Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday Letter, 2017

Stuart Annual Holiday Letter 2017 

Dashing through the snow, then over the river and through the woods…

Much of our year was spent outdoors. Besides the usual doggy hikes/walks, we managed a couple of camping trips. In June we met Jim (Charlie’s brother) for camping, and then attended Soren’s (grandson #2) preschool graduation ceremony in Oregon. Then we joined Jim again in Bend and had a look at the place we expect will be our home next year.

Another camping trip, this time to the Uinta Mountains near us, took place the end of July. Karen’s and Peter’s families joined us. It was full of adventures (good and  bad), such as deer/moose sightings and car trouble.  

We stayed home to experience the solar eclipse. It was impressive, even though we were not in the path of the totality.

As Autumn approached, we found ourselves busy with repairs to the house (Charlie) and sewing a quilt and sewing and knitting doll clothes for the silent auction for our  local Habitat for Humanity, and some doll clothes for Therapy Animals of Utah’s silent auction (Peggy).

Soren, who is a good runner, participated in the Special Olympics. He made his little brother proud!

Peggy also participated in the Park City Singers’ Holiday Concerts, which required regular practices all during the fall.

Several times during the year, we participated in protest marches, regardless of the weather. It was great to see so many other people participating  in peaceful protest.

While we’re wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year, we wish to share some contact info with you, as we are trying to do as much communication electronically as possible.

Email: Charlie —

Monday, November 16, 2015

Silver Sneakers Party

Stardate: 2015.11.15
Silver Sneakers Party at Nicole's

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pudelfreund's Blog

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Back to Real Life!

I've been busy this week working on Daphne's gown. I have the front finished:

There is still the back and sleeves to do, and a bonnet and booties to match. (Hopefully!) Then one more quick project, and I can start the Wedding Ring Quilt!

In the meantime, some of you may be interested in Miss Daphne's exploits...

The other grandparents came to visit for a few days. That meant lots more photos! (We're sharing!) Here's DD with our joint pride and joy:

Little Miss D is sleeping 5 hrs. at night now. The parents have been tag-teaming it. DD gets the midnight shift and Daddy gives her a bottle of breast milk at 5:00 AM.

Well, you have seen what's on my needles. Not much spinning this week. I plan to take part in the Tour de Fleece next month, if I get done with my assignments in time.

What's on my iPad: Just finished "Spinning Forward" by Terri Dulong. It was a fun read. Now I'm listening to "Casting Off" by Nicole Dickson, a book I learned about from Kelley's podcast. Thanks, Kelley! I'm reading "Conviction: a sequel to Jan Austen's Pride and Prejudice" by Skylar Hamilton Burris, which is an interesting and believable read. Quilting is on hold for now, until I finish the current knitting projects, but I'm psyched and ready to go!

Happy knitting, spinning and quilting!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Spring--and Peggy--Arrives in Park City.

I am now home again, safe and sound. Well, sound if you don't count the cold I picked up somewhere along the way. I had a great trip, but it's good to be home and back
to my knitting. I'll get back to my quilting when I finish the current knitting project, which has a deadline. Here's my progress so far:

It's a naming ceremony gown for DGD2, the adorable little Miss Daphne, who has been much talked about in my blogs the last couple of weeks. One more gratuitous baby photo:

To help DD after the delivery, I drove to Onalaska, WI. (See previous two blog posts for details.) The last night I was there, we went out to dinner at Manny's.

I left on Thursday to drive on to Mishawaka, IN, for a quick visit with DS1 and his wife, who is also a quilter. DS1 had Friday off, so we spent the day together. We went out to dinner that night at The Hacienda.

DDIL and I were going to order Margaritas, but the waitress said they had the liter on sale, and it was cheaper than the two drinks, so I said, "Take me to your liter." DDIL said she was going to pretend her name was Margarita, so if anyone said, "Margarita?" she could say, "Yes!"

The next day DDIL was off, and we decided to go to the Farmer's Market in South Bend. She bought some fruit and veggies, while I enjoyed the sights and smells, and took a few photos.

We spent the afternoon comparing notes on quilting techniques. She was machine quilting this quilt for her DGD, who was having a birthday.

I really enjoyed spending time with their pups, Coco and Odie. Here's Odie.

The cat, Thomas, really liked my shoes!

It took three days to get home, although it was an easy drive, straight out I-80. I listened to The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry, and Dean Koontz's Relentless, both of which were extremely interesting and made the time go fast.

It was raining when I arrived home Tuesday afternoon, but I was greeted by blooming tulips and daffodils.

Spring has finally arrived in Park City! (It could still snow, though.)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Baxter's Blog

Hi! I'm...arf...Baxter, canine brother of Daphne Dawn. You know her.

She's the new young one at my house. The parents and that old lady who cleans and cooks and sometimes feeds me are always using that funny thing that makes bright light right in her face, and mine, too. They say they're "taking photos," but they don't seem to be taking anything, just blinding me!

Baxter has another sister. She's feline, but OK anyway. Her name is Fluffy. Baxter used to think Fluffy got way too much attention until young one arrived. Now not so much.

