Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Junkyard

Anywhere he goes, I'm happy to tag along. And sometimes we end up in the most interesting places. This morning he agreed to take me garage-saling... but he also "invited" me to go to Pull'n'Save with him afterwards. [Pull'n'Save is like a morgue for cars and trucks who have died but still have useful organs that can be transplanted. Just where I always wanted to spend a hot summer afternoon.]

To my disappointment we didn't find much at the garage sales. That's just the way it goes sometimes. As we headed to the junkyard I asked him, "Are you sure they'll let me go back there with you, since I have on a skirt and sandals?"

"Well, they might look at you funny," he told me. Yeah. That's what I wanted to hear. "What'd you wear sandals for, anyway?"

"Um. Because it's summer?" Seriously? He had to ask? I always wear sandals in the summer. That is, when I'm not going barefoot. But I don't go barefoot to "town."

"So... back them looking at me funny... should I wait out in the car for you?"

"Well, I might need you to hold something for me. And I don't care if they look at you funny," was his reply.

All righty then.

A few months ago he had taken our daughter along, and they carded her to make sure she was over 18 before they would let her go back in the salvage yard. She didn't have her driver's license along, so they quizzed her as to what year she was born... and finally, reluctantly, took her word for it that she was actually 19. Funny they didn't card me today. I'm sure I don't look a day over 16.
 As we headed out across the lot, I whipped out my handy phone camera and starting snapping pictures.

"What are you taking pictures for?" he wanted to know.

"Because I'm a blogger, of course," I reminded him.

He just rolled his eyes.
He tried to show me the kind of mirror he was looking for.

"Kinda like this. But not," he explains. "It needs a little slidey bar across the top here."
 So I toddled along looking at mirrors on trucks. This guy's mirrors are already gone... but doesn't he look like quite a character? 'Mater's cousin, maybe. I like him.
 This is what an engine looks like that caught on fire. I wonder if there really is something salvageable there. Must be, or they wouldn't keep it there, I guess.
 I like this little old lady, too. I bet she could tell some stories of when her kids were young and she shuttled 'em around to school and soccer practice and scouts. Her kids are probably about my age or older now, since she's a 1970 model. These long ol' station wagons were what moms drove in the era before mini vans.
It was a lot of fun, visiting the junkyard. Not something I would want to do every day. Or even every week. Still, hanging out with my guy is always fun. Like a date. Only better, 'cause I get to go home with him, too.

But we didn't find the mirror he was looking for. Too bad.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Camping on the Border

This past weekend we went camping
up in the very tip-top of the Idaho panhandle,
just 1 mile from the Canadian border.
The weather was iffy all weekend.
Our campsite was right on the Moyie River,
which was pretty full... and cold!
What's this?
A flirting bench?
Why, I believe it is!
I think that handsome man is
just waiting for me to sit down and flirt with him!
The sun was out on Saturday morning when we got up.
We cooked our breakfast over the fire.
We had planned to go for a hike after breakfast,
but it started pouring down rain,
so Lyle took a nap under the awning instead.
Notice that the sun is still shining
even as water streams off the awning.
That's the way it was all weekend...
alternating between rain and sunshine.
So we decided to go for a drive up the mountain.
We went as far as we could before we got turned back by snow.
Here's the gang tromping through the snow
to see how deep the snow is around the next corner.
So then we came back down the mountain.
And the sun came out.
The wild roses are budding.
It's still early spring in the mountains.
Since it wasn't raining
when we got back down to the trail head,
we decided to hike in to see Copper Falls.
Beautiful!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Welcome Summer!

Summer has arrived at last. I'm ready. Way past ready actually.

We had a busy spring and our summer is shaping up to be equally full, but it's time to shift gears. I attended five homeschool conventions this spring: one in Colorado, one in Idaho, and three in Washington. It was a great season, but I'm glad to be finished for now and moving on to other projects.

We've had more rainy days that not this spring. At least it seems that way. Yesterday was the first day of summer, and apparently, the sun finally got the hint and decided to stick around-- hopefully for more than just a day or two this time. It's currently 78 and sunny. You couldn't ask for weather any nicer than that for the end of June.

And so, we're going camping. Finally. Can you believe we haven't been on one single camping trip yet this year? It's true. We did take the trailer to an RV park in Spokane one night over the Memorial Day weekend, but that doesn't count as camping.

