Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 31


Woodstock and Snoopy-o-lantern

We just got back from our last vacation on Thursday and thought we should hit the store on Friday so we could get a pumpkin to carve for this year’s Halloween.  Well, we ended up taking back something with us or least Karen did.  She must have got a stomach virus from the plane ride …

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Oct 30

Photography Tip – Rule of Thirds

onethird sea turtle

The Rule of Thirds is an easy way to make your pictures have a little bit more of a pop to them than just having all your pictures lined up in the center.  It does not mean you need to follow this advice every time, and like most rules sometimes they just need to be …

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Oct 29

A Little Tree Trimming…or Maybe a Lot

Karen with Chainsaw

Every few years it seems, Karen and I need to trim up our many trees in our front lawn.  We love our trees…well Karen loves our trees I find them a bit annoying in the fall, and then again about every two years when we rent a cherry picker and trim them up.  The shade …

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Oct 28

Maluaka Beach- Maui

Green Sea Turtle with Border

Maluaka Beach was a great spot to snorkel, Karen and I had a hard time picking which place to go to while we were in Maui.  There were so many snorkel spots to pick from.   Each night when we were deciding on where to go we had a hard time making up our mind.  Maluaka …

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Oct 27

Custer State Park: One of the Best State Parks Around

Sylvan Lake Trail

Custer State Park, in our opinion, could easily be classified as a National Park.  It is a wonderful treasure for the state of South Dakota.  The park encompasses 71,000 acres where visitors can partake in a variety of activities like canoeing, rock climbing, chuck wagon cookouts, fishing, and wildlife viewing.  This state park has a little …

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Oct 26

Number 194: Ratatouille (2007)


Ratatouille is number 194 of our top 200 movie list.  It is directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava and stars Patton Oswalt and Ian Holm.  Ratatouille is rated G. Karen’s Review First of all, Rats in a kitchen!?!  That is just gross.  Leave it to Disney to put a positive spin on that one.  …

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Oct 25

Wildlife Photography Number 22: Baby Orangutan

22 Orangutan Baby

One of Karen and my favorite thing to do is visit zoos.  I like going to see animals that I will probably never get to see in the wild, but I am still holding out hope that it might happen someday.  I know there are people out there that think zoos are inhumane and animals …

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Oct 24

Yosemite Valley: A Piece of Heaven on Earth

Yosemite Valley from the overlook

Yosemite Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the United States.  It is only seven miles long and less than a mile wide, and yet it contains some of the most famous physical features in the United States.  Some of those features include the world-famous cliffs, El Capitan and Half Dome.  It also …

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Oct 23

What Makes Our Marriage Work: Power of Touch

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What Makes Our Marriage Work: Power of Touch  One of the things I especially love about Kenny is that he intuitively knows when I am not feeling well. Without ever being asked he will rub my back or massage my head or just hold me trying to take the pain away. I always love that he …

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Oct 22

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett “I couldn’t be fonder of you if you were my own son.  But, well, if you lose a son, it’s possible to get another.  There’s only one Maltese Falcon.” The Maltese Falcon is a classic detective novel which was written in 1930 and holds up well to today’s reader.  …

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