My Southwest Road Trip

Feb 3

Beat the Snow out of Bellingham on our flight to Tucson to start the trip. Arrived in Mesilla, NM at friends of my travel partner, Laura.

Jeep Compass and Me

Feb 4

Hike up the Organ Mountains to Dripping Springs where the Van Patton Hotel once stood along with the Boyd Sanitariaum. In the evening, we attended a show by Roy Zimmerman at a Unitarian Church.

Organ Mountains

Feb 5

Trip to White Sands National Monument in morning and Zuhl collection of Petrified Wood in the afternoon.

Petrified Wood from Zuhl Museum

link to Zuhl: https://zuhlmuseum.nmsu.edu/highlights/

Feb 6

On our way to Santa Fe we stopped in Hatch for photo op and San Antonio Owl Bar and Café and to see Sandhill Cranes at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Stayed at the el Rey Court which brought us back in time to Old Route 66.

Feb 7

Took in three major museums in Santa Fe: Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Folk Art Museum, Indian Culture Museum. Finished the day off with a fabulous tapas dinner at La Boca.

Feb 8

Long trip from Santa Fe to Williams, AZ on I-40 with stop in Winslow, AZ to see a corner made famous by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey. Williams also heralds back to Route 66 days.

Feb 9

Fun two hour train ride from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Besides the magnificent views, I was pleased to learn about the Hopi House designed by architect Mary Colter.

Feb 10

Left Williams for a scenic trip through the Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona and on to the historic mining town of Jerome and lastly to Prescott, AZ at an equally historic, art deco hotel with the odd sounding name of Hassayampa Inn. Hassayampa being an Apache word of the “upside down river”.

mural in Prescott

Feb 11

Surprise! It snowed that night so the trip on Hwy 89 through Wickenburg was a little icy, albeit beautiful. Reached our friends’ home in Goodyear (bought by the tire company to raise cotton used in the making of tires back in the day) where we planned to stay several days.

Feb 12

Went to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) that several people recommended to us. It was sure worth it. Worth a trip to Phoenix just for this museum. We spent six hours there and saw 6000 instruments. Check it out for yourselves: https://mim.org/

Feb 13 thru 15

Hung out with our Goodyear friends drinking the Kool-Aid.

Feb 16

drove to Saguaro National Park to see the cacti and then into Tucson for the Rock and Gem Show. Great way to spend our last day in Arizona.

Feb 17

Tucson Airport was deserted at 9:30 in the morning when we arrived for our noon flight to Bellingham. Waiting took as long as flying but we made it home safely and Roger picked me up at the ferry at 6:30 (7:30 Mountain time)

Now was that not a great Road Trip?

Meanwhile, Back at home:

fallen willow

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So this is the New Year

So this is the New Year

And I don’t feel any different (song lyrics by Death Cab for Cutie)

Right now it is about 40 below in parts of the mid-west. It is 43 above zero here and very sunny. All in all, January has been exceedingly pleasant, weather-wise. There have been some great walks.

January is Audrey’s Birthday Month. This year we took her to the Seattle Center’s Children Museum and Pacific Science Center. Still trying to take in the fact that she’s nine already!

running the train

The following week I attended the Textile Guild Quarterly on Shaw Island. Our keynote speaker, Betsy Mize Currie showed us some fabulous work in needlepoint. I always enjoy spending time with my guild friends.

painting with thread

A sign things are looking up in 2019–the “upstairs” hens, guided by their handsome rooster, have begun laying eggs.

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JOY

Season’s Greetings to Everyone

Our rollercoaster of a year is ending with a smooth coast. A solstice card I received said “Amidst the darkest days, new light appears on the horizon.” After looking back over my posts of the past year, I see that all sorts of great and wonderful events took place. But for me, 2018 is the year that my dog died, I had a stroke, and then cancer. Dark days, indeed. If you are interested in those things, you can look at the months of February, April, August, and October.

But if that is old news to you, let’s press on with the good things that have happened in the last month:

So above are examples of a very, merry Christmas with family and friends. And that wasn’t all that happened this month. We finally got our new oven!

Roger installing the new oven

Also, December in the San Juans can be very beautiful.

