Thursday, September 29, 2011

I am not dead

It's been awhile!  I did not die, fall off of the end of the earth, or cease to care for my little blog.  The reason I haven't written is simple (Steven, forgive me): I lost my camera again.  Sure, I could have written, but there were so many things that I wanted to show you.  For instance:

Our new goat (another one!) Buttercream.  Her name may be changing to Frances--we are trying to decide.  Buttercream was my beloved goat Jerry's mother.  She is a lovely goat, and a proven breeder.  Her coat was very matted when I brought her home, so I had to give her quite a hair cut (which she did not appreciate).  Her winter coat will grow in soon, though, and she will regain her honor.

Irma's house, which has, unfortunately, become a favorite resting spot for our two big dogs and has consequently become a bit lop-sided and retarded-looking (excuse the expression).  Oh well.  It did look really adorable at one point in time...

The new goat house.  Davis designed and built this fantastic house for the girls.  It has a nice shelf on the inside for them to rest on, and a human-sized door on the side so that Davis and I can get in and out when we need to.  There will also be a mounting board for the girl's feeding trough on the front porch, and a mineral feeder.

Rose Hips.  I have waited very patiently for my rose hips to be ripe and ready to harvest.  I am going to (hopefully!) start some roses by seed over the fall/winter.  Apparently it is a very delicate and difficult task, so I may or may not be successful.  I am excited to try, nonetheless!  Did you know that roses grown from seed may or may not be like the parent plant?  Isn't that strange?

My sewing machine is officially at the repair shop right now, so hopefully by next week I will be able to start working on the abundance of projects that have been buzzing around in my head this month.  Hooray!!!

That's all for now!  I have an interesting post for tomorrow--it's all about 60's bulky knitting.  Pretty hilarious.

God bless!


Monday, September 5, 2011

More Pictures from Day 3

Seagulls at Lake Superior

Mom and John walking out to the pier

...and they flew away

John and I--it was windy at the lake!

Potty break

A giant corksc ew!

Lettie had a very cozy ride :)

These are for you, Davis:

Home we go!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wisconsin Update

Yesterday we drove and drove and drove...and drove.....and drove....until we reached the beautiful little town of Tomahawk, WI.  We happened upon a rustic lodge, where we were able to acquire a cozy room for only $72.  Our room looked out upon the sprawling lake that the town was built around.  It was really neat!

We woke up early-ish this morning and headed west for about 45 minutes and then north for the same and finally came to our destination: Mellen, WI.  There we picked up Joshua's dear little puppy, Lettie, and visited with her family, the Beirls, for a little while.

Unlike hot, humid Georgia, Wisconsin is pretty dang chilly!  I would guess the temperature is about 55F right now, and with the wind and the rain it feels quite wintery up here.  I am loving it.  September is one of my least-favorite months because in Georgia it seems to go miserably, humidly, on for-EVER.  Here it actually feels like fall!  Sigh.

We decided to drive north about 15 miles more to Ashland to see Lake Superior.  That's where I am right now--sitting at a charming little coffee shop in Ashland sipping a tasty soy latte and uploading pictures from our trip! :D

And here they are--enjoy! :D

John drew a picture of the windmills in northern IL


Josh being goofy in our hotel room--dig the walls!

The view out of our window this morning

Hotel room

John and Josh skipping stones

Josh thought the butts bucket was real funny...

On our way to Mellen

Apples and a blue fence in Phillips, WI

Mellen, WI

John holding Lettie

John and a new litter of puppies--cute!

Lettie's litter mates really liked John

Lettie and her mom


Lettie fell asleep in the car

Lake Superior

Tap Roots Coffee Shop

Isn't it cozy?


Friday, September 2, 2011

Back to Wisconsin!

Remember last year when Mom, John and I adventured up north to pick up three puppies?  Well, we're at it again!  But this time are only picking up one puppy--and we have an extra passenger. :)

The puppy we are picking up this time is Lettie:

Joshua came along for the ride this time around, and we have been having a very fun time.  Today's drive was long, but easy--it definitely didn't feel like the 10 hours that it was!  We decided we would drive up to Champaign, IL and then stop for the night.  We realized that we'd driven through Champaign about ten minutes after the fact--there were no signs, no gas stations, no hotels, nothing.  It was then that Mom and I had a deja-vu.  We had done exactly the same thing last year.  Funny enough, we actually ended up stopping for the night in the same town, eating dinner at the same Red Wagon diner, and sleeping the the same motel! :D

Here are some pictures of our trip so far.  Enjoy!

Josh and John at the first rest stop.  Handsome fellas!

At the rest stop again--being goofy.

John drew a really cool picture on the way up...and then got car sick. :(

Chocolate pudding!

I kept occupied with some Sudoku puzzles.

Music for the ride!

The boys took a brief nap on the way up...

John and I. :)  

...He just wouldn't hold still! 

He told me he was trying to be funny.  Sure did end up making me LOOK funny!

Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!