Monday, October 22, 2012


On our way home from my parents house a couple of weeks ago, just as we were getting to the turn-off of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, all of a sudden my husband hit the brakes and turned and announced to me, "I think we're going to go to the Grand Canyon!"  Since we had planned on staying in Flagstaff that night and our stop at Lee's Ferry hadn't taken near as long as we thought it would, I thought this was a great idea!
It has been several years since we've been to the South Rim and every time we pass the turn-off, we always mention that we need to go there again.

There were some things that we had not remembered about the South Rim.  For some reason we had not remembered that the road inside the Grand Canyon was actually lined with trees.  Why did we always remember that it was just desert?  When we stopped at the entrance to pay our fee, my husband asked for the senior pass, now that he is 62 (required age).  The ranger told him it would be $10.00.  My husband said, "Ten dollars?  Isn't it like $35.00?"  The guy said, "No, that is what you paid last year for your entrance fee to all the parks for a year, but now you can get the Lifetime Senior Pass for only $10.00."  We had thought that they quit selling them for that and had raised the fee.  Of course our information was from our parents, who always gloated that they had bought their lifetime senior pass for only $10.00 and that they heard that the parks had raised the rates and they were so lucky that they had gotten that pass for only $10.00.  Anyway, we were really glad and realized how smart the national parks are to offer the pass for that low of a price for seniors, since they are their most frequent visitors. :0)  I am not able to use my husbands pass, since he has to show an ID when he uses it, but if I ever am in a situation where I am going into a national park (once I am 62) without him, I'll just buy one for myself!  :0)
Here are some pictures we took:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lee's Ferry

My husband and I made a quick trip to visit my parents a couple of weeks ago.  On the way home we decided to turn in to Lee's Ferry, since we had never been there.  There's not much there, but here are some pictures from it.  One of my however-many-great grandfathers worked at Lee's Ferry back in pioneer times.
  Back then, Lee's Ferry was heavily used by travelers between Utah an Arizona.  Now it is mainly used for fishing, and to launch boats.  A couple of other things I didn't take pictures of was the bathrooms and a covered picnic area with several picnic tables.  Lee's Ferry is located near the Navajo Bridge in Arizona.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I know I haven't written a post in awhile, but I've been busy!  Here's some of the things I have been doing:
Making American Girl Doll Clothes for one of my granddaughters for Christmas - These 3 are finished and I have 4 more to go.  :0P

Here's something I just barely finished - a scripture tote for another granddaughter who was just baptized last month.  We had gone to the church book store to get her a scripture tote but they didn't have the kind she wanted, which was a tote with an open top, so I just decided to make it after her baptism and give it to her later.  I took it to her today.  She has a compact quad, which fits perfectly!

This is a fun pattern that you can easily expand.  I found this pattern on Pinterest.  I made this a little bit bigger than the pattern specified and it was still a bit too small.  I used fusible fleece instead of quilt batting and instead of hand quilting, I just "stitched in the ditch" with my sewing machine.  I really like that fusible fleece and I have several other projects I want to use it with.  You find it by the interfacing at the cloth store.

I have so many projects I want to do by Christmas that I don't know if I'll be able to get to them all.  Some of the other sewing projects I haven't started, but hope to get to them.  I also have 2 typing projects I've been working furiously on and am determined to get it done by Christmas.  We'll see......