Oh, I had the BEST time!!!!
So, I'm back from vacation, just today, trying to wind down from 8 hours of driving and 450 miles, all by my lonesome. There was an accident at the base of the Cajon pass, and had traffic backed up for HOURS, took me over 1 1/2 to make 15 miles.... sigh. So, I am looking for ways to wind down!
I got to MEET Larry & Jenlynn (not at all sure of her spelling, forgive me, Jenlynn, if I got it kerwhangled!) What gracious hosts, and such a beautiful home! I did not get to stay long, but I very much enjoyed my visit, thank you so much for having me!
For some crazy reason, I did not take many pictures. Sure wish I would quit doing this. The morning I left the clouds were low, and around the mountain tops, but the sun was shining and decorating the world... I suspected I had packed my camera someplace stupid, instead of the totally intelligent place I really packed it. I could have taken so many really lovely pictures. Sigh. Flight of the Cena Gooney Bird, once again. I did take nice pictures of Green Iguanas, and chickens... So, in a day or two.
Neat new things I did/bought/brought home.
I ground 24 cups of ingredients (that is a LOT for those of you who don't can) and made 15 pints of Sweet Pepper Relish, got to bring home 11, and one pint of Asian Apple Pear Butter made with Splenda by my sweet mommy (who also helped me can my relish).
I am now the proud owner of four banty hens, also provided by my mommy. They traveled very well, surprisingly, over 900 miles, in a guinea pig pen, which will be their home for a few days. The bird hunter cat is not sure what they are, Scary or Food! The biggest reason I wanted hens, is because I have SOOOOOO many insects in my yard, mainly slugs, pincher bugs, and 'C' grubs. And my compost heap should so benefit from these new additions. Not to mention, they are adult hens, who do lay eggs, even without a rooster. Since I live within city limits, I may get complaints just from the hens, but certainly could NOT have a rooster also. They should be quiet, well mannered girls, but, I have a few prize neighbors. Can't be ANY noisier than my neighbors new, several pairs of love birds.
I also brought home two 18 packs of farm eggs, new garden tools in a handy carrier which includes a small saw, and a luscious purple pair of Ariat 'Fatbaby' boots. I had seen these advertised this year, had no intention of getting any, then tried them on... THEY WERE SO COMFORTABLE!!!! And much better looking than the turquoise green pair. I didn't like the rhinestone boots, so purple it was!
I got to raid: my grandmothers gymnocalycium cactus for pups, spread the wealth. my mothers glass collection for antiques that I have been coveting for years. my dad's professional steel from his chef days which is over 40 years old. and a lovely antique store which had some nice Anchor Hocking Forrest Green glass, my collector color.
So, I made new friends, met some 'friends' I'd had for a while, spent time with my family, ate well, rested, gossiped for hours, attended a new, wonderful church, visited both my grams, and had a most successful and nice trip.
I think I also broke my nose. How do you know if its broke??? Besides that AWEFUL crunch sound? It swelled a bit, it hurts to the touch, but did not turn colors or bleed. It did help to keep me awake on the way home. Nodding a bit? just touch that nose!