Like Night and Day

Admittedly not my best photography – these are cellphone photos (I sent my camera with Daughter Trinidad to Hawaii – she’s currently on a trip there with her high school marching band) – but I thought I would share the difference here between yesterday afternoon and pre-dawn today.

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This morning – by daybreak there was 4 inches of snow on the ground

Poor Trin – she’s been wishing for snow for weeks!

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Under the Weather

My doctor has moved to Dallas, and because he is one of only 3 specialists in the U.S. who treats the particular hip disorder I have, there is no choice but to drive from Oklahoma to Texas every few weeks to continue treatment. The drive last week was under cloudy skies and through heavy rain, giving me something to do besides think about how painful it was to sit all those hours on the road.

Winter Waves

On our way to an appointment in town, rain turned to ice and the sky filled with wavy clouds

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Rain drops - no problem!

Rain drops – no problem!

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Suddenly raindrops on the windshield began freezing

Suddenly raindrops on the windshield began freezing

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Raindrops became ice drops

Raindrops became ice drops

The air became thick with falling ice

The air became thick with falling ice

As the National Weather Center loomed ahead, the road we were on suddenly became extremely slippery

As the National Weather Center loomed ahead, the road we were on suddenly became extremely slippery

Sadly, there were numerous other people who fell prey to the slick roads

Sadly, there were numerous other people who fell prey to the slick roads

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Fortunately, our appointment took an hour and a half, and the (mini) ice storm dissipated

Fortunately, our appointment took an hour and a half, and the (mini) ice storm dissipated

Andrews Park, across from the library, which was our post-appointment destination.

Andrews Park, across from the library, which was our post-appointment destination.

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I think I prefer winter waves to heat waves šŸ™‚

Morning Fog

As is usual for a school day, I had to drive daughter Trinidad to band practice – which is always before school begins and for which our school district does not provide school bus transportation. Nowadays, this is a pre-dawn drive.

I had Trin take photos on the way to town, on a morning when the air was as foggy as my brain seemed to be

This light is the only way I could tell where the left turn was for me to get onto the road toward Trin’s school

you wouldn’t know it, but this is actually a group of trees behind that fence

a little later, there is a better view of how things really look

I had to make two trips to town this morning – this was the deer crossing sign on the way back out to the country the first time

later, things were much clearer

The trash must go out even out in the country, and even if you can barely see where the road is

maybe taking the trash out could have waited just a little bit longer šŸ™‚

after I dropped Trin off at school, I had to take it upon myself to take the photos – the scenery was just too awesome not to make a record of

almost home

that’s my road on the right – by my second trip to town and back, the morning fog had cleared

I’m grateful somebody else put the trash out by the side of the road at my homeĀ this morning šŸ™‚

Lost and Found

Two weeks ago, I drove from Oklahoma City to Atlanta to participate in the Golden Key International Summit. The drive was only the beginning of a fortnight of being repeatedly lost and found. While I managed “found” in the physical sense quite rapidly, I am only just emerging from being “lost” technologically…I’ve spent most of the last two weeks without any internet access at home, and while I did enjoy (repeatedly)Ā the Mocha Frappe at the bookstore in town where I also enjoyed free internet access, I am really enjoying having internet access back at home out in the Oklahoma countryside.

The summit was held on the campus of Georgia Tech, and delegates stayed in the dorms. I spent most of my first evening on campus trying to find my dorm room, over and over again. Eventually, I figured out that no matter what the display says in the elevator you just press the number of the floor you want to get to…although I still had to memorize the pattern of the labyrinth to my room. It’s frustrating enough to press “2” in the elevator and end up on some other floor butĀ even more frustrating to keep finding yourself at the opposite end of a U-shaped building than where you’re supposed to be.

This is the view I expected when I exited the building and turned around. My room was the 2nd storey room to the right of the tree on the left (the lower of the 2 white-shaded windows).

This is the view I kept seeing each time I exited my dorm building for the first few hours I was at the summit. I decided to just take my time andĀ take pictures with my cell phone as I made my way to where I was supposed to be.

Looking back

a bit of progress

focus…

getting closer

a turning point

familiar territory – my vehicle is the 6th one up

yep, even a puddle is interesting to someone who’s been living in a drought-stricken area of the country

the dorm entrance at the opposite end of theĀ U from my dorm entrance

“home”