Day 1: Happy Haunting

Happy Halloween! I don’t know about you, but my husband and I are Halloween fanatics. Each year our yard is decorated with a different theme, and we never do the same thing twice. We’ve done everything from haunted nursery rhymes and hazmat, to zombie summer camp and a giant spider wedding. This year, we finally bought a hearse, Lady Victoria by name, who is a lovely 1986 Caddie. To make her the star, we simply turned our yard into a giant cemetery where the kids can trunk or treat out of the back. We also have taken a page from The Animaniacs and instead of the Wheel of Morality, we have the Wheel of Mortality. “Wheel of mortality turn, turn, turn, tell is the death that they have earned”. Once the wheel spins, it will land on one of eight death styles and it will be put on their very own death certificate. Needless to say, coming to our house is an adventure every year. 

Day 1: Happy Haunting

This is the time of year, we can be whoever or whatever we want to be. A time where we can let the wind out of the sails, take a step away from reality and just cut loose and have a good time. A time for pumpkins and candy, of costumes and horror. And tonight, at some point we will have guests who see the corpse and his bride dancing among the tombstones. Did I mention that we set up our DJ system and have music and lights going? This year we have giant fogging grave markers as well. 

I hope that whatever you are doing for Halloween this year, that you have a spooktacular time (I know … cheesy)  and that no one in your household overdoses on candy! Be safe everyone and be spooky! 


365 Perspective Intro

I have been curious about doing a 365 photo project, but have always told myself I wouldn’t have time to take such a project on, especially during fireworks season. Last week, I decided to put that fear to rest and take the plunge and go ahead and create one. Why let another year of good intentions pass me by. It’s time to take the camera by the lens and shoot my world. 

Before making this commitment, I spent some time researching out themes, prompts and ideas on how to do a successful year in photos, and while I ran across some great material and blog posts, I decided that this first year would be titled “Daily Inspiration”.  Rather than use someone else’s ideas, I plan to take each day and find things in my day that speak to me and let them be the prompts for my daily walk in photos. 

One thing this will surely do is diversify my Instagram account. Mostly, I share the nature photos I take while hiking or geocaching. Now and then I throw some random photos in, but my passion lies primarily in the nature genre. I am excited to see what will each day is going to present for me to share with my followers both there and on Twitter and Facebook. 

While the focus of this project is with the photos themselves, I also plan to use this outlet as a daily photo journal. This will give the backstory to each day’s photo as well as the inspiration behind it. There is more to a photo than just the story you see with the eye, and what better way to showcase that.

The calendar kicks off on Halloween! No waiting until January. No waiting until the first of the month. I plan to take my favorite holiday and begin my journey then. I hope that you will join me, share your comments and feedback, and maybe even start your own 365 and allow me to be part of your own journey of a year in photos. 

A New Direction

When I had originally started this blog, it began as a place to share about the marching band my kids were in and their accomplishments. Four years later, three of them are now graduated from high school and pursuing their own dreams and chasing their adult lives. Now, we have one left at home halfway into his junior year.

Over these last few years my husband and I have developed a love for hiking and geocaching, and I personally have been pursuing my love of photography. This is the driving force behind resurrecting my blog which has laid dormant for far too long. I am looking forward to being able to share about the adventures we take, as well as showcase some of the photos taken on these trips.


Our hiking goal is to hit every state park here in Oklahoma. There are some truly beautiful places here in our state that are just waiting to be visited, photographed and enjoyed. There are also geocaches at the parks as well, so it’s an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. To date, we have hiked twelve of the thirty-four parks, not including the Little Sahara since it is more an ATV playground and not set up for hiking, and sand in my boots is not appealing.

I guess it boils down to, welcome to my new trip journal. I hope that it inspires you to hike, take photos, and pursue whatever your passions are. I hope that it encourages you to get out and explore the amazing state you live in, whatever state that is. You don’t have to travel very far at all to experience and see some beautiful and amazing places. To see the full photo albums, come and like my Facebook page and for the bursts come follow me on Instagram. Live, love, hike and take photos!