Friday, January 27, 2012


I went out caching with KennyV last weekend to grab my first finds of 2012. In all we found 10 caches, 9 for me though - I already had one of them. I must say, it was a nice change of pace to grab a smaller amount of caches closer to home. I think all the caching runs have tired me out a bit.

The caches we found varied in size, but for the most part were your typical hides... except the ones that eluded us of course. I usually bring my ipod with me with cache descriptions for reference if needed, but I didn't have it with me this time around. We looked for one cache twice - If have known the difficulty was a 4.5 I either would have looked harder or given up sooner ;-) We all know that in the end it's not the caches that matter but where the caching takes us, our experiences... the whole "getting outside" part of it that matters. One of the first few caches pointed out this crested saguaro.


I saw and learned the name of this new plant, a Fairy Duster.

Fairy Duster

But one of the highlights of the caching trip was defintly the dam.

Dam Cache

One minute we are, driving in a neighborhood. The next we're standing in a small canyon and see a dam! Even though the cache was called "Just Another Dam Cache" I wasn't expecting it. The GPS was indicating that we needed to be on the other side....

So we made out way through...

Bonk! I hit my head.

We looked around but our GPS units were pointing straight at the rock walls of the canyon. I was poking around looking in the usual spots and before I knew it, Ken was gone and had made the find!

Only 61 more caches to 1000 finds!!

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

GH at KI

I'll watch any show involving the paranormal. I like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, Ghost Adventures, Psychic Kids, A Haunting, Celebrity Ghost Stories.... and the list goes on. I don't know what it is that gets me hooked. I've never had an "encounter" with a spirit, or even know if I believe they exist....

Anyway, This past week Ghost Hunters featured Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. I grew up nearby and had a pass just about every summer. Many days were spent there riding roller coasters and enjoying the water park. They had fireworks at the end of every evening and at one point in time you could  see them from our house about 7.25 miles away. It was a fun amusement park to have nearby as a kid, I never knew it was haunted!

The TAPS team went there to investigate claims of a little girl in a blue dress and various other claims that the employees thought were related to an explosion back in the day.... which I ironically talked about in a previous post. They also show a cemetery near the parking lot where there were some claims. I never knew there was a cemetery there either.

So is it haunted? You'll just have to watch to find out!

Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one????!

Friday, January 13, 2012


Go take advantage of the National Parks this weekend! Entrance is free January 14th-16th.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy *Early* Birthday Stephanie!

Happy Early Birthday to my dear friend Stephanie! I finished her gifts a while ago and have been waiting to share them here on the blog. I made her some dishcloths using some Lily Sugar'n Cream cotton yarn (02235 Country Side).

I picked two of the more simple patterns, because I still don't fully understand how to read some of the harder ones... I'm workin' on it.

Crocheted Dish Clothes

I also made her a necklace. I used a silver sterling chain and this tutorial for the loops. Basically, I single crocheted around plastic rings with embroidery floss, attached them and added the chain with a couple of jump rings.

I liked the necklace so much, I ended up making one for my mom and one for myself!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Think Spring

Is it too early to be thinking about spring? It probably is, but it was fun to daydream while making these spring themed postcards for a handmade postcard swap.

handmade postcards

For the bee postcard I found a bee picture via Google Images. I printed it out, placed it over the cardboard and poked along the lines with a thumbtack. Then I played a little connect the dots with embroidery floss. With the sewing machine I stitched another piece of cardboard to the back for a place to write. 

handmade postcards

For the flower postcard I Mod Podged on some pre-cut paper flowers and glued down some plastic jewels for the centers. With the sewing machine I stitched another piece of cardboard to the back for a place to write.

handmade postcards

For the frog postcard, I traced on a frog on to a piece of balsa wood, and drew the stages of a frogs life cycle. I used tiny google-eyes for the egg stage and dressed up the adult frog with some green google-eyes and sequins. I did a couple of coats of Mod Podge over the entire thing to strengthen the wood and glued on a piece of card stock to the back for extra durability and a place to write.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hot Air

In my opinion, this is one of the only benefits of waking up early.

Hot Air!

The new job has got me on a somewhat "normal" schedule... and I hate it. I'm missing my quality snooze time. I do think a nap is in order this afternoon though. I'm battling a bout of bronchitis and while I'd love to go out and geocache, it's probably not happening this weekend. Must get too 1,000 finds. I'm only 70 away!