Outside Photos At The Hotel in Missouri

Monday, November 18

1 (1)It was fun to open our hotel room curtain early each morning, then open the sliding glass door to our small deck overlooking the lake and watch the sunrise.

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1 (6)It was about this time that I made coffee (in the pot in our room) and began to blog about the previous day – while Cerwin was out in the field anticipating a day of hunting.

1 (7)Because Monday was the nicest day that we were there, I chose that afternoon to walk around the hotel grounds and boat dock.

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1 (10)It’s always fun to see vegetation that is a bit different from what I am used to in Pennsylvania.

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1 (13)A view of the hotel from the driveway that led to the boat dock.

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1 (15)Our room was on the second floor – somewhere in the middle of this picture. To give you an idea of how steep the hill is on the way to the lake – the main entrance on the other side of the hotel is on the 4th floor.

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2 (3)After enjoying and photographing the dock area, I got my workout for the day when I walked up the other side of the hotel – through the condominium area. I can’t imagine how they get cars in and out of there on snowy, icy days.


I can hardly wait to go back to Osage Beach some day.

I told Cerwin a story that one of the women told me about their first trip to Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

When her husband asked her to go along on this hunt several years ago – with another couple she did not know. She declared that she was not going because she didn’t know his friend’s wife or any of the other women.

No matter how many times he pleaded with her to go along, she said no. Finally he said, “I will give you one hundred dollars a day if you will go along.” She finally agreed to go.

He did not have a good hunt on any of the three days, and said that he was not going back the next year. She said, “I’ll give you one hundred dollars a day if you will go back.” 🙂

Our Pretty Trees


By Joyce Kilmer 1886–1918

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

DSC_8679A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

DSC_8684A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

DSC_8686A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

DSC_8693Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

DSC_8705Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.


Nature Walk ~ Part 3 ~ Final

This is the wide view of where I took the close-up photos on my nature walk a few weeks ago when waiting for a truck show to begin.

1The first few were taken along the woods on the far left.

1a (1)Oh, the scent of honeysuckle!

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1a (11)This dead tree and the greenery around it caught my attention.

What would I find?


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2 (67)Oh, that’s not what I wanted to see. It looks like a bird lost its life here.

2 (61)But then I found my favorite thing to photograph of this walk.

2 (65)I am not sure what it was, but it was so pretty – in an end-of-season way.

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2 (68)Then as I looked toward the building, I knew it was time to head back to where the people and vehicles were gathering. I would have liked to know the story of this old house – which was next to Jason Shelly’s truck garage (just to the right of this photo).

3I walked out of the field between these trucks. (The old house is to the right of the blue truck.)

4By this time I was hungry and back to reality!

Nature Walk ~ Part 2

Saturday, September 21

There was a small creek at the bottom of the hill.


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1 (17)There was more goldenrod beyond the fence, but it was time to cross the road and make my way back to the truck show that was about to begin.

2 (11)Come along. It is a warm, beautiful day.

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1 (18)It was fun discovering more beautiful things.

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4 (2)  I still have another set of pictures to post tomorrow night.

This was a most delightful walk.

Nature Walk ~ Part 1

This is one of my favorite things to do – take a walk on a nice day and look for and photograph things that most of us miss when we take a broad view of the scenery around us.

1 (1)This was my broad view – a few weeks ago when we were at a truck show in Telford. My first set of pictures were taken on the left side of the road – between the first bush and the bottom of the hill.

1 (2)  I think it will make you want to take a walk on one of these pretty fall days – and really look at what is around you.


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Spider Webs

I quickly went for my camera when I looked out our kitchen window on Tuesday morning.

DSC_5895It is difficult to find a prettier spider web than one that has been spun on a foggy, dew-covered, late summer morning.



DSC_5900It must have been a night for spiders, because there were several webs near the house.




DSC_5904Spider webs are so amazing.

New Siding & Lily Pads

How is that for title combinations?

That is because I wanted to finish the last set of pictures before I post Truck Rally pictures.

1 (1)After installing a ductless heating and cooling system a few weeks ago, and removing wall air conditioners, we either had to change our siding, or have strange-looking spots on the exterior walls.

1 (2)So we called our favorite window and siding people.

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1 (7)After a few days we have a brand new look to our house – after forty-six years as a deep red.

We like it.


Now on to another subject – flowering lily pads…

2Last Sunday – on the way home from lunch with Roy and Deb – we saw a pond with lots of white “stuff” on it and realized that it was blooming lily pad flowers.

2aDeb and I appreciated that Roy turned the car around when we mentioned that we would like to photograph them.

2bWhen Deb and I got out of the car, the Canada geese went into the pond.

2cAt first we thought their entry into the water would mess up our pictures, but they added to the scenery.


2eA bud.

2f (1)The blooms were delicate and beautiful.

2f (3)When I checked the Internet, I discovered they are white Lotus Nymphaea Ampla Asian Water Lily Pad Flowers

2f (2)Beautiful.