Odd weather for winter

This has to be the mildest winter we have ever had. With temperatures soaring into the 70’s and even 80’s, its more like spring summer than winter. We have rarely had to turn the heat on for more than just taking the chill off in the mornings and then not very often. At least not since February started.

This doesn’t bode well for the spring storms or summer heat. I have a feeling that we will be breaking records with number of strong storms during the spring as well as how hot it gets in summer. Walking the dog is going to be loads of fun then.

I think we are going to need to start trimming the trees early as well.  There will be less debris to pick up after storms and we will have less damage done by falling branches.  I do believe my flowers are going to suffer though and that is not a good thing.

I wonder if I should even bother with it this year, because I really have a bad feeling that the winds are going to kill them all anyway. Not to mention the hail, as we have already had a couple of storms that were quite frightening.  I guess I can decide later on that

Steve’s Infinity

Steves Infinity photo
Steve has been wanting a new car for several months, but hasn’t found the right car for the right price until he stumbled upon this Infinity for sale. He was looking for an SUV that would have plenty of room for his DJ equipment and music gear. Those big speakers are hard to get into a regular car.

He drove out to the Used Car lot in Lebanon and took if for a test drive, then asked the mechanics at Firestone to look it over and let him know if they could find anything seriously wrong it. Firestone said it looked great with no problems, so he bought it after haggling a little bit for a reduced price.

This is a new level of luxury for Steve. He has been driving a Toyota for a very long time and has never owned a car with a built in GPS system. That takes some getting used to! The Infinity also has heated seats, which will be nice for the couple of months of cold weather.

I hope the car runs for several years and gives Steve a lot of joy. He deserves a nice car, especially with all the miles he puts on a car every day and all the DJ jobs that he has to haul equipment and music around. It looks really sharp and I can’t wait to take a ride in it soon!

Portable percussion

I’ve always loved the sound of percussion instruments. If I had been given the opportunity to learn how to play the drums, as a kid, I would have jumped at the chance! But no, that was not in the cards for me.

I have to admit that I have been tempted to buy an alesis sample pad to play with, here at home, though. I think it would be a lot of fun, and it seems to be small in size, so it would not take up a lot of valuable space.

Maybe its not too late to learn how to play and have some fun creating music as a new hobby.

Hummingbird Art Camp

One of the best things about Hummingbird Music Camp is that they also offer Art Camp and Chess Camp weeks every summer.

Originally a successful, family run music camp, adding Art Camp weeks just seemed a logical way to make the beautiful campgrounds nestled along the Jemez River available to kids who want to learn about art.

Art Camp introduces campers to color theory and different mediums as a solid foundation for budding artists. They learn about different brushes, papers and canvas, and mixing different paint colors. Campers work on individual and group projects. Art Camp Weeks end with an Art Show on Sundays where campers display their finished works.

Art teacher Beth Stodieck has been teaching at Hummingbird Music Camp for many years and is a successful artist in her own right.


Les is More!

I know, I know it’s less not Les, but I’m talking about my boss here, Les Higgins, at Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Many know him.  Many have used this phrase to describe him, but do you really know why Les is more?  Well, here’s what I think.

Les is more because he appreciates his family.

Les is more because he appreciates his co-workers.

Les is more because he doesn’t just talk, he walks his talk.

Les is more because he is camp’s fearless leader!

Les is more because he inspires loyalty.

Les is more because he keeps his promises.

Les is more because he stays in the background directing the action without taking any credit.

Les is more because he is smart.

Les is more because he knows that he doesn’t know everything.

Les is more because he saves us from bear attacks.

Les is more because he knows the way on hikes.

Les Higgins, Hummingbird Music Camp Director
Les Higgins

That’s just the beginning of my list. I’ll bet those of you who know Les can think of MORE. Give it a try!


I am the coupon queen. I love to find deals for all of the stuff I buy. One of the latest deals I have found is for flowers – just in time for Valentines Day. I love flowers and I love sending them to my mom and sister. I like to send flowers at random times of the year just to make them smile. It is very nice to receive flowers for no other reason then for someone to say I love you and appreciate you.

I am going to grow a bunch of flowers this spring out in the front of the house. I have already made a diagram of the flower beds I want to put in. I am trying to choose which flowers and colors would look the best and grow in at different times so there are always blooms in the yard. I am thinking that I want to do one section in red, white and blue flowers that will all bloom in time for the Fourth of July. That would look amazing.

