Saturday, August 30, 2014

What IS IT?! A Short and True Mystery

The other evening, Big Daughter sent a series of disturbing texts my way.

I laughed, but nervously.  There was truly a mystery in the trunk of her car.  We may never know what the thing was that she found, or how it came to be there.  It was an oddity, to be sure.

Someone knows.  (^.~)
Just not us.

This short video shows the thing in question.  I captured it on my phone (Galaxy S5), making jokes to lighten the mood.  The whole event was strange.  Join us in suspense!

Take care out there!  (^.^)v  

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Sooo, my son was nominated by a sweet friend of his to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  He really, really, REALLY wanted to accept the challenge.  Lil Daughter thought it would be fun, too!  Fun?!

I explained to the children what the challenge was for and why everyone was doing it.  To raise awareness about what  amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is,  and to help support education and research by encouraging donations to the ALS Association (

By the way, I know there are some out there who discourage making donations to the ALSA because they feel the funds are used inappropriately.  You can find more information about how funds are utilized on their website at .  I know that when I made a donation to the ALSA, I was able to choose the option to have my money go to research only.  I realize that if you do not choose that option, your money may go to administrative costs, educational costs, among other things.
Here is their financial information for this year:

Having said that, please enjoy the video.  The kiddos enjoyed making it.  (^.^)v

Friday, August 22, 2014

Quick Update! Trolls? & GoPro Issues

My usual topics for videos are changing, somewhat.  I think it's because we've been busy with a whole bunch of unusual things!  I'll not go into detail here, just yet, but it's all true.

So, in this update on the goings on, I briefly mention a drive to Irving, Texas, with some video of the trip.  We'd had some business to tend to there.  More on that later... much later, in a whole other post, even.

I also chat a bit about my curiosity with the comment section.  Some of my vids have been visited by potential trolls.  Not altogether a bad thing, but I wonder if I'm truly at the point in vid-making to earn me some trolls!  haha!

Oh, and the other thing I talk about is my beloved GoPro Hero3.  I think it's got some issues.  On the drive to Irving, the camera kept shutting itself off and it felt very hot to the touch.  There was no temperature notice on the camera, so I'm just guessing that it's overheating for some reason.  I've since updated the firmware.  I'll give the GoPro a go very soon to see if that fixed it.  By the way, there are videos about this very issue, the overheating, that is.  Some suggest there may be a foil-backed sticker touching the battery leads.  This was not the case with my GoPro, so it must be something else.  I've had this camera for a while with no issues and really love it.  Here's hoping the problem is solved quickly so I can get back on the road!  

Alrighty, that about does it.

Enjoy the vid!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Road Trip! Wichita Mountains Oklahoma

At last!  We made it to the mountains!

I have to admit, this little road trip was much too short for my liking.  A person needs more than a day to see the Wichita Mountains.  Well, this person, anyway.  haha!  I didn't even get to hike some of my favorite trails.  

In the video, you'll see the back roads most familiar to me, on the way to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.  Somehow, I ran out of space on my GoPro, right when we got to Mt. Scott.  No worries, I came prepared, and captured the rest of the action on my Galaxy S5 phone.

As always, the drive up Mt. Scott makes me a little nervous.  Something about the dizzying height and the edge of the road that appears to drop away suddenly.  It's just a small mountain, but one of my favorites.  The view from the top is lovely.  Turkey vultures, or black vultures, circle the mountaintop all day, it seems.  A person might not think a vulture could be beautiful, but when you see them soar, well, they are quite a sight!

The view was breathtaking.  There were rain shafts off in the distance.  I think I could sit on the rocks all day and watch the world.  It's a peaceful place.

I've only captured a tiny glimpse of the Wichita Mountains.  There is so much more to see!  Next time we hope to bike around the park.  I'm not sure if we'll give Mt. Scott a go, though.  Did you see those cyclists going up that mountain!?  Wow!

I hope you enjoy the vid!  Take care out there! (^.^)v   

FitVlog #17!

Yeah, I know it's a little late for this FitVlog #17.  Nevertheless, here it is.  My last update on the exercise I've been (or not been) doing.  It's a good reminder to get back on track soon!

If you're interested in any of the workout programs we've been doing, check out my website to learn more:
Thanks! :)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Road Trip: Lake Murray, Oklahoma

One of my favorite things ever is a decent road trip.  I've probably mentioned that fact several times in this blog.  A long drive is the nicest way to clear one's mind, to be sure.  

To be considered "decent", a road trip must consist of a drive that is at least 2 hours long... one way, that is.  Our recent drive to Lake Murray in Oklahoma certainly qualifies.  Particularly, since there's a lovely view when we reach point B.

Now, you know I'm going to have to make another journey very soon.  It's the way it goes.  Once you take one drive, you're itching to get to the next.  At least that's how it is for me!

Enjoy the vid of our latest travels.  Take care out there!

(btw... the vid was captured on the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition... ;)

Review: Superior One Roofing

It's been about 2 months since we had the shingles replaced on our roof.  A hail storm came earlier in the year, so the roof took quite a beating, apparently.

I say "apparently" for good reason.  I don't have much faith in roofing companies these days.  I'll just leave it at that.  :(

Let me know what you think of the roofing job we got from Superior One Roofing out of Irving, Texas.

Thanks for checking out the video.
Take care out there!

FitVlog #16--More Insanity!

I can't believe how late I am in posting this one!

At the moment, FitVlog #17 is being uploaded to YouTube as I'm typing.  It's pretty much more of the same Insanity.  haha!

I guess, I'll just let the video speak for itself.
Enjoy! (^.^)v

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