Thursday, April 24, 2014

I will turn 50 this year. I decided about a month ago to that it would be fun to create a new bucket list with 50 "goals". I ended up with 51. Some of the items were carried over from an old shorter bucket list. These are the things I truly would love to do in my lifetime even if some items are only a pipe dream.

I plan to update this list as I strike off the ones I have done.

  1. Get a new passport
  2. Set foot in the 48 contiguous states
  3. Grow a garden (successful)
  4. Get a couple trees established and thriving (more difficult than I thought)
  5. Learn to crochet and make a Granny Stripe Afghan
  6. Overcome my fear of flying (Eeeks!)
  7. Ride an Airboat (Eeeks!)
  8. The Grand Canyon
  9. Grand Canyon Skywalk (Eeeks!)
  10. Redwood Trees (Redwood National Park?)
  11. Alaska Northern Lights
  12. Key West (FL)
  13. Yosemite State Park
  14. Kayaking
  15. 5K
  16. Pacific Ocean (already seen the Atlanta and Gulf)
  17. Witness a Green Flash (occurs sunrise/sunset over the ocean)
  18. Design and make a quilt
  19. Last Will and Testament
  20. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  21. Handle and shoot a gun
  22. Washington DC
  23. Stay in a Treehouse
  24. Ride a Segway
  25. Niagara Falls
  26. Learn to ride a motorcycle
  27. F1 race with Dan in Austin
  28. Write a novel/book
  29. Zip Line (Eeeks!)
  30. ATV
  31. Statewide Shop Hop (September)
  32. Enter a quilt show
  33. Adopt/rescue a dog (must replace front fence first)
  34. Beekeeping
  35. Raise Chickens
  36. Tower of Americas and have a dessert (Eeeks!)
  37. Visit Maine again
  38. visit PEI (Prince Edward Island) where fictional Anne Shirley of Green Gables lived
  39. Create a decent painting –should be fun trying
  40. Open an etsy shop (successful)
  41. Texas State Fair
  42. Visit Stonehenge II in Ingram, Texas (I have seen the real Stonehenge!)
  43. Rock Climbing
  44. Scotland
  45. Get out and see if I can find a church home
  46. See a Lavender Field and pick some Lavender (farms in Hill Country Texas)
  47. Make pickles
  48. Make Jam or Jelly
  49. Explore a beach I have not been to
  50. Learn to Waltz
  51. Learn how to play the mandolin
States I have set foot in:

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A nasty storm blew through our area on April 14, 2014.

The floodgates of heaven were opened and there was a deluge...

I found this sight fascinating. Such power coming from the gutter and splashing against the rock we set upon the barrel for both weight and the birds. I wondered how we could harness that power? Ha!

By the way, We have a rain gauge and this particular storm brought over an inch of rain within a hour. The big drops of rain flattened my fragile herbs and the winds damaged a few plants. But overall, my plants survived this particular storm.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dan has been slowly slaving away in my room. He has installed window aprons, casings around openings and doors, the detailed craftsman style headers, etc., and etc. Yes, I helped. A little. Ha!

We decided to work on installing the desk / beading station first. Do not worry. It will not look like this when we are done. You will not see that ugly backing of the cabinet amongst other things. This is just a before image.

We purchased both the doors (the countertop / desk surface) and the cabinets from Habitat from Humanity Restore at excellent prices. The doors are solid wood and were $30 and $15. I have to tell you that I LOVE shopping at the Habitat stores.

There will be some minor work done to the cabinets themselves to make them look nicer in this room. I will not go into all the details in this post as I do not want to spoil the surprise. I know some of you have a real good ability to imagine how things will look in the end if given details.

Dan cannot really see what I envision for this space and how I want things done; but, just seeing this staged and seeing things in my mind's eye is getting me excited! One step closer to having a beautiful and functional space!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Daring (or Jumping) Spider

I was turning our compost tumbler when this tiny thing appeared and scared me out of my wits. It was extremely tiny! I believe it is a juvenile. I went to the house to grab my camera. This was the last shot I took. I gathered up my courage and slowly got as close to the critter as I could, took a deep breath to calm my nerves and snapped the picture. I am amazed at how well it turned out.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Take time to hunt down your peoples and spend some time with them. I like to play with my humans and harass my sister Gracie.

Take time to smell the flowers. In other words, enjoy life and do not let the harried world get you down!

Take time for yourself or you will end up utterly crazy! In fact, demand it! I do go crazy if I do not get what I need. After all, my humans call me 'that wild thang' for this very reason.

Take time to say that is enough. I am out of here!

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