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Check out my Slide Show!

I couldn’t help it.  I just HAD to try out!  Wow.  Besides, I don’t have to upload 21 individual photos.  Yeah!  Enjoy our night around town.


Summer Bounty at Buffalo Lake

Church services were held today down at the bandshell, so Georgia, myself, and the rest of the family went to church and then took some playful shots.  I say playful because I am still learning and playing with the settings to capture the perfect photo.  Here’s what we saw:


Buffalo Lake has a beautiful fountain!  It’s even more spectacular at night when lit up.






Is there anything more beautiful that a Peony in full bloom?  Yum!

Just for Fun…

It has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, (kidding—I mean Buffalo, MN), where scrapbooking, writing, reading, and picture taking have been the focal points of the week.   In other words, CREATIVITY ABOUNDS!

Last night, Chris and I sat on the beach of Buffalo Lake and watched the sun set while debating the merits of the paper he was working on.  I still say I am right, but research proved to me last night that collegiate women athletes have a lower self esteem than non-collegiate woman athletes.  I would have thought that a woman at that level of fitness and dedication would be fairly self assured.

Anyhow, back at the ranch, we took Georgia to the lake with us to capture the essence of a peaceful weekend.  After some tweaking on picnik, here are a couple of shots.

Sunset 2-bw-focal


Sunset 1


Pumping Iron

Oh well, this one doesn’t depict the beauty of a sun setting over the lake but rather the beauty of a man always willing to make me laugh.  Can you believe that in our little cow-town of Buffalo, MN, they have workout equipment like this sitting around the park?  There’s a stairstepper which looks out over the lake and equipment for arms, legs, back, shoulders, etc.  Unique.  Progressive.  Never in this lifetime will you find me using it!  Awkward!

For the love of Georgia, (my camera)

This morning, Chris and I headed our for a drive and took Georgia along.  We headed no where in particular, but it really didn’t matter–there is beauty in everything.


I thought this sumac bush was having a bit of an identity crisis.  Is it spring?  Is it fall?  I’m not quite sure so I’ll just stand still for a while longer.



“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.”  Looking at this tangled mess reminded me of that quotation.















I am a sucker for old, dilapidated barns that are still majestic yet hanging onto life by a thread.



This is Chris’ idea of what would be the opposite of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. 

















No words needed.



An old neighbor of mine growing up now owns this farm.  In a tribute to 1976, I aged the photo to resemble the look of the era.

Is it possible to be TOO tired?

It’s 2:26 pm and I still sit at my kitchen counter with hair stuck out on end and in my favorite PJ’s, Birkenstock’s, and sweatshirt.  I can’t do anything else but sit and stare at this computer screen.

I managed to get out of bed this morning at the normal hour for the sole purpose of getting Mikey off to school and Chris off to his first business trip for Capella.  They were gone no more than 2 minutes when I ran back to the bedroom and crawled into my beautiful bed with my beautiful and warm pooches.  I don’t think I really went back to sleep, but at least I was prone and relaxed.

For 10 days now, my life has been a whirlwind of events, planned and unplanned, which has caused me to lose a great deal of my precious and much loved sleep.  The weekend before last was the Advanced Hockey Tryouts and I worked 49 hours in 3 days with that program.  Monday of last week, Tonya came down to finish final preparations for her wedding which took place on Saturday, so there was a great deal of excitement and work here at the Bonnell home that caused me to reduce my sleep intake.  On Thursday, the cooking began and it didn’t cease until Saturday.  Well, when you feed nearly 150 people and you don’t have a clue what you’re doing, it doesn’t take long for chaos to arrive.

The wedding went off without a hitch so all I need to do now is sleep and regroup.  I have done NO writing which just pisses me right off, but I have mentally planned out my office space once Adara leaves the nest next Monday, so I am all jazzy-pazazzy about that.  I suppose I can hold off just one more week before getting what I want and need.  I can write, make my little collages to help with the creative process, (thanks a ton, Sarah!), and maybe even attempt to start the scrapbook I wanted to make to remember Adara’s engagement/wedding.  I’ve signed up for a Photoshop class to start working again with my digital pictures, (oh how I love George!), and who knows what else I will create in that little room of mine.

So, maybe for now I’ll allow myself a nap.  I generally beat myself up and feel wimpy when I need to rest during the day, but today it really can’t be helped-I am shot.  Goodnight.

Creativity Abounds

The creative juices are really flowing in me for the first time in years and years and years, and in typical Joni fashion, I want to act on each of them right now!  OK, I know that’s not possible, but it’s really hard for someone with my aggressive personality to step back, plan, and take things in baby steps.

Last night was my second class in Ideas Intensive at The Loft, and this class has been both very good and very bad for me all at the same time.  I’ll call it my split personality class; the good witch versus the bad witch.  The good witch from the perspective that it has loosened me up to a point where I am starting to let the ideas in my mind take root and manifest themselves into something that perhaps I could work with.  The dad witch from the aspect that it has enticed all of these ideas and there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything I want to out on paper and that frustrates the living poo out of me.

So, one step at a time if I must.  For now, my goal is to do some brainstorming and clustering/mind-mapping.  This was a technique that we discussed last night which was new for me, and I could truly see the benefits of it versus the traditional outline I had been working on.  My goal is to spend the week letting the ideas flow to my cluster so that by next week’s class, I have a pretty good idea on the things I want to focus building on.

On another note, I have a new baby.  Yes, Grandma Lainy, a new baby.  Her name is George, and she Nikon D90.  Oh, she is soooooooooo beautiful!  I love her.  I really, really love her.  It shouldn’t be legal to love an inanimate object so much, but I do.  Sometimes, I hear her talking to me.  We are getting better acquainted with each other being she’s only been here since Saturday, but already she has stolen my heart.  It won’t take long for her and I to become soul-mates, that’s for sure.  So, as the time progresses and I again start updating this blog with my creative adventures, you will all get to meet her and to relish in the beauty she transposes for us.  I promise to share the fruits of her labor with you.  And if you want to know how she got her name, it is from Georgia O’Keeffe who, in my opinion, was the most creative and free women I have ever heard about and who every time I think of her conjures up beautiful family memories of my trip with Adara to Santa Fe and of the art exhibit in Minneapolis with Michael.  This will inspire me.

Off to write…