Archive for September 2009
In Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia……
walking is the primary mode of transportation.
Occasionally, a messenger might come charging down the street……
or a military officer might ride by on a mighty steed.
Docile yoked oxen can be found resting in the shade before returning to their work in the fields.
Horse drawn vehicles are everywhere.
Functional and fast……
Fanciful and flowing….
First-class and formal….
In the evenings the horses retire to a serene green pasture..
surrounded by a split rail hand-notched fence.
And I wonder how, in those lovely long dresses,
did the ladies tip-toe through all the piles of horse poop scattered all over the road ?
Happy wondering….let’s have a cup of tea and be grateful for this wonderful day !
The Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington suggested we visit the Museum of Glass.
We had been invited to a glass blowing session at our resident glass blower in Surprise Valley. That experience was fascinating and as a homeschooling project it was incredible.
The working artist at the Museum of Glass work in pairs….on delicate, transparent compositions.
Shaping and sculpting…..
then into the fire……
and out again for more shaping and sculpting……
The works of art produced are delightful and whimsical….
and quite stunning !
After the dump run and a few more clean up chores at the ranch, I decided to hook up my Wild Blue internet and connect with the more populous parts of the world !
Wild Blue is especially helpful to us who live in the most remote areas on God’s Great Earth ! (Birds really like Wild Blue too).
We always unplug the internet when we leave. We know from experience that an unexpected storm and power outage might occur and wreck havoc with all kinds of systems ! This has been firmly established in our minds after we lost 2 freezers full of beef !!
I plugged in the internet device. However, my computer kept saying ” perhaps you are out of range”. Well, that made me hoppin’ mad ! It isn’t cheap to have high speed internet service in the boondocks and I sure expected it to work !
I called the tech support number, which of course, re-routed me to another number and then it wasn’t even a “living” human being, but a recording asking me to go through a few simple steps. While listening, and remembering not to respond to the recording, I performed the required tasks. Like a robot I unplugged and plugged in the device again. And, still holding the phone to my ear, I saw there was another cord lying there. The recording continued to give directions, which I only half heard. I plugged in the second cord and low and behold, my device started showing the tell tale yellow light that says we have a wireless connection !
Thank God I had been talking to a recording and not a real person !
Obviously, I should have had a cup of tea first….but, you know, any time is a good time for tea !
From Cedarville to the ranch on County Road one,
you have to watch for……
And watch out for your neighbor…..
And while you’re watching out for the critters and the farm machinery,
you also have to watch for rocks !!
Most of the the time the half hour trip is uneventful, but there have been days and nights when we have encountered all of the above !
Happy travels and don’t forget to have your tea when you get there !
My Sweet Husband and I saw Angela Logan on Fox News talking about making apple cakes and selling them to make her mortgage payment.