Friday, September 30, 2011

Weekly Music Nugget 26

     Today....a link to an instrumental flash mob in Copenhagen.  It is done by members of the Copenhagen Philharmonic.  I love it!!!

Mackinac Island

     As stated in my last post, we visited Mackinac Island early this month.  I have posted a few photographs below.  Some of these were taken during our biking or hiking adventures.  I was told that the stacked rocks on the shore were made by visitors during their bike rides around the island.  Wish I had known that when we were biking....we would have made a stack!
     I love the cottages and homes on Mackinac.  I included a couple of these.
Loved the hollyhocks

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birthday Trip

     Early this month my family spent a few days on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  It was a birthday treat for me.  Every few years we try to visit the island and this was it!
     Travel on the island is by foot, bike or horse because there are no motorized vehicles.  Activities might be biking, horseback riding, visiting the fort, shopping and checking out the fudge shops, taking a wagon tour, hiking, or hanging out at your hotel/bed and breakfast.
     We were fortunate this time to be able to spend some time at the Grand Hotel.  It was beautiful!  I have posted a few photos of the hotel below.  Loading pics is very slow tonight so I will not take time to rearrange them like I should.  The first two pictures are from the porch, the next two are inside the hotel and the last one is the hotel from the outside.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dashees Garden 26

     Fall is my favorite time of year.  One of the reasons is the beautiful leaves!  They always inspire me to create something new.
     The leaves below will become pendants or brooches.  They are created from felted wool and wool from upcycled sweaters which I have felted.  Layers were fused and then tacked by hand around the edges (the maple leaf was edged by machine).  Veins were machine-stitched.  I love the dimensional effect created by the veins on the sweater sides of the leaves.
     Some of the felted wool was purchased on Etsy from the supplies section.  In the past I have bought used wool clothing and felted it myself.  It is difficult to find a wide variety of colors that way, and I usually end up with much more fabric than I need.  Some of the Etsy shops offer assortments of felted wool pieces in many colors and small sizes.  The prices are reasonable and service is great.
Backs of leaves

Monday, September 26, 2011

Life in the Ruins

     Yellowstone National Park has some very odd landscapes.  Much is due to the thermal activity in the region.  Some is a result of new plant life among downed trees, often in areas devastated by fire.  Below are a few photos which help give a feel for the landscape. Click on a photo to enlarge it.
 Perhaps a burned area across the top of the hill

A petrified  tree


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Musings 3

     Today I have spent time sorting through my genealogy research.  I am overwhelmed by how much information has accumulated and my need to find a better way to organize it.  Guess I will begin by continuing to sort, taking a few bites at a time.  I don't think there is any other way to approach family history!
     The best place to start family history is collecting info you already have and then ask other family members as questions arise.  You will need forms to record information.
     There are many online resources for records, forms, and how to research.  I recommend beginning with  This is the family history website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which I am a member.  Anyone can go into this site, and it is loaded with info about family genealogies and how to record and research them.  I recommend beginning a search at this site by simply typing in the name of an ancestor you want to know more about. At some point check out what else is available.
     This site has a link to the large Latter-day Saint Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Microfilmed records from all over the world can be ordered.  There is a charge.  The films are mailed to the Family History Library closest to you and you must view them there.  Addresses and phone numbers of these centers can be found at; call one for more information.
     Microfilms are  being digitized and put on the website.  This project will take years, but the films already finished can be accessed at for free.  Examples of records available are all the US national census records and marriage/birth/death records from some states.  Many non-US records have been digitized, also.
     Good luck if you are just getting started!  

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Holding On

     This post is a collection of vacation photos reflecting the concept of "holding on".  They are from Yellowstone unless otherwise noted.

Black Hills

Mount Rushmore

Jackson Hole

Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekly Music Nugget 25/ Young People's Concerts

     When I was a child I watched several Young People's Concerts by Leonard Bernstein on our television. Below is a link to a Youtube video of one of them.  There are several more on Youtube.  This one is from 1958 and is about the meaning of music.  Old, but good, I think.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Token Photos

     Here are a couple of token pictures from Yellowstone...Old Faithful and........of course.......a black bear!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dashees Garden Tuesday 25

     Well, I must have been REALLY mixed up yesterday....thought it was Friday and posted a music nugget on Dashees day.  I will call that a "senior moment" (ugh...).  Now that I think about it, I think I still had last Friday's music nugget omission on my mind.  So that was last week's post.....and here is Dashee's.
     Below is a finished wooly heart.  I love these!!  So much fun to make.  Back is attached to front by hand with straight stitching using wool embroidery thread.  Inside is lightly stuffed.  Back has a wool pocket sewn on by hand with regular thread and blanket stitch.  Cute place for a note or small treasure.  The heart will fit in a pocket; it is slightly larger than 4" by 4". 
     Some of these will be finished soon and put in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weekly Music Nugget 24/ Keeping Score

