98.2 Degrees Today

Our high today was predicted to be 90, but it actually got up to 98.2   I hibernated inside until the sun went behind the trees, then got the bed covers on the camper beds and cleaned it up for the trip.

Tomorrow I’ll pack the sheets, blankets, towels and start packing clothes.  I’ll wait to pack the food until Monday.  We plan to leave Tuesday or Wednesday.

This is what my Flowerpiece by Mary Konior doily is supposed to end up looking like.

I took a break for a couple of days working on my doily.  Will get back onto it this evening.  The picture on the left is from the book Visual Patterns by Mary Konior, and shows what it is supposed to end up looking like.  The pink and aqua photo is what mine actually looks like at this point.

I lightly steamed it to get the ruffles out, but some of the chains are out of whack now.  I sure hope that adding the flower border will pull them all back into shape.

My doily in progress.

And the ukulele is FUN now.  The lessons have moved onto different rhythmic strums.  It’s a challenge, but it is sheer pleasure.

I hope Ron’s patience at listening to me practice holds out.  So far he’s being a great sport about it.

Needlework & Shorter Days

tatting practice

Tatted practice pieces

Although our days are still in the 90’s and high 80’s, the nights are getting cooler, and the days are noticeably shorter.

So I am working on learning tatting in the evenings.   I am getting the hang of it, but have a lot to learn about tensioning my stitches.  It is fun to play with — to see these amazing patterns that are made of nothing but half hitch knots develop!

I bought some tiny little girls purses and tote bags for adults to decorate with tatting for Christmas gifts.  It sure is a lot more fun to make gifts than to go out and try to find something appropriate to buy.  I do hope that the recipients will like them.

little girl's denim purse

A little girl's denim purse that will be festooned with tatted motifs and lace.

A start on an afghan to match Ron's

My afghan-in-the-making

I am also working on an afghan for myself to match one that I made for Ron last year.  They are twin-bed sized.  And they are great in the Aliner for putting over a blanket when we camp in cold weather.  So when I get this finished, our little camper beds will match again!

Our Little Aliner Camper

Welcome to my blog and to our Aliner camping adventures!

We’ve had the little Aliner for 3-1/2 years and have done a lot of camping in it, so I thought I’d introduce you to the little trailer itself before I continue recording our travels in it.

It didn’t start off well.  We had a lot of problems that mostly appeared after the one year warranty expired.  But after I had a bent frame fixed and reinforced, gutted everything but the kitchen and repaired the floor, replaced the leaking water heater and remodeled, we have been very happy with it.

Also the Aliner’s windows and skylights — and 8′ ceiling — give a wide open, spacious feel to the tiny 12′ cabin. That feeling of spaciousness is priceless to me.

So the little Aliner is probably our forever camper.  Here are some photos of what it looks like, except that we’ve added two 6-volt batteries to the front storage bin since these pictures were taken.

Click the photos to enlarge them.

Aliner trailer folded for travel

Aliner folded for travel

Aliner trailer popped up

Aliner popped up for camping

Aliner kitchen

Aliner kitchen

Front of Aliner showing kitchen and bathroom

Front of Aliner showing kitchen and bathroom. The aisle is larger than it appears in this photo.

Aliner bathroom

Aliner bathroom with cassette toilet and shower

Aliner twin bed modification

My Aliner twin bed mod with lots of open, easily accessible underbed storage

Aliner floorplan modifications

My remodeled Aliner floorplan

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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