May 19… Castlewood Canyon State Park,and the dam

Last posting on our trip to Colorado Springs…

There were two places in the park that were very interesting,the first was the homestead of the Lucas’s.

Here’s the old homestead…. back of house

Inside of house…

The thickness of the walls..

A side entrance…

I still amazed that the house was make out of concrete! Also their barn floor with one trough for feed and the ditch for manure.

Fencing…

Looking out over the valley

More pictures of the trail that we walked with trail was only 5.6 miles, with not as much up and downs!

Also we saw a deer ,a mule deer,… I think

Coming within view of the dam…

Steps going down to cross from one side of the dam ..

Views of the dam..

Information on the dam

The little creek that flows through the valley now…

One can see the sand that was the cause of the dam breaking…

Some items that caught my attention

When we flew out of Colorado Springs it was snowing and cold

A few hours later.. we walked out of the plane to 85* weather.

Atlanta,Ga

Looking out the small plane window as we approached August , Ga which is an hour from our home.

Now we are back home to duties once again.. as the grass continued to grow ,as the weeds did while we were gone,but it felt good to be back !

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May 10…. cliff dwellers ,and Pikes Peak

There were so many great places to go see that we didn’t have the chance to see but the Manitou Cliff dwellers was a must for me . I just love places with a history like this.

Some History on these very creative people…. The Anasazi also known as ancient ones lived here 1100 AD to 1300 A.D. They were very skillful in building their homes. Let’s take a look…

There were carvings in stone…

Inside one of the houses,this one housed 9 people…

This oven would be so fun to try out!!

The watch tower…

Their bread flour plant….

And this is amazingly made with horse hair to add a unique design to their pieces… truly made by Indians.

There was a lovely museum,but I was so busy looking at the tomahawks,arrows ,dream makers,and beadwork I forgot to take pictures! The museum was in the Pueblo dwellings ,they lived there after the ancient ones left, they added more buildings but were somewhat different.

Now on to Pikes Peak which has an elevation of 14,115 feet.

The road was very twisted or switched back with a lot of steep ups or down on the way back down,and trust me when I say you don’t want to be on your phone or inattentive while driving for if you went over the edge you would be no more!

It was so cold ,windy but beautifully rugged!

At the top looking over the valley… there was more snow coming so the road was closed shorty after we went down.

On break time… I did a pastel drawing…. my paper was regular tablet paper ,so I had a little harder time getting the pastels to stick to the paper.

Next post Castlewood Canyon state park…..

May 8… Colorado Springs,Colorado… part 1

Come along ,folks, and see some of Colorado’s rugged beautiful countryside. Grab a coat it’s still a little chilly out!

We flew out from Ga on the 3rd of May ,having perfect flying conditions as there were only a few bumps the whole time of flying without long layovers.

Flying over Atlanta,Ga

Window views…

The next morning we were up bright and early for we were in a different time zone,with time in Colorado two hours behind what we were used too.

We decided to hit the hiking trails in Divide for most places were not open yet.

We hiked a good 10 miles that day enjoying nature to the fullest.

Views while driving to Divide.

Driving up the dirt road to find the trail..

The trail…

And where did the trail go…. and this southern girl only brought sandals along for I was used to 90* days not 40* ones.

Some of those snowdrifts that we had to walk through were up to my knees…. yes my feet and legs got cold but soon warmed back up from the walking and climbing.

The weathered old fallen tree stumps fascinated me.

As did this TP ,we found along the way…

We also visited a place called Helen Hunt Falls ,a local person told us to drive up the back way for there were old train tunnels from gold mining days . That just what we did and were well rewarded! Helen Hunt was a poet and writer who was a activist for better treatment for the native Americans.

More on next post on the cliff dwellers and a dam…..

May 5… Hand Quilt Along update……

It’s done and given!💃💃💃💃👏😀

Here’s a picture of the happy couple!

Russell made the statement that he’ll be taking mom hugs back home with him…why whenever I need a mom hug I’ll just wrap myself up in it.

Now to this mom that was some very sweet words ,my sore fingers automatically were feeling wonderful.

I have two quilts that I have to make my mind up on. Which one would you folks like to see done first?

The log cabin one or the patch block…

That’s it for this update. Here’s my grand daughter getting her 11 month old pictures taken,my daughter for. The first year Lynn takes a photo of the baby to keep track of how they grow so quickly. Here’s Alexis… first photo went great ,the next went even better for Alexis!😄

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracy, ConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

April 14… Hand quilt along….

Tiger woods just won the masters,which is held an hr from where we live. Every year people are fixing up their homes for to rent out to folks attending the big event. That’s a plus for us ,as people and business need their doors whether it’s a garage door or a commercial store front door in good order…..

so what’s that got to do with quilting… Nothing,nothing at all..😁 just good to read that someone who messed up his life for a bit.. didn’t give up a passion of his but tried again!

Sorry to report I didn’t get to the end of the last row,even though I came close. I’m excited about being so close to the end though!! Russell’s are coming home around May 11 for a surprise birthday for hubby! I do hope I can have it ready to give it to them then to take home instead of mailing it.

Here’s what I have left to do,all that you see in the photo.

Until next update take care friends…

Check these out if you have time,and want to see some lovely at Home creativity.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracy, ConnieSusan,  Nanette EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

April 9… pencil sketches

I thought that life for me would slow down a bit now that I have only two of the children at home,and though the second daughter is still here at home , she is not dependent on me taking care of her,why I think she helps me out more than I do her.

I thought I was going to have time on my hands after the youngest son got married,so I decided to learn to draw ,something I’ve always wanted to do. Well, that lots of time on my hands is apparently still hiding for I haven’t found it…. I did grab a little time here and there to do a few sketches. A pencil is easy to carry around with a notebook,more so than other drawing material.

The first sketch is of the cabin ,hubby and I stayed in for a few days of get away.

The next two are drawn from photos taken by a very interesting blogger that I follow…

https://blosslynspage.wordpress.com/ Thank you Lynn!

One of these days , I’m hoping to go back to color… when I find that time on hand.😁

March 24… Hand quilt along……

Three weeks just slipped by again! And I have a finish …💃💃

Little Grammy is finished ,I really like it.

Those old fabrics are so lovely!

I also had a baby blanket to crochet for a baby gift. Baby blankets are so fun to do.

I’m back to working on the Fire Island Hosta quilt ,I had to take it out of the frame ,my arms are short and the rolled finished part was getting to high for me to quilt comfortably.

I am working on the last row ,I’m on the corner working towards the right corner,when I get there it will be finishing time!