Tag Archive: hobby

No Inspiration

Sorry that I have not posted any photos that I have took myself here recently. Ever since before Christmas I have not really had any inspiration or drive to get out and do any photography. The Holidays were enough stress by itself, but I have come to find living where we are, well for lack of a better word is, depressing. Being that I suffer from depression myself, living here and trying to do what I can to protect my family and see that my kids had a good Christmas really took its toll on me. The area we live is has progressively gotten worse since we moved in in May of 2010. The violence has gotten worse and there are times I fear for my life just going outside to walk the dogs. Everyday I find it tough to start a project let alone finish one.

My hobbies have taken a back seat to everything. I have not picked up my camera and captured a photograph. I started drawing last year. One drawing was done and it was do big thing as I am a very new novice at drawing. I recieved a very nice art set for Christmas and I have yet to use it. And my long time favorite hobby, model railroading, has not even gotten past a piece of paper. I talk to different people who are into each one of my hobbies and I start up conversations and I do try to learn what I can. However I find it difficult to get past my depression and find the drive and motivation to do anything. I mean, I do things around the house, well what I can with reguards to my disability, but thats about it. I go out daily to walk the dogs within our apartment complex, and I have gone out and about a couple of times within the past couple of weeks, which does me some good. But its like what I get back inside, the darkness falls over me again and I loose what happiness and drive I did have.

I have come to find that the City of San Bernardino and the state of California is depressing. No one will ever be able to get me to change my mind. We are curretly looking for a place in Arizona where its slightly better when it comes to a few things, but at least its not here. Maybe after we move I will have more drive to do things. But until then I guess I am going to fight my way to find any motivation.


A History Project

So here recently I have started on a project that involves history, namely the Great Northern Railroad and it’s history. I forget how it got started, but something was said about Willmar, MN and I looked at it on Google maps. Well I found a sizeable yard. Then from there I followed the tracts east to Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN then followed the tracks west as far as Fargo, ND.

Well I have begun collecting photos of a place called Breckenridge, MN which is west of Willmar. I have cound a couple of USGS maps for Willmar, MN and I have for a senority list for the Willmar Division from the ’20’s if memory serves me correctly. I have asked a lot of people for information and so far the responce is great, and thats how I was giev a few photos. But as one gentleman said it, “you need to settle one one place, find out what you can, then move on” so thats what I am going to do. I have settled on Willmar, MN and I plan on finding out what I can about the railroad and the town and collect as much data before I move on to the next segment.

So, if anyone wishes to jump aboard and help out, I am open to anyone who wishes to do this as a personal project, not for some book or monetary gain to help out. You can email me at mountainrain897@yahoo.com and we can talk about this. Otherwise, its just gonna be a fun long term hobby project that I will work on.

Happy Trails,



Well I am hoping this weekend I can get started on at least one of the projects that I want to do. Since we live in a apartment and can not have a true garden, I am wanting to start a vertical garden. Basically its a old wood pallet that is used to make this type of garden. You just need to get some gardening fabric and staple it around the bottom and sides. You leave the top open. Get your potting soil and pour it in between the wood slats, add your plants and pack the soil around the plants as you normally would and to make sure the dirt does not fall out, leave flat on the ground for a couple of weeks for the roots to start taking hold. Make sure you water, a lot. After a couple of weeks, gently lift the open end of the pallet and place it against a wall or other sturdy upright object. Then there ya go, your own vertical garden.

So I am looking forward to getting started on it and I will be sure to post photos and updates so check back.

The other project that I would like to get started on is a scrapbook, yes you heard me a scrapbook. Hey who said guys canKt have or make their own scrapbook…lol. So if anyone has any ideas, I’d like to hear them. I am thinking about making pages for my kids (a given), pages showing what I like, hobbies, interests etc, etc. Of course one for my wife and possibly showing how I see the world and life in gereral. So get out those thinking caps and shoot me some ideas.

A lil bit about us

To start things off here’s a lil bit about us. First off my name is Charles though I go by CJ and my wife’s name is Lillian. We met on a internet dating site when I was living in Georgia in January of 2006 and were married in August of 2007. I am originally from Alexandria, Virginia and Lillian is from Greenville, South Carolina.

We are a family of 7. We have 5 beautiful kids with the oldest being 13 and the youngest being 3. We lived in South Carolina but that changed in October of 2012 when we moved to souther California. We have been here going on two years. Currently we are looking to get out as we have found California is just not for us. It has some beautiful scenery and great history but its not for us.

Some of my interests include photography, walking, reading, camping, model railroada, train watching, gardening (new to gardening) and scrapbooking. My wife also enjoys scrapbooking, walking, reading and also has an interest in gardening as well. We try to do crafts with the kids when we can and if we have ideas and we are always looking for new ideas for craft projects for us and to do with the kids.

So this is just a lil bit about us and look forward to making new friends, getting new ideas as well as just have fun blogging.