So here’s to the new light of 2019 that beckons with promises of more time with friends and family and road trips and perhaps a new beloved pet. A 2019 that is cancer free, healthy, productive (new bathroom on the cottage?) and much to be thankful for.

Home Improvements

Can’t lie to you, it’s been a terrible month since my sweetheart Suzie Q Poodle died.  But I’ve been trying to keep very busy and I do have a few accomplishments to show for it.  The best and biggest is not from me.  It’s the electric backup system for our home’s radiant floor heating system.  Now, if Roger is sick or just not inclined to go out in inclement weather to build a fire we still stay warm.  Our electric bill, though, is sure to climb percipitously.

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twined willow bark

First I’ll backtrack a bit and let you know that I went to a basketry retreat at Seabeck on the Kitsap peninsula in January.  Took a couple basketry workshops and reconnected with NW Basketry Guild members I’d hung with last July in Tacoma.

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Audrey turns 8

Stayed with friends in Brier on the way back so I could celebrate granddaughter Audrey’s eighth birthday.  Just a day trip to LaConner but Roger and I loved spending time with her.

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All winter I’ve been working on my first “rep weave” project– placemats.  I was able to finish them in February.  Plan to use the same weave to make a rug–hopefully this year.

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knotless netting

I showed some of the San Juan textile group how to use waxed linen to make knotless netting around a rock or solid object last month.  Next week I am leading a group of SJC Textile Guilders to Bellingham to see a stunning display of basketry at the Whatcom Museum.  So on Feb 7th my friend Laura and I took a reconnaisance trip to check it out.  Beautiful day coming home on Chuckanut Drive.

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Nan at Afterglow Vista

My friend Nan came up to visit me (and console me about poor Suzie).  We got hit by a late winter snowstorm that dumped eight inches in a few short hours.  The next day I went out to check out the animal prints in the snow.  Mostly deer, but others were quite mysterious.

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not deer, but what?

Accomplishment #??? We did our taxes. Get $47 back. Wheee!

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Done deal. I’m an art collector!

And then, out of the blue, I did a most compulsive thing.  I bought art!  A friend who is moving off island sold me a Jack Gunter original.  I could not pass it up but I believe my extra-budgetary expenditures are depleted for the year–and it’s only March!

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Rose’s Quilt

So Roger helped me put up my new painting and we balanced the look of the room by hanging the quilt my cousin Rose made for me a few years back.  They both look great.

Two weeks until Spring.  I’m working on a basket project and waiting impatiently to get out into the garden.  Have planted some flower and vegetable seeds in the propogation house.  I need to keep very busy.

 

 

Currently Raining

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Last month you learned about all the stuff we could get done whenever it wasn’t raining.  But we can’t restrict ourselves to that weather pattern–especially in February.  Lots of things still happen when it is raining.

For instance, On our granddaughter’s sixth birthday, we took her to the Woodland Park Zoo.  It poured every minute–but we still managed to have a good time.  Audrey especially liked the African Village.

Audrey in African Village

In February, it rained and rained.  On one particular day (Feb 15th), it rained 1.73 inches.  That’s a lot of water coming down through the False Bay Watershed.  Consequently, our stream flooded its banks, creating a lot of little streams.  Checking it out today, most of the flood water is gone, but the water is still over its banks.

 

February is also a good month to work on craft and I have been doing that big time.  I am experimenting with baskets as lampshades.  Here is a prototype of a cedar shade for a reading lamp in our living room.  I also attended two classes, one on metal jewelry and another on ribbed basket techniques.  And last week we made plaited “map baskets”  although mine was made of a satellite photo poster.

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Anita and Robin make “map baskets” on Shaw Day in February

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cedar lampshade

Roger has spent a good part of the last month on the Grange Seed Project.  Our cottage was turned into the seed counting, weighing, and packaging room.

The Seed Project

One non-raining day I drove down to Nisqually Wildlife Refuge to meet up with my sister and her husband.  It actually had been raining off and on all day and rainbows were evident.  But we managed to catch a sun break while we bird-watched.

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Spring seems to be early this year.  Its time to plant the seeds and celebrate each new blossom.