I'm supposed to be cleaning the house. That is the big TO DO item on my list for today, but I am procrastinating. Instead of sweeping and mopping the kitchen, or vacuuming, or dusting, I am sitting here at my desk, checking my Facebook and posting on Twitter. So, since I am putting off what I should be doing, I figured I would at least make this computer time productive and write a post for my blog.
So what have I been doing since my last post? The biggest project I've been working on is a tutorial for making my seahorse design. So many people have asked me to make one, but I have been a little intimidated by doing so. I finally decided to take the plunge! I have a good portion of it done, but weather and computer glitches have slowed down my progress lately. I am back on track, and pushing to finish it this week.
The weekend after my friend's wedding, an old friend of ours from our Collins Bike Shop days was in town. It is always a pleasure spending time with Tom! That saturday that he was here, he decided to drive up to Stanley for the folk festival, and took us and our tandem as far as Galena Lodge before heading over the pass. Carlos and I had been wanting to ride the old toll road over the pass, and this way we didn't have to ride all the way up from Hailey first. We had planned on riding the toll road last year on our bike trip, but weren't able to find the road (it was there, just under a marsh). This time, we consulted with Don Shepler, who is one of the caretakers at Galena Lodge, and he told us how to find the trail. We had to ride on the highway for about a mile before the trail continued past the marsh. It was a warm, sunny day, and the trail was steep, but we made it to the top of the pass, where we ate sandwiches from our perch overlooking the Salmon River headwaters and the Stanley Basin. Lovely! We rode back to Hailey via the Harriman Trail, rode along the highway for a few miles until we reached the Wood River Trail, and took that the rest of the way back home. We rode a total of about 75 miles, of which at least 50 was off road, and only 5 miles on actual roads! Whew!
The next day we went on a ride with our friend, Tom. We hadn't ridden the Cold Springs trail on Baldy since the Castle Rock fire in 2007, so we decided to ride up Cold Springs, and down Warm Springs. The back side of Baldy burned right to the ski boundary (a little over), and the trail on that side of the mountain was very different from its pre-fire days! What was once a hobbit-like trail twisting through the trees was now open, with blackened tree trunks as far as the eye could see. However, nature is amazing in its ability to recover, and the hillsides from top to bottom were covered with a sea of pink wild hollyhocks! It was one of the most beautiful things I'd ever seen! Sorry, I didn't bring my camera - it's too hard trying to take pictures during a bike ride.
The next weekend, we went on another ride with friends, and I DID take my camera! We rode up Kinsey Creek and down Curran Creek. The ride was only 10.6 miles, but the climbs were steep and the trail fairly technical. It was a great ride! There was one point where the trail crossed a sea of lupines. The smell was intoxicating!
Last tuesday, I went with the folks from Sagebrush riding arena to Camp Rainbow Gold, and we did riding sessions with the kids. It was an amazing day!
During the off-times from working on the seahorse tutorial, I had to make SOMETHING, so in the evenings, while my husband and I relaxed and watched old Doctor Who episodes, I played with my wire and made some more copper and seed bead seahorses. It was relaxing to be able to just make one without having to photograph each step. I also made a coiled wire basket, which I am very pleased with. I'm thinking about ways to incorporate tiny baskets in my jewelry. We'll see what I come up with.
OK, now that I've cought you up on my doings, I really must get off the computer and get my house cleaned! Thanks for procrastinating with me! ~PIppi
I have always loved making things with my hands. It has always amazed me that I am able to take an image in my mind and make it come into form. Like magic!
I will never have enough time to create all the wonderful things waiting to come to life from my imagination, but you can see a few of the lucky ones that actually get made here.
I hope they bring a bit of joy to your day!
Thanks for looking!