I did return to THE SELFIE PROJECT in May. I’m not sure I travelled many places, but I did manage to leave Boone a couple of times.
Here are some of my favorites from May:
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To view all the pictures from this year’s THE SELFIE PROJECT, click on the link below:
Hopefully June will be a solid month for THE SELFIE PROJECT.
Today I want to share alternates for Week 295 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The theme was FACE. I took all these pictures I took on a trip to the Des Moines Art Center with Suzie and her friend Michelle. It was the first “public” thing I’ve done since my vaccine was fully marinated.
I do highly recommend the Des Moines Art Center. It is FREE! Right now, you have to call ahead and get tickets, as they are only letting so many people in at a time.
I should start the day by wishing Suzie a happy birthday. Happy birthday Suzie!
I hope your birthday was as amazing as you wanted it to be!
I made a recent decision to start breaking down town in the TOWN SIGN PROJECT by county. I’ve used the Wikipedia and a Iowa Gazetteer to start this process. Well, it seemed rather obvious that the first county I should cross off the list is the county is the county I live in.
Here are the town signs from Boone County.
Boone, Iowa – 12,661
Madrid, Iowa – 2,543
Ogden, Iowa – 2,044
Sheldahl, Iowa – 319
Boxholm, Iowa – 195
Pilot Mound, Iowa – 173
Luther, Iowa – 122
Fraser, Iowa – 102
Beaver, Iowa – 48
Berkley, Iowa – 32
Mackey, Iowa – Unincorporated
Moingona, Iowa – Unincorporated
Centerville, Iowa – Unincorporated
Napier, Iowa – Unincorporated
Ridegeport, Iowa – Unincorporated
Boone County has a couple of unincorporated towns that have no sign to mark their existence. These are Jordan and Logansport. Some people claim that Zenorsville is an unincorporated community, but I would consider it a ghost town. Same way I would consider Coal Valley a ghost town. Elk Rapids a ghost town. However, there are still people living in Jordan and Logansport.
The next county I plan on doing is either Story County or Greene County. Cause, proximity.
This is a bit of a different walk down memory lane. One of the first things I did when I started working from home was cleaning out what I guess what you would call my spare desk. I didn’t want to dump a bunch of work stuff on my normal computer. The computer I do all my photo editing on. So I built a computer to me a dedicated work-from-home computer and set it up on the desk that I have had since I was a child.
This started a massive office cleaning project that was at least 7 or 8 years overdue. In fact, when it was finished, Willy couldn’t get over it. During Friday Night Skype Club, he commented on it at least 5-6 times.
I began this process by cleaning out the drawers in my old desk. One of the things I found was a disc of pictures of the work that me and a bunch of friends and family did before I moved in.
I was ecstatic when I found these pictures because I thought they were lost. While I’ve been going through and fixing old “An Artist’s Notebook” posts on these Saturdays I have come across several pictures that were certainly lost. But none that really tore a hole in my soul like losing these pictures.
Now they have been restored to me and now I get to share them with you:
I’m very thankful to all the people that helped turn my house into a home. Many of those same people also helped me move a week later. Such wonderful and tremendous people.
By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:
Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Johnathan, at least.
I didn’t take a ton of pictures at Pufferbilly Days last year. Probably because there wasn’t a petting zoo. Probably because I didn’t really make more than an appearance at the parade. Probably because there really wasn’t much left by the time Sunday came around.
I did spend 3 days at Pufferbilly Days. Friday night with Willy at FNSC. Saturday I walked around with Suzie and her friend Michelle. On Sunday I went up and took pictures of my Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest entries, and Logan’s.
Here are a few pictures from Pufferbilly Days:
I think I will appreciate Pufferbilly Days a little more this year than in past years.
Happy Thanksgiving! Every year on Thanksgiving I like to think about my many, many blessings. I know, real original. You should feel free to try it sometime. But make sure you let everybody know that I invented gratitude.
I am thankful for my family, no matter how family is defined:
I am thankful for my friends:
I am blessed with an amazing church family:
I am blessed with a decent job and work friends that I don’t mind seeing more than 40 hours a week:
I’m blessed to share my house with Naima:
This is only a small sampling of my blessings, but I feel to go on much longer would sound like boasting. Thank all of you for choosing to be part of my life!
Seems like as good of a time as any to check in with the Selfie Project. My September was incredibly busy. I had several photo shoots, youth group was back in session, Pufferbilly Days, Iowa State football season is ramping up, and Elainie was back in town.
But I confess that my selfies might not reflect that, it feels like.
Here are my favorite September Selfies:
3 months to go in the Selfie Project. I’m slated to actually leave the state in October. So that is something at least.
The images in this blog are from the folder 05-03-08:
By adding these images to the Photography 139 Photo Gallery, I was able to restore the following historical An Artist’s Notebook entry to its original glory:
The pictures of Alexis doing gymnastics was at her gymnastics recital, which is a lot less painful to sit through than a dance recital. Every day of the week and three times on a Sunday.
I don’t believe that those Little White Lye Soap pictures were ever published, but of course, I could be wrong.
Remember you can buy Little White Lye Soap here:
Little White Lye Soap is the only current Christopher D. Bennett endorsed product of any kind on the market. However, I have always meant to formally endorse Franklin Broomworks brooms and this book:
Consider this an endorsement, but not a formal endorsement of both. When I get back to the formal endorsement game, I will formally endorse both.
Next time we take a walk down the lane of memories it will involve worms, flowers, painting, and old cohorts from my time with the Evil Clown Empire.