August 04, 2020

What The?


I can't believe I haven't been here for over a year! 

What a year, right?

How are you all?

I've missed you all tremendously, though I do check in on Bob Statten's Twitter! ( Thank god for you, Bob! I've needed the voice of righteous reason so much!)

What to say about this year?

Ups. Downs. Haven't choked, killed or slapped anyone so I guess I;m ahead of some! I also think I deserve a "Good Job" sticker for not slapping or choking people...I do live in a Red county! I guess I could tell you all that I've been working on my tolerance, patience and self-control but really, I've just been sitting on my hands a lot and swearing quietly behind my covid mask.

Made rainbow masks for my husband and me. My own little passive-aggressive  act to all the shitheads fine people of Shasta County!

What have you been doing during this global social distancing? Vodka, Tequila, Zanax?

The Guy and I have been taking off to take pictures of nature about 3 or 4 days a week. Neowise comet actually had us up at 2 or 3 a.m. to drive up to Lassen Park (6000 to 7000 ft elevation to photograph it in mornings. Then we were all over the place to catch it in the evenings. 

Photography by Frank Tona

Here's a shot the Guy took at Whiskeytown Lake; Glory Hole in foreground!

Milky Way from Lassen Park!

In January we took of to Klamath Wildlife Refuge and caught some awesome photos of gloriousbirds and wildlife.

Goose bumps when one of these guys is staring at you through the lens!

Can you believe the frost on on those feathers?

Not as sharp on the focus but I was so excited I might have been shaking! Or, it could have been the cold; it was 10 degrees F.

I'm hoping it won;t be another year before I remember there is more to life than cameras and audio books!

In the meantime, Friends,remember to 


  1. It is nice to see you back on Blogger, Toni. So many people have left but lately, some have returned.

    I haven’t killed anyone either, but there has been a lot more cursing going around. It helps.

    I have been drinking 100 calorie Trully hard seltzer. Very little alcohol, but no headache the next day.

  2. I haven't had any wine since March. One of my motto's is not to drink alcohol if I think I need it. Boy, have I needed it!

    Cursing is working for me, too.

    Looking forward to catching up with everyone!

  3. It's good to hear from you and see the pictures.

    1. Nice to catch up on blogs and see your names...old friends!

  4. Wonderful photos. Stay safe, Valerie

  5. I missed you Toni and the beautiful photography. I've wondering how you've been after losing your parents, then fire, then house sell, etc., but it sounds like your are holding your own. No dead bodies is a good thing. Stay well in this crazy world.

    1. Photography has been my saving grace! Can't wait to share more.

      I've missed you all, too.

  6. These photos are fabulous and beautiful. Welcome back!
    It is very difficult to not throttle folks these days isn't it?

    1. Thank you. Good to be back.

      It is fun to imagine throttling at times!

  7. Lovely to hear from you again! That photo of the bald eagle in the surf is particularly awesome!

    1. The eagle is actually standing on frozen lake. Tule Lake freezes and there are thousands of birds there in January and February. We counted 13 bald eagles in one tree!

  8. Welcome back! I came back in June after being gone 2 years. I'm in Florida - red state alert, ugh. I need an award too. Your photos are gorgeous. Hope you stick around :)

  9. Oh no, not Florida! How was the hurricane?


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