Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter J – Needs to contain the Letter J and be at least 6 letters long – 10/24/17

This week the topic is Needs to contain the Letter J and be at least 6 letters long .




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Our driver for the duck tour was supposed to be Miss Jillian, but she had to be away and we got a substitute.

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A Jalopy (ok, not really)




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Share Your World – 10/23/17

Weekly Cee Neuner tosses some questions out for anyone to answer about what makes them tick. Many of my readers may not find some of this too interesting, but it is a social kind of thing which I am told is a necessary process of learning about yourself.

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

I found school quite interesting before I became a teen. At that point I steadily lost interest. I manages to get through high school finish an Associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree, but it was not easy. Since then I have taken more classes and excelled, so I understand it was basically a lack of focus as I wanted to move to other things.

List some of your favorite types of animals.

I like turtles and especially the giant tortoises like the ones found in the Galapagos. I also favor Penguins, polar bears and the humpback whales we saw on our recent Alaska trip.


What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?

Nineteen years ago I had the opportunity to visit Minneapolis, Minnesota for my job. While there I took in the Mall of America as well as a Major League Baseball game involving the Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays. I liked the range of activities available in a major city, but am most comfortable in my small town of less than 15,000 people.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Last weekend at my church we had a missions night where we assembled something called Flood Buckets. Basically it is a kit contained in a bucket for someone dealing with flooding from wither a rain event or hurricane to use while cleaning their home so they can try to put their life back together. I was inspired that so many people from my church came out to accomplish this.






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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the distance – 10/19/17

This week’s topic is in the distance.

Until I get to Belize in December I guess you are plagued with more Alaska themed photos.


Near the middle of the photo toward the top right is another cruise ship making its way into port at Victoria, British Columbia.


Another of the White Pass & Yukon Route passenger trains following us up the 3,000 foot rail line into Canada.


If I remember right this was a Holland America cruise ship unloading by launches, unsure if it was crew or actual passengers.


One of my favorite pictures from our entire trip, I captured this glacier that was very far away.





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Glow – Weekly Photo Challenge – 10/18/17

glowThis week the topic is Glow.

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Trying to get a sunrise photo is more difficult when the cruise ship is pushing along and the terrain keeps changing.

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Why did I not have the real camera with the zoom lens to capture the full moon in Alaska? inquiring minds still want to know!

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I love the glow of the sun on the ocean.






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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators – 10/12/17

This week’s topic is Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators, etc.










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Scale – Weekly Photo Challenge – 10/11/17

This week the topic is Scale.


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You know on most days a tanker truck is a large item, but parked next to a 113,000 ton cruise ship it resembles a toy.


The same concept applies to a train that is relegated to a narrow stretch of track as it navigates a 3000 foot plus mountain range.


Reversing the effect of the first photograph here is our cruise ship from a distance as taken while riding the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad. Our ship is on the right.

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Yes, I know I am overusing the cruise ship dynamic, but I actually took this one with the intent of getting a good shot of Mount Rainier in the distance. Can you see the little motor boat between the tanker at the bottom and the cruise ship father out?




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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Topic for this week is Happy – 10/10/17

This week the topic is Happy .



Enjoying an adults only trip as we celebrate our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.


The happy smile on my wife from the surprise bouquet of orange roses.






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Twenty-Five Years of I Do

The Beginning

It is interesting how our minds work. More than twenty-five years ago I met the person I wanted in my life more than any on this earth. But for what seemed like an eternity before that day, March 23rd of 1991 I longed for a person to share my life with. It was an awful need, you know. Being in my mid-20s and not having a forever mate was a terrible burden. Okay, I am being melodramatic on purpose, but when you feel like your life is behind schedule to get pretty anxious.

Minnie Thankfully I had someone who thought so much of me she devoted unknown hours of prayer to the need I held so dear. Minnie Bryan, the lady to the left of me in our wedding photo, was the person who not only was my first baby-sitter, or “day care mother” as she put it, she was someone who cared so deeply she wanted to make sure I had a good caretaker for my whole life. Minnie and I had such a special relationship she knew me to my core. She also instilled the strong Christian values I hold so dear even now, some two decades past her last day on earth.

