Sunday, March 29, 2015

Grand Junction, the first day--Saturday, March 21, 2015

Last Saturday, I drove to Grand Junction to spend time with my son, his wife, and his two kids. A long drive, but totally worth it.

This is the oldest granddaughter.  She just turned 11, and I took her gift to her-- a sewing machine, a sewing box, patterns and material.  She was pleased.

She has also grown a lot!  This kid is within one or two inches of being as tall as I am.  (Totally not saying much since I am 5'2", but then again I am not 11.)

This is her 5 (soon to be 6) year old brother.  He is a handful!  I asked him if his middle name was Trouble.

His response.  "TROUBLE is NOT my middle name!"

That's his opinion, but I'm sure his mom and dad might have a different one.

After driving all day, I took the kids for a walk.  They live near the Colorado River Park, so we walked down there.

All in all, from Saturday thru Friday, I walked a total of 65,000 + steps!  That's pretty much an average of 5 miles a day for me!

More coming later.

However, I did not lose any weight.  In fact, I gained two pounds, and I blame it all on Rachel.  She's a good cook.

Monday, January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015 Another Sunbonnet Sue

Well, it's been a while....Don't know where the last 4 months went, but apparently they went.

I've been working on another baby quilt for another baby girl.  In this one, the non-white material has sparkles in it, but it didn't show up in the pictures.

Very sparkly, which I know little girls love.

The next picture, I took to try to get the sparkles to show up, but they didn't.  You can see the quilting detail that I did on all the blocks, though.

However, since this is the second one of these in two years, anyone else having babies had better have a boy!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sept. 28, 2014 Colorado's golden fall

Took a drive from the Broadmoor up to Victor via Old Stage Road today to look at the colors. Nice slow drive, I think my top speed was about 15 miles an hour on the better parts of the road. There were quite a few cars, and my driving sure sets Clyde off somehow.

Some of the better remarks:

 "Stay close to the edge on these curves!" While looking down a couple hundred feet.

 "Don't drive off the cliff!"


 "Back up straight! Pull forward! Don't hit the rocks!"

 "Where's my phone?" Had to backtrack to the last stop to find it.
 "Watch the road!" As I hit a hole in the road on a switchback.

 But the colors were spectacular.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

August 22-23, 2014

Yesterday we had another zoo day! Bet you're getting tired of all the zoo pictures, but I gotta get my money's worth out of that membership!

We were late getting there, the kids stayed up too late the night before and boy were they grumpy!

But, we got to see stuff we hadn't seen before because we were always past when it happened.  They got to feed this tame bird (you'll have to wait for the 3rd picture to see it ).  And they held a cup with food in it for the bird to eat.
Isis (she was too quick and I didn't get a good picture of her).


Connell, and now you can see the bird.  Only four kids got to feed the bird, and my crew made sure they were picked.

The lions were out.  I could have gotten a really nice picture from across in front of him if we had brought the big telephoto.  Grandpa didn't bring it because he didn't want to have to haul it around.  (Likely excuse, I had the wagon which he pulled):

The moose.  I like how at our zoo, there are places where you can take pictures without the fencing getting in the way.

The beaver was out this time.  Well actually in a hollow log, but out enough.  Here he is sitting on his tail.

Now, these two following pictures I took today.  We have had a really wet August here, and I have a bumper crop of toadstools!   I found these under the tree in the side yard.  Don't look too impressive?

Here they are with Clyde's hand on one of them.  They are literally dinner plate sized!

And all that grass?  It's been a month since I've mowed because of all the rain.  Thought it would have dried out from the rain last night by now.  But no, it's still too wet!  When did that ever happen in Colorado before?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014 Molly's Birthday

Molly's birthday present:

I asked Molly back in June what she wanted for her birthday.  Her response was "a baking set".

Which I promptly forgot about, so last week I asked her again what she wanted for her birthday, and her response was "a baking set".  So for her 9th birthday, I got her a "sort of" baking set.

I got the brightest, most colorful measuring cups and measuring spoons I could find, a batter bowl with a red lid, and a good wisk.:

Then, I moved on to cooking.  She does like making eggs and pancakes for breakfast, so for that I bought her a purple, yes, PURPLE!, frying pan.  I just can't believe that I found a purple pan for her.  Purple is her favorite color, and then I got two spatulas, one purple and one more fuschia colored.

And then I bought her a good muffin/cupcake pan, some bright cupcake liners, and a ladybug timer so she can know when to remove her stuff from the oven.  And, I had a kids cookbook from Pampered Chef that has easy stuff for kids to fix for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks..

I don't know if she went home and fixed pancakes for dinner or not, but she is all set to be a chef!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014 the firepit

Saturday, at the farmer's market, we made a find!

And not a cheap one.  See that big black cauldron with the fire in it.  It is an old sand casted iron pot.

It stands on 3 legs, one of which is broken, and has some holes drilled in the bottom because someone used it for potted plants..  It came with a handle that you can use to hang it from a tripod over a fire, or is you have a big old fashioned fireplace that used to be used for cooking, it may have hooks that you can use to hang this pot.

Notice what they are using to roast the marshmallows.

I couldn't find the old roasting sticks that we used to have for camping, so I had to improvise.  I duct taped shish kebob sticks to wooden spatulas.  That problem has been fixed.  Found metal ones at Wal Mart today.

This cauldron is about 2 feet in diamete, if not more.  And it's deep enough for a fire to be contained.

I had extra large marshmallows on hand and we used those last night.  Today I bought hershey bars, graham crackers, blue and pink and white marshmallows and we made s'mores.  Yum!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014 Flowers before the hail

My blooming flowers.

My flowers finally recovered from Rosie's grazing.  And yes, she's a dog, but whatever.  Now it's hailing.  Guess I'm not destined to have pretty flowers for long this year.