Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Just Stuff . . .

It's been a kind of slow week, we have been busy with just everyday life, and it feels really good...it's good to get back to a regular schedule.

A while back we were coming home from the, " big city", and noticed a rainbow just coming straight up from the ground . . . very unusual!


Can you see it?  It was just before sunset so it was pretty dark, but I thought it was beautiful!  I'm sure it must have been a reflection off of the snow or something, but I thought it was so pretty.  We sometimes see strange things as we are driving, but can't always stop to take pictures. This was right in front of us so, no problem.


Remember the Amaryllis that I posted about a month or so ago?  It blossomed again!  It made me very happy, I just love them.  These flowers made a total of 12 that have bloomed on this one plant. I'm going to try to keep in a cool dry spot, and hopefully, it will blossom next year - I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Last Friday, we went to the, Simplot Games, to watch my grandson compete throwing shot-put .  The annual Simplot Games track-and-field meet offers high school athletes the opportunity to go head-to-head against the finest competitors among their peers in the U.S. and Canada. There were even competitors there from Australia.




Christian, my grandson, threw 47 feet, which qualified him to throw, and perhaps place the next day. He didn't place on Saturday, but did really good, considering he was competing against some of the best high school athletes in the world.  We are so proud of him!

After the games, we picked Clara up to have a sleep over with grandma and grandpa.  She was so excited!  She has never stayed the night with us before (she had trouble sleeping in her own bed... ;0) ).  But, now that she's 5, she sleeps all night in her own bed and is such a big girl!



Glow sticks are always a hit with kids and she had fun with this one.


She also sang songs to Cole, with all the hand motions . . . he was not impressed,  although he loved the attention.  She has always been my little grand who will just go sit on his dog bed, she loves Cole, regardless of how hairy and stinky he can get.


Cole loves the kids, but is always relieved when they go home - it's hard on this old boy.  Gotta love dog noses!

Until next time!

XOXO,

Barb

Monday, February 20, 2017

One Month Later . . .

Photo taken by Shane D. Stears, November 2016

"They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind."
~Tuscarora~


It's hard to believe that it has really been a month since my last post . . . so much has happened.

We lost a very dear friend this month. He was more than a friend, he was a brother,  a mentor, and a confidant when you needed a listening ear, and just a walk across the street away.  Always a tease! Trust me, you never turned your back to him . . . or he would get you!  We spent some of our happiest moments with this wonderful man, his dear wife and amazing son and daughter-in-law . . . our family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  I will miss his smile, his laugh, and his presence . . . he was a larger than life man and we loved him.   We miss you, Shane "Wayne".

 Shane D. Stears 
July 21, 1943 - Februaruy 4, 2017

Shane and his son, Mike, doing what he loved most.


 Bob, Mike and Shane, on the Salmon River.


Camping . . . aka chicken hunting!

Bob and Shane, gabbing.  They loved to gab.

Cole dog and Shane's beloved, Belle Dog . . . she misses him too.

This is a beautiful song, written by, President Gordon B. Hinkley.



What is This Thing that Men Call Death
What is this thing that men call death?
This quiet passing in the night?
‘Tis not the end but genesis
Of better worlds and greater light

O God, touch Thou my aching heart,
And calm my troubled, haunting fears
Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure
Give strength and peace beyond my tears.

There is no death, but only change,
With recompense for vict’ry won
The gift of Him who loved all men.
The Son of God, the Holy one.


 . . . Why should I be out of mind, because I am out of sight?  I am but waiting for you, for an interval.  Somewhere.  Very near. Just around the corner.  All is well.

Until we meet again, sweet friend . . .

XOXO,
Barb

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January Snow . . .


~Tasha Tudor quote and artwork~

I love, Tasha Tudor, such a wise and wonderful woman.  I think I hibernate in the winter as well . . . just a little.

We are just getting snow storm after snow storm.  We need the snow to fill our reservoirs and lakes, and the farmers depend on it to grow those wonderful, Idaho potatoes!  It's fun to watch the snow slowly fall off the roof.  The other day, it was slowly sliding off, and then it froze!  So, there were snow curls with icicles hanging off of them.  It finally warmed up enough for them to slide all the way off today - as we await for the next round of snow.  



Poor Cole, he just hates it when the snow slides off the roof.  He always looks at me like, "help me!".  


You can see little flecks of snow on his black hair . . . he hates roof avalanches . . . 


But likes to play in the snow, on his terms!


Time to hibernate!  


XOXO,
Barb


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quiet Stretches . . .


Winter, there is a privacy about it which no other season gives you ....In spring, summer and fall, people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.
~Ruth Stout~


I love this quote . . . with some of these longer, quiet stretches of time, I have decided to be creative.  Now, creative to me and creative to someone else might not be the same thing, so don't get too excited... :0)

It's been a while since I have done any crocheting, so I decided to get out my stash and see if I could come up with something that would make me use my imagination and creativity.  I found this pattern on, Ravelry, so I decided to try it.  




I didn't use the exact colors that the pattern specified, I just used what I had.  I want to make a fun throw with these blocks and put a cute fabric back on it.  We'll see how it turns out!

I've had a lot of e-mails and sweet messages asking me how I am feeling and wishing me well . . . thank you!  I am feeling better, and just taking it day by day.  I should be doing much better very soon!



My sweet sis is one of those wonderful people who can just make a person feel better by smiling, but, she stopped by last week just to tell me that she was, "tickled pink", that I was feeling better, and look what she brought with her!  I have to admit there's a bag of kisses and a little box of, Now and Later's, that are missing from this gift...and some lip balm and lotion...  ;0)  I love my sister.

We are still in a deep freeze, the high today was about 10 degrees. Right now, it's 3:00 and it's 8 degrees.  It's gorgeous outside, nice and sunny, but so dang cold.  The other day when it warmed up, the snow slid off of the roof . . . it scared poor Cole to death, he thought the sky was falling!



This is what slid off onto my sidewalk!  This snow was about 2 feet deep, and not very fun to shovel...just sayin'.  My husband did most of the shoveling, I did a very small spot on the porch.

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe, until next time! 

XOXO,
Barb



Friday, January 6, 2017

Feeling the cold . . .


This is what I would like to be doing, sleeping and staying nice and toasty in my bed!  I have to say that I have been sleeping late though.  I will be happy when I am finally feeling like myself.  

It's been freezing cold here for the last week.  Most of the schools have been closed for the last two days, and from what the weatherman says, we haven't seen the end of it.  I know that most of the country is experiencing the same, or worse, so I'm not really complaining . . . :0)  I hope that everyone is hunkered down staying home and staying warm and dry.

When I look outside, it's very deceiving, the sun is shining and it looks like a beautiful warmer day than it actually is.  Right now, it's 5:07 p.m. and my phone is telling me that it's -2 degrees.  Brrrr!

The sunset is beautiful tonight, I love sunsets in winter.  How can that beautiful orange glow in the sky be so cold?!  

I have been wearing my fuzzy slippers today . . . so my feet are nice and warm.  We are having left-over chili for dinner, that will warm me up as well!  I'm just trying to debate whether to have it with baked potatoes . . . I think that sounds like a good thing.

I still have my Christmas decorations up, do you?  I plan on taking them down tomorrow, hopefully I will be feeling a little better.  I have my little pine trees in an old trunk with snowmen around the bottom.  I think I will leave them up through January.  I like having twinkly lights at night.  


Just wanted to leave you with a warm cozy song by, Elizabeth Mitchell, one of my favorite children's folk singers . . . happy Friday.

XOXO,
Barb