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Thursday, April 18, 2019

"Grandma Gatewood's Walk"


I'll begin with a quote from Grandma Gatewood's Walk, " I want to see what's on the other side of the hill and then what's beyond that."  


Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery is a fantastic book to read whether you are a 'hikeaholic' like me or not! Just to read about a woman that at the age of 67 took off on an adventure is exciting from start to finish.  I keep my book list in my journal (and another one on Goodreads) and I save the highest rating for the best books I've read. This one gets the very highest. I've read a lot of good books this year but so far only 2 have received ALL the stars! (the other one is The Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny)


In 1955 this amazing woman hiked the Appalachian Trail....at age 67! She kept a diary and the author was able to share a lot of what happened to her along the way. She went on to hike it again...and again...3 times total, along with other famous trails. It is a story of strength and courage and one I think anyone would be inspired by.

I'm very thankful for good books and public libraries.

Have you read a good book lately? Do you think I would like it?


I'm still practicing my 'art' too! I sketched and then painted this little bunny with watercolors. Have a blessed week!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays .

Monday, April 15, 2019

Home Improvements!

I've put together a lot of pretty mosaics in the years we've shared Mosaic Mondays!

But this is not one of them! lol


 Let's see if I can at least find a pretty flower to start.

Home Improvements...aaaahhhh...it brings a smile to my face!


It was a LOT of WORK for the plumbing crew that came from Mike Scott Plumbing but they 'got it done'! They arrived at 9 am sharp and left at 7:30 pm and it was all complete! 


Are those toilets on my driveway? OH MY! What will the neighbors think! 


 And once you start, you don't know when to quit!


 We bought a small bookcase for the corner of the kitchen and I filled it with old timey jars and baskets. Lots of old cookbooks and cookie cutters.


 I told Happyone that I had these old glass jars from my Grandmother and here they are! The top of one has Old Judge Coffee on it! I love these old jars!


I'll be 'tweaking' this for awhile but at least I've got it close to the way I want it. Not sure about the tea towels and cloth napkins though! I may 'move' them!

So what's new at your house this week? Or old? I love old things! Just not 'old' plumbing! hahaha!

I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE 

and Amaze me Monday HERE


Saturday, April 13, 2019

"The Rainbow River"


Do you think this view would be worth getting 'off the beaten path'?


Oh my! It certainly was!

We are always friendly when we walk at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon and one day one of the employees of the Rainbow River Club invited us to walk into the restricted 'club' area.


So do you want to brave the wildlife to walk down the boardwalk? 


We had no idea what was ahead!


 But off we went!
 

Oh my the Rainbow River is beautiful!


We saw several birds from this observation deck. 


Our favorite was the Limpkin.


We haven't seen him lately so this was a nice sighting.


And speaking of wildlife....we had quite a surprise when we got back on the regular paved trail. (see more on the video tab above)


This small alligator was right next to the trail. I JUMPED out of my skin when I saw it! I know a lot of people think ....it's Florida and we see alligators all the time. But the only place we ever see them are in the swamps at different parks and preserves. Not right next to the trail. And we are still chuckling about a young lady that came along the same time we did. She said, "How do you think it got out?" Let's see....how do you answer that one? The river was on one side of us and the swamp on the other. I don't think I answered her. I think I just looked around and then she did too!


Well, that's the excitement of hike #51! I'm never going to catch up with my pics! But we're still having FUN!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE  and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

When one thing leads to another...

...don't you love the unexpected? I had an idea to buy some odd 'cheap' frames from the old thrift store for some of my art. I thought I was putting SO much work into some of my characters, that it would be nice to frame my favorites.


 All of these are empty except for the one on top. I cleaned them all and put them in a small box and if I don't use them, I can always donate them back!

 
I never go on Saturday because I think it will be too busy but that's what I did anyway. And I walked in and went straight to the frames and found exactly what I wanted and went to the checkout with my 'haul'. (25 cents each for frames)


Oh and they had jewelry at the checkout and I picked out these pins for 25 cents each. 


