Alamosa, Jujubes and Yellow Aspens

25 Sep

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

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 cafĂ© 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!!!



12 Sep

school ellitoo
tundra mouse
trinch generator
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

tiny house

bear paw

many paws

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. :)

So glad I have a patient hubby.


10 Aug

Elliott is really enjoying ballet and she will be in the Nutcracker as an Angel this year. The video is from one of their rehearsals. She is the 2nd one from the left on the back row. She really seems to be paying attention. I’ll definitely need to be in Topeka the first weekend of December!
Loved having the deer family in the park this weekend.
Spending the last hour cleaning up my computer desktop. I can’t believe how much crap I had accumulated. Next project is cleaning out emails which I hate to do but have a few thousand of them is wayyy too many.
Finished up watching the final episode of “Longmire”. Going to be many months before it starts up again. Trying to think of another series to watch. Maybe start “Breaking Bad” from season 1.
Drove up to the Uptop Ghost Town for a concert. Carlos Nunez and his band. Celtic with a latin flair. It was wonderful and there was a great turnout.
Had a full park again this weekend. Had a group come in from Colorado Springs. They were really fun. The Roaming Elks. Had another couple come in and check out the park for 2016!! They have a group of 20.
We had fun at the Swinging For AIDS golf Tourney. Due to Linda being in the office and Mitzi taking care of the dogs, we were able to stay all night in Denver since it was an early tee time. Took my $825 donation. We had the drawing last Monday. My Mom was one of the winners!! Haven’t heard how much money was raised yet but usually it’s around $30,000. Don said they are going to Namakkal in January, but I won’t be able to go this year. Not sure if I want to travel with all the Ebola issues going on. There was a mission group going to Africa but it was cancelled due to the outbreak. What a horrible plague.
Going to be very busy the next several weeks. I am going to have a booth at Oktoberfest so will need to make or paint something everyday. Denny and Dale are making paw prints which I will also sell. We have an order to make at least 7 prints right now.
I’m waiting for my embroidery machine part to get here. I’m way backed up on sweatshirt orders.
Still battling an infection and taking another round of antibiotics. Should find out when I can see the urologist that comes down to the health center here. Really, really would like to get this issue cleared up.
Tomorrow night we have our monthly pot luck and bingo game. Hopefully we’ll have a good turnout. We have nice prizes since this is our last one.
My deer video has had 610 views. That’s the most views I’ve had on my Circle the Wagons FB page.
I guess that is about it for now.

I’m wearing my first pair of bling butt jeans and a bling belt

30 Jul

J and Lisa

Kim Novak

The 2 photos are of Lisa and I and my new friend Kim Novak!! Isn’t Lisa a stunning bride. She has such long beautiful hair. Kim and Lisa’s Dad were such gracious hosts. It was very laid back. They live out in the country and have a magnificent home with guest cabins. Their place was on 140 acres with the Rogue River running through it. They are also a sanctuary for wood ducks. I had never heard of them and they have big bird houses all over the property for the ducks to nest in!! Great trip and nice to get my head out of reservations for a couple of days.
Bid farewell to Mary today. She helped out for 6 weeks which was great. She had a good time and should be back next year.
Denny and Dale are in Denver and Pueblo today. #1 taking Mary to airport motel there #2 going to golf stores. Not sure what they are going to come home with. The 3 of us are playing in a tourney in Denver next week so we are trying to gear up for it. :).
Have my bling jeans on and a big bling belt. The belt cuts into my stomach when I bend over but I’m going to wear it. The Big R store here sells all sorts of western wear and cowboy boots. Next will be the cowboy boots which I’ll need in the fall. Going to Segundo for dinner with several friends tonight which should be fun. Always game for a night out with the girls.
Time to go now.

En Route

25 Jul

I’m in the Salt Lake City airport waiting for the next leg of my trip to Medford, OR. I’m so surprised to see a smoking room!!
Feeling a little relieved to be away from the park for a couple of days. I feel I handle the day to day duties pretty well, but still not handling issues when they arise as we’ll as I’d like to. This week one of the monthly campers was very rude to me when I was trying to get a handle on seasonal and monthly reservations for next summer. I had in my Jbirdmire cowboy hat and stood my ground but it was still uncomfortable the next few days when I would see them. Yesterday he came into the office which I thought was an apology but instead I was told ” it was a personal affront to us when you said we couldn’t have that site in July”. A personal affront!!!!! F********** excuse me!!! What I think is strange is that was in the office when Denny was there but didn’t say that to him. I did tell the guy that there was no need for him to talk to me like that and I didn’t get all “” oh I’m so sorry, blah, blah, f******* blah”. Maybe there is some other way I should do seasonals. I also have to call another customer to tell him he can’t stay next year after all but I guess I’ll deal with that next week. I need to let my tummy calm down. Business is really good but I can’t let the whole park be a seasonal or monthly park. Okay, enuf whining.
Mary and Denny are holding down the fort. Of course, once again, I leave when we are full and with a 14 camper group which is a good size pancake feed.
Heading to my friend Lisa’s wedding in Medford Oregon. It will be interesting because I will be meeting Kim Novak!!! She is Lisa’s stepmother. The wedding is on their ranch. Can’t wait to see it.
A friend, Cristen stayed with us for 2 nights. She owns the quilt store in Springfield MO where I bought my sewing machines.
Speaking of sewing, we still sell out of bowl holders! Mary and I made several last night. The 2 of us can whip them out pretty fast. It’s been fun keeping track of the Birds Nest sales this year. It’s rather impressive. We have sold about 80 bags of ice which is also impressive. It takes 4 trays of ice to fill 1 bag so we spend a lot of time doing it.
Have finished 2 months of Zumba and still love it. I ordered a DVD for later be ause when school starts the classes will be at 6 am. That is a little too early for me. The balance and stretching exercise class at the park is going well. I’m doing it also. Can’t believe how bad my balance is but it is getting better. Try standing on 1 foot for a minute and see how you do.
Still hooked on Longmire.
Saw a really scary movie with Mitzi and Ginny. “Deliver Us from evil”. It was a 20 jumper and a 1 screamer. We love our scary movies!
Had my hands wiped at security in the airport. It tests if you have messed with explosives. They said it was a random check?? I don’t think I looked like a bomber.
Still battling an infection but think I’m getting a handle on it. On my 3rd round of meds. They tell me it is stress related!! It may be terminal if that is the case.
I was thinking, telling someone they can’t come to the park isn’t as bad as a doctor telling someone that someone didn’t make it!!
I’m done rambling but glad I was able to blog. I miss writing but I’m too tired at the end of the day. Almost 3 months under our belt.


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