     A friend recently sent me links to some online videos from Keeping Score, concerts and educational presentations directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony.  They have been compared to the old Leonard Bernstein TV presentations  (topic for a future blog post!). I listened to the video about Shostakovich and loved it.  Really well done!
    Below is a link to the video.  I highly recommend it if you would like to gain a better understanding of this composer and his music, particularly Symphony No. 5.  It contains beautiful music analysis for the average listener and fine information about  the societal/cultural influences on this composer.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Evening Rain

     The photographs below were taken during an evening drive through the northeast section of Yellowstone.  This part of the park was very beautiful.
     The last photo was taken from inside our vehicle; windshield raindrops are visible. 


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Musings 2

     Today I have been pondering the principle of faith.  My mind has returned to the concept that faith involves action as well as belief.
     My own experience is that seeking help from God begins with prayer and is followed by action.  In my life answers to prayer often come after I pray, while doing something to meet my needs.  For example, if I want help learning something new, I pray for help and then continue to learn about it and practice.  Aid comes during the process.  If I pray to know if a particular decision is right or wrong, I do not get an answer then.  The Lord does not tell me what to do.  Help often comes as I study and ponder scriptures while trying to keep a prayer in my heart. I receive guidance that helps me make the decision.  Insight  might come while pondering my problem as I go about my daily activities.
     I make a decision at some point.  I might pray about it then, but by the time I make it I usually know if it is right or wrong because of the spiritual insight I received during the decision-making process. 
     Getting an answer involves enduring the waiting process faithfully.  It means going forward while continuing to ask for help.  I must maintain my belief and faith in God during the process.
     Below is a link to an article from Meridian Magazine (online LDS mag.)which I want to share.  It explains faith.  Read the The Bicycle Light .

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cleaning the Fixtures

     There are delays in my music post because I want to share something else instead.  It follows bathroom repair work done this past week by my husband and son while I was under the weather with a back problem.
     Yesterday I was invited to view the final product.  The bathroom was beautiful, but I was amazed at the bright light.  I assumed stronger light bulbs had been installed.  When I mentioned this later I was told that was not the case.  The fixtures over the bulbs had been thoroughly cleaned.  A dense layer of dark, toasted dust had accumulated on the glass.  Sounds gross, right?  In defense,  these particular lights are a pain to open, and are only approached when they burn out.  And not by me (who has an aging neck, fear of heights and zilch mechanical ability).
     It had not occurred to any of us that dust had dimmed the light in the room.  I suppose it happened so gradually that we did not notice or think about what was occurring.  We just adjusted to the small increments of change.
     How like life this can be!  Changes in our behavior can  effect how much spiritual light we receive.  Often they occur slowly; maybe we stop reading scriptures for a few days or stop praying.  Perhaps we begin to build new habits that reduce our sensitivity to the Spirit, such as watching or listening to inappropriate media.  Maybe we get caught in a rut of negativity, or let anger get the best of us.  We do not correct the behavior, and over time our light source gets neglected and the dark dust builds.  After a while we forget how bright the light used to be!  Soon our condition seems normal,  and we give the Light an occasional nod when we physically or emotionally burn out.  When a crisis comes along we often become fully aware of our situation.
      This reminds me of why it is good to attend church meetings, pray and study scriptures on a regular basis.  They help keep the light fixtures clean so we can see.





Wednesday, September 14, 2011


    QIP means quilt in progress.  Below is a photo of the top of a simple throw I am making.  It has been basted since the picture.  The squares are from two charm packs and my stash.  Hope to finish it soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dashees Garden Tuesday 24

     Today I have posted some photos of wool hearts I am embellishing with applique and embroidery.  Only the fronts are finished on two of them.  Black wool will back them.
      I have been using freezer paper patterns to cut the hearts.  If I plan to fuse the hearts I draw a pattern on fusible web; otherwise I like the paper. I get a more accurate cut than with pinning or folding the wool in half and just cutting a heart shape.  Sometimes I also use freezer paper for leaves and flowers. 
     I really enjoy these!  Because the hearts are small ( about 4" x 4") I can bag a work in progress and put it in my purse.  I recently worked on two of these while traveling.  Fun!


Monday, September 12, 2011


     When in Jackson Hole I spied a cute place called The Merry Piglets, a Mexican grill.  I was the only one who wanted to eat there, so I took a few photos while peeking in.  If you want to know more just go here   Love the pig murals (click on photo to enlarge)!

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In addition to being a violist, I am a wife and mother (three sons). I dabble in writing, handwork, sewing and photography.