A Little Trip

Well Hey There!  I’m finally back from our little getaway trip out west.  We were gone for two weeks (didyamissmelol?) and had a wonderful time.  TheFirstChild, SweetiePie and I drove out, then TheSecondChild joined us for the second week and TheFirstChild flew home early — I think one cross-country drive was enough for him!

Our trip started off with a big bang and a quickie visit with my beloveed Ms. Farmhouse.  She very graciously provided beds for us in her gorgeous home.  Our visit was way too short, but it was so fun to see her — we normally only get to catch up at quilt markets.  One of the best things for me was to see her beautiful nest.  Boy, oh boy, what a sewing room — this is only part of it!

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

And the best part is, the kids thought I was over the top with my little quilting hobby.  Thank you Ms. Farmhouse for making me look normal — the kids commented that I’ve found my twin.  (If only my dungeon could come close to being a twin to the nest!)

The second day of the trip, we made it almost to Calgary and then our final destination, Banff, on the morning of the third day.  Wow, oh Wow!  Banff National Park is just beautiful.  I don’t even have the words to describe how lush and green and pretty it is.  We spent our three days there hiking and seeing some unbelievably gorgeous lakes.  The aqua blue colors in the lake water were amazing.  Beautiful (and famous) Lake Louise:

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

Peyto Lake:

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

And, my favorite, Moraine Lake.  If you’re on Instagram, you see lots of people taking pictures like this one — sitting on a rock, overlooking the lake.

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

And here’s a tip about that rock-shot:  When you first arrive at the end of the lake, you see this huge pile of rocks.  SweetiePie somehow knew that the rock-shot happens from the top of this pile.  Therefore, we needed to climb to the top of the pile.

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

First, you have to cross this log-dam.  If you slip off of a log, your feet end up in the lake.  Climbing up the pile was interesting — and fun!

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

So, where’s the tip?  When we got to the top, there was a guy up there with a dog.  I asked him how on earth he got the dog up that rock pile.  He laughed at me and said there’s a nice, easy path that goes up around the back of the rock pile.  Doh!  Oh well, I’m probably glad we didn’t know about the path, or we would have missed the fun of almost falling off of the rock pile!

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

Emerald Lake:

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

There’s a beautiful hike around Emerald Lake through the woods. Very, very fun!

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

After three days in Canada, we made our way down to Glacier National Park in Montana. It’s about a four-hour drive and it was surprising how different the mountains are — less dense forests, but just as beautiful. The more open areas had a big advantage — we saw no wildlife in Canada, but saw animals every day in Glacier.  The famous Glacier tour buses — they haven’t changed since the 1930’s.

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

We spent all of our time in Glacier hiking and enjoying the views.  One of my favorite hikes was the Highline Trail.  There’s about a quarter-mile at the beginning of the hike where you hike along a cliff.  The park service very kindly provides a cable to hold on to — so you don’t plunge to the road 100-feet below.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

The view from the cliff was totally worth it.

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

We did several other hikes in Glacier and I loved them all (if you go, don’t miss the Grinnell Glacier hike!).  (As a side note — have you seen the funny video of the lady who tells you how to avoid a shark attack?  (Go watch it — it’s too funny!)  You hear a lot about watching out for bears in Glacier (for good reason!) and the shark-lady says not to go into the bear’s house in her video.  When we hiked through meadows like the one below, we were sure we were in the bear’s house — tons of berry plants everywhere!)

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

We also found some time for a little other fun — skipping rocks at the lakes,

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Zip-lining,

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And a visit to Polebridge, which the boys are convinced is inhabited by anarchists!

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

After just 4 days at Glacier, we took 3 days to drive home — it took an extra day because we stopped to see these guys:

Thimbleanna: Glacier Trip

Anyway, it was a great trip — highly recommended if you haven’t been to either of those parks. Especially, if you love to hike like we do!!!

Lots of fun stuff going on here (oooh, new fabric!), but it will have to wait. I’m off again in a day, on another little adventure. And then, maybe we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programming and some blog-reading!

XOXO,
Anna

The Aunts’ Quilt — Month 10

Can you believe it??? Month TEN! We’re almost done with our fun little quilt-a-long! This month’s assignment was to put the quilt top together and finish the last two corners. I kept up — even though I had a ton of stuff to do this month. Here’s my proof — the quilt top all together (please ignore the funny wrinkles — it’s on my temporary little quilt wall and it’s tough to get anything straight on it):

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

I noticed that Gina put her initials on her original quilt, so I decided to do the same on my quilt.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

I also decided to add the year in the other corner.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And the cookie of the month? We haven’t had Chocolate Chip yet and it’s a classic. Plus, I’m still on vacation, and this is the perfect cookie to bake up and take on a Roadtrip!

