Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Western Region Oddball Baby Blanket
started May 2013
Needles: size 9
Stitches: 106
Yarn for my section: Caron Simply Soft
Stitch pattern for my section: Checks and Ridges

Update: October 23, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wyoming Proud

Display outside Safeway grocery store
Riverton, WY
July 2013
Fourteen pallets of Pepsi products were used to build the display outside the local Safeway store to celebrate the Riverton Rendezvous and Fremont County Fair. It reportedly took the beverage company most of the day to create the display.

Pepsi products are manufactured and bottled/canned by Admiral Beverage in Worland, Wyoming.

Monday, July 29, 2013

I Love a Parade

TOPS #1 Riverton, WY
July 2013
I have always loved watching the County Fair Parade, but this year I was actually in the parade. The Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and coincidently, the Riverton Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group is celebrating its 50th. The woman in the white shirt started the first TOPS group in Wyoming, right here in Riverton, and she is still an active member of my club.

It was fun to see the parade from a different perspective. 

To prevent the parade entries from bunching up, the organizers had traffic control at the top of High School Hill.

They enjoyed joking with the drivers and those on the floats. This woman wanted the large umbrella we had on the truck.

Even though it was overcast, the sun bouncing off of the pavement was hot.

Flags and spectators lined the parade route. 

It was fun to see the anticipation the the children's faces. Many of the entries threw candy that the children eagerly scooped up. Being a weight-loss group, we did not offer candy, but several members walked behind the truck, distributing water to thirsty spectators.

These girls were sure cute in matching dresses.
When we reached the end of Main Street, the parade was over. Most entries took side streets to return their passengers to cars parked at the beginning of the route. My neighbor and I rode on the pickup's tailgate. Neither of us could remember the last time we had ridden on a tailgate, as it is now illegal. It felt good to "break the law" for a quick trip down memory lane.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Foreign Friday

Every Spring, my colleagues and I gathered at the airport to say "good-bye" to teachers transferring to another country/base or going back to the USA. We toasted the individuals to wish them safe travel and good fortune in their new assignment.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Command Performance

Old Faithful geyser
Yellowstone National Park
July 2013
A visit to Yellowstone National Park is not complete without viewing Old Faithful.

A portion of the crowd gathered near Old Faithful Inn,
waiting for Old Faithful to erupt. 
My sisters and I were there along with hundreds of others to watch this somewhat predictable geyser.

Even though I've lived in Wyoming all but two years of my life, I've only seen Old Faithful three times.

More information about Old Faithful and Old Faithful Inn can be found here and here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Flying High

Hot Air Balloon Rally
Riverton, WY
July 20, 2013
This was the 33rd year for the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally, and out of those 33 years the balloons have been grounded only 2 years (last year was one of the two). 

This year, the sky was a brilliant blue and cloudless. . .nearly perfect for hot-air balloons.

You may remember that I was disappointed that Humpty Dumpty did not fly last year, so I was delighted to see that he was back this year and that his feet actually left the ground.

Humpty Dumpty FLEW


and had LOTS of company. . .

even those that came from far, far, away!

Previous posts and photos of the rally can be seen here.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Light Me Up

Light Me Up
Western Region Oddball Baby Blanket
started April 2013
It was fun to add the last section to this colorful blanket.

Needles - size 10
Stitches - 128
Yarn for my section: Caron Simply Soft (Blue Mint)
Stitch used for my section: Box Stitch

Update: September 9, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Wild Kingdom

Wild Bison
Yellowstone National Park
July 2013
Last Sunday while my sisters were visiting, we made a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. We saw some beautiful country and some pretty stupid people.

The buffalo behind the man in the photo came up from the river, not more than 10 feet from this crazy man who no doubt wanted the "perfect" photo.

Many tourists don't understand the concept that the animals roaming in Yellowstone National Park are wild and dangerous. Every year, buffalo gore (and sometimes kill) tourists who do not heed the National Park Service warnings to keep their distance from the animals in the Park.

