Wanderer's to the Cabin

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Camping in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming

Here are some pics from our first camping trip of 2017.
We started our trip on Aug. 17th my hubs birthday and the day we picked up our 5th wheel.


There were some beautiful views despite all the smoke from the fires in western Montana.



The hubs wanted to go climb around in the rocks and look for tipi rings and vision quest sites that have been there for ages.

 Tipi Ring there were quite a few in this area but this was one of the clearer ones.

 Vision Quest site on top of an overlook.

There were lots of strange rock formations.

 I dubbed this one "King Croc". Thought it looked like a giant crocodile.

 Rock Cairns that were used by freighters in the 1800's and 1900's to denote routes.

 Nature making it's own bridge.

I had never seen rocks like this before. 

Saw some wildlife.

 A couple of good sized buck with their antlers still in the velvet. 
Thought he was way to cute peeking up over the boulder.

This Marmot actually stopped, turned and posed for the hubs when he asked if he could take his picture. After the pics we told him he was handsome and said thank you and he turned and went into his burrow that he is standing in front of under the rock. 

 Evidence that this area was once under water......

 Fossils of strange sea creatures forever in the rocks.

This was one of the best ones. 

There were lots of smaller fossils all through out the rocks and a few that resembled sand dollars.
You can click on the pics to see a bit more detail. 

When we were coming down off one of the mountains we took a pic of the camping area that was very popular, it looks like a small city of campers. We were not camped there but it was a very pretty area for camping.

That's it for the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming for this year. We went to areas we hadn't been to before and saw new things, it was a nice trip with good weather despite the smoke, we came back on Aug. 21st. Until next time..........

Take Care & Thanks for stopping by
Hugs, Sandy


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Around the Cabin

Fall is rushing in here at the cabin, the leaves on our cotton-less cottonwood are a bright yellow and the wild plums are shades of reds and orange, but others like our black walnut trees and the honey locust are completely bare. 

 Peek-A-Boo view of one of the wild plums.

Cotton-less Cottonwood much more yellow than the picture shows.

 Lots of crunchy leaves on the side of the house.

Love sheets blowing in the Montana wind at the back of the house.

 The Wild Turkey Committee.

There is a family of seven that come to visit and eat bugs a few times a week.

A little Autumn Gift to stitch and hang from a knob or use as a pincushion. 
I found the saying on Pinterest with no author listed. 

You can use your favorite autumn colors for the leaves, or use my DMC choices...
black triangle - 728 - Topaz
black circle - 3012 - Khaki Green - Med. 
clear circle - 920 - Copper - Med.
X - 3853 - Autumn Gold - Dk.
Star - 3826 - Golden Brown
Leaves stems and veins one strand - 3371
Words were backstitched w/2 strands - 3012

Next up will be pictures from our camping trip in the Bighorn Mountains.

Take Care and Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Been a Looooong Time

It's been a long while since I last posted, but I'm still here just haven't had much to post about.
My crafting, stitching and sewing mojo has been on an extended vacation somewhere without me, and it wasn't until last month that I finally pulled out my sewing machine and sat down and used it. We didn't get around to planting a garden and our fruit trees did little to nothing so there was no canning this year to post about. 

We bought ourselves a vacation home on August 17th and by vacation home I mean a 27 foot 2002 Keystone Laredo 5th wheel trailer and a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Pickup.


This is our first camping trip of 2017 up in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. We opted for a dispersed camping spot instead of doing the paid campground, since all of the spaces were taken, happens a lot when it gets close to the end of camping season.


It has a single super slide 14'-16' long and a rear seating area where we rearranged the furniture and put the dinning table and chairs so morning coffee and breakfast as well as dinner could be done enjoying the view and any wildlife that happened by.


We moved the two swivel/rocking chairs that were at the back up by the entertainment center area so we could move them around to watch a movie if we wanted to. This trip we only had our 10" potable movie player and had to sit close to see and hear the movie. I mostly just read or played Solitaire at the table.


I used the Mainstays comforter that the RV dealer put on the bed to cover the ugly black Mainstays couch that replaced the original sofa bed the first owners had removed. The black just stood out to much with the rest of the living area being green, sage, tans and browns.


It has a good kitchen with a three burner stove, double sink, 8 cubic foot refer/freezer and a microwave. Three drawers for cooking utensils and lots of cupboard space even a pantry cupboard next to the refer. Of course, being only 5'4" I can't reach the cupboards above the refer and the micro.


It has a queen size bed with nightstands on either side and storage under the bed. Storage above the bed and a big closet with drawers under.


It also has a sink and medicine cabinet next to the closet and a bathroom with toilet and shower and a big linen closet across from the sink.

I used my sewing machine after this trip to make two pillow covers for the pillows on the chairs and a pair of blackout curtains in the bedroom.


I've had the fabric for the pillows for over twenty years and have smaller versions that I plan to make into potholders over the winter. Yes I want to go with a Woodland style vibe for our trailer so there will be other changes made over time.

Well, that's it for this post I'll post pictures from our other two camping trips in the next few days. So until then.........

Take Care and
Happy Fall Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Friday, January 06, 2017

Another Sad Goodbye

Another December, another heartbreak. 

On December 28, 2016 my hubs and I lost our beloved fur baby Cody, he was 19 years old. 
The vet said she had never seen a German Shepard as old as he was.


He was a lover of peanut butter and would magically appear in the kitchen whenever he heard the jar lid being opened.


And unlike his momma he loved the snow and would drive me crazy with wanting to go outside every few minutes after being let in, just so he could walk around eating the snow or laying on the back porch watching it fall.


He was the protector of his family and his home. He would never let either one of us go outside alone even for something as small as taking out the trash. He always had to be there to follow and watch.


As you can see from every one of his pictures, he loved his bandannas and had quite the collection to choose from, and yes he would choose his own while I held out four different ones by putting his nose through the chosen one after looking at and touching each one. Such a smart boy.


This is his first picture and bandanna when we brought him home after adopting him from the local vet. He was 7 years old and saved from death row.

He was the love of our lives and will be loved and missed for the rest of ours.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

UGH!!!!

Guess what I woke up to this morning, Come on, guess.
No it wasn't my hubs making me breakfast in bed.
It was this .....

 Our back yard.

And, our front yard. 

Yep, about four (4) craptastic inches of that fluffy white stuff. It's only supposed to be cold for today and tomorrow then the temps should go back up into the 60's and melt all this away.

Luckily I got our tomato plants covered with tarps yesterday and got all of my herb plants and hanging plants inside. 

We canned the last of our apples and pears two weeks ago so at least that got finished. We ended the season with 24 quarts of apple pie filling and 21 quarts of pears. Also re-canned a #10 can of sliced black olives making 17 half pints.

Just going to have to wait and see with the Roma tomatoes, they were started a bit late and planted in late June so we will most likely have to harvest the green tomatoes and let them ripen indoors. No saving seeds this year, but I have lots from last year that can I still use.

Well that's it for now, so until next time.

Take Care & Stay Safe
Hugs, Sandy

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pear Day

On Friday 08 Sept. 2016 we canned up some delicious pears.


5 quart jars of pears in light syrup.
Such yummy goodness that I can't eat. 
I'm allergic to them raw or cooked, I get hives.

That's all for this post, so until next time ....

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy