Its not that I haven't been taking images/pictures. Its just that our internet service is so poor that I can't retrieve them after I send them as an email. Suffice it to say that Verizon is not a service that I would recommend. I will be happy when I can switch to a better system but until one is available in Star Valley it just won't happen.
The dinner, as all ones here do, started with a prayer before the tables were called up to be served a giant plate of prime rib or chicken. Alan had smoked both in his Traeger grill. They were excellent.
Another night found us gathered together for a free concert by Kevin Motsinger. He is the son of our friends Dale and Delores and he plays a mean guitar and sings many old country western tunes, church songs, and even some of his own works. It was a great concert and we all love it when he is here.Thank you Kevin!
So I wish I could show you some more images but I can't even find them in the server or in our sent and received email accounts.The one picture of our friends took half an hour to download and save.
Hopefully things will get better when our account is reset. Clear skies
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Each year we travel to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for a day of birding. The highlight of course is getting close enough to see whooping cranes, but we are usually left with a distant view from on top of the Birding Tower.
The birds are so far away that they look like little white spots, instead of the five-foot-tall regal birds. A good pair of binoculars is a must!
Arriving at the Refuge Headquarters we saw that the old building and museum has been leveled. The roof had been torn off by Hurricane Harvey. The refuge now has plans to start construction this summer, provided that the budget is passed and that the funds are not diverted.
The Volunteer told us that they were excited to announce that a pair of bald eagles had successful produced an eagle chick and that the nest was visible from the Nine-mile one-way loop. She also showed us what the nest looked like form the road and told us to drive exactly 5.6 miles, park in the turnoff and walk a little further for an unobstructed view. It’s the first pair to successfully nest in the last fifty years.
Deer were everywhere but it was very cold and windy, and the alligators were not in their usual places. We stopped at Jones Lake where we saw pied billed grebes, Green winged teals, and shovelers. There had been talk of two large gators, but they were not in sight, we did see a family of raccoons, one of the gators favorite food, and they tempted fate as they made a brief trip to the lakes edge.
We wee pleased to see that the boardwalk at the Towers had been reconstructed and allowed us to walk to the Big Tree trail. The Refuge’s Big tree is four hundred and eighty years old, about half the age of the Big Tree at Lamar. It has not had the care of the oak tree there and most of the large branches had been shorn off by the hurricanes direct hit.
The view from the Tower gave us a great panoramic view, and we watched the whoopers, along with a fly fisherman being guided as they polled along the edge of the bay. Returning to our car we next drove the Nine Mile Loop in search of the eagle nest. The directions we had been given wee excellent and we easily spotted the aerie with one of the adults standing guard. It dd leave the nest briefly made a dive and before returning with a fish!
It was a good day filled with many wildlife moments. Lots of birds, deer, armadillos and a big gator. We also ended up with ten thousand steps for the day, its too easy to sit inside during the cold and not get any exercise, something
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Each year Renita and I organize a small art fair that highlights the crafters and artists in our Winter Rv Park, Blue Lagoons. Its not always about selling as we encourage each person to show and talk about their craft. This year we were lucky to have seven talented people display, and if they wanted to, sell some of their work!
Our park is a small park and so before the show we shared the poster on social media. Renita also traveled to parks in the area and a craft store and all agreed to let her put up a poster. The show is a three-hour show and too soon the doors opened.
It was slow at first, as usual, but then got busy. Here are pictures of each talented person and their work.
Diane has showed for several years and you can see many examples of her work around the park. Her handmade silverware holders are all around the room during our weekly buffets.
Nancy shared Diane’s table and brought her beautiful quilts. I am always amazed at quilters as their work requires so much thought and planning. My favorite was her three-dimensional block quilt!
Sue, who is new to the park and works at a rv park north of Yellowstone covered her area with a plethora that included hats made from t-shirts, small bags/purses/cell phone holders and lots of cool jewelry, (we bought several of her hats)!
Al is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and as soon as he heads north, he starts to tap maple trees for his maple syrup. Last year he produced over five hundred gallons and we always purchase some for our own consumption!
Evelyne’s art goes above and beyond as she paints with watercolors specializing in coastal birds, shipwrecks, and flowers, (she painted us a picture of our dog Molly). Her work is always a treat and we have purchased several of her paintings.
Jim, from Kansas City specializes in making rosaries. His rosaries are made from semiprecious gemstones and he also makes wire wrapped jewelry and finished cabochons, (we taught him how to wire wrap and his work is identical to ours.
Finally, opening picture, is a picture of our tables. They are covered with fifteen displays of wire wrapped precious and semiprecious gemstones. Almost all of which we have cut, polished, and mad into finished pendants, rings, bolo ties, and bracelets. It’s the most we have ever shown, and the opal case contains nine different types of opals!
After the show was over all the artists/crafters told us that they had a good show and enjoyed meeting new people. That’s really what this show is all about, meeting new friends.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Renita and I finished cleaning the dust and tarnish off of our sterling silver jewelry. Its really easy as we use some basic chemistry. Its summed up in the metal activity series, but I will forego an explanation. The solution we use is 1/2 cup baking soda, one tablespoon salt, stirred in a glass container in really hot water, (you can clean a single piece of silver in a coffee mug with a tablespoon of baking soda, a /14 teaspoon of salt, NaCl and a piece of scratched aluminum foil).
It happens really quick as the sulfur tarnish is removed off the surface and redeposited on the aluminum. If you use this be careful if the gem contains copper minerals and don’t use the solution if your jewelry contains several different metals, (it has no effect on gold- or gold-filled wire). It only takes about two hours to clean all of our jewelry pieces, but the rest of the day is taken in replacing all the price tags.