Have a good weekend my friends!
It's the perfect kind of day to work on the upcoming Blue Ridge Rally, pull out fabric and start a sewing project, read several chapters in a current book, create some labels for my 6th Street Soap Co., check in with old friends, and plan menus for the upcoming week.
I may be made for sunny days, but I can certainly find enough to do to occupy my time for the occasional rainy ones and leave me quite happy at the end of the day!
Have a good weekend my friends!
Without a doubt, my weekend can best be described as good, bad, and ugly. Here's a quick recap . . .
She slept all Sunday afternoon and I'll admit to some dozing myself. The meds worked perfectly and we had an uneventful Sunday night and she's back to her old self today. Acid reflux treated with omeprazole . . . just like her Mom.
I hope your week is off to a good start and I will chat with you later!
When I read the January Newsletter from Jeff and the guys at PahaQue in California, it contained a nice article about resolutions for the new year. It got me to thinking about the camping resolutions I made way back in the Spring of 2007 when SplashT@B came into my life.
There were only three and those three have never changed in eight seasons of camping.
1 - Camp at least once a month from March to November.
2 - Camp at least an hour's drive from home.
3 - Camp at least two nights per trip.
For the most part, I have kept those resolutions. Some years I skip August due to the heat. Some years I don't camp in November due to the chilliness (I'm a Southern chick after all). I guess there's an unwritten fourth one that says to make a camping collage after each trip. If you look up on the info bar, you'll see a page called "Camping Collages" that contains a photo history of every single camping trip I've taken!
I may snitch numbers 4 and 5, but Murphy and Gracie sum it up best in one big resolution!
Once upon a time, the majority of my camping buddies were T@Bbers. Over the last couple of years, some of them have turned into 'Streamers. Now, when I plan a rally like the upcoming Blue Ridge Rally, I know that there will be a bunch of AirT@Bs in attendance.
It takes two hands to count how many TABbers that have stepped up to an Airstream! I'm pretty sure it all started with Tom and Ella from Ohio when they got The Silvermine and His, a 2011 Bambi. Before I knew it, Aluminitis struck Beth and Pete, Sandi and John, Stacy and Matt, Cathie and Jay, Rich and Sue, Larry and Dana, Fox, and Deb!
This morning while cruising around the internet, I ran across an article on Thrillist talking about 12 little-known Airstream facts and thought it might make for a fun Postcard. Here, for all you 'Streamers who are obsessed and all you wannabes that are fascinated, are a dozen tidbits.
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1. They didn't always boast the iconic design. The original Airstreams were teardrop-shaped and two-toned.
2. The Airstream is like a second White House. A number of US Presidents and their families have spent time in them.
3. Early Airstream models were DIY, and made out of wood. Original models of the Airstream were built of Masonite, a type of hardboard made of pressed-wood fibers.
4. The first Airstreams had no bathrooms inside.
5. There was a square Airstream added by the company from 1986 to 1991. The "Squarestream" drew the ire of many fans and enthusiasts who went so far as to ban them from gatherings.
6. They have a huge celebrity following including Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Lenny Kravitz, and Sean Penn.
7. William Hawley Bowlus (not Wally Byam), a veteran designer who had previously worked on Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis airplane, was the first to use that streamlined shape on an RV.
8. Although the Airstream's original competitor is making a comeback, Wally may have bested William Hawley Bowlus in the 1930s. Fans of the Road Chief are attempting to bring them back. Only 80 were built before the company went under, but a Canadian couple has recently revived the Bowlus, adding modern amenities like Wi-Fi and solar paneling.
9. There are eight Airstreams buried nose down in the ground in Florida. The Airstream Ranch still stands strong on I-4 about 15 miles outside Tampa.
10. They're actually pretty light. Towing an Airstream trailer is not nearly as difficult as many people think. In fact, one of Wally's primary design goals was for it to be lightweight.
11. There are Airstream hotels scattered around the United States, South Africa, and France.
12. NASA nicknamed them the "Astrovan" after being used to take astronauts to the launchpad.
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I hope you enjoyed today's Postcard. Oh by the way, that's Deb's "Breezin'" in the photo above.
With smooth jazz playing in the background and sun streaming in the windows at my computer corner, I'm enjoying an afternoon of piddling online looking at recipe websites, camping forums, and travel destinations. I'm having some most excellent quiet time for daydreaming.
