Friday, November 21, 2014

Stops Along the Way...

A quick trip to bring Mom back from a visit at sisters house so we made a couple stops along the way...

First my favorite duck pond-- not much action, saw a couple GB Herons, no Geese, some Coots, Mallards, Pied Billed Grebes...


and these 2 what I think are immature Ring Neck Ducks, 


really enjoyed watching them...



We saw these 9 men running around in tight formation....straight lines, then in a tighter group...no clue what it was about...


Our next stop was  Musgrove Mill Historic Site...its a Revolutionary War Historic site...


There is a nice big back porch at the visitors center with rockers so you can relax and enjoy this expansive back forty of the old Musgrove Mill Property where Patriots whipped up on some Loyalists...in 1780


The Enoree River runs around the property...we drove about a mile down the road since there is no bridge over the river to get to the Horseshoe Falls! Its small but very pretty..

                

There was a paved path so Mom enjoyed the falls from the viewing platform while I went down to get a closer look, tried some long exposures it was a bit bright...for that but I gave it a try..



Normal exposure...



and the Silky, Milky of the Long Exposure...is more dramatic...


Just a small tumble over some rocks but we sure enjoyed it! 

This Robin gave us the stink eye as we hiked back to the van...


And check out this unusual roadside sight!!


LOL...its actually yard art!! Pretty Yacky!  If you notice the tree is also full of bicycles!! 


PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

For the Love of DOGS!

casey's 002casey's 047I did my first sewing project in over a year! Of course not the industrial sewing I did for a living...but a quick project on my new set up--how easy to not have to drag the machine out of the closet drag it to the kitchen, put it on the table set it up etc...and then do the reverse...putting it all away..NO MORE-so happy with my FREE cabinet!
I bought Casey a winter coat it had issues...the belly strap needed a tweak in the way of an elastic extension, but with the extension in use part of the belly strap hung down and looked untidy and got hung up in things outside...so I sewed it down onto that side so now it won't hang loose..

      casey's 003         casey's 001

very simple project....

He had some fun wearing it this morning when he went out for his romp with the girls..

there was a traffic jam at the doggie door..ha!

Annie peeping in, Casey and Flossie waiting to exit

then he had to wait for the gate to be opened they romp in the old horse pasture...the coat may look a little short on his back but Casey is LONG--I couldnt find an X-long in a small.


They regrouped in the back yard after a good half hour of play...


for a drink in my little water garden thats dying back for fall they drink here daily! Before the raccoon got my fish the fish used to circle their tongues..lol Casey didn't need his coat after that warm up.


Yesterday Mom and I drove to the facility where my X is now living and I signed him out and took him on a picnic...it was a bit cool but we bundled up and enjoyed it anyways!! He is doing okay, and I wish I could say he is doing better...but that would not be true. 
Casey came along to offer up some Pet therapy and he was a big hit, he has become a wonderful addition to our family!  He is filling out nicely and looks happy and healthy!


I wouldn't mind getting him certified so all the residents could enjoy petting him..in fact my big girls would be great as Pet Therapists people love them!! 


Hope you got some Dog Love in your life its a VERY SPECIAL THING!


PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

the Fallen...

With all the awesome fall color I saw in NC, VA and TN on my recent trip I almost forgot about the fall happening right here at home!  Course with all the leaves in my yard I should of seen the clues....Yesterday I needed my body of water fix so on the way home from dropping off the recyclables I stopped at our local Goodale State Park where all the Cyprus are flaming rust!! Some needles fell with the recent rain and wind storms we had but enough were on for me to enjoy it... and I'll share it with y'all  


This is the view looking back toward the parks headquarters...I wish I had my own kayak its a great place to put in and have a quiet paddle they do rent kayaks too...western hikers have to be wary of bears, here in SC... 


and I've never photographed one here but they do live here...


The lake is so calm its perfect for a nice float---


The ferns were all in various stages of color change ...


even the rocks seem more colorful right now..


And I found 2 curious critters, this Shield bug with so many strange bits to his exo-skeleton, at least I'm assuming its an exo--all segments, and he has those thorny bits to help snag other bugs and that armor plate on his back he was a very cool critter..


and a cicada...he was sitting on a Cyprus Knee it kinda looks a little raunchy but that's what it is...


and the trees were full of yellow rumps...Audubon's 


These Pitchers look like they're singing all hitting high notes together...
The Autumn Leaves Are Falling..la-te-dah


Now back to work raking up the Fallen...!!



PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

TWO down!

While my sis was here we did some DIY projects! I only have a list a mile long .....Its so great to have a good helper! She is driving back to her home in the Rocky Mountain State as I write.  Today it has been what our weather man is calling RAW and he is right!! Wind, Rain, Cold--and tomorrow we have our first frost freeze for the 2014 Fall season...so no chores or projects are happening today!!

Remember this.. the old sewing table I got  at the recycle dump?

BEFORE SHOTS






It was in pretty rough shape... we stripped the top layer off...and rubbed on some Tung oil..


I need to wax the inside with some Minwax paste to get a good sheen...but other than that Im very pleased with the refinish job we did....then we put my old machine inside, it had been mounted in a portable cabinet but it fit in here pretty good!


Here it is with the machine set up.


I have 2 home machines, this old one is a straight stitch machine...



Its very old I have had it since the late 1960's Im sure its way older than that ---the machine hole is a bit longer than my old machine, I will find a filler or sewing tray to cover that so my scissors and pins wont fall through..

I also have a couple of old zig-zag machines they both have the same problem...each one has 2 plastic cogs in them..and both currently wont sew due to failure of these plastic cogs! Why put plastic in these the rest of the machine is all metal? Maybe that's intended to give the machine a shelf life??  Here is the problem...see the plastic got brittle and began to fall apart.  If I order new parts I may be able to repair both machines...this is the machine I had hoped to put in the cabinet but it's not working for now I have no current sewing projects but I can do any sewing I want to with a straight stitch machine.

zig zag Singer 513 This machine was purchased in the mid 70's
the bad idea Plastic Cogs

I don't know whether to fix this machine or not---I don't know if I have the proper tools I could try...If I ever get a good day with NOTHING to do maybe--

another project we worked on was this---

Garden Benches---we have a matching pair they also are very old--


BEFORE




The wood has rotted! So we replaced the wood and the screws that hold it on...



we reworked both..when the wood seasons a few weeks then i will stain it... the wood I used was wider and thicker so they benches are much sturdier too.

I was happy to get both these projects done! 




PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.