The Way Back Home

It occurred to me, while making a pile of waffles large enough to feed a football team, that I had not posted the pictures from our drive back home this summer! We did indeed make the long drive back from New Mexico to Maryland as our summer vacation came to an end…. This time, we drove through The Lone Star State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, and of course, Maryland. This is such a lovely drive. Every time we drive cross country, I am always amazed at how different, yet beautiful, this country is.

I love the vivid colors of New Mexico dotting the brown desert, the wide open spaces, the storm clouds rolling in, and being able to see the sky kiss the ground…







I love the farmland and rolling hills of Texas, and that big ‘ol sky that leads into Arkansas…man that sky…






I love the flowing water of the grand Mississippi, and the muddy waterways meandering the countryside…




I’m enamored with The Great Smokey Mountains, and the cities that lie within…

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Virginia is a treasure box of beauty…you can do nothing more than sit and drink up your surroundings…







And then there’s Maryland…and she is not about to be outdone…

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Although the scenery is magnificent along the way, driving up to your very own home…Home Sweet Home…and finding a small Welcoming, is one of the best things of the long, wonderful trip!




We’re Home…And wherever Home is at the moment, Home is the best place to be!

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There comes a time when you’ve given all you can give.

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You’ve worked with what you’ve been given.

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You’ve waited for what is needed.

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And just when hope is drying up and on the verge of being gone forever..there it is.

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Though it be what you’ve been looking for, searching for, longing for…it may still require a helping hand and a watchful eye.

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It brings renewed strength, vibrant life, and above all else…HOPE.

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My dreams, my words, my soul….I’m ready for a FLOOD!

These pictures were taken in Carlsbad New Mexico near the Pecos River. It is custom there to have properties flooded (irrigated) every few months. The waterways are opened and river water flows down the canals to be released to property owners through individual gates that must be opened in the canal. Ever heard of Pat Garrett…infamous for ending the life of Billy the Kid? He was actually a part of the Pecos River Reclamation Project that ultimately led to this canal network! Just goes to show….Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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Picture of the Day- July 17, 2014

Spark of Imagination!


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Ha! Ha! Ha!

Road Trips are surprising, funny and….Oh No You Didn’t!

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Picture of the Day – July 15, 2014

Sometimes you just don’t need to say anything…..

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DIY Fire Pit

If you ever find yourself swimming in water in your laundry room due to a broken washing machine, turn off the power, suck out the water, buy a new washing machine and smile….because now you can make yourself your very own fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows using the washer bin from that danged ‘ol broken machine!


So you want to know how to make one of these right?

Well first you start by prying off the top and front of that old washer and unscrew anything holding the washer bin in. Keep the front panel of the washer to use underneath your fire pit to prevent any embers from reaching the ground! Once you manage to get the bin out, add some bolts to the bottom of the washer which will act as the feet or stand for your new fire pit. Don’t worry about drilling any new holes, just use the holes that are already in the bin..after all, we are trying to make this easy!

What's left of the old washing machine!

What’s left of the old washing machine!


Now that you have something for your pit to stand on, you’ll need to unscrew and remove the (sorry for the lack of proper technical terms) thingie that sits in the middle of the bin…this is what turned and agitated the clothes. Now that this is removed all you need to do is cut a piece of scrap metal to fit the hole the thingie left behind and attach with more bolts. You will need to drill holes in the piece of scrap metal here..just line them up with the screw holes that held the thingie in place.


Now you’re ready to get cookin…or heatin..or warmin..or whatever floats your boat! How about lighting this thing up and just sitting under the stars!



Of course we couldn’t resist the marshmallows!




Why are toasted marshmallows so stinkin good?



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Miles & Miles….and WIND!

So we took a roadtrip. A 2,040 mile roadtrip to be exact!

Maryland to Virginia.
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Virginia to North Carolina.
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North Carolina to South Carolina.
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South Carolina to Georgia.
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Georgia to Alabama.
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Alabama to Mississippi.
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Mississippi to Louisiana.
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Louisiana to Texas.
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Texas to New Mexico!


UGH!!!! How many days does that take? It takes 3! 3 VERY long, hard, driving days! I suppose you could drive it much faster if you didn’t hear the infamous “I gotta go” from the back of the van every 100 miles from one of your four kids! But who the heck travels without four kids?

Would you like to hear a funny “I gotta go” story?

I figured you did! It goes like this…….

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About 3/4 of the way through our 3 day trip my three year old decided she HAD to GO, and she HAD to GO NOW!!! Chicken gave in despite only being an hour down the road from the last pit stop and pulled over at a much unexpected rest area bathroom….in Texas. Ya’ll ever been to Texas? Ya’ll know how the wind blows out in Texas? Alright, so I get Nora into the bathroom and pull an elasta girl move to squeeze myself into the tiny cubicle without pushing my daughter into the water of doom….*If anyone reading this is a roadside bathroom specialist, could you please tell me why they build those dang stalls so small, and for the love of Pete, why do the doors open INTO the stall instead of to the outside? WHY??? Anyhow, Once inside the stall I began the paper laying on the toilet seat (germaphobe) and….Remember that good ‘ol Texas wind? Well, it was at this point in our little excursion that I noticed this bathroom was not completely enclosed! Yep, the same guy that hung that bathroom door also decided that a good air flow would be really nice. Seriously??? You ever tried to lay a Jenga inspired layer of paper on a toilet seat in a windstorm? I actually found myself standing on one leg and trying to hold the danged toilet paper down with the other foot. It was the most ridiculous round of Twister I have ever played! With one leg hiked up on the toilet seat and both hands holding down the rest of the paper I finally had the seat covered as my hair swirled up and over my head wildly….clearly one of my best Sexy Mama moments! I glanced over at my daughter to let her know it was now safe for her to take her seat! I’m not sure if the look on her face was one of pure terror or complete bewilderment, but with a firm shake of her head I realized she was right. This was ridiculous!! I stood up tall and helped her onto the probably cleaner than home throne, and tried to catch the possessed toilet paper that was now flying around the stall….I ain’t Messing with Texas! Feeling a bit defeated, I Climbed back into the all male van and heard the infamous question… “What took so long?”! If. they. only. knew!

It was actually a great trip and we are having a grand time in The Land of Enchantment! I’ve lots of pictures to show and stories to tell. I’ll be posting more of both in the near future! Right now though, a plate of homemade enchiladas is calling my name! “Suena la Puerta!” Learned this new phrase a few days ago…just thought I’d share in case you ever needed to tell someone to knock on the door! :) You’re welcome!

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