Google Maps Satellite View

Working at various things over the weekend, I got bored with it all and decided to have a look at the areas where you all live.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Canada

Canada

Lynn lives in the United Kingdom and Nancy lives in Canada.

Both of these landscapes look like quilts.  It is fascinating to see the differences in the land parcels.

I don’t know when these satellite photos were taken but it sure is interesting to see what our worlds look like.

Tennessee, United States

Tennessee, United States

Texas, United States

Texas, United States

Jann lives in Tennessee and Maureen lives in Texas.

Jann’s area is quite hilly with lots of rocky terrain.  Maureen’s area is not quite so hilly but it also has quite a bit of rocky terrain.

I’ve traveled through both of these places and these photos don’t do them justice.  Each place has its own beauty.

Illinois, United States

Illinois, United States

Oklahoma, United States

Oklahoma, United States

Shelly lives in Illinois while I live in Oklahoma.

Shelly’s area has a lot of farming parcels while where I live is nothing but housing.

It is amazing the different colors of the earth in these photos, as well as the terrains.

I have no idea where Shar lives – Australia or New Zealand.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Indira lives in the Dominican Republic somewhere in all that greenery.

Don’t know about  you guys but I thought this was very interesting.  Teach me to think that everyone else lives in an area similar to mine 🙂

Tiffany's tattoo

Tiffany's tattoo

My daughter had another visit to her tattoo artist over the weekend.  He’s added color to the bird and the cemetery.  Poor sweetie says this time hurt worse than all the other times before.  This is becoming quite a work of art.

The paperwork is coming along….slowly.  It seems there is no end in sight of the work yet to do.  BUT progress is being made and I am nearing the end of 2010.

The paperwork

The paperwork

The box of trip envelopes is declining while one area of my kitchen counter is becoming a pile up of this years mail I’m trying to sort in the mean time and get a handle on it for later.

Trip envelopes yet to do

Trip envelopes yet to do

The trip envelopes yet to do are decreasing.  I’ve separated the business for 2011 with the 1099’s from 2010.  So as you can see it is getting better as I go along.  I’ll be starting September tomorrow.  Kind of a bit hard for me to contain myself and wait until tomorrow since this is getting near the end.  I just want this over with.

The bin so far

The bin so far

The finished items are filling the bin.  Hopefully there will be room to fit it all in.

The new bins I purchased, sitting below the table, will hold all of these file folders, plus the ones left to do, and all of the household folders for 2010.

Household files

Household files

I can’t believe the amount of paper that we have to deal with on a daily basis.  I thought that computers were meant to decrease paper usage.  Seems to have only increased it.  Oh well.

Today, I’m going to work on birthday presents.   I just can’t help myself.  I’m so proud of  my Joe and what he has done.  This is not finished, there is still some work to do on it.

Curtis' birthday present

Curtis' birthday present

I supposed I’ve gone and spilled the beans here but some secrets I’m terrible at holding.

This is what I had Joe create.  The letter “C” from copper piping.

Speaking of Joe, he is up near Grand Rapids, Michigan where it is 16 degrees and snowing.  He’s loading his trucks up there that will be delivered to Houston, Texas where it is in the high 60’s and low 70’s.  Quite a bit of temperature changes he will be going through as he heads this way.  Hopefully, he will be home near the end of this week and we can get this finished then sent off to Curtis.

 

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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

14 responses to “Google Maps Satellite View

  • Nancy

    How cool are all those photos! I know the Langham picture wasn’t taken today because it would show all white! lol We’re having quite the snowfall this morning! 🙂 Thanks for doing this Leslie! The tattoo is amazing! Had you posted a picture of that previously? I missed it if you did. Great progress with the paperwork! Good for you! You really had me concerned though! I was reading along and read…”I suppose I’ve gone and spilled The Paperwork!” haha I went straight to the caption under the photo instead of the rest of the sentence! Here I was envisioning all your hard work scattered all over the floor! lol So glad it was just the beans that got spilled! 🙂

    • Message In A Fold

      On January 31st I did a post “Before I Pass Out” for my daughter’s tattoo. I have heard that once a person gets a tattoo another is sure to follow. It seems that this form of art self expression is addicting. Maybe not quite as addictive as paper crafting but addicting none the less.

      Those satellite photos are something else. Being able to see where my friends live is kind of fun 🙂 I didn’t think it was a recent photo since you had mentioned previously all the snow and cold temperatures you have been having, but it was pretty cool to see the country side where you live.

      I hope I have not spilled the beans and Curtis has had a sneak peek at his birthday present 😦 Well, it is not finished yet so maybe he will be surprised anyway 🙂 There would be enough purple air from here covering your sky if I had spilled all the paperwork that I’ve done so far. People would think it were a strange eclipse or something until the terrible racket caught up to them 😦 The end is in sight, thankfully.

