Scary movie day

15 Oct

Today was Mitzi, Ginny and me monthly scary movie day. We saw “Annabelle” which is about a scary, creepy looking doll. It was a good jumper and I may have a bruise on my forehead from smacking my face with my ring when I was trying to cover my eyes too fast. Ouch.
Before we went to the movie we made a couple of stops. One being lunch at “Bingo Burgers”. It sounded like a great idea until I bit into my Steeler Burger with carmelized onions and cheese on it and the hamburger was FULL of red peppers!!!! It was awful and hot. AND my bill was $20 for a double burger on a gluten free bun, sweet potato fries and ice tea!!!! It did talk about the chili’s in the meat but I didn’t know it was in all the meat.
Unfortunately, Ginny also lost her Ipad there too and no one turned it in. We think it slipped out of her purse. Big Bummer.
The last few days have been much quieter. Not as many phone calls and just a few campers in and out. Dale and Buddy pulled out on Monday. It was sad to see them go but he says he’ll be back next year which will be great. We had 2 going away dinners for him. One at Aly’s on Friday night with him and Judy and on Saturday night Denny made a big pot of chili and Nancy, Ginny, Mitzi, and George came by. Oh my gosh, we laughed so hard it hurt.
I had a crud for about a week. Throat cough and hoarseness. Finally over it today. Apparently it wasn’t contagious because Denny or Dale didn’t get it. We are using the pellet stove a lot now and I think the house is drying out so I did put a pan of water on the stove.
Finished all of my sweatshirt orders finally and have them mailed off or delivered. Next project is a whole bunch of bowl holders. Also did 2 dogs on stepping stones this week. One was easy and one was a real pain in the butt because I didn’t have a photo of the actual dog. He died last week and their friends wanted to take them a stone. I repainted him 3 times but I think I finally have it done.
Getting a massage tomorrow and then Denny and I are heading to Alamosa to get our Colorado drivers licenses. We also plan on a trip to Pueblo to see “Gone Girl”.
Denny is going to the Air Force football game on Saturday with Mike. I hope to drive over to Canon City with Julie to my ceramic place. I’m going to see if the lad y will let me come over there and paint a bunch of my bowls. I have one in the shop as a sample for my bowl holders and people are always wanting to buy it. So…. I may have another new product for next year.
So happy for the KC Royals. I haven’t really followed them for several years but it is exciting. I used to go to a lot of games in the 70’s and 80’s.
May change my hairstyle to a page boy style. A friend in the park this summer gave me a wig which was like new. I really like the color and Denny actually used the “y” word. He said it did make me look a little younger!!!!!!!!!!
I wore it today to get used to it and will change over later in the fall or maybe just change now. It would seem weird that my hair grew out really, really fast.
Time to try and delete some more emails. I can’t believe how out of control emails can get.

Fall colors

9 Oct

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On Tuesday, Mitzi, Peggy and I went up to Peggy’s cabin to spend the night. What a treat. Between the fall colors, being in the mountains, sleeping in a cabin with no electricity and sitting in front of a roaring fire with 2 buddies yacking for hours. The 3 of us have had a very busy summer and it’s taken this long to get together.
Of course the trees were spectacular. It’s about a 3 mile drive from the highway to get to the cabin. It’s a slow, bumpy road. We saw so many deer. Elk hunting season opens up this weekend. We didn’t see any of them.
I’m counting down the days to closing. We had such a great weekend. 3 groups of campers, one with 20 rigs, one with 15 rigs and an art group 10 ladies. I even had a chance to learn a new technique called watercolor batik. It was so fun and I can’t wait to try it again.
Totally sold out of bowl holders and of course had to do a couple of custom sets. Also the sweatshirts were popular and I had a couple of paw prints to paint.
We have friends that we met in Llano last year here for a few days. Finally have a chance to have dinner with them tonight. Tomorrow morning Judy is coming in on the train and she’ll be here for a few days helping us with our bookkeeping.
It’s rainy and cloudy here for a few days now. We do need the rain and I’m ready for a fire tonight in the stove. Denny purchased about 7 bags of pellets so we are stocked up for awhile.
We finally have figured out a timeline for our winter months. I think it is very doable and we can get in time with our family and have some real down time in Naco for a few weeks.
Since I come down with some crud that makes me cough and hoarse, I’m trying to think that I may have Ebola!! Plagues are hard on borderline hypochondriacs. We did have our blood drawn at the health fair so I’m sure I indeed have it, someone will notice it on my results. La Veta has a great health fair. Blood screening for $25 which is a huge savings.
Time to go through a whole pile of receipts from the whole summer. Yikes.

