Wyoming Road Trip

Hubby and I are visiting Addy and her family in Colorado for a mini vacation. 

 Acting silly, waiting for lunch

Today we took a road trip to Wyoming, about an hour away, to visit a bison ranch. 

 Lunch was bison burgers and bison tri-tip - yummmmm

Even though Terry’s Bison Ranch has been around for well over 100 years - Teddy Roosevelt visited in 1903 and 1910 - none of us had ever been here before, including Addy’s daddy who’s a Colorado native. 

 Giant jack-a-lope sighting!

This place is probably packed during the summer, but on a windy, rainy Friday afternoon we had it mostly to ourselves.

The ranch has a variety of animals -

including this very opinionated, irate turkey slowly making his way up the road - 

but the big draw is a sloooooow train ride out to feed and photograph bison.


It was amazing.

We were the train’s only passengers and our guide was in no rush, 

so we spent a good 25-30 minutes, 

with windows down and the door open, 

feeding these big guys and gals.

This one was the boss and he made sure he got the majority of the pellets, chasing off anyone that got too close.

He wasn’t the biggest though - that honor goes to his brother, 

who used to be the boss,

until the day he went to the barn for shots and a check-up

and came back to find little brother had usurped him.

 Baby bison!

We also saw a herd (caravan?) of camels but didn’t stop to feed them. Maybe because they spit? And who wants to clean that up? Interesting fact: that split upper lip allows each side of a camel’s mouth to work independently.

Despite all the animals, Addy’s favorite part of the ride was crossing from Wyoming into Colorado, then going around a short bend to cross back into Wyoming.

All in all, it was a fun afternoon. Lunch was great, the guide was interesting, and being that close to bison was awesome. Definitely worth the hour’s drive. 

 Ride ‘em, cow bison girl!


The Big Reveal

The shower for baby Donovan is done, so we can finally show the super secret project Leia and I have been working on. 

 Our very windy photo shoot 

Isn’t it great??

From fabric choices (“I want to teach him about science” . . . 

“but he’ll like dinosaurs too.”)

 Our high-tech pattern. 

to design (“I want it to look like my quilt so we are alike”), 

to the satin binding and her first ever embroidery (“this is fun!”), Leia made all the decisions.


Can you tell she also did the label??

Donovan is one lucky baby to have a quilt made with this much love and excitement. 


It’s Been A Week

Part 1: Timing is everything: 

Tuesday we noticed the water overflow valve was leaking on our 15 year old water heater. Figured it was a warning sign, so called the plumber, who came out today. He tried to attach a hose to the old heater and the valve literally fell off in his hand. He got soaked but he prevented the garage from flooding. And we were without water for a few **hours** rather than days. Whoohoo!

Part 2: went to the doctor last week for my annual sinus infection (lucky me). She prescribed the same antibiotic I used last year with no problems. Aaannnnd I’ve apparently developed an allergy to it - in addition to being allergic to penicillin and doxycycline. 

After a week of nausea and a fun (not!) trip to the emergency room Monday night, we’ve added Bactrim to my list of medical no-no’s. It was pretty scary having a giant “bruise” suddenly appear on my arm, caused by the antibiotic breaking down my blood vessels. And wondering what it was doing internally where it couldn’t be readily seen. But after 3 days with no additional symptoms, I’m crossing my fingers I’m in the clear. Although the warning insert said problems could appear up to 2 months later . . . 

Ending on a happier note - 

tiny sleepy girl loves her Papa

and her guitar.


In Progress

Lots of quilting projects in the works. Some are super secret . . .

like the one Leia is working on for her baby-brother-to-be. She’s excited for the big reveal at Saturday’s baby shower. (So am I!)

Tonight my supervisor and I made the signature blocks for Mary’s baby shower - I love her choice of Grunge instead of white or cream;

started the binding on the shoo fly quilt - 

I may have made a mistake when I decided to finish this by hand rather than on the machine. It’s huge! -

 Love my height-adjustable table!!

and cut the fabric for my first English paper piecing (EPP) project. 

Yep, I got bit hard by that particular bug.

 EPP is my new portable, take-everywhere project since I had to give up crochet. 

Between the glue basting and the hand-stitching, this should keep me occupied for awhile.  



Look what we found at the Great Junk Hunt tonight in Ventura.

The little girls are going to love using this when we’re cooking or crafting, and I love its bright cheerful color. 

We found the step-stool in one of the first booths we visited - and had to carry it through the rest of the packed show - and found this mirror in one of the last. 

 “Les Preuses” translates to “The Guests”

It fits perfectly on the wall by our fireplace, just like I hoped guessed knew it would. 



I love this picture Shelly took during Sunday’s birthday party.

Jac looks so tiny but she’s definitely the boss of this group.


Birthday Girl

Happy birthday to sweet Leanne, who turned 7 on Sunday.

She spent Friday 

and Saturday 

at Disneyland with mom and dad, 

then finished off her weekend 

with a party 

in the (cold and windy) park.

Good times.