Tuesday, May 31, 2005

google searches

Aww, I'm not the 3rd result for the following Google search: Kate NCIS killed. Let's see, right now I'm 6th, not too bad. Yes, I'm highly amused by the amazing increase in traffic I've seen all because of my post last week about the NCIS cliffhanger.

The all time top 10 Google Searches that have lead readers to this site:
  1. NCIS Kate killed
  2. NCIS Kate
  3. Oubliette - #5 result, need to work on that one
  4. ncis killed kate
  5. ncis cliffhanger - #1 and #2 results WOO-HOO!
  6. kate killed ncis
  7. remicade infusion
  8. +ncis +"killed kate"
  9. ncis kate is killed
  10. killed kate on ncis

I find this so hilarious. Heck, I'm outranking fan fiction sites right now in results ranking. I'm glad to see that a search on the word "oubliette" is still in the top 3 of Google searches sending people to this site.

catblogging roundup

If you missed it, Ripe Bananas is hosting the current edition of the Carnival of the Cats. Ady gives the Carnival an interesting twist by providing a unique prospective into the thoughts of cats. Yeah, yeah, I know it's been up for a couple of days now, better late than never.

It's also time to start thinking about what you will be adding to the Friday Ark, hosted as always at Modulator.

early morning musings

Insomniac + 6 cans Pepsi Lime = no sleep

Monday, May 30, 2005

general status update

Well, a general update on how things are going with me, medically. No new visits with any doctors or tests. I'm waiting for a referral to a Neurologist from my regular physician, Dr. F. For those who may need some catching up, Dr. D the Ear Nose Throat I saw ordered some tests; the ENG test was normal, the ANA blood test was positive - no shock there, it tests for autoimmune disease and I have 2 already, the Crohn's Disease and Ankylosing Spondylitis. So, we've narrowed it down to something neurological. That's a big help. The big concern is that it's MS, since it's also an autoimmune disorder, and I have a cousin with it also. The MRI I had of my brain showed no lesions, but there are still many more tests that I can be put through.

I've been creating a record of every symptom I've had in the past month or so, and it's not making me very happy.
  • vertigo
  • loss of balance
  • loss of coordination
  • visual disturbances - some fixed object appearing to shake or vibrate
  • short-term memory loss (sporadic)
  • problems with remembering words - like being able to see a book on a table and not being able to say the word "book", or see it in my mind and have to revert to describing it "bound pages of paper"
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • tingling in my extremeties - "pins and needles" in fingers, feet, and (I'm not kidding) my butt-cheeks
  • muscle twitching - this is new, a muscle in my hand twitched for 15 minutes this morning
  • hearing changes - in my left ear suddenly the sound became muffled and there was just a whine for about 5 minutes (don't know if this is related or not, but I'm going to tell the neurologist about it)

Something I've been musing over for a few days now is an episode I had about a year ago. With the Crohn's, it's not uncommon for patients to develop vitamin B-12 deficiencies, especially those who have had bowel surgery, like myself. So, I did a little research on the web, found that the deficiency is easily corrected with over the counter supplements, which I have been on ever since. I knew that long-term, severe deficiency can cause permanent nerve damage, and this weekend I found out what kind of damage that is - demyelination of the nerves of the central nervous system. The same thing that MS does. Shit. I even found some suggestions from excerpts from various medical/research journals that a B-12 deficiency can cause MS. Double shit.

I just want to know what's going on, so we can do something about it. The not knowing is driving me nuts.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

mac ventures out

Early Saturday morning Mac decided to come out of Luke's bedroom and explore the house a little.

Mac peers at me from the safety of his room.

He checks to see if it's safe to come out

Cautiously, Mac ventures out into the wonders of the rest of the house

Mac is the resident scaredy cat, who prefers to live in Luke's bedroom, away from the rest of the cats, who he doesn't trust. Nor is he a big fan of people he doesn't know, either. Sometimes curiosity wins out in the end, though.

more recipe blogging

I think this is what I'm going to make for dinner later today. I generally just add this and that until it's right, but to share some of my recipes with the world, I'll make a stab at quantifying my recipe. This is more of a guideline, everything is to taste, so quantities can be adjusted however one wants. Usually I make it without the chicken and shrimp, but I think I'll try something a little different, a variation on my usual.