October 5, 2014

6 Oct

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I know I should be showing photos of the leaves changing into their beautiful colors but I mainly have been looking at the huge chaos in the house that has been borderline overwhelming. I have had a table in the living room for painting my paw prints, which by the way, have been a big hit. My sewing area is full of stabilizers, sweatshirts and fabric all in various piles. I also have an extra table in the kitchen for keeping my paints on and also the dining table is being used for putting my sweatshirts in the hoop for embroidering. It was a good weekend for the Bird’s Nest. Sold several sweatshirts and bowl holders and paw prints. We also had a booth at Oktoberfest and sold a few paw prints and birdhouses. Oktoberfest was a huge success and our park was packed due to the festivities. We had one group of 20 rigs come plus an art group that used 4 sites, both campers and the cabin and another group that is here until Wednesday using all 14 50 amp sites. Wow. Dale played in a golf tournament this weekend so I had to get up early and cook pancakes for the group of 46! That’s a bunch of pancakes. Our friend Mitzi came and helped serve too. I didn’t start out on the right foot. We have this handy dandy pancake dispenser that makes perfect round pancakes. I accidently laid it on a hot burner and before I knew it, that horrible plastic burning smell started up. I picked up the dispenser, which was full of batter and had strings of melting plastic all over my cooking space. I cleaned it up and then threw out the first batch of pancakes because the plastic was mixing in with them. Yuch. So after the snafu, things went pretty smoothly, although, campers can get a little edgy waiting for their pancake. The day continued to be busy with painting a print, finishing up sweatshirt orders, catching up on the Quickbooks, checking in more people and daydreaming about October 31. This was our last big hurrah at the park and it feels good looking back at the season. We feel very good about how the summer went. Tons of good feedback and tons of reservations for next year. It was very exciting to see how well the Bird’s Nest did this year. I was wondering if I would be able to keep up with the sewing and I did. Thankfully I had help at times which was great. Thank you Mary, Ginny, and Mitzi!!
We’ll be saying good-by to Dale later this week. It will be sad to see him go but I do believe he will return next year. I think Denny will try to get a paint job out of him before he leaves. :)
Going to have a fun week. Heading to Peggy’s cabin Tuesday afternoon with Irene and Mitzi. Will spend the night. It has a generator for electricity and an outhouse. We’ll eat and yack and sleep outside on the deck with a ton of blankets. It’s kind of a ritual even if it is cold out. On Wednesday we will be going to a dinner sponsored by the museum as a thank you for all the people from the park who went to the Museum this summer. I hope to get a game of bridge in. Judy is coming in on the train for the weekend to help us with our accounting and all the receipts we have from the whole season!! That should be interesting.

Have not changed my hair color yet due to someone asking Dale if his Mom and Dad were around!!!!!!! Dale is 54.  I said “What!!!”  I am going to change the style but not the color at this time.

I also need to write a scary story for the Scary Story contest the library is putting on. I keep coming up with scenarios using the rv park as the story.
Can’t wait to see “Gone Girl” and “Annabel”. We are now in Season 3 of Breaking Bad. Oh my gosh, what a show.
That’s it for now.

