Archive | May, 2015

The beginning of our busy part of the season

21 May

We are approaching Memorial Day and as of now we are 95% full. I have received the first cancellation due to crappy weather. We cannot complain about moisture but… would be nice to have some sunshine. I want the campers to see the beautiful Spanish Peaks which are packed with snow. At this rate we could have snow on them until late June. It would also be nice for it to dry out because the road coming down to the park is a mess as are all of the roads in La Veta. Dirt roads are quaint but a nightmare with this much rain and snow. Hopefully we have some hearty campers coming in this weekend!!
Enough of the weather. Yesterday Sandy, Ginny and I drove west of Alamosa and bought some herbs at Catlins. What a fabulous greenhouse. Thousands of flowers and plants. The coolest thing I bought was a potato planter. It’s a bucket contraption that you turn upside down and plant the potato seeds and in 8 weeks I’ll have taters. Excited to see how the greenhouse works for us. It definitely is warmer in there even without the sun.
My first retreat has received several participants. I think I will have 10 for the applique class. I’m excited to finally get that moose put together!!. It will begin May 29.
My emotions are feeling better. The increase in medication has definitely made my mind not as negative.
Justin’s dad ordered the stone for his gravesite. It finally was finished and placed on the site. It’s beautiful and made Billie feel better. She hated having it unmarked.
justin stone
I’m counting down the days when they arrive on June 7th. They are taking the train which the kids really enjoy. I’m trying to think of some things to do but when they were here before the really like hanging around the park.
Time to put some packets together and eat some pancakes. Denny makes us a yummy breakfast every morning. The puppies love pancake morning because they always get some.

Just tidbits

16 May

Had a good day at the park. We have a group, some monthlies and over nighters in. The season is on.
I’ve decided I hate Mother’s Day. Every year it is a reminder of what I feel is my biggest failure. There’s so much more I could have been as a mommy, but I didn’t. I caused many issues for my kids. I do find them both very interesting and capable of getting through life. Maybe that is the only thing I was able to really teach them?? I don’t know.
Have been battling my depression and think I will up my dosage again on my anti depressants. Tired of my thoughts. Still very sad for Billie and the kids. Cade is really struggling and even though my prayers have been far and few between, I am going to say a prayer everyday, (and so is my friend Ginny) that Cade finds 1 friend to hang out with.
I have eaten 22 drumsticks in the last 2 1/2 weeks.
Drove to Pueblo today to fabric store, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s. Bought some nice fabric for the back of my wall hanging I made last week. I have these carved bears for sale and I bought some little objects to spruce them up. Plastic honey suckles, fishing pole, 4th of July spinners. I think they’ll make them more fun.
Tomorrow is pillowcase sewing day. Trying to stay focused. We have a pancake breakfast in the morning for the Weekend Warriors. We are hoping Dale is up to the task. He is in quite a bit of discomfort due to a sacrilyac issue. I can step in if he isn’t up to it but it makes Denny nervous because of the melting of the pancake squirter I did last year. (did I already talk about that?)
Just one more thing. I am very lucky to have great friends and during an extremely emotional morning a couple of days ago, Nancy and Ginny came down and talked with me. Everybody needs someone in their lives that will listen. I want that so much for Cade. He’s a great young man and losing Daddy is just too much for him to handle right now.

May 11, 2015

12 May

I can’t believe I’m so behind blogging. Dulany told me yesterday that I hadn’t posted at all in May. It’s hard to play catch up but I will try.
Quite a few things have happened since I last posted. IMG_2545
On May 2 Denny and I drove to Denver for Annual Spring Brunch for the Center for Church and Global AIDS. It was a great day because I was able to see Dr. Samuels from India. He gave a wonderful talk on what is happening in Nammakkal. I was only able to spend a little time with him but it was still a nice chat. He keeps up with us on Facebook.
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On May 4 I began a quilt retreat with Ricky Tims. I was so melancholy when it started and really didn’t have anything in mind except I wanted to show my emotions with the fabric and use the Attic Window block. Ricky directed me and I was able to come up with a very nice wall hanging. It was the hardest piece I have done due to all the corners and points but it was worth the time spent. There were 11 of us and it was a wonderful group of ladies. 4 of them were from England which really made the week fun. I knew Julie from the retreat 2 years ago and that was a treat to see her again. The other ladies were from California, Idaho, and Germany. Hopefully some of us will stay in touch.
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We had crazy weather all week. Snow, thunderstorms, a little sun, winds. It made it easy to stay inside and work on projects. Our friend Mona arrived from Naco,AZ last Wednesday night. She stayed with us until Monday morning. Very lucky she was here because Dale has a very painful sacrilylac and she was able to help Denny with digging, putting down gravel, cleaning, and she also helped me with some sewing. She can do it all!!
We had an art retreat in the park this past weekend. Carol came down and did a watercolor/batik class. I knew some of the people and met some new artist. Hopefully the next time she comes down I will be able to do a painting. I want to do Meeko and Jumper.
Now it is time to get focused on the park. I do think the retreat was good for me because before it I couldn’t seem to wrap my mind around anything in the office. I’m trying to keep priorities in line. Tonight and tomorrow is bowl holder days. I did sell a 15 pillowcases this week. So I also need to get several of them done before the weekend. We have a group coming in and now we will pretty much have groups come n for rest of the summer. Lots of pancakes. Denny is concerned that I will be making pancakes this weekend. He doesn’t trust me after I melted the pancake make that squirt the batter in a nice round shape last summer. I promised I could do better.
Interesting conversation with Wendy from Germany last week. I was talking about my alopecia and she said it was interesting because she has to talk to someone next week about alopecia and wondered if I could help her with questions! It’s weird how over the years I am much more comfortable talking about my hair issue and they loved the story about Jumper having my wig in his mouth and me chasing him trying to get it.
Had a rather sad Mother’s Day. Billie was very distraught that morning. Thankfully her friend Sherry came over and was with her during the day. Still some sad holidays coming up.
That’s it for now boys and girls. I will try to keep up with blog on a timely matter. I do want to write about our busy summer.