Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Slight Distraction

05292010 019This morning while doing some of my homework- I was slightly distracted watching this little guy  stealing sunflower seeds from the bird feeder.

Screams in the night…

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I know , I know, you’ve seen a half dozen photos of the moon on this site. (Actually only 3) And truth be told, you’ll see plenty more before I’m through. The moon rises over the lake out back and it’s really hard to resist taking photos of something so beautiful.  But the whole point to this post isn’t actually the moon, it’s the frogs! I walked down to the lake last night to get this shot, and the frogs were croaking up a storm. I wish I could say they sounded like a symphony, but in reality it sounded like screams in every direction. It was almost deafening how loud they were. From up at the house it does sound more like a symphony- but down at the lake it’s almost frightening!

First Day of School

Keeping in line with the fine Seifert tradition of getting a picture on the first day of school- Jan snapped this photo of me as I was heading off to the campus. (Sorry Aunt Barb, I don’t have a lunchbox yet- but I am sporting my awesome book bag)
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I survived the first day ok- we covered a LOT of information in a fairly short amount of time. And I have about 300 problems to solve for my homework- but for the most part, it was a lot of fun!

Stubbers…

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Stubby
What a handsome little fella!

Marching Forward…

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It’s been real quiet here since I returned from my trip to Omaha. I’ve mostly been spending my time thinking about going back to school. I’ve been pretty nervous, (nervous is probably an understatement- freaking out is a little closer to the truth) but I’m starting to calm down now that I have my textbooks- The 2 classes I’m taking this summer don’t seem as intimidating as they did when I first made the decision to embark on this little journey. I’m not a very social person, and I honestly think that’s one of my biggest obstacles. I guess I’m gonna have to overcome my shyness and march forward!

Meandering home…

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I left Omaha this morning to head home- it has rained ALL day. I decided to take a different route this time and meandered through Iowa so I could visit the Bridges of Madison County. It has been a pretty drive but a long day. I am now in Danville, Illinois and will be home tomorrow!

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Bridges of Madison County

Roseman Covered Bridge

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Built  in 1883, it is 107 feet in length and sits in its original location. Roseman was renovated in 1992. Also known as the “haunted” bridge, In 1892 two sheriff’s posses trapped a county jail escapee and it is said the man rose up  through the roof of the bridge, uttering a wild cry, and disappeared. He was never found. I personally didn’t feel a “haunting” as I walked across the bridge- but I honestly have to say it smelled quite rancid.

05102010 015 For those of you who read the book, or watched the movie, this is the bridge Robert Kincaid asked directions to when he stopped at Francesca Johnson’s home. It is also the bridge where Francesca leaves her note inviting him to dinner.







Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge

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Built in 1870, measures 79 feet in length and features a pitched roof. It was originally located over the North River near Bevington, it was moved to its present site in Winterset’s City Park in 1970. Cutler-Donahoe was renovated in 1997.


Cedar Covered Bridge

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Built in 1883, Cedar Bridge was 76 feet long and was the last bridge open to vehicles. It was built over Cedar Creek north of Winterset. It was moved to its present location over the same creek in 1921. In The Bridges of Madison County, Cedar Bridge is where Francesca Johnson goes to meet Robert Kincaid to help him take photographs. The bridge was renovated in 1998 and then later destroyed by an arsonist on Sept. 3, 2002. A replica of the original bridge was built from the original plans using authentic materials and methods. The new bridge was dedicated on October 9, 2004.

Holliwell Covered Bridge
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Built in 1880, it is the longest covered bridge, measuring 122 feet. It remains in its original site over the Middle River southeast of Winterset. Holliwell was renovated in 1995, and was featured in The Bridges of Madison County movie.

Imes Covered Bridge

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The oldest of the remaining covered bridges, Imes was built in 1870 and is 81 feet in length. It was originally located over the Middle River west of Patterson. In 1887 it was moved to a spot over Clinton Creek southwest of Hanley. Imes Bridge was moved again to its present site over a natural ravine just east of St. Charles in 1977. It was renovated in 1997.

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All of the bridges were riddled with graffiti.

A Little Goosey…

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Omaha, NE ~ Mothers Day 2010

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Mothers Day

05092010 015Aunt Barb and I went to have brunch with Grandma for Mothers Day- it was a nice way to spend the morning.

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Self Portrait- May 6

05062010 029A little bored here in Higginsville… I hope I don’t need my alarm clock in the morning- this is what it’s looked like since I got here!

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