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Hiking amongst the unidentified flora of Mill Mountain.

Posted April 24, 2016 | Beloved Friend, Hiking, Photos & Photo Galleries, Welcome to My Life | 3 Comments

I take a picture of Buffy taking a picture.

Buffy takes a picture with his “real” camera. I take a photo of him with my iPhone. Go figure.

Buffy admires the foliage

Buffy admires the “foilage” sans camera. See the “Plant Identification” section below.

My beloved friend Buffy and I decided that while kayaking would be nice, the weather today was better for hiking. We headed for Mill Mountain.

Like many of the people I’ve hiked with, Buffy has a real camera with real lenses and real accessories. I have the camera in my iPhone. We enjoyed taking photos with our respective devices. By mutual but unspoken agreement, we declared our hike a “selfie-free” zone.

We ended up walking darn near every trail around the mountain. That wasn’t the plan, but it’s what happens when you say, “Let’s go take a hike!” without taking the time to find a map of the trails.

And though tired when we returned, we had a wonderful time on the mountain and in each other’s company.

Buffy sneaks a shot of me when I'm not looking

Buffy sneaks a shot of me when I’m not looking.

Plant Identification, Anyone?

Both Buffy’s mother and my maternal grandmother had “green thumbs.” Not only did neither of us inherit that characteristic, but neither have our abilities to identify plants been – shall we say – fully developed.

Can you help us out? If you can identify any of the plants from the photos below, please leave that information in the comments. Inquiring minds want to know, but it isn’t easy to look up plants names from photos on Google.

I hope they’re working on that.

What kind of pine is this?

Buffy took a photo of this tree so he could figure out what kind of pine has lumpy bark like this. Any ideas?

Buffy's Triffid

Buffy liked the color of this plant. It looked like a triffid to me, so I kept a safe distance away.

Red Bush

So, what is this pretty red-leafed bush? It almost looks fall-like.

Pretty Purple Flowers

I’m sure these pretty purple flowers have a name other than “helicopter flowers.” Do you know what it is?

Category: Beloved Friend, Hiking, Photos & Photo Galleries, Welcome to My Life

The Blog Tour continues….

Posted April 11, 2016 | Blog Tour, Writing | Leave a Comment

Blog TourA while back, I was challenged by Linda Goin to participate in a Blog Tour.

What the heck is a blog tour? Click here to read my entry and find out »

Last week I challenged Amanda Wright – who I first met on Twitter, then on Facebook, and finally in person – to write a post for it.

Persian Tea and A Blog Tour

Click here to read her entry
Persian Tea and a Blog Tour.

Coffee Lover

Amanda Erin Wright

Amanda Erin Wright,
Renaissance Woman

You can follow Amanda on Twitter @coffeegenius, find her on Facebook, and follower her blog, Bean There, Done That on Blogspot.

Do you sense a theme here?

You can also follow her science blog, Meterology and Oceanography, and her education blog, Learning Connections.

Note the second theme, reflected in the degree she is soon to receive from Roanoke College: a major in physics with a minor in creative writing.

Talk about a Renaissance woman! Now, go read!

Category: Blog Tour, Writing

Did an adventure happen if there isn’t a blog post about it?

Posted April 9, 2016 | Hiking, Kayaking, Today I'm Grateful for..., Welcome to My Life | One Comment

For the past several years, I’ve had many of my hiking, kayaking, and other adventures documented in photos and blog posts on Dan Smith’s blog. He is the person most responsible for reminding me how important it is to take breaks and have fun – what I now call my “adventures.”

I very much needed that lesson, and he taught me well. I’ll always be grateful to him for that, and, of course, I have lots of photos to remember those adventures by.

Now we’ve each found other adventure buddies. You can keep up with his adventures on his blog, but I’m not the photographer or blogger that he is, so mine won’t be nearly as well-documented.

But rest assured: I’ll still be having them.

Category: Hiking, Kayaking, Today I'm Grateful for..., Welcome to My Life

I am Adventure Girl. Who saw that coming?

