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Ponderosas and Pine Cones


See that? That is rain, ALOT of rain…….

If there were only one word I could use to describe my outlook on our one family vacation that we took all together this year it would be ( drum roll please) ‘CRUMPY’. Yes, ‘crumpy’. That is a  word invented by myself, a frothy combo of grumpy and crabby.

I am actually surprised my entire pack of family members didn’t row me out to the middle of the lake, strap a bag of rocks onto my back and throw me overboard. Ciao ciao mama cita!

Yes. I was that miserable. I could barely stand myself.

Thank God for beer. Thank God for patient people like my husband and daughter. My daughter who pats me on the shoulder and gives me a funny little smirk when I am a misery that makes me laugh. AND> Thank God for beer again.

Ok, I will cut to the chase here, if you are still here that is.  🙂  There is nothing like a bunch of whiny dribble that can kill a good Friday vibe. Sorry. I apologize. It does gets better though.

You can’t imagine the amount of things that went sideways. Let’s not get into the deets here people but sh&* went to hell in a hand basket.  Yes. Good times, good memories.

The great thing is that  I can miraculously pull my mood out of the gutter and laugh at it. Eventually. Sometimes even in the thick of it.  Even while sitting in the rain and mud with a swarm of angry wasps threatening to sting.

There were some tears, there was some vomit, there were missing items that made sitting in the rain and dirt merely more than uncomfortable. Nothing unusual. Things can always be worse. Right? In the moment though, it was just ….well…..really bad. I know, suck it up Princess.

Hey at least our trailer didn’t totally break down like our last adventure, and the dog didn’t eat a  fish hook,  BUT there was vomit again and diarrhea too…yay! ( sorry, t.m.i.)

Good Lord what a hot mess.

The best part is when the sun decided to come out and play , she lit up the world like a hot damn.

It was like Ms. Sunshine extended and flattened one of her golden arms on the Earth and gave it a warm hug. As a photographer, I live for the light. Always waiting for the perfect hue of  twilight.  And she put on a show that made me smile. Which in a long roundabout way made me feel grateful. Very grateful, even though I was a crumpy!

5 things that I am grateful for looking back now:

  1.  I am grateful for being able to be together as a family, even if it was not the ‘perfect’ vacation.
  2. I am grateful for the purples, pinks and midnight blues the Sky offered us that one night.
  3. I am grateful our little family could find laughter and fun even though my bad mood was making it all the more challenging.
  4. I am grateful that we could spend time with good friends who just happened to be camping at the same lake and SO grateful they had pots and pans and salt to lend us. Love them!
  5. I am grateful we were lucky enough to see ospreys, beavers,bullfrogs and catch a beautiful trout.

the golden hour


the twisted gnarled arms of a Ponderosa pine grabbing at the sky


……then along sailed in Ms. Pink and Ms. Purple.


Ms Purple fades to velveteen Gray.


waiting for the stars to poke out…

7 replies »

  1. Hooray! I just knew we were sisters, since I too had a rough time lately with the ‘crumpies’ (can I steal that? I love new words!). This post made me laugh and feel compassion for you, for me, and for all those brave enough to love us.. and those like us. Ah those dashed dreams of warm and cozy camping trips landing in the cold mud with bugs both outside and inside our tummies. But we survive and find ever more reasons to give thanks. I adore these photos too, especially the Ponderosa pine ‘grabbing at the sky’. Thanks, as always, for sharing your adventures! Hugs of solidarity, Gina

    • Gina, you just made my day when I read this. Insert HUGE smile here. There is nothing else in the world like a good soul sister to share our ‘crumpies’ with… LOL!! I guess what is important is being able to find the humour in the mud hey?? Thanks again for sharing your warm soul with me, I am so happy to ‘know’ you! xo

  2. Gorgeous pictures and a fab tale all in all. Was just wondering if you’d be up for guest posting on my blog. Thanks for the follow and the comments on the whole cyber bullying. I am blogging again although my comment settings have been changed so think that’s the reason the troll hasn’t resurfaced. Anyway lemme know. Hayley xx

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