Funny story how that little jaunt came about. Lyle, as many of you know, is a big fan of auto racing. He follows IndyCar, Formula One, and NASCAR (in that order, I think). However, we don't have cable or satellite channels so he only gets to watch the few races that are broadcast on the networks. Memorial Day weekend is the biggest race weekend of the year, with the Indy 500 and all. Of course, that race is on a network channel, as is the NASCAR race that weekend. However, the Formula One race in Europe is not. So he was debating about whether it would be worth it to sign up for satellite just so he could have more races to watch. He does work awfully hard (usually 60+ hours per week) and that is really the only thing that is "just for him" that he takes time to do on the weekends. After discussing it and thinking it over, we decided that it still isn't worth $60 or more a month just to have access to the Speed channel. (Now, if the satellite companies would let us pick, say, our favorite 10 channels for the bottom tier, that would be a no-brainer. But no, the one channel Lyle wants is only available in the highest tier. Of course.)

Anyway. I came up with the brilliant idea that we could find an RV Park with cable television, and go stay there the night of the race. Sure it's expensive for just one race, but it comes out cheaper than a month of satellite. So I called around to see who had the Speed channel. The first three I called only had basic cable, but I did finally find one about 30 miles away with Speed.

Ya know? It turned out to be a relaxing little get-away. It was a fun family outing... with an indoor pool for the kids. Win-win. I expect we'll do it again before long.

Now I need to go finish stocking the trailer again. We're headed to the woods this time. No hook-ups. No television. Just nature... and family.

 Ahhh... summertime!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Yeah, It's a Blanket!

I crocheted this afghan for one of my nieces for her graduation this spring. I got the idea from Natasha Marie who shared that she got the pattern from the Crochet World magazine site. I loved the way the rows of color look like little hearts. I made my own modifications by choosing black for my main color, rather than off-white, and crocheting a shell edging all around instead of a fringe on the ends. I though it turned out pretty.

Funny story: I had it wrapped and ready to deliver to my niece. My daughter asked what was in the package. I reminded her that it was "the afghan I've been working on for Missy."

"Oh!" she said. "I thought you were making her a blanket!"

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Aqua and Denim

It's been awhile since I've shared some Etsy treasuries with you. (Okay. To be perfectly honest, it's been awhile since I've blogged much of anything on a regular basis. Convention season is just about over, so I hope to get back to that very soon. Have you missed me?)

Anyway, here are some lovely Etsy treasuries that have featured my washcloths recently. I love seeing the collections!

One of my newer sets of washcloths is a set of palest peach, aqua, and tan, and has turned out to be very popular. They are featured in Just Add Aqua...
 ...and Love Accessories!
 And then, one of my personal favorite sets, in shades of denim blue is featured in, well, Denim Blues!
You can see other colors I've worked up here. Wonder what other color combinations would be popular? Any suggestions?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Drive-In Pediater

Have you seen today's Google Doodle? It will probably be gone if you're reading this tomorrow or later... so I've embedded the little video that plays when you click on the ticket. Just a cute little 30-second clip commemorating the opening of the first drive-in theater.

Now, I've never been to a drive-in theater in my life, but the clip reminded me of an incident in my childhood that I thought would be fun to share.


When I was growing up my family didn't go to the movies. We belonged to a church that had a rule against going to the movie theater, so we never went. When I was about five, though, there was a drive-in theater between our house the church, and sometimes on our way home from evening service, we would catch glimpses of a movie playing. Being curious little kids, we eagerly watched for that few seconds of film as we drove past.

Revival week came, along with a visiting preacher. And not just any preacher. No. This was one of the "generals" of our little denomination. He was very friendly and loved little children, and he stayed with us (the pastor's family) during the revival. He offered for my sisters and me to ride in his car home from church the first evening. As we passed the theater, much to our delight a movie was playing. We were so happy to be able to share the experience of seeing the picture at the "drive-in pediater" with our visiting friend.

I'm sure he wasn't nearly as impressed as we were, but he was greatly amused. Every night after that, for the rest of the revival, he eagerly joined us in watching for glimpses of the movie at the "drive-in pediater" on the way home.

Looking back, I remember that dear man fondly, and sincerely appreciate how he didn't make us feel guilty or sinful for being so interested in something that was considered "wrong" by our church, but instead, recognized the innocence of children and chose to share our interest in something so fascinating.

Still... I wonder what it would be like to watch a movie from your car at a drive-in theater. Too bad there aren't many around any more.