Hundred-Acre Woods

With my Premium WordPress upgrade, I get access to a lot of new layouts. I was really drawn to this one, which enables me to give my guests the option of going to the blog or my store, and which I think has a clean, uncluttered look.

I discovered, though, that in order to have a store here at my site, I have to upgrade to the Business Plan, which costs more. I think we will eventually do this, but at this moment, I have my hands full of remodeling this site, and we really have a lot of research to do, as well as discussions about our goals for our store. Eventually we hope for EJ to begin making items to sell, and we have a few other ideas as well. So we decided that we aren’t quite ready yet to upgrade to the Business Plans. Meanwhile, I’m going to try to set up a link so that clicking on the store column will take a person to my Etsy store.

My Peppermint Coasters

It’s kind of fun doing all this, although I haven’t had as much time this weekend to play around with it as I anticipated. I have an Etsy order to fulfill, but as soon as I get the peppermint coasters finished, I will be able to devote some more time to setting up my blog. If you notice anything not working right, please let me know.

After breakfast yesterday, I went outside to mow the lawn. I wanted to mow while the morning was still fresh and cool because I knew the day was going to heat up. It takes me about 2 hours to mow the lawn. Usually I try not to take any breaks, but yesterday I took three because it was so hot and humid that I could feel myself overheating. The first time I stopped to take a break was when I saw JJ come out of the house to go to work. I always pray with my guys before they go anywhere.  After he drove away, I stumbled into the house to drink iced tea and sit in front of the fans. I looked at the thermometer, thinking that it was probably up into the 80s or 90s. I was surprised to see it was only 70 degrees. I don’t think the temperature went above 80 all day. I thought that my friend in Texas would laugh at me because she says that when it’s in the high 80s in Texas, she’s tempted to put on a sweater. But in my defense, it was extremely humid yesterday.

I finally finished mowing the lawn. I love the look of a freshly mown lawn. After a break to cool off, I hung the laundry on the clothesline. Later I decided to dig up another wooden post when a birdhouse that the birds never use on top. I dragged it over to the big rocks and put it up next to the climbing rose bush growing there. I nailed a piece of chicken wire on the post so the roses can climb up it.

This morning we drove across to the Lake Huron side of Michigan to the 100-acre woods, where EJ’s best friend’s parents live. EJ knew the family from his school days and he considers them to be a second family. He usually goes deer hunting at their place. T’s parents had recently ordered some new living room chairs. I think it’s sad that T’s Mom ordered the new furniture a month or so ago, but she suddenly died before they were delivered. T’s Dad, who looked very feeble, gave us the old recliners. EJ’s recliner was getting old and becoming uncomfortable so we were glad to get the new chairs. T’s Dad also gave EJ a wood splitter.

The drive to and from the 100 acre woods is very beautiful. We went through elk country, but we didn’t see any elk. On the way home, EJ drove on a road where he and JJ had seen a bunch of bald eagles on their deer hunting trip years ago. He was hoping we would see some today, but we didn’t see any. We did see a large flock of turkey vultures feasting on a deer carcass. EJ counted 22 turkey vultures! That is the most we have ever seen! Here’s a video I took of it. I’m sorry it is so shaky, but we were bouncing down a rough rural road. I probably should explain that in western movies, vultures or buzzards are always circling over dead cowboys so when we see the scavengers circling overhead, we always say there must be a dead cowboy.

Our “new” recliners.

When we arrived home, JJ helped bring the two recliners into the house. They are very comfortable and look nice in our living room. We had planned that EJ would have one recliner and I would have the other. I can more easily see the view out of the windows from the recliner. However, at the moment I don’t have room to set my stuff on–my computer, drinks, crochet stuff, books, etc. Both EJ’s and my stuff won’t fit on the end table between the recliners. I might have to keep my place on the couch. I will give it some thought.

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