Monday, November 01, 2010

One thing that I have have doing lately is working on some hanging towels for gifts. Seems like everyone likes having them. Been using up my stash of yarn to make the tops and hangers. All the patterns I have called for cutting the towels in half. To me, that is a small towel, so I left them the normal size. Makes for a larger towel and more towel to work with.

For those that were wondering. Now you know. Yes, I am a crazed baby killer!!!!!!!!! LOL
Our local Senior Center had a Spook Alley for the Halloween weekend. I picked being a crazed baby killer as my part. As ya'll can see, I can get into the act quite well.
The thing though was, there is some kind of crud going around and I have had it. Has not been fun at all. I was able to be at the alley for the first night, but that was it. I was sick the rest of the weekend. But I did the part long enough to get a couple of pictures.
If you want to see the pictures from the Spook Alley, click on the link to the right for My Photos and check out Halloween 2010 photos.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Yes, I know it has been awhile since I posted anything. Just been so darn busy. It is slowing down some now with the weather turning somewhat cooler than the summertime.

In September, we took another trail ride up 2 Mile Canyon. The leaves were just starting to change. It was really a short ride for us. Weather was fairly good and it was nice to just get away and ride.

Then in October, it was back to another trail ride. This one we went to Red Rock, over the summit to Devil Creek Reservoir and then to New Canyon. From New Canyon, it was up over the hill and cut off towards Deep Creek Reservoir. This part was a new trail for me and the pups. It was enjoyable. The leaves have really changed since we were out in September. Some trees were loosing their leaves, while some have not changed yet.

Like always, you can click on the Photo link to the right and see what pictures I did take on both rides.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Yesterday, August 14th, we took off on another ATV trail ride. The day was perfect. Sun shining, but not too hot with a breeze blowing to help keep it fairly cool. Altogether, there was 8 ATV's and 9 people. This time we started out on an old trail that we have done before, transitioning over to a new trail. The new trail was really beautiful, but rough. This above picture was an easy part of the trail. It was very rocky. And did I say rough? The new trail is called South Canyon trail. It was mostly in the trees, so that made it really nice and not too hot.
We did have an accident. One of the ATV's got stuck on a log ramp we had to go over. It got high centered. When it finally went forward, the rider, who was standing at the side, went flying and landed on the ground. Of the two guys that were pushing from the rear, one went down and hit hard, but did not break any bones. But he was dizzy for a few minutes afterwards. The other was able to catch himself, so he just stumble. It could have been worse, but wasn't. Which we are thankful for.
Most of us decided that even though the trail was beautiful, due to it roughness, it is a trail to take maybe once a year if that. Today we are sore and stiff from fighting the handlebars yesterday.
It was a fun ride. And I am sure everyone is ready to take a new trail here soon.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Late last year, I noticed that on the driver side seat in our motorhome, there was a wore out spot that could only get larger. Well, on our recent trip to Texas, the hole definitely got worse. We had talked about finding a set of seat covers in a truck stop, but never got around to it. So while we were in Texas, I decided to make a set of seat covers. First off, I decided on what color I wanted. Didn't want to use regular yarn, due to static electricity, so decided to use cotton yarn. More durable and easier to throw in the washer when needed. Well, I looked in Hobby Lobby, Michael's and Walmart. could not find the color on cones that I wanted. As I had no idea how much yarn to start with, did not want to buy the small balls of yarn. And figured that it would take quite a few of those balls to use for two seat covers. So at the Walmart in Kansas, changed the color I really wanted. This color that I chose will go all right with the color, it is just a light color and may need to be washed often. But my plan was for the covers to be turn inside out when needed, or around. The back becoming the front when needed.
Had no pattern, just basically took measurements and started crocheting. I fitted the covers to the seats. I finally finished the last cover a couple of nights ago. They fit really good on the seats. Husband likes them also. A big plus, as he does have to sit on them. I do believe that they will work out just fine and last quite some time.

A recent visitor to our home was our friend, Jane. As a hostess gift, she gave me a new knit/crochet book. It was how to get started on knitting/crocheting with wire and beads. The patterns are necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. I found the easiest pattern to practice with. Don't know if the wire I used was the right size or the beads that I also had leftover from previous craft projects. This was my first time crocheting with wire. It is an experience. I have done necklaces in the past with beads and thread. Remember those '70's crocheted necklaces every one had??? Spent the large part of the time threading the beads on the wire. Once I got into the swing of things, it went fairly fast. In fact, I crocheted these three strands in a couple of hours. And that counted putting the beads on the wire. I am gonna get some more wire and beads to do more of these simple necklaces. Found a pair of earrings to do also. It was fun to do these strands.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The latest addition to the family. This is Alice. She is a rescue pup. They said that she is 1 1/2 year old. And maybe that!!! She is all pup. We went and picked her up on Monday, the 22nd. She has been adjusting to living here and I think she has decided that this is her domain. Angel has been good about accepting her, only have problems when I am holding Angel and Alice wants to be held. And being a pup, she is curious as all get out. I have no need for a kitten, she does just fine unraveling a ball of yarn with no help. The latest project I am working on, she has managed to get out of the basket and taken it all over. Good thing that it is Swifter covers, so she can't hurt them. Marshal fixed the gates and holes in the fence to keep her in the yard. Good thing. She is always going to the gates and looking for a way to get out. She is completely house broken, so far, no accidents in the house. We are now having a discussion into her barking habits. She feels that she should bark at every little noise and more. She does know what NO means. But she is pushing the envelope. Will take time, but she will be completely at home, well, she is completely at home now!!!!!!!!!!!
How can anyone not love this face???????? LOL

I fell in love with him all over again. He is such a sweet, lovable child. But then he is 2 1/2 years old and is full of it. He is into everything. Yes, even though I am his grandma, he is a very smart child. Took him all of 5 seconds to learn how to turn on grandma's camera and wanted pictures taken of him. Three days was just too short of time to spend with him. We got acquainted in seconds, and had fun over the next three days. We wrestled, boys like that, we blew five million bubbles and just general had a ball. Hated to leave, but hoping for a return visit soon with Mason. Oh, yes, and his parents.

