_0694

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All in all, a perfect end to August.

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Pottery Without The Wheel

We headed to Stockton Lake for a day of play on Sunday. 

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We also had to retrieve our daughter.  She was already down there camping with friends that we met years ago when I was teaching a Family Yoga class at the YMCA. 

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The weather was looking creepy but we headed out none the less.  It continued to look creepy when we arrived for quite some time.   We didn’t care, it was still hot. 

 

 

We went ahead with our business of grilling hot dogs, riding the inner tube and making clay. 

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Yep.  Clay.  The girls found a bunch of red clay in this one area and brought it to our hang out.  I couldn’t stand it.  I had to feel it, which led to crafting.  When the clay started to dry out we had an entire lake full of water to soften it up.  By the end of the day we’d made so much stuff we had to leave some it of there.

 

 

At one point, the girls covered their arms and legs in it.  I tried it on my arm, let it dry then jumped in the lake.  My skin came out feeling super smooth.  I was surprised by how easily it rinsed from our skin.  And just think, some people pay oodles of cash for this at a real “mud spa.” 

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Some of the thicker pieces were still a bit damp, but the thinner ones turned rock hard in the sunshine.  So yesterday after the cleaning cycle finished on my oven, we decided to put the clay in there.  The oven was still very hot from the cleaning cycle.  The clay came out dry and some of it turned out very smooth from being in the oven.  Who knew?  I know without these creative kids, it’s not something I would’ve picked up.  Thanks guys, for a great day!


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Yoga In The Morning, Boating In The Afternoon

We’ve been experiencing unusually odd temps for July in our area here lately.   Bright, clear blue skies, no humidity and low 80’s during the day and low 60’s in the evenings.  I’m enjoying the windows open, and frankly, so are the cats.

Yesterday morning I led a yoga birthday party at the studio.  What a great idea for a 14 year old.  She showed with her mom and 7 girlfriends.  None of the girls had ever taken a yoga class so it was a real eye opener for them.  The birthday girl left the studio with a free eye pillow and a Tees For Change tank top.  I had so much fun doing this.  Here’s a snapshot of our fun group.  I hope I turned a few of them on to yoga.  Perhaps I’ll see them again at our studio, or at another.  The main idea here was to get them interested no matter where they choose to practice.  I think they left wanting more.

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As soon as I got home Frank had the boat loaded and ready to go.  This would be my second time to hit the water this week.  We went to Stockton on Thursday and were on the water approximately 20 minutes when a gigantic storm materialized out of nowhere putting us in blinding rain, wind and thunder.  Needless to say we caught 16 crappie quick-like before we pulled the boat out of the water and headed home.  All in all that wasn’t a total wasted trip as we got a nice catch.  Yesterday we didn’t catch any fish that were worth keeping, but we did enjoy the beautiful sunshine, cooler temps and blue sky.  The water was smooth and the boats were minimal.  Actually there were around 12 trucks at the boat launch this time, the most I’ve ever seen at Stockton.  But it was a Saturday.  On Mondays when we go we rarely see another boat on the water.  I don’t care if I ever go to Table Rock again.  We spent a couple of hours in a nice little cove where I floated on an air mattress and looked for fossils.  Here’s a sampling of what I found.  I like to press my clay into some of these fossils, then pull it out to see them in a different view.  I found these at the High Point area of the lake.

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Today the weather is lovely once again, but this will be a work around here day.  I leave for Florida on Tuesday and I’ve been working on getting our daughter’s room in order.  It’s a disaster area.  I’m pulling her door off today and taking it outside and painting a chalkboard on the front.  She’d wanted one painted on her wall, like in our kitchen, but her room is full of windows, doors and a built-in desk (which I wanted to paint white while she was away) made of knotty pine.  It’s pretty wood, but it also makes for a dark alcove in a blue room with white trim.  Our son’s entire room is knotty pine.  He loves it, very cave-like.

Update – I finished Lauren’s door!

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Enjoy the day.


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Sundance Wyoming

On Wednesday, June 17th to be exact, our daughter left with my parents for a cross country journey in a camper.

They left our place here in Missouri, even though they’d had some minor trouble with their big diesel truck.  They did make it to their destination in Sundance, Wyoming to my aunt’s place, so that was a good deal.  Once there though, the truck bit it.  They were stuck.  I made jokes with them about how awful it must be to be stuck there of all places, and to be retired, and not have to worry about getting home any time soon.  They even have both of their cats with them!

