october livin’ and lovin’

Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by mountain girl  |  6 Comments »


Fall is in full swing here, with lots of trees bare, many golden, and some hanging on to their green garb for dear life.  David has been building a fire in the mornings and evenings, and there was some straaaaange white stuff on our porch this morning.


I am rocking and rolling on a new project, and I’m super excited about it.  I had an idea with no way to execute it, so I asked my neighbor for help.  He’s a woodworker and makes amazing creations.  Check out the perfect hollow orb halfway down this page, made from one solid chunk of tree trunk.  With his garage full of power tools, I thought he would probably be able to cut a fallen aspen tree into slices.


He could, and he had them finished by the end of the day.  He also made me this sanding board with four different grades of sandpaper, and I got a pile of awesome wood scraps and a jar of tung oil along with my aspen slices.


I’m having a blast sanding them down and soaking them in oil to reveal the grain, as I started to do with this large oval.  It’s incredibly satisfying.  I’ve also found that sanding is a really effective way to trim down my fingernails (along with the edges of my fingers.)  ;0


I lie awake thinking and fall asleep dreaming about this project.  In the morning I check on my tung oil-soaked sweet thangs like babies in a cradle.  It’s goooood to feel alive again!  More info on my project when it’s closer to finish.


Monday Zia had a Birthday Book Club celebration at school.  They lumped the summer birthdays into one celebration, and had snacks and a birthday song video that was enough to drive you bonkers by the 50th time the song played.


She got to choose a book, which gets donated back to the library with her name in it.  She also got to be the first one to check it out, which I guess is kind of special.  All for the great low price of $10.  🙂



It was really pretty fun for her.  There were a bunch of kids, but I think we were the only parents there except for one other mother.  Some mothers actually have to go to work, I guess. 😉  It was awesome that David could come, since it was after he finished work and studying.  He passed his CCNP Route test Tuesday, by the way!  That is one smart dude.


We went to hear this pink-haired lady speak this weekend.  Her name is Kat Kerr, and she’s been to heaven multiple times (without dying 🙂 ).  She is on YouTube and talks about heaven and the people and places there in a way you have probably never heard.  It brings a freshness inside me every time I hear it.  Shakes you out of any stale old religious ideas that keep you away from the real, wild, and tender God He is. 🙂


This pumpkin is about to sacrifice its tender young life for the aroma of fresh baked pie to fill our humble abode.  With lots of whipped cream on top.  Slurp.


The mountains got a nice dusting of snow this week and I stopped to take some pics when I brought Zia’s water bottle (that she forgot) to school yesterday.



I think these pointy ones are so cool–they look like the top of a lemon meringue pie.





Have I ever mentioned how I love these mountains?  😉

6 Responses to “october livin’ and lovin’”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Good for you…it’s great to have a new project to look forward to – keeps your mind sharp – well maybe not at your age, guess I’m thinking of me,haha.

  2. Jennifer Miller says on :

    The views of the mountains are my favorite mountain views ever! Mostly because it always reminds me of home.

  3. appleshoe says on :

    So much to love here. I love using tung oil. It really does a good number, doesn’t it? Quite a tease about your new project. I can’t wait to see what you make. Have a blessed week.

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks! Yes, I LOVE tung oil, too! It really brings the goodness out of a plain piece of wood.

  5. Poco Mountain Girl » Blog Archive » new studio space says on :

    […] but I’m just having too much fun to blog lately.  I’ve been immersed in my latest project, working at it for hours each day.  It’s such a blast.  I would love to unveil it right now, […]

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