Saturday, May 20, 2017

Longing for Spring

Thursday morning

The weather for the Rotary Duck Race on May 6 was brilliant and I thought winter was behind us. Mother Nature can be fickle, however, and from Wednesday night through Friday afternoon, we had more than three feet of snow. Once it started snowing, it just wouldn't quit. Today has been sunny and the snow is rapidly melting. Our power stayed on throughout the storm but several neighborhoods in the area lost their electricity. The snow was heavy and wet, bending branches of our newly leafed out aspens to the ground. Fortunately, we lost only one large branch.
Back deck on Thursday afternoon
Back deck on Friday morning

The hummingbirds in the area were cold and confused. I kept my two feeders filled with
sugar water and they kept sucking it up. I had to brush the snow off every half hour.

Here are a couple of photos taken from our local newspaper.
A local barn collapsed under the weight of the snow.

If you look closely, you can see a power line worker (dressed in green) at the
top of the pole trying to restore power while a moose ambles through the snow below.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Make Way for Ducklings

 I've hung my vintage duck flag from our front porch in anticipation of the annual Estes Park Duck Race to be held a week from today on May 6. The committee has been meeting for months and beginning Monday I'll be spending every day at Duck Central entering duck adoption form information into our database. Everything is going relatively smoothly with only a few minor glitches along the way. After the dreadful weather on last year's race day, we're counting on a blue-sky, white-cloud day.
  Here are a few of the duck dedicated volunteers in front of Duck Central.
 We even had a few elk wander by to see what the duck race is all about.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Family Visit

My sister Carol, her daughter Lillian, and Lillian's son Sylas visited us for a few days last week. Sylas, who celebrated his first birthday while they were here, was the star of the show. He charmed and entertained us.

We were especially happy that my mom could enjoy her adorable and newest great grandson.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Quilting Inspiration From a Tiny Tropical Island

Last week's Estes Valley Quilt Guild program was one of the best I've attended. Dana Jones presented Pagtinabangay: The Quilts & Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island. This is also the title of her book which details the story of Caohagan, a 13 acre - 600 inhabitant island in central Philippines. One hundred of its inhabitants, both women and men, create the colorful and distinctive quilts which are sold abroad. The profits from these quilt sales supply one third of the island community's revenue which has enabled the community to train three midwives and expand its school.

Pagtinabangay is a Visaya word which means working in cooperation for the good of all. The book is full of pictures and details about the Caohagan way of life and the importance of quiltmaking. I bought a copy and have been savoring it slowly. The quiltmakers use fabric manufactured in the Philippines. The colors and motifs are based on everyday island life (animals, fish, birds, flowers, trees, people, houses, and activities).

Below are photos I took of a few of the quilts Dana brought to her presentation.
They are copyrighted and used with permission.

A fish ready to be appliqu├ęd.

I was thrilled to be able to purchase a small wall quilt and had difficulty choosing my favorite. I haven't yet decided where I'll hang it. Just looking at it makes me smile!