Archive for the ‘Travel’ category

Little Road Trips

November 18, 2012

It’s deer hunting season and not a good time to be hiking in the woods – So –  we take little car rides along the country roads. Last week we came home through Bois D’Arc and found that most of the houses were built of stone. Here’s two examples. Actually this is a church, which is obvious.

And this is a garage, but have you ever seen such beautiful stone work on a garage? The stone mason must have been having fun.

Today we drove down Hwy. Z. More evidence of deer hunting in this “grocery” store.

Do you think they do any business any other time of the year?

And here’s a pastoral scene of a horse and bull enjoying the shade together. Don’t ask about the school bus in the background. I haven’t a clue.

I do love this time of year after the leaves have fallen and one can see through the trees. The whole landscape opens up. But, it’s hard to take pictures on these roads. There’s no shoulder and too many hills and curves to park safely.

Fall Colors 2012

October 28, 2012

We made, what has become, our annual pilgrimage to Arkansas to see the Fall Colors. Someone asked if I didn’t think the Missouri colors weren’t pretty enough. Yes, they are. It’s just fun to go a little ways away from home. We started out in Missouri on the Glade Trail which took us south to the “Natural State.”

We call this a “knob.”

Who could imagine finding a little Banty Rooster up in the hills all by himself. Such a pretty fellow and he must be lonely.

A lovely ride across Bull Shoals Lake on the Ferry.

An Ozark Adventure

February 1, 2012

Yesterday was a lovely warm day in the high 50s, unusual for January, so we decided to do a little exploring at the new Capes Creek Conservation Area. The first thing of interest that we saw on our way was this house with a life size bull on top of it’s roof. Most unusual!

The next thing of interest was this partial skeleton of a cow floating at the creek’s edge. Scared Mandy, our little dog, to death. She crouched down low  and backed away.

Since it was already after noon  we walked to a gravel bar for a picnic. This is not the prettiest creek we’ve ever seen but it wasn’t bad. Apparently it’s more appealing to fishermen.

After lunch we hiked about two miles along the creeks edge though briars and brambles. We exited onto a gravel road and while walking back to the car we found jonquils blooming!! I have never, ever seen them bloom in January.

Finally, arriving back at the car to return home, my lovely little Toyota Prius wouldn’t start. Dead as a door nail.

Down low in a creek bed, we couldn’t get cell phone service but a kind fisherman who was ready to go home gave us a ride to the nearest town, 10 miles away, where I could call my roadside service. After waiting 45 minutes a tow truck arrived, took us back to the car, loaded it up, and carried it and us the 73 miles back home.

Our trusty mechanic has just now called to report that the little 12 volt battery is dead and needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, it’s a very small size, made only by Toyota, and very expensive. The $$$$$ are adding up. All that money I’m saving on gas is being spent on spare parts! So much for a quiet little picnic on a quiet little creek.

I’ve Been Away

June 11, 2011

We’ve been away.  First – to our annual high school reunion.

This was the grade school I attended. It was the only school way before me and it’s long gone now. But we all get nostalgic over this picture remembering each other and teachers. I started there in the sixth grade but about six of my class mates started first grade and attended all 12 grades. There were about 60 in my graduating class; the town’s population was just shy of 2000 then. Now it’s about 2014. Hasn’t grown much. BUT – the point I want to make is that the Alumni Scholarship Club awarded $36,000 in Scholarships this year. I think that is positively amazing for such a small community to raise such generous alumni and they do it year after year. I applaud you, Willow Springs.

Second – From there we headed straight to coastal North Carolina to deliver a boat. It was hot, hot, hot. By the time we got back home we were hot, tired, hot, grumpy, and hot. But the Smoky Mountains were beautiful and cool and I loved it there.

And Third – I have just uploaded the “Notan” theme 12″x12″ art quilts for the Uncommon Threads blog. You may view them individually here.

Buffalo River

May 2, 2010

This week we joined friends to kayak on the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. If you’ve never been there, it’s well worth the trip. We’re lucky enough to live in the general area and can visit fairly frequently. Although the weather was mostly chilly and damp we managed to do a little kayaking and some hiking. The wild flowers were beautiful.

National Buffalo River

Triple Falls

Shooting Star

Jack in the Pulpit

What am I up to?

October 27, 2009

My friend Nancy has just asked that question. Well – I just came home from TWO retreats. The first was  with my Uncommon Threads Art Quilt group at Lake of the Ozarks and the second was in Arkansas at a yoga retreat, in a cabin, in the woods,  on the Buffalo River.Lake-o-Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Wow! Am I restored and inspired. I don’t remember seeing such gorgeous fall color here in the Ozarks before. Most of our trees are oaks which just turn brown; lovely browns, but just brown. This year the reds and yellow and oranges sang. Sumac, hickory, dogwood, etc.

Fall-Lake-StocktonLake Stockton, MO

Little-Buffalo-RiverLittle Buffalo River, Arkansas

Now it’s back to the work in the studio. I’m actually working on something that I’ll share with you next week.

Home again

August 17, 2009

Before I edit the more than 800 pictures that I took on my trip, I want to post pictures of the award winners for which I was the Juror at:

FIBER CELEBRATED 2009, An international juried fiber art exhibition

July 29 to September 20, 2009

Center of Southwest Studies Gallery

Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Dr., Durango CO

Tootsie-Pop-AttireBEST OF SHOW-TOOTSIE POP ATTIRE-Linda Andrus




Naturally-EndowedNON-FUNCTIONAL 3D-NATURALLY ENDOWED-Pamela Zimmerman






Fiber arts has come a long way in the years that I have been a fiber artist and I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the juror for this exhibit..

Greetings from Wyoming

August 8, 2009

A week ago today I was in Durango, CO, judging the Intermountain Weavers Conference exhibit for awards. That was a jumping off place for us to have a camping trip to Wyoming. We’ve been camping in National Forests with no conveniences except enclosed toilets and this is my first opportunity to use electricity to download all my pictures and surprise, surprise, I have internet access. I’d like to show you the award winners at the conference, but first I must get permission, so that will be later. Here are some pics from the trip so far:

PetroglyphActually this was in Colorado

Hippie-SignAs was this, in Silverto, CO

buffaloBuffalo in WY

Teton-thunderstormAnd an incredible thunderstorm in the Tetons.

More later.

Took A Little Trip

March 20, 2009

We were after a little boat and had to show Mandy off to our friends.



You can see why we took her with us. She thinks the truck is hers and she’s allowing us to drive her around!


And then there was this shadow that followed us home.


Third Try

October 5, 2008

This background, which is the third, works better than the one pictured in the last post. It’s been fun. Once I fuse down the last of the paper dolls and figure out what to use for the back, it will be ready to quilt. That always give me the most angst!

I hope I can get is finished by Friday as I leave on Saturday for Jacksonville, FL, where I will be teaching a Flower Fantasy workshop on Monday and Wed to the Friendship Quilt Guild, present a trunk show to them on Tuesday, and on Thursday I’ll teach an Improvisational Piecing workshop to the All Stars Quilt Guild. A busy week.