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Friday, June 26, 2009

Talk allen to going back July 4th

The Apache's are having a rodeo July 4th w/end. It's only $5 which is cheap. U probably see some of the best c/boys 2 the rodeo. Indians are known for their excellent horseman skills. It starts @ 1:30 pm don't know if my asthma will let me sit out in the heat? Ceremonial dancing is going on in the afternoon & in the evening. I have to talk Allen into this. It will be his b-day. This will be a good cultural event to see the different types of dancing.
Also I would love to eat lunch by the lake & cool off from the heat. I made a cold salad from a recipe that had the kitchen sink in it ,it really was quite good. I luv cold salads in the summer. Going gluten-free I'm having to look for new recipes since I can't use macaroni anymore. I would love to take this salad,grapes cantaloupe etc to eat up there.
I saw a model railroad shop when Allen was turning around. They were close for the day,so we have to go back to Ruidoso to check it out. I have a 60th b-day coming up so maybe Allen take us up there again. He hasn't been able to find /thing around here for his l/out


Allen drove out of Ruidoso,saw a sign realized the lake was closer than he had been told. We already eaten supper @ a Chinese buffet. We get to the area & we had been driving down a narrow dirt road. ( Which is all the ranch roads were) I was looking to the left when Allen hollers look. @ 1st I didn't see them they blended in so well w/ the ground. There were 4 does,they didn't even run away when we stopped.They were so gorgeous, I haven't seen deer this close in years. they kept eating the grass. We had come when it was feeding time, deer come out when it cools down from the heat. I luv their eyes. I told Allen I quit hunting in 9th grade, the eyes did me in. If the deer was dead,then I help my father skin it,cut it up to go in the freezer. Then it became food to eat which we appreciated since we live on a teacher's salary .
I kept looking @ them to observe their coloring. Oh I wished I could draw them grazing, the image is so vivid in my mind. I really want to put the feel of what I saw @ the lake into a set of cards. I looked @ the pine trees against the lake shore ,the mtns, up close,the silhouette the trees made, the contrast of light & dark, looking @ the colors etc. The closest I can come will be Stampscapes l/scape stamps. I need more greens in the Prism color pencils to do the trees. This is a tech. I need to learn.
Down the road we see 2 cotton tail bunnies playing & eating. they were so adorable. Yes I did observed their coloring grey w/ some brown on their back w/ a white puffy tail .We had seen a jack rabbit the other day in El Paso. He was skinny,not a puff ball like these rabbits were. It was time to head home to El Paso, about 2-2 1/2 drive,it was getting dark. As Allen was about to hit the main road, 3 deer run out in front of the car. @ least Allen was going slow since a stop sign was ahead. Deer can really mess up Ur car if U hit one. These 3 deer were afraid either. They started grazing grass as soon as they crossed the road.
I observed how the sun was setting in the sky,where the shadows were, thesiilhouettes it created. I'm trying to keep these images in my mind as the house heats up & I have to rest in my room or the recliner. I'm so grateful for the beautiful earth & its creations God has given us. Grateful for portable 0-2 so I could get out in nature. I wish my body would let me go camping for a few days.
as it was after I got up from my nap in the recliner i had a hard time going to sleep,getting the pain under control from too much walking, trips to the potty etc. I have to get my bracing off or I would had stayed in the recliner.

My knees hurt.

I overdid it. @ least I know w/ the cooler air I can move around better. The new leg brace didn't give me any hip pain as I walked around. The problem is some place were too small or narrow to get my w/chair in so I had to walk. Of course we had to have potty stops, I couldn't make Allen haul out the w/c each time out of the trunk for me.
I crashed in the recliner to rest w/ a hot pack on my muscle spasms. Then my knees felt like they were on fire. I grabbed a big wrap around ice pack to put on my knees. so I have been putting it on for the last 2 nites to take some of the pain & swelling away esp. on the left knee.

Scrapbook ADDICT on board!!!