Jambalaya à la Mira
Serves 4-6

1 lb smoked sausage - sliced lengthwise then sliced across, forming half-moons
1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs - cut into bite-sized pieces, about 1/2 in cubes
1/2 lb cooked shrimp - I use frozen pre-cooked salad shrimp
1 medium onion, diced - or about 1 cup frozen diced onion, thawed
1/2 bell pepper, diced - or about 1/3 cup frozen diced bell pepper, thawed
3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed - or a heaping teaspoon of minced garlic in a jar
1 can 14 oz diced or crushed tomatoes - do not drain
1 can 14 oz tomato sauce
1 can 16 oz chicken stock
a handfull of dried parsley
1 cup long grain rice
1-2 tablespoons Cajun/Creole seasoning (I prefer Tony Chachere's or Kroger's store brand)
pepper sauce to taste - Tabasco's Red or Green Sauce or Louisiana Hot Sauce
salt to taste - the Cajun seasoning blends have a lot of salt, so you may not need any at all

The sausage should be pre-cooked, but I cook it over low heat to render some of the fat out of it since I think the regular sausage has a better flavor than the low-fat variety.

I use cooked frozen shrimp for convenience. Sam's Club has farm-raised shrimp which have a wonderful flavor. I use the salad size since they're bite size, tail off, and the least expensive.

Tabasco Green Sauce is milder than the traditional red sauce, and milder than anybody's Louisiana Hot Sauce, if you want more flavor with less heat.

Cook the sausage over low heat in either a large skillet, 14" or a stockpot until the sausage is browned and some of the fat has been cooked out of the meat. Drain the sausage on paper towel, and set aside. Brown the peppers, onion, chicken, and garlic in the pan until the chicken is browned and the vegetables are soft or slightly brown. Add the sausage back to the pan, sprinkle about half of the Cajun seasoning and stir to coat the ingredients. Add the rice to the pan, stir. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken stock, and parsley, stir well. Taste at this point for spice and salt. Add additional Cajun seasoning, pepper sauce, and salt as needed. Keep in mind, the longer the dish cooks, the hotter it will be; the heat from the peppers develops with cooking.

Simmer approximately 20 minutes, without stirring; resist the urge, just let it simmer away over low heat. Add the frozen shrimp, stir, and shake the pan a little to settle everything again. After about 5 more minutes, check the rice for doneness. If needed, add water and allow the rice to finish cooking. The dish should be moist, but not soupy.

Serve and enjoy.

Friday, May 27, 2005

oh, delicious

I have discovered my new favorite coffee drink.
  1. Grind some good quality non-flavored coffee beans of your choice. I prefer breakfast blend, a light roast.
  2. Brew to your preferred strength.
  3. Pour into your favorite coffee cup, mine is a simple but elegant clear glass footed mug. Don't fill to the top.
  4. Add Kahula to taste, depending on what kind of day it's been.
  5. Add your favorite flavored creamer, I recommend Vanilla Toffee Caramel.
  6. Relax and enjoy.

That's it. Simple enough, and quite tasty, a good after dinner dessert coffee. Nice and sweet.

Oh, for those who know what medications I'm taking right now and worry about me (you know who you are), there's barely any Kahula in what I'm drinking right now, about a teaspoon. I haven't and won't take any of my medications that don't mix with alcohol tonight. Just because I came up with the recipe doesn't mean I'm sitting here getting trashed.

memorial park catblogging

In keeping with my cemetery tour theme this week, one of the cemeteries Tom, Luke, and I visited was the Pet Memorial Park, outside Madison, AL.

St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals

A beloved kitty on the pedestal she always thought she deserved

Another beloved kitty, who will always be remembered by her family

unexpected encounters

While I was out wandering through the cemeteries of Madison County last Sunday, I made a couple of unexpected discoveries in Fowlkl's Cemetery.

A Red-Tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis - was circling nearby when we arrived at the cemetery

A toad that Tom nearly stepped on. The good ol' American Toad - Bufo americanus

There is no toad here, only a rock. I am a rock. Pay me no mind. Obviously this toad is extremely upset at being touched.

A different toad, our first theory was that she is a momma toad that had a baby nearby. The baby didn't know the "I am a rock" trick yet, so it hopped off.

