Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Warm Weather Months


I am keeping up with my daily journal and have kept another separate log book for our travels in the trailer (and, prior to that, the pop-up camper). But I have neglected the blog. It's time for a quick update.

After our ukulele excitement, we got really carried away and bought guitars. It has been very fun to learn some chords and a couple of strum patterns and now I can honestly say that I play a couple of instruments. I go to a weekly ukulele group in town but almost all of my practice time at home goes to the guitar. We went to two bluegrass festivals in the area this summer which is sort of humbling. I will never catch up to the professionals but the music was fantastic and both of the venues were nice. 

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival in Ferndale

Ray was home for the summer, working down at Cap Sante Marina as a dock attendant. He walked miles and miles, every day. He is now back at school in Seattle in a four bedroom apartment next to campus with three roommates.



Dave and I did a few trailer camping trips. The first trip of the summer was up to Lake Osoyoos in British Columbia. We also spent a week in Nevada with my brother camping by a couple of different lakes and met my sister on the Oregon coast in October.

Canada

Nevada

Oregon

I will skip the knitting photos. Imagine four pair of socks, a couple of sets of gloves and a small pile of hats. Same stuff every season...

Now fall is in full swing. Our fruit trees were good to us this year. We will have all the apple pie that anyone needs. 








Sunday, April 03, 2016

Road Trip to Arizona

Towards the end of January, Dave and I took our new (used) camping trailer down to Arizona. We were hoping for some warm sunshine and planned to meet up with a group of friends, all Alaskan snowbirds. We also knew about a gathering of fiberglass trailers near Quartzsite that was happening around Valentine's Day, so we put that on the schedule as a possibility.

We spent most of our time at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, in the Tucson area and then a week at the Quartzsite event. There was a ukulele teacher there who rekindled my interest in playing and practicing. Dave caught the bug and when we got home, we increased our ukulele inventory. We also met some nice people and made some new friends. 















Saturday, April 02, 2016

Recent Knitting

The projects seem to pile up, even when I don't feel like I've been very devoted to knitting. I don't take pictures of all the hats. 

When I was in my early twenties, my boyfriend and I went to visit my elderly (80ish) auntie who lived alone in a seedy apartment building. She told us, "I am having fun with my new barometer". It seemed like such a sad and remarkable statement at the time. Now, fast forward almost 40 years and I can happily report that "I am having fun with my new pom-pom makers". 






Pattern: Wanida
Yarn: Plucky Feet
Color: Cryin' Icicles

Pattern: Socks on a Plane
Yarn: Plucky Feet
Color: Make a Grown Man Cry

Pillow for Katherine
Designed from a picture she sent me
Yarn: Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift
Colors: Madder and Sorbet

Gloves for Anita
My own generic pattern
Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK
Color: Baroque Violet

Sock yarn blanket squares
13 finished
Many more to go








Friday, April 01, 2016

Spring

I've not paid much attention to the blog lately, mostly because I have a paper journal that I write in every day. I also haven't been taking many pictures. Like many things I enjoy, my interest in photography waxes and wanes. 

I do like having the blog, though, so it's definitely time to put up a post. Here are some recent pictures. The first one isn't even mine. My friend, Jeni, took this last Sunday on a rainy day in the tulip fields.

Skagit Valley
Ray at UW

Family Outing - Everybody likes Uwajimaya

Pancake breakfast with the grandparents








Friday, December 04, 2015

Road Trip to Texas



We were gone 5 weeks and I have a lot of photos. Too many for a blog post. So I will just put up one and if you want to see more, I will sit down with you and we can look at the rest on my phone.

It was an "empty nest" trip. Dave and I have many places we want to see and now that Ray is off to college, we can easily leave town for longer trips. There is a void to fill with the boy gone, and wandering around the West seems as good a strategy as any to make the adjustment. 

A group of friends from college were meeting in California in mid-October for a reunion so that got our trip to Texas onto the calendar. We camped for a few days prior to the meet-up and saw my brother and sister in Reno on the way. Colusa, Carrizo Plain and Dana Point were our main stops in California. We moved on to Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas, all fantastic places to camp and explore. We were mostly down around the Rio Grande river and spent a couple of days in Big Bend National Park. We crossed over to a small Mexican pueblo in a rowboat and rode burros into the village for lunch. That's a good picture - big Dave on a little donkey. 

My father grew up in Hebbronville, Texas, so we found the house his father built and got a tour by a wonderful woman who lives there with her husband. She grew up next door and knew my grandparents when she was a little girl. Alma Martinez, what a sweetheart! She treated us like family and fondly told us stories about these people I never really knew.

Brownsville was our destination and the place we turned toward home. First, though, we had family time for a week with two cousins and an elderly auntie. It was easy to hang out with people we rarely see but family is family. Making the journey wasn't difficult - it is far (Texas is huge) but we had plenty of time and it was well worth the trip.

Ok, since you asked, one more picture, the last one I took - with my brother, Carlos, in Wyoming.