Finally in our new home

Happy New Year! We’re celebrating because we finally got into our new home in Prescott, Arizona! Wow, it was a challenge to get here but we finally made it!

We love the property and the view and the quiet. This house is a fixer upper though. We’re already on hands and knees, tearing up carpet and taking down the stuff we don’t need like the old shelving and yucky wood wall board in my art studio. There is cat fencing to take down and all kinds of junk that makes a huge pile to haul away!

But we love watching the transformation and getting rid of the things the house no longer needs.

And we’re loving the town of Prescott which was a wonderful, magical light show during Christmas and New Years.

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I just couldn’t take enough photos of the magical tree forest in the Courthouse Square.

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These photos just don’t do it justice. It was so beautiful with all the glowing, colorful lights!

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And the Courthouse was pretty magnificent the way it was lit up too.

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I hope to be back with more regular blog posts but we are super busy so I may be sporadic for awhile until we get more settled and into a routine.

Here’s hoping you had a wonderful Holiday Season and I wish you the very best for 2012!

I can’t wait to see what new art comes out of my Prescott art studio.

Never doubt the impossible.

Never doubt the impossible. Halleluja! I found our lost photos on our new camera! They’re some of my fav pics from our trip so when I thought they were deleted I was pretty bummed. They’re from when we visited Kristen in Provo on our recent road trip.

See my previous blog post about losing the photos. There was a folder on our camera called private1 and that’s where they were hidden. How I found them is a miracle. Truly. I really don’t know how I did find them but yesterday they appeared and man, was I surprised! I thought I would never get to see them again. So I’m pretty happy.

We braved  blinding rain and stormy skies to get to Provo when we hit Utah on our road trip to meet fellow blogger and writer Kristen Randle and her family.

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And it was worth every minute because when we got to where Kristen lives, the sun was out and it was beautiful sky! We met some of her fabulous family and she took us down to the barn to meet her boys.

LindyandKristenBoys meaning her horses! And it was Greg’s birthday and he loves horses and riding. So it made his day when Kristen asked him if he wanted to go for a ride.

Kristen showed us the barn and arena and introduced us to her horses.

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Greg loves horses and riding so it was fun to see him doing what he loves.

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I think the horses were pretty happy too. Is that a horse smile below?

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We visited with Kristen and the horses till it started to get dark. It was lots of fun. Thank you Kristen!!

To continue the photo journal of our Southwest adventure…I left off when we were headed to Gregg’s Hideout at Lake Mead after Mesa Verde.

GreggsHideoutRdGregg’s Hideout is down an 18 mile dirt road which we got drive in the dark because we spent most of the day crossing Arizona.

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It took us all day…driving and driving. It’s pretty uneventful driving and not much to see but miles of desert and big sky.

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But we finally got to Gregg’s Hideout on Lake Mead. Of course, my Greg loved the name and chose it for that very reason.

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We got there in the dark but found an awesome camp spot.

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and made a pretty nice campfire. I love camping and having a campfire and then watching the stars on a clear night.

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It was perfect. Beautiful weather and a whole lot of doing not much.

I painted some during the day. And a few of my tiny paintings from the trip are for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I made shell designs in the sand. That’s always fun.

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We took a little hike and set up the self timer. It was a windy day on the mountain.

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Greg decided to take a big hike with Cody, our dog. I stayed back at the tent with our other dog Belle, and made art.

Greg hiked up to the bright spot on this mountain. To the very, very top.

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He shared with me the photos when he got back.

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There were some awesome views!

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Lots of cool cactus too.

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Can you imagine camping up there? Someone did and left their firepit.

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I was glad when I could see Greg and Cody on the side of the mountain. I get a little worried when Greg hikes by himself. He could see our tent where he was too. Except when he got to the very, very top.

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Then he could see in all directions.

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Part of me wished I had made the hike too. So I could see the views.

But then again….
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I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed walking along these ridges.

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So you can say I’m adventurous. But not as adventurous as Greg.

So what about you? Would you have taken a hike like this?

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After Gregg’s Hideout we bee-lined to Oregon. We couldn’t wait to get home.

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We camped out one more night and hit some snow as we neared Bend.

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Finally we were home! I love coming home when you’ve been gone awhile.

Happy sunsets and pink skies to you!

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I’ll share with you my hand painted Christmas ornaments and some new paintings in my next post.

Art Show and Southwest Road Trip Travel Pics

My show at the Tumalo Art Co. is coming to an end this Tuesday. It’s been a great show! And Opening Night was so fun. Here I am with my friends Sandy and Wes.

Oct Tumalo Art Co. Show OpeningI talked with lots of people about my art that night.

Oct2010I was very grateful to be showing with Dorothy Freudenberg. I love Dorothy’s art and her work goes well with mine with vibrant reds and oranges.

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And then we came home and started packing for our Southwest road trip! We packed up our gear, a bunch of maps, 2 mt. bikes, 2 kayaks, our 2 border collies and off we went. Travelling through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and California, we had quite an adventure!

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Here we are so happy to be on the road and at our first camp spot. Our trip lasted 23 days and this photo below is our first night out. In the next few days, I’ll be posting some of the images from our trip and telling you about some of the highlights.

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One of the best things that happened during our trip was I was able to meet a kindred spirit… artist, blogger and wonderful writer, Kristen Randle, and some of her family too! I find it quite amazing that we were able to meet in person! How cool is that!!

The Randles opened their arms and home to us and we were overjoyed to spend  an evening with them! Kristen let Greg ride her horses which made Greg’s day and since it was his birthday, even more special!

The sad thing is…I don’t have any photos from our visit! We just got a new camera before we left and somehow one of us accidently deleted the images from that day! I am so sad about that. But you can see some photos on Kristen’s blog — go over to the K Street Journal to see some pics.

Early on we decided we would try to hit some hot springs during our travels. The Randles told us about some beautiful hot springs in their area that were well worth going to. So we headed on over there the following day. The leaves were changing color and it was a magical walk up the trail with our two dogs, Cody and Belle.

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An approx. 2.5 mile walk along a creek leads to the hot springs. There was not a soul in sight. Probably because it was still morning. When we were leaving we passed lots of folks coming up the trail.

Note to self: Visit hot springs in a.m. if you want them all to yourself.

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Fifth Water Hot Springs, Utah

These are the lower pools and if you walk up the trail there is a waterfall with even more pools.

One thing I didn’t know about sulfer hot springs is that they will turn your silver jewelry lovely shades of turquoise, green and blue.

So take your jewelry off before you go in unless you want to see it change color! Although it does go away and turns back to silver once you’ve been out of the pool for awhile.

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And then we were off to Moab. A place I had always wanted to visit and ride my mt. bike at. Moab is home to Arches National Park and the coolest big red rock canyons ever.MoabSign

Tomorrow I’ll post some photos of this leg of our journey.

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Happy Travels!