Kansas Is More Than Flat

Thanks to Thanksgiving travel, the family decided to take the scenic route to see family. That takes us through the tall grass prairies of the Flint Hills of Kansas.

There is an overlook right off the highway that we pulled off for. You can go right up to the edge of the bluff and look out for MILES. It’s fully fall now so the foliage is gone but it is still pretty spectacular

The kids and I stopped to read about the features of the North American tall grass prairie. And then hustled back to the car because it was super cool and super windy. Sometimes its nice to remember that Kansas is more than just flat land, lol.

Happy Friday!

I Maimed Myself

I may have gotten into a “marital discussion” with the hubby that led me to aggressively cleaning the garage yesterday. Whelp, I managed to smash the knuckle of my middle finger between two heavy objects.

Fairly certain it is sprained or deeply bruised. It has made it painful to knit as that finger needs to bend in order to hold my needles in my fashion. I should know not to do things in the heat of frustration. So now I’m off to ice and rest my hand!

Happy (Not) Knitting!!

Happy Birthday To Me!!

Today is my birthday and I am choosing to spoil myself! Ice cream cake from Dairy Queen and lots and lots of knitting. Maybe a little family fun with the kiddos or a movie marathon.

I wish every a kickass Saturday! I am rolling on the high of having last Thursday and Friday off of work for an extra long four day weekend.

Rachelle

Fiber In The Wild

PB and I had a chance this past weekend to have a girls only weekend. We went to a festival, got pedicures and snuggled to a Frozen movie marathon.

At the festival we found ourselves a petting zoo next to the bounce houses. PB had a chance to pet a camel, wallaby and kangaroo. Normally I HATE these kinds of things but these animals were so chill and the staff made sure people didn’t mess with any of their furry friends.

I was especially keen to see the alpaca and sheep, naturally. They looked like they were really starting to get their winter woolies grown in. The managers said the fiber they get isn’t fine enough to do anything with. But they do use it for mulching garden beds and insulation in their smaller chicken houses and such. Nice to see resourcefulness!

Hope I made some memories with PB!

Steam Is The Answer

The recent bout of germs around this house motivated to tackle a long overdue project….the family bath tub. This WHITE shower has seen so many bath crayons, bath paint, fizzy tabs and god knows what else. Jellybean cleans this regularly but not to the deep stain level. I couldn’t stand it anymore.

I first scrubbed the whole lot down with a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to get the surface stains clean. I then ran a Mr. Clean sponge over the lot to get rid of the grit and wash everything down. Next up, I hit the grout lines and the underside of the bath mat with a Bissel hand held steamer. Following this I soaked all bath toys in a bleach bath and then rinsed thoroughly. (A few were to far gone and got chucked). Lastly I took a white grout pen and marked over the remaining stubborn stains.

Y’all….my tub has never looks so nice! and what came out was so gross. There are few mildew spots in the corners I need some specialized cleaner for but this is marked progress. I may not be the most consistent housekeeping but damn if I’m not thorough when I find a project!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunflower State

A local bank in my area planted a sunflower patch and let people come use the field for free photos. It was 100 degrees and the kids were SUPER good sports.

Jellybean is wearing shorts, I promise! He has grown 2 inches over summer and nothing fits. Meanwhile PB decided to wear her flower girl dress from a recent family wedding. Different strokes for different folks I guess?

But I’m never going to regret having this sweet photo!

First Garden Harvest

Our garden has been a little slow this year with unseasonably cool spring that immediately shifted to boiling hot summer. Everything is plodding along but we picked our first produce, a very health zucchini!

I should have a second squash in a week or so. Our yellow squash plant is not far behind but it has more blooms that is spreading out the resources of the plant. Our tomatoes are LONG way from producing. I guess we will have to be patient, lol.

Happy Gardening!!

Audit Season

I’ve been a little sparse in the knitting and online world of late. It’s spring and that means one thing….annual audit season for local governments. I took a promotion at work back in December that has increased my responsibility and also we are down a team member. So its all hands on deck for financial reporting. Honestly….it’s exhausting and I have no brain space left after work. I come home to eat and play with my kids then I go to bed!

I’m just trying to figure out my new role and make sure all the accounting is good. This Office Space meme just about sums up my work day. I hope to pop in a few days a week here and then fire back up once the fieldwork portion of audit is complete.

Wish me luck!