Prince William National Forest

We went to Prince William National Forest this weekend. It was a nice hike, but my heel started acting up, so we had to cut it short.

I found this on the bathroom wall.

Bathroom Wall Worries

As best as I can decipher, it says:

I’ve never written on a bathroom
wall before but I feel the [need?]
to reach out to you…
I am booked to go to Thailand,
and I am scared and don’t
want to go (my trip is alone).
My [siblings?] hate me for it and
all I was trying to do is find
my self and happiness… I am
going to cancel my ticket and [run?]
[away?] from them. My [family?]…
I leave you with this:
In any decision you
choose, do it for your
self and your self only.
Doubt will kill your hopes and dreams.

Reaching

Lazy River

I thought this photo looked a bit like a Monet, especially up close.

Water

Watercolor

Near Water’s Edge

Skittering Along

Mushroom

Harper’s Ferry National (Historical) Park

A few days ago, we went hiking with Diana’s family at Harper’s Ferry. “Hiking” might be a stretch. It was more like a leisurely nature walk because there’s only so fast you can go with a toddler. As has been my experience everywhere else, as soon as we got a bit away from the parking lots, we were the only ones on the trail.

Even though it wasn’t the hikiest of hikes, we really enjoyed the company and the walk.

(We also bought an annual pass ($80) and this park cost $10, so if we spend $70 more in the year, it was worth the cost.0

Harper’s Ferry

We took the shuttle down to the Lower Town and then walked back to the visitor’s center. Can you see the sign behind the C&O Canal trail?

View from Lower Town

Apparently it was painted sometimes between 1903 and 1906 and reads Mennen’s Borated Talcum Toilet Powder. The NPS site says they tried removing it in the early 60s but it reappeared four years later.

I like the idea of just leaving it. Don’t remove it, don’t restore it, just let it fade naturally.

Sign Detail

Neon Green

Flitting Away

Swallowtail

Bark

Three Seed Pods Floating in the Air

Feeding

Sunning

Tiny Streams

Ferns

Fabric Shelf Covers

I store my fabric in the living room. I know that light can be really detrimental to fabric, and it would be better stored away from light, but I like being able to see all of the fabric. (Had I seen Gertie’s sewing room, I would have completely stolen her idea. I could still get the boxes and use them on my shelves, but at this point, that’s not going to happen.)

I decided to fashion some curtains to cover three sides of my shelves. The backs are uncovered and light can still leak in through the corners and edges, but I am pretty happy with how things turned out!

I used up 5 yards of a heavy weight cotton fabric for this, as well as some cotton ribbon. The fabric buckles a bit in the middle. I need more ribbon to make more ties down the front, but I had already spent an obscene amount on the trim, and my measuring twice cutting once had failed somehow. So I’d yanked out the side seams of the center panels (that’s why the corners aren’t perfect). It took forever to do that, and I was frustrated. I decided perfect was the enemy of good and put the curtains up.

I like how much lighter the shelves feel with the covers on them!

Tall Shelf Curtains

Short Shelf Curtains

Smart Geriatric Cat

Well, Black Jack finally figured out why there is a hole in the wall of the basement stairs. Doesn’t he look pleased?

Black Jack Oversees the Basement