And the cards were where I was standing in line and I got this bag of handmade cards...yes, 25 cents!


 (an example of those in the bag)

But when I was driving home, I passed a 'Craft Sale' sign. I mean I really drove past it. But guess what? My car turned down a side street, turned around and headed back in the other direction!!! 


Cherrywood Estates has the VERY best craft sales EVER! 


And the ladies there all recognize me too. I got hugs from several of them. There were even some of the Hospice Volunteers there shopping...more hugs!


So what did I buy? 



I bought a basket from the basket lady and got a hug.


And I splurged on these beautiful handmade Queen size pillowcases! 


I hope my sweet cousin Cindy doesn't see this post. She has told me how to make them and will surely remember that I have some pretty fabric I could use.


 But these were PERFECT! Don't you think? (I have blue sheets on my bed!)

I feel very blessed to get to shop for things I enjoy and love finding the unexpected!

Have you had something good happen to you this week too?

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays .


Monday, April 8, 2019

Multiple Choice.... Take the test!

I've always heard this was the easiest test. So here goes. 

In the past one month....

1. I've become a talented singer and musician.

2. I've become a world famous artist.

3. I've received the 'best housekeeping' award.

4. I've become proficient at watercolor markers.

5. None of the above.

Well, I told you it would be an easy test! The answer will appear at the bottom of this post if I can remember by then to include it! lol

I'm still enjoying my hikes! If you'll remember I had to face the fact that I couldn't go EVERY day! lol I tried but I was just too tired to do all the other things I wanted to do. And of course I needed to concentrate on becoming a world famous artist before I reach the age of 70. 


 My fav so far is Piglet! I sketched him in with pencil, then went over that with a pen. I drew a 'honey' pot and some flowers. Then I decided he needed a bouquet of flowers, so I sketched, colored, cut and glued them on! The butterfly is cut out too and has a little foam sticky on the back to set it off the page.

And oh the fun I'm having with watercolors! I've even ordered a small set of 'real' watercolors and can't wait to try them out. I'm using markers and then a brush with water to spread the color. And I'm learning every day. I've always taught myself to do things over the years. I taught myself to knit and crochet and COOK! lol 


 Pooh has more color than I wanted but I'm learning! His honey pot and honey and also the bees are cut out and adhered with a little foam backed sticky.

So I'm just experimenting with the ideas that keep coming up in my head. I am sketching...which I've never done before! And then adding color. With what I'm doing, I don't think it needs to be perfect to be fun. And I like the results.


So if you guess 5. None of the above...you would be right on!

But if I could add another number it would be 

6. I'm having FUN! And that would sum it up for the whole year.

Have you been doing any kind of arts and crafts? It keeps life interesting! 


 A. Now where's that mop and broom! 

OR 

B. What's on the 'drawing board' now? 

 
I’m joining Angie for Mosaic Monday HERE 

and Amaze me Monday HERE

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Black-crowned night heron

This was such a beautiful bird that I wanted to include ALL the photos 'we' took! 


It was across the Rainbow river from us so I have to give hubby the credit for most of these photos.


And it was preening...


and fluffing....


 and maybe even feeling a little grumpy 


but giving us so many beautiful poses.

Just a little idea too of how the seasons change in this part of North Central Florida.


Taken in January 


Taken again in March

These are taken from the bridge at the Blue Run Park in Dunnellon.


 Taken in January 


Taken in March

You can see that many of the trees here are deciduous. 

 One more Black-crowned night heron and we'll call it a wrap!


 Enjoy your weekend! 

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE 
 
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

A few Forgotten Pics

I love taking hikes! 


 And I really enjoy working on the photos when I get home. 


But there are always a few photos that get overlooked when I write a post.


We've have so many wildflowers right now and lots of butterflies.


There are SO many big grasshoppers and dragonflies that they run into you when you're walking! 


A leaf hopper!


He's teeny tiny!


Every color dragonfly!


A pretty Cardinal.


And a Sandhill Crane!


Just a few things to be thankful for this week! Are you having pretty weather now too?

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays 
and Cooking and Crafting with J&J HERE.