On the BIG LAKE. We reached Lake Superior on Wednesday. It was windy, rainy and chilly in Duluth. We spent the night at Indian Point Campground, managed by the city of Duluth. The rain may have dampened our outdoor ambitions, but the presence of a laundry at the campground inspired tidying. A load of wash […]Read More Superior
Meet Lucille Van White. You may recall Lucy One White, my late cat who wrote a Friday column for some time. Lucy the cat has been physically gone a year now, although she still transmits plenty of comments to our household. Twenty years leaves a lasting presence. But I digress. Back to Lucy Van. Lucy […]Read More Van Life: Meet the new Lucy
I haven’t written much about my van that I bought last summer. I’ve taken it out for an overnight, my second. I am in the small mountain town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado. Staying in a municipal park which has a few campsites. The Colorado river is my front porch, the railroad tracks go by, […]Read More Camping
Directionals, blinkers, dinkers, turn indicators, signals, call them what you like, just use them. A pet peeve of mine is people not indicating their upcoming turns. I’m sure that I, too, fail periodically at this task, but I do indicate more often than not. Simple courtesy and not difficult to do. As a local bumper […]Read More Use Them, Please!
Predator eats arm Then a new part develops Regeneration! It amazes me how starfish and other “lower” animals are able to regenerate body parts. What fabulous resilience! For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Regenerate.Read More Comeback Story
Today’s RDP is Breathtaking. This is the view from one of the hikes I took this past weekend. It was my first overnight camp in my van, and as a shakedown cruise, it went pretty well. I figured out what worked as anticipated and what could use improvement. And of course, there are always new […]Read More Breathtaking
The weather folks were right this time, and yesterday’s rain turned to snow overnight. We got about 4 inches. The roads are mostly clear, as the retained heat melts the snow on contact. It’s a different story for the plants. Leafed out trees bow low, and I’m sure there will be some broken limbs from […]Read More Spring Snow
Today’s prompt is Blustery, and it is. Thirty five degrees F (2C), spitting a mix of rain and snow with some wind. Not unheard of for this time of year, and on the cold side. And yet, the plants keep blooming. These columbine in our garden are particularly beautiful this year. Perhaps that is one […]Read More Blustery
Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Eyebrow. I chose it in response to some recent sightings of what appeared to be very curious stenciled eyebrows. At the fabric store, the clerk cutting my material had brows that were at least 3 times the usual size painted across her brow and forehead. I’ve seen these a […]Read More Strange Looks
I had something else in mind for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Bench, and then life, with its attendant adjustments of time and commitments intervened. Instead, I’ll give you the photos I took yesterday while walking through the small arboretum near my home. A fine variety of benches, for resting, art, eating, visiting or simply […]Read More Arboretum Benches
This is a rerun in honor of today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Snake. It was originally published March 2018. It’s a little hard for me to believe that Lucy has been gone for 8 months now. Her presence is still strong in our hearts. .Hello again, its me, Lucy One White. Today, I’m going to […]Read More Lucy, Snake Hunter.
As I’ve briefly mentioned before, I bought a van for traveling. The young couple who originally owned it had lived in it full time for over a year and had built it to suit their needs. There were good bones, and it didn’t completely suit my purposes. Weather and time permitting, I’ve been working on […]Read More A New Favorite
Meadowlark phoebe Redwing red breast hawk duck goose Morning song delights. It’s been a very busy stretch recently, and I have made a lot of compromises between desires and commitments. I have worked hard to get at least a bit of exercise each days. These early spring mornings, it’s a delight to be out […]Read More Morning Birds
Early spring morning Tiny island tiny pond Nesting pair prepares. Very busy birds in this patch of open space this morning. As I first ran by, these ducks were hunkered down. When I stopped to take their photo, they arose and soon were swimming. I didn’t see a nest, but I suspect it’s nearby. For […]Read More nesting
In The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot famously stated that April is the cruelest month. That is of course, a matter of opinion and experience. Concerning the weather, it seems true this week. Monday was pleasant and Tuesday was pushing towards hot, with a high above 80. The kids were out in shorts and sandals, it was […]Read More Cruel?
A month ago, I hadn’t heard this term. When I first heard it, I thought “over dramatizing again”. Now we’ve had two in the past month. A bomb cyclone is a weather phenomenon, defined by a very rapid drop it atmospheric pressure; falling more than 24 millibars in less than 24 hours. Warm and cold […]Read More BOMB CYCLONE
In honor of today’s Ragtag Prompt of Laundry, and my former Feline Friday posts done while Lucy was with us, I re-post this about Waylon, the neighbor cat who loved clean sheets! https://curioussteph.com/2017/11/12/cat-tales-waylon/Read More Waylon Redux
From the time I went off to college until I bought my house some 14 years later, I was a user of laundromats. No just tossing a load in the washer while I did something else, a convenience I now enjoy. However, for efficiency of time, the laundromat was great. I’d go in at 6 […]Read More Washing Up
Finally healed Bones reconnected rebuilt Prepare for cast off. For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Cast off.Read More Cast Off
Abandon not hope But that which interrupts your Connection with life. For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Abandon.Read More live with
Someone I knew once commented that gardeners are optimists, looking ahead to possibility and planning for growth and a future reward. As I gardener, I do recognize this in myself, and the excitement that comes as seeds are purchased and started for the upcoming season. I started my tomato seeds last weekend, under lights and […]Read More Summer’s Hope
Once again, it’s Friday, and my turn to post a prompt. Today’s prompt is HOPE. Take your inspiration from hope, and share your creation, written or otherwise with us via pingback. Thanks for following and I hope you have fun!Read More RDP Friday: HOPE
Hello again, Ragtaggers. It’s Friday and today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is AVALANCHE. It’s the snowy time of year here in Colorado, and with that comes avalanches. This is one of many phone taken videos of it crossing a major mountain highway last weekend. Fortunately, no one was injured. Have fun with avalanche and share your…Read More RDP Friday: AVALANCHE
Hello Ragtag followers. Its Friday, I’m back online after my travels and the word I have for your today is MARCH. March is another of those words with many usages, and I invite you to use it anyway you like, and please share your creation with us using a pingback. Thanks!Read More RDP Friday: MARCH
Friday greetings to you all. Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is FISH. Another on of those words that is both a noun and a verb. Take your inspiration from fish, and share your creative results with us, either via pingback or posting a link in the comments below. Thanks!Read More RDP Friday: FISH
Polished clean ice Frostless and smooth skaters fly Across and above. For yesterday’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of frosted and today’s of Flight. The US national championships in figure skating are finishing today. There have been some remarkable performances, and this link is to the winning pairs program by Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc; Enjoy.Read More That Time of the Year.
It’s Friday, Ragtag followers, what’s coming up for you this weekend? In that vein, today’s prompt is FORECAST. Take your inspiration from forecast, and do share your creations with the rest of us, either via pingback or in the comments below.Read More RDP Friday: FORECAST
I had a friend who worked in meteorology when she was in the military. Her branch was known colloquially as “the weather guessers”. I was reminded of this yesterday morning when the “light morning snow, accumulations less than an inch” turned into several inches of snow in just a few hours. There were a few […]Read More Weather Guessing
Homeless wanderer By choice or by circumstance Can you spare a dime? Illegal to be Poor, homeless, cold and jobless Hunger amoral? Living out of bounds Unconventional some way Each reflects a truth. For today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of Vagrant.Read More Vagrant
Dried leaf fragments Immersed in hot water Wait a bit drink tea. for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt of ImmerseRead More Just my Cup