Friday, March 2, 2018

I Just have to Say .... February is a Terrible Month

February looks like this.
This post is going to be short. All I need to say is that now it's March, and that means I have lived through another February. Thank goodness.

I know, I know, I know, every day is or is supposed to be a precious gift. I did not spend my whole days in bed crying or feeling sorry for myself, hoping somehow that it would all go away. I stayed busy and accomplished several things during the month. I did a lot of knitting. I read several books. And magazines. I cuddled with Smokey Rose whenever she was in the mood. I did some baking.
Smokey Rose knows what to do when the weather is miserable

Last year in SLC it was cold, and my apartment was cold because the heating system did not work well, and I was sick. This year I was not sick at all, and my heating system works fine. It was also sunny a far amount which helped. Nor was there much wind.

But it snowed often. Only once was there a large accumulation, but what kept happening was that it snowed in small layers so we ended up with laminated snow. And it stayed cold. Below zero F quite often. Did I say it was cold? Often? Really cold? It was really cold, A LOT.

I only made it out to the pool a couple of times. I made it to the grocery store a few of times too. I was able to walk to the library for knitting. I did talk with people on the phone and made liberal use of texting and email to talk to people.

My friend M. took a short trip ahead of a big storm to the coast of California. I really wished I could have done that too, but it was just too close to coming home from the big SLC trip. I will have to give this a lot of thought in the future. Maybe I could go away the last week of Feb to someplace like SoCal???? Maybe.

But now it's March. We're counting down to spring. I know we probably will get at least one of those super big March / April snowstorms, but those tend not to last because things warm up pretty fast afterwards. I can live with that because it is starting to become more sunny and warm than not.

Yeah for March.
I hope to use this more next winter instead of this one.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sundance Film Festival 2018 - The Story Lives in You

It's that time of year again. Or rather that time of year is finished for another year. I did go back to Salt Lake and volunteered the whole festival for the 11th year. I found out if you get to 20, you get a personal letter from Robert Redford himself. I hope he stays healthy because that's my new life goal.

Here's a little video to get you all in the mood.

You'll need a film list or guide to make sense of the titles. Here's the official one. But honestly the app  for your smart phone has a lot more information. You can download it for free from where ever you get those things.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Blue Lady Travels in the Red Lands: Things We Do In South Dakota, Part 2, Festivals of Trees

One of the corridors at the state capital building this year.
A tree for breast cancer people on the left.
I never realized how much of a "thing"  a "Festival of Trees" is until I lived in South Dakota. I imagine lots of places have them, although I do not recall actually attending any except in SoDak. But here, they really are something. Every little place seemed to have one this December, and it's clear these things are traditions in all those towns and cities.

At home in Lead I was an usher more than once for our festival, held at the Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) as one of their regular fund raisers for the place. The Opera House was one of many civic buildings originally built by the Homestake Mine Company to improve the daily lives of the miners and their families.
Restored Opera House entrance plaza.
The spaces on the left used to house the pool and recreation areas.
Now they are offices and an art gallery owned by the local Arts Council.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Blue Lady Travels in the Red Lands: Things We do in South Dakota, part 1

Sock Monkey was so impressed with Dignity
Wow! Two months since I last wrote. I've been thinking about needing to do another post soon, but you know how it goes. One thing after another after another, and next a whole season is gone.

Part of what I did in the fall was to travel, and that's what I plan to write about. I have several posts in my my mind, but let's start with this one which involves two different trips, with stop-offs in places well known in South Dakota.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Blue Lady Travels in the Red Lands: Historic Hotels in Billings and Buffalo

Cody Wyoming is a gateway to Yellowstone

I had this idea to take a four day trip out to Cody Wyoming and back. Cody is a nice town, not far from Yellowstone. I went through there on my trip to Yellowstone, but didn't stop to check it out. I was thinking that 2 nights and a full day might be a good idea. They have both a yarn shop and a couple of breweries there, and the trip goes through the very scenic Big Horn Mountains.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Blue Lady Travels in the Red Lands: North Dakota, Because it is There

September turned out to be a month a lot like April-May of this year. I started doing some short trips and just kept going. And I'm not done yet because I'll be heading home to Illinois in a few days while it is still September.

One of my water exercise lady friends found a great cat sitter for me. Ms Jean is a retired school teacher who lives in town, has several pets herself and was up for the gig. She has lived here all her life and drives a Jeep. She told me not to worry at all if the weather should turn bad while I am away (which I'm sure it will some days); she's on it and has a lifetime of experience, plus that Jeep, that will get her out and about no matter what. OK then.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Blue Lady Travels in the Red Lands: South Dakota and Beyond

Smokey Rose knew right away how to get comfy in our
Black Hills home.
Smokey Rose and I are now living in our home in the Black Hills. We no longer have a place in Salt lake, just this little condo of ours. We arrived here around July 1 and spent most of July "moving in." Of course this place was fully furnished and all, but I brought with a carload and a pickup truck load of boxes of things that had to be integrated with everything that was already here. A lot of it was clothes, books and craft supplies. There were also some kitchen things, a bit of artwork and some misc things plus stuff like food, cleaning supplies, other consumables such as office supplies. We are mostly done except for the boxes with papers in them. That can wait to be sorted through until a rainy or snowy day comes along.