Sunday, November 30, 2008

Today's Flowers

A peony taken at Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Camera Critters

I have enjoyed the photo memes that seem to be exploding around the net. It seems like an easy way for me to get this blog back up and running, so I'll be participating in some of them.

One of the more interesting "critters" that I saw while I was in Minnesota was a pair of albino deer. It was near dusk, and lighting was far from optimal. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a picture with both of them together.

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Photos taken at Father Hennepin State Park on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota on September 26, 2008.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

An Update

A recap of the past few months is in order. During April and the first half of May my life revolved around the visits of the home health nurses three times a week. In the middle of May the health team released me from the home health care system and said I could continue follow up treatment with three visits a week to the outpatient clinic. That continued until the latter part of June. Thank goodness for good insurance. Though co-pays really add up. My strength is returning. I can now go about a week and a half before I hit the wall and have a total crash and burn day. I am cautiously optimistic that the problems that have plagued me the past few years have been solved.

In August my beloved Mandy Dawg went to puppy dog heaven.

That was really a low blow.

In early September I spent a week in the Nebraska Sandhills area.

The end of September and early October was spent in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. A lovely trip to a part of the country I had never been to before.

Earlier this month I spent a week frequenting some of the wildlife refuges in Kansas and Oklahoma. I've taken lots of photos some of which I will share, added a few new birds to my life list and managed to assuage my itchy feet a little bit.

After I returned from Kansas and Oklahoma I decided it was time to add a critter to the household. I found Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland online. They have been great to deal with and if you are interested in adopting a Beagle or Basset, and live in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri or Nebraska, please consider them. Last Saturday I adopted Winnie. She's, according to my vet, about 5 years old. She is a Beagle mix and we are getting adjusted to each other. It appears she is going to be a good little traveler, so I will have a companion for my adventures.

This morning Winnie and I went to Branched Oak Lake. It was a beautiful clear and windless morning.