Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Big Sky Country

These pictures are from southern Montana - waaaay south of Butte.  Thought the history was interesting, and thought of Grandpa Wasden, and wondered how he went from Scipio to Butte to work in the mines in the 1890s.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Daylilies in Kelso

 Kemp picked some of the last blossoms from his daylily plants on the hillside behind his house.  They are still so beautiful.  The colors are so pure, and the blossoms huge.

And here's Bethany, blessed with a happy nature and a beautiful smile, willingly posing with some of the flowers.  Nice visit to Sonja, Kemp, Bethany, and Benjamin.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mt. Hood

For once, when we drove along the Columbia River last month, we enjoyed a rare view of Mt. Hood.  Just before this picture, we went through the smoke from a small fire - thought we wouldn't see the mountain this time, but there it is!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Summer Visitors

I've come to the conclusion that great-grandchildren are as wonderful as grandchildren.  Mandy and John's family came to see us this summer, and we loved the energy, the activity, and yes, the "cuteness and charm" of these delightful children.  We're always grateful when our offspring makes the effort to come to our remote part of the world to touch bases and allow us to get to know our family better.  Perfect!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Family Visits

Sara, Hayden and Frank came to see us before we made our Washington trip.  We had such a nice visit.  Hayden, at 12, has really grown - taller than both of us.  He doesn't look so tall in these pictures, because both Sara and Frank are very tall.  Hayden's great sense of humor is evident - kind of like his father's wit.  Sara is still suffering the indignities of adult braces, but her smile is still there - gives her more empathy with her daughter who had to undergo the same procedure.  We feel blessed to have family come - the distance of travel is still great, and we appreciate the effort.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hail Does Come through the Downspouts!

Tony took this picture at the corner of the shop.

More pictures from Saturday's Hail Storm

These pictures tell the story.  Be sure to enlarge each one.  We laughed at the evening news weather lady when she showed a picture of the hail under a downspout and said that the photographer may have piled the hail up - no, and no.  This size of hail makes the garden a destruction zone.  We feel so sorry for the farmers around there, who are losing their grain, hay, and corn crops.  Disaster!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Late Night Visitor

After having a day of pouring rain on Friday, continuing into the night, we had a visitor ring the doorbell around 8:30 - It was Tony!  He had ridden his red motorcycle from Las Vegas, intending to surprise us with a short visit. Little did he realize that the beautiful day he experienced in southern Utah would turn to pouring rain and freeway bumper-to-bumper traffic as he got into Salt Lake and headed north.  By the time he got to Preston, all of his really high-class gear was soaked, and he was one solid chunk of ice.  The good news - he missed the rock slide in Sardine Canyon by at least an hour, and got here safely.  A long session in a hot shower, the clothes dryer, and inventive way to dry all of his gear solved any problems.  We had a good visit, and he headed back this morning with a more positive weather forecast.  This was one time when a surprise was better than having foreknowledge of a visit!
 Tony's picture taken in southern Utah
Taken 24 hours later from our back porch.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We've Been Deluged!

 In between the buckets of rain we've been receiving, we had this incredible hail storm this afternoon!

I took a video, but can't figure out how to make the booming sound from the film be heard on the blog.  Any suggestions from those who low how?

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's the Quilts

Love this picture.  John had it on his electronic device, and gave it to me.  As you can see, it was taken a while ago, because Aline looks very little, and Kai isn't in the picture, but I appreciate it because it shows off the grandma quilts that I made these precious great-grandchildren.  (And grand-daughter.  Sara's Phil took this picture  - very nice.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Angelic Look

Granddaughter Mandy and her third child - Aline laid claim to the book that goes with the United States puzzle, and read it every chance she could get - right side up, or upside down.  Doesn't she look like an angel?  However, the evenness of temper was temporary.  She was entranced with the magnets on the fridge.   The favorite is a frog purchased some years ago from a neighbor who was raising funds for the band.  All four feet are on springs, and each one is flat with a magnet in its feet.   Even Dallin, who is much older, took time to play with that one.  Aline tried more than once to carry off a magnet so that she find another hiding place for it.  Every time I asked her to put it back, the lower lip came out and quivered, and she stood still in place, not feeling very friendly at all.  Mean grandma!  Fortunately, there were other toys to play with.

More Tree Lillies

 The front porch smells divine - the lilies' perfume is wonderful.
 This picture is very revealing - be sure to enlarge it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lilly for Dwight

More lilies tomorrow.


 Mia Lilly announced that she was named Lilly because lilies are beautiful.  I agree wholeheartedly!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Painting Class - On Fabric

I took a Craftsy class from Annette Kennedy to find out how to use the Tsukeniko and Pebeo fabric paints that I have accumulated and been frustrated with.  These two quilts are her design - she is a fantastic teacher, and internet classes are the way to go.  The painting is done on pre-printed fabrics - mostly batiks.  (Be sure to enlarge these.)  The quilt sizes are about 13" x 9", and I also did the quilting.  Facings finish the quilt, rather than binding.  Loved doing these.
P.S.  Which of these do you like better?