THIS is one of the main reasons we stay in Utah. After a dreary and snowy day on Sunday we woke to crystal clear skies and snow white mountains. It’s the type of day we long for and love during Utah winters. And can you see the snow blowing off the mountain peaks? That is the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’…soft, powdery and deep. The prevailing winds can lift this light powder right off the peaks and blow it away. That sight to me is breath taking and lightens the day. There is only one reason to stay in Utah (besides my many friends) and that is the uncommon beauty which I see daily (or with a short drive in any direction.)
The reason NOT to stay in Utah...today we decide who will run the State. Well, the state of this State is that it is the most Republican state in the Union! If I don’t know a soul who votes for these people how do they get into office!? My 'base of support' includes very few people of the ‘predominate culture’ and anyone else, other than 'they', is a minority...that's how. So today we get a new Republican governor, a new Republican County Mayor and the one lone Democrat, who has been our US Senator, gets into office (again) by voting like a Republican…nothing changes here.
It isn't that Republican's are bad but to give you an idea of what a Utah Republican is like I give you this: A friend who grew up elsewhere, and who is very conservative, said "I'm a Republican anywhere else, in Utah I'm a Democrat." (As a recent joke about Utah states "...even Zoo animals get into office before any other party.) Oh yeah, and the proposal to ban gay marriage will win, big time. Sigh….sheep, just sheep. I do like sheep but prefer the kind with wool…not those of our 'predominate culture'. OK, rant over. I had to get it off my chest. (Anne, we do like it here and plan to stay...for now.)
Since Halloween is over it is time for Christmas, right? The class I taught at the needlepoint shop on Saturday helped to get us all in the mood. Eight students learned the stitches needed to recreate this happy Folk Santa from Heart Stings. He has a funky, crazy beard and a soft worn look to his clothing. It's fun for me to come up with stitches that are somewhat challenging and fun to do and teach them to this great group of ladies.
I had stopped by my favorite French bakery, Normandie Café, to have an omelet so that my brain was ready for class and to pick up some Halloween cookies for my ladies. The gang there was all dressed up for the day and they looked super! AND, this haunted house they built is so cool and fun. The grrls at the bakery always takes good care of me.
OK, everyone go vote. Of course, I’m preaching to the choir here and know there are many voices in the choir and that is just fine, too. I just pray it will be over tomorrow. I wish for that more than anything else. And just so you know…I will vote in my pajamas today. Norma, are you with me? The voting for my district is at my condo clubhouse. So I'll put on a long coat after Smith leaves for work and walked up to cast my vote. I’d like to put my head under the covers until it’s over but I think I’ll knit instead.
See you Homegrrls tonight at Stitch ‘n Bitch!!
Another big thank you to my SP2 Ann! You're super, grrl. What a great way to make new friends.
And a couple more mountain pictures for you all just for putting up with me today.