Archive for December, 2013

Gaps come in all sizes and shapes. There are the famous geographical gaps (e.g., the Cumberland Gap or the Delaware Water Gap). There are of course also celebrities with famous gaps in their teeth (and multiple websites about them such as this one). There are also professions such as plumbers that are, ahem, somewhat famous for gaps if you take my meaning (although I must stress that no plumbers that I know personally have this issue:).

The gap pictured here is of a different sort. My wife and her siblings decided to get my father-in-law a new refrigerator for Christmas. When the delivery people initially tried to bring it into the house, it didn’t fit through the door. Happily they were ready for this and within a few minutes they removed the interior door. With the door off there was, as you see here, just enough of a gap for the refrigerator to fit through the frame. The photo of this “gap” is my entry my entry for this week’s Word a Week Challenge – Gap.


Dads New Fridge - December 24, 2013 - 018-2

The Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy is a good one given the season. Here we have restrained joy — the kind that requires concentration and precedes delight.

Christmas Present

I have hope it is not inappropriate for me to add that I submitted two photos to Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge that embody more of a feeling of unrestrained joy. If you would like to see these I am including links to those pages ( and If the links do not work, please visit my blog. The photos were published on December 22nd and 24th.

Playing with your little cousin is pure happiness.


“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama

To those of you who celebrate this time of year as a holiday – religious or otherwise – I hope you have a joyful one filled with friends and family.

Merry Christmas 2013

On the Road to ND - December 22, 2013 - 070-Edit

On our way to Minot, North Dakota we traveled on one particularly long two lane highway. Unfortunately, shortly before we arrived on the highway, two trucks carrying double-wide mobile homes started down the same road going the same way. By the time we caught up to them and their entourage, they had gathered a small flotilla of cars and trucks behind them. As a result, we became quite familiar with the truck immediately in front of us. I don’t know how long I had to look at this truck or whether there really is something here, but for some reason I find this to be a compelling image.

Anamoose - December 22, 2013 - 87

My father-in-law is from Anamoose, North Dakota. We have stopped in town in years’ passed, but haven’t been on the highway passing by town for a while. I’m not sure when they put up the new sign, but it shows they have a sense of humor, which you need in winters such as this one.

We have been out and about in rural North Dakota during the last few days. The weather has been cold – colder than in recent years – as this shot of the information display from my car will inform you:>).

19 below - December 22, 2013 - 87