Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Summer Road Trip Nebraska Total Eclipse 2017

     This summer areas of the US will be able to experience viewing a total solar eclipse. The last time this occured in the contiguous US was 1979, when there were no blogs, or even internet. We are headed to the cental line of the eclipse in Grand Island, Nebraska. This spot is some 1100 miles from our home in Ohio. Sure there are plenty of closer places to view the moon politely passing in front of the Sun, some even will experience the total darknes of the day,  but we chose Nebraska. Its a great road trip ,we've   never been there, and the Chances for viewing in clear skies are improved the further west you go. I've done a little social media surfing on our destination and have felt embraced by the warmth of the people living in the small towns who are excited to share their corner of the planet strangers who are about to decend upon them, like my husband and myself. 
     Day 1 Ohio to Iowa. The ride to our first stop: 
The rest areas are very nice these days.  Honey we need to get back on the road!
Many interesting things to come across when you drive...
Barn raising: near Shipshewanna

Indiana holds the RV/MH HALL OF FAME.  Pretty cool

Peru??! Did we miss a turn ?! 
Riding side kick affords many times to entertain yourself. Miles of beautiful clouds passed ...look a velociraptor. 

Travelling on I 80 , Once past the craziness of traffic near Chicago, I was surprised at how much farmland fills Illinois . Storms moving in. While they were intense, my husband held the road beautifully, as did the drivers around us. Feeling grateful! 

Finally we crossed over a bridge that crosses the Mississippi, leaving Illinois and entering Iowa. 

Le Claire is apx 10 hours from our departure and about half way to Nebraska, so, we decided to stop an overnight it there. 

Stopped for a fish and chips  on the River  and saw a river boat. Tomorrow exploring the charming town of Le Claire. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Breathing life into DUSTY OLD THINGS

Inspired by recycled old bicycles and a love for flowers, I began to look for one of my own. There were posts everywhere, people selling bikes, old ones, new ones, vintage, which I learned is different from old ones...the prices were insane. Prices ran into the hundreds! My husband and I went antiquing in Ohio's Amish Country and at the last stop,BOOM , there she was. Leaning on an old fence in the rain...with a broken chain. She was messy,  but not as much as the rust bucket leaning next to her. 
I was guessing that she had lived a productive life by her rickety chain, flattened tires, and rust spots. However her frame was in great shape! She cost me $24.00. 
Returning home, I ran to the hardware store for Rustoleum Cornflower Blue spray paint. After cleaning the rust, she was given 3 coats all over. 

I also picked up an old basket for the handle bars, sprayed it as well. The seat was sticky and breaking down from being outside. I covered it and the basket in blue gingham. Found a basket to for the back and she was ready to go.
 Leaving the chain adds something.
I decided to name her...JUDY,      JUDY THE BEAUTY! πŸ˜‰

There it is , another Dusty, Old Thing repurposed . 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

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I'd be in remiss if I didn't start by being grateful for this day, this celebration. Independence Day isn't just about fireworks, food, and fun. It is also the day to remember and be grateful for our Country's  freedoms. On this day we celebrate independence from the oppressive demands being made upon them from across the the sea. 
Happy Fourth of July to you and your family. 

Thoughtful family  and friends  contribute special surprises like the festive strawberries and mixed berry pie.

Mason jar root beer floats.

Two of the same macaroni salads?? The younger generation prefer it made with mayo , no onions...and the mature prefer Miracle Whip with onions. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Piggy Bread

Easter 2017 

Piggy Bread

Piggy Bread, my version of an idea featured on Stehanie's fun blog: Girl Vrs Dough.  Creators of the piggies are from blog PASS THE COCOA (Caroline and Monica)Very cute!
 Piggies are stuffed with breakfast sausage, kielbasa, or Italian sausage.

 My family and friends love these easy to make rolls!
Cook your fave sausage, allow to cool.

 Rhodes Dinner rolls (frozen dept of local store) Cooked sausage. Peppercorns for eyes. Egg white for wash. Toothpicks
Rise dough balls in greased muffin tins cover with sprayed plastic wrap, per pkg instructions. Make a round patty of dough in your palm. Place sausage inside and pull up ends of dough to seal. Save a small amout dough to make ears, curly tail, and snout.  Place snout on face area, use toothpics to hold .See pic below  Ears are small shaped triangles. They will stick to the body. Place peppercorns for the eyes, ans roll a tiny curly tail. Add to backside.  Gently egg wash the dough. Bake 350 apx  14 minutes. Cover and  Refrigerate any leftovers. Reheat 10-15 seconds in microwave.