But we found the baby toad.

After doing a little research on the web, I'm having seconds thoughts about the momma/baby theory. The female lays about 20,000 eggs, so that's a lot of babies. Spring is the mating season for the American Toad, so what probably happened was we interrupted a romantic moment between the female and the much smaller male.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

nearly friday catblogging

Tux, the neighborhood cat was just chillin on the front porch again one day.

Tux kinda warily eyes me, wondering if I will bother him or let him be.

Tux is distracted by someone else, so I can get a little closer and get a nice shot of him lounging.

For those of you not familiar with Tux, he's the neighborhood stray that we provide some food and water for on our front step. He's nobody's cat, and everybody's cat, I'm pretty sure we're not the only ones that feed him.

Earlier this week the mystery of where all of Tux's food was going was solved. We have motion sensors which trip the lights on the front and back of the house. While I was in the kitchen, the light kicked on, and a big ol' fat raccoon was waddling through the yard. I moved closer to the window, to get a better look, and the 'coon saw me. He looked up at me, then went about his business. The next day I saw both kitty paw prints and raccoon prints on the front porch.

A few days later, Tom saw a 'possum in the front yard, eating the cat food. It was a little on the skinny side, but not afraid of people according to Tom. He had to convince it to go on it's merry way withoug going into the garage. Also, apparently mockingbirds think cat kibble is rather tasty. Yep, we're feeding all the critters in the neighborhood. Oh, well.
The Friday Ark is up at Modulator, so when you're done here head on over and check out all the other creatures which we share the Earth, our yards, and our homes with.

Also, don't forget the Carnival of the Cats, which will be hosted by Ripe Bananas.
Gir from Your Moosey Fate tagged me this afternoon with this meme, so I'm trying to not get behind in my memes. Here we go.

1. Total number of films I own on DVD/video:
Somewhere about 70.

2. The last film I bought:
The Phantom of the Opera

3. The last film I watched:
The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King extendend edition with the cast commentary

4. Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me:
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, extended editions
The Phantom of the Opera
(the Sci-Fi TV series)
The Harry Potter Movies
The Hannibal Lecter Trilogy - Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal

5. Tag 5 people and have them put this in their journal/blog:
Barry Campbell at enrevanche
Jaquandor at Byzantium's Shores
Brainwise at Prophet or Madman
FireGem at FireGem's Domain
Rurality at Rurality

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

oh, holy crap

I never imagined my post on Kate being killed on the season cliffhanger of NCIS would generate so much traffic. As of 23:52, I've had 180 hits today, a new record, bypassing by far when I hosted the Carnival of the Cats. Most of my traffic from today is because of this Google search - Kate killed NCIS. At the time I'm writing this, I'm the 6th result on that search, and the only one that's not a fanfiction site or discussion board.

Wow, I never thought my little tirade would generate this kind of results. All I wanted to do was share with my modest regular readership my theory and hopes of what would happen at the beginning of the next season. I'm more than a little shocked, to say the least

Your Dominant Thinking Style:


You thrive on the unknown and unpredictable. Novelty is your middle name.
You are a challenger. You tend to challenge common assumptions and beliefs.

An expert inventor and problem solver, you approach everything from new angles.
You show people how to question their models of the world.

Your Secondary Thinking Style:


You're all about looking at the facts, and you could always use more of them.
You see life as your lab - and you're always trying out new things, people, and ideas.

The master of mix and match, you're always coming up with unique combinations.
You are good at getting a group to reach consensus.


I put some catnip in a box for the kitties, and to help contain it. Not that I'm really trying to keep the floor clean, that's a hopeless cause, but it concentrates it for best drug delivery, and provides the greatest amusement for me.

Maleficent discovers the box.

The fun was all over when Noah decided to claim the box as his by peeing in it. Eeeew. So much for the catnip box.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

ncis cliffhanger

They killed Kate! You Bastards!

I am of course talking about NCIS. Ok, I don't think she's really dead, I think Gibbs is having nightmare that Kate would be killed while on his protection detail. Here's why: there are so many allusions to the deaths of other characters throughout the episode. Kate is pondering Tony's near death after being infected with Y. pestis, the black plague, during the previous episode.

