Sun Setting Soon on 2016 (photo)


taken with a Nikon s9600

This photo is of a recent sunset. Lately our skies have been very dreary and blah, so when I saw this about two weeks ago, I knew that I needed to capture it.

This is likely my last post of 2016. Tomorrow I am relaxing, then simple evening festivities (lots of snacks and playing various games with my parents). I’m planning on an obligatory new-year post for Sunday.

I want to thank everyone who has read my blog this year, and leaving the occasional comment. I sincerely appreciate it all.

I pray that everyone has a fun but safe New Year’s Eve. See you all in 2017!

Lycoperdon (photo)


Taken with my Nikon s9600

I noticed this previously unseen mushroom in our backyard this summer. Each puffball wasn’t that big. And just now, with a quick Google search, I think it’s either  Lycoperdon curtisii or Lycoperdon echinatum. I can’t really tell because I don’t remember if they turned brown when they matured, and the size ranges for both seem like it could be these ‘shrooms.

My dad sometimes goes through intense fads of hobbies, and a few years ago it was mushroom identification and cooking. Whenever he’d walk the dog, he’d take bits of whatever mushrooms he’d find and then try to identify them at home. And if he deemed it safe to eat, he tried to have my mom cook them. I personally do not like mushrooms at all, so I didn’t care for the whole thing and was glad when my dad’s interest faded away haha.

But I thought these looked kinda cute, and I wanted to see if my camera would get some nice detail of them.



taken with my phone

This is several months late… but for my 27th birthday in July, my friend and I spent our evening at Cleveland’s Hofbrauhaus – a fantastic German bier hall/garden. The hall is HUGE with long tables and benches, and that night there was also a live polka band. Oh my goodness. There were people standing on benches, singing at the tops of their lungs, dancing among the tables and around the hall’s perimeter, talking with strangers as if they were old friends… it brought back some fun memories of my times in the Czech Republic.

I don’t go to Cleveland that often (just a few times a year, if that), but I will definitely visit this place again!

I know that Pittsburgh and Cleveland have a Hofbrauhaus. I’m not sure if there are any others. But if you happen to be in these areas, or have one near you, you should certainly check them out! Enjoy some good German/European fun.

The Cleveland location’s website to check it out: click here!