The motorhome is parked in the driveway for a couple days. We are going to handle a few haircuts, a dentist appointment, and then we will refill and regroup to go out again. Depending on the weather, we might take off Wednesday or even Tuesday afternoon. We will see. I think our next goal is to go to a National Forest campground that we know of in northern Wisconsin. We haven't been there for a number of years. It might be nice to get back there one more time before the leaves are down and the snow begins to fall.
For right now, we have a couple things to take care of in the house...
A month or two ago, my good friend Vicky had been sorting through some of her late mother's craft items. She came across this adorable chickadee wall hanging that was only partially finished. She asked if I would mind finishing it up, in honor of her mother to make it for her and her father to enjoy in memory of their beloved mom and wife.
Of course, I jumped at the chance. Beloved Evelyn had already done the hard work of all the adorable little chickadees. All I had to do was finish up the border, sandwich it together with batting and backing.... and run over it with my quilting machine. I put pretty swirls all over it in muted grey thread. Then I put the binding around the edge and four little hanging tabs on top.
It was a lot of fun to finish it up, and I felt thrilled to be asked to complete it for them to remember her and her beautiful work.
Two weeks ago we spent the day with Vicky and I was able to personally give it to her so we didn't have to ship it in the mail. I could tell she was pleased. We had a great day together, hitting all of our favorite old thrift stores, and a bit of silliness for lunch.
Her father does the most beautiful stained-glass work and we have been gifted with a few of his pieces in the past. She handed me a big box and inside was the most beautiful large array of holly leaves and bright red berries with a very delicate beautiful chickadee in the center!
Before the Packer game started, Steve thought maybe we should start planting the three new trees we picked up the other day. Happily, the trees made it through the four days while we were camping without being attacked by our backyard visitors, the deer!
We had stored them close to the garage by the pergola where we hoped the deer wouldn't find them. We were happy to come home and see that none of the branches had been munched off. The first one we got planted was the cute little Japanese maple. This one was smaller than the other two and it is a tree that will stay smaller, more of a dwarf tree. We decided to plant it in the middle of Binney's little fenced-in potty yard. We thought it might give some nice shade to the area where the picnic table is on the patio and add a little color to that portion of the house.
The next tree we decided to tackle was the red maple tree. This one started losing some of its leaves already, as it is meant to do this time of year. So it might look a little scraggly in the photo. By looking up close we did see some new growth on the leaves and buds so we know it's a good healthy tree. We found the perfect spot for it in the backyard near some of the other maples that we had already planted two weeks ago. We immediately circled it with a new fence and posts and secured it from all three directions with gentle ropes to keep it centered and not bend over in the heavy winter winds.
Here is an up-close pic of some of the maple leaves. It will be nice to see the new fresh ones break out in the spring and fill up the tree. This one seemed more balanced and symmetrical with more branches than the other two maples we put in a couple weeks ago. I think it will be a beautiful shining glorious tree, based at the northwest corner of our backyard.
There will be enough left over for lunch tomorrow, for sure.
This evening, we will catch up with some of our favorite TV shows that we missed while we were camping. It's nice that Spectrum TV App allows us to go back in our library in find the favorite HGTV shows that we enjoy watching. So now that the Packers have won, the rug weaving and tree planting is done, it's time to act like couch potatoes and watch a little TV tonight.