Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dancing with the Sandhill Cranes

Today has been an absolutely beautiful day. It was 63 at 5:30 this evening. I had to shed my flannel shirt while I was mowing the grass. I went for a three hour walk on the beach this afternoon and communed with the group of Cranes that were there. There was four pairs together, finding wonderful treats to eat in the sand. I of course had to find a few shells or the day would not have been complete. Beautiful days like this in Alaska are few and far between, yesterday it was wind and rain, but today....heaven!!
We can only hope it will be a glorious tomorrow. My tiny little "garden" is doing well so far, if we actually get any vegetables..well that will be a plus. I have so enjoyed puttering around. I think about the BIG garden we had in Oregon, what a joy when it was time to Harvest. Well, there was that one year when I planted way to many hills of Squash, and Manuel kept only need one..I believe I planted about ten hills. Sister Janna and I found every recipe we could for Zucchini..Relish, bread, cake, cookies, jelly, baked, fried, steamed, you name it we tried it. And I still had to set a box of them at the end of the driveway with a "Free" sign on it. If I get a mess or two of beans and maybe a squash or two from the tiny garden I will be happy. The only problem with days like today..nothing gets done around the house unless its outside. I can't bring myself to stay inside.
Now, if only our Children and Grandchildren were here to enjoy it with us. Well, I need to go back outside for awhile and enjoy the sunshine.
I made another pair of earrings from the pattern from Juanita, and when I get a moment I will post a photo. This pattern was the same as the other earrings, except the placement of the colors made a beautiful new pattern, I really love her patterns. Now back to the sunshine!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Beautiful Beads and Sunshine

Crazy summer weather again this year. One day its just beautiful and the next its rain and wind. Thats what it is doing today, so I finished a pair of earrings to match the bracelet I made yesterday. I purchased the patterns from Juanita Carlos who does beautiful patterns in many techniques. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Speaking of weather, Fathers day was the most beautiful day here. I helped with the Fathers Day breakfast at the Lodge and then made a run for the beach. Absolutely a glorious day. Jack and his friend Jan had breakfast at the Lodge then went up the road to Ninilchik to see the Traveling Wall..Vietnam Memorial. They had a beautiful day to go, although I'm not sure it didn't bring up old memories that were better left away. Anyway I am posting a picture of the Bracelet and earring set and also a picture I took out on the docks on Fathers Day.