I have been meaning to visit the local botanical garden for the last several weeks. We usually go there once a year in the middle of the summer. For some reason, I kept putting it off. I was too busy. It would take too much time. It cost too much. I didn’t have time. There would be nothing worthwhile seeing this early in the season. I had seen it all before. I wouldn’t get anything out of it. It would be a waste of time. I needed to stay home and get things done. The blog world needed me. The other day those little voices in my head finally got the better of me. Mom and I dropped everything and made our way to the garden. She had never been there before even though she lived in our area for more than 40 years. We took off and left dishes in the sink. We left wet laundry in the washer. We left no cooked food or directions for making lunch (I know! GASP!). What we saw, shocked me. I was completely amazed at how beautiful the garden was in the spring. Picture perfect. This wooden bridge melted me. Monet’s famous garden in Giverney, France can’t be more beautiful than this. Silly me, why did I think it would not be beautiful?? The pathways were lush and green. The garden was full of birds and wildlife. The trees were still in bloom. Even though they were beginning to loose their petals, they were amazing and beautiful. The fallen petals reminded… Read More »
Good hello my friends! I am excited for my Live FB segment today! That’s 10:00am CST on Mondays and Wednesdays. Be sure to check it out! Fridays I am posting a video tutorial for a simple project you can make with your newly learned sewing skills. If you aren’t sure why you should learn to sew, read this post. Actually, this week Friday, I will have a no sew project to give you a few more days to practice if you are new to sewing! You are going to love it, so be sure to stop by! I thought you might appreciate an insight into what goes on behind the camera. I know I love to see how other people do things. I am new to video, I have done a few of them in the past (see my YouTube channel) but I have so much to learn. I recently attended a class on video production, so I feel I have new skills to help me along! For now, this is my Facebook Live recording process. It’s rather funny actually, and if you see me smiling smugly at the camera it’s because I am cracking up inside over this pathetic set up! Hopefully, it won’t come crashing down when I am on camera! The lighting isn’t great but with a few lamps I can improve things a bit. In this photo you will see my cell phone attached to a selfie stick. Yup, that’s what it is. The selfie stick is connected to an old tennis ball holder with… Read More »
I have been avoiding the computer lately. This is unlike me, and I am not quite sure of the root of the problem. It seems that since we got back from our recent Florida east coast vacation, writing has been difficult. It seems like the longer we are away, the harder it is to get back to reality. While we were at the beach, our daily routine was simple. Early morning walks on the beach were followed by leisurely breakfast and excursions to see the local sights. Shopping was a splendid past time, and I don’t normally do a lot of it, so it was a welcome way to spend the mornings. Many of our lunches were eaten on the road, another welcome break from my everyday routine. We love exploring little Mom And Pop type family restraunts along the coast line. Our favorite place was closed the day we were there, I missed eating along the water with the lovely view of the yachts. We stayed with our son who is in college. He and his roommates have rented a sweet little house by the beach. I am envious. I could get used to a place like this. I love the hot orange shade in his bathroom. Not really beachy, but it made me feel warm and sunny the entire time we were visiting. The kitchen was just as nice. Even though we didn’t cook a lot, it was nice to use good quality appliances and beautiful granite counter tops for a little while. I am envious. After… Read More »
It’s a hot day in the summer, and there is nothing better than a visit to the local antique Car Show. My teenagers had no interest in going, I can’t understand it. They would rather tinker with their own cars, than see the old ones. They don’t know what they are missing. There is nothing like the look of chrome on an old car. There just isn’t. These cars tell a story, that’s what makes them so fascinating. My Daddy had an old Ford truck like this. His was old, rusty and without an engine. He had me help him haul it to the storage facility one time, when I was 12 years old. I did not appreciate being dragged away from my sewing to help haul some junky old truck. Dad didn’t have a legal towing bar, so he towed it with an old chain and a very unwilling teen sitting behind the wheel. My job was to steer and hit the brakes to keep the old truck from slamming into the back of the car as he pulled us along. I practically pushed that pedal through the floor, I was hitting it so hard. I cried in terror the entire time. I have never forgotten it. Trucks still scare me for some reason. Don’t ask me why. My Granny had an old Plymouth Fury in the 1960’s. She had it for 20 years. It had red leather interior with white leather seats, and a gorgeous chrome dashboard. Her car had the coolest push buttons inside, I… Read More »
