A Short While Later… [Return of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental]

The last time I updated here, well it was a little while ago. However,  it was for good reason. I acquired a new computer, we finished our markets and now I can resume this silly experiment called blastedgoat! I’m looking for a new camera (put any suggestions below) and I intend to update my business website too… It may be winter but there is still so much work to be done before the seed catalogs hit and I start planning my 2018 garden. Until all that excitement please enjoy some highlights from 2017:

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Cool Summer Days

Spring was hot but so far Summer has been cooling off. We’ve had crazy thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes. Markets have been going well and are about to start booming with produce. I’ve been working on Kaleidoscope Gardens (physical and online) along with my insane part time job at Dollar Tree so I’ve had little time to update here but I’ll have an abundance to post soon!

Another issue has been my computer. It doesn’t upload from my camera anymore so I’ll have to get creative about how to get all my recent photos online. While I figure out my technical difficulties enjoy shots from our warm yet productive Spring garden:

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to check out updates from my garden and craft company Kaleidoscope Gardens:

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Kaleidoscope Gardens

Check out my new produce and market blog! I’ve been focusing on getting it up and running for the season. First market is in less than a week!

Come check us out, we are currently turning green! More vibrant colors coming soon! If you wish to share please do! Feel free to use these buttons/banners in any size and link to https://kaleidoscopegardens.wordpress.com/

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Colorado/Rocky Mountain Highlights

It’s been too long since I did a photo challenge and it just so happens the perfect theme presented itself after our recent trip to Colorado. We hiked several places: Dinosaur Ridge, Garden of the Gods, Rocky Mountain National Park [Emerald Lake, Dream Lake, Nymph Lake, Bear Lake] We visited: City park, Pike’s Peak, The Rustic Acre [cabins in Estes Park] and delicious local restaurants. Keep checking back for more information about this trip. For now, check out these “high points” of our journey! See other interpretations of the weekly theme and add your own here: Weekly Photo Challenge | Atop

Until we meet again, Colorado!

The Long Winter

The last year spent in a strange town was difficult to describe until I took a step back and came home. I spoke mostly in photos and mostly to strangers. I left many of my family members and friends behind. Now that I’m home I realize the space between us was always there, the distance just allowed it to grow.

I’m better at growing plants than relationships. I can keep a few precious ones close to my heart but others shrivel out in the long winter. I regret those I’ve lost but I suppose each encounter teaches me something about life.

If we find ourselves lost over the years, the good news is, that we can get that spark back!

I’ve left this blog for months at a time and yet I always come back when I learn something I need to share or have a folder bursting with photos of adventures to share.

Thank you for reading BLASTED GOAT in 2017 (and before… and beyond!)

P.S. These are the last photos I took at our old apartment. Goodbye (for now) Dubuque!

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Return

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It’s been (mostly) fun in Dubuque for the past year and some change but a new job in our old town is causing us to move in the wintertime… in Iowa! However, I have wonderful news… My new part time job will be as a farm assistant and I’ll be selling plants, produce, goodies and crafts at markets in the Cedar Valley. Wish me luck! Also, sorry for not posting in December… life was incredibly insane at that point. I hope you all had happy holidays and I know we will have wonderful 2017s… all of us, I mean it!

Local [Weekly Photo Challenge]

The local views aren’t too bad… Not bad at all! I love to travel but still enjoy just walking around the neighborhood. I work about three miles from home (location of the fog photo) and the Mines of Spain are a five minute drive. It’s been pretty amazing exploring this new town for the past year. Can’t wait to see what I find next :)

Nostalgia [Weekly Photo Challenge]

I already miss this city… During my last visit to Denver I walked around snapping photos (something I do pretty much everywhere) When I look at photos from the places I’ve been I get a little nostalgic but I know someday I will go back and take even more photos. A never ending cycle… that I wouldn’t change for the world!

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