Friday, April 18, 2014

Currently Around Here

I am working on a rag quilt.  This is the in progress picture. The layout was giving me fits but a consult with Mrs Epi seemed to resolve my difficulties. It is a little different than I done in the past.  I found my inspiration at Do It Yourself Divas.

My oldest son wanted everyone to see the above video. He thought it would make good blogging material.

I have started my garden.  Got potatoes planted.  I got sugar snap peas coming up.  Hopefully the zinnia sprouts will make it.  I need more dirt.

The Giant Man Child and I sat through Parent Night for incoming 6th Graders to Middle School this fall..  Wow, I don't know if my kid is ready for this.  I know I am not ready. They are predicting 185 incoming 6th graders.

So this is the busyness that is consuming us at our house.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Playlist in my Mind/Personal Anthem

Recently in Parade Magazine, they had the Happy Playlist of some celebrities- Dr Oz, Al Roker , Katie Couric, Macro Rubio.  It was interesting.  Who knew on Dr Oz had Waka  Waka on his playlist?

I am one of these people who get a song or a phrase stuck in my head.  Sometimes there is meaning there and other times it is just my brain filling space.

The Nester had a blog post on personal anthems.  IT got me to thinking.  Do I have a song that is a personal anthem for me? For a while, I  it has been for a while Aaron Prichett and "How Do I get There". Specifically this verse

How Do I Get There
Can I Ever
Unburn the Bridges
The Bridges I Burned
To the Ground

More recently it has been Compass by Lady Antebellum

My current go to playlist
Home - Phillips Phillips
Southern Comfort Zone - Brad Paisley
Between the Raindrops- Lifehouse, Natasha Bedingfield
Remind Me Who I am - Jason Gray
Wake Me Up- Avicii
Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band
Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
It's Time - Imagine Dragons
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Counting Stars -One Republic
Every Storm- Gary Allan
Mama's Broken Heart- Miranda Lambert
Compass - Lady Antebellum
Roar - Katy Perry

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bush Whacker Bob

Recently, we had a geocaching trackable that my husband had picked up in San Antonio, Texas.  We thought we would give him an adventure.  For more information about geocaching trackables click here.
Bush Whacker Bob at Peace Arch State Park
Blaine WA
As part of our morning writing practice Chuck wrote the story below:

Bush Whacker Bob who is he you might ask? Well , Bush Whacker Bob is a not so well known explorer who has traveled to Washington  soon to travel to Colorado where he will be dropped off. We will have help from Furious Ant the 5th member of the Two Man Wrecking Crew . Bush Whacker Bob has already started packing his items like hat, bees, snake and oh his other snake! He also said ,"I liked Ohio it was lovely but Washington was to rainy. I would like to visit a place with more snow and with a mix of sun like Colorado, home of the donkeys...". OH one thing that should be noted , keep him out of the cacti and thorn bushes. Also keep him away from poison berries and he also hates people bickering about who is better Sea Hawks or Donkeys .

The end of our journey with Bush Whacker Bob was in Colorado when we dropped him in the Funny Faces cache. So far Bush Whacker Bob has traveled  6,327 miles.  He started his journey in Alaska and has now visited Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Colorado
Bob at Funny Faces Cache

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Poverty/Tiny Houses linky love

There is has been a lot of press of the Tiny House movement.  I am fascinated by the whole tiny house concept. So linky love this Sunday is all on Tiny Houses and Homelessness/Poverty. There is some thought that Tiny Houses might be one of the solutions to homelessness.

This is good overview of the whole tiny house concepts and includes the documentary - "We the Tiny House People"

Teacher Tom and stipends for the poor.

Mobile Homeless Shelter - This so reminds me of the story line of 2 Broke Girls and Deke who lives in a renovated dumpster.  Mod Vintage did a post on it. 

Tiny Houses for the Homeless- This is a urban village in Olympia, WA that is made up of tiny houses for the homeless. 

My friend wrote a brilliant post on Poverty and how it is effecting her.  Check it out- Poverty of Compassion

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kite Flying

Chuck and I decided to go fly a kite. The wind was perfect.  We experimented with a couple different ones and decided our big one was perfect for today's wind.
A Kite
I often sit and wish that I
Could be a kite up in the sky,
And ride upon the breeze and go
Whichever way I chanced to blow.
   Frank Dempster Sherman

Friday, April 11, 2014

Is Wyoming on Your Mind?

Wyoming State Capital Building
While we were in Colorado for Spring Break.  We decided it would be fun to drive up to Cheyenne for the day.  My parents prefer to head to Cheyenne over Denver.  I don't ever recall growing up and really visiting Cheyenne.  So we took off in a full mini van and after back tracking to the Welcome to Wyoming Sign.  We found a geocache and got this cool picture.

We stopped for lunch at the Golden Arches and headed to an interesting virtual cache. It was called GPS calibration. This is a virtual geocache and also a bench mark, survey marker.  Benchmarking is also another activity that some geocachers enjoy doing.

We also visited the Wyoming State Museum. 
Boot outside of Wyoming State Museum
I can't believe this was free.  This small museum is well worth a stop.  This place is chock full of some really interesting stuff. There is some amazing native artifacts.  I especially loved the beaded horse mask.  I failed to take a picture of the mask of course. THERE IS EVEN A GEOCACHE IN HERE.  I am going to have to spoil it for you.  It was in a replicate of an outhouse.

They had a traveling exhibit of trout decorated by Wyoming High School Art Classes. The exhibit is called "Traveling Trout."These were very cool.  Below is a few of my favorites.
plastic knives are used for the fins
Charlie trying to be a flying fish?
Of course, we came all the way to WYOMING to climb this snow mountain. It was just too great of a temptation for a few in our group.
Lastly, we made another U-turn and visited the Wyoming Visitor Center.  It is exit 4 in case you wondered.  I am glad we stopped.  We saw a fox as we turned in.  The visitor center has lots of wonderful hands on stuff.  It is like a physical travel ad for Wyoming. 
trying to power a light bulb with a bike
Cody and Colby
Playing drums in a Tepee
In a Jail but this jail had 2 escape routes

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break/Playing in Northern Colorado

Cannon Park aka Dwayne Webster Veteran's Park
Loveland CO
Charlie and Cody
Vacation is good for the soul.  We got to visit Colorado for Spring Break.  It so happened to be my youngest nephews spring break as well.  Here are some highlight photos from some parks we visited in Loveland, Colorado.

North Shore Park -Loveland, CO
Chuck and Aunt Mishy on Escargot

Us hugging Escargot
North Shore Park
Photo by MRF
Chuck testing the rings
Photo by MRF

Even Uncles Have to Swing
Cody, Kevin, and Colby
photo by MRF