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This weekend, we rented a car.

Posted in Photography, Travel on September 6, 2010 by beadnfun

We took a little trip.

We headed East.  Over the bridge to another state, and another.  It’s been a while.

Traffic was not bad at least when we traveled.  It’s Labor day today, so now the traffic is bad.

Not a bad shot, considering I’m in a car going 70 miles and hour.

It is the first time that I actually filled up my card in my camera.  Which was a shame as my volume was decreasing as we headed into St Louis.  And I had my computer to download but not the cable.  Dang the luck.  I made the best of it though.  I took photos with my phone.

So pardon the occasional shot of the interior of the car.  But I’m amazed I got some of these shots.  The canon takes great instant photos.

We saw this in Illinois.

And a lot of road like this, wood on both sides, and two two-lane roads.  Oh yeah we saw corn.

Lots of corn.

We made it to our destination.  And we got to see this.


All this was in a 1920’s neighborhood.

Blocks and blocks of these houses in Indianapolis.

We got to go inside one of them.  This is Barb and Jay’s house.

More in the next update.  Thanks for tuning in.



Our Earth Day was re-scheduled.

Posted in Photography, Travel, Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 by beadnfun

So here in Columbia we celebrated Earth Day a week later because of excessive rain from last Saturdays rain.  It rained hard, very hard, and they didn’t want to ruin Peace Park just to have Earth Day.  We got almost five inches of rain on that Saturday.

So this weekend we went down to take some photos for you to enjoy.

Many folks were there.  Many people talked about how many people were there.  I thought it was attended like it always has been.

There were Dancers.

Costumes and lots of vendors.

This is Ruth…she does bead work like I do.

See what I mean.

There were Dogs, lots of Dogs.

I loved these guys….there was actually three of them.

This one was posing for me.   What a looker!

A pair of whippets.

Kids enjoying the creek.

Music in the park.

And one more fantastic view.

Then we spotted this, and I had to take a couple of photos.  This was parked on 6th Street, just on the edge of the perimeter.

So that was our walk down to Earth Day.  I hope you enjoyed the holiday.

Take Care


Blooms on campus

Posted in hobbies, Photography on April 8, 2010 by beadnfun

I took these shots today.  I wanted to show you what it is doing in the middle of Missouri, and since the University has such nice gardens every where you look I took some of the bloom shots.

It looks great after a winter.

Close up of the above bush.  The top most photo is a different type of shrub.

One of the oaks right outside the building…nice buds.

Looks like Bradford pears outside of the president’s house on the quad.

a close up of the above flower.  Sorry I did not catch all the names of these, and some of them I know, but I don’t want to say the wrong thing…so i will say flower at this time.

of course some tulips.

though half of this tree was in the shade.  I need to take a photo of it in mid day when the sun is higher in the sky.

a shot of the quad from Jesse Hall, but looking toward downtown.

a very nice red bud tree blooming near the Engineering building.

I tried for a few close ups of this tree.

It was Dad’s Birthday on Sunday

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized on March 10, 2010 by beadnfun

so we went to Hyvee, where he meets a bunch of people on Sunday Morning.  I took pictures.

Here is the birthday boy, Joe

I think this is Jim, or Big Jim.

The two Jims and Mr. Hickman High Teacher.

and these amazing ladies were there as well to celebrate.  The table is very well-focused.

More really nice people.  All the ladies were on their cell phones.  It reminded me of work….they are all techy that way.

Dianne with another nice lady…I didn’t get to talk to her much.

My husband took this photo of me and dad, and Natalie.  He got three pictures very similar to this one…all with Natalie’s face just barely in the photo.

So anyway, Just a little Birthday wishes for Dad.

See ya soon, and Happy Beading.

We had snow again!

Posted in Photography, Travel, Uncategorized on January 1, 2010 by beadnfun

Though I did not take many photos of the second snow, I did take photos of the first snow.  We got out and drove around even!

We hadn’t really tested out the new truck’s capabilities on the snow, so here was our chance.

Little snow drifts!

The bushes in the park are quite bright this time of year.

The truck worked fairly well.  It is only a two-wheel drive, so we get some spin, but some spin can be fun.  Though we did spot one fellow having to change his tire in the park, we guess he had a collision with the four-inch tall curbs. ooops.

Well have a Happy New Year’s folks.

Also I guess this means that this is the start of my third years as a blogger!   Wow.

Talk to you soon.


Spiking it.

Posted in beads, hobbies, necklaces, Photography on October 28, 2009 by beadnfun

I’ve been adding spikes to my necklace.  I wanted to cover my simple peyote band with loops of beads or some such, so I went for spikes.  I haven’t done them like this before as a 3-d structural layer.  But this is how they look.





So I as you can see I’m using a variant mix of coloring, using glass pearls, and czech glass beads.



I want to do this all the way across.

Now for some close ups.  Love my macro lens.








This is the loop end.  I had to add a couple of loops for adjusting the size.


So that is what I’ve been working on.  I have to stop though soon as I have some christmas projects I have to get going on.  I have about 6 weeks after Halloween to get my stuff done.  Obviously I save these projects for times when I can.  This one has been on my tray for about six weeks already.  Though I’ve probably only put about 15 hours in it.   I found Hulu…dang it.

Thanks for checking me out.  Come back soon.



It’s all about the bands:

Posted in Photography, Travel, Uncategorized on October 25, 2009 by beadnfun

Yep, it was homecoming in Columbia yesterday.  I took my happy little body to the parade early in the morning, instead of staying in my warm house under my bed covers.  It’s a rare thing for me to stay up these days.  So I grabbed my camera and headed downtown.  This is what I saw.




I realized that you can’t always get vantage points like this so I started walking in the middle of the road and taking some shots of some of the stores that line the streets.  Some views are from behind the crowds, and as I get toward 9th street I was able to be in the middle of the street shooting photos.


This building started out as the Daniel Boone Hotel and Tavern, it was converted several years ago for use as Columbia City Council space and other Columbia City business uses.  This building saw such dignitaries as Harry Truman and others from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  It was probably used as a hotel until the 70’s.   I was lucky enough the get a piece of furniture from this place.  It is a portable bar that they could discreetly roll into patrons rooms if the wanted to have their drinks.

I digress.





This is one of the old theaters in town.  The Hall Theater.  They saved the building, and I think it is still intact in there, but in the front part of the building has been converted to a Panera’s Bread store and bakery.


This building, currently called City Centre was once the Montgomery Ward store of the 40’s and 50’s era.  It has been restored, though I don’t think the interior was saved, but it is beautiful inside the main lobby.



I ran into my old school mate Carl and his son Max.


Carl’s  beautiful wife, she is a teacher at Oakland now.


And Carl’s older son Vince.  So I parked myself with them and helped the kids, scoop up candy.  I have to say there was not a lot of candy throwing going on though.


And the parade begins.




Missouri Mules!





and then my battery died.  Oh how I need a back up battery.  I should have grabbed the other camera.

Either way, lots of folks, fun had by all.

I hope you enjoyed the post.   Next up, more Hannibal shots, and the latest necklace I’ve been creating.

Take care and see you soon.