Category Archives: Family

This and That

I was blessed to have my son, and his family, visit for their spring break.  I had to work, but we managed some time together.

One of the things that we did, was to take a little walk around Old Marcus

Every year, Lake Roosevelt is drawn down, and reveals the old site.  One can see the crumbling town foundations that are normally under water.

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My granddaughter has a little sewing project going when she visits.

Alyssa's Kitty Cushion

The kitty will become a cushion, but it is slow progress since we don’t live close to each other.

The family has gone back home, and I have spent the morning making small design boards.  This small project has been on my to-do list for a long time.

Mini Design Boards

I used pieces of scrap foam core and batting to make mine.

They range from 9″ to 15″ square.

Mini Design Boards

I used the tutorial from Bee in my Bonnet.  These are useful little boards!

Something to Smile About

Human beings need pleasure the way they need vitamins. ~Lionel Tiger

 

Good things!

I have completed one of my New Year’s goals.  I went to the dentist!  Believe me, that is a big deal!  I lost a filling months ago, but have had no time to get a replacement.

Smile Clipart

Oh, happy day!  No more blackberry seeds, or any other kind of seed, getting stuck in the hole where a filling should be, and driving my tongue stark raving insane!

Hubby is recovering very well from his recent heart surgery.  Now that is reason to be very, very joyful!  I love this man, and I am grateful to a Heavenly Father that has blessed us so much!

Romantic Heart

And one more thing to add to my happiness:

Yup.  I’ve already got the seed for the garden!  Watching them grow will give me much pleasure and serenity (working on my word of the year…joy).  Hubby is researching drip systems to come up with a plan to make watering easier since the day job is so consuming of my time.

Garden Seeds

For those of you still in the grip of winter, do you have cabin fever?  Are you dreaming of your garden yet?

Vacation

I have a vacation!  Yippeeeeee!

Hubby and I packed up the bags and headed west.  We are enjoying a visit with Son and Fam.

I thought you might like to see where we spent our Sunday together.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier has always been a favorite family destination.  We love it!

Mt. Rainier

The anenomes have gone to seed; they are as much fun to blow as dandelion seeds.

Anemone Seed

A last peek from White River:

Mt. Rainier

 

Columbia River Time

Hubby and I had time together!  We chose to ignore the chores, pack up the canoe and head for the river.

It was a great choice!

Columbia River Canoe

Could it be any calmer?

Columbia River Canoe

I put the paddle down, and simply drank it all in.  It felt great to relax in the sunshine!

Columbia River Canoe

A Great Blue Heron was fishing on the sandbar. 

Great Blue Heron

Why did I leave the big camera home???

Great Blue Heron

 Roll On, Columbia, Roll On

Behind the Mouse EQ Surprise

Well this took me by happy surprise this morning!

Electric Quilt’s blog, Behind the Mouse, shows my quickie little project with my granddaughter.  Sweet!

Alyssa's Wall Hanging

Crayon Floral Wall Hanging

My six year old granddaughter and I decided we had time for one more project before her visit with me ended.

So we drew a project in Electric Quilt, and printed out templates.

Alyssa used Crayola crayons to color her fabric butterfly and flower.  Then she cut out and fused the parts to a simple background that we had sewed together(Grandma applied fusible web to the fabric before Alyssa cut into the fabric) .

Alyssa's Wall Hanging

We had a very enjoyable afternoon crafting together.

Alyssa's Wall Hanging

For the curious, G Mom represents Grandma.  I don’t think Alyssa could figure out how to spell Grandma.

And I see an ‘oopsie’ that we need to fix.  We forgot the butterfly antennae!  We shall get that done before she goes back home!

A Country Drive with Dad

Saturday, we had blue skies and sunshine.  Dad wanted to visit the ghost towns, so we packed up lunch, snacks and water and took a road trip.

Dad

I’ve posted about some of the ghost towns before, so I’ll give you wildflowers.  The hillsides were in full bloom this day and were lovely to behold.

Thistle

Thistle

Mullien

Aster

Indian Paintbrush

Fireweed

Clicking on the photos will not only give you a larger view, but also the name of the flowers.

Wagon Wheel

Homestead Gate

This fella was also out and about, enjoying the beautiful day!

Western Rattlesnake

To see posts on Old Molson Ghost Town, click here, here, here, here and here.

To see other ghost town posts, put ‘ghost town’ in the search bar on my blog.