Rocket Garden

NASA, and anything space related, especially vintage, is something we both really like. So a weekend trip to Florida to visit the space center at Cape Canaveral seemed like a good idea for our fifth anniversary. Neither of us had ever been before. It was the end of September, an escape to someplace tropical and warm before the cold winter months began. 

My grandma told me she lived nearby for a few years before moving back to Michigan and would often see the rocket launches from her house.  My grandpa was a NASA engineer.  I wish he was still around so I could hear all his stories that I never got to hear.

Rockets from various eras of the space program sit in the Rocket Garden, towering over the space center museums. It’s crazy to see these giant things, and realize the amount of fuel needed to leave our planet.

Weekly Journal- Goodbye Bathroom

Chester says goodbye to one of his favorite places to hang out, as this sink, and the rest of the bathroom, are about to be demolished completely. The process is supposed to take two weeks to complete.  And hopefully Chester likes the new sink just fine.

I moved to a new, and slightly larger desk at work, and gained a few more windows. I also finally obtained a second monitor, making my transition to a senior position complete. There had been quite a few depressed days at work recently, but luckily by the end of last week I was feeling a lot better. Hopefully it continues!

The fish tank is slowly filling up. I added some of my favorite fish, cory catfish, but they were apparently sick from the pet store because a lot of them didn’t make it.. Coming home from work three days in a row to find another cute fish dead didn’t do anything to help my sadness. But all the remaining fish seem healthy, now just to find them some friends to replace the ones now resting in my flower garden.

Well, the bathroom is getting destroyed this week. We have another bathroom, but that’s currently the one the cats use, and we have never used it before so that will be interesting.  It also doesn’t have a shower.  Luckily my mom lives just up the road!

The Motel From a Dream

Staying in normal chain hotels is pretty boring.

Although it can be a bit of a risk to stay in some random motel, it always makes for a more interesting story and a more fun experience.

It was summer 2018, and I was looking for a place to stay on a last minute weekend trip to Cocoa Beach Florida to visit the space center. As soon as I saw a picture of this pastel castle, the opportunity to stay here could not be passed up. It went along perfectly with what my brain had dreamed up retro Cocoa Beach would be. The reviews were mediocre, but we’re not picky. The price was pretty cheap, but not the cheapest on the list.  Right where I like it. From the photos online, it looked like my dream motel.

This Motel is called Fawlty Towers, and I couldn’t find any more information on it before booking. But later on during our stay, I read that it had once temporarily became a nude motel in hopes of increasing business.  I couldn’t find any info on if clothing was still optional, but everyone I saw there kept their clothes on. whew!

The motel formed a square, where every room had a back door that faced the courtyard with a pool.  Palm trees covered the property and it was like a quiet little oasis.

At night, the courtyard pool felt a little like an alternate reality. I loved it.

The room was nice enough, with all the things you’d expect a motel to have.  It was clean and the bed was comfortable.

This crazy motel makes the list of top favorite places I’ve ever stayed.  I would definitely stay here again on another trip to Cocoa Beach.

 

 

The First Time I Saw the Desert

I’d never seen the desert before, but I’ve always wanted to.  It seemed like such an intriguing  landscape, so different from the dense green rolling hills I was used to. Where palm trees weren’t a strange sight, and cactuses grew naturally.

One day I discovered some cheap flights to Las Vegas, and suddenly a week long desert adventure was being dreamed up. Five hours to the other side of the country was the longest I had ever spent in a plane. I loved every minute of it; seeing the landscape change before my eyes.

 In the rental car we explored the desert world for the first time. The land was so flat, with no tall trees, you could almost see straight across to the other side of the city.  Mountains stood tall in the distance, surrounding Las Vegas like a wall.

I stared along the palm tree lined streets, having never seen more than a few palm trees before.

I continued to stare out the car window as we passed all the famous casinos.  Strange to see them all in person. Only ever seeing them in movies, it almost felt like they didn’t actually exist.

Nestled around the shiny sparkling casinos, run down motels and other attractions lay as ruins, providing quite a big contrast.

Even the houses matched the desert color theme.

The seven days in the desert were off to a good start.

Flowers in Stock

My Etsy shop is open again, and this time with lots of new things.

The shop first began when I started putting interesting postage stamps and tiny pictures into resin, and then turning them into magnets and necklaces.  Recently, after a bit of a long break, I started putting colorful little flowers along with moss and some glitter into resin for a new type of design.

It’s been so much fun creating all these different colorful designs and I am excited about making even more. Making something new and different is just the inspiration I needed to start my shop back up again.

Find these necklaces and more in my Etsy Shop, for $15.00.

Also follow along on my shop’s Instagram.

Hopefully even more items will be added soon!

Weekly Journal- Flowers and Stroganoff

The aquarium still isn’t ready for fish yet, but it should be any day now. I added a few new plants, as well as an airstone that produces very tiny bubbles.  This is now one of my favorite corners of the tank.

Some flowers have begun to appear this week. A reassurance that spring is one the way.

I had an odd craving for a mushroom-y onion-y sauce last week.  Odd because I don’t really like mushrooms. Turns out I was craving stroganoff so I made a veggie version which turned out great.

 

Hopefully this week brings fish and more good food.

The End Of Winter

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This was a day at the very end of winter a couple of years ago. These pictures have been sitting in my drafts for a while now, and it seemed time to post them.  This is from another time.  A bit of a sadder time, but that’s ok.

The day was warm, after many months spent in the cold. It wasn’t quite time for spring, but it was one of those days that let you know that spring was just around the corner. Winter was almost done.

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It was a Sunday afternoon that felt strange, like the precious weekend had been partly wasted. So we went for a walk, and it made up for those restless feelings.

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The sun was setting later and later each day, another promise that spring was on the way.

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An Ice Day

Ice fell from the sky, and covered the gardens in a thin frozen blanket.

I wandered around, thinking about when it was warm and all the flowers were in bloom.

It won’t be much longer now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Journal- Fruit, Ice and Fish Tank

 Everyone was thoroughly entertained by the wild array of fruit I brought for some birthdays at work, instead of the usual cake or dessert since many are avoiding junk food right now.

The forecast had briefly predicted snow, but all that happened was a bit of ice. Too bad.
The much anticipated fish tank has been up and running for a week now!  So far a family of snails have hitched a ride on some of the plants and made themselves at home.  I’m glad to have something to watch while I wait for the right water parameters to be able to add fish.

A Surprising Amount of Snow

For days, the predicted amount of snow grew and grew, until record amounts were scheduled to fall one early December day. 

The flurries started late on Saturday night and by the time I woke up on Sunday, over eight inches had fallen and it was still coming down.

Snowfalls in December here are rare. Snowfalls with more than a few inches here are rare too. It was a very special Sunday.

The snow continued into Monday and by the time it stopped, almost a foot and a half had fallen.  More snow than I had ever seen.

I love the snow and am always wishing I lived somewhere far north, where it wasn’t such a rare sight.  But on these few special days, it felt like I was living somewhere else.