Jeep Invasion!

When I say Butler is a small town in western PA, I do mean a small town.   One main drag, a couple of stop lights and small mostly family owned businesses dot the downtown.  Just a mile outside of this metropolis it’s a landscape of farmland and old homesteads.

Butler holds one great secret – it’s the birthplace of the Jeep.   Every June all the little Jeeps come to pay their respects at the Bantam Jeep festival.  There is a multitude of activities for Jeep owners to participate in to flex their Jeep muscles.  I had the opportunity to attend the Jeep Invasion, and it really is like an invasion this small town; absolutely astonishing how many of one badge can find their way together.  We all know I’m a ford truck girl, but yea – this was cool.

Jeeps lining Main Street and still pouring in.
This is what i think of when I think Jeep.
Still pouring in.
Even the side streets were being used this year.

More Orchids

It’s that time of year where I put pictures of my orchids on my blog for no reason other than I’m proud of myself.

Boaty McBoat Project

Husband: I want a boat!
Me: Take a class make sure you like it.
Husband: Okay…….. (two moths later) I love sailing, I want a sailboat!
Me: *sigh* okay
Husband: this one is in our budget
Me: ugh
Husband: All it needs is paint
Me: okay
Husband: (7 months later and a lot more than just paint) tada
Me:  SMILE

 

Beach Bug Out Bag

It’s that time of year again, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and around here and the official start of tourist season.  If I want to get to the beach and miss the crowd I have to be prompt as soon as the weather looks ideal!  I accomplish this by putting together my beach bug out bag ahead of time, so then after a quick change into my suit,  I’m out the door.  (Sometimes it’s the boat bug out bag, but that is a whole different post!)

My beach bug out bag starts with a huge sturdy handled bag that sand doesn’t stick to.  I found this great one at Target, it holds enough to send a small army to the beach.  Stuff it with two big fluffy towels, a water bottle, snack and zip-lock bag with sunscreen and hair ties.  Then the best part – picking out a lighthearted silly little summer read.  I would recommend anything by Janet Evanovich, guaranteed easy to pick up and be delighted by even if it’s been a few days (or weeks) between reads. Have a little extra room, try a notebook and pen – never know when the muse may strike.

What would you keep in your beach bug out bag?

Bored to Bake List

Just the idea of spring makes me want to bake, and this year I saved my pennies and splurged on a KitchenAid stand mixer. I was so excited and planned to make a lemon cheesecake on Sunday. Thinking after a long week and company for dinner on Saturday it would be perfect.  Nope – half way through dinner on Saturday with a loud bang and a bright flash of light the range decided it needed a vacation.  It’s been nearly two weeks, it gets fixed Thursday, I miss my oven.

So I’ve had time to plan what I want to try and here is my list.
Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake at Southern Living

Chocolate Chess Pie at Food.com

Butter Toffee Pecan Layer Cake, also at Southern Living

Sausage Cheesy Biscuits by Trisha Yearwood

Lemon Lime Pound Cake by The Pioneer Woman

Any suggestions, I’m ready to bake.

 

Unravel My Travel – South Dakota

I am admittedly a little late in posting this since our trip was in October, but South Dakota was great none the less.

The two big attractions that fueled our travel choice were Mount Rushmore and The Badlands, however we were pleasantly surprised with everything the area offered.  Most notably was Devil’s Tower, a little over an hour drive from our hotel in Deadwood it was an easy day trip.   At the visitor center we walked up a steep path to the base of the tower, and then followed a fairly flat paved trail around the base.  The views were spectacular, and no we did not have any close encounters.

Devil’s Tower

Also notable; steam engine rides, The Blackhills, Crazy Horse, greasy dinners for breakfast, old cemeteries and cave walks.

It was a long days travel from the southern east coast to get there but well worth the trip.

Mount Rushmore
The Badlands

I did it again.

I can’t believe I have neglected my blog, again!  So much has happened in the past several months.

I started a new job that I worked very hard to get.  I quit 6 months later for a job that worked hard to get me. 

I became a Doctor Who fan. 

We have had a multitude of personal life changing events.  Some expected, some a surprise, some devastating, some confusing and some very wonderful. 

I learned the value of being flexible in situations.

The dogs are still lazy.

I haven’t bought a purse in six months (whaaaat?)

We had what  my sister in law and I were calling the first annual WTFgiving in November.  

Discovered the basics to a really yummy kale smoothie.

Made new work and church friends.

 But what I haven’t done, is make a list of blog topics.  *sigh*

My goodness….

Geeze where did the time go.  I can’t believe its been since March that I shared my lovely thoughts.  So much has changed and happened, sadly my blog has suffered.  The good news is the Etsy shop is cranking up for the holidays and I look forward to selling out!  I know, shameless plug.

I did spend some time over the summer designing my tags, business cards and thank you notes for customers.  I have been a busy bee!

 

The All Consuming Time Suck

Sewing and peddling on Etsy; the all consuming time suck.  My mother always says it keeps her off the streets.  I guess she is right, I’m never bored when there is fabric around.  Speaking of around, where is spring?