Love Long Weekends

T'was the weekend of skies.

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Golden skies, blue skies, sometimes a few clouds. The temperatures stay in the fifties, both high and low. Birds started their mating behaviors and sang songs of love and joy. It is heartbreakingly wrong, but it is hard to do anything but enjoy the warm weather and the sun.

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T'was the weekend of mail. Postcards came from far away places, but the one postcard that brought surprise and delight was from Beverly. She has an on-going Postcard Project, one for every day of the year, and I am the lucky recipient of a card. It thrills me to no end that her great-grandmother's lapels have an Alabama Chanin look. Beverly has a new moniker for those of us who dabble in AC stitching...Chaninistas! 

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T'was the weekend of of silly love notes. Smith collected all the sticky notes we've left for each other over the last year and set them inside a frame. Happy Valentine's Day to me! 

 Truthfully, I didn''t do as much crafting as I'd hoped, but plans are being made and ideas evolving. I do have one more day to do as I wish. We'll see what I can cook up. 


Saturday Sky

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Last Sunday, as I left Red Butte Garden, I snapped this photo of the valley below. Red Butte Garden sits high upon the northeast bench, above the University of Utah, and looks out over the Salt Lake Valley and the Oquirrh mountains. You can see the blue of the sky, the contrails of planes, and a slight bit of inversion settling into the valley below.

This week temperatures were far above normal, and while it's disconcerting, we find it difficult to complain about blue skies and 60 degree days. Today the temperature has dropped, the blue sky faded away, and a storm is slated for the afternoon. Sadly, the bulk of the rain and snow will head north of us, with nothing more on the near horizon. In desperation, we THINK SNOW!


In a Nutshell

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Monday morning the mountain was shrouded by mystic clouds, while the suns light shone, adding a touch of color. The highlight of my day was an evening spent alone listening to the children's Nativity pageant in A Prayer for Owen Meany and laughing out loud 

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Tuesday's dawn was lighter and brighter and my day in the office was much less challenging. Tuesday is our SnB night and I was able to laugh, chat, and knit with friends, including Susan and Cheryl.

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Wednesday a small storm moved through, but dropped only enough rain to wet the ground and add a couple of inches to the highest peaks. Wednesday was also the day I'd learned my father was in the hospital. Over the week his condition has improved and he is feeling stronger. Thank you so much for your kind comments and prayers.

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Thursday dawned to gray skies, but by lunch time the sun was out and it was warm enough (near 60) to eat lunch in the park. That evening I took  Susan's hat class, which was held at my favorite tea shop, Tea Zaanti

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Friday was the first day of the week without a cloud in the sky. The sun felt good the few times I walked out of my office, but by the time I got home the sun had set. My evening was spent with Owen Meany and John Wheelwright. This is a book high on my recommended reading list, just in case you want to know.

So that's my week, and my mountain view, in review. Perhaps, I'll come back later this week with a year in review, just as Vicki does every year. Happy Satuday!


Today, Right Now

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Yesterday's sunrise was a beauty. Today I am...

Watching...the dark sky turn light, as the sun enters our valley and by 7:20 there could be a beautiful sunrise, or it could be too cloudy. 

Reading...A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (I'm half way through and I love this book!) and Coincidence by J.W. Ironmonger (not sure about this one, as yet). 

Knitting...Duane Park Triangle, although, I'm tired of garter stitch and may start a sweater to break up the monotony.  

Dreading...a full 5 day work week. I've enjoyed a weekend of doing as I wish and having time to hang out with friends. 

Planning...my lunches for the week, must have a list ready for the grocery store games.

Humming....why does the song "The End" by The Doors keep running through my mind? 

Drinking...my morning pot of tea (Assam).

Itching to...find out all the new tips Susan has to offer at her Hat Trick Class on Thursday. 

Wearing...all week, I've been wearing shrit sleeves and a light jacket. The unseasonable warmth has been disconcerting but delightful. Today, coats will be back in the wardrobe. 

Organizing...my Dad's old photo album into my new archival photo album. More on this later, as I switch the old black album for a new. 

Disappointed by...the sunrise today (I started this an hour ago) was a dud as the day is going to be cloudy and gray. At least the wind has stopped. 

Delighted by...a breakfast date with friends, as Smith and I both have today off. Usually, he's working when I'm off and he's off when I'm working. 

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Inspired by...myself and and others who made it thorugh a full month of posting every day. I sometimes complained about the task, but always enjoyed reading what others had to say, learning about my on-line friends, and feeling more connected to everyone who participated. 

Looking forward to....not posting every day, but I will keep my eyes, and my heart, open for interesting ideas to share. 


