Thursday, April 21, 2022

The countdown calendar to Rocky is counting down.

 Here we go again, preparing to head out west to our 5th wheel in northern Colorado for the summer.  Very much looking forward to spectacular mountain vistas, cool breezes by the river and my small corner garden. We're a few weeks out, but that just gives us time to finish-up maintenance chores and get started organizing what we'll be bringing out with us.  

Giving the railings a nice, fresh topcoat to 
help it handle the summer sun.

Clothes are pretty much handled as we leave a pretty good selection out there.  Food is from scratch though, as any food items left behind can either attract critters or explode (cans) from freezing temps.

I'm also working through the food load here at home too. I made up another batch of the hash brown casserole, which helped clear some items out of the freezer. That will not only lead to some easy breakfasts in the upcoming weeks but also give us a nice breakfast after we leave town.  The plan is to take our time, stopping at some interesting places on the way out.  We'll be staying in cabins or airbnb's which will have kitchen facilities, so we'll take a few frozen things to help us at our first stop, Cheaha State Park in east-central Alabama. Highest point in the state with lots of wonderful overlooks and hiking trails, but not a lot of restaurants handy.

Hash browns, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes
and onions with a yummy quiche-like egg & cheese layer.

I've had a few opportunities to play "floral designer" lately. Once, an upcycle of a macramé hanging basket, and secondly, making new funerary arrangements for the family plots. We'll be making our annual spring stop at the cemetery where Ed's folks are buried to spruce them up a bit.

Macrame basket ready to go. We'll wait to
hang it up outside until we are back in the fall.

Nothing real exciting although they did have some
pretty flowers at the Dollar Tree store - see the plumeria?

Yesterday I started weeding out which craft materials will head out with me and which would stay. The coloring book and pencils don't take up much room and are relaxing, especially the mandalas.

In addition, I really want to get back into making the trivets again, and I already have quite a few of the "tubies" stuffed and ready for the next phase.

Trivet; used as wall art or table protection.

My pretty collection of batik fat quarters, which
are the source material for the trivet "tubies".

So many, stuffed and ready, usually 4 pieces are
used, 2 each of complimentary colors.

Finally, I baked some cowboy cookies the other day - yay! Basic Toll House recipe with coconut, pecans, and a 50/50 split of dark chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Froze some, gave some away and are enjoying the rest in the evenings. Life is good!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 😊