Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Today is PAL, or "Plant A Letterbox" Day. It seemed like the perfect time to put out my coffee house series which I affectionately named "Caffeine Rush" (after the gold rush) when I realized how everyone in my house, sometimes including the 17 yo DS, goes for the "wake me up" beverage first thing upon rising.

There aren't very many letterboxers in my area. I'm hoping by putting out some fun boxes with cool, hand-carved stamps I might entice some others into joining the addiction. (I have to say, the college kids at the one coffee joint seemed pretty interested in the whole concept.) DD helped me with the containers for these and I think folks are going to find them fun to log. (I'd post pictures, but don't want to give anything away!) If you want to see the clues, go to Atlas Quest and once you've found one set of clues you can follow the "Nearby Boxes" link to the others.

Happy Boxing!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Between Showers

Dodging rain drops here and running outside between showers to try a few shots of the iris. Still trying to learn to ropes on the new camera!

[Note: all drops on flowers are entirely real. And I think there are more headed our way!]

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day

I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day weekend. I had a quiet one with some significant moments of fun.

First of all, I got a new camera from my DH and kids . . . a DSLR! Here's a sample of one of the first few photos out of the shoot:

Also, I enjoyed going over to Cedar Falls in order to pick up the camera from their Target (ours didn't have any) and having the chance to see my FIL. He's a sweetie and hasn't been feeling well of late...so I'm glad we got to visit.

While in CF we grabbed a couple caches too.

Then, en route home we made a detour through Eldora, IA. What a cool town!! We want to go back and explore the Pine Lake State Park area as there appeared to be quite a lot of cool things to do there. We went to Deer Park across the street from the Hardin County Fairgrounds and found a cache and our third letterbox!! Yeah!! I love letterboxing, possibly even more than caching. I love the element that the pay off is a little piece of unique art in the form of the hand-carved stamp. This one was called "Peter Rabbit."

There was also an old car show and live music going as we passed through town.

On the actual day DH grilled delicious steaks and twice baked potatoes, which DD supplemented with healthy cupcakes.

[Check it out: one box of chocolate cakemix and one can of pumpkin--plain pumpkin, not the pie filling kind with spices. That's ALL you use. They are moist, high in fiber and fat-free. And you don't taste the pumpkin at all!! Amazing and oh so good!!]

The kids and I went out and found three more caches which brings our grand total to 100! A great milestone to hit together on Mother's Day.

I am blessed. (And really for so many more reasons than what I wrote about.....)

Happy shooting/knitting/caching/boxing!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Prom 2011

At the last minute my DS was invited to prom by a couple of girls in his Honors English 3 class. So, he went! No official date, just a group of friends having a good time.

I may be biased, but I think he's a pretty good looking young man!