Later, she is assigned to protect Gibbs from the terrorist Ari, she, Gibbs, and the other agents spend the night in HQ. Gibbs works through the night, while the others all fall asleep. Kate wakes up, sees the other asleep, walks over towards Gibbs's desk, and sees him slumped back in his chair, throat slit, dead eyes staring. She screams, and wakes up in the office, and wakes everyone else up. In another scene Abby tells Kate that she had a dream about Tony, and that he was covered in blood. She woke up crying, and says she never cries.

So, at some point Gibbs has fallen asleep, and is dreaming about their next operation. Since he balked at being put under protection, and especially having Kate as the head of his protection detail, even though she is former Secret Service and highly qualified, he's afraid something will happen to her while protecting him. She's Secret Service trained, and in the final scene we see her dive in front of Gibbs, taking a bullet (wearng body armor) to save his life. Then she is shot in the head by a sniper, Gibbs's worst nightmare. I think at the beginning of the first episode of the next season, Gibbs will wake up from this nightmare, Kate alive and well.

At least I hope so, or something similar.

the cemeteries of madison county

Sunday afternoon Luke, Tom, and I went on a tour of a few of the lesser known cemeteries in Madion County. I have a Flickr Photoset of these cemeteries, and any that I/we may visit in the future.

Indian Creek Cemetery had the most effect on me. I believe it is a historically black cemetery, although I cannot find any source to cite. Many of the graves in the older section, from the early to mid 1900s aren't proper grave markers, but are nothing more than fieldstones, with no engravings.

A simple fieldstone marker, with no inscription

Another plain marker, no inscription

A homemade cast concrete marker, with the name and dates inscribed while the concrete was still wet

A completely unmarked grave, the only indication it's there is the depression in the earth

Yes, that's a concrete cinder block, used as a grave marker.

Another grave marked by a cinder block, which was broken by the gree growing through it...

...Although the tree itself is a majestic memorial, a great living memorial. The twin-trunked pine is over 100 feet tall. I think the person who is buried there got the last laugh.

Monday, May 23, 2005

treasures in alabama

File this under things you never thought existed in Alabama.

This is the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrement, located on the grounds of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. It is a Roman Catholic monastery housing a community of Poor Claire nuns.

The Shrine, based on San Francesco de Assisi in Assisi in Italy

A wider view of the Shrine and Monastery

The entrance to the Enclosure, the entrance to the Monastery. Only sisters are allowed beyond that point.

A statue of St. Francis of Assisi in the courtyard before the pilgrim's entrance.

A priest walking from the Shrine to the parking lot.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

eep surveys the garden

Eep surveys the shade garden, while I'm out taking pictures.

The garden eep is looking out at.
The Carnival of the Cats is up and is ready for primetime, hosted tonight by the Carnival's founder, Laurence, over at IFOC.

maple hill cemetery tour

Last week, while I was waiting for a prescription to be filled, Luke and I went to Maple Hill Cemetery to snap a few shots. All of my photos from Maple Hill are here in a photoset on Flickr.

Also, for anyone interested, I discovered that the burial records of Maple Hill Cemetery are available online. A little information about Maple Hill: it's the oldest public cemetery in Alabama with burials dating back to 1818 when it was established; it is over 100 acres in size; there are between 80,000 and 100,000 burials in the cemetery; there are between 350 and 400 new burials each year.

It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful cemeteries I have ever visited, it is truly a memorial park. There are trees everywhere, and it is permitted to plant flowers and shrubs on the graves, or around the headstone, unlike many modern cemeteries which allow only flat plaques to make mowing easier. The City of Huntsville does an absolutely wonderful job maintaining the park-like setting, trimming around the trees and memorials, leaving the flowers planted by mourners to flourish. People will truly take strolls or jog through it, take their lunch-breaks there, or just sit and enjoy the scenery. It is a very peaceful place, somewhere I visit on a regular basis, to walk, sketch, or just reflect on life.

And yes, occasionally I have been wandering randomly through the cemetery and come across the grave of one of my patients. Usually I recognize the grave because it has a photo of the decedant. As an EMT, my patients aren't people, they're patients, which makes it much easier to work in conditions which would paralize the ordinary person. Finding the grave of a patient who died as a result of a wreck, makes the patient a person again, which breaks down the emotional separation which is needed to do the job.

