Tuesday, July 28, 2015

San Diego

I'm  having a great time here in San Diego visiting with Jean and Janice.  On Sunday we went to Coronado and had lunch the Hotel del Coronado before hitting the beach.  Back near our hotel we had a fun evening at the highly rated Solare restaurant.  

Yesterday we went to Cabrillo National Monument from which you can see 360 degree views of the entire area.  Seeing that made me understand the relationship of the Pacific Ocean, the San Diego Bay, and Mexico.  In the afternoon we took a two hour harbor tour which explained the role of the Navy in San Diego.  We sailed by the Pacific Fleet which is docked in the bay.  The sight of so many aircraft carriers, destroyers, guided missile launchers was very interesting and impressive.  

Today is our last day together and we are heading to La Jolla.  We sure do enjoy each other's company!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Greetings from San Diego

I am in San Diego with my sister Jean and our good friend Janice enjoying a couple of days of R & R.  We arrived yesterday and spent a few hours in Old Diego where we learned about the  role of Mormons in the early history of the area and had a great diner at the Cafe Coyote.  We're leaving soon to spend the day in beautiful Coronado.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Crayons to Calculators

Ben and Paul and I volunteered yesterday for Crayons to Calculators, a local initiative to provide school supplies to kids in need.  We unpacked supplies from boxes, broke down packing boxes for recycling, added supplies to backpacks, and loaded filled backpacks into shipping boxes.  It was hard physical work, but we felt good about it and I liked seeing how our monetary donations to this program actually translated into something good for kids.    

This is just one of several big piles of empty backpacks.

Receiving, unpacking, and organizing school supplies for more than 10,000 backpacks results in a lot of empty boxes.

It takes three weeks to get all the backpacks filled and to the schools.

We worked hard but there were some fun moments.   I had to laugh when I saw Paul looking like a turtle as he carried this big box back from the recycling bins to be filled up again with empty boxes.

Paul turns fifteen today.   Happy Birthday, Paul!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Around Here

Around here.....

My niece, Amy, and her family are taking a driving vacation this summer and came through the Denver area yesterday.   Paul and I met them in Golden for a fun visit.  Aren't they a beautiful family?

Paul really enjoyed reconnecting with his first cousins.


I love this photo of him helping Brandon and Sara cross the street. 

 I especially enjoyed catching up with Amy and her husband, Michael.  I hadn't seen Amy for four years and it was great to see her again.

The challenge this week in my online photo class is "Footwear" so I asked the kids to "stick their right foot in."   I think my pic is really cute but Rachel, one of the teens, took the same shot from directly above and it's even better!

It's summer boot time here in the Boulder area.  I had never seen people wearing boots in the summer until we moved here last year and I'm still quite fascinated with the phenomena.  Check out this reporter interviewing some of the "Tube to Work" participants on Tuesday; do you see her cool boots?

Here they are.  Love them!

 On Thursday I went to the summer picnic of the Quaking Aspen Quilt Guild, which is the Boulder guild.  I've been on its membership waiting list for the past year and was happy that space has opened up for me now.  I had a good time at the picnic and volunteered to be the Librarian for the guild during this next year.  Should be a fun way to meet people.  

A group of quilters from Longmont asked me to join them in exploring art quilts this year in their small group and I readily accepted that invite since I like the women and like working on less traditional quilts.   For their August meeting I'm working on this small piece and I'm enjoying how it's turning out so far.  I had already made the center a few years ago and ran across it in a recent studio cleanup.  It's several layers of organza on top of a felt background, with the layers fused down by soldering iron.   The theme is supposed to be "peace" and I think it's peaceful to look at and for me to work on, but I'm not sure that viewers will think of peace when they look at it.  Oh well,  it's making me happy and that counts for a lot, right? Right. 

Before I joined they were exploring complimentary colors so to catch up with them I found some pretty orange fabric and am stenciling it with blue Shiva oil paint sticks.  We'll see what comes of this.  It's fun to be working in the studio again, but I have just this week to get things to some kind of completion point.  Then I'll be on vacation after which we'll have guests using the studio for a while.  So I'd better get with it!

Ben and Paul are helping a neighbor extend his deck today.  They are digging the holes to pour new concrete foundations for the deck supports and it's a big job.

Meanwhile, our garden is blooming from all the rain.  The resulting flowers are so lovely.  I'll leave you with just one image to enjoy. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tube to Work Day

I went for an early morning bike ride yesterday, following the Boulder Creek bike path west into a large public park.  On the path there I passed this fellow, who looked mighty interesting.  Suddenly I remembered reading that Tuesday was Boulder's Eight annual "Tube to Work Day," with tubing expected to start at 8:00 A.M. 

It was about 7:30, so I parked my bike and watched the pre-launch festivities.  There were several reporters interviewing participants...

...lots of picture taking...

...and people just relaxing on their tubes. 

There was a reading of the Tube to Work Poem (I couldn't hear a word but enjoyed the occasional cheers from the crowd) and then they were off!  

Today's local newspaper reports that about 200 people participated in the event this year, up from the two who began the tradition in 2008.  In case you're wondering, most participants agreed that tubing to work wasn't especially practical, but it sure was fun.

I biked on home thinking that you never know what good things may come of getting up early to exercise.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Before and After





AND....."Before" we didn't know this dog, Reilly, who lives with one of the carpenters.  

But now we do!

Meeting Reilly was a treat for all of us, but especially for Paul.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Things are Happening

The new window is happening!  It should be finished today.