First Timers at Wal-Mart

first night at walmart


We are home!  And, for the very first time, we spent the night at walmart, something that I have been very hesitant to do!  I’ve been just plain ole chicken, worried that something unpleasant would happen.  In retrospect, we would not have chosen a Saturday night as there was quite a bit of noise with kids partying and engines racing but I never felt threatened.  And all was quiet after a while.

It was difficult to leave paradise….as some of our northern neighbors called Salt Springs…but it was time.  Thought that we could miss the rain if we left Saturday because showers were predicted for FL on Sunday and Tennessee on Monday but I forgot about middle Georgia where it poured buckets on us.

Our last days in FL have been pleasant with beautiful weather and I got involved with something that I never, ever imagined myself doing.  I have said before that I do not do crafts!


 Yes, I made a pine needle basket!  Thanks to Margaret and Nancy and their patience with me!

Unfortunately it took a lot of 3 or 4 days and my blogging and internet time took a back seat.  But you can tell that I am very pleased with myself and got in touch with my (imagined) Cherokee roots.


We had a blue sky and bright sun for our travel today…arrived home at 11:30 AM with enough energy to get most of the important unpacking done.

Searched the yard this afternoon for signs of spring!  I love to see my old plant friends return.  Can’t wait for the warm weather to come and stay.




lenten roses



grape hyacinth

A Florida trip wrap up will be coming soon with accounting on gas and camping fees….just need to get some rest and a little TV time.


  1. I know you are glad to be home. Love the pine needle basket. Always wanted to learn how to do that. Now, you can help me get in touch w my Choctaw roots at GE@H.

    1. It is nice to be home! The marvels of electricity, hot water and television just enchant me for about 24 hours after an extended trip.

      Will be glad to share my new basket making skills if I can remember them for 2 weeks!

  2. We have never stayed overnight at Walmart but have often wondered what it might be like. I have to say I am impressed with your weaving. When we sit for a bit, I am looking to finding something creative to do. For some reason I no longer receive emails when you post. I have tried to reasubscribe without success. Any thoughts on what I can do?

    1. I am very technologically challenged! It's a real miracle that the blog exists! Thank you for telling me about the problem....I will work on it!

      The blogs I follow just show up on my blog reader...a Blogger thing.
      The basket was another miracle..it's full of mistakes but done!

  3. So now you have the overnight-at-Walmart block checked off! :)

    I love your basket. That's one craft I've not attempted yet.

    Glad you made it home safely... and am really happy you found such colorful heralds of spring waiting there for you.

  4. We're also very thankful to be home and to have had a problem free trip.

    I'm surprised that you have not made baskets as I see you as knowing how to do EVERYTHING!

    Do hope you are feeling better!

  5. A Pine needle basket...what an artistry! WELL DONE! Glad to know Walmart's are doable, sure we'll hit one or two :O)

  6. We are meeting more and more people who regularly stay at Wal-Mart....will definitely do it again.
    There's an app...I have an android tablet...All Stays Wal Mart ONP which sorts out those that are a "no" and those that one should ask.

  7. Hi Lynne,

    You have a great site I just love your photos. The basket came out beautiful what was the material used to make it?


  8. Hi Rob! I like your site also! It was too hot in lower FL for us!

    The basket was made out of long pine needles from the Ocala National Forest and sewed with rafia.

    Thank you for your comment.

  9. Your Flower photo's turned out GREAT...really like the last one...kinda looks like a bluebonnet ...and your needle basket...now that would look right at home in my Casita...haha...nice job...and I had trouble making a "ceramic ashtray" ....Safe travels...Horst

  10. Glad your surgery is over and you can check that one off your list!

    Yes, it is time for spring flowers....I would love to see the bluebonnets someday and attend the rally.