Category Archives: The Adventure

Tales from our travels

Isaac Creek Campground – Alabama River Lake

Quick Update –

  • We’ve made it safely to our campground for a little R&R between projects.
  • We’ve never been here before – but so far we’re lovin’ it.
  • We have one teeny tiny bar of phone service/internet (that comes and goes) – so this will be short and sweet.
  • I’ll do my best to keep up with my PAD’s, but this internet (or lack there of) might be slowing me down!
  • Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone!

One last walk about

Today was a lovely, lazy-ish day! Gary worked on getting things tucked away outside while I worked on getting things tucked away inside. Since we don’t leave until Monday morning,  there wasn’t a big rush for all that ‘tucking away.’ So when I realized what a lovely day it was,  I convinced Gary we should take one last walk-about. I remembered that I hadn’t yet taken a walk down to their lake, so it seemed like it was now or never!

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It was so quiet and peaceful –
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and Oh-So-Lovely!
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It was fun to imagine the  waterfront full of kids enjoying the slide and the zipline and who knows what else water fun!
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There were other trails that called for exploration, but we needed to head back to those tucking away chores! (OK, and maybe a Saturday nap!)
Still, it was grand to have that last little walk about in the beautiful Alabama sunshine!

Cement Time

As our project here at Whispering Pines was wrapping up (it officially ended yesterday)  there was still that walk-in cooler which needed to be moved into place, hooked up, and a hole cut into the wall for access from the kitchen.
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But the bad news was that the concrete wasn’t going to arrive until yesterday, so it didn’t look like things were going to work out as hoped. But at least we were around to help with the concrete! Since there was probably going to be some extra concrete after the walk-n base was poured, the guys also prepped a nearby sidewalk that was also in dire need of some patchin’!
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The truck arrived right on time just before noon on Thursday
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and with a little help from Gary holding up the phone wire with a rake (just can’t keep that guy off the ladder!),
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the driver was able to get the truck right where it needed to be!
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Thankfully, even the driver stepped in to help! Tammy (Barry’s wife) and I helped where we could, but I have to admit that “concrete work” is marked pretty low on MY skill sheet!
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I had to leave before it was totally finished (Zoom call with my sisters – priorities, baby. Priorities), but I went back today to see how it all looked!
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Looks great, doesn’t it?
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The sidewalk still has an “I’ve been patched” look, but at least it’s no longer a trip hazard!
The concrete won’t be totally cured for another week, so we’ll miss the Big Move. Sometimes it’s hard to leave knowing the job isn’t quite done, but we’re thankful we were at least able to get it as ready to go as we (Gary!) could!

We’ll be here through the weekend, getting packed up and organized before we head out for a bit of R&R before our next project.  It’s been a sweet three weeks here – so glad we came!

Have a lovely weekend, friends!
Steph

 

Photobook Backlog

One of the things I’ve tried to do each year we’ve been on the road is put together a photobook of memories.
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As you can see from the various sizes of the books, I’ve used a several different companies – Shutterfly, Costco, and Picaboo to name a few – and usually go with the one with the best sale or coupon at the time. Along with the Yearbooks,  I also like to make memory books for other special events – family reunions, special trips and of course, our adventures with our grandkids! This past month I’ve been working hard to catch-up on some bookmaking! Not only did I have our Year 17 Book to do (our ‘year’ runs from August 1 – July 31), I also wanted to document the wonderful Family Reunion at The Cabin we had in July and  I had TWO grandson adventure books to put together! Phew! I started with the easy ones – the ones for the grandboys. Those came together fairly easily, and I’m happy to report that those books are on their way to the appropriate grandson! (And my copy has been added to the library!)
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The other two – The Reunion and Year 17 – are taking a bit more time. So many pictures – so many choices! Putting together a book of memories that took place over a week is so much easier than trying to condense an entire year into a photobook I can actually afford! But I’m plugging away and hope to be done before December at the latest!
Looks like I might need to commandeer some of Gary’s side of our bookshelf pretty soon….
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I wrote a bit about my love of photobooks about ten years ago, so if you’d like some additional details, you can check it out HERE!

What’s your favorite…..

We often get asked some sort of variation of “What’s your favorite…”
…SOWER project
…Place you’ve visited
…National Park
…Area of the country
…you get my drift. Those questions are so very hard to answer because there are just too many favorites to sort through. But one thing I know – the people we’ve met ‘along the way’ are some of the favorite things about this journey we’ve been on. The folks this month are no exception! We just returned home from a lovely dinner with the staff (and now our friends) here at Whispering Pines.
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We so thankful for the people the Lord has connected us with and enriched our lives through knowing them!

PS – Now if you ask about my favorite flavor of ice cream, I have a ready answer for that – Blue Bell Moo-llennium Crunch

Now that’s a favorite I can get behind!