Archive | September, 2014

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.