Despite their size, buffalo can move quickly. Note the twitching tail, flattened ears, and wide eyes of the buffalo in the first photo - all signs of an agitated animal.

For the record, ALL of the photos in this post were taken from inside the vehicle.

Taken from the safety of the vehicle
not more than 60 feet from the man in the photo shown above
Enjoy the great outdoors, but please use caution around wild animals.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Foreign Friday

Misawa AFB
Late Summer
Due to the abundance of rain, snow, and high humidity, Japan has lush vegetation. This unidentified vine was growing near the base beach.

Mildew, moss, and mold were also very common and required vigilance in the house to keep it in check.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Alfresco Symphonic Sounds

Hot Notes, Cool Nights
concert in Lander City Park
July 15,2013
Featured musical group at the concert Monday night was the Fremont County Orchestra whose members ranged from tots to older adults. The group played a nice variety of classical music and even some rock. It was heavenly.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Prairie Flowers - Guest Post

Wind River Valley
by Sheila N.
June 2013
Sheila snapped this photo of the Yucca blooming near the labyrinth a couple of weeks ago. This has been a good year for wildflowers in the Wind River Valley.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Before They Disappear - Pay Phone

Pay Phone
Douglas, WY
June 2013
Coming soon to an antique store near you. . .

I wanted to photograph a pay phone before they completely disappear, but I didn't realize just how rare they are.

My community does not have any pay phones (at least that I've found), so I was excited to spot this one in Douglas on my way home from Denver. It actually had a dial tone and a current phone book.

Does your community still have pay phones? If so, you'd better snap a photo before they disappear.

Monday, July 15, 2013


Western Region Oddball Baby Blanket
started May 2013
It has been ages since I worked on an Oddball Baby Blanket, but this one was well worth the wait. My section was knit using Box Stitch.

Buttermilk will be an all-white blanket, and I love how the different stitches can be clearly seen. I hope the group does another all-white blanket soon.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Foreign Friday

Northern Japan
1979 or 1980
I'm not sure, but I think this photo was taken at the same time as this one only from a different angle.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Antique Rose Socks

Antique Rose socks
women's size 7 - 8
size 2 needles - 56 stitches
Nearly a matched pair of socks from stash sock yarn

Red Heart (Heart and Sole - Antique Rose)
Red Heart (Heart and Sole - Ivory)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Back in Time - Yard Work

aka "Rosie"
approximately 1982
This is one of my favorite photos of my Mom. It was taken for a photography class assignment - portrait with prop.

The riding lawnmower was not simply a prop because mom used it every week to mow her large yard. The mower in this photo was a Massey Ferguson - fire engine red and easy to maneuver around the caragana bushes that were part of the windbreak along the road. Several years later she purchased a John Deere mower with two large bags on the back for collecting clippings. The John Deere also made it easy to clear the cottonwood trees' leaves in the fall.

Rich ~ 1986
Nancy ~ 1986
notice the blanket of leaves yet to be raked near the trees
In the years before the John Deere mower, leaves were raked by hand and then transported to the fields in the pickup or in the manure spreader. Many leaves were also burned in the ditch near the house. I was glad when the leaves could simply be picked up with the mower.

Note the bushel basket in the last two photos. I haven't seen one of those in years. Have you?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Vintage Knitting - update

Vintage Doily
size 1 needles - #20 cotton thread
11.5 inches in diameter
Since the county fair deadline is fast approaching, I picked up my needles and managed to finish the doily in two late night knitting sessions.

I used this pattern and was pleased with the how it turned out. My edging is not as distinct as the one online, but that may be the way that I blocked it.

This doily will be in the Fremont County Fiber Guild display at the fair. Details can be found on this earlier post.

Want to try a knit doily? I recommend this pattern - easy to follow and fun to knit. Intimidated by thin thread and tiny needles? Knit the pattern with cotton for a round dishcloth.

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