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13 Sentences

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The last lines I wrote in my NaNo book tonight:

“The point is, I haven’t found people to be particularly trustworthy.”

“Too late to keep it from me.” She grinned at him, pleased with her logic. “I haven’t been bad so far, have I?”

“But that’s always the way with humans. You act all nice at first. Then you do something horrible!”

“I promise, I will not do anything horrible.” She let her irritation show. “I’m just a girl. What can I do?” Mentally she disregarded the possibility of launching her entire army to hunt him down and kill him.


Eating Greenland Shark

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13 Leaves

Ok, so maybe it’s a bit more than 13. My eyes blur when I try to count. As to the ones in the background, they don’t count at all, do they? What amazes me is that there are still so many leaves on the tree when so many more are already on the ground. They are like pretty snowdrifts on my sidewalk. Now where did I put my rake?


Hike from Arnarstapi to Hellnar along the coast – the Hellnar End

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Hike from Arnarstapi to Hellnar along the coast

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A Beach on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

We hit the beach. In our winter coats. There was supposed to be some wildlife – seals and birds. So I searched for them.

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A Random 13

We’re going to take a little intermission from my Iceland trip because I’m just feeling too random today.

2. The picture under #1 was in Borgarnes behind the Settlement Center.

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From Reykjavik to Stykkisholmur

These trips tend to cover a lot of ground quickly. The first day we arrived in the airport, then toured the city, met up for dinner, and had a meeting in which everyone introduced themselves and we talked about the trip.

On the second day we did all this:

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Random Pictures of Iceland

I was originally planning on posting about Reykjavik today, as that’s where the tour started, but it looks like I will have to wade through several hours of recordings first. I ran out of time. So instead, I bring you a random assortment of pictures from the first few days of the trip.

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Cabo San Lucas Pix

I’m trying to organize my travel posts for easier access. Right now I’m working on my two trips to Cabo San Lucas. When I did the posts, I was participating in a blog challenge called 365. You were supposed to post a photo every day. A lot of my Cabo posts were nothing more than a photo. Here I’m bringing some of them together so people interested in the trip don’t have to click on a dozen posts just to see them.

13/365 Find the Boat

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The Kintamani Volcano Area

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There’s a town on the other side of Lake Batur whose name escapes me. It’s set up on a ridge. The ridge is so narrow that only the road down the middle fits. The buildings on either side spill down the sides. We stopped there for lunch.
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I was going to talk about straw hats today, but last night was the blood harvest full eclipsed moon and I have a new-to-me lens. Yep, I’ve got a 55 to 100 zoom that I had never tried before. While Mr. Al was running around with his telescope, I went out to try out my lens. Here’s what I got.

This one was the first one I took. Notice the tree line along the bottom of the moon? It was already in eclipse when it rose.

We started off near the river. I took this, then we moved.

Doesn’t it look like someone took a bite out of it?

This was the last one I took. I took it from my front porch.

I have to say that the lens makes all the difference.e I have never in my life taken such good moon pictures. I’m very happy with it. 🙂


A Good Thing

I seriously considered giving this post the title “An Overabundance of Good”, but decided there’s no such thing as an overabundance when it comes to good. However, sometimes good things will keep you busy.

I got a new computer for Christmas, and have been scrambling to transfer off my very slow and annoying old one. Once I’ve got everything set up and working right, I expect to be much, much faster.

In the meanwhile, I’ve been busy.


13 Pictures of Goats in Mongolia

Goats have not traditionally been a favored animal for nomadic Mongolians. They do too much damage to the roots of plants. However in recent years the lure of high pay for cashmere has lead to a steady increase in goat herds. Now they are all over Mongolia. Although we were fed more beef, we saw far more goats.

1. Sometimes quite close.

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Gandan Monastery

Photos 1,2,and 7 from my Thursday 13 last week were taken at the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar. In case you missed it, Ulaanbaatar (pronounced like lawn bought-er) is the national capital of Mongolia. I know of at least two Buddhist monasteries there. We visited one.

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