Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Down From the Mountain

We love our mountain location here in Alpine. I've been walking every morning and enjoying not only the view down in the valley, but the beautiful dessert plants along the trail. The light green plants are especially pretty. Is it sage?

We went down from the mountain to see our financial adviser today and decided to try out Rumbi Grill before we went back up. It was fresh and healthly-ish Hawaiian food. (I had a salad.) It was also delicious.

We also stopped at a shoe store and couldn't resist buying Mabel a pair of shoes. When she starts walking she's going to need them to go outside! She was a little worried about them, but didn't put up a fuss!

Trish Comes to Alpine

We had our first visitor from Maryland yesterday--Trish Gadberry! We were so happy to see a friend from back home! She is really out here waiting for her grandbaby to be born, but since the baby is dawdling, she had time to see our new house.

We enjoyed showing her the house and yard and then, the city of Alpine. We were lucky it was Monday, because we were able to stop at the truck roundup for dinner.

The weather has been great for being outdoors, and it made Utah look like a great place to live! Come see us in January and see how we feel about it!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Biking the Provo Parkway Trail

We joined Brittany and John for a bike ride this afternoon. It was Mabel's first time in her new bike trailer. She was pretty interested in it, despite a somewhat bumpy ride!

We followed the Provo River Parkway from Brittany and John's house to Utah Lake. It was an easy five mile ride, following the river and mostly shaded with tall trees.

Ed has been nursing a bruised heel and John has a sprained ankle, so it was nice we found an activity that wasn't too painful for them!

All that exercise made Mabel thirsty. She was glad we brought water bottles!

It was fun to see Utah Lake still had wildlife in it, despite the low water levels. The 3 inches of rain expected in the summer never materialized. Less than an inch fell, and the water levels were dramatically low. It still looks lovely, framed by the mountains on all sides!

Dinner and a Movie

Ed and I went to our first movie since moving yesterday. The unfortunate timing of the release of Star Trek Beyond coincided with our big move, and it took us 5 weeks to make it to the theater! It was worth the wait, however, and lived up to Ed's expectations!

Afterwards I made a Greek lemon chicken with rice soup in my new electric pressure cooker. It turned out delicious despite the fact that the appliance never pressurized! I think I'll be sending this one back to get one that works properly!

We had bought this to replace (and upgrade) our rice cooker, which like many other things, died after the move!

On a happy note, I finished and mailed my moving damage claims forms! We are not optimistic!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Back Yard Beauties

The landscapers have been here this week, weeding and trimming. It seems strange that it is the end of August and we just had our spring yard cleanup done. Everything looks so much better, and we're happy to be enjoying the new, cleaned up view from our back patio!

We celebrated by having a steak BBQ on our new grill. Ed successfully installed the kit to convert it from propane to gas and connected it to the gas pipe on the patio. He found out that gas cooks a lot hotter than propane! Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed the first steaks we've eaten since we moved!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Goodbye Crystal

Crystal stuck around this morning long enough to help Ed on the great dulcimer project of 2016. Aunt Verlene gave her a mountain dulcimer kit that she got from someone in her painters group. It looked like it had been sitting in someone's attic for several decades. They thought it would be a fun joint project, but Crystal left it here in Ed's hands.

Maybe Aunt Verlene can paint some pretty decorations on it after it is finished!

Unfortunately, Crystal had to go back to work in Colorado, so left to drive home this afternoon! We're going to miss her and her decorating and remodeling advice! It was fun having her here!

Now I have to buckle down and finish filling out my moving claims forms!

Goodbye, Mabel!

Today's highlight was Crystal's last visit to see Mabel before she leaves for Colorado. Mabel was in rare form, acting cute and talking baby talk the whole evening!

In the morning Ed went out with Coda and me to explore the trails above our house. He hasn't got out much because of a tendon problem in his leg, which is slowly healing. It was nice to show him some of the places I've discovered.

Crystal and I did a little dulcimer jamming, her on the mountain dulcimer and me on the hammered dulcimer.

And, to finish off a fun day, we played a little Mormon bridge at Brittany and John's house. It's always a party when Crystal is here! We're going to miss her when she goes home!