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.
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!
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.
Those are my peeps! Love those guys!!!
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!
We 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.
Now 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.
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.
Read and review Scottish books -any genre, any form- written by a Scottish author (by birth or immigration) or about or set in Scotland.
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!
After a summer hiatus while my sewing buddy and I took turns going on vacations, we are back to the Barn Project. We finished two barns, one with a twist: a silo. The Quilt-Along from Lori Holt that we are working on had twelve barns, then seven barns with silos plus a tractor. Each barn has a different 6″ quilt block on the side so there are many blocks to choose from. We approached this project by choosing our favorite twelve quilt blocks and doing roughly one a month. We planned to build all barns at first but then decided we like the barns with silos so much that we will do nine barns and three silos.
This is the Sunny Sunflower block. We both used the same scraps for our sunflowers but did our own thing for the barns. Team ShaRee went wild with a blue roof and we both love how cute it came out.
Team Sue was a little worried about that wild flower print for the barn but it turns out that it really worked. We also created our very first barn with a silo. How exciting! The quilt block is Cool Threads and the thread on our spools have our own characteristic look: brights for Team Sue and traditional colors for Team ShaRee. These barns also show a departure from our first design choice to have all our barns in shades of red. Team ShaRee goes autumn with a green barn and orange silo and roof that looks absolutely darling with those spools.
Team Sue goes blue because I simply adore that silo scrap and it will blend nicely with the red barns but allow a big departure with the blue barn.
Watch for more barns coming soon!
I have participated in #2, #3, #5, and #6, so here we go for the seventh version! It was a fun time and I’ve finished it up for 2014. Here are my reads. Thanks to The Worm Hole for hosting this year because it’s a fun challenge.
From January to December, choose a book from each of the following categories:
- A reference to time: A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
- A position of royalty: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Allen Addison
- A number written in letters: The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- A forename or names: A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert, The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
- A type or element of weather: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
- A book with a school subject in the title: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher