Spectacular, Inspirational Autumn

A few photos from my walk today near South Salem High School.

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Candy for artists!  Need I say more?

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Our diet helper: “MyNetDiary” app

Here’s a screenshot of the app Melanie and I have been using on our diet. It’s called MyNetDiary. This app makes it very easy to record the food and calories we are consuming. It also measures nutrients as well.

I love seeing the results when I stay within the calorie goals that my net diary helped me set up. I put in information about my age, height, weight, and activity level, and my net diary determined how many calories per day I should be consuming in order to lose the amount of weight I want to lose each week.

The app is free. If you’re interested in losing weight and counting calories with a very easy app, you might want to check out MyNetDiary.

Baby Goat Challenge!

We have three baby goats and they love to climb on things.  I created a mound of dirt in the back of our yard, but they prefer the seat of the riding lawn mower, our laps, and this roller wheel.  I think they love the challenge of balancing on the roller because it is smooth and slippery to their little hooves.

This first goat is a little billy named Draco something, from a movie about kings and thrones.  I can never remember his name . . . my sister named him, I don’t watch it.  The little girl who comes up later is black and brown and called “Mary Poppins” because she is practically perfect in every way!  Sister named her too, but I remember because I did watch that, many times!  The third little goat, brown and white, is Draco’s big brother.  Can’t remember his name 😦

Any way, so cute watching these little goats play!!  What a joy in our lives!  Almost as fun as watching kittens, lol!

Pine Barrens “Sandy Trail” Inspired scarf

Coyote Tracks or Children of the Earth Foundation is having an auction to help support the scholarship program they offer some children. I decided to offer a scarf that is inspired by the sandy paths we walk through the pine and oak trees there. There’s always debris along the edges which is usually great for making tinder bundles, when the leafy debris is dry.  Whatever you do, don’t sit in the sand, unless you want chiggers!  I always end up with plenty of chigger bites by the end of my stay there.  I can’t resist sitting in the sand.

This scarf is reversible with one side featuring more gold and yellow silk details and the other side featuring more dark browns along the edges.  There are no chiggers in this scarf.  This scarf has not actually been to the pine barrens (yet) but I think it might make a good camouflage scarf for the sandy trails there!

The scarf is made of fine merino wool (next to the skin soft) and silk fiber.

The auction is being held online through the Children of the Earth Foundation (COTEF) from November 18 through December 3.

Click HERE to see the Children of the Earth Foundation website.

My brand spanking new yellow scaffold!

A girl and her tools! Ha ha.

The scaffold is helping me feel much safer as I work up on the roof. I can stand slightly above my work and it’s easier on my arms, wrists, hands, and shoulders.

And it’s yellow!

This scaffold cost $199 at Lowe’s home improvement center. The same amount I would have paid to rent the same scaffold from Home Depot for one week.

Patterns in nature

The fill sand we got for using on the base of the horse corral along with the gravel, was dumped in a pile in our backyard. Something caused it to slump in this interesting upside down “V” pattern. I couldn’t have created this as well if I had tried.

I had to get a photo.

Reminds me of when we were traveling through Utah, in the hills, and we passed by what once was a molten rock flow. The rock had become solid in what looked like a pouring cake batter pattern of folds and wrinkles. It was amazing to see rock looking like that. If I ever find the photos of that rock formation I will post them.