      How is your Mom doing? I hope you are all fairing well and your headaches are not quite so bothersome to you. One can always hope 🙂
      Love you -Leslie

      • Nancy

        Yes, I understand that about tattoos! My daughter also wanted “just one” soon followed by “just one more” lol They are of her own design and I think they’re gorgeous! I should see if I can track down a photo to send you.
        So this morning it’s -44 with the windchill, only -32 without! 🙂 I’m very happy to be indoors and I’ve actually been packing up my snowmen! haha Usually I wait until closer to the first day of spring for this job but my head wasn’t too bad today so I thought I’d get started on it. The kitchen is all back to sunflowers! 🙂 I have a very extensive collection of snowmen and they invade the house for winter!
        My Mom is doing well, thanks! I’m sorry…I can’t remember when I last updated you. They found that the cancer had spread but they are quite sure that they got it all. She’s had lots of appointments and has been told she’ll probably be having chemo. She had the last appointment yesterday with the Oncologist. She’s been keeping my phone VERY busy! As for my head…I had a couple of my worst weeks yet…so now I appreciate the regular bad weeks! haha Funny how that works, isn’t it? 🙂 I’m doing just fine! I’m so full of GRATITUDE and JOY that I’m not going to let the pain get me down! It does tend to SLOW me down though! 😉
        Love & Prayers,
        Nancy 🙂

      • Message In A Fold

        Good grief, you have some mighty cold, cold temperatures. Coaxing spring to come early by bringing out the sunflowers and storing away the snowmen. Sounds like a good plan 😉 Bring on the warmth and sunshine!

        Girlfriend, you are one tough cookie. “Regular bad weeks” with the headaches. I guess a person learns to live with chronic pain and only succumbs when the pain is intolerable. AND to rejoice daily with the chronic pain is particularly amazing to me.

        I’m glad to hear your Mom is doing well as she can be. I hope she continues to do well through chemo. That is not going to be pleasant, from all accounts I’ve heard. The both of you will remain in my prayers.

        Tattooing is no longer just for the “bad boys” of long ago. It has pretty much gone mainstream. It has become more of an art form than it used to be. Pati’s son, Michael, draws tattoo patterns for a friend of his that does the actual tattooing. I guess if one would want to have a piece of art and can’t afford one of the “Old Masters” they can wear art on their bodies. In the late 80’s and early 90’s our girls all wanted to have tattoos. Each one was told AFTER they turned 18 they could do whatever they wanted to do and not before. Once they were out on their own was when they went ahead and took the daring step to do it. There are some beautiful pieces out there. It is not for me. Man, I nearly couldn’t cope with getting my ears pierced! That was traumatic enough for me :o) Sitting for a tattoo would be a nightmare and the results would be horrid. I’d jerk each time I heard the machine come on and each time I were poked. I’ll leave that for the young :o)

        I hope you enjoy your weekend and have some time to create you beautiful stuff. Girl, you’ve got some powerful Mojo and I am so please to be included in seeing your creations 🙂
        Love you – Leslie

  • Lynn Claridge

    Oh wow that is awesome and creative Leslie. The only fly in the ointment is going to be posting it! How do you manage to keep coming up with these ideas?

    I can only applaud your tenacity of sticking with that paperwork but good for you, you are steaming through it now and nearly at the end of the tunnel. And remember December is a short month 🙂

    Oh how marvellous to see those satellite pictures and how varied the places are where we all live. Hope Shar doesn’t live anywhere near Christchurch NZ, that was a horrific earthquake that struck with so many poor people killed.

    I do have some alcohol inks and have chosen two colours to put on the frame – terracotta and denim. I tested it out on some scrap pieces. The squares are more rectangles of approx 1 1/2 inches x 1 3/4 inches. I think I shall have to make another frame or two so that one can have flower pictures, another of grandchildren and one of stamping and techniques 🙂 I should have taken a photo of the plain matboard but will take one of the framing and then step by steps until it is finished.

    Lucky Joe travelling to where it is warmer 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xxx

    • Message In A Fold

      Thank you Lynn for your kind comment on the project I’m working on for Curtis. The ideas just come out of nowhere. Sometimes I think I may have made a mistake in boxing myself in with Stampin’ Up! I can’t seem to fully express myself with their products and I have to go elsewhere to find the things I need 😦

      Gawd….the paperwork is nearing the end and I am so glad for it. I’ll be so glad when the last entry is made and I can then print out a Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet and take that with the 1099’s to our accountant. Then it will become HIS problem 🙂

      I didn’t realize there was a problem in New Zealand until you mentioned it in your comment. I wonder if Shonz and Shar are both safe? I’ll have to check on them.

