Tuesday, August 30, 2011

B &B

     We stayed at a nice bed and breakfast place while in the Jackson Hole area.  The name is Twin Mountain Bed and Breakfast Inn and the address is Hoback, WY.  A photo I took is below; the second pic is nearby scenery. 
     The stay was very pleasant.  The scenery was beautiful, rooms were comfortable and attractive, host was friendly, breakfast was good, and their slow-roasted, thick-cut bacon is to die for!!

Dashees Garden Tuesday 22

Not much....we have had a tummy bug going through our home, and today it returned to visit me.  Ugh.
     Below are pics of my progress on wool hearts.  They have been revised.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Glorious Mountains

     After rafting on the Snake River we traveled up to Yellowstone.  On the way we drove by the Teton range.  Oh, these mountains are so beautiful!  They are classic.  A few of my pics are posted below.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rexburg, Idaho

     On our way west we stopped in Rexburg to pick up our son and his wife.  They are students at BYU-ID.  I have not been in Rexburg since the 1970s, and that stop was brief.  Rexburg now has a Latter-day Saint temple, a sacred building for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I have included some photos from that.
     I love the symbolism of wheat in the Scriptures, one being that Christ is the bread of life.  One side of the temple has some stained glass windows depicting wheat, and it faces a large wheat field.  It was beautiful.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Milly Moose

In the Jackson Hole area we spotted this Moose and her calf.  I have named her Milly.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Life on the Docks in Sacramento


Weekly Music Nugget 22/ Hoffnung

     After my college senior recital my teacher presented me with a copy of  The Hoffnung Companion to Music, by Gerard Hoffnung.  It is a book of music cartoons and caricatures.  They are clever and funny.
     While searching for his cartoons online I discovered a site that discusses Hoffnung's life and his music books.  Although longer than my usual linked articles, it is worth reading.  Some of it is humorous, and a few of  his drawings are sprinkled throughout.  Enjoy!http://www.musicweb-international.com/hoffnung/biog1.htm

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Delta King

     Below are a few photographs of the Delta King hotel in Sacramento.  Nice place, and yummy food (at least for breakfast).  Notice the fixtures and floor tiles in the bathroom!  Very charming.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Desert Woes

     There was one part of our trip west that I did not care for.  One word....Nevada.  Previous to this trip I had only been through Nevada during the night, in a bus for a college orchestra trip.  I remember lots of lights in Las Vegas.  This time it was daylight, and we spent maybe an hour of that in backed-up traffic because of road constuction.  We were in sunny desert; not much to do other than play games or hide from the sun.  I did take a few pictures....of desert and sagebrush.....
     We do not gamble, and I don't have any use for that.  I was taken aback by all the slot machines.  I could not even visit a bathroom without at least one to greet me..  I knew about this situation, but it really hits when you actually see it. 
     We stayed one night on Reno on our way to Sacramento.  I did not care for Reno.  Enough said.
     On a positive note, it rained in Nevada on our way east from California.   It was fun to experience that.  It smelled good, and it felt so much better than that hot sun!!
     Below are my token desert photos from time in the traffic hold-up.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shell Falls

Below are photographs of Shell Falls, taken from the western side of the Bighorn Mountains.  I have included pics of hummingbirds, also taken near Shell Falls.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Dashees Garden Tuesday 21

     It's not Tuesday, but I need to post this today.....
     I am having lots of fun playing with felted wool.  It feels so good!
     I love to sew decorated wool hearts for tree ornaments at Christmas.  These are variations with a fall theme; one top is finished and the other is basted.  I might make some changes on the beige heart.  I plan to have some on Etsy soon.

Quilting Adventure for Christmas

     Last week I finished the top of a quilt I am making.  It began as an experiment using a grab-bag of strips I had ordered online.  I decided to see if I could use them to make a quilt from a book I have (Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott).  I made a variation of the quilt on the cover of the book.
     The quilt evolved into a Christmas quilt as I made decisions about which squares to use and how to distribute the colors.  I ended up with only six squares, making the quilt about half the size of the original.  I added some fabrics I already had and discarded the orange and blue strips that came in my package (they will be a wall-hanging).  I did not always place lights and darks according to the patterns.
     It was difficult to decide on a sashing color.  I wanted to use fabric I already had.  Nothing seemed right.  One day I noticed a piece of fabric that was loosely covering a cushion, waiting to be sewn into a cover.  A light went on in my head...VOILA!!  That piece was just right!  I am very happy with it.
     I ended up purchasing the fabric for the outside border, and I think I like it.
     The pics below include photos of my two favorite squares.

Open Range

     While traveling through  the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming we saw signs warning us of Open Range areas, places where sheep and cattle just might cross the highway!
     Sheep are certainly not exotic, but I got a kick out of watching them graze in open range.  And I love sheep.   So today you get sheep...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Into the Rapids

