Sunday, April 5, 2015

Grand Junction day 5-6

Lots of pictures coming up.

We finished the pajama pants that Cordelia made on her new sewing maching.

These are the adult children  (L-R) Ed, Rachel, Bekka, Brent.  I don't get too many chances to get the adults to sit still for pictures.

And here are the 4 grandkids (L-R)  Wyatt, Cordelia, Molly, Connell.  Clyde was amazed when he saw this picture because although Cordelia is 17 months older than Molly, and Connell is 23 months younger than Molly, the difference in height was astonishing. 

This is Mt. Garfield.  The kids and I walked (hiked) down to the gazebo, and they took out their sketch books to draw.

Cordelia drew the mountain.  I'm not sure you can see this very well, but she did an excellent job.

Ed fixed the swing in the backyard.  Both kids (Cordelia and Wyatt) were thrilled!  Wyatt even proclaimed that Ed "was a cool dad!"

And then the fun began.  To work the swing you have to have some muscle to get started.  That job fell to the grownups.

And the kids enjoyed the swinging.

No grownups were exempt from swinging kids.  Even Bekka had to get out there and throw the kids around.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Grand Junction day 4, March 24, 2015

The fourth day in Grand Junction. We went to Main Street downtown. Grand Junction, like Colorado Springs, and many other places, has sculpture displayed on the streets. These are usually large, some can be climbed on like the apes below. Some look like rock formations that the kids can climb on also.

 Here are two monkeys on the apes.

Met up with Bekka and Brent and their two.  Cousins are fun to have around.

And so that you know that we do have flowers in Colorado as early as March, here are some daffodils that were already blooming in Grand Junction.  Course, their growing season is longer, they are about 3000' lower than here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Grand Junction day 2 March 22, 2015

Day 2 in Grand Junction, and we went for a walk. We walked every day down by the river. The river side trail along the Colorado is long, paved and the perfect place for biking, running, and just plain walking. And there are always people on the path. This is the at the lake/gazebo just east of where we entered the trail every day. And by just east, I mean 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile east. The kids were trying to skip rocks. Cordelia had a lot of distance, but still it sunk.

Wyatt here is just thinking about throwing a rock.  There are ducks and geese at this lake.  Actually there were geese all over the place.

Now Wyatt is going to throw a rock.   Can you see how he is throwing it.  Can you see what is going to happen?

Yup.  He got wet!  Just knew that was going to happen.

Which made it easier for him to continue getting wet.  Just plop those feet into the water.  That's all boy there!

Then, just to make sure, let's wade right in for the next throw and see how much we can splash ourselves.

And this is the tree at the end of the street on the way to the trail.  It is a big old cottonwood, and I think it is just the thing right out of a scary fairy tale in the evil, magic woods.  Have to paint a picture of this and see how brooding evil I can make it.

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?