Thursday, September 22, 2016

This is How We Kill Flies

Autumn is here and so are the flies.  My goodness.  It seems we can't open the door without one buzzing in.  I've heard you can fill a clear plastic bag with pennies and water and hang that outside the door to detract them.  There is also the fly paper option, which is a great option, if you can remember to purchase fly paper.  For me, that is an ongoing challenge.  {sigh}

In the meantime, this is how we kill flies in this house.
Ethan shot this from the bow.

See it?!  :O

Thursday, August 11, 2016

simple woman's daybook

For Today August 11, 2016

Looking out my window... beautiful refreshing rain is falling on the parched ground!

I am thinking... if you wait until you think you are ready to do something challenging, you'll never do it.

I am thankful... for my thoughtful husband who ordered a birthday cake for me to be frosted in my favorite color, turquoise.

One of my favorite things... the end of a workout!

I am wearing... tank top, shorts and bare feet.  It's h.o.t and humid.

I am creating... a shopping list.

I read...  Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst for a summer study I do with a few friends.  It was fabulous!  I highly recommend it.

I am hoping... to clean the wood floors on my hands and knees today.  Ugh, it's one of my least favorite chores but so worth it when I'm finished.

I am learning... that a minority of jelly belly candy in a Bean Boozled box are actually tasty.  The others have flavors such as Stinky Socks, Rotten Egg, Moldy Cheese and Canned Dog Food.  :0

In my kitchen... Carnitas in the crock pot and a giant cucumber we found hiding in the garden.

It's huge, right?!

In the school room... planning has begun.  Went to the co-op planning meeting earlier in the week and the boys have already been reading some books for the new school year.  Shhh, they don't know they're for school.  I like to be sneaky that way.  Just leave one or two lying around to peek their interest.  I love it when a plan comes together.

In my garden... cucumbers and tomatoes.  The zucchini are not doing well.  I planted them in a new spot this year and they don't seem happy. 

Shared Quote...

A moment from my day...
Megan's portrait of Patrick.  :)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Nailed It!

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and saw this post about homemade sidewalk chalk paint.  When I craft or put my mind to a fun unexpected project for the kids, I like it to be easy and fairly mess free.  That mindset severely limits the available projects.  So, when I saw that there were only three ingredients for sidewalk chalk paint, I had to try it.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Day Six Drive and Day Seven

Day six we awoke to hear the Colorado river outside our cabin.  We hiked to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park and then we headed out for the last leg of the trip, destination

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Day Six

Hiking to Delicate Arch.

Stopping to breathe while hiking to Delicate Arch.

Trail markers.

Is this it?

Friday, August 5, 2016

Day Five

Good morning from Red Cliffs Lodge.

Just love the clouds.

Our cabin from the river.

We enjoyed a leisurely morning sipping coffee and listening to the rushing waters of the Colorado river on our deck.  We then decided to eat lunch at Milt's Stop N' Eat in Moab before tackling Arches National Park.  The website history isn't updated so I took a photo of the updated version at the shop.  I very much enjoy knowing the history of an establishment.

Milt's used to be on Main street, but Main street moved.

Brief history of Milt's.

We have arrived at.....

Yes, you've seen this outfit before,

but have you seen it framed by this tree?

Our first arch we walked/hiked to, Pine Tree Arch

Oh look, another arch.

It was hot!  Temps in the 90's and not much cloud cover.

Tunnel Arch

Thank you for sharing your home with us little one.

Balanced Rock.

Can't get enough of the wide open spaces.

One of my favorites.... The Three Gossips.  They seemed more like wise men (women) to me. 

A handsome man in Arches National Park.

A handsome man hiding at Arches National Park.

A view of Delicate Arch.

By the time we came to the Delicate Arch lookout, the temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit.  We opted to hike to Delicate Arch the next morning before heading out to Colorado.  We headed back to the lodge to relax, shower and change for dinner and saw a bridge that beckoned us to cross it.

A bridge.

Sturdy bolts holding the bridge together.

Art on the bridge.

My little shadow on the Colorado river.

A selfie on the bridge.


Thankful for others creativity.

Wait just one second.  I believe there is a mouse in our house.  He or she jumped in Patrick's backpack and helped itself to Patrick's cookie and toilet paper.

Enjoying our anniversary dinner on the deck....

with this view.....

as the sun sets.

My handsome man enjoying a quiet evening with me.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Day Four: The Hike and Drive to Moab

Hiking down into the Grand Canyon.

A few donkeys went before us and left a few surprises not pictured.

Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon.

A handsome man on the trail.

A VERY handsome man didn't know I was taking his picture.

Hello Grand Canyon.

The trail had switchback after switchback.  See the people way out there on the left?


Of course I had to keep the rock from falling on anyone.

Still uphill.

Our one minor regret of the trip is that we did not stay more than one night in or near the Grand Canyon.  Next time we will stay for a longer duration.  We hiked into the canyon that morning and then hit the road for Moab, Utah; the next scheduled stop on our second anniversary road trip.

Note to self: whenever there is a posted scenic overlook, there might be a great view and a restroom!

ATV crossing
Elk crossing.

On the road again.....

So many different views on this trip.

Cows crossing.



Some red rocks just before we were pulled over for speeding in Utah. :0

Looking at some red rocks in Moab, Utah.  On the way to our stop.

Hello Red Cliffs Lodge!  We are excited to be here.

Our little white Ford Fusion and our little cabin on the Colorado river.

The view!