September 23, 2014

Natural Falls State Park

The weather here has been getting closer to fall weather and we aren't able to swim anymore so we took a trip to Natural Falls State Park.  The weather was perfect!  I am really looking forward to more camping in the cool weather and campfires.  
 




 
 
 

 
 





 


 



 
 

 

 

 
 

September 22, 2014

Macrame plant holder





Quite a while back I came across this tutorial on how to make a simple macramé plant hanger so I decided to take a stab at it. I found some rope at Hobby Lobby in their fabric clearance bin and also found the little pot on clearance there.  You know who else has an awesome clearance section?  Lowe's plant section.  The little plant I got was $1.00!!!  It was droopy when I brought it home and perked right up after I watered it.  But the plant hanger was super easy to make  and I can see why people have little colonies of macramé plant hangers in their house. And excuse the horrible phone pics.  I was not going to bring my big camera into work... 
 
 
I hadn't measured the pot my plant came in before and of course it didn't fit into the blue pot so I had to transplant it into the green one that I got for $1.50 at Wal-Mart. I picked green since it kind of blends in with the plant.  It's a self watering pot so it can just pull it up to add water to the bottom of the tray.   

I used some scrap fabric to bind the top near the hanging ring and around the bottom to support the pot. 

 
 
My little plant is doing great there by the window.  I did the painting in the center and the one to the right.  I really don't like the one on the right and I am trying to think of something different to paint. 

September 17, 2014

Labor Day
















Labor Day weekend we were once again out at the river.  I mean it's free camping since we are property owners at the river ranch.  All it costs us is a tank of gas and we just raid our kitchen for food to bring.  Anywho, Jimmy's mom camped with us a couple nights and on Saturday we went into Tahlequah to take part in the Cherokee national holiday. Ya know since the 3 of them are Cherokees.   There were stick ball games, horseshoes, craft fair, a pow wow, and all sorts of other things going on.  We only went to the craft fair.  Everything was so spread out over town, it didn't seem very well organized to me
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Saturday we spent all day down on the river swimming and playing.  We met some people that were on a float trip who stopped nearby and chatted with them.   Some other people next to us had turned their raft upside down and used the bottom as a slip-n-slide into the water.  So we all did that too and it was pretty darn fun. 
 





Monday when we were on our way home we were traveling around 70mph on the highway right outside of Tulsa when there was a sudden weird vibration going on in the truck.  Jimmy looked in his side view mirror and said "He just hit me!  That guy just ran into our trailer!"  Yep.  We have only had our camper for a little over two months and that happened.  Just our luck.  A 22 year old kid fell asleep at the wheel and ran into our camper.  He was driving his parents Chrysler 300 because he wrecked his a couple weeks before.  His parents car was torn up.  The whole right quarter panel was peeled back and our stabilizing jack under the camper shredded his tire.  Luckily he ran into us instead of oncoming traffic.  Everyone was ok, but he was pretty shaken up.  In the meantime before we can get it in to have it repaired I have done a lovely patch job with a trash bag and Gorialla tape.  It still camps just fine!
 




September 4, 2014

Alzheimer's Walk and Big Splash







 
Kiera and I recently participated in the Walk to End Alzheimers in Tulsa at the ORU campus along with a number of my coworkers.  The walk was only 1.5 miles but I think it was further than that.  I am sure it felt longer because it was already 90 degrees at 10am, there was hardly any shade on the walk and my shoe was rubbing a blister on my heel from the start line.  But whatever, I sucked it up and completed the walk for a good cause.
 
I have no idea whose dog this is.  He wasn't with our group but still it was a sweet little thing.
 
 
Kiera ditched me for my co-worker/friend.  They held hands pretty much the entire time and danced anytime there was music.  It was fun to watch them together.          
 
We are almost to the finish line and I cannot wait to get into my car with air conditioning.  I don't do any kind of exercise in shorts either because having them ride up into your crotch while walking or running is just annoying.  Plus there is chafing.  I have never experienced the "thigh gap" in my existence because I am just not built that way.  Though I actually did buy two pair of shorter shorts (mid thigh) to wear this summer that sometimes cooperate and sometimes don't.  That was way off subject but I am sure if I had on shorts I wouldn't have been so dang hot.

After the walk we made our way to Big Splash for the last time this year.  I did not hesitate one minute getting in that water. 
 
That is Kiera swimming with her face down in the water.  She is doing great swimming on her own.  We went down slides and jumped off a platform in to deep water, all without her life jacket.  She just popped right up and swam her self to the side.  We had tons of fun in the wave pool and she thoroughly enjoyed riding on my back in the water and dunking me. 
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