A Quick Summer Update

Mr. Tux and I are having a whirlwind summer. We are busy with work and not a whole lot else. When I am not busy with work, I have been getting some time in quilting, spinning, and knitting. I am participating in the Tour de Fleece on Ravelry. The basic idea is that you spin every day of the Tour de France. I figured why not. What better way to combine my love of fiber and cycling than with a spinning challenge. I am also doing a ton of knitting. Mr. Tux and I were able to get a few days off to spend in the San Juan Islands. What a wonderful time relaxing together. Here are some photos of what we have been up to in the last few months.

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A baby gift of a quilt, hat, mittens, and two receiving blankets.IMG_1886

My first rag quilt. It turned out great.IMG_2025

A baby quilt I made. I have discovered the wonderful world of quilting pre-cuts. So amazing!IMG_2027

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A baby rock crab. I had so much fun catching them when we were in the San Juan Islands.IMG_2433

All three furry children in one picture. Note Zeus sleeping in the crate.IMG_2463

A finished Trillian shawletteIMG_2436

A finished single ply waiting to Navajo ply.IMG_2483

The finished handspun yarn and the cowl I am knitting with it. The yarn was made using the single ply above.IMG_2509

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Cycling in the nice weather.IMG_2536Zeus can’t resist a basket.

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

Kiera

Still on a Blog-cation

Hello there. I have not forgotten about this blog. And while a part of me is missing posting, I am still really enjoying the break from blogging. I have been using my break to recharge my batteries, think of new blog post ideas, and most of all, spend precious time making summer memories with Mr. Tux and Tuxley. As such, I am going to continue to enjoy a blog-cation for a little while longer. Don’t worry, I will be back. However, it will not be for some more weeks yet. Until then, here is a picture of Tuxley enjoying the lazy dog days of summer with us.

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! Wishing you and yours a wonderful day. I will be taking a vacation from blogging for the next couple weeks. I have been blogging steady for over a year and a half without a break and am feeling just a bit burnt out. So, at Mr. Tux’s urging, I am going to take a break from blogging to regroup and recharge. Don’t worry, I will be back by the end of July. I have some special posts in the works and am looking forward to sharing them with you when I return. Until then, have a wonderful month of July!

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Kiera

A Weekend in Banff

This past weekend, Mr. Tux and I loaded up our road bikes, cycling gear, and Tuxley in the Pilot for a short vacation in Banff, Alberta, Canada. We met Lobstermom, her husband, and their two hounds at their house, and all of us drove on up to Banff. After our motorcycle trip to Banff last Fall, Lobstermom, Mr. Tux and I have been wanting to return to Banff and cycle the Bow Valley Parkway. This weekend trip was the culmination of that dream. We drove up on Saturday, cycled the Bow Valley Parkway on Sunday, and returned home Monday for a relaxing Tuesday at home cleaning the house. It was awesome!

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Tuxley is ready for our new adventure!IMG_0359

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A mother grizzly and her two cubs we saw at the side of the road.IMG_0385

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Beau is overseeing the setting up of camp.IMG_0396

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Banff is so absolutely beautiful.IMG_0407

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Kiera

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3 Year Anniversary Trip

Mr. Tux and I went away last weekend on a romantic getaway to celebrate our three year wedding anniversary. We spend four days and three nights exploring Leavenworth, Washington. For those of you not familiar with Leavenworth, it is a Bavarian themed village known as Washington’s “Little Bavaria”. The town boasts of lots of shopping, wine and alcohol, and plenty of hearty German food. Mr. Tux and I thoroughly enjoyed our time away from home without the fur-kids. We slept in. Ate at the Bavarian Bar & Bistro (aka Cafe Chrysta) for every meal…they have the BEST spatzle, goulash, and chocolate torte in town!

