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Roanoke River sounds and scenes.

Posted May 20, 2016 | Buffy Significant Other, Videos, Welcome to My Life | Leave a Comment

Yesterday evening was the first evening in several days when it wasn’t too cool, windy, humid, or rainy for an evening walk. Buffy called me to see if I wanted to take a walk just as I started to ask him if he wanted to. We both did.

For those of you who need some soothing scenes and sounds, here you go:

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Category: Buffy Significant Other, Videos, Welcome to My Life

Have rocks, will climb. Will be photographed, too.

Posted May 16, 2016 | Buffy Significant Other, Clouds & Sunsets, Mountain, Photos & Photo Galleries, Skies, Welcome to My Life | One Comment

Left to his own devices, Buffy comes up with some unique photographic techniques. Here are some of the most interesting ones from yesterday’s hike.

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“The Rock Janeson Shouldn’t Be Standing On”

Getting readyQueen of the Mountain

And a good time was had by all 🙂

Category: Buffy Significant Other, Clouds & Sunsets, Mountain, Photos & Photo Galleries, Skies, Welcome to My Life

A cool May day, hiking, cameras, and allergy eyes.

Posted May 15, 2016 | Beloved Friend, Clouds & Sunsets, Hiking, Mountain, Photos & Photo Galleries, Skies, Welcome to My Life | Leave a Comment

Today was a cool day for May, but Buffy and I decided it wasn’t too cold to go hiking. It was windy and 48 degrees on North Mountain when we got there. Probably a few degrees warmer after our hike, but we got pretty warmed up walking up and down to the rocks at the top of the first overlook.

And, as you can see from our photos, it was well worth the trip.

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Buffy on the Trail

Buffy: Forest phase.


Buffy catches me in a natural frame.

Wildflower PARTY!

Wildflower PARTY!


These look like honeysuckle and smell divine.

Buffy: Photo geek.

Buffy: Photo geek phase.

Taking a picture of Buffy.

Taking a picture of the photographer.

The spine of the mountain.

The spine of the mountain.

The view from the top of North Mountain

The payoff.

I am tired.

I am tired…


…which gave Stripey an excuse to make me
pet her. Poor me ;-)

I rather enjoyed the cat-petting and nap afterward, too.

The pollen? Let’s just say that I ended our adventure with “allergy eyes,” and Benadryl is my friend.

Category: Beloved Friend, Clouds & Sunsets, Hiking, Mountain, Photos & Photo Galleries, Skies, Welcome to My Life

Every time her wind chimes tinkle, Cammie’s love-friend gets a * twinkle *

Posted May 14, 2016 | Cats, Today I'm Grateful for..., Videos | One Comment

I apologize. That title was uncalled for.


Many anipals who go OTRB become angels. Cammie became a star.

As the wind was blowing through Cammie’s memorial wind chimes today, I thought of how her star shines down from Over the Rainbow Bridge to bless her loved ones, as well as anybody, any bunny, or any other furry animal who needs heavenly blessings.

Cammie's chimes in the kitchen of my basement apartment.Her wind chime hangs in my back kitchen window now, as it did in my previous basement apartment home, but the chimes get to play in the wind a lot more often here on the second floor. They have a prettier view, too.

Cammie's love-friend, Pepe Cat

Cammie’s love-friend, Pepe-Cat

Whenever I hear the breeze blowing through the chimes, I think of Cammie’s Twitter love-friend Pepe and his Mama Nancy who had the wind chimes engraved and sent to me from the online shop she and her husband used to have.

The wind has been blowing a lot recently, so I finally decided to do a short video so you could hear them, too. (I apologize for the vertical orientation, but they’re vertical, fer pete’s sake.)

Be sure to turn the volume on to your speakers so you can hear Cammie sending extra blessings to you, too.

If you’re reading this in an email, click here to view the video on YouTube.

Category: Cats, Today I'm Grateful for..., Videos

Kayaking and disaster movies, camera phones, and Phun with Photoshop.

Posted May 10, 2016 | Clouds & Sunsets, Kayaking, Photos & Photo Galleries, Skies, Welcome to My Life | One Comment

A Choppy Day on the Water

Shelley Winters did her own stunts.
Brave lady.

I went kayaking last Sunday. The wind was up, the air was comfortably cool, and the water was choppy. I swear I paddled “uphill” in every direction. Fickle spring wind.

At one point I had visions of the original version of The Poseidon Adventure, with me as Shelley Winters crawling from the bottom of the boat to the top to escape, but it never got anywhere near that bad.

Camera Phone on the Water
Sung to the tune of Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water

Rowing "uphill" was fun, but tiring. It took us an hour to get here - the halfway point - from the pier, and only 15 minutes to get back.

Interesting that this photo was taken two years ago to the day from the one below was taken by Dan Smith. It was my first venture onto the cove, and I paddled “uphill” that day, too, but only one way.

For the last couple of years I’ve had a kayaking partner who used a real camera and wasn’t afraid to take it out paddling. That’s where many of the photos of me kayaking came from.

I like taking photos with my camera-phone. I think I take more photos with it than I make phone calls. But I don’t like to “take the plunge” – so to speak – of taking it out on the water. I can take photos from the shore, though, and I’m not big into selfies so I take photos of the scenery. It’s prettier than I am, anyway.

Phun with Photoshop

Sometimes the photos come out well. Other times, not so much. Here is one photo from my jaunt on Sunday. The first is right off the camera “roll.” The second was, shall we say, “tinkered with” in Photoshop Elements.

Carvins Cove photo, pre-Photoshop.

BEFORE: The original shot, completely unedited.
Cove courtesy of Roanoke City, mountains courtesy of
Mother Nature. Power lines courtesy of AEP.

Carvins Cove by way of an iPhone 6s and Photoshop Elements

AFTER: Phun with Photoshop.

Okay, Ansel Adams I’m not, but I had fun going kayaking and phun editing the picture in Photoshop to make it a bit more visually interesting. You might have a preference for the original version, but I had fun with both. Two “funs” for the price of one? What a deal!

Category: Clouds & Sunsets, Kayaking, Photos & Photo Galleries, Skies, Welcome to My Life

Hiking amongst the unidentified flora of Mill Mountain.

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

Foliage and SkyMy 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.

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.

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 »

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