Got look real close for some white spots and you will see antelope. If you click on the picture, a larger view will come up and you can definitely see antelope. Couldn't get any closer than this to them and the telephoto lens on my camera isn't all that good. But I tried. Took this picture outside of Laramie to the west on our way home. This was the second day on the trip home from Hooker. After staying 4 nights at Hooker and spoiling grandson, we went over to Boise City to spend a few days there to visit with friends. And to see what the weather would be like on the trip home. When we left Boise City, a storm was moving in, so we traveled on the leading edge of that storm, slipped in between that one and one that was leaving the eastern plains of Colorado. By the time we got to Cheyenne, the storms had passed us by. But west of Cheyenne, the roads turned to solid ice in most spots with some snow on top of them. I drove very slowly on those roads. About 5 miles outside of Laramie, the roads cleared up completely. We spent the night in Laramie. The temperature got down to -6, is that is 6 below. The water in the motorhome froze up real good, so we had no water. There was some water jugs in the Jeep that had water in them, so thawed them out to use. And ate breakfast at the truckstop. By late morning the water lines had thawed out, so that we had water. This was on Saturday and that afternoon, we pulled into home. Unloaded most everything out of the motorhome and did some resting for the rest of the day and Sunday. I am now back in the swing of things.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Here is the results of our second night on the road. Marshal pulled into friend's yard right into a mud hole. I was able to get the motorhome out of the mud hole. After spending the night, we hit the road. Down through Texas we went and spent our 3rd night at Albany, Tx. We arrived in Temple, Tx in the early afternoon. That was on Friday. Marshal's sister passed away early Monday morning. We then stayed around until the following Friday. So we stayed there for 8 days.

While there, received a phone call from the foster family that was attempting to adopt out a small poodle for the Bannock Humane Society. We were on the list, but was third on that list. So we expected not to be chosen for this adoption. I explained how we were in Texas due to a family emergency, but the foster family agreed to keep Alice until we could get home.

From Temple, Texas, we headed to Comanche, Ok for Marshal to visit with an aunt and cousin. He had not seen them for more than 50 years or so.

Then it was towards Hooker, Oklahoma to spend time with grandson, DIL and son. Grandson is a joy to be around. He is 2 1/2 and so darn smart. Took him like 5 seconds to figure out how to turn on my camera so that he could see his picture. Then I had to take several pictures of him. And we had some wrestling matches over the day. No one won, but we had a good time. I am gonna spend most of the time with grandson.

We will head towards Boise City on Wednesday morning. Spend a couple of days there before we head on home.

If ya want to see more pictures, just click on the link to the right My Photos.

We received bad news several weeks ago. Marshal's sister just older than he was dying of cancer. We knew that she had it, but did not know how bad she really was. So we talked and decided to make the trip to Temple, Texas to see her one last time. We left home on March 1st headed southeast. Weather was good, mostly sunny, but still some cold temps. No storms at all, which was good. Knowing that we were making a long trip in a short time, we hit the road early in the morning. And ya'll know me and mornings, but I was able to get up and get ready. Our plan was to make at least 500 miles a day. Total mileage was around 1500 to Temple, Tx. First night was spent at Laramie, Wy. Not quite 500 miles, but pretty darn close. The weather was still holding out, which was fine with us. Took some pictures of the snow across Wyoming. Not as much as there could possible, but enough on the higher elevations. As we traveled across Wyoming, realized that we could be in Boise City, Ok for the second night. Having friends there, know that we could find a place to park for the night.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Marshal's son talked Marshal into making a trip to visit and get into some warm weather. So we took off last week to spend a week in the Phoenix area. And get warmed up. Going down, the roads, weather and everything was just fine. Cold, but traveling was okay. We stopped the night at Page, Arizona, where it was much warmer than at home. Seemed like the further south we went, the warmer it got. We arrive at the son's middle of the afternoon. Sure was nice to finally get warm. Didn't do much while there, other than spoil granddaughters. The son did purchase a new smoker, so Marshal and son were smoking a turkey and trout. Mainly they would get them started and I was left to watch so the meat did not burn or get over smoked!!!!!!!

Whenever I went any place in the house, I was followed by my boss, Angel and the kids protector Lola. Didn't make any difference where I went, both would follow. The dogs got along just fine. As long as Lola left Angel alone, they were fine. Lola just wanted to play with Angel and Angel doesn't know how to play. Angel did get close to the swimming pool one afternoon and Lola let her know that she should stay away from there.

The last day we were there, the temps fell down into the 50's and they were all cold, looking for coats to wear. Marshal and I were walking around in short sleeve shirts. We thought it was a heat wave.

We left the area after visiting with friends in El Mirage. Headed home with the weatherman saying that storms were headed in. After spending the night at Richfield, Utah, we managed to arrive home in a timely fashion.

I did take quite a few pictures of the kids and the snow. Click on the link, My Pictures to the right to see.