Road tripping to Gainesville: Day 1

You are probably asking …”Why Gainesville?”.  Simple – my daughter lives there.  She is a graduate biding time, waiting to leave for the Peace Corps.  In December, Amy had an accident where she fractured the bone in her upper jaw.  Six weeks later, she was now ready to have her bone graft to repair the damage.  For me, if my baby is having surgery, that’s exactly where I want to be.

Wednesday morning we headed off the the surgical rooms.  Amy was so ready for this to happen.  My thought was that during the 2 hours that she was having surgery I would wander around on campus taking photo’s.  Well the surgical police had a different agenda for me.  Here is there chair where you will wait for 2 hours while she has her surgery…..ah no thank you.  But she was very insistent.

So I mumbled something about taking my jacket and coffee cup to the car and I would be back shortly….Yay freedom.

Here is just a few photo’s from the walk to and from my car….my very slow walk.  Winter is in full force in Gainesville.  The colors are beautiful.  They air is dry and dusty.  My sinuses were already killing me….

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Escaping the Surgery Center: February 11, 2015

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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Amy’s surgery went well.  In fact she felt fine, probably the meds at work.  But we took it easy for the rest of the day.  Hung out and watched movies.

Tomorrow is another day and Xeno is up for surgery.  Xeno in case you are wondering, is Amy’s pet rat.

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Project 10: Dec 2014: Simplicity

Project 10 is a group that I have participated in as a guest blogger for the past year.  I really enjoy their choice of topics. Sometimes I come up with something, sometimes I am totally stumped. Sometimes I come up with the topic after the fact.  This month was a good month for me.  I love to walk in the wetlands.  It gives me the opportunity to de-stress from my day to day job which has just changed again.  Same company different workload.  Another learning curve. That is all I seem to have done the past 2 years.  

Walking in the wetlands also offers me something else.  The opportunity to see wildlife in it’s natural form.  Birds, gators, raccoons, bobcats (although I have yet to see it close up), otto’s (them too).  I love it.  I grew up being taught to appreciate nature.  We had all sorts of critters in our home.  Taking this walk just really settles my soul.  

However, you can only take a Moorhen so many times and it becomes a little boring.  So when I walk I tend to look for different things and experiment a little with how I take the photo.  So here is the simplicity of nature as I see it through my eyes.  

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” A Withered Maple leaf has left its branch and is falling to the ground; its movements resemble those of a butterfly in flight.  Isn’t it strange?  The saddest and deadest of things is yet so like the gayest and most vital of all creatures?”

~ Ivan Turgeneve, Fathers and Sons

Thank you for letting me post in this group.  I have really enjoyed staying a part of it and I am glad I was able to get it done. I hope that you all have a blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year.  May you dream constantly, and may those dreams come to fruition in 2015.

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