Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Little Fishing

We had the opportunity to get away for a few days and do a little fishing.  We always love the Eastern Sierras and have been vacationing in different spots there for over 30 years.  One of our sons bought a place in Mammoth and is always very generous with it for family members.  So...... we headed up for some quiet time with fishing, walking and enjoying the fresh mountain air.   It was a wonderful break.

As my son would say, "The fishing was fabulous, but the catching was dreadful."  We rented a little boat to take us out to the middle of the lake where we were SURE we would catch some gorgeous trout.  The only catch we had was of this furry bear walking along the edge of the shore.  Seriously.....in the  middle of the day??????




I was glad that we were fishing from the boat and not the shore!!!

The scenery was just gorgeous and we did enjoy ourselves.









The weekend provided me with lots of time for some soothing hand sewing.  I do find it very relaxing and have always loved to sew or knit in the car as we travel. 

Years ago I "inherited" a sewing box from my DH's maiden aunt.  She loved to embroider and the box was filled with pillowcases, lace, dishtowels, potholders and other items that she had never gotten around to finishing.  I grabbed a few of her potholders and worked on them as we drove.



I was also able to finish my first block from the Raggedy and Friends BOM.  I have decided to use reds, pinks, purples and blues in the quilt.



As well, I finished the Christmas stocking that I started earlier this year.  I still need to make one more before Christmas.



Today and tomorrow I will be watching two little ones so there will not be a lot of sewing being done around here.  Our daughter and SIL will be celebrating their anniversary.  I'll take the wee ones over the sewing any day.  They are only little for a short while.

The Princess

Tractor Boy


We have a hawk family that has set up residence in one of our trees.  They are gorgeous creatures, but they are incredibly noisy.  I do not know how they catch their prey with the screeching that they do.  Needless to say, the other birds in the yard do not appreciate their presence.


Can you see how big this bird is?



I hope to finish off my Schnibble for the month as well as my barn block later this week.  I will be back to show them when they are done.

29 comments:

Barb said...

Just loved your pictures...

enjoy those grandbabies...I am so jealous...

nancygrayce said...

What beautiful country. I would have been very uncomfortable with that bear around! He could take you out with a swipe of his huge paw!

Your grandchildren are so adorable! I always feel a little sad because mine are so far away! :(

Lastly, I love, love, love the Raggedy Ann and Andy quilt!

Trudy Callan said...

Thank you so much for your nice comments on my blog.

How nice to be fishing. I would rather not be on the shore with the bears as well. Love the Raggedy Ann Squares. Cute grandbabies.

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

Talin's Corner said...

Beautiful pics. I love your Raggedy Ann quilt. The colors work really well and you are quite the embroider.

Sharon said...

The view is so relaxing,I would love it. I am not to sure about the bear however.
Have fun with your grankids.!!

lindsey said...

These photo's are wonderful what a great tie you must have had with tis beautiful countryside....and howabout seeing that bear? I would love that. We have just been looking after our twn grandaughtes while our daughter and son in lwa spend a day and a night in London to celebrate their anniversary...great fun!

quiltingnana said...

great pictures....

Quiltdoodles said...

I so enjoyed your photos...the beautiful scenery, bear, grandchilderen and the adorable stocking and ragged ann. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Gorgeous pictures! I'm glad you were in the boat fishing and not on shore though....who knows what would have happened, especially if it was a female bear!

Enjoy the little ones! They are SO precious and cute.

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing such beautiful pics of beautiful scenery. The bear is scary but so wonderful.

SarahB said...

What beautiful scenery! You've sure got quite a bit of sewing accomplished too!

I hopped over to say thanks for your nice comment on my strip-pieced skirt tutorial at Moda Bake Shop last week! All those nice comments really made my day! :)

Kay Lynne said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Midlife Mom said...

Beautiful pictures of the bear but I too am glad you were out in the middle of the lake and not on the shore!! I like that saying, great fishing, lousy catching, that's a hoot!

