Calendar Vote

I spent most of the morning in a dentist’s chair.  Thankfully, they took the time to move the process along… I hate having short appointments and then go back in two weeks… and then another two weeks.  I love that they understand when you live far enough away, you don’t want to spend so much time traveling!

I’m starting the weeding of my calendar photos.

Can you help me out?

Here’s the not-so-close color version…


And the close-up black and white version.


Feel free to post which is your favorite here… or follow Red Dirt In My Soul on facebook… where you can vote by liking or sharing!  I’ll be posting more over there as well as the weeding of the calendar finalists continues!


I am thrilled with all of the name ideas you guys have come up with… Here I thought I was about to make a decision… and now… hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Keep ‘em coming, I love them all!

I took them for a walk today… and promptly my battery died.  I have two spare batteries in my case, but, of course, had left the case at home…

So, to spur on some more name suggestions, here’s the one pic I took that I liked…

Ellis (which is a temporary name and is really L. S.), is just not brave enough to wander out into deeper water, even if Dally is out there!

Many woofs and squeaks accompanied this protest along the creek bank.

She needs a BOLD name to build up some confidence!

water puppy


What a grey and drizzly day!

Rain has moved into the cowboy state once again…  lending itself to thoughts of fires in woodstoves and projects to wrap up.

I chose from a few today… cleaning the house, that perpetual beast that looms over my shoulder constantly… working on the 2015 Red Dirt Calendar… and spending some time in my studio!

I’ve zipped through a year’s worth of photos… and grabbed 73 that jumped out at me!  Needless to say, that’s WAY too many for a calendar, so now my weeding process begins.  I try to not include too many dog photos, or sunsets, or cows… but I may have you start voting on some for me.  It’s more difficult than you think because I remember what happened before/during/after I took each photo, so I may not like it if it was a long, hard, day, or I may lean towards choosing it, if the setting was more enjoyable… But choosing one because it’s the best PHOTO, or one that non-ag people might like is another story!

I also worked on my tabletop maps… I have one map that someone will be bringing me in the next week or so, so I could only do so much… plus, the three bottles of purple Mod Podge will not be enough.  I’ll have to order more through my Amazon affiliate link.  Did you know how that works?  If you click on my links to Amazon on the right hand side of this page (usually, they’re books, but not always!), and you buy *Anything* from Amazon, they pay me a tiny bit for sending you their way.  That’s one way bloggers make money.  If you don’t always want to come to Red Dirt before hitting the current Amazon link, just do it once, and then bookmark it.  Then using your bookmark link, it will always remember that you came through my site to get there!  I’d sure appreciate it!

Pictures of the table will be coming soon… it was a bit dark in there today for a good photo.

Then there’s this thing.


Cute as a button, full of *it*, a chewing machine… the puppy *still* has no name.  I’ve always had one name I’ve leaned towards… and since I haven’t found any I like better… here’s Last Call for Name ideas.

I’m looking for names that include or mean “fire”, Tulli means fire in Finnish, I’m told… and that sounds cute.  (Remember, Lucas has Firelight in his name, Dally has Rimfire)

Or names that mean “red dirt” or “red earth”.  I’m *not* going for Oklahoma, but Eden is a top contender.

I lean towards place names, or Indian names (though those don’t seem to roll off my tongue as easily). Choctaw for dog is “Ofi”, short, sweet, but no one would know what I was saying…

Names of Wyoming/cowboy objects is another area I’m partial to…  Mesa was one I used on a pup that didn’t live… I guess I could ‘reuse’ it.

Last call!  I’ll pick one soon or she’ll be stuck with PuppyPuppy!



Once Again


Last week I met with a wonderful person.  Friend of a friend, faithful reader of this blog, and computer nerd, if I may call her that…  She had found where she could look up the name of the photo I have used on every blog post since the beginning.

The beginning.  In 2008!!!!

What does that mean?

It means that this nice lady took hundreds of my photos I had saved to a file and will re-upload them to my blog!  I could have done that visually before, but now we can search for the name, making the process so much easier, faster, and more accurate.  The dirty trick GoDaddy played on me… making most of my old photos disappear, may become just a bad memory.

It will be a slow process… Her idea is simply to have them on hand to work through when her Minnesota winters become dark and dreary.   She wants no pay… Even so far as saying she wouldn’t do it if I paid her!  She just loves this kind of work…

How lucky am I, that such a sweet person came into my life and wants to help me this way?

So, keep an eye out, posts in the fall of 2011 will be first in line.

I’m still looking for a new web host for my website and blog…  When I get a few days to sit down and work through that, it will happen.

I just wanted to give a shout out to M., recognize her for her generosity, and thrill with the happy dance of actually having a photographic journal for a blog once again!