Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Do You Procrastinate?

I never thought of myself as a bad procrastinator, yeah I have at times put things off, sometimes I just work better under pressure, so it works for me. But lately, there is just something wrong with me and this quilt I am trying to make - maybe it's all the freaking triangles that I have to sew together to make blocks and well it's a boring job and I seem to be avoiding doing it, even though I really want to get this quilt done. It's the first quilt for our bed - finally, and yet, I procrastinate with my stroll around the block applique project - only 4 more months to go on this 2 year project. Then yesterday, sure I could have gotten busy and worked on my triangles and made some real progress, but no, instead I decide I need a new purse. I got this pattern over a month ago, I really wasn't in any huge hurry to make it, and yet, rather than get to what I should be doing, I procrastinated and made the purse instead. It's a Quilts Illustrated - Penny Sturges Pattern called Charm Party Tote and it uses a charm pack.

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

A Quilty Post

While we were on vacation I took time to do some hand sewing. A few posts back I showed you several of the applique blocks I'd made for my Stroll Around the Block quilt that was done on Alex Anderson's - Simply Quilts show. I actually finished March and April's blocks and got part of May's done. So, drum roll please, here are March and April for your viewing pleasure.

April - I love the fabric I found for the sky - little umbrellas - April Showers sort of idea here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Vacation Photos.............

One of our vacation days we spent driving in a circle so to speak. We left Sisters, OR, over Santiam Pass, then connected with McKenzie Pass and ended up in Sisters again. What a beautiful drive and interesting as well. I highly recommend it if you live close by or find yourself visiting the area. One of the things to turn off the highway and see on Santiam Pass was Sahalie Falls, the falls drop 120 feet and in Chinook it means heaven, up high. It was just a beautiful area, hidden off the beaten path, with a really nice walking path and stairs to get the full view and to move on to the other smaller falls past it. Lots of gorgeous blue jays flitting around as well. The next 3 pictures are of Sahalie Falls:

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.
Barren Lava fields with Mt. Washington in the background:

Next up along the drive was the Dee Wright Observatory on the summit of McKenzie Pass.
Constructed of Lava Stone it was built in the middle of a lava field. It was built during the depression by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp), completed in 1935. There are holes, or windows in the lava structure that are strategically placed to be able to view the various surrounding mountains in the area.

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.

Mt. Jefferson taken from the observatory.

Black Butte taken from the observatory.

Today I visited my favorite orthopedic surgeon. I say favorite because Dr. Hales is such a wonderful doctor, excellent surgeon and compassionate human being that even though visiting him usually means something is really wrong, he's still one of my favorite people in this world. I have complete and utter trust in him. For a year now I've been having trouble with the basil joint of the thumb - it's at the base of the thumb, near the wrist. Arthritis started to ravage my hands when I was in my mid 30's so it was no surprise to find out my thumb joints had it too. However the left thumb joint is beyond help, we tried a cortisone shot in the joint to perhaps give me relief (if you've ever had a cortisone shot in a small hand joint, you know that it's 3 days of hell/pain for the possibility of relief). This is the second time I've gotten a cortisone shot and it was much worse than the first time. The bottom line is this may buy me some time, if it even helps, but I need to have a new thumb joint made, which means surgery, it's only been a year and a couple weeks since I got a new hip joint - am I ready for this? Ugh, I've been avoiding this because I didn't want to hear what I knew it would take to fix the pain, yet I can't stand the pain of it 24 hours a day, everyday. So I think in early December I'll just do it - might as well, before the next year insurance deductible kicks in, right. I'm not even 50 and I feel like my joints are around 80 right now.
Hope you enjoy the pictures and thanks for letting me whine a little too. Next time I should serve cheese with that whine, huh.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Vacation Photos and More

We are finally home, unpacked, laundry done, groceries purchased from our 2 week vacation to Prineville, OR. The oldest town in central Oregon and a wonderful, slow paced town where people are polite, cars stop for you even when your jay walking, and neighbors watch out for each other. Still a small town of a little over 10,000, it is a prime example of what makes America great in it's slow, easy pace where people genuinely seem to care about each other. I could not allow you to see pictures of this high desert community (2900 elevation) with out giving a shout out to some of my favorite places there. In case you are in town, be sure to stop by:
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's golf course - gorgeous I think, but then again I don't golf

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.

Maddie and CR at the viewpoint where I got the pictures of Prineville.

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.
In case you're not familiar with Crater Lake, it is part of the Cascade Mountain Range. It was created by collapse of Mount Mazama. The Indians knew about it for years and it wasn't discovered by white explorers until 1853. Crater Lake gets 533 inches of snow each year. It has no inlet or outlet for water. It is 1943 feet deep and is the deepest lake in the U.S. and the 7th deepest lake in the world. It has an island - Wizard Island, which is a cinder cone that erupted after Crater Lake began to fill with water. The color of the lake is the most magnificent blue you will ever see. I've been to the lake once before, in June of 1984, only to get there, ready to see it, and it was a blinding snow storm. So 24 years later, I've finally seen it and it is truly as beautiful as all the pictures of it. It is by the way a National Park and has an extensive website and a webcam -just google it and enjoy!!

Rim Village Lodge

Wizard Island

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.

It really does look like a ship looking down at it. Later in the week I'll post pictures of Sister's Oregon and of the lava fields we visited and a beautiful hidden water fall.
One other shout out that I must make, if you are traveling on Highway 97 between Bend and Crater Lake, there is a little town named La Pine - they have an awesome quilt shop as well called Homestead Quilts, everyone is so friendly and helpful and fun, don't miss an opportunity to stop and shop!! Now it's time for me to catch up on all the blogs I love to read and see what y'all have been up to.