october livin’ and lovin’

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by mountain girl  |  6 Comments »

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Fall is in full swing here, with lots of trees bare, many golden, and some hanging on to their green garb for dear life.  David has been building a fire in the mornings and evenings, and there was some straaaaange white stuff on our porch this morning.

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I am rocking and rolling on a new project, and I’m super excited about it.  I had an idea with no way to execute it, so I asked my neighbor for help.  He’s a woodworker and makes amazing creations.  Check out the perfect hollow orb halfway down this page, made from one solid chunk of tree trunk.  With his garage full of power tools, I thought he would probably be able to cut a fallen aspen tree into slices.

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He could, and he had them finished by the end of the day.  He also made me this sanding board with four different grades of sandpaper, and I got a pile of awesome wood scraps and a jar of tung oil along with my aspen slices.

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I’m having a blast sanding them down and soaking them in oil to reveal the grain, as I started to do with this large oval.  It’s incredibly satisfying.  I’ve also found that sanding is a really effective way to trim down my fingernails (along with the edges of my fingers.)  ;0

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I lie awake thinking and fall asleep dreaming about this project.  In the morning I check on my tung oil-soaked sweet thangs like babies in a cradle.  It’s goooood to feel alive again!  More info on my project when it’s closer to finish.

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Monday Zia had a Birthday Book Club celebration at school.  They lumped the summer birthdays into one celebration, and had snacks and a birthday song video that was enough to drive you bonkers by the 50th time the song played.

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She got to choose a book, which gets donated back to the library with her name in it.  She also got to be the first one to check it out, which I guess is kind of special.  All for the great low price of $10.  🙂

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It was really pretty fun for her.  There were a bunch of kids, but I think we were the only parents there except for one other mother.  Some mothers actually have to go to work, I guess. 😉  It was awesome that David could come, since it was after he finished work and studying.  He passed his CCNP Route test Tuesday, by the way!  That is one smart dude.

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We went to hear this pink-haired lady speak this weekend.  Her name is Kat Kerr, and she’s been to heaven multiple times (without dying 🙂 ).  She is on YouTube and talks about heaven and the people and places there in a way you have probably never heard.  It brings a freshness inside me every time I hear it.  Shakes you out of any stale old religious ideas that keep you away from the real, wild, and tender God He is. 🙂

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This pumpkin is about to sacrifice its tender young life for the aroma of fresh baked pie to fill our humble abode.  With lots of whipped cream on top.  Slurp.

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The mountains got a nice dusting of snow this week and I stopped to take some pics when I brought Zia’s water bottle (that she forgot) to school yesterday.

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I think these pointy ones are so cool–they look like the top of a lemon meringue pie.

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Have I ever mentioned how I love these mountains?  😉

6 Responses to “october livin’ and lovin’”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Good for you…it’s great to have a new project to look forward to – keeps your mind sharp – well maybe not at your age, guess I’m thinking of me,haha.

  2. Jennifer Miller says on :

    The views of the mountains are my favorite mountain views ever! Mostly because it always reminds me of home.

  3. appleshoe says on :

    So much to love here. I love using tung oil. It really does a good number, doesn’t it? Quite a tease about your new project. I can’t wait to see what you make. Have a blessed week.

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks! Yes, I LOVE tung oil, too! It really brings the goodness out of a plain piece of wood.

  5. Poco Mountain Girl » Blog Archive » new studio space says on :

    […] but I’m just having too much fun to blog lately.  I’ve been immersed in my latest project, working at it for hours each day.  It’s such a blast.  I would love to unveil it right now, […]

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