     During our trip to the Tetons my family went whitewater rafting on the Snake River.  This was new to me, and for the sake of other newbies here is how it goes.
     The first step is to find proper attire.  Proper means lightweight fabric that dries quickly so you will not be sitting in heavy, soaked clothing because you will get wet.  Probably very wet. No all cotton clothing. Proper also includes water shoes because your feet will be wet, and they might be sitting in water most of the time (depending on where you sit).  If you plan on jumping into the river (you might have the opportunity when sitting in calm water), wear something reasonable for that.
     Sunglasses are a great addition because they help shield your eyes from water as well as the sun.  You  will get splashed in the face; leave your regular eyeglasses behind. If you wear a hat, secure it well and prepare to have it soaked.
     Forget about make-up.  Wear plenty of waterproof sunscreen.  Again, you will get wet....and the water is cold.
     Leave your vanity at home.  You will wear a life jacket (for which you might be grateful) and you will look a mess when it is over.
     Well, enough about that.  Fortunately I made pretty good clothing choices, and I am very grateful I did.  They really do help!
      To get to our boat we had to take about a 30 minute bus trip to Snake River.  If you sit near the front, pump the driver for info.  Ours had plenty of stories to entertain us.  Watch for osprey nests high on power line poles.
      Our boat held a dozen people, I think.  Maybe more... The river guide stands at the back, and three rowers are chosen for each side of the boat  Everyone is given a boat selection before loading, and hopefully your group will have some strong rowers.  That is a great asset.  As I understand it, the better your rowers, the less likely it is that you will capsize.  The rowers need to be strong and willing to follow directives from the guide.  They need to work together.  We were fortunate to have a great group....fun people with lots of strong guys.  No capsizing (that was about all my chicken heart cared about)........which was good, because our guide was a bit on the wild side.
     Other passengers sit in the middle.  I was in the middle of the second row back and my feet were in about 4 inches of water most of the time.  I wonder if the back would have been a better choice!
     The rowers have practice time in the beginning of the trip.  The rapids here are light.  This seemed to be enough time for our group to figure out the basics.
     Now for some real experience to complete the training. I remember watching us head into the first big waves and getting hit with what seemed buckets of water.  Not fun.  This happened 2 or 3 times before my stunned, chicken heart figured out I could turn sideways and get it in my ear instead.  A good alternative...OK....maybe I can handle this ....
     About this time the rowers began to realize that the way to traverse the rapids was to row directly into the oncoming water, and keep forging ahead no matter what.  It worked!  And so it continued, this seemingly counter-intuitive method to survival.  Eventually I began to trust this and I had fun, even though I was cold and wet.
     As I experienced this I could not help but think about how this is like the exercise of faith, especially in the trials of life.  First, prepare.  That means working daily on building a relationship with God.  When the trip through the rapids of life comes, sitting still in the water will not help you; at best you will be delayed in your journey, and you will most likely capsize and be swept away by the rapids.  Maybe you will be rescued.  The best course is to do your best to push forward into the rapids with faith in God.  That is the way through.  That is the way to grow in strength and courage.  That is when you will receive heavenly help.



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mr. Moose

     We took a scenic route across the Bighorn Mountains.  I spied a big, black moose romping and grazing down in a valley on the right.  I managed to take several photos.  This made up for no sightings of moose anywhere else!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Weekly Music Nugget 21, Sounds of Vacation

     My music post this week is a review of memorable sounds from my vacation, most of which involved nature.
     1.   The sound of rushing water, from tricklets to fast mountain streams to large waterfalls.  In particular I remember the sound of Fairy Falls in Yellowstone as we hiked to it.  It was a rather boring hike, and as soon as I heard the falls I felt relief....soon I would be there!  Oh, I love the sound of rushing water!
    2.    While on our bison stalk we got close enough to hear the herd.  Many were napping.  It was fascinating to stand and just listen.  The sounds were not pleasant; they were a mixture of low groans and ...frankly....farts!!
    3.    The sound of wind blowing through pine trees on a mountain.  I adore this sound.  Heard it first at Mt. Rushmore...oh, to just stand alone up high  and listen!
    4.    The sound of walking through tall grass on our bison stalk.
    5.    After the Black Hills we returned to the Badlands.  This time it was sunny.  We pulled off the road to see what some people were observing in a large field.  As I began to walk out I heard sounds underfoot and just ahead of me...something like birds.  I could not figure out what I was hearing.  There was no sign of birds on the ground....very strange...and then  I saw holes in the ground and people looking at prairie dogs.  Apparently they really were underfoot-- in tunnels.  When I got close enough to take pics I could hear them scold me!
    6.   Foreign tongues, especially in Yellowstone.  Everywhere I heard varieties of Asian and European languages.  It was fun to observe how well we could communicate when an animal was sited.  Pointing and voice inflection work well...
   7.    Fearful, happy, and excited sounds during our whitewater rafting trip on Snake River.  We had a great group!  Our guide was a bit on the wild side.....and I remember his Louisiana accent!
   8.    The clanking of dishes during our meal at the Game Lodge in Custer State Park.  Noisy, but pleasant because it reminded me of eating dinner at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI. Yum-yum to the meals in both places!
   9.    Bug Rain.  At night, while driving home through South Dakota, rain threatened.  Soon we heard what sounded like big, fat raindrops hitting the windshield.  Alas, it was not rain....just lots of bugs.  And more bugs.  It was as if we were driving through a huge cloud of them.  What a mess!!!!
    On that "lovely" note I think I will quit!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rocks and a Lake

     A few more photos from the Black Hills before I leave them.....trees, rocks, the State Game Lodge (yummy food) and Horse Thief Lake, a childhood memory of my hubby.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stalking Bison

     During our trip through the Black Hills we stopped at Custer State Park.  We had our first buffalo encounters there, from a distance.  We spied a herd napping far away and my husband and son decided to get closer.  I went along, chickened out, and caught up when my intuition said it was OK.  I regained my courage. We were quiet and followed my husband's lead on how to not be seen.  We always maintained a reasonable distance.  Below are some photos I took of the herd.  One of them shows a vehicle stalker.  We had more fun!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dashees Garden Tuesday 20

     Before vacation I was trying to finish blocks for a lap quilt.  Today I planned to share pics of them, but my camera battery has to be recharged.  So later.....
     Instead I will share a few pics of wildflowers from our trip.  So pretty!

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