Minnie basically arranged the blind date that hatched what we celebrate today, our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. There is a mix of response when folks learn of this momentous milestone. Many are impressed that my wife and I are crossing this mark. But truthfully, in our family twenty-five years is merely a good start. With aunts and uncles marking 40, 50 and even 60 years this achievement, while noteworthy is just a continuation of a family habit.

The Family

I know some people go into a marriage immediately thinking of a family. I was just loving the part of having someone in my life. But with time the thought of little ones running around seemed right. By our sixth anniversary we had our son and daughter, Isaac and Meredith to fill out our family.


At this point our family has grown by one more member as our son has introduced Katie to our circle. I think before too long we will be celebrating another wedding as they embark on their own magical journey.


Sharing a Life

2011-libbyNo life is completely without its challenges. When you recite the vows of marriage you hears words such as “For Better or Worse” and “In Sickness and Health”. We have weathered our fair share and some might say more. I have lost three members of the core family I loved for decades. We experienced a season where one of our children had a debilitating medical condition.

There has been times when jobs have been lost, or job situations became so stressful there was significant strain in our day to day lives. But through it all our shared faith allowed us to handle our life with grace and patience. We consider God to be the most important part of our marriage. Without Him our journey would have been untenable and likely would not have continued to this day.


Looking Forward to the Next Twenty-five


Being able to share your life with another is such a unique blessing, and I want to take the chance right here to say I am abundantly blessed. I know my wife was certainly a gift from God and I thank Him every day for her. As we transition to the portion of life where we spend more time together and begin to see the world, I look forward to many opportunities to enjoy our time together.









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Seven Day Challenge, Day 1

I received this challenge from my friend Cee at Cee’s Photography.

Rules are

  • Seven days.
  • Seven black and white photos of your life.
  • No people.
  • No explanation.
  • Challenge someone new each day.

Today I challenge Rebel Girl.


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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: All Things Farm Related – 10/05/17


This week’s topic is All Things Farm Related.

farm1A local antique tractor club had their favorites arranged for their annual show in July.


While I undoubtedly have some farm related photos in the repository these from the train lay out in Strasburg, Pennsylvania were the easiest to locate.


This was part of a mobile train layout I saw at a train show in November in West Virginia. It is a replica citrus farm and has some kind of crop being harvested.


This last one is a bit blurry because it is a snapshot captured of running video. This is an Amish barn raising from the Choo Choo Barn layout in Strasburg, PA, which is a stone’s throw from Lancaster, where there is a large concentration of Amish farms.

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Pedestrian – Weekly Photo Challenge – 10/4/17


This week the topic is Pedestrian.


At the local NASCAR track there is acres and acres of parking, but eventually everyone has to put in the pedestrian work.

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When you dump about 3,000 people off a cruise ship you need complex machinery to get them to the ground.


What happens when a small town welcomes three large cruise ships? Pedestrians by the thousands!

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In order to tie up the behemoths the dock hands use the narrow pedestrian bridge to get to their tying points.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter G – Needs to have the letter G – 10/03/17

This week the topic needs to have the letter G .


A bald eagle in Ketchikan Alaska.


A hanging glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska.


Some small icebergs in the Tracy Arm Fjord.


The Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska



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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lines & Angles – 09/28/17


How do you like these lines and angles? This is the skeleton of my sagging deck which became the first major project of 2017. I removed it all and rebuilt basically from scratch.


Here is the lines and angles drawing complete with measurements of board lengths while planning the rebuild.


I did not do very well in Geometry in high school and this intricate ceiling would not be as pretty with my skills behind it.


Even more impressive to me was the lines and angles employed to create this beautiful feature, which allowed sufficient light to a bountiful inside haven for orchids and Iris.

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Windows – Weekly Photo Challenge – 09/20/17


One of the ornate windows from the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.



The Vanderbilt family’s ostentatious taste seems extravagant today, but must have been mind-blowing in the early days of the 1900s.







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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Topic is Fun or Flowers – 09/26/17

This week the topic is Fun or Flowers.



In mid-August we visited the farm of some acquaintances that have taken what is usually a burdensome task, keeping the weeds down and made a beautiful flower display in its place.


One of the Dahlia cuttings from this season.


This is a hiking trip to a locale named the Devil’s Bathtub, in Scott County, Virginia near Fort Blackmore.


After celebrating several anniversaries at either Friday night football game or Saturday band competitions we took our first trip to Natural Bridge for our 24th.





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