Category Archives: The Cabin

A Bit of Saturday Randomness

1. I don’t mind going to the laundromat.
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Unlike many full-time RV’ers (and many part-timers too!), we don’t have a washer or dryer on board. We actually have two spots that were ‘washer ready’, but it was more important to us to make use of the space. (Think fabric stash!) Often, our SOWER projects have laundry facilities available to us. This project does too. But when the pile gets big, and there’s a nice laundromat nearby, it just makes sense for us to go and get it all done at once. I love that in just over an hour I (we, actually – Gary comes too!) can come home with all our clothes, sheets and towels clean and folded.

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Bullet Points

Hello October!!!! We’re in a new month and at a new location, so it seems like a good idea to get this little corner of the internet caught up and back on track! Perhaps the most efficient way to accomplish that is do do it in ‘bullet points’, so here goes:

      • Too much time has passed to really go in depth about our time at our Vermont Cabin, but let me tell you once again, how critical those three weeks are to our mental health.
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        If you’d like to see more photos from our Vermont vacation, you can check them out HERE.
      • Spending the day in Waco with our son and family (especially little Anderson who we hadn’t seen since he was 10 weeks old) did our hearts good!
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      • Getting together with fellow SOWERS at the “Western Wound-up” (i.e. SOWER Rally in Oregon) was SO. MUCH.FUN.  It was lovely to not be in charge of anything, and just enjoy all of the fellowship and fun.  We don’t often get to work on the West Coast, so this was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and connect with others that we did know!  From Silly
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        to Serious
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        it was a wonderful time!  More pictures of the sweet craziness HERE!
      • We meet this super talented double neck guitar player, Mark Kroos, and his sweet wife at the Rally, where he wowed us with his guitar playing.
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        We were so impressed with Mark’s incredible talent, that we wanted to spread the word about him!

        Check him out!
      • After the Rally we were back in Lindale, TX getting ready for the Trustee Meeting. I even got the dashboard sorta-kinda decorated for fall! Sometimes it’s the little things…..
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      • So the Board meeting.
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        All went very well, and when all was said and done, this happened –
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        Should be an interesting (and hopefully productive) year!
      • With the Trustee meeting in our taillights, we were headed to our October/November SOWER project at Oakridge Ministries In Anadarko, OK. (See the “Where are we now” for more details!) We made it a two day trip so we could connect with some SOWER buddies that we don’t get to see often enough!
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        Such a wonderful perk of our life on the road is making these (somewhat) random connections!
      • And that brings us up to date! We arrived here at Oakridge on Friday, and started work today!
      • Oh, before I forget – Happy 5th Birthday to this little cutie!Reis
        These kids need to slow down in the growing up department!

      Thanks for hanging out with me as I’ve brought you up to date. Maybe, just maybe, it won’t be so quiet over here in this new month! I wonder what exactly “Back on Track” will look like?

‘Shrooms and other Forest Treasures

One of the things I’ve been trying to do every day is take a nice long walk. (After all, the call of the ice cream stand in town is LOUD).
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As I’ve been taking these walks I’ve been delighted to find, if I take my time and look closely, a lovey variety of mushrooms and other forest treasures.
This one looked like it could be used as the swimming pool for some teeny-tiny fairies.
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This little community seemed to doing a little urban sprawl.
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I’m pretty sure the one in the foreground will eventually look like the one in the rear, but don’t hold me to it! It’s a great color, though, isn’t it?
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This pure white one was all by its lonesome. Well, as far as I could tell, at least!
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At first I thought this was a slice of wood,Mushrooms-09
but sure enough, there was the stem!
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I’m not sure if this would be considered a mushroom or a fungi. Or something else entirely!
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This little family was no bigger than my index finger. So tiny!
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Here’s another colorful community –
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And then there was the mother of all mushroom logs –
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which even came with its own tiny fauna.
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I’m sure I’ll find other forest treasures as I explore in the days to come.  And I’ll do my best to keep you in the loop!

P.S. Any idea what those things are on the tree on the left?
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Signing In

It’s been a tradition here at the cabin to sign your name on the bunk you slept in.  When we were kids we signed with crayons.

We even made sure our friends signed when they joined us on vacation.

(I wonder whatever happened to Donna Baker?)
When the bunk beds were redesigned into a double bed and a single bed, we made sure to keep all of those memory boards and incorporated them either into the new beds or as part of the shelving.

Over the years, with the advent of the Sharpie pen, the ‘signings’ have become a bit bolder, but still mostly contained in the sleeping area or up in the loft.

A sharp eye can even spot some original artwork.

Because this is a family cabin and we share it with our entire family and their friends, we don’t always know the folks who have left their John Hancock behind. But it’s still fun to see what clever and creative ‘signings’ folks leave behind. Since our son and family (5 of our 10 granchildren) were up here just before us, we were clued in that our oldest granddaughter (Ellie, age 15) had left a special signing this year. It took us a couple of minutes to find it, but when we did, we were delighted! There, tucked on the side of the ladder to the loft was an Ellie Original.

We have an official Cabin “Sign-in Book”, but for the under 20 gang, signing the cabin itself still seems to have the most appeal.

And I’m kinda glad about that!

Made it!

We woke up to rain, packed the truck in the rain and drove the entire trip in the rain. But we made it to the cabin, and while I can’t say the sun broke through the clouds to welcome us here, it did stop raining so we could get the truck unpacked without getting drenched.

The food’s been put away and I’m getting ready to take a nap. And Gary is putting in a new outlet.

Yes, the Cabin vacation has officially begun!