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The Road to Saline Valley ....

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The desert. Part of Death Valley.
Hot. Dry. With no services for 126 miles.
No gas. No water. No food. You bring it in. And take out what you don't use.










Saline Valley.

You drive by the salt flats. And you look up into
the face of beautiful snow capped mountains.


Once off the main road? You drive a long, rocky,
dusty road for about 3 hours. You can see the salt flats at the base of the mountain. That's where you turn left to go to the hot springs. A small oasis with no utilities but, a couple or three out-houses. Nice ones.











The drive into the desert is amazing and beautiful in a barren sort of way.






I've only been once. And I was only there for a few hours. I never even got into a hot "tub" but, mid-day when the temp was high? I did get in the "cool pool" ... right before they drained it to water the little patch of grass.














We were set up to camp overnight. But, a dust storm grew as the sun was setting and the decision to make the three hour trek out of t…

My Sanctuary ...

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My new room. None of the furniture is mine. I wouldn't paint the walls white and I wouldn't have mini-blinds. But. When my 13 boxes of treasures arrived? I made the white room with the miscellaneous furniture mine.


The dresser - long and white - has become my mantle.







The sewing machine cabinet is where I sew, or write and even put my computer there sometimes.
















The desk holds all assorted stuffs ... books to read. Baskets of notions. A coffee cup of utensils - the rest of the set appears to have been left in Hawaii. I read here. I blog here. I pray here.












The bedside table holds reading materials, finished projects to be sold on Etsy and a fav picture of my Grandson Luke.





















I made a side table from a tin my Mama gave me YEARS ago, that holds stationary and a box on top of that, that was given to me this year by mama and was full of my favorite Vanilla bath supplies!
















I love the huge mirror. I do yoga right there. First time I've been able to check my posture while practicing my p…

To Smoke or Not to Smoke ...

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Let me just say this. I KNOW how to quit smoking. I quit smoking in 1991. I put the rest of my box and my lighter in the box on the dresser and walked away.

This was after I got up off my FACE. I had read a scripture in the Psalms. And what I personally 'read' was
"stop buying things that are not bread". And my first thought? No. You're kidding me right? It doesn't really say that does it? Uh. yes. Yes it does. I read it more than once. I can find it for you if you insist. But, regardless of what it says, I HEARD it say. Cigarettes are not food. Bread is life. Cigarettes are not.

However? I'm not hearing that message right now. All I hear is that it's one more thing I have to give up. And dangnabbit. I'm just not ready to put down the nicotine. I DID stop buying tobacco ... smoked my last of it Friday night August  19.

Now. To the idea of an electronic cigarette? It's cool. It's electronic. It comes in the smart little case. It has little …

Friday Five Fotos ....

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The Socks ...

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I had such a plan. I remember thinking I'm gonna knit ME somethin'!!! It's been a long time .... and being that most of my other handknit socks are beginning to wear and even develop a few holes here and there,  I gathered yarn and needles.

I did find a pair the other day without holes. Tube socks. I knit for 6 months on nearly nothing but tube socks for myself. I made them tube versus fitted because I was taking classes at Surry Community College and I had much "downtime" in between testing. But, I didn't want to have to focus on a pattern. So I knit 9inch cuffs and continued just knitting in the round for 9inches and then I decreased for the toe. I had quite a few pair. The pair I found? Has a big hole in the front where my dog Miah ATE the front of my sock!!! It's patched with yarn from an entirely different yarn. My theory? 'If you can't hide it? Illuminate it!" (Pictures coming soon!)

I chose the Cascade Green Wool (100%) worsted. Nice. …

Something I Made ...

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This is Big.
Big was naked.
He needed a bow - atleast.
So from the hand-dyed, 100% Cotton Muslin that I used for Molly's custom Designed Baby Sling? I made him one. Ain't he cute?




















This is the Baby Sling ... Custom designed for my Baby Girl ...  





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And this is the fancy-secure-the-rings-above and beyond all possibility.


Oh. And notice the fabulous - weld free - rings!!!








This was such a fun project. From going out to Jo-Ann's and picking out the fabric with Molly, to the dyeing of it on the kitchen stove, to the sewing it together - it was just a make-me-feel-good project. I hope to make more and sell them on my Etsy Shop. I'm thinking of tie-dyeing in earthy colors and making at least one from some fabulous Hawaiian print fabric I have!

Stay tuned ... I'm working daily and have some things I want to share with you!

It's a Mess. I Mean a REAL bone-eh- fied. Mess.

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I just opened this box. It's the box my Daddy made me. I cherish it ... It's strong. It was built to last. With hands though callused, were gentle. It was designed by daddy.  My sister's each have one, too. Three terribly lucky girls.

I've seen my little sister's box. It's packed with treasures. In tiny little boxes all stacked in that particular way that only a puzzle fits together. Mine?  (You read my title right?) NEED I say more? Um. Yea. I do. 'Cause this is a blog about the mess I have in  my tiny little treasure box.




Look at it. I'm ashamed. But, in my defense? I packed this little box to carry with me to Hawaii. Well. I had it SHIPPED to Hawaii. That was a mess. I tried to clean up. But, just never could wrap my head around it. So I mini-organized it. And then it got trucked all over the Big Island packed in a box and shipped to North Carolina. Why to North Carolina? Good question. Hmmm? I don't know. Because I had every intention of living i…

And in other news ....

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Ok. So the three in back aren't expired peanut butters. The organic (never opened) has a use-by date 2005. However. The other jars ALL contain hydrogenated oils. The Organic? Peanuts and oil. What would YOU keep of the four?
I'm thinking if the organic peanut butter tastes ok? It should be fine. I'm just clearing out the foods that are processed - I've been sick for a month and I need food that I can actually digest! I was trying NOT to throw out good food. There may come a day when 6 year old peanut butter is all we got! *LOL*


Well. I opened the 'good' jar - the "just peanuts and oil" jar - and smelled it. Smelled ok. Stirred it and mixed the oil in real good. Then ... yes, I did ... I took a taste. I'm gonna use it. I just may make some amazing peanut butter fudge!!! Not exactly on the Low Carb diet menu ... but, if I can find it? A recipe for "Peanut Butter made with Stevia" is exactly what this little girl's gonna do. (And yes - I …