Oct 26

Fall in Yellowstone-Day Three

This was a nice, sunny Indian summer day in the park. We started the day by getting caught in a traffic jam. Fortunately we were at the front end of it because there was a mother grizzly and her cub right by the side of the road and we were up close and personal. So awesome to see them and it was the first time for us to actually see bears in Yellowstone! Woo-hoo!

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We finally moved on to just past Midway Geyser Basin where Scott hiked the trail we had both planned to hike before my body decided to rebel. We wanted to go to Fairy Falls but it was obvious that I wasn’t going to make that, so I encouraged Scott to hike the 5.8 miles while I sat in the car and read a book. I brought a chunky 600-page book on this trip and read most of it in Yellowstone.  He took off and headed to the Falls. The trail wound around the back of Midway Geyser Basin and up into a small hilly area that contained Fairy Falls. He had a good time and the pictures look great.

IMG_0424-2IMG_0419-2This is the back side of Grand Prismatic Spring. Scott took this on the hike and later we walked the boardwalk and got up close to the other side.IMG_0453-2

We walked around Midway Geyser Basin together. Slowly. This is Turquoise Pool, which has a lovely blue color. As you may have guessed from the name.


This is the close-up view of Grand Prismatic Spring. Scott later looked on Google Maps and looked at it from high up and that was a cool view.

IMG_0482-2Excelsior Crater Geyser


This is a cool view I saw from the boardwalk and told Scott to take a picture of and it came out looking quite nice. Such lovely vistas in YNP.


Next we headed to the Canyon area and hit the North Rim. Because it wasn’t very crowded and there were plenty of parking places in all those tiny little parking lots on the North Rim Drive, we stopped at each one to get out and look at the view. This is impossible in the summer. Each spot gives a farther away view of the Lower Falls but a different angle on the downstream canyon.

IMG_0500-2 IMG_0558-2IMG_0532-2We also went to the South Rim to Artist Point because it’s also jam-packed in the summer. We saw an artist doing a self-portrait. He was dressed like a biker, painting himself as a medieval European nobleman with Yellowstone’s Lower Falls in the background. I found it a little incongruous but I won’t deny his artistic right of self-expression. I’m sure there were deep meanings. Anyway, we saw the Falls, took photos, and headed out to Hayden Valley to look for wildlife. Saw bison, including some crossing the road right in front of us. Then off to the Mud Volcano Area which is another area we had never seen. This area is vapor-driven rather than water-driven, so there was more sulphur and lots of steam. IMG_0623-2We walked around Sulphur Cauldron and then did a long slog around the boardwalk because I was really sore. This area has had relatively recent activity that has changed the countryside. The coolest thing was Dragon’s Mouth Spring. Steam pushes water out of a cavern opening and it thumps quite a bit, making really cool sounds. I loved that and we hung around there for a while.


We drove back to the hotel in the dark, had dinner, and headed home the next day. Even though we had some setbacks with the arthritis flare-up, we had a great time and found that fall is an awesome to visit Yellowstone National Park.

Oct 22

Barn blocks 8 & 9

We are still working away on our barn construction and in the last couple of weeks we managed to get two more blocks finished and the barns all sewed up. The Waterturn block was named by Lori Holt as an homage to her Dad’s irrigation turns. In the West we live and die by irrigation, so you plan your life around your turn to get the water. It involves opening the gate to allow water into your property for a set amount of time, then closing it again. Since we are both familiar with irrigation turns and have each done our time with them, we knew we had to include this block in our quilts.

Team ShaRee ended up with an awesome block but it came about with some consternation beforehand. Our typical system is to choose the small quilt block for the barn first. Then we choose our fabrics from our scraps and cut them out. We generally also choose the coordinating barn fabrics and cut them as well. Our homework is to sew together the small quilt block and the next time we meet, we sew our barns together. This was our process and Team ShaRee had her barn mostly sewed together and it was darling. Then she came to the step of adding the small quilt block and let out an irritated gasp. She was NOT happy with the way they looked together. We talked it over and being a good quilting buddy I suggested she choose new fabrics and make a new barn, then save that for another block. We went back and forth with idea and the time it would take, but in the end she agreed that we have learned one big lesson in this project. If we don’t love it, we’re not happy. She didn’t want to be annoyed at the quilt every time she saw it because of that one block. So we chose new fabrics, I started cutting and she started sewing pieces together straight from the cutting board. The result? A simply fantastic block that is SO, SO cute. I love mine but I’m a little jealous of how cute this turned out. Serendipity?


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I love that silo fabric and wanted to use it then do the block all in blues for the water. The red and green are in the silo fabric and the yellow window is a nice complement.

Our next block was the Farm Fresh Flower. The block itself is not one of my favorites, because try as we did to make the leaves less obtrusive and the petals the star of the show, the leaves are still quite formidable. But it’s a cute block and the barns were built with very little fuss.

Team ShaRee used that cute all-over floral that I just loved on my previous barn and duplicated dots on the roof and the background of the block. So floral and yummy!

Team Sue used the same background dot fabric and duplicated dots on the leaves and a splatter dot on the roof. The barn choice is a dreamy red swirl I’ve been dying to use for a barn. So glad I managed to get it used because it’s darling!

Look for more barns soon. We spent some time at our last meeting looking at colors and fabrics so that we finish up well.