If you are not from the area, and are ever in Huntsville, I suggest stopping by for a while.

One of the more unusual shaped headstones. I know of only one other triangular headstone in the entire cemetery.

An Egyptian pyramid as a memorial. An engraving of Isis, with wings outstretched in protection are on this side, and the opposite side.

The other engraving of Isis on the pyramid memorial, and the family name.

A cloth-draped urn on top of a pedastal about 6 feet tall, which is a popular motif in Maple Hill.

A stone with a cros made of nails

A Jewish headstone, detail of the Menorah, Star of David, and dogwood blossoms.

Another Jewish grave with the dates in the Hebrew calendar.
Conversion of the Hebrew dates to the Gregorian (western standard) calendar:
Mayer, 19 October 1926 - 21 June 1988
Joan C., 10 July 1933 - 15 November 1998

Saturday, May 21, 2005

new photos are up

I've spent the past couple of days uploading a couple hundred new photos to Flickr, and only a small sampling have ended up as posts here so far. You don't need an account just to look at the photos, although you do need one to be able to look at different sizes. You can sign up for a free account here.

Friday, May 20, 2005

amish life in indiana

While visiting my family up in southern Indiana, we drove through an Amish community near my parents' house. The pictures I took do include photos of people, but since they are not portraits, they show everyday life, they are permissible. A portrait is the sin of vanity, while depiction of everyday life is simply documentation of their life.

An Amish farm, the main farmhouse is on the right, the barns and other outbuildings on the left.

An Amish family on their way home after attending Sabbath Meeting at someone's house. Members of the Community take turns hosting Sabbath Meeting at their homes. There is no such thing as an Amish Church.

A social gathering of young, unmarried men and women. The young men and women mingle, get to know each other, and hopefully fall in love. Marriages are not arranged, couples are free to choose to marry whomever they want, as long as the couple are not closely related (no closer than second cousins, I think).

Another farm, the house is at the far left, behind the tree. In the foreground is a grapevine and the garden is ready for planting

The same farm as above, two barns and a windmill. Electricity is allowed in some communities, depending on the rules set by the community, as long as it is not from the municipal source. Windmills, batteries, generators are allowed, since they are creating the electricity themselves. One member of this community, a carpenter who has done some work for Dad, uses deep-cycle marine batteries to run his electric fence, and takes the dead batteries to Wal-Mart who will re-charge them for free. Other electrical appliances used include refrigerators, freezers, and microwaves, things which help with cooking, storing food, and not entertainment.

a hint of things to come

In order to meep myself occupied while I wait to find out what's going on, my husband and brother in law are going to help me get my art studio back in order so I can start painting again. I'll be taking some pics of my older artworks, so people can see them.

Also, I will be setting up an online art gallery where some works will be for sale. I will be using an existing online store service, and not that I'd screw over my customers, but I want to give buyers protection in the transaction.

Anyone have any suggestions of online store services that are good to work with? Right now I'm looking at Yahoo Store, Ebay Store, and BizHosting. I know Yahoo is one of the most popular, but I don't know how good they are to work with. If anyone has any suggestions, or comments please leave one. I don't have any experience in online selling, so any input is appreciated.

friday cat blogging

Noah atop his perch in the basement.

I rule over all that is within my gaze from my lofty tower.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

this is my family, y'all

Dad has a new hot, young chick that likes to follow him around and hang off his arm all the time.

Sweet Tweet is a Silver Laced Wyandotte hen who loves attention, from anybody. She's never seen me before, and approached so I could take her picture within a few minutes of me sitting down. The next day if I sat down, she'd come and want on my lap, just as much as anybody else's that she's more familiar with. She knows how to play the game, become a pet, so even when she's no longer a productive layer, she'll never see the inside of a soup pot.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

personality type test

Your #1 Match: INFP

The Idealist

You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.

You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.

Your #2 Match: INTP

The Thinker

You are analytical and logical - and on a quest to learn everything you can.
Smart and complex, you always love a new intellectual challenge.
Your biggest pet peeve is people who slow you down with trivial chit chat.
A quiet maverick, you tend to ignore rules and authority whenever you feel like it.

You would make an excellent mathematician, programmer, or professor.