Friday Report and Saturday Sky

As many of you recommended, I was able to do everything on my heart's desire list. 

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I downloaded my new audio book, laced up my walking shoes, and headed out the door for a walk. As the day went on, the cloudy skies gave way to scattered clouds and bright sun. 

I also took a few minutes to string little white around the table tops and the windowsills, and when the daylight started to fade, the little white lights added warmth and glow to the room. The lights will stay in place until the sun has added a little more light to the daytime sky, around the end of January. 

While I did a few clean up chores around the house, I  also made a pot of tea, then spent time sewing the little stitches of my Alabama Chanin project, as well as, knitting a few rows on my shawl. Very few weekends offer a chance to totally relax, put my feet up, and work on my projects uninterrupted, but an extra day in the weekend allowed me to do just that. 

Did you get a chance to spent time crafting? I hope your Friday included time to relax and enjoy the Holiday weekend. 


Morning Sky

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Thursday morning sky was dramtic in shades of gray, but when I added it to Instagram, I used a filter to alter the color. The over-washed effect gives the photo a porcelain glow and brings out the shape of each cloud.The sun hasn't quite come up over the mountain, but its golden glow highlights the peaks. 

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Wednesday morning, the clouds were lit by the sun just as it was rising behind the peaks. I love capturing the light as it enters my sky, as it casts the most interesting effects when it begins the day.

Instead of knitting or sewing, I have been playing with my camera apps, only taking a few photos, mostly of the sky, which is the most interesting thing in my daily life. While going in to the office I see the sunrise, but by the time I leave work, the sky is already dark. I am not amused there is still another month before the light starts its return. 

Today we await a storm, which I hear brewing, the wind buffeting my windows and stirring up the chimes. I hope for snow, a lot of it, not a "Buffalo" amount of snow, but snow nonetheless. Come one winter! Get on with it.


Always a Wonder

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When you live in a place with a sky as big as the one I live under, and mountains as picturesque as I see every day, you can't help but see the wonder they create.

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Each month I try to watch the full moon make its way over the peaks and into view. The moons location changes from day to day and month to month, but watching the peaks to see which one starts to wear a halo, I can tell where the moon will make its appearance.

I watch as the moon slowly starts its heavenly transverse and feel the wonder, the awe, it creates in me. Wonder is magical.


Look UP!

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Take your nose away from your phone and look up at the sky! It's an amazing place, no matter the weather, and if you can't see the sky, how about the trees, or the buildings, or the face of someone you love?

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Just look up! Connect with the world around you. See for yourself, there is so much more just outside your door (and let's add) for you to explore. 

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Looking at the sky calms me, it fills me with a peace, and it feeds my soul day by day. Never does a day pass that I don't look at the sky with wonder. My challenge is a gray sky, which I know doesn't usually stay around for long. And, as you know, the dreaded inversion nearly takes me down. But, I am not looking at the future, as the sky is now,  it is in the moment, and each day the changing of the sky brings me joy.


No Matter the Weather

Last year it snowed and this year it rained, but in neither case was the fun dampened. Hanging out with friends during our annual Alta Knitter's Retreat sometimes made for cozy situations, but a good time was had by all and that's why we're there.

Saturday, the skies opened up and the rain never stopped. We watched as clouds moved in to completely surround Alta Lodge in white. Within minutes the clouds  moved on up the canyon and our view of the mountains returned. By the next morning the rain had stopped and we were very happy to see it hadn't snowed and that the skies were showing signs of clearing. 

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Sunday, as Kym and I left the retreat, we took a short drive up the canyon to catch sight of the beautiful town of Alta and the stunning peak of Mt Superior. 

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Color was wide spread through the canyon and in all the places Kym and I visited during her stay. Silver Lake's aspens were shimmering with color.                                                                           15224573319_9d4f6d3019_o

We visited Sundance, Cascade Springs, American Fork Canyon and all of it was full of the beauty of fall. The colors of the west are more gold and yellow, than the reds and oranges of the east.

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In many places, the color was holding off, the green still in place, but knowing time was waning. 

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We both wore our Germinate's all weekend, as we needed the added protection from the chill. We are knitters and we know how to stay warm. It was a grand weekend and I feel honored Kym returned to see more of Utah's beauty.

And, now on to ToT!

If you scroll through my books on Goodreads, you'll find few thrillers or suspense novels there, as it's a genre I rarely read. There are two I can put on my list and maybe you'll give me a few more "must reads".

1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier- This is the first book that came to mind when the subject arrived from Carole.

2. Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton - This is the first in a the Lacey Flint series and it was frighteneing and I was kept guessing right until the end.