Friday, July 1, 2016

Traveling in Style

I've done my share of tent camping over the years. This summer, though, TopDad and I camped in this rolling hotel. We took state highways instead of interstate freeways, and enjoyed the slower pace, absence of traffic and the charming, sometimes offbeat, small towns across the Western US. It was great to be able to pull to the side of the road and run back to the bathroom when nature called (and at my age she calls frequently!); we'd pull into a rest stop or parking lot and I'd rustle up some lunch; in the evening we'd set up camp and enjoy eating and relaxing together in comfort.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Life Update

Noble in a new outfit going on a date!

Getting ready for Mother's Day portrait

Didn't the photographer see the BIG GREEN THING!
l-r Mr. Movie, PFCMom, Noble, Dandylion (who thinks his smirk is a smile)

That's a little better.

Never too old to cuddle with Mom

Dad asked us to make an angry face -- I look just like my older brother! Good grief.

I finally got my plates up.

I think it really makes the room complete.

Mr. Movie demolishing the cinder block planter box.

The board is to protect the window from flying debris.

He diligently cleaned it all up and hauled it all away.

Now we can actually see the plants and flowers!

That furry thing is Noble's cat "Calico" doing her balance beam routine.
Still a little bit of clean up to do and adding the mulch to make it complete.
But I really like it a whole lot better.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday's Motivation

Timothy, my fifth "son"

"Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell and to enliven the soul."  (Doctrine and Covenants 59:18-19)    
Thank you, God, for all the beauties of the earth! My soul is enlivened at last.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday's Motivation

Sometimes when I get tired of the wrangling of political candidates and wish we could just hurry up and get this election over with this quote helps me persevere.
"I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph."                                            Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures

I followed a prompting to go to the thrift store last week even though it wasn't on my list of places to go, and am I glad I did! I hit the jackpot!!

Remember my living room makeover? I hung up some plates and have been looking for more to fill in the space.

Blue transferware plates are not so easy to find. I keep my eye open for them and I managed to find two, a large and a smaller, but didn't want to hang them up until I had enough to make the pattern even of large and small.

Last month I finally found another smaller plate at "Chuck's Bargain Barn" outside of town.

But here is the proverbial piece de resistance:

I like the plate to be meaningful to me, in design or picture. We visited Mt. Rushmore as a family in 2014.

Now I have enough to complete the pattern and fill in the space. Yay for cheap decorating.

Other items from my jackpot haul included:

One tile trivet and two other tiles to make trivets with. I asked TopDad if he'd help me this summer make frames and he said he would.

Beautiful brass candlestick for stay-at-home dinner date nights.

And then there were the linens. Oh be still my heart.

First up is the gorgeous linen cutwork embroidered tablecloth, large enough for my big table.

Detail of embroidery
Assorted dresser scarves, napkin and yellow linen towel.

Flannel sheet set for $6.00!!

Another flannel sheet that will make a great backing for a Christmas quilt.

And, pink sheets, top and bottom, for my pink bedroom.

I also scored some DVD's for $2 each, but as they are gifts, I won't show what they were.

And that is why I like shopping at thrift stores. It is a treasure hunt that never gets old!