Blooming Blog

This past Tuesday, we made the trek over to the Dallas Arboretum for Dallas Blooms.  It was a little bit cool and Spring is a little bit late this year (ok, a LOT late) but it was the perfect time for the tulips!  They were simply gorgeous!

PathwayThey were everywhere!  And in every imaginable color… yellow and orange:

Yellow-and-Orange-TulipsPurple and White:

Purple-and-White-TulipsPinks galore:

Pink-and-White-TulipsHere is a close up of a few pink tulips.  Doesn’t that just look like Easter?

More-TulipsOther flowers as well.  Many bright yellow daffodils amongst the tulips.  And these were in containers at the entrance.  I think they are peonies.

PeoniesThere are two large “peacocks” with fabulous “feathers”….

PeacockAs well as these mystery yellow flowers – maybe lilies of some sort.

Yellow-FlowersEven the hyacinth are still in bloom:

HyacinthSo, if you are in the North Texas area, be sure to check out Dallas Blooms!

Happy Spring, y’all!

I Need a Vacation From My Vacation

I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been on vacation!  We had a wonderful time in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon!  It was certainly a fun filled vacation but now I need a week with nothing to do – another vacation!

Welcome-to-Las-VegasWe flew into Las Vegas, rented a car and the next day drove to the Grand Canyon.  There is nothing like the first time you see the Grand Canyon in person.  Driving along on a relatively flat plateau, arriving at the park gates, parking your car at the first overlook you can find … walk down a path and then – WOW!  Totally blows you away!  Pictures do not do the the amazing grandeur justice, but I must show you some of my favs.

Grand-Canyon-2At one point we saw a helicopter and it was positively miniscule – looked like a gnat!

Grand-Canyon-4The weather was gorgeous!  Below you can see a bit of the Colorado River in between canyon walls.



Mule Ride – The next day we went on a mule ride.  No, this mule ride did not go down into the canyon – those trips now take 2 days and we didn’t have that much time.  This was the “Three Hour Tour”.  And believe me, my bottom is very glad we opted for the short version!

Mule-rideMy mule’s name was Willow and she was a sweetheart.  Although she did like to stop for a little green snack now and then.  David’s mule liked to snack so much they put a muzzle on him.  We rode in a line through the woods to The Abyss Overlook.

Riding-thru-the-woodsWe got pretty hot and dusty and I really don’t understand why they don’t pad those saddles!  I walked funny for days (ok, I walk funny anyways – so I walked even funnier for days)!  But we had a great time and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything!

Rafting – Next day we were up early for a smooth water rafting trip in Glen Canyon.  A bus took us upstream to Lee’s Ferry and there we boarded pontoon rafts for a day on the river.  Early on we saw a wild horse overlooking the Colorado River:

Wild-Horse-on-Rafting-TripThe water was crystal clear and like a mirror.  My favorite picture of the whole trip:

RaftingHow cool is that?

Rafting-2We stopped twice at little beaches.  At the first stop we took a little hike to see petroglyphs.

PetroglyphsPetroglyphs-2Our second stop was at a beach where we ate a yummy sack lunch.  I got brave and took my shoes off for a bit of wading.

rafting 3It was probably 100° outside but the water was about 46°!  Brrrr – that water was cold! When the raft picked up some speed on the river, the spray felt fabulous!  And dried almost instantly!

rafting-4A long bus ride home, but it was a good chance to take a nap!

The next day we drove back to Vegas.  On the way we did stop in Kingman at a Connie’s Quilter’s Hideaway.  Cute little quilt shop on Beale Street.  They don’t have a web site, but if you are in the area, be sure to stop.

Now Vegas was having a major heat wave.  I know, it is usually hot there in June, but not this HOT!

HotWalking up and down the strip was not high on our priority list!  So the next day we went to Hoover Dam for the Dam Tour!

Hoover-DamThe last time I was there this awesome bypass bridge did not exist:

Memorial-BridgeThe inside of the dam is really interesting.  The power plant:

Hoover-Dam-Power-PlantThe art deco Terrazzo floors – I see quilt patterns… do you?

Hoover-Dam-Terrazo-FloorsHoover-Dam-Terrazzo-Floor-2And art deco sculptures:

Hoover-Dam-Art-Deco-SculturBack to Vegas again for one last night!  We went to The Blue Man Group show!  Super fun!

Blue-ManGambled – all of $5 in a slot machine (gambling is just not my thing – I have other things to spend my money on, like fabric!).

And we saw the fountains at the Belagio.  That is the Paris Hotel across the street.


I was ready to head home the next day! I did get a bit of stitching done on the Inklingo COTSG project in the plane:


We sure did pack a lot of adventure into our vacation!  It was great!  Now… I think I need a nap….

Take care, y’all!

A Blustery Day!

It’s a blustery day here in North Texas and the wind seems to be blowing good fortune my way!

I found out this morning that Barbara Brackman featured my Civil War Sampler on her Civil War Quilt Blog – how cool is that?  I am truly honored!!!

And Barbara’s current Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week is a school house block – a fun and favorite!  The block is called The Little Red Schoolhouse – not a speck of red in mine but with such a blustery day I have owls, flowers, little birds and dragon flies in abundance.  The wind is even whistling through the door and window:

I’m off to watch the TCU Horned Frogs play Kansas State this evening.  Between the wind and Kansas State’s standing in the polls (#2), it will be a challenge!  Maybe the good fortune will continue to blow my way!

Go Frogs!!!

Bluebonnet Bonanza

The bluebonnets in Texas have been simply stunning this year!

We’ve had a mild winter and finally some decent rains so mother nature has provided us with beautiful views along the roadsides and out in the pastures.

I’ve always loved bluebonnets and back in the dark days before I found quilting, I stitched this little piece.  Seriously, that is what the fields around here look this year!  They are just covered with blue as far as you can see!

My bluebonnet quilt below hangs in our dining room – a bright and cheerful place with a constant reminder of the beauty we are blessed with each Spring here in Texas – especially this Spring.

I hope you find your Spring to possess a beauty as splendid as ours!

Cactus and Critters of The Desert Botanical Garden

Last month we made a quick visit to Arizona to visit my brother and his wife.  I’ve shared a lot of our side trip to Sedona in previous blogs but also wanted to give you a “tour” of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  Here we found both beautiful and bizarre cactus and some cute little critters.


At the entrance to the gardens are these gorgeous glass sculptures called Desert Towers created by Dale Chihuly:

The Saguaro cactus is the most conspicuous and prevalent cactus in the Sonoran Desert.  They look like armies standing on the hills.  Many have holes in them where birds nest (but as my brother says – it looks like someone’s target practice).

There were a bunch of cactus I don’t know the name of but some like the Prickly Pear we have at home in North Texas.

Some were just stunning with the surrounding hills as a backdrop:

Although we went in early Spring, some cactus were already blooming:

I’m sure the blooms are even more amazing now …


I was really surprised at the wildlife we spotted throughout the gardens!  We stopped for lunch in the little cafe and were visited by several quail.  This little guy managed to grab a snack!

We saw several chipmunks.  This one looks precariously close to that barrel cactus!

We have road runners at home and we like them a lot because they keep the snake population down.  I really don’t like the snakes we find in our back yard (see my Eeek! A Snake! blog).  I doubt the snaky-looking cactus below has this very camouflaged road runner fooled, do you?

We saw several lizards run across the paths as we walked around.  This one was cooling his heels under a rock:

And there were bunches of butterflies amongst the early spring blooms!

The best part of the our visit to the Desert Botanical Garden was time spent with my brother and sister-in-law.  They were amongst my favorite “critters” that day!  ;-)


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