The power of positive energy is a wonderful thing. There were so many of you that sent positive thoughts my way, that it helped me to find my USB cord. I found it in the drawer in the camper that has all the games and cards. Obviously, this would be the safest place to keep “fun” stuff, like my camera charger!!! After all, I have fun with my camera, right!?!

So here are the photos from yesterday:

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This is the back of Norman’s head. Does anyone else see the “Peace” sign, or am I just imagining it there? And, if you do see the “Peace” sign, how cool is it that my cat has a “Peace” sign on his head and I just happen to sign all my posts with “Peace”!?! Honestly, I didn’t notice this when I first adopted him and I’ve been signing “Peace” for much longer than Norman has been around. Pretty interesting coincidence, huh?

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Here is my craft drawer in the camper all filled up and ready for some quilting time. I have the back sashing to sew down on the Bedford Beauty quilt. Then, if I need something else to do, I have my Tea Leaves pieces to work on. If I get tired of hand sewing, I brought some knitting (more dishclothes!)
I also have a tote bag with fabric that needs pressed, so I could iron that at some point. And I have a small mat, ruler and rotary cutter. I plan on cutting some 1 1/2″ strips off the fabric that needs pressed and working on some ideas for the Irish Chain quilt that I’d like to do. I’m going to cut some 1 1/2″ squares to play with layouts to try to decide which fabric I want for background and which I want to use for the chains. I wonder if I have enough sewing to hold me over the next four days!?!

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A great big bowl of homemade granola. YUM!! And here’s the recipe:

8 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup instant dry milk powder (adds protein)
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sunflower kernels
1 cup oil ( I used canola)
1 cup honey
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped dates

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Toast oats in large, shallow baking pan for 30 mins. stirring every 10 mins. You want to get them lightly toasted. Meanwhile, mix the next five ingredients together in a large bowl. Boil oil and honey together for about a minute. Pour over the dry ingredients, mixing well. Add all of this to the toasted and oats and toast for another 30 minutes. Be very careful with this, the honey will scorch and then the granola isn’t as tasty! After the granola is lightly browned remove from heat, let cool and then add raisins and dates.

I didn’t have dates this time so I added craisins instead. Actually, any combination of dried fruit that appeals to you would work.

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Here is the fifth wheel, all ready to pull out for our trip.

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Icicles and all!!

Now I need to share our little adventure while getting ready to go. And don’t worry, no one was injured and everything worked out Okay!!! DH and I were planning on leaving early yesterday morning. Due to the weather, we didn’t get to do that. So I had a little time to get more things cleaned up before we left. Yay!! Then DS#2 and DH got to talking. DS#2 was also taking his camper on this little expedition, but he couldn’t leave until later in the day. So DH decided that we would wait until DS could leave and we’d travel together. Nice thought and I didn’t mind, but I said that I had no plans for supper at home. I was thinking that we would stop for supper along the way. Now we wouldn’t be leaving until it was almost supper time. DH, bless his heart, decided that we would leave a little earlier, stop to fuel up the truck and get a quick meal at the truck stop. Not my favorite restaurant, but it’s okay. DS would catch up with us at the truck stop and we’d be on our way.

So that was the plan. DH was happy, DS was happy and I was happy. We hit the road, got to the truck stop, filled up the tank (a horror-filled moment when we have to do that!!) and settled down for a quick meal. It wasn’t too bad for truck stop food and I didn’t have to cook or clean up, sweet! Just as the waitress gave us our check, DH gets a phone call.

DS#2 had just pulled out of his driveway and started down the road when the rear axle on his camper broke!!! OH NO!!! He told us we should just go on our own, but you parents out there will know that mom and dad cannot leave their children in the lurch, no matter how old those children are!! We went back to see what the damage was and offer whatever help we could. The worst case scenario would have been the camper couldn’t be fixed and DS#2, his friend and my DBIL would have transferred their essentials to our camper and we would have all continued with our trip. (We are intrepid adventurers – we don’t let a little thing like a broken axle get in the way of our fun!!!) Fortunately, we didn’t have a worst case scenario. DS#2 has a good friend that has every mechanic’s tool and part that you can think of (well, maybe not every tool and part, but close.) And since this happened close to home instead of 100 miles down the road, his buddy was able to get there right away, jack up the camper and repair the “U” joint that was the cause of the problem. There was no actual damage to the axle, so once the joint was repaired, we were good to go!!

We arrived without any further problems and set up our home away from home.

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I’m linking up with Nina-Marie at Creations for Off the Wall Friday. Click HERE to see what’s going on over there.

And I’m linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I think making it here in one piece deserves a whoop-whoop! Click HERE

Peace