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.
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
Husband: All it needs is paint
Husband: (7 months later and a lot more than just paint) tada
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.
I’m getting excited. As I have decided to move to a wordpress blog and change my name, I am also going to give me shop a spruce up. Stay tuned as I hope to have a new logo, banner and business cards soon!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?