Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Swooping In for a Quick Blog Post

More busy, but SUCH fun busy!

This past weekend I got to go be with some of my favorite people in the world. We went to the same church 25 years ago, in a tiny town called Lava Hot Springs. My darling friend Nancy and her husband bought land that had some decrepit old cabins on it. And she fixed everything up so nice, and ran it as a place for people to stay, who came to visit Lava. Bristol Park.

Many things happened in that family's life in the late 90's, and my friend and her kids moved away. But they kept the property, and after some years had passed, and those kids were grown, two of them moved back and re-opened Bristol Park. Once a year, mom comes to visit, and I get me up there and stay a while. We did that this weekend and I am still recuperating. :)

Nancy and me
 Our kids are the same ages, and we graduated highschool the same year. Her youngest is six weeks older than my youngest, and we each were among the first people to hold the new babies when they came into the world. It has been a wonderful friendship for many years.
AnnaLeigh, Nancy, and Colin. Leo the dog.
on the porch of the big cabin.

 We went to a rodeo, and sat around the campfire


 A place of  serene sweet beauty. I love visiting Bristol, and being with my friend and her kids.

 Sunday we spent the afternoon out at the zip line which scared me to DEATH no lie, I was crying. But I went twice! and the second time was way fun.

wylie on the ropes course

Relaxing between all the fun

Wylie did it all, including the "Rush Line" (I bowed out, thanks to my feet and knee being in bad pain) but I did get video of the idiot hanging upside down while zipping!

When I got home, I started a swapbot project, which is a postcard ZIA. And on Monday there was still room for the Diva Challenge, which was to use D-1 grid seed in our work.

Breezy Garden

I am sending this to a swap partner today, and thought...why not? so this is what I did with it. D-1 is a fun motif to play with. I want to explore it some more, but this time the star shape that emerges just charmed me. This was probably the most fun and relaxation with zentangle I've enjoyed in a while.

Something I have decided. Swap bot feels too much like deadlines. I've enjoyed receiving a broad sample of ATC's in many different genres and have a fun little collection of a variety of tiny art. But I'm done. Having to get things done by a certain date is not enjoyable. Feels rushed...I have two more to finish up this week, then I am going to settle back into zentangle because I like it, and I will participate in the challenges, and probably be more active on the Traveling Tangles Project and other FB zentangle pages.

N'zeppel is my best comfort pattern. When the Diva's guest Tangler a few weeks ago issued a monotangle challenge for N'zeppel, i was tickled, and did these, though I did not enter them.


And now, what you've all been waiting for: BABY PICTURES!

Power nap
 Thissun here loves to take 30 to 45 minute naps. Unless you put him down. Then the nap lasts exactly as long as you hold him. But isn't that perfect! I will get to see him again when I babysit while mom and dad go out for some alone together time. CAN'TWAIT!


  1. Thanks for sharing your grand adventures! Your artwork is inspiring as those nzeppels! Behbeh is a delight;-)

  2. Like Michelle I LOVE the Nzeppel tile!!!

  3. Wonderful tiles and a wonderful post!

  4. Nice to be able to meet up with old friends. I agree totally that we sometimes put too much pressure with all these swaps and such. Good for you for drawing a line. What a sweet baby. What fun you will have babysitting. And, I love your 'Nzeppel!