Posted March 19, 2016 | Welcome to My Life | 2 Comments

Not me, that’s for sure. It sort of crept up on me. I wasn’t able to even conceive of doing things just for fun until I was in my early 50s. Then one day I realized I was having adventures. Now, at 56, I want to have them.

Today I am grateful for my body. Right now I can climb mountains Buffy, Maddie & Me

But not just that. I want to feel and express my feelings. I want to share my adventures, my love of life, and the joy that bubbles up inside me with other people who share theirs with me.

My first time out on a SUP image image

I want to test my limits. I want to be at the top of the mountain, under the stars, and open my arms to all that life has to offer.

Under the Star

Funny that the music and words to one of my favorite songs from the 70s, “I Want to Live,” by John Denver, was written about children. I didn’t get to do these things as a child. I was too busy trying to protect myself. I started living for other people then.

But now, as John Denver wrote…

“I want to live, I want to grow,
I want see, I want to know,
I want to share what I can give,
I want to be, I want to live.”

For the fact that I finally got here, and for the people and circumstances who have helped me along the way, I am truly grateful.

Category: Welcome to My Life

I cook, thanks to HelloFresh.com.

Posted March 6, 2016 | Beloved Friend, Photos & Photo Galleries, Products Mentions & Reviews, Welcome to My Life | Leave a Comment

Jeri and I both found out that cooking can be dangerous to your health.
Cooking can be dangerous - Jericooking-is-dangerous-janeson

Janeson CookingUp until recently, I hadn’t cooked in years. It’s not so much that I don’t like the act of cooking, as I really don’t like grocery shopping, and I’ve never been good at planning. I couldn’t invite anyone to dinner unless I ordered pizza.

All that has changed. Now I live in a place that people enjoy coming to, a kitchen big enough to turn around it, and a source for meals that include everything necessary to prepare the meal except for a few staples (salt, pepper, olive oil, butter, etc.): HelloFresh.com. Note: This is a referral link.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve prepared five of the six dinners I received. My friend Jeri cooked one of them when she was staying with me for a few days.

Dinner for Buffy

I’ve had my beloved friend over for dinner twice. That’s about the same number of times I cooked dinner for him over our 30 year marriage!



Here’s what my guests and I have enjoyed over the past couple of weeks:

HelloFresh Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Green Beans

Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Green Beans.

HelloFresh Mozzarella-Crusted Chicken with Garlic-Roasted Tomatoes and Crispy Potato Wedges

Mozzarella-Crusted Chicken with Garlic-Roasted Tomatoes and Crispy Potato Wedges. Dinner prepared by my overnight guest, Jeri.

HelloFresh Fusilloni al Forno with Beef, Homemade Marinara, and Fresh Ricotta

Fusilloni al Forno with Beef, Homemade Marinara, and Fresh Ricotta.

HelloFresh Jamie's Mega Mushroom and Lentil Curry with Tomato, Cilantro and Lemony Rice

Jamie’s Mega Mushroom and Lentil Curry with Tomato, Cilantro and Lemony Rice.

HelloFresh Bone-In Pork Chops with Roasted Pear, Collards, and Shallot Cream Sauce

Bone-In Pork Chops with Roasted Pear, Collards, and Shallot Cream Sauce.

HelloFresh Mahi Mahi Piccata with Capers, Israeli Couscous Pilaf, and Sautéed Spinach

Mahi Mahi Piccata with Capers, Israeli Couscous Pilaf, and Sautéed Spinach.

You can get either family-size boxes that serve four or regular boxes that serve two. I had been ordering three regular boxes per week. This week I ordered two meals for four. I had plans for one of them, but they fell through, so I have no idea who I’m going to feed this week.

Anybody want to come over for Dukkah Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Snap Peas, and Citrus Sour Cream or Pork Teriyaki with Egg Noodles, Asparagus, and Sesame Seeds?

Dukkah Roasted Chicken

Dukkah Roasted Chicken

Pork Teriyaki

Pork Teriyaki

Click here to see more HelloFresh recipes »

Category: Beloved Friend, Photos & Photo Galleries, Products Mentions & Reviews, Welcome to My Life

A warm weather housewarming present.