Those two grand babies are just darling! What fun you and E will have with them, it's like playing dolls. You be tired afterwards though, we were after last weekend but it was so much fun and I wouldn't miss a minute of it.

The Raggedy Ann and Andy quilt is so cute! Love your color choices. I need an easy pattern to make up a quilt for Miss T out of the jellyroll I bought the same time I got yours. I hope to have it done for Christmas.........we'll see...

I have two extras tonight, Miss T and one of her neighborhood buddies. They were here all day, went home to get cleaned up and have dinner then came back and are going to spend the night. I can hear them chattering away up stairs. We spent most of the evening in the barn playing with the horses. She likes to give Kipper a make over and put ribbons in his hair. He is so good, he just stands there and lets them do anything they want.

Guess I should get cleaned up, I smell like a horse. Take care my friend, love to you and E!!!! xoxox

Dawn said...

Wow that bear was really bold! We saw a baby one across the river when we were eating breakfast on the Poudre one morning - didn't want to get any closer to him/her - but cute from a distance. I think it liked the bacon smell.

Wonderful area of beauty where you landed - I don't fish, don't get the point, but I know many who love it.

Wonderful projects, as always. That Christmas stocking is adorable.

And the littles - so cute!!

Alice Grace said...

Oh I loved your fishing trip! The bear was awesome!
I love what you are embroidering and love love love the Grandchildren!

Cynthia L. said...

The Princess and Tractor boy are beautiful children. I would take little ones over anything too. Your photos are very beautiful, they make me want to go fishing. That bear would make me want to not fish!

Your hand work is all lovely.

Fleurette said...

Gorgeous photo's, that place is beautiful, how lucky to see the bear.
Your Raggedy block is lovely.Loved seeing all your projects,enjoy your grandchildren, they are so adorable!

Notjustnat said...

Thanks for sharing the nice scenery and the bear! I also like stitching or knitting while traveling by car. My favorite is attaching binding on quilts. Glad you had a nice vacation - Hugs Nat

em's scrapbag said...

Looks like a nice giveaway and I bet you were glad you were in the boat and not on shore when the bear went by.
Enjoy the grandkiddies!

Selvage Quilter said...

What a great post - fantastic photos! Amazing shots of the bear. And the grandchildren too. A real treat. Thanks.

Maria said...

Thanks Mary for taking me with you on holidays again.Great photos. Oh glad the bear was on the edge and not in the river near you and DH.
Love your stitchery.
Yes I would rather have the wee ones over sewing any day.
What beautiful granndies.
One of our group have done those gorgeous Stockings for her grandies.

nerines said...

Woah what a big 'un, how amzing you get to see that. I think I would be quite grateful to view the bear from a boat, rather than the river bank:)
Tractor boy and the Princess are adorable!
Love your christmas stocking and Annie and Andy quilt work. Beautiful embroidery! My sister made stockings for the boys years ago, they're looking very much like something Raggedy Anne would appreciate now:)

Claire said...

Visting you after stopping by at "Home on the Range" and loved your blog! I live a block and half from the ocean In Myrtle Beach, SC so I loved seeing the mountain photos - they were amazing!

palmtreefanatic said...

WOW! gorgeous pics! quite the photographer you are!:)
Look at those little darlings! so precious and sweet!
Love the Raggedy Ann and Andy Quilt...so amazing!!!

Carole said...

Your fishing trip looks so relaxing! What a view! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Tangos Treasures said...

Yippie on getting away & keeping that bear at a distance!! Nice embroidery!

Micki said...

Your pics are just wonderful!
Micki

Jacky said...

What a beautiful spot to visit and fish...how exciting spotting the bear (and a little bit scary I suppose).
Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful photos...I would love to sit out in the middle of that lake!

Jacky xox

Barbara said...

Amazing scenery, how I would like to be amongst that, far from the bear though.
Little ones sweet and your sewing. How do you find the time Mary!