Saturday, November 21, 2009

In Charge, In Nevada


My son and his wife did their first ever
Get Away, just the two of them.
Off to Boston.

So Grandma Ginger came onto the scene
and did the A - Z with her dear Nevada Kidlets.

I brought a pile of play toys with me.
As you can see, the dinosaurs were a hit.

Little Audrey loved having a Patty Cake Partner.

Bright and early,

3 year-old Kenneth

climbed onto

the preschool bus.

Notice that


He absolutely LOVES

going to school.

In turn, the bus driver

and the teachers ADORE

Mr. Kenneth. Who wouldn't?

Then THIS darling tike and I
got some one-on-one time in the mornings.

We strolled the neighborhood together,
which was ever so pleasant in the Nevada sunshine.

She absolutely WON my heart,
fair and square!

* * *

In the evenings, there was time for stuff like
Artistic Endeavors & Culinary Crafts.

Notice Audrey, APPRECIATING our masterpieces.

* * *
One day, I took my grandson to gymnastics.
I was totally awed by the things a good teacher
can get a 3 year-old to accomplish.

When Mommy and Daddy arrived home,
it was tough to say goodbye.

However, I had sweet little adventure coming home.
I'll share THAT in the next post.

Let me just say,
I didn't travel on the Yellow Brick Road.
Rather, the Red Sandstone Highway.
It's something else!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Zipped Down to Zion

Zipped down to ZION where my friend Fae lives.
In fact, I took this photo from just outside her home.
She has a 1,000,000 dollar view of Zion's National Park.
And a Way Cool House, to boot!

If you don't know about Zion,
this photo will give you a second glimpse.
(The first glimpse was at the beginning of this post.)

I took it while strolling near Fae's home.

And here's where Fae lived for two years,
as she and her husband were building their home . . .
FROM SCRATCH. Sacrificing visionaries in their sixties!!!
Fae's husband died unexpectedly two years ago,
but this courageous woman keeps their dream alive.

Fae has been my friend forever and a day.
She gave each of my daughters a celebratory massage
to mark their passage into womanhood.
I guess we go back to about 1985, nearly a quarter of a decade!!!
And here we are in 2009, together over the weekend!

I can't even begin to describe Fae's hospitality.
There was a WELCOME sign on the door and lit candles in her casita!
Then she swept me off for dinner at Oscars.

Here's an outside view of the casita (or guest house).
It's made up from three little buildings, each with it's own unique roof.
They are linked together with doors,
giving the honored out-of-towner a bedroom, kitchen,
and bathroom illuminated by several skylights.

Here's what it looked like when I opened the door of the casita
after a good night's rest.

I got up LATE.
Due to the fact that Fae and I had such a fine evening together.

First of all, the dinner and over-the-top dessert
was a benefit for Fae being an organizer of the

After stuffing ourselves on bleu cheese garlic burgers and fish tacos,
we soaked for literally HOURS in her hot tub.
Here's a daytime shot, taken while I was leaning against the hot tub.

Pretty amazing.
But NOTHING compared to
watching drama in the night sky from such a wild & wonderful place.

I saw FOUR shooting stars!
November 2009 is THE month
for the Leonid Meteor Shower (SEE HERE)
and I got to experience the show
from the comfort of a hot tub located far, far away from city lights.

After a very long time steaming away under the stars,
I sort of looked like a lobster, well done.

Fae, on the other hand, looked refreshed
and ready to play.
We chatted another hour in the casita.
Couldn't get enuf girlfriend time.

* * *
In the morning, I took in the many
"Fae Touches" around the place.

Intriguing sculptures are placed around the property.

This wind art changes with even the slightest breeze . . .

And I can't even BEGIN to describe
the imaginative crafting of the inside spaces.
Unfortunately, this is my only shot
and it's really about the beauty seen through the windows.

If you want a bit of my friend Fae in YOUR LIFE,
go to her website and see how you can experience
fae & zion

Last photo.
From the NE corner of Fae's home.
Taken just before I drove away.
Sad to leave.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Lovely Lassies!

Last spring, I took on a church assignment to work with the girls, ages 8 - 12. Actually, I get to PLAY with these darling little damsels. We take field trips and do service projects and learn new skills and make cool stuff and it's ALL PURE FUN.

You may see them in a game of Tug of War,
but I am quite relieved to report,
they DON'T really tussle with each other.

They are a get-along gang and everyone's included.

In the summer, we went to the Provo Waterpark
and my grandson had about 10 big sisters to play with him.

When school started, KNITTING became the RAGE
and they begged for more of it.

So, we did yet another round of knitting!

This fall, we were blessed with an Indian Summer
making it possible for more outdoor pursuits.

See the Really Cool Dinosaur they created out of mud?!

Then, we were back indoors for our Halloween crafts,

with pumpkin cookie decorating, on the side.

Last week, we cleaned the church nursery.

It was just about as delightful as playing in the mud,
because they really had a BLAST
spraying and scouring
and discovering innovative ways to sparkle up the toys.

After A LOT of elbow grease,
I brought out my Wiggle Cars.

2 ride-on toys + 8 girls = NO PROBLEM

Having these young maidens in my life does me good.

Their effervescence and imaginative spirits
and trusting natures, even their impishness . . .
SPICE up my world.

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