Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ducks In A Row...

As the saying goes, I've been getting my "ducks in a row" in an effort to prepare for my trip to California.  I've been cooking and setting meals aside in the freezer so Kevin or kids can just prepare them by microwaving or heating on the stove for lunches and dinner.  I've stocked the refrigerator with fruits and vegetables to go with the meals.

I've got everyone's laundry done and the house cleaned.

Everyone's is put away now, just Cameron's pile ready to go to his room
The girls are set with their school routines and the calendar has the necessary info for lessons listed.

I'm packed, and have all I should need for my travel, SOOOO, I guess that's it.  Now, it's just waiting for EARLY Thursday morning and I'm off to California to visit with my parents and be there to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday.

California here I come....

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

In the children's rhyme it's "rain, rain, go away, come again another day".  For us though after several weeks straight of daily rain and in some cases record rainfall of over 10 inches in one day, combined with hot temperatures that have made it very humid we were ready for a break and desperately desired the temperatures to better reflect this Fall season we are supposed to be in.

Water pooling in my front planting bed

Yesterday, was the first real break in heavy rainfall and then last night the temperatures fell down into the 60's!!!  It feels amazing outside and in addition to us celebrating, it's as though all of nature,
plants included, are enjoying this wonderful change.

Side garden with fewer plants since I cleared out the older items and have started seeds for my cooler weather plants that will go in here.

Tower and VGS systems 

Jalapeno peppers


I went out to check on my garden and saw the pepper plants that have been hanging low with the heat or heavy drenching, standing upright and full of peppers.  Our papaya's are getting large and will be ready for picking soon. The tower gardens are beginning to produce again, after clearing out most of the old plants and then cleaning and replanting them with the cooler season lettuces.

In the back yard toadstools and mushrooms dotted the yard.  These short lived fungi are really fascinating in their detail and coloring.

Amazing details, almost looks like it has a fringed edge on this toadstool

We've all been busy with projects inside with the rain, but this nice weather has allowed us to venture out and take advantage of the sunshine without the heat,  I've been doing more of my stitching pieces, here's a sample of one.  I'll do a blog post later featuring these specifically.

Beads, buttons and ribbon flowers decorate this small ornament

Cameron has school assignments due and was drawing at the table initially, but can now go outside for subjects to draw for his class project. He's out back drawing now as I type this blog.

Learning cross hatching for shading as he has to do a pen drawing of a crumpled paper bag

The girl's have spent a lot of time, once school work is finished, making crafts and today is no different.  They continually make furniture, clothes, decor and food for their dolls regularly going online for  tutorials that give them ideas and how to videos.

Kevin's begun the restoration process of the Model A installing the ignition switch and battery he purchased.  In between this he's been roasting more coffee to renew our supply of coffee beans.

Colombian roast done, and House blend ready to roast

New battery installed and ignition switch is in.

The change in weather has been a welcome one, and we're hoping this signals the beginning of more of the same for awhile. Still, rain or shine we'll all keep busy with our various interests.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Visit With Friends and Back to Disney

On the ferry to the Magic Kingdom

Long time friends of ours from California the Prior family were in Florida for the beginning of a month long trip they're taking along the East Coast of this country.  We were able to meet them Thursday afternoon at the Magic Kingdom after renewing our annual passes.  They have been in Florida this whole week, but with Kevin's travel to California and the need to unload the vehicles once he returned delayed our ability to meet with them earlier.

Main street Disney decorated for Fall


They had been touring around the park again on Thursday and we were able to meet with them on what's called Tom Sawyer Island at the Magic Kingdom Park.  It was a humid, hot day and since it was already lunch time we all headed out of this park and to Epcot to find a place to eat.

We took the little boats over to Tom Sawyer Island to meet up with the Priors

After crossing the rope bridge, we got to "the fort" and saw Glen and his daughters, Evangeline and Annaliese, then back tracked to meet up with his wife Koni who had been sitting in a shady spot while everyone toured the fort.

After lunch at Liberty Hall we walked and talked and watched entertainment, catching up on so much that has been happening since we last saw them 2 years ago. Cameron had the day off of school, his first break in 3 weeks, so it worked out well for him to join us.

The Prior Family, our girls with Annaliese 

Cameron, the girls as we walked around Epcot and our group as we took a shade break

The day flew by as we enjoyed each others company, so we decided to meet them again on Friday and have lunch before they got in their rental car to begin their long drive touring around the entire East Coast States.

Our picture near Epcot's exit taking shelter under the monorial track before saying good bye for this day.

We arrived in the Downtown Disney area first, so Kevin the girls and I took one of the boats to tour around the various hotels, time share facilities and restaurants along the waterway here.  The day was rainy, sunny and then VERY RAINY at times.  So we spent a bit of time huddling under the eaves of buildings, despite our umbrellas because the downpours were so heavy. We were able to call Disney's Dining Service to make reservations at the Raglan Road Restaurant and treat the Prior's to lunch so we could again enjoy some time with them before they needed to leave.

Kevin, Lauren and Hannah by water wheel at the dock at the end of the boat line where we toured a bit before boarding again to head back to Down town Disney to meet up with the Priors

On the boat ride back it began raining again, pouring actually.

With the Prior's at our table at the Raglan Road restaurant

It was really enjoyable being able to visit, and knowing they will be back in July as Glen prepares for a conference he's organizing is something we'll really look forward to, and be able to schedule more time with them on that visit!!

Now that we have our Disney passes again, we'll be making more trips there on our school breaks, and to just enjoy some family time there.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Vehicles Unloaded

First ramp down, as we prepare the truck to move

With just a little help from our friends, as the Beatles song goes, we were able to get the Model A truck and coupe parts unloaded.  With the weight of these vehicles we needed the help to push the truck off the trailer and back it into the garage.

And the larger parts of the coupe were heavy and needed the muscles of the guys who came to help move it out of the back of the rental truck and to the spot it will sit until we can begin the building and restoration process.

Once everything was settled, Kevin swept the rental out and got it ready to return, then was able to relax, put his feet up and enjoy our beautiful sunset.