Epic Ice Storm of 2006

I was lying in bed early this morning listening to Minnesota Public Radio and they reminded me of the anniversary of the horrendous ice storm of 2006 along the Southwest Minnesota and Northeast South Dakota border.

I remember it began with rain that morning, changing to freezing rain which froze to any surface it touched, eventually in heavy proportions.  Power lines sagged with the weight of the ice and outages quickly ceasing any activity requiring electricity.  Some were out of power for up to two weeks.

While this power outage was inconvenient, it did force us to go without electronic devices and interact with family on a deeper level. Playing cards, board games, talking, etc. were activities often engaged in when there was no electricity.  Neighbors helped neighbors by opening their homes to those still without power and helping in whatever capacity was needed. Creative thinking was put into force as we tried to come up with Innovative ways to prepare meals and feed the family.

I captured this image near our home as the last rays of light danced across the ice on its branches. This tree is now reduced to a pile of wood as it was demolished last summer.

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Spooky Night filled with giggles and glee

Happy Halloween from the Meyer Family and the spider guarding the bin door!  You have to have a little fun in life, right?

spidertimeline1Canon 5D Mark 2 ~ Blend of Sunset at the Slough and three layers of the same spider image tweaked with saturation and color adjustments.

One net, one volleyball

2014GDVB-3788pl…but so much more.

2014GDVB-4054Dig deep.  Practice makes better, but you will rarely be perfect.

2014GDVB-4020Help set others up to experience success.

2014GDVB-4065You play as a team, but sometimes you may be the one needed to keep the momentum going.

2014GDVB-0059popWhat it takes is all you’ve got.

2014GDVB-3792pl50Be there for each other.  Being positive moves us further in life.

2014GDVB-0061plWe all have our roles to play, focus on what you can control.

2014GDVB-3821Meet opposition and challenge straight on.

2014GDVB-4027Things may not always go your way.  Pick yourself up and move on.

2014GDVB-3897Listen.   Everyone has something to offer.

2014GDVB-3889Know that you have done something good in the world.

2014GDVB-3935Appreciate your fans. It is an opportunity to bring family and friends together.

Seniors… buckle up, it’s about to get nostalgic. Remember these walls that have soaked up your pain and exhaustion and know that you’ve learned to win and lose with dignity.  

Now, take a deep breath and  enjoy the ride with Wildcat pride in your hearts…

2014GDVB-0010… while the band plays on.

 

 

 

 

 

Time Marches On

Last Friday, during a substitute teaching gig, I was recruited to do a yearbook photo shoot with the seniors at the football field as the field sees its final days.

Blended image by Joyce Meyer
Blended image by Joyce Meyer

Typical for South Dakota, it was windy which allowed me to catch a nice breezy flag shot just before the sixth grade took the flag down, ceremoniously folding it following proper flag etiquette.

All of this leads up to the featured blended image. Flag waving in front of the school, seniors enjoying a warm, autumn afternoon and a football field that will never feel cleats digging into the turf or hear the roar of the crowds again.

Change is never easy.  You fight to hold on, you fight to let go…

…and time marches on.

Friday Night Lights… only memories

Witnessing the end of something or someone near and dear is always difficult and the demise of the Grant-Deuel High School football field is no different.  It’s the end of an era with no possibility of future high school football memories to be made…

It’s not that I’m such a die hard football fan, but I am a fan of community pride. Volunteers from the community and school would show up in droves to work the games in various capacities and, of course, pump up school spirit as cheerleaders and pep band members. Fans would start parking vehicles early in the morning or even the night before a home game just to get their favorite spot.  The community would hum with chatter the next day after an exciting game with their own strategy analysis.

High school football was a catalyst for teaching the importance of hard work, perseverance, tolerance and teamwork. You win together, you lose together, and the big one… life isn’t always fair.

So, here’s to the final farewell of Friday night lights and the Grant-Deuel Wildcat football field.

Blessed be the memory…

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Blended image by Joyce Meyer RJMeyerArts

…washing the dust of daily life off our souls. ~ Picasso

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