Change

Change is all around us. Most of it we can't control. Some we can. I have had a lot of both in my life lately and I'm learning to embrace it. As my life is taking a new direction I decided it was time to take the blog down a new path as well. I will be posting a travel journal of sorts to document our simple journeys and I would love to share it with you. Welcome!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Going Green in the Natural State

We have been hanging around close to home lately.  Business is slowing down as the summer draws closer and will pick back up full speed ahead in the fall. Between now and then we are preparing to welcome two new grand babies to the world, both boys. (Is there any other kind?) ( Except for the one and only Brookie, heart o' my heart)

This week was a trip to Arkansas for the midwife home visit all birth participants are asked to attend.  I have been blessed to be present for all six of my grandchildren's births so far, and Lord willing, I will be at the next two.

Somewhere along the way, my daughters have become these organic, earthy, natural women.  Amy has gone the large family/homeschooling route; Kristin has gone the way of  baby-wearing/cloth diapering/herbal/midwifery/home birthing. I was more of a middle-of-the-road traditional gal, so my girls fascinate me.  I fully support both of them and have learned a lot from them.

For some time now I have heard of "The Green Corner Store" in Kristin's conversations, so much so, that it had become almost legendary in my mind. She has purchased many things from there, including cloth diapers, natural soaps, local honey, Logan's amber teething necklace, lip balms and herbs.
So this morning while we were out for her prenatal chiropractic visit she took me by The Green Corner Store!


 From their website:
"The Green Corner Store is located at the northeast corner of 15th and Main Streets, in the historic South Main District of downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.  We are inside the circa 1905 Lincoln Building built by C.J. Lincoln, a local drug wholesaler. It originally housed the C. H. Dawson drug store and soda fountain which operated for 60 years. After being vacant for a period of time, the building housed a car audio store and most recently a law firm. The Lincoln Building is now used by The Green Corner Store.  In 1996, the Lincoln building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places"



"After researching and practicing a sustainable lifestyle, healthy living and safer alternatives for more than 15 years, Shelley Green (yes, our owner's last name is really Green!) opened The Green Corner Store in the summer of 2009 with a strong commitment to preserving and sustaining the environment.
reminiscent of an old-fashioned general store...... the first and only eco-lifestyle retail store in Arkansas. The Green Corner Store sells environmentally friendly goods that are truly better for people, pets and the planet. We offer easy ways to be "greener" without sacrificing style, convenience or comfort.
The Green Corner Store carries the basic necessities for everyday living - plus fun items like gifts, toys, accessories,  products that are environmentally preferable to others on the market. They can take the place of disposables and reduce emissions. They are recyclable and/or made from recyclable materials, are compostable, organic and, whenever possible, sourced from local suppliers. "

Beautiful old soda fountain


Apparently a popular spot, I had to wait to catch these
 tables empty to grab this shot.

Many vendors have goods here: Soaps, herbs, honey, jams,
 baby things, jewelry--all homemade or Fair Trade items.

Between the soaps, lavender and other fresh natural things,
 it smelled wonderful in the store!














....3 weeks.......




I particularly liked the antique oak shelving throughout the store.
The Green Corner Store definitely appeals to all the senses. In hindsight, I am regretting not getting a scoop from the Loblolly Creamery bin at the soda fountain.  Clearly, I was not on my a-game!

All in all, this was a very pleasant experience and I enjoyed seeing this little peek into Kristin's life.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Six degrees of separation......sort of

This week's job site was in Saginaw, Texas.  But our hotel was in Hurst.

Which was practically one block from Richland Hills. 

 Have you followed all that so far?  Stay with me. 

 These cities are suburbs of Fort Worth, which is right next to Arlington. 

Arlington is the home of the Texas Rangers.

We just happened to be here opening week.

Yes, we did!!  

Game 2 of the Season Opening Series!!




We decided to go spur of the moment and had not a speck of Ranger gear with us.
(They still let us in. )

The newly renamed Globe Life Park
(previously The Ballpark in Arlington)


In memory of Shannon Stone, who fell to his death at the park in 2011.




Manager Ron Washington arguing a call.

Using the new instant replay review.

Elvis Andrus stealing second.

Mitch Moreland at the plate.


Run Mitch!

RBI for Mitch



Walk off win!!


Celebrating on the field.

Rangers 3 - Phillies 2





Saturday, March 29, 2014

Campground walkabout

The campground is called Piney Point.  Perhaps these first couple of pictures will illustrate why.





If this birdhouse seems okay to you, then your head may be a bit tilted.



Brave birds


For the most part, Spring was just on the verge of bursting. Only a few trees had not yet sprouted a few green buds.  And then there was this lovely lady, all pink and glamorous.  I don't know what kind of tree this is, but the sweet fragrance was intoxicating!






Happy trails!

Next week:  Saginaw, Texas



Friday, March 28, 2014

Around the campsite

We spent 4 glorious days and nights at the beautiful campground with my parents.  The weather was nice with a mixture of sun, clouds and a few sprinkles thrown in. The mornings and evenings were cool--just right for sitting around a fire. As you well see below, we went through a stack of wood. We only left camp once for a quick trip to town. My next post will have pictures I collected on our walks around the campground.

The view from our trailer door

The wood pile: before and after



clockwise from upper left:
 Cheesy  beefy casserole, Sweet Lemon shrimp,
Waffle corn dogs, Beef stew






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