Monthly Archives: May 2010

Bison, Birds and a Long Holiday Weekend

I got a new telephoto lens for the Nikon yesterday. It’s one step down from the one I REALLY want but I can’t responsibly justify spending twice my investment, especially since I recently had a bit of work done to my car and have a few road trip planned for the upcoming summer months. One of which involves a bit of splurging and a lot of drooling in this fabulous fabric haven.
I’m heading west this weekend to where the bison roam free, kind of. I’ll be sure to have my camera, attached to my face, and share my adventure with you once I return! Happy Extended Weekend All!!!

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Major Annoyance

In the last 6 hours I’ve noticed the incorrect use of the word there three times. Granted I am not the best speller, nor do I claim to be. A big thank you to spell check and not the Catholic School System, especially for teaching me Whole Word and not Phonics. And yes, sometimes I may get a little overzealous with my comma usage. But damn it people, learn when to use your freakin’ homonyms!

Nothing sets me off into a fit rage as when someone misuses there, their and they’re. Weather, whether and wether really piss me off too!

If you get confused as to which, not witch, words to use do not fear help can be found HERE.

My mother is a grammar goddess. In her very polite Martha Stewart esk way she will inform you of the proper word you are looking for as well as the correct pronunciation. She use to even correct her teachers. I wish I would have inherited that wisdom from her!!

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Dirty, Drunk and a Bad Case of the Munchies

Anyone who knows me is well aware of the fact that I don’t have TV. I own a television but I stopped the brain drain that is cable about 8 years ago. Believe me I got my fill in college and I can honestly say No, I don’t miss it…well maybe PBS, Discovery & the History channel but that is about it. Besides you can find just about anything online or it can be rented through Blockbuster and Netflix, which I don’t have.

A fellow coworker is obsessed with two shows. One being Hoarders, the other, Intervention. After several weeks of her saying “did you see…oh right, you don’t watch TV” then proceeding to tell me that episodes events I finally got onto Hulu and searched for those two shows. Last weekend I got my fill of both and honestly, all I wanted to do was take a shower, smoke a joint and drink a few beers. I’m sorry, is that wrong?


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The xx

Today is rainy and cold. It’s the perfect weather for staying cuddled up in bed, and these guys totally fit the tone of the moment.

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Care for a Spot of Tea, Love?

Several weeks ago the oh so talented Julie, of the Peaceful Peacock, came up with a cleaver way to enjoy loose leaf tea without having to succumb to the use of a metal tea ball. Just check this setup out!

She uses organic cotton to make a tea pouch that neatly rolls up with a strategically placed chop stick. Is that cool or what!?! Well, Monster Bites, a blog featuring 365 days worth of enviable living, was hosting a give-a-way and up for grabs was one of Julie’s tea sets. I was all like, DUDE! I have to win this because I love tea. Well the tea gods happened to be smiling upon me that day because guess what? I won!!!!

Not only did I receive 3 reusable tea bags and 2 chop sticks, but also included was a nifty little bag made from some rockin’ vintage fabric…


…AND 2 ounces of Julie’s favorite tea, An Evening in Missoula, which I will have you know is absolutely dreamy!

So if you know someone who loves tea or maybe it’s you who enjoys this *hobby* as my step father refers to it. (My mom is a hard core tea enthusiast and gets some serious crap for it!) Just mosey yourself on over here and pick up some reusable tea bags! Both you, and mother nature, will be glad you did!!


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Our "Home Away from Home"

I spent last weekend at our “cabin” in western Pa. Over the years it’s evolved into more of a weekend house than a cabin, which is what it initially started out as. Mom and Jack purchased the humble hunting cabin and surrounding land in 2002. Since then they’ve added outbuildings, such as a garden shed, garage and a barn. They even built onto the house adding an additional room. Our extended family looks forward to the annual fall family reunion escape just as much as we do!

 Last weekend fell during turkey season. I don’t know how many days or weeks it lasts, but one rule I do know is you can only hunt till noon, then you have to stop for the day. That is also when you get serious about drinking. Hunting is kind of big in Pennsylvania. Like where schools close the first day of deer season, big.
I missed the close up “good turkey shot” because my memory card was locked and by the time I figured out what was going on, the hen & two gobblers were already well into the field. Sunday I managed to get an OK gobbler distance shot…
If you click on the picture you get a larger view of, well, a fuzzy turkey. I SO can’t wait till I get my telephoto lens!! I told mom to harass Jack and Jay for me since I had left before they arrived to partake of “hunting turkey part deux”. She made sure to tell them “Dani shot a turkey, (with her Nikon) how many did you guys bag?”
We also watched the deers leisurely stroll through Saturday morning. I think we counted 8. Cecelia would have loved it! She is always talking about seeing “the deers” at the cabin. 
These three hung out at the salt-lick while the other five meandered up the tree line.
I was happy to see a Baltimore Oriole had taken up residence on the property. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one of these guys!
Here are a few photos I took while putzin’ around the house.
One of the perks about this mountainous gem is that, for the most part, it is located in the middle of nowhere. And when I say nowhere I mean NOWHERE! In Everette there is a Walmart (of course), Foodliner, Tractor Supply, ice cream place, a garden center and a Sheets. Other than that you have to drive quite a bit of distance (to Altoona, about an hour away) to go to a mall or shopping center, and that is A-OK with me! 
Our cabin is located in Clearville, which is ten minutes outside the “one horse town” of Everett, located  in Bedford County. At one point in history Everett’s name was Bloody Run.
If you venture into historic Bedford, (about 15 minutes away) and we often do, there are some artsy shops that cater to the Bedford Springs tourists, offering overpriced boutique clothing, gourmet food shops and several galleries. My mom and I often visit Deep Woods Gallery where we have purchased quite a bit of hand thrown pottery created by local artists. They even have a quilt shop! I will have more to share on that adventure once I get some sewing time!!!
Here are some local Bedford highlights as seen through my lens.
My mother adores this colonial brick and is trying to convince Jack to buy it. My mother is obsessed with early American history, so much so that she should have majored in it.
I am looking forward to my next visit, which is scheduled at the end of the month. This time Cece and Krystal will join mom and I. We are going to visit a buffalo farm and check out several covered bridges! It should be a great adventure!!

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