December 31, 2007

Holidays 2007

The Ohio Theater Marquee
Picktown Lights
Gingerbread Bears
Jen, Ryan, and Lucy
After a long day

Husband, the photographer is noticeably absent from any picture.

December 21, 2007


Geoff is a guy from the UK who married and moved to the US. His blog is quite entertaining. He does a yearly Year in Review and I'm listening to the 2007. It's UK based songs and news snippets. Songs are uncensored versions, so maybe NSFW. This is much more fun than anything cheesy on commercial radio or tv, and it goes quickly (only bits of songs).

December 20, 2007

Christmas Lights

I love looking at xmas lights. If you do, you should check out the Picktown Lights located in a subdivision in Pickerington. There are 16 or 17 houses on the street with all of their lights set to music you listen to on your radio. Husband has a few pics at his blog but it's really better in person. If you go, make sure you wait to hear the Trans Siberian Orchestra song (Wizards in Winter). That one puts on the best show.

December 7, 2007

Walking in a winter wonderland

I'm still trying to build up to hike the Grandma Gatewood Trail. I thought I was getting close until I strolled through the snow. Snow requires more strength and stamina. It sure is pretty though. These pictures were taken at Sharon Woods.

Sharon Woods
Sharon Woods
Sharon Woods

November 27, 2007

Hikes, hats, boat and toast.

I'm making an effort to spend more time outside this winter. Maybe if I acclimate myself, I will learn to like it. Yesterday I found myself wishing for snow. I've gone on a few of the scheduled night hikes with the Metro Parks, which I found fun. The other day, I talked Ray into walking around the North Bank Park. It was kind of disappointing to see so much litter, but it definitely has potential.
Me and the Scioto
The Santa Maria. Personally, I can't imagine spending money to see this, but it's kind of cool to just walk by.
The Santa Maria

We also went to see William Wegman: Funney/Strange at the Wexner The video of how to make Log Cabin Cinnamon Toast was well worth the price of admission :) Admission is free, btw, as was parking on Sunday.

The finished Koolhaas hat.
Koolhass Hat

And a beagle hat.
Beagle Hat

November 19, 2007

Sparano's Pizza

Pizza choices and preferences can get pretty personal, at least around here. This is what I get when I'm totally on my own and can get what I want. A rare occurrence.

Sparano's Pizza

Sparano's Pizza
1783 N Hague Ave
Columbus, OH 43204-1618
Phone: (614) 487-0087

November 15, 2007

Last splash of color.

Hiking has slowed, but trees in my yard looked nice this week.
Trees in my yard

I even enjoyed doing some raking. I'm sure the thrill will be gone before all of the leaves fall.
Yellow leaves

November 14, 2007

The Chocolate Cafe

As the daylight hours decrease, chocolate consumption increases. It's a law of nature - at least my nature. I can't believe I haven't been to this place sooner.

The Chocolate Cafe! It's located at 1855 Northwest Blvd, near the intersection of Northwest and North Star. You can get a light meal there and many many chocolate things. I had the 1/2 sandwich and soup combo, with a veggie and hummus sandwich and the lobster bisque soup. Both were excellent. I also had the dark chocolate mocha, which, even made with skim milk was very rich and creamy. The coffee drink came with a spoonful of chocolate on the side. Can you tell this is my kind of place??

November 1, 2007

Trails, Puppers, and Knitting

Before you say "Another tree picture???", take a closer look, maybe even click on it to enlarge it and you will see something in addition to trees.

Battelle Darby Creek

That was taken at Battelle Darby Creek on the Ancient Trail. I hiked the Terrace Trail (2 mile loop) which is part level and part hilly. One hill had me huffing and puffing. It's all gravel. From there, the Ancient Trail (1.9 mile loop) spurs off of it. It has a little gravel, but it's mostly grass and going through a meadow.

Just a few more pics...
Battelle Darby Creek
Battelle Darby Creek

Over the weekend, Husband looked at the calendar and then put the hammock away. I looked at the weather forecast and got it back out. Katy is happy that I did.


I actually finished a knitting project. The Daisy Sweater for Baby B - who was dressed in a Bee costume and looked totally adorable for Trick or Treat - Baby Bee! Sorry, I can't post pics of her.
Daisy Sweater

October 29, 2007

Deer Creek State Park

Husband read that yesterday was supposed to be the peak for colors at Deer Creek State Park, so that means even more tree pictures! The peak had passed and it won't be long until the trees are not so photogenic so there will be less tree pictures soon. We hiked the Ridge Trail and the Rich Van Horn Trail. We would have hiked another, but the restaurant was closed for the afternoon and I was hungry and weak. I had never been to Deer Creek before. It's more of a resort type park and I usually go for the basic type, but it was nice.

