Monday, May 30, 2016

U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: The Grand Canyon

We spent a whole morning and afternoon at the Grand Canyon before little people started melting. The atmosphere was quite hazy as you can see.

































Saturday, May 28, 2016

U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: New Mexico

We stayed the night in Santa Rosa, NM (which my siblings dubbed Radiator Springs) rather than in Albuquerque in order to have some time to spend in the latter city. Before heading to Albuquerque, we stopped at Blue Hole which is an extremely small, deep pool, great for divers; the site is decrepit. While driving through New Mexico and discussing the state, I decided to look up its position on the wealth scale for the states . . . one of the lowest.

When we reached Albuquerque, we were too early for most of the shops, but we were lucky that one with pieces from local artists was open (I will post photos of items I bought/gathered on the trip separately). I definitely want to go back to Albuquerque.

After the city we visited the Petroglyph National Monument nearby, stopped for lunch at a Mexican restaurant in a tiny town on Route 66 (we saw, drove on, and crossed parts of Route 66 on the first quarter or so of our trip) and then drove out and through the Painted Desert.



































































Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Yarn Along

I am linking up here.



I actually have 7 projects on the needles. I dread the casting on and counting, so I decided to cast on quite a few projects and put some aside for later. Shown above is a Katniss cowl for my sister.

I am re-reading N.D. Wilson's 100 Cupboards trilogy. I love them, and I have forgotten them enough to enjoy the re-read nicely. I also finished his newest novel, Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle, this week. My other recent reads include the rest of The Giver trilogy (I liked Messenger and Son best, Jonas is annoying when he is older) and several Patricia St. John stories.

Oh, and I finally finished that baby blanket. I am thrilled to be done. I really need to plan size and time and pattern more carefully because this really burned me out, and I wasn't pleased with it aesthetically, too boring and common.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: Texas

We visited friends in Texas and the next day started for New Mexico. We saw plenty of different types of Texas terrain.

We stopped at the 2nd largest canyon in the U.S.: Palo Duro Canyon in Texas.





















Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jamberry Comments

I mentioned that I tried Jamberry and liked the look moderately. I kept the wraps on for a week before they looked too ratty and annoyed me too much. Well, when I took the wraps off, my more fragile nails started peeling and breaking . . . for months. I just ripped the wraps off, but I know of someone who took them off as directed and her nails still looked like mine.

I am going to see if I can sell my other wraps and if I cannot, give them away. I just cannot do fingernail decor; it just does not work for my lifestyle or nails. Toenails need decoration more anyway. I need to strengthen my nails, keep them a pretty length, and keep them as pretty naturally as I can.

Friday, May 20, 2016

U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: Oklahoma

My mom and one of my sisters signed up for a mini (or half) marathon in San Diego and that trip grew into a fortnight mid-western and western roadtrip (or survey trip as my mom said since we did not have much time for extended exploration) for all the girls of the family.

For the sake of location privacy, I am going to cut out states on the beginning and end of my trip and include only mid-western to western states. Bear with my photos, I am still learning and am not editing them all for my blog; I will have more to say on photos later.

We drove through Oklahoma and my sister quickly found a place for us to visit near our route: Redbud Valley Nature Preserve.

Car photos of Oklahoma skies



Redbud Valley Nature Preserve























A highway viewpoint stop