Posted February 29, 2016 | Beloved Friend, Welcome to My Life | One Comment

When I moved to my new place, my beloved friend offered to buy me some porch furniture. Of course, November isn’t the ideal time to shop for outdoor furniture, so I tried to visualize what I wanted until porch furniture season came around.

Yesterday we went to Target and found a great selection, and my beloved friend not only helped me pick out the set, but he arranged to get an employee to fetch it from the stockroom, paid for it, loaded it into his Blazer, and delivered and assembled it.

Here’s my new porch. Come on over and sit a spell!

My new porch furniture.

My new porch furniture, courtesy of beloved friend.

Porch, late evening

From the street in the early evening. It gets the evening sun now, but it’ll be more shaded once the leaves come out.

Porch furniture, evening

This is the porch with the ceiling fan light on. Carpet courtesy of Target. (I love Target.)

Porch at night

I love having a porch I can sit on. It’s the first house I’ve ever lived in that had one.

Thank you, beloved friend. I love my porch, and I’m looking forward to sitting out there and chatting with friends who stop by to visit.

What a concept!

Category: Beloved Friend, Welcome to My Life

A sunpuddle stripe for Stripey.

Posted February 28, 2016 | @BuffyLinux, Cats, Photos & Photo Galleries | One Comment

Stripey has always liked sunpuddles. She’s also quite taken with her stripes. Yesterday she got to lie in her sunpuddle and get a new (if only temporary) stripe!

Photos by her Papa Kitty, @BuffyLinux.

Oh, look! A stripe!

Oh, look! A stripe!

Stripey has a new stripe.

How attractive!

Stripey with a skunk stripe.

It even looks nice from this side.

Note: Stripey cats cannot unite because then they would achieve solidarity.


Category: @BuffyLinux, Cats, Photos & Photo Galleries

February sun and winter trees.

Posted February 28, 2016 | Hiking, Photos & Photo Galleries, Welcome to My Life | 2 Comments

Prolific blogger Dan Smith scooped me again with his post about our adventure through the winter-damaged forest on the back side of Tinker Mountain yesterday.

I can’t add much in the way of narrative, but I can throw in a few more pictures. A hike around noon on a sunny February day provides lots of interesting shadows and contrasting colors.

Unexpected obstacles.

Unexpected obstacles.

Stump jumping, anyone?

Stump jumping, anyone?

Mother Nature has spoken.

Mother Nature has spoken.

Tree shadows

In the Hall of the Mountain King.

Fallen trees

Dan navigates the obstacle course of fallen trees…

Dan climbing

…and takes the uphill detour.

Sticks and sky.

Sticks and sky.

Tree props.

Falling tree caught by a little friend.

A rest at the top

The reward at the top, and one of my favorite views.
Photo credit: Dan Smith.

Fun with Photoshop.

Fun with Photoshop.


Category: Hiking, Photos & Photo Galleries, Welcome to My Life

Underwater Bridge: The Video

Posted February 24, 2016 | Photos & Photo Galleries, Welcome to My Life | One Comment

Usually this is the low water bridge on the Roanoke River Greenway leading up to Wiley Drive. I think “underwater” bridge is a more accurate description of what I saw this evening.

If you get this post via subscription email, click here to see (and hear) the river going over the bridge.


Category: Photos & Photo Galleries, Welcome to My Life

High water much?

Posted February 24, 2016 | Photos & Photo Galleries, Welcome to My Life | One Comment

I took a walk down the Roanoke River Greenway through Wasena and Smith Parks today. After all the rain we’ve had lately, my guess was that the river was going to be running high. I was right.

Click an image to see a larger version.


The low water bridge closest to Wasena wasn’t underwater, but it was darn close.


From the other side.

Underwater Low Water Bridge

The lower “low water” bridge is underwater. No crossing today!
Click here to see the video.


I wonder what that little cloud is thinking.

Smith Park, Roanoke, VA

Lots of limbs down from the snow, ice, rain, and wind.

Roanoke River Panorama

It looks like there ought to be a rainbow in there somewhere


Category: Photos & Photo Galleries, Welcome to My Life

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