Monday, May 27, 2019

The Fabric of Our Lives

Well, its no longer cold - in fact, Alabama is having a heat wave. Time to pull up stakes (or at least pack the leveling blocks) and head to Indiana and some cooler temps. Its curtains for gulf living for a while! 
Talking about curtains....we finished another project! We found these cute curtains for crazy cheap at a Ross' and (with some help from a local seamstress here in the park) we hemmed them to the right length AND even added backing.  And then - 
Hmmm, that's not the right photo. That's dough for....
homemade noodles! 
Nope, that's a sticky bun from Warehouse Bakery.
Also, not the right photo. That's a beignet from Fish River Grill. Jeesh, you would think all we do is eat when we're at the gulf...
Ah hah! Here's the right photo. Do you spot something missing from this window?
 Yup, the valance! We removed the old valances and blinds from the two living room windows. Once we had some curtains to fit the windows - 
we ordered curtain tracks from, well, Curtain-Tracks
That's where the Airstream and vintage trailer crowd gets their replacement tracks from. The company has reasonable prices and good, sturdy (aka metal) products. 
We ordered ceiling curtain track kits, which came with instructions and ALL THE PARTS. Since we have long overhead cabinets above each window, installation was as simple as putting up the tracks, screwing the brackets into the cabinets, and hanging the curtains.
Since our windows are so big, we actually installed two tracks on each side. One track has sheers....
And the other track has blackout curtains. We went back and forth about whether to do two sets of curtains on each window, but we are glad we did. Now we just have to decide - do we want to continue to have valances in the bedroom? Or change over to curtains? Hmmmm... 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mardi Gras - Alabama Style!

Oh look, its another post! Although we're pretty sure nobody is reading anymore. Mardi Gras for us started with an entire CASE of coconut moon pies.
Oh yes, they make coconut moon pies - so good, all of our crew begs for bites.
We also picked up a king cake from Rouse's  and then, finally, finally made a real Mardi Gras parade. This one was in Foley, which is one of the smaller parades in the area. Enjoy!

Next post - we promise to stop just posting pictures and actually catch back up on life stuff!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ballyhoo - Free!

What the heck is Ballyhoo? It's a local Gulf Shores festival that takes place in early March and attendance is free! We recommend checking the Mullet Wrapper for details, because the Gulf Shore Alliance generally offers off site parking and shuttle service to the event.

The festival has artisans, food trucks, and also features dancing by the Poarch Creek American Natives, which is a tribe of Creek Native Americans. There was a wide range of costumes and dancing, although most of the dances were the more modern "pow wow" styles. Enjoy!

We Need A Bigger Boat!

So we may have gotten a little lazy about this whole blogging thing....
"A little?"
All right, Crockett, you have a point. So, in a sad (and probably futile) attempt to catch this blog up, we're throwing up some photo heavy posts. 

Um, that came out wrong...

Moving on! These first photos are from our trip to see replicas of two very famous tall ships, the Niña and the Pinta. The Columbus Foundation sails these two ships into different ports throughout the year. Both ships are caravels and are surprisingly tiny - even though the "new" Pinta was built slightly larger than the original. 


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Getting a Handle On RV Repairs

 In Louisiana, in the middle of dealing with the storm, this happened. Since  everyone keeps asking for more pictures of the crew, we will let them help tell the rest of this story.
"Woah, mom! Easy on the RV!!"
 That's right, I go to leave  - and the handle came off in my hand. I examine the handle, hoping it was just a loose bolt or something, but nope, the metal has actually sheered off! The Biker, thinking quickly, dives out the front passenger door and lockes our entrance door from the outside with his keys. 
 "Um, guys? Could you please fix this door? I am getting tired of having to go in and out the front cab just for a walk!"
 Relax, Crockett. Winnebago sends parts in two days - even for 1999 Itascas. Thank you, Winnebago! 
 The Biker pulls out his trusty drill, lines up a few holes, and voila!
 We have a door handle again!
 "Good job! This means more walks, right?"
 This also means we can use the screen door on again!
 "Um, Mom? It's January and 40 degrees. Why is this door open?!?"