that several weeks just slipped away, but BEFORE Charlie:
* I MADE A KNIT SHIRT!!!! I've not really sewn much with knits in spite of the fact that I own a serger, and usually I would have talked myself out of doing this because I might ruin the fabric, but instead...
* I also finished another table runner for Christmas:
* Last weekend Andy ran a marathon and we visited Yellowstone Park. We made it a 5-day weekend, and I'm glad we did as it was enough of a drive to be a bit hard on my hip. We stopped for scenic attractions, and let me just say that when the scenic attraction is sage brush,
The marathon takes place in a tiny town called Ashton and is one of the most beautiful marathons you'll probably find around here--if you can check out scenery while running 26.2 miles.
We stayed at this adorable motel built in the 1930s,
and exploring the town.
I was at the finish line in plenty of time to cheer on lots of the runners, including Andy, who finished third in his age group and was pleased just to have done it at all. There was more knitting while Andy napped, rested, recovered, and then the next day we visited lower and upper Mesa Falls, went for a quick hike, then decided to drive into Yellowstone which was only an hour away, and we made MY day by stopping for lunch in West Yellowstone, Montana, right across from a quilt and yarn shop. I didn't buy any yarn, but we did purchase some fabric for a souvenir shirt for Andy, a pair of souvenir earrings for me, and some dragonfly prints which are in the dryer right now. :)
Here's a little tip if you're going to Yellowstone: It's REALLY crowded and there's a lot of walking, so starting your day with a hike that was a bit hard on your bad hip anyway isn't probably your most brilliant idea. By the time we hiked up to see this,
I was about done. Rather than turning around, there was a dirt road just outside of the southern border of the park on the map that would take us back to Ashton, and we thought that would be faster AND give us a view of the Tetons. There are a LOT of gravel roads in Idaho that really aren't too bad if you're used to them and the note saying the road was closed in winter isn't unusual at all for roads in the mountains, so I really wasn't at all worried--it was only 47 miles...........
WHICH TOOK US THREE FULL HOURS.
And while we are now intimately familiar with the foothills NEAR the Tetons, as the old saying almost goes, we couldn't see the mountains for the trees. Luckily, we had a full tank of gas, fun audio books, enough humor to make it an adventure/bonding experience/bad road trip story, and managed to NOT leave any of my car's undercarriage in the many craters and ruts on the "road."
The next day we drove home using ONLY major roads, to find some kitties very happy to see us:
and Venus would like to go with us on the next adventure:
And THAT, my friends, is what I did with August.......... :)