Still here!

So we bought our trailer, got our house on the market…..now, if we could just get out of here! My husband and I both have a tendency to think we can accomplish more than we really can. We were shooting to leave around early April. Each week we keep saying, maybe next week. So the end of April is rapidly approaching and we are still not leaving. Why?  Hmmmmm……good question. The trailer retrofit is coming along, but my husband is also working so managing both is tricky. I can’t put anything into the trailer until he is done making a mess. I have however, been sewing away. I have made sheets for the boys (mind you trailer beds are not normal sizes), throw pillows, black out curtains, regular curtains and next up is privacy curtains for the boys bunks. I think once we get on the road we will be glad we took the time to make some modifications and pretty the trailer up (why are trailers SOOO ugly?!) but in the meantime I am getting a bit antsy. I am however, enjoying spring and all the little things that seem to be emerging in our yard. Spring always puts a smile on my face!

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Hello there…..remember me?

So I know I am not the first one to start a blog and then let it lie fallow….I have done it before and I’ll probably do it again! Ever since I started a Rock and Fern Instagram account, I haven’t felt the need to post here much. I was originally posting here to share my photography and creative endeavors and doing that on a simpler level on Instagram has been really rewarding.

That said, as of late, I have also been rather quiet on Instagram. Sometimes in life there is just a lot going on, and I tend to be a rather private person. I also don’t have a very reactive personality, I tend to let things simmer in my head for awhile before I make decisions, form opinions or share my thoughts. So, it has been awhile and I am now ready to share. In the past few weeks we have had a number of things happen. First I decided that being home with my two boys 24/7 was wearing on me and thus, them. I made the decision to put them in daycare for two days a week and work as a substitute teacher in my old school. This would give us a little space, time with people our own age, allow my older son to do some more formal learning and get me back in the school to see how I was feeling about returning full time. All in all, this has been a great decision, and I’m not really sure why I didn’t think of it sooner.

One of the reasons I probably didn’t do this sooner was that we thought we would be moving this winter/spring. However, just a few weeks ago we determined that the move to a suburban environment far from the mountains wasn’t going to be the right move for us. This was huge, as we had kind of been preparing for this and thinking it would happen since late fall. So all of a sudden we were back thinking about our original plan…..our original plan was to just leave. Sell the house, pack up a travel trailer and explore. All of a sudden, we seemed to have that option again, and we got excited. We have kindergarten and the school year looming in September, but if we leave soon we have a good few months of travel available to us. So, that is it folks, we have made the decision to do this. We want to see parts of the US that we have never seen. We want to check out areas we think we might like to live in. We are just ready for a change. Two weeks ago we bought a travel trailer, which my husband is retrofitting to work for us. We are continuing to finish up all those millions of small projects around the house, but did manage to get the house on the market last week!  In a few weeks we hope to push off and the only thing we definitely have on the docket is going south and enjoying some warmer weather.

Beauty in the Bark

While out for a snowshoe last week I discovered this tree which looked like a heart to me. Wishing everyone a happy (but belated) Valentine’s Day.

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While I was wandering, thinking, puttering, observing, listening and sucking wind I remembered that I had seen a Design Sponge Instagram challenge on texture #dstexture. I have always loved macro photography and figured this would be a good time to play around while I got some fresh air and cleared my head. So instead of going the normal route I followed some older logging paths and animal tracks and took these pictures.

2015-02-07 15.44.16I don’t know the name of the above lichen, however I do have a fancy pants way of remembering what a lichen is. This little saying I learned years ago at camp.

Freddy Fungus and Alice Algae took a lichen to each other, but their marriage is on the rocks.

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Not sure what this lichen is either, however I like that there is a little piece of Old Man’s Beard in the middle.

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Birch trees are beautiful. Hope you had a lovely weekend!