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2022 Wrap ups: The ups and downs

As a year, 2022 seems to have had a lot of ups and downs for our family and friends. So let’s start with with ups.

Early in 2022 my Mother celebrated her 98th birthday. Overall she is still going strong and we’ve started thinking about doing something special for number 100! For her 90th birthday we had a big family gathering in Florida, and unless we think of something else, we plan to do that again.

2022 was also the year of our Johnson family reunion. It was hosted by my cousin Dwight and held at a wonderful county park near Cincinnati called Winton Woods. Family came from as far as Colorado, Florida, New York, South Carolina and the state of Washington, as well as the greater Cincinnati area.

In 2022 Donald & I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. It doesn’t feel like it has been that long.

For our anniversary we hosted a party at our favorite Italian restaurant called Parma. We invited all of our local friends.

2022 has also brought some triumphs for my health. My full knee replacement has completely healed and I barely have a scar. Some pituitary issues have been resolved and are now under control. And my back treatments have stabilized my lower back issues until I’m well enough to have surgery for the issue. My balance has improved enough that I no longer need the walker. This has allowed me to start working on my blind cane training, which is coming along well.

Now for the downs, which have exclusively been health related. The first is my Mother in law, who shattered her femur. She also took a face plant into the door on the way down and looks like she’s been in a fist fight.

She spent four months in a rehab hospital and is still struggling to transition from the wheelchair back to a walker.

Just after my my mother in law fell, husband fell and tore his quad. After 5 months it didn’t heal, so he will be having surgery soon to repair it.

And the big down for the year is my vision loss. It continues to slowly degrade. I’m facing complete vision loss in the next few years so I’ve started to learn how to navigate with a cane. Once I learn to use the cane I can apply to get a seeing eye dog. That is my eventual goal.

Tweeting No More

I’m writing this blog post for my Twitter followers. This, and my other blogs, were set up to automatically post on Twitter. However due to the actions of the new owner of Twitter, I will no longer be posting there. I hope to keep my Twitter followers as blog followers as I restart this blog after my long illness. I’m also considering alternatives to Twitter such as Instagram, but haven’t finalized that. I’ll make an announcement here when I’ve decided what I’m going to do.

Where Do We Go FrOM Here?

Over the bext twoo weeks I will be deciding the Fate of the Blog. I am now visually impair and may eventually go blind. Now, I could continue to blog, but WordPress IS NOT making it easy. So Should I continued the Drama? If you want me to try to continue this Blog vote a Like. Another option may be to use my BlogSpot Blog and see gowm that wotks.

I wojteven mention how difficult is wa to yp load the Imagr OMG!

Organ Mountains, New Mexico

I remember first seeing these Mountains 30 years ago. On a recent trip through New Mexico we decided to stop by Las Cruces to see the Organ Mountains:

I’ll have more views of the Mountains coming soon. For more information on the Ogan Mountains CLICK HERE.

Mining History in Pueblo, CO

Pueblo, Colorado was the location of Colorado’s Steel Industry. Oh, you mean that you didn’t know there was, and to a lesser extent still is a stell industry here. Now mostly oriented towards recycling.

They has=ve a wonderful, but very small museum. dont have any photos because I was using my digital camera which decided to malfunction. OK, I deserve that because I am supposed to be a film photographer, so focussing on film for this trip was a major error.

But I did take along a film camera and did make a few good shots.

This was one of the buildings that survives from the old mining history. It now belongs to the Historical Society and is being remodel as a new headquarters and Museum home.

If you want to lesrn more sbout Pueblo’s History, CLICK HERE.

Tree Carving: Frugal Film from January2021

My Posting from the Frugal Film Project:

I am finally getting started with the 2021 Project.   Two summers ago the City of Lafayette, CO was cutting down Cottonwood trees In a park near my home. The trees were nearly dead and a hazard to park patrons and passer’s by in bad weather.  But I had wondered why they left about half of the trunk still standing.  Well this past December an artist began sculpting one of the trunks. And here it is:

My husband had a chance to speak with him and he said eventually he would sculpt all four trunks with locally themed art.  The Rooster represents the Oatmeal Festival, held here in January during non-COVID years. The Rooster represents the winner of the Festival’s 5K walk/run.

Artist: Lueb Popoft, local tree carving artist.  Read more about hie Goals: https://www.hollowlogonline.com/biography.html

Agfo 6X9 Billy Clack No. 74.

I am finally getting started with the 2021 Project.   Two summers ago the City of Lafayette, CO was cutting down Cottonwood trees In a park near my home. The trees were nearly dead and a hazard to park patrons and passer’s by in bad weather.  But I had wondered why they left about half of the trunk still standing.  Well this past December an artist began sculpting one of the trunks. And here it is:

My husband had a chance to speak with him and he said eventually he would sculpt all four trunks with locally themed art.  The Rooster represents the Oatmeal Festival, held here in January during non-COVID years. The Rooster represents the winner of the Festival’s 5K walk/run.

Artist: Lueb Popoft, local tree carving artist.  Read more about hie Goals: https://www.hollowlogonline.com/biography.html

Agfo 6X9 Billy Clack No. 74.

Ektar 100 Film

Cottonwood

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK: IR

Continuing my IR studies, I’m including here my Nikon-1 images here. The Nikon-1 has bee converted to a full spectrum camera and I ‘selected’ the IR spectral range using a filter. First some striking Joshua Trees:

Next Week we’ll actually look at some of the Saguaros………..

COMO DOORS

Sharin sone B&W images fron a stormy dat in Sith Park, Yes there is a real Sotyh Park, but it’s the name of a valley noy a town.

There IS a Ghost Town (not totally deserted) named Como. It used to be a major hub of the Rail Road, Well start with the Old School House, now the Civic Center:

And also the local Church, I believe it is Methodist. Around here that’s always a good guess:

You can see to the left the home of one of the current residents, Most of the inhabitant live in older cottages from the RR days. Visit the links below for more ty[ical views of Como and the Annual Festival.

COMO IN COLOR

https://myvintagecamerasblog.com/2020/10/08/como-doors/

http://myvintagecameras.blogspot.com/search?q=COMO

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