Structure [Weekly Photo Challenge]

I’ve always been fascinated by how things grow! Other structures in the distance…


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:

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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!

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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!



last flower 2016

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!

A Year Living in a Strange Town

Dubuque is only an hour and a half from where I grew up but still, it seems so different. We have been here over a year now and though I don’t have a car and bike all over town I still have time to pop on WordPress now and again. I travel all over the world by following lovely blogs made by people living or traveling to these magical places. My boyfriend (of ten years) and I have decided to move to Colorado and begin planning our dream trips which include but are not limited to: Japan, Peru, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Harry Potter World *lol* I don’t know who is more excited for that trip… The point is that this first year has been the test to see if I could even leave home and we made it. I’ve been lonely but I stay busy. I also get support from anyone who comments on, likes or follows my blog!

I shared this comment on Facebook last week that I received on an essay I wrote in college (many years ago!) I thought I should share it here:

I end my night with this amazing comment I received on my blog today. Things like this are what keep me writing and sharing even when it seems no one is listening: “I finished watching [Freaks and Geeks] on Netflix just yesterday and this morning found your post (you started following me). I’m not done reading all the comments but I will tell you that this show and your commentary have helped me learn more about my own son than anything ever before… (He’s 44 and I am 68.) This was his favorite TV show and he shares your opinions. It’s been an amazing connection to share the show with him, even at this late date. Thanks and I am sending him this article…”

I hope this person won’t mind me using parts of their comment. I’m a shy person sometimes and don’t always get to express myself. That’s what I use my blog to do. Many times I speak in photos but other times words help the story as well. I always appreciate kind words and I love giving them to others. Even a nice “hello” or “good morning” can make a stranger feel less alone in a strange new town…

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