Been busy spending time up north, getting a much-needed break from the city. The temperature difference from the high country to the city always shocks me. It is so much nicer and cooler being up in the country. Although there is a drought (future post on that later) it is still a beautiful place to be up there.
The list of projects for this trip was to work on some of those craft kits I want to put together. Hang up a shelf and take a couple of photos of the rooms we had finally finished. And as always, clean, dust and organize.
First things first, stop off to say hello to some of our friends up there. We started with our good friends who own the old country store across the street.
They have been very busy getting their old cowboy saloon ready to sell. We will miss it when they are no longer the owners but they will be doing some wonderful things at their country store museum just up the street. Can’t wait to see where they go with that.
Next stop was the Hookers club that is now meeting up at the little church in town. I have posted about this little club in the past because I just love the title of their club. The Hookers club is full of very talented knitters, crochet and sewers. Yeah, I know what you were thinking because the first time my husband heard about this he had a big smile on his face like “I got to see this, hookers in this town”. Imagine the look on his face when he walked in on a table full of yarn and sweet little ladies making baby blankets, lets just say it was priceless. He is now a big fan of the Hooker’s Club and now wants to learn how to knit mittens.
They were working on some amazing things at the Hooker’s Club, like little colorful baby socks, a baby blanket and blankets for their beds. Someone there was even making a rug out of recycled materials with bags and bits of colorful plastic. You know me, and my obsession with recycling, so this was very interesting to me. Can’t wait to have a day to just sit with them all and work on a project of my own but that day I was tired. My husband and I had to get up at 3am to take care of the chickens, garden, and pack back in the city before the sun came up. Remember the sun is deadly here in the summer and that day they had a heat advisory to stay indoors as much as possible. Maybe I will get a chance to create something with those hookers on our next visit.
The next day we stopped off at the thrift store in town. I noticed they changed their sign from Pleasant Valley mall to Thrift store. I kind of liked the Pleasant Valley Mall sign, it had been up there for years and it always made me smile and shake my head, both at the same time. If you think about it, it was a mall in a way, there is just about everything you can think of in that tiny little military building. Not sure why they decided to change the sign after all these years. There is nothing wrong with playing with words and being creative with titles. Sometimes being overly correct with the academia can be so restrictive and boring, at least I think so. So thank you to all those creative people out there, the artists, the writers and the photographers, please don’t change a thing. Don’t let others take away that uniqueness in you, the world needs you and the things you put together, so keep creating and being silly and playful.
We ended up getting an old radio for $3
Some little vintage pigs for .50 cents each
And a bunch of craft supplies for some projects I would be working on later. Think this is what they call a haul now. I am so lost in the social media world and terms but I am catching up.
Back at Our Little Red House my husband put up that shelf we made from tossed material we found and some old iron braces that I spray-painted. The place up there can use all the storage we can create.
That night we played Monopoly till late in the night. With everyone yawning we decided to finish the game later.
Just like my son, my husband would be celebrating his birthday up there. The next evening our friends surprised him with pies, banana cream and strawberry cream. They also gifted him with an apple press. He can’t wait to start making homemade apple cider. There are lots of apple trees up there and usually there are signs out everywhere when apple season hits for people to help themselves.
There is nothing that can compare to picking fresh fruit from trees in the country. So glad my kids got to experience this while they were young and still do till this day.
With no phone, computer or cable television up there, I had a chance to catch up and finish some of my craft projects. The crafts were made from little twigs and interesting things I collected out in nature (another more detailed post on this later).
I also used some of the fabric I picked up at the thrift store.
And once again Our Little Red House had a lot of cleaning to get done.
We ended up getting up at 3am the next morning for the trip back to the city. Although very hard to get up that early to get everything done, it is so worth it in the end. The animals were everywhere when we drove back. As always, we can’t wait to get back up there again.
Special thanks to Liz, what a beautiful gift of the Virgin Mary and also a beautiful story. Our family will cherish these gifts and protection forever. Also to Robin and Karla…thank for the yummy treats, and all the gifts. Always love seeing and visiting all our friends up there and that includes the animals too.
Karla your cat is so sweet. I never knew cats could be trained to sit and high five people. Mr. Freddy is a very smart and charismatic little fellow. Happy adventures everyone.