Pioneer Woman at Heart

One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Travel

The reason my laundry was up before the sunrise last Friday?  A college campus tour.   After traveling 260 miles round trip and paying $12.50 in road toll fees, we are pretty sure our next child will be attending college there.

The Hubs drove.  Need I say more?  If my brother and sister-in-law were driving behind us, they would have been gasping.  

On our way home, we passed an A & W drive-in.  Remember those?  We had one in our home town growing up.  We passed it, Hubby pulled off the road, then pulled a "Dukes of Hazard" straight across all lanes of traffic, and up (yes, up) the the entrance to the drive-in.  Needless to say, any projectiles in the car went flying.  People were staring at us.  I was shrinking in my seat and trying to recover, and make sure we were still all okay.  So after that, I really needed a weekend off.

We went camping.  

The weather was a cooler and so perfect for camping.  Perfect for a warming, snuggling campfire, and perfect for hot coffee in the early morning sunrise. 

 Delicious dinners and campfire s'mores.

Although hiking trails were wet and muddy, we drove to the lake and sat awhile, soaking up the beauty, and filling up our rejuvenation tanks. 

 Lakeside reading.

 Early evening game of cards.

 Reading, writing, and hot coffee.

 Delicious breakfast.

 More writing.

 More coffee.

 Our box of walnut shell fire starters.

Last campfire.

 Early morning, last chance relaxation, before returning home.

Over the weekend I was complimented on my jewelry.

Mom's spoon ring she gifted me a few years ago.  I love it and wear it often.  In fact, it's not been off my hand for several weeks now.  Rings like this are my muse for writing.  I write better with them on my fingers for some reason.

A pair of silver earrings that I wear often too.  I have gotten so many compliments on these too.

 We were back home Sunday night and all our camping gear is put away, laundry washed, dried and folded, and ready for a week of work again.  I'll be heading out to the garden to dig up carrots today.  Then back inside for more chopping and fermenting of zucchini, onions, bell peppers and hot peppers.  I have no idea what dinner will be yet.  Maybe something with eggs. 

Hubby's truck is in the driveway getting repairs.  He had to borrow my car today to get to work.  So, I'll be tinkering around the house and garden today.  I'm out of canning jars, so I won't be canning today.  Possibly tomorrow though.  We aren't done yet.


EMMA said...

Sounds like a perfect get-away, very relaxing after the 'Dukes of Hazard' incident(didn't they jump into their car via the windows? - hubby didn't do that too I hope!!!)
I often feel more creative when I'm wearing a nice piece of jewelry.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Emma, I think Hubby would if he could, ha ha!

Liz said...

I think my hubby has been know to pull a stunt like that in the car! lol.. So glad you finally made it camping. What a relaxing spot. Love the spoon ring. I haven't seen one of those in years.
I am out of rings for canning.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Liz, if it wasn't for Hubby taking more of my salsa to work, I wouldn't have to can more. I told him the next time he takes it, he better be selling it, ha ha!

Susan said...

What a nice break - and you deserve it! How many cans have you canned? Every time I think I have canned alot, I stop and think about the amount you can. Then I shut up... :)

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Susan, I had to laugh. I don't know how many jars I've canned, but it's a lot. I am about to can more zucchini salsa tomorrow. Then possible a conserve if I am up to it.

Katmom said...

Kristina, like your hubby, I too would have pulled a "Dukes of Hazard" to get to that A&W for a tall frosty mug o' rootbeer! just sayin' lol!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Ha ha! We did get there and enjoyed it. The sign said they were only open for 16 more days of the season too.

Unknown said...

Cograts on your child going to college! Nothing better than that for having lots of options later. Good camping, I missed that this summer...

Sam I Am...... said...

What a great weekend! If I were near I would have gone with you! LOL! I love the "camp" stitchery in your pictures. Did you do all that? Great stitching!
Ah, A&W....remember the little baby mugs you could get for the kids? So glad you got a chance to get away as you have all been working hard this summer.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Yes, all the stitching is my handiwork - cloth napkins.

Nancy, unfortunately this daughter will be in debt in order to go to college. The older two have their tuition pretty much paid for via the military.

Unknown said...

Our kids got some grants/scholarships, and students loans at a very low interest. It's good investment. All of our girls did consolidation loans after graduation, that saved a bunch...