I have been off the grid this week. We have returned from our travels to the great Northern Territory of Wisconsin. We enjoy camping and this year we decided to explore one of the parks in our home state. We have lived here most of our life, but have yet to see all there is to see in our home state. Copper Falls State Park is one of several parks in the northern area. It has 5 star ratings across the board on Trip Advisor, Yelp and just about every other site I looked at. The park has many amenities like hiking, swimming and boating, and the ones they don’t have are available near by. We chose to hike into our tent site which was a mere 250 yards from the parking area. The park provides a small wagon for hauling your equipment to your site which made it very easy. We have never used a hike -in site, and would do it again. It was a lovely spot, with very tall maple and ash trees. Sleeping under the canopy was great, we were protected from the majority of wind and rain. There were a few Mosquitos, so bring your repellent just in case. Temperatures can be very cool at night here, it was in the mid-forties the few nights we were there, so bring lots of blankets. During the day we explored the parks hiking trails. They were well marked and we appreciated how well groomed they were. As we neared the end of the 2.5 mile trail… Read More »
Something You Always Wanted Welcome back to the 30 Day Photo Challenge! It’s been a refreshing break for me to just take photos and have time to pack boxes to prepare for our upcoming move. As a blogger I tend to put a ton of pressure on myself to get posts out daily, this challenge has really been relaxing for me. Some days I get a good shot, some days I don’t. On the days that I don’t get a good shot, I don’t post anything. It’s as simple as that. I have found that I really look forward to each assignment, and I am learning much about my new equipment. Today’s assignment: Something You Always Wanted. I have a very short list of “wants” in life. I am pretty much content with everything I have and everything I don’t have. You can have your mansions and million dollar homes. They are not for me. You can have your designer wardrobes. Been there, done that. Don’t need to do it again. You can have your fancy cars and yachts. I wouldn’t even know what to do with one if I had one. But, I do want a kayak. A red kayak to be specific. I just love how the red boats look with the blue water and the white fluffy clouds in the sky. It’s completely a visual experience for me. We learned to canoe when we were kids. We would go out each day on the river where we lived and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The turtles… Read More »
Technology This is day 17 of the Photo Challenge. I have a confession to make, I took this picture 5 years ago. That’s where the Technology part comes in. You see, I took this picture with my first smart phone, the Droid while we were on vacation in New England. I uploaded it to Facebook and completely forgot about it. My old computer that I used at the time to store my photos is long dead, but low and behold FB saved my photo for me. I am eternally grateful. This has to be one of my all time favorite photos. Our two boys were playing in the sand at the beach that day, when they discovered hundreds of little hermit crabs. They thought they were rocks at first, but then the sprouted legs and began to move around. It was the perfect setting for an afternoon of hermit crab races. We had a ball watching them run about. I had a ball taking pictures. I was hooked on digital photography even then. I love that I was able to beef up the colors and make this photo look brand new with my photo editing program. I can’t imagine life before computers. How did we ever do ANYTHING????
I had so much fun today at the Midwestern Blogger Meet-up! The big event took place in Lisle, Illinois and was put together by Jennifer Rizzo. If you haven’t read Jennifer’s blog, you should hop on over and check it out. She’s very talented and as sweet as sunshine. I was equally charmed by her selection of location for the event: inside an old train depot at a local historical museum. I was able to have some time to explore this quaint museum before the festivities began, I love old buildings. The train depot was amazing, it was built in 1881. I am into train depots lately. And trains. The depot had beautiful architectural features. The inside of the depot was every bit as charming as the outside. Did you know they used to have separate waiting rooms for the men and women? Neither did I. I love the big graphic on the wall. I wanted to take it home with me. My great grandfather had a brass hanging lamp just like this one. So charming. Great grandpa also had a clock just like this. I loved the train bulletin chalkboard on the wall. The corners of the depot were full of other old treasures like wooden barrels and these lovely trunks and boxes. The walls in this room were beautiful unfinished wide boards. I loved how rustic they look. It was the perfect place for a bunch of bloggers to meet up. We all took tons of pictures. You can see why. Jennifer… Read More »
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