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This past May I had a wedding in South Dakota. It’s been years since I had last been there…..in fact I not 100% sure I had ever been there. I feel like I have been. When I was 4ish, but my Mom says no. Who’s to say whom is right. Anyway…….
I got there 4 days early. Flew into Sioux Falls on the eastern side of the state and drove all the way back across the state in my little p.o.s rental car. Note to self-small cars with narrow wheel bases are not fun to drive in truck country-it will beat the crap out of you. On the way to Rapid City I came upon 2 storm chasers-is that a good thing or a bad thing. Yes there was lots of wind and excitement, but really when your out in the wide open prairie does it really matter? -there’s nothing to hold onto or hide under. Well, that was quite the kick off. Didn’t know what to expect. Turns out not much but hot air moving really fast. Spent the night not far from Mount Rushmore. Ironically I really wasn’t interested in seeing Mt. Rushmore, but since I was there I felt obligated. So I went. AND really liked it. Possible because I got there before 8am and before all the buses crammed full of tourist did, but what ever.
Then I hit Crazy Horse. Nice but totally felt like a tourist trap. Possible more so than Mt. Rushmore because it was a work-in-progress that they charged more for it. But the extra $4 was well spent on the bus ride to the base.
Then I went on a tour though Jewel Cave. Those of you who know me know I’m a rock nerd. I was in heaven. So fascinating. No-there were no bats.
Custer State Park is pretty amazing too. Well that was before all the fires, but regardless it’s a lovely part of the country and it made my soul sing. I mean really sing, it was my happy place. That night I stayed in Wall. Yes I’ve been to Wall Drug.
The whole reason I did all this is because I wanted to see the Bad Lands. So bright and early the next morning I hit the road again. With out a proper cup of coffee I might add. Something that should never be repeated. These are some of my favorites from that day.
2 pounds of trimmed rhubarb cut in to 3″ lengths
2 cups of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1 teaspoon white peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole dried pepper-of heat preference
4 each whole cloves
4 each whole allspice berries
*Boil vinegar, sugar, salt and spices until sugar and salt dissolved completely (about 5 minutes after coming to a slow boil).
*Cut rhubarb into batons long enough to fill each jar (about 3 inches).
*Pack rhubarb into sterilized jars distributing the spices as evenly as possible.
*Pour pickling brine over fruit, screw on lids and allow to cool. ( put them into boiling water to ensure proper sealing-well see how it turns out)
I first meet this family about 13 years ago when I was commissioned to shoot one of the kid’s wedding…in this very spot in fact. Ever since then we have all been orbiting around each other. I’ve seen the kids have kids, enjoyed them as neighbors and fellow Seattle Sounders fans. My husband learned about it while walking our dog past Liane & John’s place. This was the same day our dog was attacked-in fact minutes before. When he get’s home he breaks the news too me. At this point in the day I had spent half the day cleaning up the crap some a-holes had dumped in our alley, then our dog is attacked and then THIS. I had an incredible amount of anger. I’ve not experienced that since I was a teenager. Back then I would have hoped on my horse and rode it out. Didn’t really have that option now. So I did the next best thing. Hoped in the car, turned the music to butt rock-LOUD butt rock and drove really really fast. That didn’t help. So I tried the opposite. I went to the Chinese Gardens at South Seattle Community College and tried to meditate. That didn’t really help either. So I just came home and stayed in a pisser of a mood.
It’s been a while. I almost forgot how to access my dashboard. You know your a bad blogger when………
Anyhow, meet Kaija. You’ve seen her before I just love working with her so here she is again. Kaija needed some new head shots. That’s it-just head shots. It’s amazing just how far off course you can get when there are 2 creative people in the room. Kaija is also my make up artist and she’s a dancer……yeah, she a hot tamale she is.
What’s this have to do with Photography? Nothing.
It’s just that I very sensitive skin and this is one of the few detergents that work for me. And it’s CHEAP! And I like making stuff.
4 cups of hot tap water
1 Fels Naptha Soap Bar, ~$3.99 a bar
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, ~$2.99 a box
1/2 cup Borax, ~$4.29 a box
Approximate cost to make 5 gallons of laundry soap $4, and 30 minutes of your life. How hard is that folks.
I hate Walmart, but sadly that is the only storefront place I could find the Naptha bar and the washing soda. Easy to find online but I’m big on buying local. So save yourself some time and just go to Walmart already.
You will also need:
1 5 gallon bucket
1 4-6 quart stainless steel sauce pan
1 stainless steal mixing spoon
1 stainless steel cheese grater
I bought all these items at Goodwill. When picking out plastics please keep in mind that plastic will absorb chemistry….so give some thought to what was in it before and think twice about using it again. All of these items are dedicated to making lotions, soaps and detergents. Never used again with food. But that’s just me.
Now personally we like to just let it sit in the 5 gallon bucket and fill up a quart jar as needed (it’s easier to handle/pour into the machine).
Either way, fill containers half full of soap (soap will be like a gel now) and half with water, shake each time before using.
Top load machines take 5/8 cup per load. On our front loader we use 1/3 to 1/2 cup per load.
fyi-a 5 gallon bucket lasted my husband and I 9 months…..for $4. It’s easy math folks.
It’s that time of year where everything is grey. Grey light, grey plants, grey, grey, grey. And it’s when I find myself doing the majority of my album design. As I sit here working on Allie and Kyle’s album it keeps making me smile and it’s inspired me to revisit their great wedding. All the wonderful colors. The sunshine. The emotions of the day. So just to recap-bring some color to your day and a smile to your face here they are again:
Allie and Kyle. August 28th. Twin Willow Gardens in Samammish Washington.
One of the best things about my job is making friends for life. It’s time for beer guys!
In October little Raymond (v2 as I like to call him) turned 2. A quick plane ride to Boise is all took to get home-made cake, icecream, baby bowling, visiting and a stop at the zoo.
Ah, baby bowling. How can you not love it. It’s a right of passage isn’t it. Even when Raymond get’s bossy and tells me to stop taking his picture and get in the darn pool.
After all the festivities we went to the Boise Zoo. First stop the carousel. Madison was a seasoned pro and totally knew what to do. Raymond took a while to figure it all out but I’m guessing it won’t be his last carousel ride.
One of my favorite things about the Boise zoo is the ground squirrels exhibit. It’s awesome. People get to walk in these tunnels the pop their heads up like the squirrels. At which point you are on eye level with the busy busy squirrels.
O.k.-at the risk of sounding like a bad adult, this was totally worth the price of admission. Madison ran up to check out the big brass sculpture of an elephant. Little did she know that it had a motion sensor and sprayed water when triggered. It was frigging awesome!
I’ve known Alexis, and have been photographing her, since she was about a freshman in high school. After she graduated she moved on to college and I meet her folk while photographing a job for a magazine. In college Alexis meet Dan. And now I’m happy to say I’ve meet Dan too-at their wedding.
Alexis and Dan were married at a lovely ceremony held at her parents, most-excellent, place in Sammamish. Now as far as ‘back yard weddings’ go this was pretty darn posh. See for yourself.
Alexis’s parents manage a spa in The Woodmark Hotel called North West Face. So they had the all the treatments from the best of the best. If only I wasn’t working…….
If I had had the choice of my fathers vehicles to drive away in, it would have been between a full sized Ford F250 dullie and a John Deer tractor. Nothing wrong with either of those, but it sure the heck ain’t no Ferri.