Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall with the Grandparents

We went to see my parents for Sunday night dinner. When we arrived they were taking leaves, well my dad was. My mom was fully buried beneath a leaf pile. My parents! 

 The girls dove right in.


Later when we were leaving we discovered that my father had covered the car in leaves.

He even put leaves on ththe seat. Thanks dad.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Project: Lamp Rescue

Eric found a broken chalkware lamp at Goodwill yesterday. The cord had been clipped at both ends, the paint was damaged, it was in rough shape. Eric talked them down on price to $3.50, thinking that maybe we could revive it.
So you can see that it is in rough shape, but full of funky mid-century potential.

The only damage that was  beyond our repair was a broken nose tip, but we figured a paint match would make it presentable.

 The red paint had flaked off over much of the lamp.

And we are not really sure why someone snipped the cord off. 

We think that perhaps, once the lamp broke, they used it as a statue.

Anyway, it was a mess.

Eric grabbed an $8 lamp kit and set to work.

He managed to remove the old wiring.

Then he fed through the new wiring.

Next it was my turn.  I matched the paint color and set to work touching up the red and dark green.

I discovered that the original paint was pretty sloppy, but I did my best. 

The chipped nose looks so much better. Honestly, from a distance it is not noticeable.

 We slapped on a rogue lampshade we already had and presto, the rescue was complete.

Voila, perfectly at home in our living room.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Quote: Finding Yourself

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
~George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Phone Photo Friday: Saturday Edition

The second part of our NM odyssey begins....now!

Watching the moon rise at White Sands where they stayed open after sunset for a full moon! 

Our beloved Copelands invited us over for dinner and conversation. Talking with the Copelands is good for our hearts.

Sisters taking a break from gathering "real dinosaur bones," as the adults talked.

Victoria prepared us a delicious vegan meal of potato tacos, quinoa salad, chips and green chili salsa. It was soooo good!

We were late at the Copeland's and Elise passed out on the way back to our hotel.

We headed to Santa Fe the next morning and made a quick stop at the Valley of Fire where the girls were delighted by the ancient lava flow.

In Santa Fe we met up with Andy and Anne (if  you have been reading my blog for long you know Andy and Anne) and their two children.

It was a short and sweet visit, but we were thankful for any time together.

Cordelia and Juniper. Two lowly ladies!

Elise drawing in the sun.

The next morning we hit the road and cruised up to Denver. When we arrived we let the girls play, checked out the town and just chillaxed a bit.

We then grabbed dinner at Watercourse!

We were pretty road weary at that point, but soooo hungry for vegan feast.

My dinner! So goood after a week of road food.

We drove to Ft. Collins that night. We watched the debates as the girls fell asleep. The next morning we packed up and left for home. We made a quick stop at the State Museum to see a solo show of Eric's work (photos of that later). Then we went home! 

Now we are home again!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Phone Photo Friday: 10.21.16

Well you are going to get a double dose as I break up our NM trip into two mind-bending photo dumpzzzz. 

We left Wyoming on Friday morning and headed south. We drove and drove and then drove some more. 

 We stopped in Colorado Springs to check out the arts center. The museum was pretty great! 

We then drove some more. The girls were so well behaved! Seriously, angel babies for sure. No fighting or arguing or whining. It was so pleasant.

We rolled through Raton Pass in time for a gorgeous sunset! Settled for the night in Raton.

We ate in our hotel as we vegans know you gotta bring a cooler of food and supplies for cooking. I used the mini fridge and microwave to prep dinner.

This is how Elise ate breakfast at the continental meal. 

Cordelia wore this somewhere along the road. 

We made it to Eric's childhood hometown, Alamogordo, NM. The girls immediately searched for lizards. Oh and it was super hot! Still in the high 80s and low 90s.

That night I had papers to grade, but opted to swim and spend time with the family.

I made the right choice and we had a great time! 

Though the next day I had to grade for ages! While I worked in the hotel Eric and the fam hung out. We later hit up a pistachio farm. These are pistachio trees, FYI.

Here is the world's largest pistachio statue...probably the only pistachio statue. Pistatue?

 We concluded the day watching the sunset and a full moon rise at White Sands!

To Be continued....

Thursday, October 20, 2016

On the Road

So over the past week we have traveled a great deal, visiting family and friends. My blogger app pooped out on me and made it difficult to post anything. 

Anyway...that is all over and we are headed back home after a very full and exhausting week! I will share it all tomorrow in phone photo Friday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Sooo I have been dealing with Blogger App troubles, apparently it is a thing. Anyway, I have a new app. I am testing it out now....
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