Sandra Longan Designs (Items For Sale)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tried Something New

Hello Everyone; Hope you all are safe and well.

The weather here in Montana has most definitely taken a turn into fall. We went from day time temps in the high 80's and 90's down to the low 70's, 60's, and even high 50's. Good thing about this is I no longer have to run the A/C to keep the house cool, the ceiling fan's do just fine to circulate the air. Of course, I'm much happier with the cooler temps, but after this will come winter and that fluffy white crap that I love so much (lot's of sarcasm there).

About the truck, we found out the transmission is toast. The mechanic in town started to drain the fluid and it looked like liquid metal. So a new transmission and clutch will be needed. So goes life and a few grand$$$$.

I saw some beautiful macrame curtains and room dividers on Pintrest and thought I would try my hand at it on a much smaller and simpler scale, a key chain. I used Caron Watercolors.

It's definitely not perfect by any means, but I will try again at another time when I have studied up on the different knots and proper threads/rope to use.
I would love to make a piece for our 5th wheel to hang above the steps to the bedroom.

Take Care & Happy Creating

Hugs, Sandy 

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

August Trip to the Bighorn Mountains

Hello Again; I hope you all are doing well and those in the hurricanes path are staying safe. 
Here are the pics from our final trip to the Bighorns for 2019 and most likely our last camping trip for the year. 
While on our way home we stopped for fuel & drinks in Lovell, Wyoming. The hubs thought he heard something dragging, so he got out looked all under the truck and trailers and Nothing.
We started down the road shifting gears until he tried to shift into 5th gear, there was loud grinding and a bang. Down shifted and tried again, same thing so we headed home in 4th gear not going over 55-60 mph. (Difficult for my heavy footed hubs😁)
Now we're just waiting till we can get the truck in the shop to see what the damage is.

Now on to the pictures.......

 Our usual camping spot was full so the first place we spent the night was a scenic overlook after driving around looking for a spot for 2 hours on Friday.
This is the first place we stopped at and the second place we spent the night when we got up the mountain after driving around for 4 hours on Saturday.

Doesn't our Yamaha Rhino look like guard dog standing watch.

Our third and final camping spot on Sunday after the three campers staying there left. They left two trailers in our usual spot so we took the spot below that. You can see the other trailers in the distance.

Of course, a storm started to roll in that night.

But left us with a beautiful sunset.

There was an early full moon rising on a couple of nights.

We were also given an amazingly beautiful fully arched double rainbow that wouldn't quite fit in the photos the hubs took. Our camera can never quite capture the true colors.

There are always beautiful views and rock formations in the Bighorn's as well as old cabins that people use for hunting and emergency.

Quartz and granite go hand-in-hand as does quartz and gold so our metal detector and gold panning stuff go with us everywhere. Hubs is sure he found a small bit of gold, but it is very fine. He always searches and test pans creeks while we camp, now if we can only find some flaky gold or nuggets.

A string of quartz.

Can you see the old cabin in the distance.

And one that was easier to get to. 
It even had an intact outhouse barely visible in the trees.

 When our 9 day trip was at an end we loaded the whole circus train up, drained the fresh water tank and stopped at the dump station on the mountain we headed down the canyon.

(draining the fresh water)

Here are a few views that I've never taken pics of before while heading down the canyon.

That's it for the Bighorn Mountains, but we will be back next year when the temps start to rise in July and August. 
I love it up there and was sad when we had to leave. 
With any luck when the hubs retires we will be able to be campground hosts up here at one of the many campgrounds on the mountain.

Until my next post.......

Take Care, Be Safe, &
Enjoy the Journey that is Life

Hugs, Sandy

Monday, September 02, 2019

July Trip to the Bighorn Mountains

Hello Everyone; Hope you all are doing well. 

Here are quite a shots from our first trip to the Bighorn's for 2019.

All set up in our usual spot.

The always beautiful view from our dining table.

On the second or third day some heavy clouds started rolling in.
And before we knew it.......

We were surrounded in misty cloud cover. 
We've been camping in the Bighorn Mountains for 9 years now and this is the first time we had this happen. And this.......

Dime to quarter sized hail, luckily no damage was done.
It has been a wet, stormy camping season this year.
But with the storms come.......

Amazingly beautiful sunsets.

And because of the rains.......

Lush green grasses and flowers everywhere.

 Little white daisies.
 Small purple daisies.
And loads of blue/purple Lupine.

My Hubs decided to act like a mountain goat and climb to the top of a granite outcropping.

He said the views were worth the effort, but his knees didn't agree later on that evening and the next day. He even got a pic of our trailer way in the distance.

Here are few other pic's of the beautiful Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming.

It seem there are always different beautiful views to discover on each trip, but with 1000's of acres and 100's of roads that span from Wyoming into Montana, we will never be able to see them all.

Hope you enjoyed sharing our trip. 
Until next post......

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy