New Look

I was getting tired of my current look, kinda twee, so I changed to a simpler theme. Now if I could only figure out how to change the font color on links.

I chose natural because it is a nice, neutral theme. Changed a little. I wanted a picture at the top, but not one that overwhelms the page.

Rough Linen

Totally not an ad, but definitely a recommendation.

When I first moved out to a homestead, my best friend sent me a great pinafore for my indoor/outdoor work.

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Our Wildflowers

We got home from our little trip to the wildflowers in our yard.

We have lovely pink, blue, purple, yellow, and white flowers.

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It’s Always an Adventure With Us

So the Husband and I are members of a non-profit makerspace. We were fortunate enough to be able to purchase an old elementary school for the space. As they prepare the space (slowed by Coronavirus), they had some lockers that they were going to sell for scrap.

Enter me…

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I Like Big Basin, I Cannot Lie

In addition to the beautiful flowers, we had a wonderful day of exploring.

We ended up going to see Big Basin, Little Basin, and St. Jacob’s Well.

These are waaay off of the beaten path.

We took the road less traveled.

The big basin was a lovely place. We had lunch at the rim, and did a little walking around.

Lots of really interesting rock formations.

We went to the small basin and hiked down to St. Jacob’s Well. This is a spring that has never run dry in recorded history. Imagine heading west, seeing nothing but hills as far as the eye can see, and there’s this little oasis. It must have been amazing.

The limestone fence has impressions of mussel shells.

There is a huge cairn on a nearby hill, so that the indigenous people could tell where the spring was.

Lots of pretty scenery.

And, maybe the coolest thing, a herd of bison blocking the road.

We started home, but took a detour along the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway.

And our usual shadow portrait.

And then it was home, to beat the rain. All in all a good birthday trip.


After a nice night at the house, we set off for our second day.

We headed out into the Gypsum Hills.

There were some lovely wildflowers.

Baldwin’s Ironweed.

Purple Coneflower

Threadleaf Sundrop

Purple Poppymallow

And lots more…

And even better, we came home to wildflowers blooming in our yard.

More tomorrow…

Getting Lost

We decided to have a weekend out with COVID precautions. Road trip off the beaten path, and staying at an Airbnb. It was lovely to get out of the house, and we came into contact with people four times total (potty stops).

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Road Tripping in a Pandemic

We’ve been good. We’ve stayed in, worn masks, I haven’t hugged my parents since March. But the Husband’s birthday is this weekend, and I usually plan an event rather than give a gift. We’ve gone to a beer and cheese tasting, on a surprise trip to Colorado, a ten-course extravaganza that left us feeling like we were pre-gaming for the Hunger Games, not to participate, but to watch.

So what can you do in the COVID pandemic?

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Chicklet Lineup

Now that the chicklets are about a month old, they’ve passed the most dangerous time.

So here we have the 2020 spring chickens.

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