Sunday, May 8, 2016
Long, lazy days of Winter (and spring, too)
January through May 8, 2016
This is another post of meandering thoughts -
The first good news item: My new(er) trailer has a name: Sam Joe Bean.
If you’ve never heard of him, well, that doesn’t surprise me. Sam Joe Bean was my brother’s alter-ego. He wrote stories and poems about Sam. He even wrote an eulogy for Sam, which became my brother’s eulogy. Sam had lots of adventures; perhaps, later on, I can share a couple on this blog for your entertainment.
Second good news item: I just received an e-mail from the Forest Service asking if I am still interested in camp hosting. You betcha I am. They have some openings near Eureka, MT - which is a hop and a skip from the Canadian border. Now, I’ll be on pins and needles waiting for my next communication.
I’ve been working the past few months on a western theme quilt for Brooke. I decided to make it a quilt as you go project. Mistake. Big mistake. I don’t know what started the fiasco, probably I didn’t measure carefully enough, but the thing is really wacky. I tried correcting it before putting the rows together, but I guess once again, I didn’t measure properly. I was in a rush, trying to finish by Christmas - no such luck.
In any event, I spent this whole week putting the rows together - took 4 days. Each row, pinned, stitched, pinned, stitched together, pressed, top stitched, then top stitched on the other side. Took over an hour for each row. And today? Well, today I am unstitching it all. What a travesty. It’s an oversized queen sized quilt - and hard to maneuver on the sewing machine - even as a quilt as you go.
January is gone - can spring be far away?
Have confirmation from the Forest Service - I will be hosting a campground near Eureka, Montana. North Dickey Lake - 26 sites from Mid May to Mid September. I am so excited.
May 8, 2016
Obviously, the above was written sometime in February, 2016. A bit of time has passed since then.
Let’s see….. I decided I’d move up to Brooke’s about the end of February for the remainder of the winter. About the middle of February, I was invited by a friend to help with costuming for a production put on by the UGF Music Department. I have to tell you, I had more fun in those couple of months than I could have imagined - then dress rehersals began, followed quickly by Opening night…. Still more fun - even Mother Nature got in the act by reminding us it was still officially winter by dropping 6 inches of wet sticky white stuff on us - causing me to be snow bound in Great Falls, since I had spent the night there instead of driving home so late. I had my jacket with me, but was wearing flip-flops, so I had to go buy a pair of shoes.
Finally, Sam was ready to go, and on the third pick-up load to Thompson Falls, Sam went along, too. Everything appears to work - keep your fingers crossed for me.
The first day at Brooke’s, she got me up on a horse - amazing - it’s been how many years????? Far too many - and if there had been a photographer nearby, you’all would have been giggling for a week watching me get in the saddle.
Sadly, my cousin, Diane, passed away that night. I know that she is finally at peace and will be missed by many.
It is definitely Spring Time in the Rockies - beautiful weather, colorful skies, birds singing - wonderful day for Mother’s Day. Brooke surprised me with crepes for breakfast - delicious.
I’ll be leaving here on Monday, May 16 - headed for Eureka to start my summer duties at North Dickey Lake.
I’ve promised more than one person that I will once again start posting on a regular basis. All depends on the availability of the internet - hope it won’t be like it was in Deming last year.
Until next time,
Boots & Tucker
She believed she could do it, so she did.