Educate Myself

I have spare time on my hands these days. I know, WHAT? Who has that?

Nevertheless I do. It’s time to do something constructive with said time. When I look back on my spare time hiatus, I want to be able to say “that’s when I learned how to do THIS and THIS and THIS”.

Things to Learn

Learn how to use my eTrex 20. I’ve had it a year and don’t understand it yet.

Learn how to use all the features on my brand new Canon Powershot SX530. It just arrived yesterday and I haven’t powered it up yet.

Learn how to make a decent newsletter for my blog, send it out and get new subscribers.

Write for and develop BFE Food and Wine, my other blog.

Learn how to use Microsoft One Note.

Learn how to fix my bike. Upcoming project: replacing brakes!

Now I got to go, it’s time to start learning!


Barns is my art journal prompt for this week. I was searching my computer for a barn picture when I realized how many barn photos I have! Today’s post will mainly be a photo compilation of barns I’ve run by over the years!

The barn above no longer exists. I’m glad I took a pic of it!

The metal barn behind the daffodil is one of my barns.


View above is from our wooden horse barn from years ago. This view has really changed over the years.

I almost didn’t spot this barn in the woods around me.

A bucolic Ohio summer

Mr Cow was very curious what I was doing on his backroad

The barn of many colors

Barn on a very rainy day.

Barn on the next road over.

It’s amazing how a coat of paint spruces up a barn!

Now I have noticed how many bridges photos I have..that might be coming soon…

Massillon Miles with Tag and Tor



The start of our hike today  was Mogadore Point 26.

There was a little hiking through the end of the Mogadore Sections 26-29, which is through Quail Hollow State Park.


This looks like very pretty trail in the summer months.

It was a bit muddy and boggy in sections; there had been much rain the day before.

So ends our off road miles. The rest of the mileage will now be following roads.

Massillon Section begins in Hartville. There was an immediate stop at the open donut shop. Peace, Love, and Little Donuts were the bomb!

Highly recommend the stop! If the donut shop is closed (they are only open to 1pm) there is also a chocolate shop and a pizza/chicken restaurant right on the trail!

We leave Hartville, heading into the countryside. The skies are still cloudy, but there is not much wind. The road does not have much hiking friendly berm to it.

We found it easier in spots to just hop off the road and hike in the fields. The fields could be pretty soggy after the rains.

I always like seeing the animals on the hikes. The cows didn’t really get up to say hello. The pigs seemed to be pretty content in their pen.

The skies did clear up a bit and we got to see blue skies for the rest of our hike.

This was a nice sign to see on the Buckeye Trail.

The Buckeye Trail crosses Interstate 77. We had less than five miles to get to our stopping point.

This was another handsome barn seen on trail today.

We did it! We made it over to Nemisila Reservoir. Just one last turn, and we’ll be back at the vehicle. The hike clocked in a bit long at 17 miles.

We stopped at Point 7 on the Massillon Section.

It was very nice hiking with Jerri and Karen. When hiking this section, I would recommend doing it off summer if possible. It was pleasant hiking in the open spaces today in November. I think this could be pretty hot and miserable with full sun on the asphalt road.

Project Love Clothespin Ornament Restoration Reveal


Christmas Ornament Restoration Reveal

This is the reveal of my Project Love, restoration of my favorite Christmas ornaments, clothespin ornaments from the 70’s!

The Lumberjack He’s Okay Now

The Three Wise Men

After the two wise men went shopping

The three wise men are now all bearing gifts!

The Drummer has arms!

Robin Hood got a snazzy new bow

The golfer is reunited with his club

New Faces and Occupations

Dr Smyth

Introducing Doctor Smyth-a female doctor. That is her large laptop that she is carrying.

The medical staff


I made a homemade Rastafarian nut cracker years ago. I decided I needed a Rasta to join my Christmas group.

Biker Chick

I decided to create a biker. I had to handcraft the bike. This was no easy task. It’s not the greatest, but hey, she got a custom bike!

biker clothespin doll

Hula Girl Revised

Hula Girl was in good shape, there was no restoration needed for her. I decided to craft her a fish. While she may be wearing traditional hula wear, she’s also working on her doctoral degree in ichthyology (fish science) hence the fish.

Aren’t these cool? It was a bit more time consuming than I thought, but everyone has been repaired. It’s going to be a special Christmas tree this year with my clothespin Christmas ornaments!

Art Journal Challenge Week 47 Thanksgiving

It seemed like a no brainer to have Week 47 be a Thanksgiving prompt.

We had a great Thanksgiving! Tuesday at my mom’s house and Thursday at my sister-in-law. That was so much nicer than the double dinner that had gone on for years.

Give Thanks

I figured out how to use the photo printing tray on my printer. I wish I had taken more pictures!

Project Love Restoring Christmas Ornaments


I got a great gift a few years ago. My mother gave me the clothespin Christmas ornaments that she crafted in the seventies.

Clothes Pin Ornaments

I loved these ornaments! I would play with them, on the tree, under the tree. I would make up stories of their adventures. I only saw them this one month a year, they turned into special playmates for me.

You Can tell it was the Seventies

There are three females. A nurse, a hula girl, and Mrs Claus.

The doctor is male and the nurse is female. Of course!


Mrs and Santa Claus


Many arms were missing off the Christmas group. Some of the little extras that the people carried were long gone too. I remember the three Wise Men bearing presents.  Today? Only one has survived with his gift.


Ornaments in need of restoration

I decided it was time for Project Love. I would give Mrs Claus and the Clown arms back again-indeed ARMS for everyone!

I crafted my arms out of cardboard, instead of the original  pressed board that came in the kit.

New Arms for Ornaments

I decided  to update the group diversity. I added a female doctor, a Rastafarian, and a biker girl.


In crafting the new people, it only seemed fair to give everyone a refresh. Give the golfer his club back.

Make the lumberjack an axe to handle.

This has turned into a full blown crafting affair.

Biker girl is getting a custom made bike. I found these rubber seals in a plastic bag in the basement. I have no idea what they go to. They’ve been refurbished as big fat tires for the bike. The spokes are embroidery floss tacked on with Mod Podge. They are currently drying. I have no idea if these will work.

This was going to be a repair and reveal post, but I am enjoying the restoration so much I want to take “before” and “after” pictures of everybody, and reveal the new members of Project Love. That will be my next post!

Hiking on Black Friday

I have never been a Black Friday shopping person. For the remainder of my Christmas shopping, it will be done on a week day early morning when people are not shopping yet.


I joined some friends up in the northern Ohio area for a “Burn your Buns” run. My friend and I walked. It was lovely outside, just a bit cold.


I stopped at a local bike shop to get some new front brake cables-not on sale, simply because I need to replace the brakes. The bike shop is located in a big mall area, and holy COW! I’ve never really been “out” on a Black Friday, I’m usually working.

Mall parking lots FULL. Strip mall parking lots FULL. Box store lots FULL. I guess I’m not reporting any original news here, just how astounded I was, that so many people went out to buy STUFF in search of an alleged sale.

I did buy stuff too! Stuff to make my bicycle safe, so I can go places and buy memories!