Winter Soap Weeds

Like many of you, I’m amazed it’s February already.  Where did January go?  In a few short weeks the heifers will start calving.  Before we know it, we will be busy calving cows.

February 4

Friday afternoon we celebrated the life of a family friend that we lost too soon.  The High School Gym was full of people who were touched by this special person and her family.  A “lunch” was served by the Church ladies at the local social/meeting room.  The place was was full of family, friends and neighbors sharing “news”, memories and laughter.

We spent the evening with the family at their home.  Again, many friends and neighbors gathered for a potluck and good time.  A handful of college friends were around.  There is something to be said for long lasting bonding friendships.  We easily picked up where we left off and loved the time we spent together.  Fun times were remembered and we laughed until we cried.  For some reason the retelling of college stories tends to do that.

February 4

KJ, Mike and the kids spent the rest of the weekend with J and I!  Look for cute kid pictures on Thursday’s post.  Saturday after the kids went to bed we sat around watching videos on YouTube.  I’m not sure how or why the kids stayed asleep as we were laughing so hard.  The guys finally had to shut the computer off because they couldn’t take it anymore.  Good friends, good times and funny stuff does the soul good.

February 4

Sunday afternoon was pretty lazy around our house.  J watched the Super Bowl and I did some odd ball things around the house.

I use Sunday afternoon/early evening to think about the upcoming week.  I like to have an idea of the big things coming up and projects that are a priority.  This helps me have a direction for the week.

February 4

I have two magazine deadlines coming up and Monday I took still life pictures for the articles I wrote.  I am not the best at staging a shot.  Livestock, animals, flowers and nature are more my style.  My little photo shoot started out good. When lighting got iffy and the objects I was photographing weren’t working anymore I quit.  I decided to stop while I was ahead, download my shots and see what I had before getting frustrated.

February 4

These soapweed and berry pictures are from my trip to Nebraska.  I was so excited to have a brilliant blue sky as the backdrop.  Even winter can be beautiful when we choose to look at it that way.

I hope your February is off to a great start!

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12 Responses to Winter Soap Weeds

  1. I love the brilliant blue sky you have captured. I haven’t seen much of that here since Christmas, but I’m sure all in God’s time these dreary grey skies will go away. Have a good day!

  2. Darcy says:

    I love your soapweed shots – especially the last one. Those plants so intrigued me when we first moved to Nebraska, and even more when I realized the cows loved to eat the pods. 🙂 You did a great job with your pictures, and I hope you have a great week!

  3. cheri says:

    Even weeds can be pretty. When blue sky is involved.
    We are off and running with the heifers. A few calves in the cows. Sleepless nights and tired days. But, its so rewarding and before ya know it, we will be branding! 🙂

  4. Gwen says:

    Sorry for the loss of your friend.

  5. Sandra says:

    Sorry about your loss.

    As always, great photos 🙂

  6. I’m glad to hear of all the laughter & fellowship – you’re right, Robyn – so good for the soul!
    Our friends with an angus farm have just had their first two calves born, I was notified today.
    I can’t believe we’re already into February & it looks like a fast flying month already. Over the weekend I finally got out in the woods on the snowshoes, since we had a high of a balmy 9° above zero! 🙂
    Love all your pretty photos, blue skies are a happy backdrop.

  7. Only you, my dear, can make dead weeds look beautiful 🙂

  8. Karen says:

    It’s special the way you were able to celebrate the life of a friend with your friends and family. It’s wonderful the way life-long friends form such strong bonds. Looking forward to your cute kiddie photos!

  9. I’m sorry you lost a friend. I love the photos of the yucca pods!

  10. Barb says:

    Sorry for the loss of your friend. It is always good to get together with friends and laugh though. Love you winter weeds.
    Thanks for the visit.

  11. Creative and beautiful photography ~ and so sad to lose a good friend ~ healing hugs to you and all ~
    carol, xxx

  12. Eden Hills says:

    I love that second to last shot. Very artistic.

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