Every year my siblings get together for what we call a ‘Sibling Trip’. My Brother and his wife, my sister & her hubs, and RancherMan & I pick a fun location and then vacation together. We’ve been to many fun places, but on this occasion my SIL suggested Broken Bow, OK.
I’ve heard of Broken Bow, but I don’t think I’ve ever been there. We’d decided to rent a 3-bedroom, 3 bath cabin so we could all stay together. It had a fully stocked kitchen so we could bring food and cook at the cabin a couple of nights to save some cash. Love it! Let’s get on the road.
In a continuous push to purposefully spend more time with our family, RancherMan & I always look for opportunities. We have a tradition to drive to one of our kids’ homes once a month to have dinner together & spend the day with them. They fix whatever they’d be having for supper that day, but with two more servings to accommodate RancherMan & me. We bring something to go with the meal such as dessert, a side dish, or maybe a bottle of wine – hostess’ choice!
We also try to drive to Oklahoma when we can to visit my dad, or to west Texas to visit my favorite aunt & uncle. There’s an important message here:
Spend time with the ones you love. If life is busy – make time! Tomorrow is never promised…
But recently RancherMan & I enjoyed a weekend at Surfside Beach on the Texas coast with several family members. What a special time! And RancherMan really loved the beach fishing too. (Always wearing his cooling UV-Protective Shirt of course)
As our anniversary drew near, RancherMan suggested we take a short road trip somewhere relatively close to home. We didn’t want to spend lots of money but we wanted a fun, romantic getaway. After much discussion we decided to drive to Granbury, Texas. We’ve been there on several occasions and it’s a fun town to visit.
RancherMan & I often get together with my siblings and their spouses and go away for a fun vacation. We’re running off together typically on a long weekend once or twice a year. I love that our family is still that close! We’ve been to many various places, mostly within the great state of Texas but also out to New Mexico. We’re even planning a cruise together.
On this occasion we conceded that our lives were all too busy to get away for a long period of time. But we still needed to plan a fun getaway. Family is important! So we decided to stay close to home & go all touristy in Ft. Worth, Texas.
OMGosh what a great idea! I’ve lived in the Dallas area almost all my life, so of course I’ve been to Ft. Worth many times. But it was always to drive to a specific location or event, never to stay & play. Now this is gonna be fun!
Don’t you just hate when you leave for the weekend and worry that you’ve forgotten something? Me too! Our trips are often during a weekend but sometimes the duration is a week or so. Clouds of doubt circle my head: “Did we unplug the coffee pot? What about the garden pump, did we turn it off? Uuug, I forgot to take the compost outside before we left!”
We don’t travel often but every time we do I feel that familiar “what did we forget” dread, I know most of you are the same. But no more! Check out today’s easy homestead hack, y’all.
I wrote recently about a basket. A handmade basket. A beautiful basket. MYbasket.
You see, I’d wanted an open-top basket for a long time and I was really trying to find one at a thrift store. Not only would it be less expensive but I wanted it to be used instead of new. I always prefer to buy used whenever possible. It’s just an environmental thing for me.
But for months I was patient and searched for one. Alas, a suitable basket was nowhere to be found. Then one fateful day as RancherMan & I were strolling through an outdoor fair I saw her.
Oh she was a beauty! A handmade woven basket with leather handles. Deep sage greens and vibrant pink accents.
“How much?” I timidly asked. “Forty Dollars” came the reply.
Wow. Forty dollars? That’s more than I was planning on spending. But oh how I loved her! And it was certainly worth that much, having been sturdily made.
Plus I love to support artists whenever possible. So I bought that beautiful basket with the bright pink accents, hoping I’d use it as much as I thought I would. And I’m pleased to say I have!
Although we now enjoy smart phone capabilities, RancherMan & I resisted getting one for quite a long time. We just couldn’t justify the cost of it, including the increased cost for data usage. Plus we kept saying to ourselves “I only need a phone for calls, not for text or surfing the net!”
But now several years down the road we’re certainly wondering how we ever got by without it! Yet it’s not just for fun or convenience reasons, there are several ways having a smart phone has been really helpful on the homestead.
During a recent trip, RancherMan & I stayed at a hotel that offers a free hot breakfast. We don’t often eat a formal breakfast here on the homestead so it’s a treat for us when we travel. But although I fought landfill-bound waste in the hotel room like a ninja last year, I was distressed over the waste created at breakfast. I vowed to work on a solution to the dining trash by Mother Earth News Fair time the following year. (if you didn’t read last year’s revelations you can read that post here)
Whelp, the fair this year has come & gone and I’m happy to say I was able to significantly reduce the landfill-bound waste again. And many of these same solutions can offer less trash at the more local dining establishments too.
If you’ll remember, at last year’s fair I had breakfast twice and each time I produced about this much trash for only 15-20 minutes at the table. Check out what I did differently.
RancherMan & I are self employed. As any self-employed person knows, the toils are more meaningful but c’mon it’s true – the time requirement is much higher & the income is much less. We’re both very frugal minded though, and that helps bunches. We’re mindful of ways to save money (and even more importantly ways not to waste money).
Having this mindset allows us to live & work right here living a life that speaks to our hearts because our income requirement stays low. It’s just a state of mind, y’all! Come see 5 Frugal Things we did this week to save money.
Like my other siblings & myself, my brother has lived in Texas almost all his life. But when he married MST3K star Mary Jo Pehl (aka: Pearl Forrester) several years ago they lived in Austin for a short while, then moved waaaaay up north to Minneapolis Minnesota. Wow, now that’s a long way away for a Texas gal to visit – it’s a 14-hour drive! So each time they asked we promised we’d look into a visit soon but ranch duties, calving issues, garden chores, community commitments, etc. just kept us from being able to carve out enough time to be away from the ranch. But RancherMan stumbled upon a ‘Wanna Get Away’ fair on SW Airlines that made it affordable for us to fly out. Less time away from the ranch – let’s DO IT! First we had to drive into Big D to catch a flight…