Monday, April 12, 2021

My 'designated' project for this month

is more about cleaning up our yard a bit than anything else... 
and since that's really an on-going process I'll share some other things
that's been happening 'round these parts lately...
 
I love the spring blooms each year... 
This little [??] bee is helping me make blueberries!
The real challenge is gathering them before the birds or other critters get them!
 
Here are a few of my favorite thrifty Easter finds from years past...
a vintage card in a frame... an egg wreath...
 and an old ceramic bunny - could that be Peter Rabbit?

I planted a [very] small garden for the first time in years...
Had to cover it up during the recent cold snap...
And I'm happy to say it's all still growing...
 
Lettuce, radishes, beets, cabbage, and brussel sprouts here..
 
And onions and carrots in the cold frame 
+ mums that stayed here over the winter...
 
My hostas also survived the recent cold temps.
Yay!
And I feel so blessed to have a friend who shared some from her yard 
so I could fill in the gaps of our border -  
WOW! - And THANK YOU!! 
The best thing about this was being able to sit down and have lunch together 
for the first time in more than a year!
 
We have old trees in our yard [lots of them] and tend to gather the limbs, etc. that fall
into a pile or two throughout the winter... so I took one afternoon to burn one pile... 
still have a bigger one to do...that'll be an all-day project since I don't like to leave it unattended...
The #elfstriketeam has been working hard patrolling the yard for chipmunks; 
when they come in at night they are completely tuckered out... ha.
 
Love that Dobby has decided this old Ty Bear is his and his alone...
I keep trying to get a video of him tossing it up and catching it....
Good practice for the chipmunk drill...
#naturaleradication is all I'm sayin'...
 
We've had some discussion about purchasing new dogwoods... we have three that are over 40 years old and at least one has bit [bitten -?] the dust.... 
We're discussing pink or red to add some color... 
but I do love the white... so they will stay too...
 
Pro Tip: when you bake a cake that sticks to the pan and comes out in chunks, 
you make a punch bowl cake  - lol. 
And it was GOOD.
FYI - it was supposed to look like our Easter cake from past years...
Alas...
 [This kinda, sorta, makes me want a white fridge again..ha.]
And lastly, just for fun - 
 
This hilarious photo was accidentally taken [duh.] when I was trying to take a selfie at our recent family gathering - but I love how tiny sister looks as she was walking up the little hill towards us... and how it looks like I'm looking right at her...lol.
Moral: Behind the scenes photos are often the best....
And there's more to life than the pinterest perfect photos we so often see... 
Life is good, y'all....
Even in the craziness of it all - 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Present Danger

 Is such a great mystery thriller! 

Author Elizabeth Goddard - 帖子| Facebook 
Elizabeth Goddard kept me guessing til the very end! 
And y'all know I love that!
I also love a good mystery mixed with adventure and
a love story added in as well...
So seeing Jack Tanner and Terra Conners reunite for work after not seeing each other for several years made for a great story in addition to the ends and outs of finding 'our' killer. 
  Elizabeth Goddard (@bethgoddard) | Twitter
Throughout the book Terra and Jack discover who they really are - alone and as a couple -
And as we're all striving to become better versions of ourselves each day let's remember what Terra's mom said:
 "The direction your life takes can often come down to one decision, one moment in time."
[Oh how many times have we said that to our kiddos as they were growing up?!]
We also get a glimpse into Terra's relationship with childhood friends 
whom she shares a common [tragic] event... 
and how they may be growing apart as they get older... 
I also loved this quote: "She had the feeling that time and distance were working against them. Was it just life? Or could they be more deliberate about keeping their friendship, their bond, close?" - I've often said that good friendships take the effort to be intentional about making time to be together... and it was good to see them making this effort as well...
I want to get to know Erin and Alex a bit more!
And luckily for us - 
Goddard has another book coming out in the fall where we might do just that.
I. Can. Not. Wait.

All in all - this is a great book!
Seriously - I finished it within 24 hours!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher [Revell / Baker] for review purposes. ALL OPINIONS are my own.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Monthly Re-Cap March 2021

 Where to start?
 
I guess the biggest news is that we are now post-three-weeks from our 2nd vaccine!! 
YES!! And thank you to those who offered it to us when we took Craig's mother in for hers.
I know many have differing opinions, but for us - we are just so very grateful to have the opportunity to receive this historic vaccine... 
I wonder if our parents felt that way with polio [and other vaccines]?
Note: we are still cautious and wearing masks, etc.
We've had more than a few people we know who lost the battle to Covid-19...
Other news:  Little Bernard [the tiniest cat I have EVER owned] had surgery for his hernia [and neutered] and he is just as feisty as ever, until he hits the wall about 7 pm. lol...

And I'm happy to report that ALL of the cats are now enjoying their [ENTIRE] day outside... and loving it, I think... but they want to settle in with us at night. Ha.
 
YES to some no-leggings days!
I love a lingering spring... but am ready for some warmer days...
[And omgoodness, this garden has changed SO MUCH since this photo was taken at the beginning of the month!]
 
We enjoyed lots of zoom calls and classes with friends and family
[and work for those in the house still working.. haHAha] 
Projects this month were all about #AnnieLeetheArgosy:
Craig completed a BIG job as she had a couple of welds break - yes, those we paid to have done a few months back... and that's a [very] long story for another day. . .
ALL IS WELL thanks to Craig working on her non-stop for more than a few days...
AND MUCH THANKS TO WELDER FRIENDS 
WHO DOUBLED CHECKED IT ALL FOR US.

We also tore out the vinyl wood flooring and put down new carpet that is closer to what was original [and I LOVE IT.]
And we now have a complete awning for her. 
And after camping in the rain these last two months: Yippee! 
 
