I went to stay with my dad and step mother Penny for a full month in June. I took my son Riley with me to help if needed while travelling. I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it through all those flights with my carry on bag if I didn’t have any help. Riley carried his bag and mine too. We had a pretty good visit but it did get boring at times and my poor Riley was unplugged. I feel so bad for teenagers these days that don’t appreciate the outdoors as much as kids used to. I was always outside when I was a kid and loved it. I loved my bike! So I think it was good for Riley to get outside and see things like frogs, snakes, snapping turtles and all kinds of bugs and birds he doesn’t see in Fairbanks, Alaska.
I did a lot of genealogy research while I was there. Mainly we went to grave yards and took photos so I’d have the dates. I listened to story after story my dad told and tried to steer him to talk about things besides hunting. It was interesting to learn about the girl my dad was engaged to before my mom.
We went to this one graveyard and my dad saw a frog and caught it. He handed it to me and it got away. I caught it again and it got away three times and finally I walked over and handed it to Riley. He is an inside boy so was a little freaked out. He finally took it though and it jumped away. Of course he didn’t know how to catch a frog so I caught it again for him. He really enjoyed checking it out. Later when I was finished taking pictures of the graves I asked him about the frog and he said he let it go. He was worried about the frog’s well-being though because it went under grandpa’s car. I am sure it moved on before we needed to drive away.
I told my dad that I wanted to see a snake since I’d never seen one in person before. My dad is one of those wild, crazy people that sees something dangerous and goes and catches it and sometimes eats it. He has caught snakes and alligators and of course numerous bears. When I got there I looked everywhere I went for snakes and it seemed like there was none. Finally, I was woke up rather abruptly one morning by Penny telling me my dad had a snake to show me. It was a very small white oak snake. I am sure it wasn’t even 18 inches long and no thicker than a quarter in the middle. He showed me how to hold it by the head to keep it from biting me. I know I’m a tom-boy but I thought it was pretty. Its head was light grey and I just loved the colors of its body – grey, tan and white. He found a huge one later though and I think it was too strong for me to even think of holding it. My super cool nephew, Wyatt, that I FINALLY got to meet now that he is 12, held that snake and I just felt it up and posed for pictures with them. Later I saw what my dad says was a king snake. It was black with thin white lines and when I turned my head for just a second to say something to my dad it was gone when I looked back. My dad said king snakes are very fast and don’t like people. Penny doesn’t like them either and started yelling at my dad to kill it…and make SURE it’s dead. It was a good thing it was long gone. Penny doesn’t like frogs either. We found out just how much when one jumped on her hehe
While my brother Emmett was there (with his wife and two kids Chloe and Wyatt) we saw a snapping turtle. Chloe and I tormented the poor thing with a stick in front of its nose to get it to snap while the other’s took pictures of us. We were nice though and put it on the other side of the road since my brother said it was headed that way to a pond. We saved it some lumbering time.
When Penny heard that neither Riley or I had ever been to a beach she called her daughter who has a house in Carrabelle, Florida. She drove us to St. George Island. We had a great time and I have a pile of sea shells and some great pictures from the trip. It rained all that night and the next day and so we didn’t get to go again. I would have been content to stay there on the beach for the rest of my life. I thought it was really neat to think that I was born not far from there in Newport Richey Florida. I went into this neat little store and bought a shirt for for Riley and I and some other neat stuff made with shells. Of course I got a trinket box for my box collection. I also bought a cute choker necklace that would actually choke me if I tried to put it on. I need to put my neck on a diet. I also bought myself one of those cute little license plates with my name on it because I WAS ACTUALLY BORN IN FLORIDA! Isn’t that cool?
Anyway I will post some pictures later.
It was so so so good to get back home and I’ve been crocheting dishcloths. I’ve already made several.
I also started a blog that is dedicated to crafting. So that is where I will post the free patterns I find and want to share. It is called Creative Aspirations after my etsy store. I usually use free patterns and sometimes make changes to them but I don’t like to be stingy. I like crafters who share and are good to other crafters. So if you see something in my store and you could make it yourself, you can just check my blog and see if I’ve posted the pattern. That will also help me to keep this blog for the topics I planned it for. I’ll still post pictures of things I make occasionally though. These are the dishcloths I’ve been making.