And, Back to Fun Stuff

Okay, so I have been busy! I’ll give you my life story of the last few weeks in pictures I’ve taken! I also scrambled up some really cute pillows, but that’s more of a how-to post, so I’ll get to that when I’ve got a little more time to explain. Anyway, I’ve been quite busy and up to shenanigans:

wpid-20150531_115324.jpgi tie dyed some undies

wpid-20150521_135037.jpgmade some pillows out of old pillows, i’ll make a real post later

wpid-20150524_135631.jpghoarded more plants…

wpid-20150524_172936.jpgthe husband bought me purple mason jars

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wpid-20150525_140808.jpgterrible roommates

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I am going to try to get to what you all have been up to! Missed you guys! If there’s anything I need to read, please post it in the comments! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Smoky Mountains Tennessee

I’M BACK. With Moonshine

Put this on:

yes, i caught a southern accent while there. omg, i’m such a damnyankee. it’s gone now, thankfully.

Anyway, we had an absolute blast! Our cabin was lovely, in the mountains, driving up/down the mountain was terrifying. You could smell the brakes. So our original plan was to get to the cabin, To Catch A Falling Star, and drop off our stuff and get some groceries. Well, getting seven flatlanders from Illinois up that kind of incline, kind of made us never want to go back down…so we ordered pizza. Pro Tip: If you order pizza, and ask the delivery driver to bring coffee grounds (we couldn’t live without it) and offer him extra tip, he totally will. Duh.

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i cropped out the tourist trap area.

No one told me that Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forgeย was a TOURIST TRAP. Oh my Lord. It was like being at the Dells in WIS. It was ridiculous! But hey, it was fun. We did some tourist stuff.

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this was a serious tourist trap, but the moonshine was delicious!

Also, we did a chair ride to catch the view:

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you can see that IT’S A TRAP!

We also did some hiking, or, more accurately, rambling in the woods taking seflies and eating snacks. Let me set up the scene:

The photographer has been waiting all day for the light. His camera is set up, film is ready, now he waits. He wants a picture of a small group of falls. Just as the light gets right, seven kids (me in the trunk, btw) pile out of a car making off color jokes, eating snacks and taking selfies. He hates us.

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really, I would hate us too.

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So after we ruined everyone’s day at the national park…

We had a hot tub, which we used liberally and a LOT of alcohol. It was a damn fine time. My husband was “house husband” and being the only male, got a fine taste of how polygamy must be awful. Poor guy. We had a great time though! ๐Ÿ˜€

Busy, As Usual.

Okay guys, I know I’ve been boring! I’m making potholders and dodging turdnados and working at the factory (omg, we’re making a very pretty train car!) and my seedlings are behaving for the most part. Also I’ve been super stuck on The Stand by Stephen King. I’ve been riding my bike to work, which has been WONDERFUL. I feel much less crabby about work after riding a bike.

But, alas I am…

GOING ON VACATION!!!! WHOOT!!

As of Thursday, I will be gone. Wi-Fi will be available, because, of course it is. I’ll only be able to post from my phone, however. Lame. Well, it would kind of be lame to be all blogging and what not when I’m out in the middle of no where, Tennessee. I need to get one of those tablet things with the keyboard and what not. THIS IS 2015 I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO LUG AROUND A LAPTOP. WHAT, DO YOU EXPECT ME TO BE A CAVEMAN AND USE AN ABACUS? HOLD ON GUYS, LET ME THROW YA’LL SOME MESSENGER PIGEONS.

That got weird. Anyway, I’ll return next week, with I am sure some updates about my trip and then I’ll hopefully have time to get some other more interesting things done.

See ya’ll on the flip side! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sewing in Ends is Near.

The blanket of shame is done! Well, other than the ends. I was hoping I could show you the blanket, but there just no way I can get it done tonight. Send sweet death soon…

Enjoy my pets being silly:

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Abraham reminds me to brush my teeth. He also supervises.

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Angie is very proud of her new bunny.

The Blanket of Shame, Continues…

Silence means I am hardly at work on my WIPs. My stash busting blanket has become a quest for insanity as it continues to grow. Originally, I made it without stitch markers, which I am sure you can guess went terrible, because I am an idiot. Also, like 2 years ago. Well, it festered for a while and I really started to crack down on these past few weeks because I am so sick of seeing it laying there with a bunch of yarn in pieces too short to use for anything else. So here we are, about a foot more to go:

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Angie was trying to tell me something, something about a tennis ball…

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it’s so nice outside, don’t you want to throw the ball around? Huh? HUH???

Yes INDEED kids, the weather has broke around here! I am currently in a bikini (might be a lie) getting a tan (probably not a lie) next to an open window (totally the truth). So, as much as I’d love to stay and chat, I have a date with a stinky greyhound and her filth tennis ball. We’re going outside! ๐Ÿ˜€

Better Luck This Year?

The other night, my dear husband and I hopped off to the hardware store to get supplies for starting out seedlings indoors. Last year was so dreadful. Cold, wet, windy, nothing grew. We had to BUY seedlings. After PLANTING seeds. It was horrible. All that work. ILLINOIS HATED ME LAST YEAR.ย We had a terrible crop, I got, maybe 5 tomatoes, about 3 peppers and my body weight in zucchini, because ya can’t upset those apparently. Ridiculous. We didn’t even recoup our loss in paying for everything. Well, we were awful busy last year as well. But STILL. I refuse defeat!

This year, A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN WILL BE MINE! Starting with grow lights!

We already had a bench and light fixtures, we just needed the bulbs and to redneck rig something up. Okay, fine, it wasn’t a true redneck rig job as we did PURCHASE a few things.

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a little of this

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a little of that

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LET THERE BE LIGHT!

Crisis 1 averted, now I took my afternoon off to plant the little seedlings. Funny story. I am excellent at hiding things from myself. Could not, for the life of me, find them. Where are they? Probably the last place I look. Obviously. That, I am not even kidding, took me an hour. I’m really good at Easter Egg hiding. *bang head here*

I scooped out some great compost from my worm bin and made mud pies. Because who doesn’t like making mud pies? Packed that into pots and planted three tiny seeds in each. In alphabetical order. Labeling them proved to be useless. I used masking tape and it just bled right off. So I’ll be singing the alphabet.

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this is for my future referrance

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found a worm egg, the brown spot towards the center

Lastly, lest you dream of me living in a winter wonderland, for those of you who maybe do not have to deal with 16″ of snow, enjoy how not pretty it is:

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pictured: not pretty.

It’s not all bad. Have some pretty pictures too:

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outside of cortland, il

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outside of where I work.

ย wpid-20150202_075739.jpgTHIS IS WHAT IT IS LIKE TO DRIVE THROUGH. I was (obviously) the passenger.ย 

Is it spring yet? And, who’s starting a garden!?!