Tiny Festival

June 4, 2009

 

funnel cake

Today was the official start of Tiny Town’s annual festival. We have a carnival all week, but the main activities happen from tonight through Saturday night. It is tradition for Mother Nature to help celebrate by drenching the festival at least half the week. Every single year. Last year we got a flood. Thankfully, we’ve already gotten that out of the way this spring.

I have a booth reserved to sell my jewelry and suncatchers and intended to start selling today. After about half a dozen trips carrying everything, I discovered that the (festival committee provided) booth leaked. Right across the middle. Since most of my displays have a cardboard base, I decided to wait until tomorrow to start selling. Everyone says it’s not supposed to rain tomorrow. Yeah right.

Since Tiny Town has few choices for food, both sold in the grocery store and served in the restaurant, one of the things I look forward to the most during the festival (or all year) is the variety of food sold (at a ridiculously high price). I’ve had sweet ‘n sour chicken twice this week. Awesome. Especially since there are no Chinese restaurants near here and it has been about 3 years since I’ve been to a Chinese restaurant. Today was hot dogs and nachos (because of the rain there wasn’t much open by the time the booth fiasco was finished). Tonight is dessert night. Yummy, very bad-for-you festival treats.

Above is dad’s selection – funnel cake. For those who haven’t had a funnel cake, it’s basically fried dough with powdered sugar sprinkled (or dumped) on top. You can also add strawberries, apples, or (I forget the 3rd choice), but I like to keep it simple.

Below is my choice – elephant ear. For those who haven’t had an elephant ear, it’s basically fried dough with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.

elephant ear

 

Those are 9 inch plates. Yum.

Each year I look for something new to try. Last year it was a deep fried twinkie (meh), another year it was cheesecake on a stick (I thought it was going to be something besides just a chunk of cheesecake on a popsicle stick).

I’m looking forward to finding something new this year, in addition to my usuals – barbecue, bloomin’ onion, fried bologna sandwich, taco in a bag, long cheesy curly shoestring fries.

I’m also looking forward to no more rain this week.


A little rain

May 4, 2009

 

 
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It’s that time of year again. Well, it’s always that time of year with our river, but even more so during the spring. It hasn’t been raining very hard, just a near constant drizzle for the past several days. It doesn’t take much though.

A few weeks ago I did a post where I explored the riverbank in my backyard. Here is a pic from that post showing a view of the riverbank.

riverbank 1

 

In my exploring post I showed a picture of the old abandoned bridge at the end of the street. Here is a pic showing the bridge from below:

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I’ve been taking some pictures of the bridge for a post I’ll do sometime later (probably much later now). Here is a photo from a little over 2 weeks ago from the side:

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This is from the side today:

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And a partial view from the front 2 weeks ago:

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And from the front today:

 
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It could be worse. (And may yet be worse since the river isn’t supposed to crest until tonight). About 11 months ago it was over the bridge and into the street. That is when the side of the bridge washed away.

Bless you Mother Nature!


Exploring – part 1

April 17, 2009

 

 

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When we had some nice weather last month I decided to take my camera out and do a little exploring in my backyard. I haven’t been in this part of the backyard in about 20 years. I’m sure that sounds odd, but there are many good reasons. First – this part of the backyard is a river bank so you have the whole RAGING FLOOD thing to deal with several times a year. Plus, after it floods it gets a little, well, MUCKY and YUCKY.  Also I have, thankfully, not lived here for more than 10 of those 20 years. And I’m allergic to practically everything so things like POISON IVY and GRASS and POLLEN and BEES and AIR aren’t all that pleasant. AND things that are also not pleasant – falling down a steep hill and BREAKING YOUR HEAD OPEN because the hill is STEEP and has RANDOM HOLES and LOOSE DIRT from the RAGING FLOODS and you have BAD KNEES. Plus I’m not really an outdoors-y person (although I am trying to get out more since the only time I really got out before was to smoke and THAT’S not happening anymore). Also, part of this little exploration is TECHNICALLY not OUR backyard, but a little TRESPASSING never hurt anyone. At least not me.

Whatever, on with the exploring.

Oh, and if you haven’t noticed – LOTS of pictures. At least I didn’t put all 58 here.

 

riverbank 1

Looking down the hill toward the river part (a little trespassing going on here). I didn’t notice until I had taken a couple of pics, but that thing that’s kinda left center in the pic? Dead deer. Thankfully, it wasn’t smelling yet. Be thankful that the close up shot isn’t posted here. Poor little guy. He might have broken his neck going down the hill (SEE?)

 

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I was trying to take a picture of the thing that was lodged between the trees, but I like this better. Almost creepy.

 

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This couch thing has been here in the same spot for over 4 years. Even though it is right next to the river’s natural edge, it has barely budged during any of the floods in that time.  Now it’s kinda wedged itself so it probably won’t be going anywhere for awhile.

 

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I love the terrain here, always changing. We spent many summer hours down here with the neighborhood kids. Building forts, tepees, just having fun.

 

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This little lace scrap looked so sad laying there by itself.

 

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I don’t know why, but I have always loved this bridge. It’s just a little one-lane bridge at the end of our street. It’s no longer in use, and is sadly now falling apart. The damage (on the left side) happened during a flood last June when the river flooded and covered this bridge and the edge of the street next to it. One of these days (soon) I’m going to get brave and cross it to do a little exploring before it’s completely gone. The neighborhood deer (and cats) use this bridge quite often.

 

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This is a sandbar that we spent a lot of time on when we were kids. Lots of great rocks and little river mussels. I’d like to come back down here when I get a rock tumbler.

 

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This little guy showed up as I was retracing my route. There was another one with him (or her – I didn’t get a chance to ask), but this was my last shot. I deleted a pic and got him swimming away down the river.

Go here to see all 58 photos.

I’m hoping to do more exploration posts in the future. I think it will be a good excuse to get outside, get exercise, and get inspired.


Almost Sprung

March 10, 2009

 

The weather was so nice this weekend I thought I’d spend a little time in the backyard.

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These guys are a little late this year.

 

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Usually there is snow on the ground when I first see them.

 

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Though there is still time for a serious blizzard.

 

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Watch where you step!

 

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Looks like someone else found the snowdrops, too. (By someone I mean someTHING, cause I seriously hope there is not someONE going around taking dumps in my yard, though it wouldn’t be the first time.)

 


Altered Icicles

February 24, 2009

 

I took these yesterday morning because I was though it might warm up enough for them to melt. Um, no. They are still there.

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Brrrr

February 22, 2009

 

I’ve been working for 22 hours so I thought I’d take a break this morning. 

 view from the street

 

Hopefully before going to bed.

from the backyard

 

Looks like the neighborhood wildlife had fun in the snow this morning.

wild animal tracks

(The print at the lower right is mine. Aand someone wasn’t wearing any socks and someone got their shoes full of snow)

 

cold

Yeah. I’m going to bed.

I hope it snows all freaking day.


Finally!

November 18, 2008

snow and river

snowy trees