We put the airstream numbers [and other info] on our back shade so it can be seen as we drive down the road... gotta add the dot after the AL there...
And I repaired some of the wall paper in the kitchen area that was peeling up [as it often does in old campers] - I used gel medium to secure it and it's holding steady for now.
Whew.
 
I also couldn't resist the idea of planting a bit of a garden... 
At the end of the month I have beets, brussells, lettuce, cabbage, onions,carrots, and radishes all coming up here in the pallet garden [my first time to try this] and also there in the cold frame...
 
Outings this month included visiting and SHOPPING with Craig's mother a couple of times. So glad she can now safely get out and about a little more... 
Craig's been fishing several times...
 
I met cousins for lunch one day, we visited a tulip farm with friends - 
and even thought it seemed like thousands of people, we could spread out and enjoy it all safely.  It was beautiful!
 
At the end of the month we enjoyed A VERY RAINY camping trip with friends for our Davy Crockett Vintage Event [that Craig does such a WONDERFUL job hosting!

There were some dry moments, and the sun even came out for a bit!
But I decided to use the time inside the camper to try baking biscuits in the tiny toaster oven I bought for Annie Lee... and it worked! We haven't had baked goods while camping since we sold our little cub that we camped in with the boys...
Yay!
Looking forward to SPRING
- what do you have planned?

Thursday, April 1, 2021

We only pass this way once...

yeah, we only pass by this way once --
so we're not letting everything just pass us by.
No way, we're not letting the to-do lists blind us to noticing good things,
no way we're letting the calendar race us past real little wonders,
no way we're letting the schedule anesthetize us to being awed by all these small glories. 
Nope, don't let the routine anesthetize you to routinely being filled with awe.
Don’t let the everyday routines
numb you out to
the MIRACLE of LIVING every day....

[ from Ann Voskamp - January 8, 2015 --]


Saturday, March 27, 2021

I've just realized that I never

 finished my TN* from our trip to the Pacific North West...
so obviously, I've not shared it with you either... 
*TN =
Traveler's Notebook
They come in different sizes... 
but are usually just a bit bigger than a business envelope...
 And I like to think that when I use one on a trip I'm using it in the truest sense of the word... 
Documenting each day as we travel... 
My traveling art kit contains water colors, washi tape, scissors [blunt,]
clear tape, and a glue stick.
I've shared before that I usually create a TN specific for our extended vacations - 
I allow at least two pages per day and at the end of the day I do a quick bullet journal about all the things we did, and saw, etc. Before the trip I add a bit of decoration and space for photos [with sticky notes.]
Then I usually wait until we're home to add photos...
I take along coordinating washi tape to secure things I gather along the way...
So, here's a bit of my 'process' -
On these two pages, I left space for photos... and had already secured the 'tip-in' before we left... In the evening I did the bullet journaling... nothing fancy here... just getting it down...
Then later I print and add photos...
I trimmed one to fit on the back of the tip-in 
and added a couple of more [glued back-to-back] as another tip-in...
You can see I leave spaces for both large and small photos...
[I do love those little 2x3 photos...]
{{And isn't this OUTDOOR art museum wonderful?!?}}
Here's another day with photo tip-ins - 
This light house photo was just too pretty to shrink down...
The small embellishments were on the page before we left on the trip...
It would be hard for me to 'plan' for these small bits and pieces...
Okay - one last day..
I left a whole page for photos [2 4x4 - approximately]
... added the tip in of a couple of favorite photos,
again, glued back-to-back....
And journaled around the sticker that was already there...
 During the trip - I TRY to remember to create those little 2x3 photos with the Project Life app so I can quickly print when I get home... and let's be honest, sometimes I print on the  road or have them waiting for me when I get back into town [I love the walgreens app too!]
Let's be clear - this NOT my scrapbook... although I use these to remember details I want to include on my scrapbook pages...
And I enjoy creating them 
[and having the memories recorded in them] 
just as much!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Annie Lee the Argosy Update No. 030

 We've had our Argosy for over 18 months now...

And I can honestly say that God, Annie Lee, and Craig are what got me through 2020.
Truth.
Y'all remember we picked #AnnieLeetheArgosy up at the end of August 2019...
and she was in basically good condition... there were definitely things that needed to be done* but we decided early on to 

GO CAMPING
in between the working on it all...  
It's the best plan for us...
[If you look at the photos in this post you can see many of the changes...]
There's a couple of reasons for this:
1. We've seen too many people who gut it all and get burned out and let it sit in their yard for YEARS before calling it quits...and never camped one night in their dream... and 
2. We really believe that if you camp in it [while you're working on it] you can see how you really use it and the functional changes that you want to make - as well as how your decor plans may or may not work into the function of it all.
Let's be clear - we want Annie Lee to look good - 
but we are campers at heart and we plan to CAMP. 
 
We  also like to have a cozy living area outside too!
And this is ever-evolving with Annie Lee right now...
[We've camped our entire married life, starting out in tents, then a couple of different pop-ups... then the cub {a hybrid trailer / pop out} then a little motor home... and #LottieScotty before we bought our Argosy Airstream.]
And camp, we did ... 
in 2020 we camped 50 days in 13 different campgrounds...
Even with all the technology available now, we love getting out of town to camp...
 
So - all that to say... we *think* we can see the end of our to-do list...
 And I want to do individual blog posts regarding each area we've worked on...

 Goodness... she's come a long way, baby...
and paint makes a HUGE difference!
[You can see we pondered on the color for months...]

But, I guess I'll start with the foundation and floor rot...
Coming soon!