Alamosa, Jujubes and Yellow Aspens

25 Sep

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It’s 11 pm and I’m awake and a little wound up. I’ve been painting bear paws tonight. Just finished a custom order for a lady in the park. It’s Pico, the little dog print. Denny also has ordered a couple of prints for friends in Kansas. He will deliver them Friday. He is doing a quick back and forth trip to Topeka for his 50th high school reunion. Most of his good friends will be there so happy he can go.
Received a notice from WordPress that I just had my 2 year anniversary with them. Went back to September 2012. My niece Juli had been diagnosed with cancer, I was staying with my Mom in Springfield after her fall, I had finished my first quilt at a retreat and I had gone 5 days with out a Pepsi. Now our Juli is in heaven, I’ve made a few more quilts and had my own quilt retreat and my Mom is doing great after her heart attack last year.
Ginny and I drove to Alamosa for a few reasons. First to go to the quilt shop and pick up the metal screen I purchased last week. After I paint it, it will be in my shop with sweatshirts hanging on it.
I tried to get my Colorado driver’s license to no avail because the system was down. Walgreen’s for some much needed Jujubes and to try some new gel nail polish. My nails still aren’t painted and my tongue is raw from eating a box of Jujube’s! Ginny and I had many conversations during the trip and one was that I thought I would not do the booth at Oktoberfest because I was feeling a little overwhelmed and it is only 1 1/2 weeks away. So…I told Denny that bit of news when we were home and he said “WHAT!!! I have made you all those paw prints and you were going to paint them!!!” Oops. I forgot about that, so I am now doing the booth and that is one reason why I am up late painting. It won’t be so bad though and I now have a table in the living room so I can watch tv while I paint. So I’ve decided that after Oktoberfest I can take a big giant breath.
Speaking of TV, the new season has begun. I’m thinking of charting the new shows and compare the cast of characters to each other. Here are my observations so far. They seem to all have a good looking white female, a good looking white male, other co stars that are good looking, 1 good looking black female or male and another show had an oriental and a gay man in the same cast. Same plots on all of them except for Law and Order:SVU which was really good. Now their new cast includes a new cop who really isn’t that good looking but is quirky which also seems to be a prerequisite for most shows. I tend to only watch the suspense or mystery shows. I do like Nashville. My guilty pleasures are Dance Moms, Sons of Anarchy, and we are still watching Breaking Bad dvd’s.
Pretty quiet time in the park. Had a couple of drop in’s today and tomorrow we have about 10 reservations coming in for the Celtic Festival. We also have a small new group coming in too.
Oh my gosh, the trees are stunning and just beginning to peak. I’m going to try and get some nice photos this week.
Dale and Denny were praising me for my patience with a customer tonight. He came in during dinner so we had to pause our show and I checked on what he needed. 15 minutes later I am back eating. He was having trouble getting his older Kindle to hook up to wifi. I couldn’t help him and then he told me about how many Kindles he had, how his first camping trip was 30 years ago in a pick up truck camper and he told me how he modified it, and then he told me how many states they drover through, then he told me he taught at a University in Idaho and then somehow he had returned from Somali, Africa but I’m not sure when that was, and he told me had belonged to Good Sam’s since 1961, and by now I am following him to the door so I can close and lock it as soon as he gets outside. Then he stood in the doorway to tell me a few more things which meant the doorbell signal was going on and off the whole time he stood there….Whew! That’s quite a bit at the end of the day. I think I’m going to shorten the hours of the office to 9-7 pm and maybe we can get through a meal now.
My eyelids are getting heavy so think I’ll head to bed.

Taking a breath tonight

23 Sep

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We had a great weekend for our first quilt retreat. The retreat started a day early when Robin and Dean; Dave and Sherry; and Konnie and Carl arrived.
Sherry, Robin and I did a little shop hop to 3 quilt stores in Alamosa, Del Norte and Monte Vista. We purchased many things and….found a Mennonite café that had fabulous desserts. Another day trip I can tell our campers about.
The entire quilt group arrived by noon on Friday and off we went into a sewing frenzy. Konnie and Carl were our chefs and they made delicious meals. Smoked ribs and smoked prime rib; California Cheese soup; homegrown apples in a yummy crisp; chicken salad; and more. Gourmet all the way. Robin came in from Arkansas to be our experienced quilter. Remember she is my sewing buddy that I met last winter in Holiday Island. It was a wonderful group of ladies and we became fast friends. Already planning 2 retreats for next year. Arlene, who I met at Circle last year had the original conversation about the retreat last June so it was really fun to see it through.
Feeling nervous about what is happening in Syria tonight, Putin, and ISIS. I did watch the Roosevelt series on PBS and FDR had lots of scary decisions.
Feeling somewhat sad with the anniversary of Juli passing away about this time last year. We have her beautiful photo of her our bedroom. Doug, Lacey and Jonathon are doing well and Doug is doing the best he can. They all love each other so much and I know they miss Mommy.
Feeling frustrated once again with my body. With the new hip issue once again I’m not doing much exercise but tomorrow I’m going to get back on my exercise bike and see how that goes. I have to remember that we are doing our bicycle trip in Texas the beginning of November. Yikes. Actually most of the group haven’t been doing much training.
Feeling a little overwhelmed about what all I have to do this week. 2 custom stepping stones, set of placemats, bowlholders and 5 sweatshirts. I did find some new designs that I can incorporate on some other items. One new technique I learned this week was applique on my sewing machine and now I can also can use my embroidery machine to applique too.
Feeling extremely sleepy so think I will go to sleep. We have the cabin and campers and clubhouse to get in order before Thursday. Busy weekend because of the Celtic Festival that will be happening. We also have a small group coming. The trees are beginning to change. Some dark greens and yellows up on the peaks. Love love love this time of year.
Also happy the new shows are starting up. Watched “Blacklist” tonight. Oh my, I hope that lady doesn’t lose too many fingers!!!

