Okay. So, I know we had a terribly hot summer. And I know I said I wouldn’t complain when winter got here–no matter how cold it got–because it would be such a relief from the however-many-days above 100 we had last summer. But I have been enjoying the unusually mild winter we have been having the last couple of weeks. I’m talking upper 50’s and low-to-mid 60’s! Especially, since this week is going back to cold and chilly again.
Because it was so nice last week, I made it a point to get out and walk during my lunch time at work, taking my camera along with me. These are just a few of the images I was able to capture.
Hope you enjoyed viewing these and it gave you some winter relief if you live where it’s been cold and blustery lately! Next time, I’ll post the pics from the other day I was out and about.
I took a trip this past weekend with a very good friend of mine to Manhattan, KS to see Los Lonely Boys (YEA!!!) at the McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus. It was the first time I had ever been to K State or Manhattan. The campus was awesome. We didn’t see much of it, mind you, because we didn’t get to the campus till late when it was just starting to get dark. But what little I did see, I thought it was very nice. I would love to go back and just walk around some time.
I took my daughter’s camera–just a small point-and-shoot. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to take my larger camera inside the concert and I wasn’t sure if it would have been safe in the hotel room or left in our vehicle. Didn’t want to risk it, so I borrowed hers instead. But when we left for the show, I was worried I wouldn’t even be able to take hers in, so I left it in the car. It’s not mine and I didn’t want to have it confiscated. I’m just not good at NOT obeying the rules. But when I got inside the auditorium and discovered our seats were in the 4th row from the stage, directly in the middle with no obstructions whatsoever, I was so upset I didn’t risk it after all!
The concert was great and I loved every minute of it. My legs were shaking from the excitement of the music and constantly tapping my foot on the floor. These guys are just so good. My friend and I were gettin’ our groove on, boppin’ around in our seats to the music, getting up a couple of times toward the end to shake our groove thing (Yes, I grew up in the 70’s, sorry. I haven’t a clue what kids say today.) My friend can scream like no other and was not afraid to show her appreciation with a hoot and a holler whenever she could. I even gave a few cries of gratitude myself with a couple of closed-fist shakes and waves.
**This video was not taken by either my friend or I, but it’s a good one, nonetheless. It’s long, so just be aware.
We stayed the night and got up in the morning to barely grab a couple of bagels and orange juice from the complimentary breakfast set up. On our way out of town, we stopped at the most fabulous place to eat called Coco Bolos. The smells were drawing us in from the street, and the flowers and colors of the building, along with the outdoor patio on such a beautiful sunny day were beckoning us to go inside and taste! I’m so glad we did because the food was excellent. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was so nice. And this is where I would have had these great images to show you of the meals we had, the artwork hanging along the bar wall, the chairs (red and black with curved legs) along the bar, the awesome bathroom with black toilet and sink and artistic tilework along the backsplash. They had stereo piped into the bathroom with another quirky chair in the corner, a large oval mirror and tilework coming under the door but not completely covering the concrete floor.
I hope I can go back sometime this summer. But I’ll have to make a plan of it because it’s a 2 1/2 hr. drive from where I live. Maybe I can take the same route and retake all the beautiful pics I missed on the way up and back because I didn’t know her camera well enough to realize all but 7 of the pics did not come out properly. When I questioned my daughter about why they didn’t come out, she tells me then that you have to hold the button “like this” or you’ll end up thinking you took them when you really didn’t! Ugh!
Anyway, here’s what I did take on the way back, on the road and as we made one stop in Council Grove (most of those pics didn’t come out either).
*This was a really quaint church we saw in Manhattan before we got to the restaurant. Didn’t get the steeple pic, though.
*These next two are from the man-made lake in Council Grove. My friend stopped so she could use the pit stop, but I was afraid of possible spiders under the rim, so I passed and just prayed my bladder would hold out till the next stop. It did. 🙂
*These next few are from the town of Council Grove on their main street. I really like stopping in the main area of small towns here in the mid-west. We did a little shopping and they had a really neat soda fountain in one store where we shopped. No pics came out, but great to see and talk with the lady in the shop. She was really pleasant and asked us where we were from.
*We headed home and I only got one shot out of all the rolling hills, the green pastures, the horses and the cows, the old churches and barns… but what a great time I had with a really good friend. And what fun and fond memories I’ll always have — even without the photos to remind me!
Wowwy! This blog thing is not as easy as it looks! …and I love writing! I’ve been busy working on some paintings. What can I say, the mood struck. Gotta’ go with it when it happens. I’m on my 5th painting in the last month-and-a-half and it feels great to be doing something that I love so much. I can get so lost in doing it. The process of watching it develop and trying to make happen what I want to happen is exhilirating for me.
Also, been making a new background for my twitter account. That’s always fun for me because it’s like a little shot in the arm of creativity booster. It doesn’t take long at all to make them, and it’s a good place for me to experiment with backgrounds and small images that must still be powerful.
My sister came into town over the 4th of July holiday and I got some great pics of her and her family, along with some of my other sisters and their families. I’ve been working on cleaning up those shots and doing all the color correcting, etc. so I can send her a CD of what I did for her to print off. I should be done with those by this weekend.
That’s it for now, folks.