Perennial Periwinkles, Casita Projects & Gorgeous Specialty Yarns

Perennial vinca (periwinkles).  The actual color is a deep royal purple, but my camera changes it to blue.

Perennial vinca (periwinkles). The actual color is a deep royal purple, but my camera changes it to blue.

Another cold night last night, but today warmed up nicely enough for me to set my seed trays out on the deck for a bit of sunshine.  Now it’s getting chilly again.

I am thinking of everyone at the Green Eggs & Ham rally and am hoping that it’s not too cold for them to enjoy being there.

Today I took the screen off the Casita’s bathroom fan and cleaned it, removed leaves and pine straw that had gotten inside and sprayed the motor with lubricant.  It had been running pretty rough, but it purrs now.

The little white ring around the on/off knob was so sun rotted that it disintegrated.  So tomorrow I’ll head out there with a tube of glue and see what kind of fix I can come up with.  🙂

I am procrastinating so badly on the latch replacement project.  Today I did get the old latches removed, but didn’t want to start grinding with the Dremel, so am putting the rest of that project off for another day.

I do have something beautiful to share with you!

My friend Peggy is the one who got me interested in making chemo caps.  She knits incredibly beautiful, fashionable, ultra soft, feels-like-a-caress hats using specialty yarns. She sent me a sample of the types of yarn she likes to work with.  They are just stunning!

Can you imagine how special a hat made of these yarns would make a chemo patient who has lost her hair feel?

Can you imagine how special a hat made of these yarns would make a chemo patient who has lost her hair feel?

I tried to crochet with one of her samples, and it just does not work with a crochet hook.

I feel like my hats look like Grandma hats after seeing what she works with! But, I guess there’s a place for all kinds of different styles. 🙂

Rosebud, Periwinkles & Scamps

First rosebud of spring

I discovered our first rosebud of the year today!  It was nestled among a cluster of new, red, baby rose leaves.

Purple periwinkles (perennial vinca)

And down by our front steps, the purple periwinkles are blooming.  What incredible beauty!

Here's a closeup of the periwinkle's sweet face!

And, it was only two days ago that I said that we were definitely going to buy a Casita Liberty Deluxe.  But Ron just can’t handle the lack of space, so we are going to have to go with the Scamp 5th wheel.

I wrote a woman who owns a 1988 Scamp about whether she would buy a Casita or Scamp, given the option now that she has had a Scamp for so long.  She would still choose the Scamp (although she would much rather have the much more expensive Escape–and so would I!).   And I had letters last year from two Scamp owners who were very happy with their Scamps.  One had owned both a Casita and a Scamp 5th wheel, and he said that he would not hesitate to buy either one again.

So I’ve put the quality comparison issue to rest.

One of my biggest problems with the Scamp was the marine fabric behind the stove instead of a washable surface there.  But I talked to Jim at Scamp today and he assured me that they can put a washable splash board behind both the sink and the stove.  So that’s a non-issue.

I still don’t like the tiny bathroom and tiny black water tank in the Scamp.  But the extra space is a decent trade-off, I think.

Their prices are going up in two weeks.  I could have put a deposit on the Scamp today and locked in the lower price.  But until I get the Aliner paid off and my down payment saved up, I didn’t feel comfortable doing that.

So if no unexpected financial problems hit us in the meantime, we plan to order our Scamp this fall.

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