"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Basket Making Here and There

Haley, Molly, Rose hiding and Joy (not looking very joyful :)

Mt. Shasta, CA

A winery in Napa Valley, CA

My nephew and niece visiting from CA came with me to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood for brunch.

On top of the mountain the clouds were trying to blow away...but below in the valley it did not look hopeful.

It was was cold near the top of Mt. Hood!  The fire provided welcome warmth.

There were interesting historic displays.

Meredith, I am wondering if you want one of these :)

Can you see Mt. Hood behind my niece and nephew?  We could not.  Sigh.....

Many posts ago I started crocheting a cotton basket, and for the last few weeks I have been dragging it around wherever I have gone. I am finally working on the bottom panel of the basket.  It is such easy single crochet I can not believe I have not finished it yet!

My oldest daughter, my four little granddaughters, and I dashed down to CA to visit friends for a few days.  We had a wonderful time, but I took few photos...too busy talking and gawking :)

Then my nephew and niece from CA came up for a few days to visit.  The weather wasn't as sunny as it has been lately, but we had a great visit, attended several Eastern Orthodox church services, and had a lovely brunch at Timberline Lodge near the top of Mt. Hood.

On Father's Day my oldest son-in-law ended up in the hospital for a bit due to an inner ear problem that is causing him to be very dizzy.  He was getting ready to go out for a meal with his dad and mom to celebrate Father's Day but ended up riding in an ambulance to the hospital after a 911 call was made.  He is home with meds, but still very dizzy :(

In between all the above, I have been swimming with Teresa as often as possible, doing a little gardening, reading about the Eastern Orthodox Church and attending services here and there.  Life is full and mostly happy.

Are you happily or unhappily making anything here and there?


  1. Your basket looks interesting & I love the yarn colours :-)

    It's so lovely that you've had lots of family time recently too. I'm happily making some welly toppers for my friend, we shall see how they turn out :-)

  2. Gracie, the girls are precious. But you already know that!!!! Sounds like life has been very busy! Same here! So busy!!!!
    XO Kris

  3. A lovely post Gracie, apart from your son-in-law's health problem, and I do hope he is soon well again!
    Ah your grand-daughters are so gorgeous and all your pics really lovely to see - you do have busy times with travelling and friends and relatives visiting: an interesting life and most enjoyable by all your accounts! I'm surprised you ever find time to start a crochet project, never mind finish it but I expect some quiet times creep in there and you will get around to it - in the meantime, your life is full - enjoy it! Love and blessings, Joy xo

  4. Well, it may not have been sunny, but the air looks like crystal in that shot of your niece and nephew. How nice to be able to "run down" to Mt. Shasta and environs!

    Happily sending off swatches to magazines and hoping for acceptances in return.... :)

  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and love the pictures you did take and yes when we are enjoying
    ourselves you forget to take more snaps lol I do hope your son in law is ok as those dizzy spells can be horrible. take care xoxo

  6. Hello Gracie and as always lovely interesting photos. I am getting results from MRI on my knee today and will be seeing family this weekend, Hugs Anne x
    PS hope your son in law soon recovers - dizziness is horrid. x

  7. I do hope your son inlaw gets better soon. Sounds like you have been having a lot of gun lately.

  8. A lovely post the bag looks good, sorry to hear you're son in law was unwell, it's nasty when you're balance goes, hope he's on the mend now
    Clare x

  9. Love the look of that cotton and the colour is so raspberry ripple ice cream - looking forward to seeing that one. Jo x

  10. Hi Gracie! Lots of fun things in your blog and you got a great shot of Mt. Shasta! I also loved seeing the girls on the trip down.. Joy looks like a feisty one! I'm so glad you got to go with us to Kahneeta! We're beat after taking the boys on the Sternwheeler today, then out to dinner in Stevenson an then an ice cream at the Viking there. Sheesh.. I'm tired. Swimming tomorrow for me... you? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Hi Gracie~ What a busy time you're having. Full of family, fun and faith, just as life should be. The girls are getting so big but it looks as though they are having a good time, well, most of them that is. :-) Your pictures are beautiful. I so wish I could see you girls again soon. Maybe before the big move at least. Your basket is looking good and that book looks like it has some interesting patterns in it.
    Blessings always my friend,

  12. Timberline Lodge is SO wonderful -- I LOVE it up there and their St Bernard! Sorry Mt Hood was definitely being contrary the day you brought your visitors up to Jonsrud Viewpoint...she can be quite temperamental at times.
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog earlier today!

  13. I always enjoy your posts Gracie, because you're always out & about and doing fun stuff! Hope your son-in-law is up & about and better soon. Have a happy weekend, xx

  14. You do sound tremendously busy Gracie, but very happily so. Wishing your son-in-law a speedy recovery.

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  16. My girlfriend often has inner ear problems that cause her major dizziness and headaches at times. She's gone through all kinds of tests but they can't seem to figure out what to do to really help her. Hope your SIL feels better soon. Looks like you are having great family times. Those little girlies sure are cute! I've been crocheting up a storm since summer vacation began. In fact my post yesterday is about all the stashbusting I've been doing. Will be in Colorado next month visiting my college boy so plan to hit some unique, small yarn shops while traveling around there and New Mexico. I sent you an email Gracie. Hope to hear back from you soon. Thanks and best wishes, Tammy

  17. Hello Gracie
    First of all thank you for always keeping in contact. I thoroughly enjoy receiving your comments!
    Impressive photos! It seems strange doesn't it to go from heat and up to cold whithin the same day. Certainly worth it though as the view is stunning. It reminds me in some way of when I lived in the Canary Islands when we could be swimming in the sea in the morning and having to grab anoraks to take with us for lunch up on the mountain.
    Looking forward to seeing your finished basket ....do like the colours very vibrant!

    keep well

    Amanda xx

  18. I am very fond of Eastern Orthodox célébrations. My two years in Greece taught me a fair bit about how the Orthodox Church is, in some respects, much about the heart and less about reason. Of course this is an overly simplified way of perceiving things but I like it.

    And your grand-daughters? (Minus the one who is playing hide and seek) all look so ADORABLE!

    It's good to have a little time to pop over and visit you.

    Warmest wishes,


  19. Love the loom Gracie, I am so fascinated on how you can ever maneuver something that complex, it would sure be fun to give it a try.
    Hugs to you,

  20. Looks like you had a fun time out with the Grandchildren. I have a distant cousin who own a vineyard and winery in the Nappa Valley.

    1. Gracie, I do think you take the most interesting trips! I would love to see that loom in person. And the snow on Mt. Hood. Just beautiful! Enjoy finishing up your basket. Saying prayers for your son-in-law.


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