Baxter knows Daphne is sister because she sort of smells like my mom and dad, except there are some other smells, too. Some are icky and sweet, like after she has a bath.

Like flowers. Dogs don't like flowers. Bees in flowers, not dogs. Other smells are yummy and make Baxter want to lick her. Only they don't let Baxter. They just make their faces look funny and take her to her room and clean her butt. Baxter could clean butt just as good. After that she doesn't smell nearly as good!

Baxter doesn't understand why there was only one in the litter, but maybe it's a good thing. Six would need way too much attention, and maybe they would forget to feed Baxter.

Another thing Baxter doesn't understand is why young one can't walk yet. When the eyes were closed, Baxter knew she couldn't play, but the eyes have been open for long time now. Maybe there's something wrong with her. Or maybe it's one of those strange human things. I do think she's human. Not canine. Not feline. Smells human. But yummy! Baxter wants to lick her. But Baxter good dog, good dog. Yes. Only lick when dad says "free." but he doesn't say it about Daphne. Too bad! Baxter clean butt good!

Sometimes we go for walks, even though Daphne can't walk yet. They put her in a thing like a car, but smaller, so she can go, too. Then Baxter's important dog. Protect young one. Sometimes they go and Baxter stays home. like yesterday, they went "shopping." When they go there they come back with lots of stuff. Sometimes dog toys or treats. Baxter guard house and bark welcome when they come back.

Daphne sleeps a lot. That's OK. I like to sleep, too!

The old lady...the one who cleans and sometimes feeds Baxter...likes to carry Daphne around. She likes to sit with the young one on her lap. Baxter doesn't sit on old lady's lap. Baxter's a good, big, dog. Not lap dog. Baxter sits at old lady's feet and protects young one and old lady.

Old lady sometimes sits and plays with skinny sticks and this long kind of stuff like string, the kind of stuff Fluffy likes to play with. It smells like animal fur. After a while it looks like this:

Old lady is talking about something called spinning. Hmmm...Baxter can chase tail. Baxter wonders if it's the same. She also talks about something called quilting. Baxter can't guess.

Daytime Baxter watches house, protect young one. Night time Baxter lies on floor in bedroom, protect Daphne. Baxter good dog! Important dog!

Old lady busy. Too busy to talk to you. She says next time...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Week in the Life of Daphne Dawn Hart

A funny thing happened on the way to Vintage Stitchers!

Those of you who have followed my blog know that I have been knitting and quilting away, trying to prepare for the arrival of my second granddaughter, the first for my daughter, Karen. Well, I was on my way to my regular quilting minigroup a week ago, when I got a cell phone call from DH. I pulled off the highway, and answered the phone to learn that my daughter's water had broken! Daphne wasn't due until June 6th, 3 1/2 weeks away! The soonest I could leave to drive to Wisconsin was the next day. I had to get the tires checked on my car first. I did that instead of going to my group, so I could get packed quickly.

Baby Daphne Dawn Hart arrived the next day at 9:24 AM, as I was driving through Wyoming. I spent the night in Lexington, Nebraska, and arrived in La Crosse, Wisconsin, mid-afternoon on Saturday, when the above photo was taken. The nursery was ready. Here you see the crib, with the bunny quilt I made for her.

We had to move the quilts to put Daphne in her crib to reduce danger of smothering, so they made a good cushion for the back of the rocking chair I brought with me from Utah. Here's Daddy's work station:

The guitar is ready for bedtime serenades, and the changing table is ready for diaper duty, an important job! The gold and white blanket was made by DD during her semester break from teaching at UW La Crosse.

Daphne was 6 lbs., 3 oz., not bad for a slightly premature baby. Still, the doctor didn't want her to lose any weight, so we were required to supplement with formula until DD's milk came in. She was also slightly jaundiced, so we had to wake her frequently to feed her, because the high biliruben count made her lethargic. The high count was partly due to the big bruise on her head from her birth experience. The three of them had a nice stay in a snazzy suite in the hospital. Saturday night, they had a special dinner in their room. Sunday they got to come home together. Grandma was minding the fort in the company of Baxter and Fluffy.

Monday Daphne had her first trip to the doctor to get checked and weighed. Tuesday was spent just relaxing:

Wednesday was more of the same. Baxter was excited to see that her eyes had opened. That means she can walk and play! (That's how it works with puppies, anyway.)

Instead, we had a nice walk:

Daddy, Baxter, Mommy and Daphne enjoyed the sunshine!

Thursday, and time for the weigh-in! Has she gained enough weight back to do away with the messy formula?

Hooray, almost back to birth weight! The jaundice is almost gone! Maybe now Grandma can get back to her knitting!

I didn't mention that DD was in finals week when the stork made an unexpected appearance. She had one final to give, which had to be proctored, and all of her grading, with final grades due tonight at midnight. She just finished!

The bright side is, there will be more of the summer vacation for them to get settled in as a family before school starts again in the fall. Whew!

Don't ask me what's on my anything! The above says it all. We are all grateful that Daphne's doing so well.