No Work for me today

We didn’t do any work on the house today because we decided that we were going to go to town…that didn’t happen.  My aunt called this morning and asked us to meet them for breakfast and then I was going to her house to bake cookies for the youth group bake sale.  We both went up there and took showers, baked cookies, DH visited with my uncle who has just had his knee replaced and is semi bed ridden and then we helped my aunt feed the horses and move some rocks in the garden.

Last night, after we had finished the beams (all three are up now) we were on the way to town and the mountains looked gorgeous.  DH took this picture on the way in to town.  You can see that the truck was moving because the grass is blurry, but it looked pretty

Sun tipped Sangre's

because the sun was setting and was shining just on the tips of the mountains.

I know I keep posting progress shots of the house, and it really doesn’t look like we have made any, but we have floor beams…three of them:

I know you only see two in this picture, but the two you see are 63 feet long and had to be cut in half to be able to put them up.  DH and my cousin did the closest one, but DH and I did the furthest one yesterday.  We have one post to set, but it is pretty much up and is very steady.

Finally, for today, I followed a link on Plurk to Karen’s blog and found out that she had given me a Beautiful Blogger award and the rules are simple…If I am doing this correctly I have to list 10 little known facts about myself & then nominate 10 people so here goes:

Facts most people don’t know about me:

1.  I love garnets..so much so that it’s the main stone in my engagement ring.

2.  I drive a 15 year old pick up truck.

3.  I like to yak or reprimand potty mouths on the CB radio.

4.  I have a pink hammer.

5.  I used to do Civil War living history and reenactments.

6.  I lust after a newer Ford F-350 pick up truck.

7.  We are going to own Yaks when we are finally done building our house (at least that’s the plan)

8.  I met my current husband, the love of my life, at a civil war encampment.

9.  I am mildly lactose intolerant.

10.  I was raised for my teen years in Mesa Verde and Yellowstone National parks.

Now to nominate 10 blogs that I find beautiful for whatever reason:

Sheri from the Loopy Ewe, My favorite yarn pusher

Mia because I love her photos

Anne because it’s Anne Hanson of Knitspot

Jo of Celtic Memory Yarns for her wit and pictures of Ireland

Annie because she tells it like she sees it, and she inspires me

Ree from the Pioneer Woman because really, it’s THE Pioneer Woman

Lydia because she is amazing and I learn a lot from her

Wendy because I want to be as talented as she is when I grow up

Stephanie because anyone that can admit to being a harlot is ok in my book

and for number 10, I am a slug because I can’t come up with another one

I hope that all those people will see that they have been nominated and will see that I really do admire their blogs.

That’s all for tonight because I need to go back to the truck to get ready leave for Estes Wool Market tomorrow and to see a bunch of my friends.

Working on the house

I didn’t get a post up yesterday because we went out with my cousin and enjoyed some wings, fries and beer after they built two beams yesterday.  One of the beams that got put up was 63 feet long.  They built it on Tuesday and then were trying to figure out how to get them up on the posts that are supporting them.They finally decided to cut them in half and then glue, bolt and screw them back together.  That move made them much more manageable and they were able to actually move them around.  You can see the one long one and then the shorter one that is across my kitchen/pantry area.  Here’s another picture of them working really hard:

Both of them are working on gluing or nailing part of the beam and I would probably be censured if they knew I had posted this one.

I promised a panoramic view of my mountains the other day, and I was finally able to get it uploaded this morning, so here it is:

These are the mountains that I will be able to see out my kitchen window, but from a little further away.  This was taken at the end of the street in town and this is the park where things happen when there is a festival or something in town.

Dh and I took a walk around the land the other day and I took pictures of the different flowers that we have.

These are the several varieties of flowers and cactus that we have on our land.  The only one that I know what it is for sure is the Indian Paintbrush that is the last picture in the line up.  The rest of them are just native to the area and are scattered throughout the land.

Well, I’m thinking that DH is getting restless and wanting to go get some work done.  I think that if I can today, I might take some pictures of the yarn that I have gotten in the mail this week and while we were gone.

Today

we worked on our house and got two of the beams done that are going to be the support for the whole house.  They are 63 feet long and right now they are sitting on the ground waiting for the guys to figure out how they are going to get them onto the posts that are going to support them and the house.  They are long and they are heavy and they are inside the house.  We’ll see tomorrow what they come up with for getting them on the posts.

I was looking through the prompts on NaBloPoMo and on the fourth the prompt was “What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of your father?”  Steady would be my answer.  Not just steady in that he is steady, but that he is always there and always the same.  He doesn’t change and is always someone to be counted on.

This is a skein of BMFA rare gems.  I haven’t owned any Blue Moon Fiber Arts that I would ever use.  I was gifted a skein and traded for a skein of the same colorway that was not something I would ever use, so when we went to Stitches West this year and I saw their badly picked over booth, I went in and found  this lovely skein.  I haven’t used it yet, but I will.

See you all tomorrow.

Wow! Day six!

I can’t believe that I have been able to post for six days in a row.  I almost didn’t get to it tonight because we went to church this evening and then instead of coming back to the truck, we decided to go up to my aunt and uncle’s house to pick up our mail.  We then ended up sitting around and visiting for a couple of hours and didn’t get back down here until fairly late.

I promised a picture of what the mountains look like now without all the snow and I finally got some.  I even actually got some pictures of the whole range and was able to stitch them together to form a panorama.  This is the whole of the range of mountains that we see everyday when we are at home.  If I stand where our house is, I can turn about 80 degrees and see the whole of the range.  For some reason, I can’t get the panorama to load to Flickr, so I’m going to give you this picture of the mountains: This was taken at the end of town on the road that runs parallel to these mountains.  I am shooting across the Wet Mountain Valley towards the Sangre De Cristo Mountains…beautiful, aren’t they?

I haven’t been knitting very much because I’ve been waiting for some yarn to finish a baby sweater, and I was trying to beat some yarn into submission and it just wasn’t cooperating.  I have finally started on the pattern that came with the yarn and it’s going much better.  Mine doesn’t really look like the picture on the pattern, but I am following the stitch guide, or as I read it, and it’s close.  I’m loving the yarn that is from Perfect Day Yarns and was one of the colorways that we got from the Dead Poets sock club.  I’m really sorry that Sarah had decided to take a break from the club because that means that I won’t be getting any more surprises from her and her wicked good color sense.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t be ordering from her…I just won’t be getting sock club packages.

I also finally got my Loopy Ewe’s Sock Club Lite tonight and it’s gorgeous.  I know that there are pictures all over Ravelry, and I will get pictures up soon of my kit.  The yarn from String Theory is gorgeous and yummy, the pattern from Wendy Knits is, as always, something that I want to knit and how cool is it that Sheri, the proprietor of the Loopy Ewe, designed a scarf pattern for us?  Anyway it’s a fabulous kit and I’m pretty glad that I didn’t get into the sock club and was able to snatch up one of these kits.

So that I can get this posted on the 6th…even though it is in Pacific Daylight time, I am going to close and post this.

And another blog post.

Hey…I could get used to doing this. It’s not so hard as long as I don’t stress myself out and think I have to be super articulate and stuff.

Yesterday I promised you pictures of the Sangre’s as they look now, but I don’t have a picture of them because I forgot to drive to the end of the street and take the picture. I had the camera and everything but forgot to go to the end of town and take it. I do, however, have a picture of the backside of Pikes Peak. Its the side that you don’t get to see when you see it. So here it is:

I will be back tomorrow and might have some pictures of our house site and will remember to take a picture of the Sangre’s