Als

Musings

12 Sep

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Up early on this chilly Friday morning, 36 degrees, chance of snow in the high elevations. Gotta love Colorado in September. Lots of campers though. Denny is in the clubhouse getting the sausage cooking and mixing the pancake batter for a pancake breakfast for the group of Gray Wolves who have spent the week with us.
Again, interesting people in the park. One man came in last night in a small camper and he is going to all 4 corners of the US for a trip that he and his late wife had planned. He decided to do it on his own. We also had a world famous Motocross rider this week. Trampas Parker, of course I didn’t know he was famous until I saw the back of their trailer when they were leaving and it had all the information on him. I wanted to run out of the house to catch them and try to get an autographed photo but decided not to do that. Denny was happy I didn’t do that also. It’s very interesting how many drop ins we are getting each day. From everywhere!! Florida, Peru, Washington, California.
Finally after many snafus because I actually still believe that I can remember things, I have made a chart so I can write down custom orders of sweatshirts, micro bowls and paw print paintings. Now just because I do that doesn’t mean I won’t still screw up but it does show that I really really tried to be on top of my orders.
Excited about next weekend, Quilt Retreat. I have 8 quilters, 3 of them friends from Arkansas and Kansas and 1 husband friend who is going to cook for us. I will be making another camping quilt which was ordered way back in June. Sherry is coming a day early so we can do a Quilt shop hop that will begin in South Fork. I will be so glad that after we close I can sew

some items other than Micro bowl holders!!
I did go on a really fun outing yesterday with Nancy and Ginny. Nancy has purchased a jeep and she took us up to the top of Trinchera Peak or at least as far as we could go. I have wanted to do that for 14 years!! It was fun to go over tree line. I miss camping and riding around the mountains since we gave up motorcycling. Now I’m thinking one day we will get a Jeep also. No big wildlife sighted but I did get this cute tundra mouse who apparently is working on a next in the rocks. I bet he is getting ready for winter. Ginny and I were sitting by what used to be a gold mine. They dynamited it this year and closed it up but there is still this really old generator up there. Still amazes be about the old miners and how they actually did all that work in these isolated areas.
Last night we attended a fabulous concert by Carlos Nakai. He is a Native American Flutist and he had 2 others in his group. I could have just gone to sleep listening to them. Unfortunately we had to leave at intermission because I still had work to do in the office.
Speaking of the office. You know when you have a paper jam and they warn you to be careful how you remove the jam so not to damage the printer? Well, I really yanked a big jam and damaged my printer and now Denny has to run to Pueblo today and get us another one. I print tons of things everyday so it is desperately needed.
Time to sew a couple of pink bowl holders for a cancer survivor who is in the park. Had some ladies come in the shop who really just wanted to know how to make some of the items I make and not purchase any, they even asked for the pattern!!. They did end up buy one of each. Not that I haven’t done the same thing before, but….I’m a little more considerate.
Totally into Breaking Bad. Wow, it is so intense that I sometimes don’t know if I can finish the episode.
Photo of Miss Elliott on her first day of school. Billie says she loves school. Cade has a broken left wrist due to a bicycle accident. He is out of hockey for a few weeks but should be able to play when he gets the cast off.
That’s it for now.

