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Jul 18, 2015

The Road Trip That Almost Wasn't, New Recycled Garden Fence & Decor, More Thrifting! Fermented Pickles

Little Payette Lake

The Road Trip That Almost Wasn't-
This last week Dave was off on vacation so we made plans to go to McCall for 2 days. Soak up some sun, the lakes and green. Our prep went well, we left rested Wed. morning about 9 a.m. I drove out of town, light traffic, clear, easy going. About 40 miles or so out of town, on the 4 lane interstate, doing about 80 (the speed limit), Dave and I both noticed simultaneously the cars ahead had their brake lights on, and then that they were STOPPED. As I started locking up my brakes I saw a horse very calmly crossing the interstate median thru the cars. Then I saw the other 3 horses! Oh my, I'm thinking, as I'm looking ahead- "will I hit the car ahead of me, should I go right into that lane, where's the most room, or onto the median where I will probably roll the car???" Hmmm... what to do? I just kept the brakes locked and didn't hit anyone! I also didn't pee my pants :) I called the state police and they were already on the way. A big fine for the owners I bet, and all the troopers to come out. Very scary...

The rest of the trip was great! I even hit my favorite animal shelter thrift store Mcpaws Thrift Store, twice! We went up to the top of Brundage Mountain on the chair lift, so fun! Hiked around for an hour or more on the top, about 7,000 feet. Gorgeous views. We also went to little Payette Lake, more remote, and much quieter. Fun trip, and all we could afford with a lot of home improvement lately. Here;s some random photos, mostly Dave;s as I forgot my camera!

top of Brundage Mountain looking down

wild flowers

old observation fire cabin, circa 1914

top of Brundage Mountain looking down onto McCall and Payette Lake

fire tower

the ride up

I loved this tree :) Moss growing on the dead wood

More wildflowers

New Recycled Garden Fence & Decor-
When we tore down the shed Dave saved all the lumber. Later he decided to use it to replace our old garden/chicken run fencing with the recycled lumber. The gate was falling apart and the ugly posts were just, ugly! So yesterday and today Dave built a new fence and added the thrifted gate. It looks so much better! Before pictures-

Old fencing- hog panels, chicken wires and garden posts, empty back fencing :(

old gate, falling apart and posts rotting

1st section done! Wood frame, chicken wire, no hog panels
All done! Just need to tweak a few things and tidy up...

New gate, $10.00 Lowe's, a special order return, a very heavy duty privacy screen modified

Some thrifted, recycled yard art added to the fence. It was a LOT of bare fencing from my living room! 

More Thrifting!
I found some fun things right before, and during our road trip. The above is- a .99 cent Ikea frame still in plastic, a $1.50 creamer set, 2 grain sack-style shams that I will modify for our couch pillow, and a French style plant stand. Dave cut some new scrap wood for the bottom of the pot stand, I'll paint the done! Got a nice blue ceramic pot, and a wonderful Patagonia messenger bag (off to eBay) for $4.00! Later I discovered inside there was the cute blue and yellow Vera Bradley wristlet bag. Didn't see that when I bought it! I think someone forgot to check the pockets! Double score...

2 pillow shams, $1.50, to recover my couch pillows for the summer, cute!

Only $4.00, what a steal!

I saw this at Goodwill, not for me, but I bet a quilter would love it!

my recent thrifted tabletop conservatory now has an African violet and some seashells

Fermented Pickles-
I made some fermented pickles today and I love them! Great for your stomach and so much FASTER to make! Ferment for 10 days then into the fridge. No heat, no vinegar, no canning. Simple and delish! Here's the recipe I use-

Clean jar and lids, pickling cukes, dill to taste (or not), 1-3 TBL salt (I use canning), 3-4 cups water. Dissolve the salt in warm water, let cool, pack cukes, add herbs. I also add some pickling spice and garlic. Let sit at room temp for 7-10 days. Burp the jars as needed. If scummy remove and reseal. There's lots of free recipes here- Culturesforhealth 


Mama Pea said...

You pack so much into your posts that it's hard to comment on just one thing! I ALWAYS find them very interesting and full of ideas, tips and eye-candy whether it be of your little trips or backyard doings or decorating ideas. Fermented pickles, too!

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Thanks Mama!!! I don't have all your garden to tend to (sadly) so I'm busy with other stuff :)

Jennifer Prior said...

Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


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Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Love those views! I liked that fire cabin. Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a comment.

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Thanks Kim!

Mindie Dittemore said...

Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Monday Blog Hop! Can't wait to see what you have this week!!

Leigh said...

I agree, fermented pickles are the best! Thanks for the link.

The new fence is fantastic, love the gate. :)

Looks like a good trip, too.

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Thanks! The gate is so much more sturdy and stiff. The pickles are smelling good! Only 2 more days :) The trip was great...

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