I ran across something called Pancake Dippers that look like absolute fun for a camping breakfast. While I don't eat pancakes myself, I'm sure that oodles and oodles of you do.
This recipe is from a blog called "Lady Behind The Curtain" and I give her full credit for everything you are about to see and read!
If this is something that piques your curiosity, then scoot over HERE to get the recipe and add it to your camping-recipes file or Saturday-morning-fun-breakfast-at-home file or breakfast-with-the-grands file.
Have a great weekend everyone. Stay warm out there and remember that camping traveling season is just around the corner!
With the forecast of frigid weather heading our way here in NC and nearby South Carolina and Virginia, I thought I'd share a neat website with you in case you find yourself homebound and daydreaming of places to go and things to do.
If you like weekend festivals and funky celebrations in the Tar Heel and Palmetto states, as well as the Old Dominion, then just click HERE for the link.
Bundle up out there my friends and I'll have another Postcard ready for you soon.
Upon opening the pattern, I realized it was a simple measurement of pieces and not an actual paper pattern. No worries here. In short order I had the three fabrics cut, ironed, pinned, and sewn. I even found the perfect buttons later at Walmart and ended up stacking them for a cute effect. I'm totally happy with the finished apron!
Tomorrow Becky and I are headed in the general direction of We're Sew Creative and I'm thinking we might just stop in again. January is a good time to sew!!
Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see ya back here on Monday! Oh yeh . . . go Panthers!!
Happy New Year Postcard peeps. What better way to start off day 1 of 365 than with a little road trip!
Back before Christmas I tried to get to Landis for lunch with Rob and Trisha before they headed off to Hunting Island State Park for a week, but just couldn't pull it off. I missed seeing them at Thanksgiving too.
So today I headed over to Rowan County for a visit and lunch at El Amigo. It probably wouldn't surprise you to know that 95% of our conversation involved camping! If all works out as planned, Splash and Pod will hitting the highway together at least four times this year . . . our Kings Mountain Kickoff in March, my big Blue Ridge Rally in April, Rob's ERU Pod Rally in June, and our annual mountain trip in July. Boy that puts a smile on my face for sure!!
A bonus to today's trip was getting to see Patrick (Rob's nephew) as he is making his way back from his Christmas leave in Seattle to his Naval Training Station in Charleston.
I hope y'all have had a fine New Year's Day and at some point you have pulled out the 2015 calendar and started to fill in travel dates too! See you tomorrow Postcard Peeps!
Happy New Year everyone! It's time to look back before I actually start to look ahead. 2014 was a wonderful year spent with family and friends, camping and traveling. I continue to be blessed in regards to all four!
You and I exchanged an outstanding 194 Postcards this year. That's in addition to 61 Stories From Splash, 29 java notes from The Coffee Cup, and hundreds of photographs on 34 Window On Williamsburg posts. This Blogging Fool is so thankful for your support and willingness to follow along!
SplashT@B, The Coffee Cup, and I shared some outstanding camping adventures in the last twelve months...
- 1633.7 miles traveled
- 30 nights spent in campgrounds
- 5 trips (3 rallies, 1 caravan, 1 trip with Rob & Trisha)
While it didn't come close to matching my numbers in 2013, this camping season was great fun.
Then there were all the non-camping adventures that raised the bar on fun! I spent 52 overnights in places like...
- Black Mountain, NC and North Myrtle Beach, SC
- St. Augustine, Mount Dora, LaBelle, Bradenton, & Jacksonville, FL
- Williamsburg, VA (on three different occasions!)
- Galena, MD and Rhinebeck, NY
- Four stops along Route 6 in PA
- Three evenings in eastern NC on our Barbeque Tour
- Townsend, Charleston, Asheville, & Waynesville
I am so lucky to have all these experiences and the folks I shared them with! I'm honored beyond words that you chose to travel along with me this past year every time you stopped by to pick up your Postcard.
May all your wishes and dreams for 2015 come true. Happy New Year to you and yours!!
Mornin' everyone. It's just me tooting my birthday horn!!
I don't know what Tiger and LeBron have planned for today, but it's business as usual around here. There's nothing on the to-do list that sets this day apart from any other and that's OK. A trip to Walmart, a haircut at noon, burning some photo CDs, and some work on the Blue Ridge Rally are in store.
I'm looking forward to my 65th year of camping and travel and being with the folks I love most. Thanks for all the kind words today over on Facebook and I'll see ya back here tomorrow!!
TOOT, TOOT, TOOT!