Wow, it's been too long since we've posted! We are all going in different directions, but we (Tom, Colin, Chuck and I) were able to take a family trip last May. I can't believe it's been almost a year, sadly.
Last May the four of us took 3 weeks off our busy jobs to do some back-country touring down south, on a route called the KAT - Kentucky Adventure Tour. We had a blast! We took 3 vehicles, because one of the cars was just a little iffy to take 'mudding' and we didn't want to ruin it. That left us 2 Jeeps and a Toyota 4Runner.
We all met at the PA house in Jim Thorpe, spent a night cooking, packing and telling stories - and excited about making new ones! We left early on a Sunday morning and drove to a town called Carlisle, PA. On our trip we visited MD, VA, WV, TN and KY! I would say about half of the southern trip was off-road and we returned with many 'forever' memories. The trip itself was exciting and spending so much time together as a family was so wonderful - words cannot describe it.
Anyway, this year I'm hoping we're going to share a cabin in the KY wilderness for a few days. Tom and Chuck are planning a mid-west motorcycle tour in September. I'm excited about the photos they will bring back!
Because we do not have a store-front gallery right now, I'm posting just a little sample of our KAT adventure so you can peruse them. Some day (I hope soon) these will be available for purchase or if you see something you really want, drop us a note on the 'Contact Form' and we will print it for you (prints only, ask for pricing)!
God bless you and keep you. We wish you all, good & beautiful things~
You know, I've always tried to be a friend to the environment. I love the earth that God made and the creatures in it - well, except for mosquitoes. I've tried and tried, but I cannot find any value at all in THIS creature. Disease-bearing, itch-manifesting, blood-sucking... THINGS.
Anyway, lately I think a lot about what I put ON my body as well as IN my body. I try to eat healthy: few processed foods, no 'fake' supplements. Let me ask you a question: Do you have trouble finding helpful deodorants?? I always have. I don't like putting chemicals under my arm-pits when 'who-knows-what' is going into my body system. I avoid the aluminum-containing types. I'm leery of the ones that claim to STOP perspiration from happening at all. How does that work? It can’t be healthy or natural.
I have been reading about making my own soaps – with natural ingredients and oils. I just love nice smells! I began studying this more and more. I found interesting recipes for creams and soaps of all sorts. Then I found an article about using ‘natural’ materials to make my own deodorant.
Believe me, I was skeptical. I wondered what that would feel like under my arms. And would it stain my clothes? Or break me out? I hate that. As a full-time hospital nurse (and artist), I wear white tees under my clothing nearly every day. I like the feel of natural cotton and I appreciate that they make an outfit sparkle (important in healthcare). I buy a dozen at a time and purge a few times a year. I wear long sleeves and short sleeves, Vee neck and round neck – sometimes a boat neck. I digress…
I tried mixing a blend to wear at home – just to try it out. Again, I purchased my usual baker’s dozen of whites. Oh, my word! I am shocked at how well my ‘home-made’ deodorant works. Although there are many variations to try I used cocoa butter, lavender essential oil and baking soda. I will experiment with other ingredients in the future. I see NO outlines in my clothing, no stickiness, very little scent (I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t overcome anyone else or me). When I shower now, the soap lathers the same way under my arms as it does on any other body part. (I used to notice that I had to wash several times to make sure the old wax-like deodorant was off – am I crazy?). Now, it’s simple.
So, I’m not sure you feel about it, but I put my under-arm cream on the same as I would on any other part of my body: put it on my hands, rub into the skin under my arms. I use the deodorant first, then my face and body cream. There is nothing in it that will harm my skin or break me out. No itching. No more discolored pit marks on my clothes – those ugly yellow ones. No more ‘odor-absorbing’ smell in the cotton clothing. I do not sweat any more than usual. I may even sweat less, but I’m not sure why. I changed shifts at the hospital to a busy day shift with a lot more pressure. You’d think I’d be a sweaty ball of mess, but I’m not. Just cool, comfy, cozy and cottony. J And did I say, I smell good??
Hello there! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and God bless those who had to work to take care of us...
Do you ever wonder about the best way to hang pictures? In my humble opinion, the best way is the way you like, whatever fits your style and your gallery. A gallery is not necessarily a formal conglomeration of art work. A gallery can be two or three pieces placed together - on a wall or a table or even on the floor. Maybe you like to add some spice to a corner or a empty space in your room by placing an easel with a print on it instead of hanging it.
Consider the weight and size of the pieces you're using. Smaller pictures with lightweight frames, say less than 12x18" could hang with a simple center-mounted sawtooth hook on a nail/brad. Heavier pieces might be better served with loop hooks on each side gathered with a heavy duty wire. This could also hang on one nail, but is probably less apt to twist and stray from doors slamming if you hang it with two nails or brads.
Sometimes I've seen a loop hook on each side of the picture with a ribbon that hangs from a hook. Very cute for smaller pieces. If you have larger, heavier pictures consider hanging them from chains, wire and rods placed near ceiling height. Chains are very pretty and really dress up the art work - makes quite a statement on the entire wall.
Tools include: a level, drill, screwdrivers, step stool or ladder, measuring tape. If you are hanging more than three pieces, place your intended layout on the floor before you start making holes in the wall. That way you can play around with it to see exactly how it looks best.
Do you have some tips for us on how you place your art? Write in and share please.
Have an artful day!