I kept staring at this tree seeing the fractals.
Deer Creek State Park

Ray on the Ridge Trail. There weren't any tall trees where we were.
Deer Creek State Park

This is me on the Ridge Trail.

Deer Creek Lake. Again, I could have spent all day staring at the water.
Deer Creek State Park

THE pretty tree.
Deer Creek State Park

My goal is to hike the Grandma Gatewood Trail in Hocking Hills. I think I need to hike each part separately before attempting it all at once. Grandma Gatewood sounds like a very cool lady.

October 26, 2007

More hiking, more fall colors.

The Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park again, this time the Cobshell Trail and both ways on the Indian Trail, for a total of about 1.5 miles. This is not a level trail. I think it's one of the most scenic trails in the Metro Parks system. My daylight hours were limited, so I hustled enough to get some decent exercise. It's also one that has the least amount of traffic noise that I have been to so far. Enough leaves have fallen to make the path covered with them, which is part of the fun. The water was moving, due to the recent rains. I would have liked to have been able to sit and just watch the water for a while.

Battelle Darby Creek
Battelle Darby Creek
Battelle Darby Creek
Battelle Darby Creek

October 22, 2007

Dawes Arboretum

Yes, more trees! In contrast to having a trail to myself at Battelle Darby Creek, Dawes was packed with people. I noticed there is a lot more that is still green at Dawes.
Dawes Arboretum
Dawes Arboretum
Dawes Arboretum

The Cypress Swamp. I had not seen it dry before. I'm fascinated by this for some reason.
Dawes Arboretum

The view from the observation tower, which swayed when someone walked up the stairs.
Dawes Arboretum

A picture of Ray taking a picture.
Dawes Arboretum

We stopped at Clarks for their famous chicken on the way home. The menu gives you the choice of chicken, ham, or steak. I didn't see anyone eating anything other than chicken.

October 21, 2007

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

I usually go to Hocking Hills in September for a few days and then again in October for a few days. This year I have no plans to go because I don't want my dog left alone all day while I'm gone. To get my fall color nature fix, I'm taking advantage of what we have around here. Yesterday I went to Battelle Darby Creek for a stroll on the Dyer Mill/Ski Trail. This one is 3.2 miles and mostly level with one dip to get down by the creek.

Big Darby Creek

The first part of the trail was pretty much all green and bare trees. Then I came across the maple section. Lots of yellow there.

A leaf not letting weather control what it does. This red was a rare sight,
Red leaf

until I came out of the woods and back to a prairie.

A few oak trees had both bright green and bright red.
Red and green Oak Leaves

My newest desktop.
Red and green Oak Leaves

The sky was perfect.

There's a place for ice skating in the winter I was not aware of.
A place for ice skating

This is a good place to go and enjoy nature without being bothered by people.

October 17, 2007

When Jupiter Aligns With Mars

Yesterday and Circumstances

1) A tall building in Columbus was scheduled to have fire drill.
2) Because of #1, Husband was working from home.
3) He was watching early morning news while starting his workday.
4) He saw on the news that Skybus has opened a new flight to Punta Gorda.
5) He emailed me to tell me that. (Yes, we were in the same house. We communicate electronically unless we are in the same room)
6) I was awake and sitting at my computer - HIGHLY unusual, but I needed to pee.
7) My parents go to Punta Gorda for the winter and I am expected to visit.
8) I got The Deal. Round trip to Punta Gorda in January - $36.30.

Whoa. I never expected to get in on one of their deals because I know they sell out so quickly and go on sale so early in the day.

And yes, I know if I have to check a bag, I pay $5. If I want some water, I pay $2. That could make the grand total a whopping $50.30. Everyone feels compelled to point that out to me for some reason.

More Jeni's Ice Cream. I think I may have been served by Mr. Jeni. Whoever it was gave lots of samples!

Jeni's Ice Cream
1) Dark Cocoa Gelato with almonds
2) Saigon Cinnamon
3)Torrone - White chocolate and honey with coarsley ground toasted almonds

Those 3 flavors blended together VERY well.

October 13, 2007

Prairie Oaks

Today Shauna and I went to Prairie Oaks for a walk on the Coneflower Trail. This is one I like a lot because you walk through prairie and woods, and I used to be able to walk along Big Darby Creek, but that part of the path was blocked off today. I don't know why but you can still go look at the creek at one point along the trail.

The prairie.

The woods.

Big Darby Creek.
Big Darby Creek

I have a thing about exposed tree roots. I think they are so neat.
Big Darby Creek

Seeing this helped me decide what pattern I'm going to use for the alpaca/merino yarn I bought at A Wool Gathering. Can you guess that it will have cables? :)

Shauna was tired.
She's tired.