Lunch With Friends and New Discoveries

Today we were invited to have a simple lunch with Mike’s friends, Phil and Deb.  They have a beautiful home outside of Mauston (way outside of town)….surrounded by woods and farmland.  Lunch was simple, grilled burgers, brats and pork chops with a couple of fresh salad sides.  I think my favorite was a simple salad of tomatoes, cukes, sliced onions and Italian dressing.   But, everything was delish.

Deb showed me around as it was my first time visiting their house up here and she pointed out the coolest birch bark wall switch plates that she had made.  This creative idea of course got me to thinking.  We have a nice sized birch that just fell near our driveway in our yard.  OH the things I can create!!!  I am currently doing some research to get some ideas but my first thought was to make some planters, photo frames and canisters out of the bark.  The ideas are practically endless!!!   One of my goals in moving here was to work on creating items from nature and not rely on so many “commercial” products for creativity.  Of course, many items I create are also from re-purposed or upcycled goodies.

While in Mauston today, we discovered a really cool little store.  The majority of it is craft supplies (scrapbooking taking up a major portion of the store), dishes, home decor, toiletries, tools and toys. Really a cute little store and the prices are really reasonable.  I got some adorable rubber stamps and it is someplace I will be visiting again and again. 

We recently enjoyed 4 days with no air-conditioning needed, great breezes and cool nights.  Unfortunately, the heat and humidity have returned.  And, after about a week with no rain, I watered all of my plants yesterday.  In return, Mother Nature decided that we needed approx 2″ of rain early this morning.  Oh well, now everything should be good for awhile again.  My tomatoes are really starting to get some color and I harves my 2nd mater yesterday.  The Serano peppers are getting bigger and bigger and there are a multitude of them!  I won’t be canning any more peppers this year, but I will be freezing them so I can make pepper bread this winter.

One of the best finds this week…. a FRIDGE!  The one we had had a little leaking problem inside and was pretty small.  Saw this one along the road with a For Sale sign on it yesterday so Mike did a quick turn-around and we went to check it out.  Nice size, clean, works great and the price could not be beat!  

Still working on listing new items in my Etsy shop.  I haven’t been a diligent in listing as I should be but with all the stuff to do around here, it’s sometimes hard to have the energy to keep up with my crafting.  Wood needs to be cut and stacked (Mike and the girls got 2 trees cut and stacked yesterday) but we still have a way to go in order to have enough wood for the winter.  Luckily we have a lot of fallen trees in our yard.

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