Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
September 06, 2011
My peeps are generally well adjusted and rational, but this holiday weekend, they took leave of their senses and decided to go for a walk.
Normally, we all go for a walk together - a couple miles - , sometimes they take me to places like "Drinking Horse Mountain", or The "M", which is the Montana State University M on the side of the Mt. Baldy in Bozeman. Or, mom just takes me to the dog park where I can run around 15 acres or so and play.
But "Labor Day", they decided that we were going to go and see the waterfalls in Hylite Canyon. Being a Beardie, I am also game for a good walk, or a climb over some rocks, or even herding pugs in a dog park. So I am always the first one to the truck.
This time though, I didn't know what was going to happen, I heard the words "Truck", "walk" and my all time favorite - "GO".
And off we went. We headed up to Hylite Canyon, which is a wooded canyon that runs down the Gallatin National Forest. The reservoir at the top provides all the drinking water to the Bozeman, MT area. I have been there several times, and I like the way it always smells like wet dogs. I see a lot of those retreiver fellows and they always seem to be muddy and messy. Oh to be a retriever.
Today, I heard we were going to the falls. I like the falls, I think I should always stand in the middle of a stream and let water fall into my mouth. Sometimes when I am tired of walking, I just lay down in the cool mountain stream and smile happily.
My peeps were talking about a lake. I dont remember seeing a lake there, but if they wanted to go, then so did I. Not that I had any choice in the matter.
I heard them say that if we can walk two or three miles, then we can walk five or six to get to the lake. They forgot, that was one way.
So off we trekked to see the mountain lake. And we walked, and we climbed, and we panted, and we stopped and rested, and we walked some more. We saw 11 waterfalls, five golden retrievers, one Saint Bernard, 15 black labs, one beagle doxie mix, and several running college students. Oh, and a pair of men's briefs hung on a log. Hmmm.
Then we crawled over the top of the meadow and saw the mountain lake. Wow, lots of water! No one would let me go and play in it. My peeps took pictures and some of them are of me.
We turned around there and came back down. I drank out of every stream I crossed and even laid down in a couple. I collected lots of black mud and sticks in my feet. I had pine needles in my tail and my face looked like I had been eating chocolate cake. I was happy! They ran out of water, I had all the water I wanted.
We all got tired coming back down, my mom had clown feet and kept tripping over herself. Then I had to wait for her, she is slow.
We finally got back to our truck and they said they were getting chicken for supper. We were gone over seven hours! All I heard was "chicken". Mmmm, I like "chicken".
They stopped and got chicken in a bag, I could smell it, it was so yummy smelling.
Then they stopped at the car wash and threw me in the dog wash! They cleaned all the mud and sticks that I had been collecting. I was saving them for later. Now I am wet, clean, and still don't have any chicken.
In the end, they had a great hike, I saw some cool dogs, and got to get as muddy as I wanted. Mom did give me some chicken. I like chicken!
Me and Dad at one of the mountain meadows.
This is what the canyon looks like from almost the top of the mountain. If someone had wanted to walk two more miles, Dad would have had us at the top of Hylite Mountain.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Volume 8 Issue 9, September 2011
What's New in September?
Counted Cross-Stitch Pattern and Loom and Peyote Pattern sites are now completely updated and ready to go. Both of these sites are current to date, but there are many other patterns that have been sitting and waiting while we worked to get these sites up and running. So, there will be new items and patterns added and if you wish to be included in the email updates, sign up on the sites and we will update you as soon as we get these new patterns created and uploaded. Thank you so much for your patience and your support while we worked on these sites to get them updated and the downloads working. www.x-stitch-patterns.com and www.theseedbeadpatternstore.com.
Puzzles and Games—new section www.bluemorningexpressions.com includes crossword puzzles, e-jigsaw puzzles, word search puzzles and other goodies are available for immediate download for your enjoyment. They are free and fun, written and designed by me.
I have a lot more to upload, but have run out of time. I am trying very hard to get organized but it seems like a futile effort.As an example, I have over 50 more of these digital jigsaw puzzles to get ready for the website and then upload for you to download. Crossword puzzles are next.
Polymer Clay Canes—These canes are available on www.bluemorningexpressions.com and along with some regular canes, these custom color canes are located in the cane section. I reorganized the cane section and split it up by type and color. That makes it much easier for everyone to find what they are looking for. I will be adding more geometric and kaleidoscope canes as soon as I unpack some of my tools.
Kaleidoscope Canes—I have been working on drawing out my patterns and the actual construction of a few new large kaleidoscope canes should take place this month. Watch my blog or website for the new photos. I am trying some new techniques and I am excited to see how they turn out.
Artfire—I have my complete stores on artfire.com—I loaded everything into it. You will find Blue Morning Expressions, X-Stitch-Patterns, The Seed Bead Pattern Store, and Clipon Earrings Boutique. If you are interested, you can find me at
As always, thank you for all your support and emails.
Until next month,
Julie & Blu
Earrings—These are all created from my bead sets, I used both floral rounds, heart swirl lentils, and full size 20mm pillow beads to create 30 new sets of earrings. Each set is under $4—I wanted to create an affordable set of earrings for gifts that can be easily purchased in groups. The only sets not under $4 are the dangle heart swirls, those are under $10.