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I’m hosting Big Boy!


(picture via The Farm Chicks)

I’m excited to share with you all that I’ll be hosting Big Boy in about 20 weeks or so.  Basically, I’ll take him around Maryland (and maybe DC) show him a good time (all legal people, get those minds out of the gutter) and we’ll take lots of pictures, and then I’ll mail him back to WA where they’ll get him ready for his next adventure.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, check out The Farm Chicks blog post and sign up.  Hurry up!  It’s first-come, first-serve basis.

And here’s a bit more information for those curious minds:

We’ll be sending him to any state in the U.S. and any country in the world, if you’d like to host him. He’s already been to Washington (his home) and to California. Where will he go next? It’s up to you!

Here are all the details:

  1. If you would like to host Big Boy, quickly leave a comment here on the blog, telling me which U.S. state or country you live in. Since he will only visit each U.S. state or country in the world once, the first person to comment from each state or country in the world will be the host.
  2. We will email each host to get a mailing address (he will be traveling to each locale in the order the comments are received).
  3. When Big Boy arrives to your home, show him around and take pictures of what he’s seen and done. After a few days with your family, you’ll mail Big Boy back to us, along with the pictures of his journey and I’ll share them here on my blog.
  4. Big Boy’s journeys will continue through the end of April, 2013.

At the end of his journeys, I will let the readers vote on which trip they liked reading about the best and that person will receive a brand new Instax Instant Camera from me! Hooray!

And since I almost never win anything, I’m going all out for the camera – and the adventures. : )

::Happy Living::


Scottish Heather

Ever since I unexpectedly found my name in an edition of Webster’s dictionary as a child, I’ve naturally been taken with any country where the heather plant grows; Scotland, that is.  If you wish to see the hillsides in bloom, it seems August is the best time to go!  I’m also a fan of BBC news, as it seems less partial, while it also allows me to avoid any Lindsay Lohan nonsense; something that’s often difficult here in the States.  Anyhow… the two came together (scottish heather and bbc) while I perused through today during lunch.  I found the first picture below and decided to share, along with a few more of Scotland; BBC slideshow here.  There’s a bit of heather there, and I’m thoroughly impressed at how it can grow in such a rough terrain.

my goodness, the beauty is almost overwhelming!

by Damian Kane

I really do have such a soft spot for harbours.

by Craig Swan

by Bruce Carlyle

Night freckles!  I’m so jealous of this shot!

by Dave Tarvit

My love of plaid makes a little more sense now.  My love of gardening is genetic, but in honor of my name (I’m ridiculous, I know) I included a heather plant.  You might be able to make it out in this photo, or this one from prior posts.

For fun, here’s an article about a Heather and her whiskey.  Watch out you boys, it’s no longer only a man’s drink!

100 years of cherry blossoms

One of my favorite things about having a blog is the research.  While I may ask tons of questions of myself about “why this?” and “why that?” in reality, I may only look up the answers to those questions about 50% of the time.  Here’s a great example, “What is the story behind DC’s cherry blossoms?” – and so, here’s the history.  Did you know this year we celebrate its 100th anniversary?  So cool!  It’s worth clicking the links; quick, interesting reads.

A friend and I managed to make it into DC and hang out for a bit, even with an impending storm.  I’m happy to stay we remained dry and am so glad we took that chance.  (Story and favorite three pics, here.)

I’ve found it’s easier (and takes up less space) to post a large group of pictures as a slideshow, with a small gallery below; I’m enjoying trying out new things on my blog.  In doing so, though, I’m not really able to comment on all the pictures, so I’ll mention some things here.  There are a lot of pictures framing the Washington Monument; I was experimenting.  Also, there’s a cat in a tree that looks a lot like my Oliver; it’s not him.  All of those shots remind me of the Cheshire cat from “Alice and Wonderland” – pretty cool.  Last, there are two pictures of a “flower cross,” something that is very fitting for the upcoming celebration of Easter.



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I love little adventures like this; chancing the rain and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.



Dallas/Fort Worth area pics, part 1

Over the next several days (weeks) I’ll post a series of pics from my recent visit to Texas, and then onto more current things, like my camping trip last weekend. 🙂

Fort Worth skyline.


For the rest of the weekend, thanks to my dyslexia, it became known as the “prakes and larries” district.


grain elevator.

lots and lots of big power lines.

lots and lots of never ending road construction.

lots and lots of water towers.

and, lots and lots of trains!

(between two tracks)

old buildings

local library

with a book drive through.  it does get awfully hot down there.

a lane just for u-turns.  pretty smart idea!

i had forgotten all about sideways lights.  we have them in Mason, too.

clever.  “wreck-a-mended” (i took this one for my step-dad)

krav-maga.  mandi and i were sooo tempted, lol.

front lawn missing a pink flamingo, or two?  you can just throw one in the back of the pick-up while you’re pumping gas.

windy flag.

our famous trip to the “beer barn.” i seriously want to open one soon – fun business idea!

and, our visit w/ Mandi’s sweet niece, Lily.

part 2 coming in a few days.

Funny Ad

who needs sugar w/ their tea?!?  bleach is all the rage.

(circa Aug 2011, Fort Worth, TX area)

Dallas/Fort Worth trip

Visiting Mandi in Fort Worth was a great visit.  It was hot enough to cook an egg on the hood of the car, so we didn’t explore as much as I would have liked, but I did manage to walk around the Fort Worth Stockyards for a couple of hours.  Iced tea never tasted so good.

I took several pictures of humorous oddities and fun venues, so when I get a chance, I’ll post pics here.

Dallas or bust

Guess who gets to take a spontaneous trip to Dallas this weekend to visit a very dear friend? (courtesy of an airline credit expiring on Tuesday.**)

Yep, this girl does! 🙂

It’s been a little while since I’ve flown, and even longer time packing for such a short trip, so I had to have a review of what is and isn’t allowed in a carry-on.  While I appreciate the TSA taking the time to list all weaponry, types of lighter fluid, sports equipment, etc. that are and aren’t allowed, let’s get down to the really important stuff.

What about mascara?

And, while I’m at it, what about crochet needles?

Life or death questions here, people! Pshhh, weaponry…

For those on the edge of their seats waiting for the answers, they are “Yes!” to both.

*insert my happy dance here*

Mascara is considered a liquid/gel, so… as long as it’s not bigger than the allowed 3.4 fluid ounces in such category, and as long as it’s in a quart-size Ziploc bag, ready to be pulled out for inspection, yes, you can bring it in your carry-on.  Along with the rest of your make-up, btw; see link below.

Crochet (and knitting) needles are also allowed.  Possibly not your scissors, though; see link below.

Whether it’s ready or not, Dallas (and Mandi) here I come!

**If you’re flying Southwest, you have exactly a year after date-of-purchase to USE your credit.  Not purchase w/ it, not even start your trip on that day.  It all must be USED by the expiration date, or you simply lose it.

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