October 7, 2015
Life may have it's storms, but the sun will always shine again! And those storms? They are beautiful times in their own way, when faith is tested, courage is practiced, strength is built, and the seeds of gratitude and joy are sown.
September 14, 2015
Speaking of Granite Mountain, here are my favorite photos I have managed to get of it this year (taken with my iPhone 5c). I especially love the sunbeams shining from behind the cloud over the mountain, talk about being in the right place at the right time as I drove through the neighborhood! (yes, I stopped safely to take the picture!) That one felt like a special gift.
|Granite Mountain at sunset, seen from Willow Lake July 22|
|Granite Mountain at sunset, seen from Watson Lake July 14|
|Granite Mountain in evening, seen from my neighborhood August 15|
July 29, 2015
|Kingman Turquoise earrings|
I have also been making and listing a few more pieces with the rare and beautiful Larimar, and a few other assorted stones. I seem to have a blue theme going in my shop.
Here are some examples of what I have recently listed. Be sure to see my whole shop for everything that is currently available, and check back for more over the next few weeks!
|Kingman Turquoise earrings (New Boulder, as is top photo)|
|Kingman Turquoise earrings (New Boulder)|
|Kingman Turquoise necklace|
|Kingman Turquoise necklace (High Blue)|
|Kingman Turquoise necklace (New Boulder)|
July 10, 2015
|Colorado River near Lee's Ferry|
My kids and I hadn't been to Flagstaff yet, so it was all new to us from there on. (oh, the wonderful scent of the pine trees as we climbed in elevation and neared Flagstaff!) We got a much closer look at the San Francisco Peaks, which we can see in the far distance from our back yard at home in Prescott. Then we went through the edge of the Painted Desert, which had some interesting rock layers, but seemed quite desolate. Eventually we started noticing an attractive red rock ridge running parallel to the highway, which turned into the Echo Cliffs as we went north. Very scenic. But they were to be outdone by the stunning Vermilion Cliffs, which we drove next to for many miles after crossing the Colorado River. Eventually we climbed into the pine trees again and spent the first night at Jacob Lake.
The next morning we drove to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We had been told that the north rim has more vibrant color because some of the ridges are fairly close (some are side branch canyons), compared to when visiting the south rim. So we were a bit disappointed to discover that right then the air was so hazy (either from humidity of monsoon season, or smoke of California fires) it looked about the same as when we visited the south rim last year. That is, until we drove out to Point Imperial before leaving the park. At almost 9000 feet, Point Imperial is the highest spot along the Grand Canyon rim. This allows for an incredible view looking down over the beginning of the Grand Canyon! Suddenly each of us had that "wow moment" we had been waiting for. Definitely a not-to-be-missed spot while visiting the north rim. My photos don't do the experience justice at all.
On our way back, I loved seeing the Vermilion Cliffs again, in different light and from a different direction. I feel a little guilty saying this, but some of us may have liked the Vermilion Cliffs better than the Grand Canyon. We spent the second night at Marble Canyon at the base of the Vermilion Cliffs. That evening we took a short drive down to Lee's Ferry at the Colorado River, on a road surrounded on all sides by the fascinating red rocks that are the eastern end of the Vermilion Cliffs. We also experienced a powerful lightning storm there that evening (complete with a torrential downpour). The next morning before heading home, we drove down there again, that time without a storm looming.
In addition to the vast and beautiful scenery, we saw different types of lizards, different types of flowers, buffalo, a beach, a tiny fire started by lightning, and people leaving on a raft trip toward the Grand Canyon.
Here are just a few of the photos I took! Remember while reading my blog, you can click a photo to view it larger.
|Echo Cliffs (or maybe here they are the Echo Peaks)|
|approaching Vermilion Cliffs (you'd never know the Colorado River is there!)|
|buffalo in meadow on road to Grand Canyon north rim|
|Grand Canyon, north rim (from Bright Angel Trail)|
|view from Point Imperial, Grand Canyon (looking south-southwest)|
|view from Point Imperial, Grand Canyon (looking south)|
|view from Point Imperial, Grand Canyon (looking southeast)|
|Looking across to the Vermilion Cliffs from a viewpoint along highway|
|storm forming over the Echo Cliffs while we were at Marble Canyon|
|east end of Vermilion Cliffs (my younger son checking out a rock)|
|east end of Vermilion Cliffs (along the road down to Lee's Ferry)|
|Colorado River near Lee's Ferry|
|Colorado River near Lee's Ferry (yes, that's a beach! we were surprised!)|
|Colorado River near Lee's Ferry|
April 30, 2015
|blossoms, earlier this spring|
Today I was inspired by another blogger to jump back into posting starting with a Thankful post. I really have a lot to be thankful for, I'm sure this list is far from complete.
What I'm thankful for right now:
- My boys
- Beautiful nature all around me
- My boys' school
- Being able to continue living in the same home
- A vehicle I like to drive (it may be nearly 10 years old, but I still love it!)
- Plenty of cheerful sunshine
- Food in the house
- Caring people, helpful people (even if it's their job, I've been blessed by so many people lately who make things a better experience than they could be! Thank You to everyone who does their job cheerfully and with an attitude that makes people feel taken care of.)
- Good music
- Quail visiting my backyard
- Being able to watch shows on the DVR when I eat lunch by myself
- Utilities, clean water (sometimes it's the basic things; I'm trying not to take them for granted)
- Cashew Clusters from Costco (sometimes it's the little things)
- The opportunity to work from home (planning to work harder at that in the future!)
- Internet to connect to the world
- Being able to take photos
- My bed when I need rest at night
- Quiet, peaceful moments
- Loving where I live
More things I've been thankful for lately:
|impromptu Bible Study at the lake on the way home from school, courtesy of my older son|
|Willow Lake is just a few minutes from our house|
|Willow Lake, the highest we've seen the water (no old water lines showing!)|
|at sunset, looking east across the grasslands on the way to Chino Valley|
|a vibrant sunset seen from our house|