Thursday, September 26, 2013

Things I've always wanted to do in America #29

Speaking of things I've always wanted to do in the USA... here with a quick look at our day at the county fair.

Filled with goats and ponies, kids being violently thrown from sheep, tiny pig races, a ferris wheel, something deep-fried, blue ribbon pumpkins and oh so much more.

When Ben was at the County Fair last year, he kept sending me pictures of goats and over-sized egg plants... all I could think was: Next year I'll be at the county fair, I'll be a wife and a permanent citizen and probably eating something horribly unhealthy. Man, I couldn't wait for that day. Now I'm already looking forward to the next one... might even enter the pie contest next year.

RepreSENT !

Monday, September 23, 2013

Things I've always wanted to do in America #12

While the chances are that I won't be able to go to school in a yellow school bus and eat cafeteria food like they did in the movies, I have managed to add a few checks to my list.

It's a weird kind of list. Not very impressive, and I don't even fully know what's on there. It's just a list of things I've wanted to do in America based on books, movies, tv shows, blogs and American friends I've been exposed to over the years.

Some checks have included: Eating a Krispy Kream doughnut, going to Yellow Stone, New Years in Eve in Times Square, shopping at Yard Sales (and oh my have I checked this one), spending a day at the county fair and so on.

One such odd desire: go to a pumpkin patch, another has been to go 'pick your own' anything. I honestly can't believe I went the whole summer without heading out to Green Bluff and picking my own darn strawberries like all the cool girls do. Oh well, I more than made up for that.

Pumpkins, apples, blackberries and flowers!

 All this fresh country air suddenly inspired me to ask Ben to take a few "outfit" shots of me. Something I may or may not introduce here... But my inner super model/posing without posing self just didn't seem to appear. Anyway, the shoes are from Woolworths, and so is the bag and so is the scarf... I think. Oh never mind, maybe I'll be a classy outfit post girl in my next blog life.

Our trip out here did nothing but feed this dream we have of one day living in the country with all out goats and peacocks. 

I would like say something about apples if I may? If all apples tasted like these apples did off the tree I'd probably wouldn't call them the boring fruit. So sorry about that apples! I didn't know you could taste that good.
I'm sure there are places in South Africa to go pick stuff to over joy your picking heart, but I just never thought to do that, not anywhere around Jo'burg that I know of anyway. So, that's why, check! Check to still getting my tourist on, even though I live here now.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Last week this time...

Every night, as I turn off my bedside lamp and kiss my best friend good night I start thinking about this ol blog of mine, and oh, if you could only read what I think I'll write here the next day and then never do. Nino over at Text Sketches spoke about keeping a notepad by her bedside table a few weeks ago... I should do that.

While I'm not here to share one of those brilliant posts with you as I envision before I fall asleep, I am here to share with you what I was up to last week this time. I still haven't decided if that feels like a really long or short time ago. I think this time of year just messes with me. Like Christmas, it basically just ended like, what, two months ago?

We're trying to get as much camping and outdoors with out snow stuff crammed into these last few weekends before The Cold hits. Well camping and yard sales but more on that on a later post. So I was just so thrilled when the lovely Katie from Chestnut Mocha  and her husband Ben agreed that we four should go camping. Here are a few kiekies (photos) from last weekend this time.  We can't wait to do Fall-y things with them these coming months, like going to the corn-maze! One just meets such wonderful people online. (and via Instagram)

We went camping at Green Bay, Idaho. Which is a little gem of a place if you can get over the bee problem. It's tricky to find and not the best road,but campsites are a) free!!! and b) spacious and close to this gorgeous body of water. A win for sure, we'll be back (with anti-bee things).

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I'm still here. Yay, right!?

I know I've been a little missing in action around these parts. Thank you deeply for being hart broken at the lack of posting the last few weeks.

I'm not sure how bloggers blog with full time office jobs... Cause I'm struggling (are you secretly blogging at work..?? Tell me, this is a safe space).

What I'd like to do is take a tad more time off from Lanlettie and think about how to organically keep it the outlet it's been over the last few months as a freelance/unemployed housewife.I've figured out so far that I still need to come hang out here every now and then so I know this is not the end. Your sigh of relief there, is also much appreciated.

In the meantime I'll be dreaming up posts to do with falling for in love with Spokane Fall, dealing with the whole 30 (as started today) and other juicy stories, will make you want to be my friend on bloglovin forever and ever.

So until then, this sleeping goat:
 ...and these fury cow bums:

Monday, September 2, 2013

Thank you Summer, I love you forever.

As much as I'm not ready to let the summer move on down to my loved ones in the Southern hemisphere, I know it's the right thing to do.

I will spend September graciously accepting you in Fall and then (dramatic sigh) Winter...

To honor the moving along of wonderful summer I've decided to share some of the highlights.  I'd love for you to scroll through these pictures in slow motion while listening to this sad sad song.

Haha not really.
I'm so thankful for this first newly wed, American based summer.

The long days, the camping, the 3 National Parks I got to experience, the hiking, the beer tastings, the evening walks that could last forever. Ice-cream.   
 The only way to move forward will be with thankfulness and a slight personality change. The kind of personality that's a Fall lover, the kind that looks forward to boots and scarves, Netflix, hot chocolate and soup and cozy and snuggles and falling leaves... doesn't sound so bad when I think about it like that. 
 Prepare for post like 'Why I still love winter' coming in the next few months. Which looking back really helped in not becoming a 'short-day-stay-inside-freezing' hater. 

Northwest summer, I love you and I'll miss you. Bring on the holiday season and pumpkin flavor EVERYTHING. I'm ready for you...

This was a pretty awesome way to spend the 'last day of summer', meeting the lovely Katie and her husband Ben from ChestnutMocha in person. New friends, ski lifts, that view, who can stay sad for long!?