We were driving by the area that has small little stores in Ruidoso. I spotted one that said scrapbooking. I hollared @ Allen can we turn around,I want to check it out. He actually did it!! He pulled into a small parking lot which we couldn't park in. So I get out w/ my 0-2 tank & purse. He has to find a parking space. I wanted to check it out since it was getting late. I found cowgirl patterned paper there. I'm going to have to come back & get so more horse paper for my RCMP pages for my mission s/bk. We found a way to extend my s/book w/ out extra posts for my mission album. They were 1/2 off,plus some advice to split up my 100 pgs into 2 albums. I also got some more emb. floss to sew & use as fibers. I also found some SW stickers, one has the pottery on it. I have never seen these. To think I had to go all the way to Ruidoso to find horse paper, wished I had found it earlier when I was scrapping my ranch years as a t-ager.
We are going to have to come back. She also has a beading section I saw a set of orange & green agates pieces I luv to have as a n/lace. i have my orange capri's etc they would go with. They were only $12 for the strand. Alot more afforable than the Indian store.
I got to talk about what products I like & what the s/bk boards are saying. The owner appreciated since she has limited space. I luv the fact that people are so willing to share ideas etc. back w/ s/bk & c/making. It was so nice to get out & talk to people. I have had to stay in because of th Swine Flu.

Real RAIN & it was so cool!!

My FM kicked in so we were late getting out the door. The weather & the pressure had changed that night,so muscle spasms woke me up early in the am. I had to go back & get 2 more hours of sleep. As we turned off on the road, the clouds were getting heavy. We did get to have our picnic,but it was a quick one. We were headed next door to pick up my pistachios when it started pouring rain. We looked around for a little bit while it rained. Then we went o/side to sit on the benches & just watch the rain fall. We have seen so little rain this year,it was so peaceful to just sit there & watch it rain. Allen & I don't get many moments like this. It was our 31st anniversary. We were lucky we got this year because of my health problems.
It rained pretty good as we headed into Apache reservation land.By the time we got into Ruidoso it had stopped. The town reminds me of Jackson Hole,Wyo. when I was younger.
We stopped @ a Indian store. Rather I made Allen turn around. I had the biggest selection of various tribes work in it. They had Navajo rugs including asimilar one from my c/hood which I called the Corn people. My father owned 2 big Navajo rugs,1 was a grey,black & white design,the other was more colorful . There was an interesting board w/ what plants they used to dye the wool . For some reason Apaches in that area don't do much work so I didn't get to see any Apache art. There were 3 chief head dresses. One was was a full one to the ground. Must of have seen too many Westerns as a kid, I could see an Indian chief sitting on his horse wearing one. Or him sitting smoking a peace pipe wearing one of them or posing for the camera in the full h/dress for Nat'l Geo.
There were alot of jewelry in display cases which I can't afford on HP's paycut .Some of the work was Zuni & Navaho pieces. One case has some carved small pieces in it. 1 was a little bear holding a fish in his mouth. It was carved of Alabaster,sticker shock, $69 He was so cute but that could buy a bigger set of Prism color pencils
The place was more like a musuem the way the items were displayed,probably the best collection in one place that I had seen
We took 3 cylinders of 0-2 w/ us plus my portable tank. allen was so good to help me w/ all my potty stops, hooking me up to the cylindr when we got back in the car etc.

Lap quilt finally done!!

I finally got all the edges bound up on the lap quilt. the 4th side was the most difficult, I had a hard time getting it even. One early am I ended up ripping out alot of the flannel that got caught while attempting to sew it w/the batt on the machine. I knew later on I be moan the fact that it was a big mess u/neath. I ended up taking a row off of the top of the scraps since it was a straight stitch row. I used buttons to anchor the batt to the fabric since my machine wouldn't take the flannel & feed it thru right. I also appliqued some of the seagulls cut out from my dress fabric on the cover. It's narrow enough it won't get caught in my w/chair or my recliner. It's not as neat as I would like it, but 30 yrs ago I wasn't wearing a hand brace & I'm losing small hand coordination . @ least it's done & in the closet, I practised Provident Living by using up my fabric scraps,& made it into a lap quilt. also I won't have a hot quilt on my lap while sitting in front of the a/c trying to get cool!!
My Relief Society Pres. has invited me to a July homemaking mtg. on Provident Living to bring my quilt. I'm hoping we can have some basic sewing classes to teach the younger sisters how to mend clothes,make UR own curtains etc.

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