Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bench Re-do

Years ago,  and I am talking 1995 or so (you didn't know I was so old, huh?), my husband and a friend made handmade gliders, one for me and one for the friend's wife.  I loved mine and loved the way it looked on our front porch.  As sometimes happens, life got in the way, we moved to another home and didn't have the large porch that we had previously.  Our glider was left in the weather and suffered from neglect.  We didn't dispose of it but we didn't use it, either.
The poor thing was exposed to rain, sun, heat, cold, snow and just about any other weather-related conditions.  No tornadoes or hurricanes, though.
It just looked pathetic and forlorn--if inanimate objects can look that way.

That is one more photo just in case you didn't believe my "forlorn" remark.  
Most of the time I didn't even give the poor thing a second thought.
Flash forward to 2015--
One of my older sons who has been staying with us for a bit is quite handy, artistic, intelligent, handsome--oh wait, we are talking about the glider......
Anyway, he took the glider totally apart, board by board and sanded each board.  Perhaps I should just allow him to tell his technique:
"A 20 year old rocking bench, made out of redwood had grayed in the weather. It was taken apart, sanded down with a belt sander, stained twice with Thompson's WaterSeal Advanced, smoothed over with steel wool, and re-assembled. Given the old screws rusted and left dark stains near the screw holes, black wood screws were used to re-assemble the bench to match the dark rust stains. Some of these old screws broke apart when disassembling so two pieces of wood sitting right under the bench slats were re-cut. For the gliding action, some new bushings were made out of brass pipe fittings, which we very carefully ground down the thread and cut to size using a electrical grinder (4" disc). The stain seems to be holding up, though after a few storms you can feel the wood has absorbed a little water. It probably doesn't help that steel wool was used to smooth it over, but we can always apply another coat. It dries fast!"
Here are a few photos of the finished project:
Of course, here is a full shot of the glider restored:
Doesn't it look less forlorn?  I am so happy to see it restored to its former glory!  I am from the South originally so a porch swing or a glider makes my heart happy.
I know there are plenty of blog posts on restoring furniture and plenty of Pinterest's pins, too.  Well, this is mine and I hope you enjoyed it or at least weren't annoyed by it.
 Thanks for reading.  We are new to blogging and just trying to have fun and hopefully be a bit entertaining, if not informative.  We (my two daughters ages 22 and 14) are working on finding our voices (mine has a bit of sarcasm to it) and we hope you will visit us from time to time and see what the heck we might have come up with next!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Energy Bites

It's hard to find easy, healthy snacks for on the go or for pre and post-workouts.  One of my favorite snacks is energy bites! Whether you need them to fuel before your workout or after your workout or if you just need a little something throughout the day to give you a boost, they are the perfect snack!

They are so easy to make! All you need is:
1 cup oats
1/2 creamy peanut butter
1/2 ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

You just simply take all the ingredients, mix them together, roll them into balls, and then place in the refrigerator for around 15 minutes to give them time to set up a little.  That's it.  You have a delicious (and healthy!) snack.  You can also add other things rather than the chocolate chips.  Maybe you prefer butterscotch chips or even mini m&ms. I've even tried Nutella in place of the peanut butter (yum!).  I have yet to experiment with different types of energy bites, when I do you will be the first to know!  They disappear pretty quickly- this specific batch was gone in less than an hour with the help of my husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law. :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Island Engagement and Photos

I knew it was going to happen sooner or later...I would be the Mother of the Bride.  It seems to have happened sooner than I had anticipated but children do grow up:).  One of my chicks, Staci Rulan, became engaged in May 2014 and was married on August 22, 2014. We had a summer busy with planning, prepping, and traveling.  Living in a small town in Nevada called for traveling to larger shopping areas such Reno, Boise and Salt Lake City.  Naturally, we hated every minute of it---NOT!  It was a good time for Staci, Ali Rose, and myself.  

It was a learning time, as well.  My oldest son has been married for 14 years now but things are a little different when your daughter is getting married--and a bit more spendy.  We were game to plan out centerpieces and bouquets ourselves.  Not just to save money (though that is helpful) but also because we love to be creative.  We might not be the best but we are always game to try.

Since Staci and Jon were attending college in Hawaii (Oahu) it was up to the two of them (ok, it was probably up to Staci) to find a photographer.  She happened to know a fellow BYU-Hawaii student who would be graduating soon with a degree in Fine Arts who also was a great photographer!  Okay, the main thing was the "great photographer" part.  

 Sarah Querido Photography in Laie, Hawaii was so amazing.  She had many great ideas and was willing to listen to the kids about ideas they had as well.  She spent a good amount of time with them planning and going to several locations to shoot. Check out Sarah Querido Photography on Facebook for some more examples of her talent.  Here is another "super" fun photo from the session:

Make it fun, right?  The romantic is already taken care of as:   
1.  Being in love  2.  Being in Hawaii.
If any of you have been to Hawaii, (at least Oahu as I haven't been to the other islands), you have to have a photo with shave ice in it--an island delicacy.

Shave ice is like a snow cone with ice cream and assorted flavors rolled into one.  Amazing stuff--especially in Haleiwa.  We love Aloha General Store's shave ice and their inventory of souvenirs.  Matsumoto's is well-known for their shave ice, also.  At peak times there is going to be a wait but no one seems to mind! 

Aloha for now and Mahalo!
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