Saturday, October 25, 2014

What I've been working on

I have all four village borders finished for my "Penny Village" wall hanging.  Now I'm constructing the middle from these fun rectangles and square in a square blocks for the corner blocks in black and gold.  I've also been cutting out 48 pennies (circles) which will decorate the square in a square blocks and a matching black border between the village border and the busy middle.  Love, love working on a project will fall colors while it is also fall outside.  My goal is to have it finished by Nov. 1 which may be too ambitious.  All those pennies may take some time.

I also completed ten Lesson 9 blocks for my Farmer's Wife Revival quilt.  Just 20 more to go!

I took this picture at American Quilting.  My sister and I bought some fat quarters of this fabric some time ago.  She has been busy with new grandsons on opposite coasts so we haven't cut into it.  Maybe by next Halloween.  I just wanted to make sure I remembered how they highlighted the focus fabric.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Temple Square and Red Butte Gardens

My husband and I have been serving on a committee which is planning a National Foote Family Meeting to be held in Salt Lake City in July of 2015.  Every month or so for the last few months we have met in Salt Lake City for meetings as we did last Saturday.  While in Salt Lake, we decided to extend our visit for an afternoon outing.

First stop was lunch on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of the view to the west from the 10th floor.

Glen's great, great grandfather worked on building the Salt Lake Temple.  It took forty years to complete it.  The family in Draper still has a piece of the granite left over from when one of the granite blocks was cut.

Our next stop was the Red Butte Gardens located on the mountain just east of the University of Utah campus. 

Our Thanksgiving Point membership expired the end of the July and we decided to wait and renew it next year, so we have been missing our occasional garden walks.

It was also time to explore another garden.

Red Butte may not have the expansive views of Thanksgiving Point, but it did not disappoint.

We can't wait to visit again in late Spring.  There was an arbor of wisteria and we just have to see it in full bloom.  We know that the garden will have a whole different look.

The rose garden was in bloom and the roses were beautiful.  We are enjoying perfect weather this autumn.

This trip, I concentrated on taking pictures of leaves and foliage.

So much texture and so much color.

It was an up and down walk so the occasional bench was welcome.

This was who was across the way from that bench.

A plethora of leaf shapes and colors.

I also loved the climbing vines.

In the Children's Garden, I took a picture of my sweetie through the water.

More vines.

There are plans in place to put in a more water wise garden on the mountain.

Juxtaposition of evergreen and deciduous.

On the way out, there is a large green house where they keep citrus in the winter (just like George Washington at Mt. Vernon.)  Glen also found a bougainvillea.  It made him think of his Arizona garden.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UEA and time to play

Today, as I write this post, leaves are flying by outside my window.

Fall, glorious fall.  Each morning I look out and find another tree has turned to autumn color.

The crisp, fall air draws one outside to savor each October day.  It was a long weekend off for students as it was UEA, time for the children to play while their teachers go to seminars and conferences.  The grandpa and father had to work, so that left grandma and mother to play along.

They came for a grandma visit and then we were off for pizza in the park.  I like this picture because Ray is used to leading playground games, but the boy in red would have nothing of that for he was the Ninja Master.

Ray tried, but this time someone else took charge.

There may have been a cleft in the rock but cautious Opal refused to be coaxed through it.

Kiwanis Park and the mountain . . .

with the "Y" also in view.  It was BYU Homecoming last week, so the "Y" was lit up nightly.

They also had Monday off, so we ventured out to a charming pumpkin patch just north of 12600 South on 9th East in Draper.

Sometimes when trying to get a great picture . . .

one just needs to keep snapping away.

There was a right colored pumpkin for everyone.

The boys stayed with the traditional.

Opal really liked pulling straw from the bales the best.

Henry and pumpkins are pretty magical.

Finally, everyone had the one they wanted.

I found these Cinderella pumpkins to be charming.

Next stop, Gardner Village and the old mill.

Gardner Village decorates big for every season.

Witches were everywhere.

I love this little family.

They really watch out for each other.  I was glad we had time to play.