Oct 18

Fall in Yellowstone-Day Two

In previous trips to Yellowstone we hadn’t driven Firehole Canyon Drive so we decided to do some exploring there, especially since there was a waterfall to see right off the road. I was still hobbled with walking so it took me time to get in and out of the car and walk to wherever we wanted to look. We stopped at Firehole Falls and Scott took quite a lot of shots, including the traditional “waterfall with Sue” photo. We have those everywhere. Yay! This was actually a very scenic falls with the large rock outcropping in the center that had water cascading over it.

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Oct 11

Rockin’ at The Wall

Recently, we headed down to BYU’s The Wall to hear the boys make some music. It’s a fun place to hang out and I like the Italian sodas. My favorite is their Black Mamba. :) And yes, those are both for me! Rock on!2014-09-26 20.25.34

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The show began with the premiere of a new band called Dry Erase Tracks in which Mark plays guitar with his friend Tyler Woodward singing lead. They had a great sound and were really rockin’ the place.

IMG_9719-2IMG_9702-2IMG_9690-2IMG_9707-2Next up, Mark and Brian backed up Brooklyn Poulter and it’s always fun to hear her sing. She can really belt! Mark played acoustic and electric guitars and Brian played piano and viola.





Those are my peeps! Love those guys!!!

Oct 10

Barn construction continues

We decided to look forward to fall and harvest time and do some blocks that fit the season. We loved the “Canning Season” block with its little canning jars full of yummy goodness. We are trying to use scraps for this quilt and except for the massive amounts of white and a few tiny purchases of very small quantities, we have been succeeding. Between the two of us we usually come up with what we need. Team ShaRee went with a traditional red gingham for the silo and a lovely dark blue print for the barn that really made the canning jars pop!

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Oct 04

Fall in Yellowstone-Day One

IMG_0321IMG_9812We had this October trip planned for several months and as often happens, life intervened. I had an arthritis flare-up beginning the Monday before we left and it was the worst ever…by far. I had it in my fingers and toes and they were quite painful, but I also had some general aching in my other leg joints. I hobbled around the Family History Library on Tuesday like a “90-year-old woman” and on Wednesday like a “70-year-old woman”. Progress is progress, after all. I also spent some time crying both of those days about how I was going to ruin our vacation and how we wouldn’t get to do anything. You can imagine.

IMG_9905Now comes the part where I tell you why I am the luckiest girl in the world and the smartest thing I ever did was to marry Scott. Assessing the situation early on, he began making plans without telling me. He ordered two-way radios using our Amazon Prime 2-day shipping so that he could hike and I could stay back and read and we wouldn’t have a repeat of the Lassen experience in June. Safety First. He studied the book he had bought a month before with mile markers and detailed info on everything to find stuff we could see that required very little walking, a lot of which were things we hadn’t seen before so I would feel like we were having a real vacation. Then he just expanded his usual vacation attitude. When we go on vacation, he’s always very sensitive about not pushing me too hard and getting me too tired so his attitude is always, “If you feel like it, but we don’t have to.” This trip it was magnified. Yes, I am so blessed.

So what did we actually do? Turns out it was a lot more than I thought we would manage. We began with a stop at my favorite West Yellowstone hangout: The Book Peddler, for hot chocolate and a book. Scott lets me buy a book every time we go there and this time it was The Boys in the Boat because one of my book clubs is reading it next year. Then in to the park for what was left of the day.

We headed to Artist Paint Pots because we have never been able to get a place to park in the summer so have never seen it. There’s a short loop around on a boardwalk and we just took it slow. Think snail’s pace. The colors of the pools and bubbling mud pots were varied and the sounds of some of the springs and pots were so cool! I love that bubbling mud sound. Yellowstone is such an awesome place.IMG_9835 IMG_9870 IMG_9881 IMG_9879

We also stopped at Beryl Spring, which is right by the road, and Terrace Spring, which was a short walk from the parking, so we could explore both of those without me having to do much walking. And without all the summer crowds. It was quite cool that day and got chilly as night came on but a great time to go. We saw bull elk, ducks, trumpeter swans, and a squirrel.

Oct 03

Read Scotland 2014 wrap-up


Read and review Scottish books -any genre, any form- written by a Scottish author (by birth or immigration) or about or set in Scotland.

Challenge levels:
Just A Keek (a little look): 1-4 books read
The Highlander: 5-8 books
The Hebridean: 9-12 books
Ben Nevis: 13+ books

My goal was to complete The Highlander and I fulfilled it completely by reading 8 books. It was really fun to dip into Scotland and I like the 44 Scotland Street series so much that I plan to finish it. Here’s what I read:

1. The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #14), by Alexander McCall Smith
2. Belgrave Square (Thomas & Charlotte Pitt #12), by Anne Perry
3. Thistle And Thyme: Stories And Legends From Scotland, by Sorche Nic Leodhas
4. 44 Scotland Street, by Alexander McCall Smith
5. Espresso Tales (44 Scotland Street #2), by Alexander McCall Smith
(6.) Love Over Scotland (44 Scotland Street #3), by Alexander McCall Smith
(7.) The World According to Bertie (44 Scotland Street #4), by Alexander McCall Smith
(8.) The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street #5), by Alexander McCall Smith

Thanks to Peggy for hosting!

Sep 28

She Loves Me

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