Friday, January 20, 2012

Almost Heaven: West Virginia USA

Here I am in West Virginia....Almost Heaven!  And I was still smiling and happy even after being locked in the dark box all the way here from Utah.  I didn't even have to nibble all of my carrot.  I used my backpack for a pillow and enjoyed the trip.
After a couple of days of rest, we took a trip to Tamarack, the Best of West Virginia, ( so Donna could drop off 3 pieces of art for a show in the gallery and let me see some of West Virginia's best arts and crafts.

Did you see me perched up in the daffodil? 
Go back and look.  Now, let's go see what is inside the building.
Here I am perched on the frame of one of Dave Houser's
finest pieces of stained glass.  West Virginia has 55 counties and
very few straight lines.  Preston County is the
red piece with the 2 straight edges. 
Dave is from Preston County.
I learned all kinds of things on this trip.

Hey!  Here is one of Donna's  pieces of artwork for sale....Just Bee.
This is an Allegheny Treenware gravy bowl and ladle...
they are from Preston County, too.  Have you
noticed there are lots of talented people from Preston County?

And here she is in one of Shelia's nice baskets...
another fine Preston County artist.
West Virginia has long been famous for glass making...
look at those swirls and colors. 
 Don't I look stylish standing here?  Those swirls!
Susan Feller made this pretty ruglet. 
Donna took a class from her once upon a time and made
a hooked pin with a sassy little chick in the middle.
Oh!  Now we're talking. 
I found friends!  We had the nicest chat.
I hope they find nice homes and get to
have fun adventures, too.
And then it was time for a little ride on the pony. 
Much more my size than that gigantic thing at Kristen's house.
Oh, and the giant things were friendly enough...just, well,

Gigantic like they would fit under this beautiful hand made saddle.

On the way home we went over the New River Gorge Bridge...
well, we went over it on the way down, too,
but the pull off was on this side and not that side...
this bridge is the longest single arch span in the northern hemisphere...
or maybe the world!  It was a little bit scary for me sitting there....
even scarier than the ledge in front of Kristen's river.

I was very brave, but Donna didn't want to lean out far enough to get this next photo without putting me in a safer place.  If you look, you can see how you walk out there to do the under the bridge walking tour.  It even made Donna's  knees shake.
 If you want some more info, you can try to read the sign.
One day Donna wore this necklace to school and her 5th graders wanted to make one of their own. 
Since she taught them how to sew to make their poetry pockets, they have been bitten by the bug. 
It's sweet.

Here I am waiting with the supplies for the kids to come up
(during their lunchtime!) to sew. 
 They were very excited to meet me and hear about my travels so far. 
 They checked out my Passport to see everywhere I had been.

Look at all these busy hands....

After seeing all the kids busy making their own necklaces, I decided I would like one of my own.
So, being an easy touch for an international bunny,  Donna made me one....sweet girl!

Remember the comment about the big horse at Kristen's?  Well, Donna doesn't have horses, but she does have a dog that is just about as big as a small horse...especially if you are a small rabbit.  But the Mercy girl is very friendly, so aside from a few slurps all went well.
 I guess dog riding is an acquired talent...and Mercy wasn't even standing up!

It was great fun to visit in West Virginia.  Everyone was very friendly.
Afterall, everyone loves Lucy, right?

FROM DONNA:   I hope Lucy has a great time on her next stop.  She is such a good guest.  I wonder if she is starting to miss her momma back in Australia?
Don't you wish you could travel by post?  See the world a stamp at a time....

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Festival of Lights, Hanukkah

She came to us one snowy day, the only snowy day in fact that we've had this winter season, on the back of a chicken through the forest.  All the way she came clear across the ocean from Australia to our family for a short visit here Utah, USA.

Okay, so maybe she didn't arrive on the back of a chicken but she did come in a snowstorm and she did come all the way from Australia.  Her name is Lucy and she is traveling the globe and it just so happens out of  all of the houses she chose to stop at...... ours has been one of them.  We feel quite lucky!  So lucky in fact, that we invited Lucy to celebrate Hanukkah with us!

We had no idea when we invited Lucy to join us that she was such a crack in the kitchen.  Levi loves to help me shred potatoes.  I had about 50 potatoes to shred so Lucy helped Levi while other Native's and I peeled.
She and Levi had the fun part....

After the potatoes are shredded they go into a bowl along with several other ingredients for the latkes!  Lucy was very keen on making sure I fried the latkes to perfection.  They have to be nice and crisp and brown.  We like to eat them with applesauce.

When Lucy saw that the dreidel game was being played she left me to my kitchen duties, (I didn't blame her, I'd have left if I could too) and went over to play the dreidel game.

I think Lucy is getting the hang of it...... look how much candy she is winning!

As we were waiting for the donuts to rise and cook, it was time to light our menorah.  We let Lucy be the guest of honor.  First candle lit on our first night of "The Festival of Lights"!

 We've had a lot of fun having Lucy for a visit.  She's packing her bags, getting her visa stamped by us and soon will be headed off across the country to visit another friend in West Virginia, USA.

The End!