Laboring over Labor Day weekend

29 Aug

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I thought I would just ramble for awhile.
Thoughts about owning an RV park in it’s 2nd year. Do we like doing this?? Yes, very much. It really fits our personalities. How do you handle the hours? It just becomes our life, 7 days a week, 18 hours a day. I answer the phone from 8 am to 9 or so. The office stays open at 8:30 – 8 or so. Later if someone may need help getting into their site. The office is just part of the home. When we hear the buzzer ring, Denny, Dale or I will come in to see who has come in. Of course Meeko and Jumper come running too. I bet I get up and down 500 times a day. I may count it one of these days.
(Since I started posting 30 minutes ago, I have checked someone in and answered an email regarding a problem I’m having embroidering my sweatshirts.)
Now back to writing. Another thing that happens daily is getting interrupted all the time. That’s part of the business. This morning it took me 4 tries to finish my breakfast. It has been better this summer because we have all been able to get away from the park for golf or outings. Last Tuesday Mitzi and I went to Alamosa and to Hooper Pool. It’s a really cool pool. It’s filled from a natural hot spring and is a balmy 97 degrees. It was so nice to just float around in that warm water and be surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. (Just answered phone)
We still are very blessed to have friendly campers so we never have much drama. The most drama we have is with the automatic Jelly Bean dispenser we have in the office. It is so funny because they’ll put their hand under the opening and get some beans, but then they’ll drop one in the tray and when they reach for it then a whole bunch of jelly beans come flying out all over the place. One day Denny had a map out to show a customer a place to go and he accidently had it under the opening and jelly beans came rolling out all over the map. I tell the customers that that is the most excitement they’ll have in the park. :) I’m glad I begged for that at the white elephant over Christmas.
The park will be full this weekend. I forget that it is still pretty hot in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. It feels like fall here. In the low 40’s at night. Hopefully the temps will increase my sweatshirt sales. The Bird’s Nest continues to do well. We are on to another endeavor. Denny is making cement paw prints in various colors. Then I am painting some of them. Putting peoples names on some of them. We’ll see how they go. They can also be left plain and used as stepping stones in your yard which is very cute. He is also making baby ones.
(Just interrupted by phone call to see if a guy could bring in a tiny house on a trailer and park here a couple of days and a customer came in to tell me there was a snake but I didn’t have to go chase it off and another lady came in with a picture of her desert tortoise for me to paint on a stepping stone)
Now my train of thought is a mess.
Another ramble, even though I was challenged to do the dump a bucket of cold water on my head, I didn’t do it. I have had mixed feelings about the whole concept. Bernie, our sister in law just lost her brother to ALS and our niece Cathy lost her brother to ALS a couple of years ago. It is a horrific disease. (Just interrupted by a guy looking for a gasket for his water hose) My concern is that zillions of dollars have been raised due to this fundraising which is so incredible!!!! But, in a year are we going to be reading about “What happened to the millions of dollars raised for ALS research?” It seems, whenever there is a massive fundraising after a disaster or huge event and people are so generous with their donations, then next thing we know is that the money cannot be found. I just don’t trust these organizations and prefer to send money where I absolutely know the right person is getting it.
Interesting tenters in the park today. They are from Maine on their way to Washington. They are beginning the Trans America trail here and taking it to Oregon. The young men went to Maritime college in Maine and are both working on ships. 3 months on, 3 months off. How cool is that. They also had a young lady with them who was riding a big KTM. After seeing these guys and our Harley buddies come through last weekend, I do long for some riding days. I will settle looking forward to the bicycle trip in November. My bike looks pathetic in the garage with a flat tire and all dusty. I had to quit my Zumba for a couple of weeks due to a Soaz muscle/tendon or something in my right hip. Going to start back up on Tuesday though which I am happy about.
Time to get back to #1 embroidering a sweatshirt, #2 Painting a stepping stone, #3 starting laundry, #4 typing up weekend activities to pass out this afternoon, #5 sewing some curtains for the bathhouse restrooms.
This is last photo of the chaos in the kitchen/painting area/putting sweatshirts in embroidery hoop room. :)
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So glad I have a patient hubby.

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