Friday, September 19, 2014


Slowly the seasons change. Summer moves into fall. With it comes the desire to be home.  This movement is always an introspective time for me. I tend to hunker down and retreat.

Putting out reminders of the season is calming.  The garden needs to be put to bed, and as our temps are cooling, I should get something done.  The back garden is disgraceful.  It takes so much  heat and I just can't work in that heat anymore.  The front garden is more shaded and this year survived very well.

That little sweater I knit weeks ago will be gifted to a granddaughter this weekend. It is birthday time for Evelyn and brother Luke!  I am putting the buttons on today and wrapping it up in a sweet box.  Knits needs special treatment don't you think?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

P,H,F,R .... Hey ya'll!

Its been a while since I have posted a PHFR edition.  It comes on the heels of a Wednesday post that I usually don't miss and although LMLD is fabulous, by Thursday I'm pretty spent.  We arrived home last night after 3510 miles.  It was a wonderful trip. One I will hold dear for a long time.


There are too many pictures to post! Mountains do not all look the same, but I must say those in western Montana and Idaho are about the best.  Yellowstone National Park is an amazing place and even if you are careful, elk can run right in front of your car from absolutely nowhere.  Ask me how I know what it feels like to give one a " love tap":( The geysers and paint pots are just incredible.  I videoed some for the grandchildren hoping they will be equally amazed.


We spent wonderful days with our daughter Caitlin and her special guy.  They helped us experience things we never had before and were just wonderful hosts.  As much as I miss having her near, she is happy and healthy and what more could a mother ask for?


You may have seen these a few days ago, but they bear showing again.  Our first time out fly fishing. Mr. Golfer was very methodical about his style.  He caught one fish.  I listened to Zach and cast my line.  5 fish!!! They just kept biting!  We had so much fun!!!


The reality always hits when you arrive home.  I must say those that the Drawstrings bags were perfect for laundry on our trip.  I put 5 days of clothes in there!

Linking up this morning with Aunt Leila!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yarn Along.....traveling Edition

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading (though not at the same time!), and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now?

We are on the last leg of our trip.  Tomorrow we arrive home.  It has been a wonderful trip and I am way behind on posting.  I promise to catch up this week.
I made some contacts for Drawstrings while traveling and received orders.  I have much to do when I am finally home!

I had two WIPs I was working on along the way.  My Garden Cardigan and the Kan'na Shawl came with me and I have begun one sleeve on the cardigan.  I also cast on for a  Puerperium Cardigan ( for a wee one due in the next couple of weeks. I had a pic of the shawl, but now it has disappeared off my iPad.

I hope to have much progress to post next week!  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fishing on the Madison River

Who ever would have thought that I would be floating down the river much less fishing!  Well we came to Montana to see Caitlin and Zach and this is their life.  This daughter of mine I raised in the city, who has dual Baccalaureate degrees in English and Spanish Literature and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.  She now lives in a stunning part of the country and writes.  She spends her days looking at the biggest sky in the world and writing.  And fishing.....

Zach is a fishing guide and has led trips worldwide.  There is no one better to teach you than this young man.

We floated and fished 11 miles down the Madison.  I caught fish, held fish and then released them back.  Me!  I did this! So not my usual day.  

But this is vacation and Montana.  :)))

Montana Journey....1st Day

The wonders that God has wrought in this world are just amazing!  We have driven to many destinations in the eastern part of our country, but this trip is our first west.  I spent the first 5 years of my life in various western states.  My father surveyed for oil and we moved all the time.  I have little memory of those years.  So making this trip was a little like " coming home".  

I was born in Riverton, Wyoming.  We left there 6 weeks afterwards.  One of the goals of this trip was to return there just to have a visual and make peace.  It is a town of about 10,000 and I know much different than 58 years ago.  The approach to it from the south is down a mountain and it was an exquisite view.  We drove through, stopped at the hospital, and then moved on.  Just enough to give me some bearing of where I began.

But I must back up a little and say that Colorado is beautiful!  We skirted the east side of the mountains.  Waking up to a light snow and driving north through uncertain weather for us began a day that would be full of new views, and experiences!

The drive through Wyoming is not for the faint of heart.  As beautiful as the scenery is, there are hundreds of miles of nothing.  Apparently you can still homestead here which answers the questions we had about little trailers in the midst of big land.  But as we moved closer to the west side of the state and into the forests and Yellowstone the visual drama began.

To get to West Yellowstone, our destination, we had to go through the park.  The short route was closed so we had to drive the long which is 100 miles at 45 miles an hour.  It took 3 hours.  In the middle of the drive, from out of nowhere came an elk.  In a flash she was in front of the car.  I clipped her flank with the corner of the car and she continued to run.  Thank you God, for her speed and my quick reaction.  It could have been tragic.


I write here at the end of today.  I'll blog about it tomorrow as it has been so fantastic.