Saturday, March 18, 2006

It's a gray, windy, and cold day- but I don't think anything could dampen my mood!! Yesterday afternoon, I was playing with Photoshop and took a break to read my email. To my shock, amazement, and absolute delight, one of my 2005 Journal Quilts was selected to be in the book that Karey Bresenhan and Quilting Arts Magazine are going to publish about the entire project!! My first time having one of my creations published- I was absolutely giddy. Between that, and having a quilt in the HMQA show in Salt Lake next month, it has been a wonderful boost.
I'd been planning to work in the studio today, but couldn't concentrate on anything. I finally ended up getting in the car this afternoon, and exploring. I went up the mountain behind us, and got some wonderful pics of the valley. I ended up one of the canyons close to home, Hobble Creek- I hadn't been up there in years. It is still beautiful and out of the way- but close to the valley. Coming back down the canyon, I encountered two guys with a spotting scope, looking up the mountain. I stopped, and they were kind enough to let me see what they were looking at so intently- two bull elk, high up the mountain. I've seen lots of elk since I moved to Utah, but never any like these- they had racks that had to be 4-5 feet across. Magnificent animals.
We are very tired of winter- there is still lots of snow on the mountains and some on the benches. But if you look, there are signs of spring. New growth on the trees, grass starting to green up, just the faintest hint of green starting to show on the lower parts of the mountains. The green is balm for my eyes, that have been looking into a sea of beige and gray for too long!!

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