I managed to find a fair amount of my remaining stocking stuffers in the local shops. We also found some gorgeous Christmas ornaments for our tree this year. (I will have pictures for you by next week…hopefully.) Because of the Christkindlmarkt going on all weekend, Leavenworth was packed with families with lots of young kids and dogs in tow. All of the screaming children made our desire for children shrink even more. In fact, we started talking about getting another dachshund puppy in a couple years instead of a kid. Sounds like a way better investment if you ask me. Afterall, Tuxley needs a little red-haired sister. 🙂

With the town crawling with people, Mr. Tux and I discovered that the best shopping was to be had between 9AM and 12:30PM. During that time the shops were just opening and the people with kids were not up and out yet. Some highlights from the trip included the delicious strawberry cheesecake, spatzle for every meal, chocolate torte, peanut & chocolate covered frozen bananas (so so tasty!!), and the beautiful Christmas lights. Sadly, I didn’t get to see Leavenworth blanketed in snow. There was no snow the whole weekend, and it wasn’t till Monday morning when we were supposed to go home that we woke up to a few inches of snow. Oh well. At least Mr. Tux and I got a mini-vacation just the two of us celebrating our anniversary and Mr. Tux’s birthday. It is hard to believe that almost three years ago we got married. Time has sure flown by.

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Have a great weekend everyone! I am going to dig out from under the tons of housework I have to catch up on from our vacation last week and take a nap.

Kiera

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Traveling with Tuxley

I have been procrastinating on writing this post for several months now. While on our Oregon trip, I spent the whole ride taking photos of Tuxley’s different faces, positions, and activities while we were driving. They turned out rather interesting and what I ended up with is a rather accurate portrayal of what traveling with a Dachshund can entail.

Tuxley is a really good traveler for the most part. He usually curls up in his car seat and sleeps. However, on the Oregon trip he was a pain! Instead of curling up and sleeping for several hours, Tuxley fidgeted, whined, wiggled, and refused to relax for a good chunk of 6 hours. It was NOT fun. When Tuxley did eventually curl up to sleep south of Portland, it was only because he had worn himself out fidgeting and was an overly tired, grumpy dog. On the return trip, Tuxley was so worn out from the excitement and stress of the Oregon coast, that he slept most of the 10+ hour ride home. It was so TOTALLY awesome!

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I am sooo bored mom!

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The morning of the trip home, Tuxley curled up and fell asleep right away.IMG_3733

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Even when he is a pain, I love my precious little boy! Life with him is a real adventure.

Kiera

Adventures in Banff

The weekend Mr. Tux and I spent in Banff was phenomenal. We had incredible weather and the scenery vibrant. Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip.

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The water in the rivers was the clearest crystal blue I had ever seen. Reminded me of the floating icebergs in Alaska. The bear picture is the only one I have that turned out. It is the mother Grizzly eating berries. Lobstermom has a ton more photos and I plan on getting them from her whenever we see her next. The flowers were all planted in the Cascade gardens. There are over 50,000 flowers planted in the gardens. While the flowers were absolutely gorgeous, Mr. Tux and I were eaten by mosquitoes which detracted from the garden’s beauty. Overall, it was well worth the 1,100 miles and sore but to experience Banff first hand. Maybe for our next motorcycle trip, Mr. Tux and I will go to Yellowstone. I have always wanted to go to Yellowstone.

Kiera

The Weary Travelers Return

Mr. Tux and I spent the last weekend gallivanting around on the Harley. We put 1,100 miles on the motorcycle over the course of four days, while driving up to Banff National Park with Lobstermom. It was a total blast. I had never seen the Canadian Rockies before and found them to be as truly impressive as Mr. Tux said they were. The four of us stayed in a nice hotel in the heart of downtown Banff. We spent one afternoon driving the Bow Valley Parkway and seeing lots of animals. We also drove up to the Nordic ski area and drove around the Lake Minnewanka loop. However, due to extreme bear activity, we were unable to hike to the Bankhead Ghost town and mine. Large areas of the park near Lake Minnewanka were closed due to bear activity. I can attest to the bear activity. We saw two black bear (one just a cub, though we never did see his mother), and had the scary experience of being about 100 feet from a mother grizzly and her two cubs. Nothing like sitting on a Harley 100 feet from an animal you have heard horror stories about and her two cubs with no protection. We definitely got out of there quickly. Along with the five bears, we also saw elk, big horn sheep 40 feet from us on the other side of the road, numerous deer, and one marmot. Overall, quite an accomplished wildlife viewing weekend.

I still haven’t sorted the pictures yet, but hope to do that over the weekend. Mr. Tux and I are still battling the summer cold that we caught over 3 weeks ago. It is getting ridiculous. Riding on the motorcycle while congested is an experience I hope to not re-live any time soon. In between sleeping, relaxing, and beating the cold this weekend, I will try to get the pictures edited and ready to post here next week. For now, I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a splendid weekend.

Kiera