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Ok — back to the mountains — be home soon!

XOXO,
Anna

And … We’re Off!!!

Holy Cow — it’s been a wild week here this week. I’ve been running around with my head cut off to get everything done for our little break. The kids and I (poor little ManoftheHouse will be holding down the fort here with the KittyKats) are leaving in the morning and we’re going to Glacier National Park and Banff National Park for some hiking and fresh air.  We were hoping to camp out a little — I dug the 30-year old tent out of the attic and set it up.

Thimbleanna: Tent1

When I unpacked the tent, it was missing a tent pole — not sure where it is. Could be lost in the attic, or maybe someone forgot to pack it up with the tent. Weird. I ended up enlisting the aid of a nice man at Lowe’s and we made a new tent pole. Sadly, we won’t be using it though — no room in the car for a tent and a bunch of sleeping bags. Some of us are clothes horses LOL!

Thimbleanna: Tent

I also managed to get the little doll quilt done.

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

Every little doll needs a quilt!

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

Ok — Be Good while I’m gone.   I hope you’ll all be doing something fun!

XOXO,
Anna

Stop the Clock!

Ohmygosh — things are spinning out of control here! Can you believe it’s August already? I can’t even remember July!

And did you see the beautiful moon the other day? On Friday, TheManoftheHouse mentioned that the moon was huge and gorgeous on his way to work, so when I woke up before 6 on Saturday morning, I thought I’d go chase the moon and see if I could get a good picture. Silly me — you get one day for those things and that’s all. The moon set much later and the sun was up way before the moon was low enough in the sky to be huge and beautiful. So what’s a girl to do when she’s up at 6:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning (which should be a punishable offense anyway — weekends are for sleeping in!)? I took pictures of corn fields. The corn is looking pretty beautiful out there!

Thimbleanna: Corn Field

Yeah — it’s really exciting around here LOL. I have been really busy though — August will be vacation month here in ThimbleannaLand, so I’ve been frantically trying to get a bunch of stuff done before I leave. The Aunts’ Quilt is hot off the press and put together for this month’s assignment — I’ll be gone on report in day for the quilt along, so I needed to get ahead.

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

Now, I just need to make a doll quilt and a pincushion or two by next Saturday.  Think it will happen? I’m a little skeptical — I’m not getting home from work until around 8:30 every night, and the little doll quilt is barely started. I need a clone!

Thimbleanna: Doll Quilt

So, I’m off and running. I really just popped in to say Happy August! I’m hoping for a FUN month!!!
XOXO,
Anna

Checking In

Boy, I feel like all I do is make excuses for not posting these days. How is it that there’s not a lot going on, but it’s still really busy? Or, maybe there is a lot going on, it’s just not sewing and fun stuff to share???

For one thing, we’ve been put on mandatory overtime at work. Minimum is four hours, but, of course, they’d like us to work more. You can probably guess, I’ll be working the minimum. Their timing is poor — just as MyDadLovesMeBestSister and her family have gone on vacation, which means I’ll have helping MeMum and BigDaddy all to myself for 2 1/2 weeks — which means that there isn’t much spare time to be at work. Don’t feel sorry for me though — I’ll be going on vacation when she gets back.

I’ve also had fun in the kitchen. A cousin that we don’t get to see very often popped in for a quick visit. One night I made the Lazy Day Overnight Lasagne with some yummy Artisan Bread. The Lasagne isn’t necessarily guest-worthy, but it is good and I needed something that I could make while visiting with them the night before we actually had it for dinner. And Artisan bread is SO good and very easy too. The other night they were here, we grilled a Flank Steak — another delicious and easy meal. Just whip up a marinade of 1/3 c. oil, 1/3 c. vinegar and 2 chopped cloves of garlic, marinate overnight, and throw it on the grill for about 15 minutes. It’s wonderful, thinly sliced with a piping hot baked potato on the side. There was also chocolate cake for dessert! ;-D

I’ve been plugging away at this month’s assignment for the Aunts’ Quilt too. Working on the corner blocks …

Thimbleanna: Aunts' Quilt

And prepping some of the scallops that will be used around the borders. I’ve always wanted to make a clamshell quilt, so I played with the scallops a little. I can see that a clamshell quilt would be a lot of work!

Thimbleanna: Scallops

And then … two more little things —
1) Pretty new Liberty fabrics in the shop!

Thimbleanna: Liberty Fabrics

and
2) Did you notice I updated the Thimbleanna header?  It’s been eighteen months.  P-I-T-I-F-U-L. I always seem to forget about the banner somehow. Or don’t have time. Or something!

Ok — zipping off to do a little stitching before dinner duties happen. Have a great week!

XOXO,
Anna