      I simply can’t wait to see your new works of delight with the embossed metal frame stuff you are doing. It sounds like something I’ll have to steal….er….borrow from you :o)

      Poor Joe, he’s had so much trouble on this most recent trip. Parts of our equipment have broken off from the freezing temperatures and he is NOT very happy with it. It just means he will be home for quite a few days making repairs before he has to go back out once again 🙂 I can get him to help me with Curtis’ project when he has a stopping point on mechanical repairs or waiting for parts to come in. I’ll send it UPS to Curtis. He doesn’t live very far away and hopefully the cost won’t be too dear.

      You and Rod stay warm.
      Love you – Leslie

  • Lynn Claridge

    Just had a closer look at the satellite photo for us and where the red pin is standing that is the old railway line now used as a heritage line. That railway is what brought Rod’s grandparents to the area as Grandfather was in charge of a team of engineers. Now to the right of the pin about 1 inch is the hamlet of Stanley Pontlarge and then there is a white line coming towards you – that is the farm track leading up to our cottage! As you travel along the track (on the photo) you can see the woodland to the right, the top edge of the woodland (near to the front of the photo) is approx 150 yards from our boundary fence.
    Thanks for this Leslie 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      I’m very pleased that you are happy with my boredom 🙂 I had some trepidation about posting the satellite photos. I’d freak out if someone had a diagram of how to get to my house and that is why I did just the general area of where you all live.

      Your countryside is so beautiful with all the plots of land so green. The photo is probably from some time past but it is still beautiful to look at. What is a “Heritage Line”? Is it a tourist thing? You guys have your own bit of history right near your back yard with that rail line and knowing that Rod’s grandparents once debarked right near you. Sounds like Rod’s Grandfather was an important man long ago. How cool is THAT?!

      You have your Hamlets and Villages, we have our Towns and Cities. Here the towns are rural where the population is spread out like where you live. The cities are sprawling urban areas where I live. I checked on the map where you indicated is your property. For some reason I thought you lived a long way from your nearest neighbor. It looks as though you have some close neighbors, but not so close they can smell what is for supper (or is it dinner?) 🙂

      This has turned out to be quite fun 🙂
      Love you – Leslie

  • Lynn Claridge

    Ah yes Leslie but we have towns and cities too with surburban areas on the edges of the towns/cities. It is just that many of our towns and cities are nowhere near as large as your towns and cities 🙂

    Our nearest neghbours are half a mile away unless you count the sheep and they are just over the fence so much bleating going on at the moment especially the lambs 🙂

    A Heritage Line is when a small company, usually volunteers, decide to save a historical railway line. In this case the company sought out and bought some old steam engines, they relaid the track and run the trains as pure nostalgia for tourists. There is a charge to go on the trains but the small station also hosts steam fairs and do whatever they can to raise money to keep the trains maintained and running, maintain the track and the station. Here is a web site about the railway company http://www.gwsr.com/ on the web site you will read about the collapse of part of the railway bed and the work being undertaken to fix it which has lasted many, many months. The company likes to blame BR (British Rail, state owned company that ran the line for many years) for the state of the track but there are many people, us included, that feel the company’s own ignorance, lack of foresight and lack of understanding regarding water courses were the underlying causes for this costly problem!

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      I looked at the link you included. How fun is that! They have a lot to offer train enthusiasts and they do need a lot of money to restore the trains and the tracks. Quite an interesting website. Traveling to just see the countryside and get out of town, going to an antique car show, or a murder mystery, or fish and chips. Personally, I think it is great when a group of people can bring something from the past and make it work in today’s world. I don’t know about you over there but over here, some the clothing people wore long ago and the height of the rooms in buildings are S-M-A-L-L. Compared to the general population now and then, we are much taller than they were.

      Riot of noise near you now with the new lambs. They are funny to watch as they hop and run around. The bleating probably could drive a body bonkers, I would imagine. From the satellite photo there is lots of grass all around you for them to graze on 🙂

      I hope you enjoy your weekend and the weather is just right for you to enjoy your burgeoning blooms.
      Love you – Leslie

      • Lynn Claridge

        Love watching the lambs, they are so funny. The bleating doesn’t bother us at all, just another sound of the country and beats listening to traffic noise 🙂
        Have you hopped over to Shelly’s blog? Poor girl is in need of some TLC just now.

        Love and hugs
        Lynn xx

      • Message In A Fold

        I’ve got to get over to Shelly’s blog. Things have kind of gone on their head around here and I’m playing (or trying to) catch up. I just read her two recent posts and my heart goes out to her.
        Love you – Leslie

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