Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Bear Chase

 It was almost 90 degrees
last Saturday.
Way too warm for the end of September.

But despite the predicted scorching weather,
Running Man and about 50 other
crazy Ultra marathon runners took to the trails
to run the 50 mile Bear Chase Trail Run
held in Morrison, Co.

 It's always an early start for
these races.

Even before the sun comes up.

Here's me and my little spot for the
long day.

Running Man's race was for 50 miles, but
there were also runners doing a 100K, (62 miles)
and a 50 K (31 miles)
Ready, Set, Go!
Look at all those crazy people.

The course was a 12.5 mile loop,
which made my job as the CREW pretty easy.
 I just stayed in one spot and waited
for Running Man to show up.

The course was through open fields

 and through creeks

With the temp around 90 degrees

everyone was trying to stay cool
by dumping water over themselves.

Not a cloud in the sky
or a tree for shade.

Some of the crews had great set up with
tents and BBQ grills.

Remember my little set up?
Some of the younger groups must have felt
sorry for this older crew person and
invited me in under the shade.
Good thing, because I would have fried!

So what do you do for about 11 hours
while your runner is
 hopefully avoiding bears?

You sit and stitch,
 an embroidery by Crabapple Hill, called Autumn.
Hard to see the design,
but look what I had done by the end of Running Man's race.

Running Man was a superhero

and crossed the finish line in 10 hours, 34 minutes.

He looks a little spent,
needless to say,
but he was first in his age group, 60+,
and 16th over-all.

What do you win?
and bragging rights.

It was a good day
and a good run

despite the heat.
Easy for me to say!

Until Next Time-

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Stop! Those Waves Are Making Me Sea Sick!

 It was time.
My leaders and Enders project
had become an endless ordeal.

I had started this in December, 2011.

It is one of Bonnie Hunter's free pattern , Ocean Waves,
on her website, Quiltville.

I knew I'd never make it as big as her quilt
with 5,884 pieces.

I just wanted to make another red and white quilt so
I  cut tons of reds and creams

into strips,

used Thangles,

 and began using them
as the leaders and enders to 
 multiple, multiple projects
over the last 4 years.

I'd sew a few blocks together.
But lately,
the idea of making more and more
half square triangles just became oppressive.
It was time to stop.

I laid out what I'd made so far.
I was actually pleasantly surprised
at what I had completed.

I decided to make the quilt a square
using 9 blocks x 9 blocks.

 so that all 4 corners would be the same.

That meant sewing only a few more blocks
from the hundreds of half square triangles 
I had in reserve.

Using the Thangles,
despite having to have remove the paper,
made very exact HS Triangles.
Toss in my sewing
and the blocks matched up pretty well.

Even after the center was done
there were still lots of pieces to use up.

The pieced border was perfect
along with the scrappy inside and
outer borders.

 My endless ocean waves
75" x 75"

aren't rocking my boat any longer.

Everything's calm now, thank goodness, and
the quilt is just waiting it's turn 
to be machine quilted.
I feel much better.

Until Next Time-

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Taste Of the Highlands

Exploring different cultures
usually involves long distance traveling,
airline hassles, and time zone adjustments,
but this weekend it was only a 30 mile
drive up the Big Thompson canyon
to Estes Park,

the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park
which is celebrating it's 100th year anniversary.

This past weekend we enjoyed the 
Long's Peak
Scottish Irish Festival.

Click  to
enjoy some of the music from
The Elders.
Bet you can't keep your feet still.

I'm not too familiar with Scottish History
other than from Braveheart
so it was very interesting to 
investigate different clans and
their tartans,

the strong man challenge,

light armor jousting,

and heavy armor jousting. 

Of course, one way to enjoy a different culture
is through the food.

 No, I didn't try it.

But instead enjoyed a Scottish Meat Pie
and Ale.

There was




and kilts

One guy's t-shirt read:
Yes, this is a kilt,
If I were wearing something underneath,
it would be a skirt!

We had a fun highlands experience,
but exploring the real Scotland

 is still on my bucket list.

(So, are your feet still tapping?)

Until Next Time-