Cute Paint Job

I found a photo of a handmade toy tractor that is just too cute. I really like how he made it with the John Deere logo and paint scheme. A tractor just wouldn’t look right with any other paint job on it, but this is just awesome. I can’t wait to show this to the kids. They will love it.

The only other tractor that I know about is the red Cub tractors. This is what my dad used drive to mow the field in Montross. It also came in handy when my car ran off the edge of the driveway and into the ditch when we had a lot of snow or mud.

Cub tractor photo

Striking Cowhide Rugs

Why Cowhide Rugs May Be Great For Your Home

You don’t have to feel bad if you haven’t yet found your home decor “soul mate.” If you have friends who love floral prints, earthy solid colours and the like, you don’t have to feel left out. Cowhide rugs may just be the missing piece of the puzzle. If you’ve never found a home design theme that made you feel 100 percent happy and comfortable, then it could be because you’ve never used cowhide before.

Cowhide rugs have so many good qualities that it’s actually quite hard to keep track of them. The most important thing to mention is their appearance. If you take one look at a cowhide rug, it may be hard not to fall in love with it. Cowhide rugs are a wonderful blend of natural and intense. They’re also very distinctive. It’s easy to tell one cowhide rug from another one. It may have slightly different markings. It may have markedly different markings, too. One rug may be black and white, while the other may be a mix of several shades of brown and white. There are always so many exciting possibilities with cowhide rugs and their designs.

These rugs also have the good fortune of being hypoallergenic. Although some rugs cause allergies in the people who are near them, that’s simply not the case with those of the cowhide variety. If you’re keen on maintaining a home environment that’s fresh, comfortable and as free of allergens as possible, then cowhide rugs are a suitable idea for you. If you’ve ever experienced a sneezing episode after going into someone’s living room, then you’re familiar with the frustration some rugs can cause.

If you’re looking for a rug for your home that will last and stay looking attractive and neat for quite a while, then cowhide is the answer you need. Some rugs only look beautiful for a very short period of time. They may start to deteriorate rapidly, leaving you with a rug that looks exhausted, old and less than appealing. If you’re interested in a rug that’s the definition of durability, then you’ll love having a cowhide rug in your life. These rugs often stay looking attractive after years of use. This is a big plus for those who aren’t excited about the idea of having to shop for newer rugs when their older ones begun to look a little shabby.

Even though they’re called ‘rugs,’ they don’t always have to be used in that manner. Although they’re commonly used as rugs, many people use them in a few other nice ways. Some people put them on sofas as throws, for example. A cowhide print throw can add a nice and noteworthy touch to almost any sofa. Some people also use cowhide rugs as lovely wall hangings. If you want your cowhide rug to be the talk of the town among all of your home visitors, this could potentially be a good decor choice for you.

Left Handed Challenges

When I was young, I remember my mother trying to encourage me to write with my right hand. This was hard for her to do, since she was left-handed, and I wanted to be just like her! I actually have become ambidextrous, which is great, but I have developed a true empathy for “lefties” in a “right-hander’s world.” Taking notes, for example is a challenge because the notebook’s binder is on the left side, which becomes an obstruction to writing!

When Charlie told me about how he was trying to find a left handed guitar store to be able to buy a guitar for his son Jake, I offered to try to help him find one. Thank goodness for the Internet! Googling “left handed guitars” under their “shopping” tab brought up several places to check out.

Christmas Blues

I get them every year, those darn Christmas blues, but this year it seems worse than others.  I want so much for my children and I don’t just mean ‘stuff’.  I want a real home.  I want a real family life.  I want a real chance to be a better Mom than I have been.

Why is it that this time of year I go through this?  I guess it’s because we look into the eyes of these innocent children and see the wonder of life and Christmas glowing in them. Then we go look in the mirror and see the disenchantment in our own eyes knowing that the world is not a box of cherries. I don’t know about you but I long for that love and innocence again and want it to stay in my children’s eyes.

I know that a time will come when they don’t believe in Santa anymore or the magic of Christmas but I just don’t want them to look through the eyes of disenchantment at me ever.  I want them to always see the wonder of a world of possibilities for them.