The first time I took a Myers-Brigg test, my type was an INTP. Now that I've been away from work for a month now, and don't have to be quite as logical, I'm leaning more toward the artistic side. It's somewhat amusing, that I'm pretty much borderline between the two types, between Thinking and Feeling.

my papal name

Your Papal Name is Pope Anastasius V

You would make a very indecisive Pope. You need to learn to lead from the front, read up on Pope John XXIII and what he did with Vatican 2. If you think Vatican 2 is a film, you need to start with something more basic, perhaps start with the Old Testament.

Get your own name at What's My Papal Name?

I, Mira d'Oubliette, hereby declare my name to be Anastasius V.

beauty and grace under the water

I went to a wonderful nursery in Huntsville recently, Bennett's Nursery, and discovered they expanded to more than just plants. They now have fountains, statues, and water-garden supplies. So, of course, I took a few pictures.


Got anything for me?

A calico koi in motion

Another koi

These particular koi live in a large indoor pool, approximately 10' x 15' and 8' deep. Which is approximately 1200 cubic feet of water, or if you prefer, is equal to:
  • 8,976 gallons
  • 33,980 liters
  • 285 barrels
  • 44,883 fifths
  • 142 hogshead (US)
  • 119 hogshead (UK)
  • 1,149,007 shots, ponies, or fluid ounces
  • 4,413 ancient Hebrew measures
  • 236 cubic cubits
Just in case you ever were wondering.

yet another blog quiz

I saw this listed on Blogthings, and saw where Basil posted his results on Basil's Blog, so I went ahead and took it.

Your Political Profile

Overall: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Hey, I'm a political schitzophrenic! I'm not too suprised by the breakdown, 'cause it all depends on the issue for me. Yeah, my scores are little different from Basil's, but I won't hold that against him. Otherwise I might have to shoot him, because you never know from a liberal with a conceal and carry permit.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

getting caught up on some blog memes

Barry at enrevanche ambushed me with passed on a while back this particular meme, so while I'm feeling lucid and can see the screen, here we go.

Pick five items from the following list of potential professions and talk about what you'd do. "If you were a..."

The list:
  • If I could be a scientist...
  • If I could be a farmer...
  • If I could be a musician...
  • If I could be a doctor...
  • If I could be a painter...
  • If I could be a gardener...
  • If I could be a missionary...
  • If I could be a chef...
  • If I could be an architect...
  • If I could be a linguist...
  • If I could be a psychologist...
  • If I could be a librarian...
  • If I could be an athlete...
  • If I could be a lawyer...
  • If I could be an inn-keeper...
  • If I could be a professor...
  • If I could be a writer...
  • If I could be a llama-rider...
  • If I could be a bonnie pirate...
  • If I could be an astronaut...
  • If I could be a world famous blogger...
  • If I could be a justice on any one court in the world...
  • If I could be married to any current famous political figure...

Let's see...

  • If I could be a painter...I'd like to dig out my paints, brushes, boards, and start painting again, and even be able to make a living at it. I have several paintings from about 4 years ago, which is the last time I seriously painted. I have everything for a complete painting studio, it's all packed up though, doing me a lot of good. I'll have to post some photos of my artwork sometime.
  • If I could be a doctor...I would be an ER doc, being able to help people and still get the thrill of never knowing what will come through the doors next. What did you expect, coming from an EMT?
  • If I could be a gardener...I would create a great cottage garden, complete with secret groves, fountains, and ponds. What I'm creating on my little 3/4 acre lot is a mere shadow of my grand plans.
  • If I could be a professor...I would teach art history and philosophy at a university, since both are closer that one would first guess.
  • If I could be a world famous blogger...you mean I'm not one already? :)

I'm behind on passing on one blog meme, to the volunteers for 5 personalized questions. I haven't forgotten about you. I will give everyone their questions when I have them all written. I have a couple of people's done, when they're all done, you'll get them. Eventually. Before the next millennia.

trip to the mountains on may-day - part III

Part III - The second stop on my journey on May 1, Little River Canyon near Fort Payne, Alabama, near the Alabama/Georgia border.

Click on any image for a larger view

The rapids above the falls at Little River Canyon.

Swirls in the rapids

Close-up of some of the ripples

The falls which are the entrance to the Little River Canyon

A full view of the full width of the falls

No shit, Sherlock.