Here she is in the process of opening dolly number 1:
Friday, December 25, 2009
Here she is in the process of opening dolly number 1:
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Sure wish I had vacation pictures and interesting stories to tell y'all about, but sadly I've got nothing!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
My Christmas wall hanging is the pattern from the current issue of Quilt Maker, it's not only a festive wall hanging but it's a card holder as well. My table topper for our coffee table is an Anka's Treasures pattern - I just love her patterns, they're so easy to follow and they look so great when you finish.
Hopefully I'll have some progress to show or report on the quilt before we leave.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
We took a side trip to Lake Chelan one day. Such a cute small town and beautiful lake and a wonderful quilt shop called Woven Threads. We also went up to Winthrop and milled around and we also did a lot of relaxing and reading and enjoying the fresh mountain air. The RV park we were at was right on the river, so we had a beautiful view.
We came home Wednesday and I've been doing laundry non-stop since. This weekend I have to get busy and make another bag for my friend Margie - her birthday is tomorrow and we're getting together next week to celebrate her b-day and mine which is coming up on the 19th. She and her hubby are leaving for Arizona soon for the winter. Many of us have bets on how long she'll last before she comes home leaving her hubby to drive the motor home back in the spring.
Right before I left my good friend Julie had to put her sweet cat Riley down, so sad, it's so hard to make the decision even though you know you're doing the right thing. And it breaks your heart to lose your animals - they're your family, the holder of all your secrets, the ones who love you no matter how bad your mood is or how bad you smell after doing yard work. We have had to put 2 animals down, our beloved dog Scruffy and our cat Charlotte. I have their ashes in a sealed urn here in the house. I always thought Julie thought I was way to strange to do that, but she herself is having Riley put in an urn to be put on the bedside table where he liked to sit and sneeze on her till she woke up in the mornings. She just wasn't ready or prepared to lose her baby and I think she'll be happy to have his ashes close. They might not always stay there, but for now, through her grief, it's a good thing.
Fall has come on quickly and it's chilly enough to have a little heat on in the house at night/early morning. I love fall, leaves changing color, crispness in the air, pumpkins, apples, soft snugly sweaters - it all feels so good after such a hot summer.
I hope you all are well, I'm trying to catch up with all the wonderful blogs I follow. Enjoy the beauty of Fall!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I think the next time I make it I'll make the pockets that are used in her Bow Tucks Purse pattern - I need pockets or I lose everything in my purse. So I love my new purse, but just so you know, the gods of procrastination got even with me, the pockets on one side of the purse (inside on one side that is) are upside down - somebody wasn't paying attention, hmmm who could that be. I have some other fabric I'm dying to make up so I plan to procrastinate a little more and then give my full attention to my quilt in progress when we get home from fishing at the end of the month.
Friday, September 11, 2009
April - I love the fabric I found for the sky - little umbrellas - April Showers sort of idea here.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
From Santiam Pass going west, we turned off to take McKenzie Pass going east. Here as promised, we started to see evidence of lava fields from the Belknap Eruption, part of the Cascade Mountain Range. According to what I can find, Belknap Crater is approximately 6,876 Feet high and last erupted 1500 years ago. It was fascinating to see the lava and how the flow would leave a little island of green and living things and yet wipe out everything in it's path else where. Here is a picture of Belknap Crater, some green areas and some black areas with just lava rock.
Next up along the drive was the Dee Wright Observatory on the summit of McKenzie Pass.
Belknap Crater and little Belknap off to the right in the back ground, surrounded by lava fields.
Little ground squirrels scurry around all over the lava rock at the observatory - some even pose.
Part of the 3 Sisters Mountains - to the left is the 3rd Sister and to the right is the Middle Sister taken from the observatory.
Black Butte taken from the observatory.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The Bowman Museum - Great place to check out old quilts, side saddles, old guns and shotguns, old medical instruments, etc. Fascinating place and fun to go through. And viewing the old medical stuff will surely make you thank god for modern medicine!
Dad's Place: A fabulous local hangout for breakfast and lunch. Service is awesome and the food - esp. the garbage omelet is worth going back for.
Club Pioneer: Great dinner spot, excellent food, friendly and I hear their desserts are to die for, however you get so filled up with dinner there is little room to try them - maybe next time.
Friends Espresso: They make an excellent latte and hand out some pretty delicious dog biscuits according to Maddie.
And last, but not least - The Quilt Shack, the owners name is Rhonda and she is a doll. She has all sorts of fabric and lets just say I didn't leave there without buying quite a bit of fabric. She is so much fun to talk to and her shop is so inviting - you'll never feel like a stranger here and you'll be sure to find more fabric than you knew you needed.
And now for the pictures...........
Prineville - the buildings off to the left are a big Les Schwab Plant, unfortunately most of the work was moved to Bend, but they still do some things at the Prineville plant. Sadly the move put a lot of good people out of work.
A shot of the city of Prineville and the Main Street down the center.
We spent a couple of days at Crater Lake, the first day we drove to Rim Village, the second day we drove around the lake and took pictures from many vantage points along the way - these are some of the better pictures.
Rim Village Lodge
Oh Yes, they have a boat tour you can take, I think they have 2 or 3 boats they use. Here's the catch, it's a 2.2 mile hike to get to the boat, this hike takes you on a 700 foot drop that is equivalent to 70 flights of stairs. A strenuous work out to say the least and with my asthma and at over 6000 feet in elevation, it wasn't a boat ride for me.
Lots of shale and pumice make up this area of the lake, and surrounding the lake are pumice deserts. I picked up a couple of pieces of pumice for our grandson to see.
They call this outcrop in the lake the ghost ship.