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Be back in two weeks :)
Driving from Iowa to Arizona and back, stopping here and there on the way.
Normal snow fall here for the season is 36" so far we have had 42.6" and more is on it's way Saturday. The worst part is it's been coming two or three inches at a time, no wonder I feel like all I've done since mid December is move snow. Enough with the snow already!

According to the news unless you are over 40, you've never experienced cold like this. Well lucky me that means I've gotten to do it twice! 

Carry On Now :)


Oh lucky me the polar Vortic is back, that means this will be the thrid time I get to be unbelievably cold! Just something about clearing snow with a minus 20 wind chill factor, that makes you feel alive! :)

My wife and I must have done something right raising our sons. Seems our oldest son and his wife have found some young children who missed Christmas.  They live with their mom and grandmother, who together manage to stay afloat. But this year grandma has been hospitalized and Christmas was just not going to happen. Well according to my son they are very sweet kids and having no Christmas for them is just not going to happen! It may be late and it may not be a big one, but it is going to happen and It Is going to happen tonight! So Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus! Sometimes he wears his old combat boots and has a dog tag on his key chain but he has love in his heart and very pround parents.
My wife and I must have done something right raising our sons. Seems our oldest son has found some young children who missed Christmas.  They live with their mom and grandmother, who together manage to stay afloat. But this year grandma has been hospitalized and Christmas was just not going to happen. Well according to my son they are very sweet kids and having no Christmas for them is not going to happen! It may be late and it may not be a big one, but it is going to happen and It Is going to happen tonight! So Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus! Sometimes he wears his old combat boots and has a dog tag on his key chain but he has love in his heart and very pround parents.
Wishing every one a Happy and Safe New Year
Had a great day with the family. Nothing matches the joy of small children on Christmas morning
Wishing All a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to come!
Wishing All a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to come!
Arrived home this afternoon from the Red Cross tornado relief in Washington IL. Judging by the devastation I saw, I am surprised the death toll was as low as it was. Entire homes have disappeared completely, I fear had this tornado hit at night instead of midday the number of deaths would have been horrendously high. The photos I have posted of what I saw are not just the worst I saw, but the norm for a large part of Washington Illinois. Street after street is nothing but the twisted shambles of what was once home to many of the residents. 
I will be leaving Monday morning with the Red Cross for East Peoria Illinois. A hand full of us are going down to relieve those who are already there helping with the disaster recovery from the string of tornandos that went through last Sunday in Washington, Pekin and East Peoria IL. 
As the holidays approach us.  Lets all open our hearts and donate to the charity of your choice and help the people of the Philippine's. 
I'm back from the Colorado floods. I don't have many pictures, as I spent most of my time working in the warehouse loading trucks and driving supplies to other distribution sites for emergency relief supplies. Now on to spoiling that new grandson of our's :)
Waiting final confirmation, but was contacted tonight about going to Colorado witrh the Red Cross.  I will probably be leaving late Wednesday night or early thursday morning. Not sure If I'll have computer access or not.
Happy Summer Everyone :)
The floods are going down now. But here we sit with 100 plus mile an hour winds, rain, large hail and tornado clouds being sited all around us. I'm guessing fire and brimstone are on the agenda next! This year is looking like a re-run of 2008 :(
The flood of 2013 is winding down now. The work load at the Red Cross is starting to lighten up some, so I hope to be back out with my camera enjoying the beauty of nature soon. I didn't shoot many shots of the flood this year as I spent a lot of time in the office doing paper work.
I'm going to be off for a bit doing Red Cross work here at home. So I'll be in and out on DA when I can :)
Pretty much our forcast for the last week or so with no end in site, and it's starting to get really old!  The rivers are rising to the point I may be getting out the Red Cross vest and working right here in my home chapter on flood relief.
Had a wonderful weeks vacation in Punta Cana, with the love of my life. Didn't really take all that many photos, just kicked back and relaxed :)