They’d planned on staying only a few days.  They’re still there.  And it’s Saturday, June 27th to be exact.  The truck is now fixed to the tune of $2,300 but they can get on the road again.  They’ll have to cut their trip short and skip out on Minnesota as they want to be back in Florida for the 4th of July.  Lauren is having a wonderful time.  I’ve only talked to her on the phone twice since she’s been gone!  She’s sent a couple of e-mails, if you can call them that.  They’re basically one liners.  I’m glad she’s not homesick.  She’s been traveling since she was born, so it’s nothing new to her.  I’d much rather have her be independent than whining to come home!.

devils tower She’s seen Mt. Rushmore , the Devils Tower and the Buffalo Jump, and she’s only 11.  These are places I’ve never seen.  She’s found tons of cool fossils, arrowheads and buffalo bones.  She’s been busy baking bread with my Aunt Kathy and doing who knows what other cool things.  Kathy’s crafy-cool like that, in all ways.  I miss Lauren, but I’m also staying really focused and accomplishing a lot of things that I’ve wanted to get done.  I’ve also had time to dive into a great book my mom left me to read.  It’s called The Ice Maiden.  I can’t put it down.  It’s my kind of stuff.

The day after they left I took Jordan job hunting.   We headed to the pretzel place at the Mall, and they hired him that day!  Unheard of.  Our minds were blown.  We had a huge list of places to go and apply.  He started the next day, and he really likes it.  He’s also been busy with a friend that’s a girl, so I’ve been doing some extra driving to her place, to the movies, etc.  Soon though, he can license and insure his truck, ditch the driver’s permit and get the real license.  Then he can get himself to all of the places he needs to go.

We spent a great day at Stockton Lake on Monday.  It was super hot and we were the only boat on that lake.  We usually are.  I guess every one has to go to Table Rock and be seen or whatever.  We quit going there.  Too much traffic.  It’s just not fun.  We beached the boat on a pea gravel beach and just swam and played all day.  The fish really hit the water on that lake and it always scares the crap out of me.  There I am, floating in a blissful state on my raft and out of nowhere, comes a huge splash.  Frank caught a bass that was almost 8 lbs. so that was really exciting.  I found some really nice fossils on the beach, but no arrowheads.  I also got really sunburned.  I always forget.  Reapply the sunscreen every two hours or put on a shirt!  You could’ve probably fried an egg on my back the next day.  But I still taught yoga the rest of the week, though wearing the sports bra was no fun.

Hope your summer is off to a great start.  I’m ready for it to cool down a little bit!


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St. Louis or Peru?

I’m heading to St. Louis (not Peru) with a friend this weekend for a day of yoga with Saul David Raye.  He’s an amazing teacher and I can’t even explain why, so I won’t try.  I was not able to travel last year for yoga (I think).  This was a spur of the moment trip as I believe Saul is stopping in St. Louis after the Midwest Yoga Conference in Chicago.  There will be a great kirtan concert on Sunday evening, but we both have to teach on Monday morning so we’ll have to miss it.  I’m too old to get home at 1:00 a.m. and get up to teach yoga the next day.  Bummer, the last time he was with Dave Stringer was so great.  I actually purchased an old harmonium when I got home after that kirtan concert and I love to play around with it here at home.  Saul is traveling with a different musician this time, and perhaps there will be live music during our yoga Sunday morning.  I sure hope so.

My mom and dad did just return from Peru and they’ve got their travel blog 1_1243210200_3321up and running.  If you like to travel vicariously through others (like I do) it’s awesome!  I’ve never been to Peru, but I do so want to go someday.  If you ask me why I want to go there, I couldn’t give you a solid answer.  I just want to go.  And I’m sure I will someday.  I’m posting a few of my favorite photos from their trip.  What beautiful colors, what beautiful people and what gorgeous scenery!  If you have lots of time to kill, their entire trip is documented (with 271 photos) on their travel blog.

Mom and Dad at Machu Picchu 

Beer making operation in Peru

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Moray Experimental Terraces

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Market

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My mom and the kids

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Check out my parents in their native Peruvian garb, 15,000 high at Lake Titicaca

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Alpacas and Bob (my dad)

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One of the many cathedrals, most you cannot take photos of the inside, that’s my mom

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I think this is one of my favorite people pictures (my dad on the right)

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One of the many cool places that they stayed

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Dumped, from a Canoe

Today, my daughter has orchestra first thing.  After that, they load up and head to a lake for canoe and kayak safety.  She wore her bathing suit, quick dry shorts, sweatpants a T-shirt and sunscreen!  We packed a lunch, filled a water bottle and made sure the hat was in the backpack.

I guess they’re going to dump them out of the boats!  The morning is cool today, so I’m sure the water won’t be much better!  On Tuesday, they spent the day at a creek, snorkeling and studying fish.  They’re also learning hunting safety in the classroom, which she thinks is kind of boring.

My son, just rolls his eyes at all of this.  He’s a big outdoorsman.  He was a junior zoo keeper at our local zoo for two years.  He also volunteered at Wonder’s of Wildlife museum, until they decided to completely renovate it, so it’s closed for like a year!  Wish they would’ve had this awesome school when he was in 5th grade, it’s truly been an amazing experience for Lauren so far!