Fall Foliage 2017

Another great week in Southern Utah. The weather cooperated and outdoor events went swimmingly.

If you enjoy Fall Foliage watching tis the season.  We went up to Brian Head on Saturday, but most of the Aspen is burnt. Not from the fire, from hot and dry winds the weeks leading up to the season. 

JR Hassett

SR 143 To Brian Head

But there is fire damage along the road and there is still damage along the road up to Brian Head from Parowan, but mostly safe. There is still one section about Mile Post 13 that is one way and controlled by a light – be patient.

After exploring upper Cedar Breaks, Tracy decided he’d like to try the Tushar’s east of Beaver, UT.  A friend had been up there the beginning of the week with his Jeep group and found things in great condition.  It’s about 30 miles north of our place and another 20 miles East. 

JR Hassett

Above Puffer Lake

There are two great areas to explore.  There wasn’t much traffic and little to no wind – great for photography.  We both enjoyed the new adventure and plan on going back.   The foliage is about 4-8 days from peak, but there’s heavy winds predicted for the area so it’s hard to know if the leaves will last. 

While it wasn’t perfect timing, it was great to find a new place for fall foliage runs.  We used to visit Boulder Mountain every year.  It’s nice to find someplace new.

JR Hassett

Puffer Lake

How To Establish a Writing Habit

Have knee replacement surgery.

Today is a day for patience.  I’m going to have to find a lot of that in the next 6 months.  After x-rays of my left knee, there is knee replacement surgery in my future (as soon as I can get it done).  I’ll have to be patient with myself, my spouse, and the world.

That’s going to require a change in several planned activities in the next 6 months.  First an MRI tomorrow to see if the pinched nerve in my lower back will relax itself after I start walking on my knee correctly.  Then a visit to the Surgeon on Oct. 2nd.  We’ll not be going to the Moab Rock and Gem Show mid-October, nor the Hurricane Rock and Gem Show in early November.

The goal will be to be up and mobile for the Homestead Christmas Show in December.  And since I’ll be doing a walk, sit, walk, sit routine until then, I should have enough sitting time to get merchandise done especially for that show.

I’m grateful to have a new housekeeping service to keep things up to snuff.  And Tracy is smiling about having to cook for two weeks.  The first thing out of his mouth – “remember you have to eat whatever I serve”.  Let’s hope for take-out.

If all goes well, I should be up and walking so I can enjoy the Quartzsite and Tucson Rock Shows and do a little rockhounding with Tracy in the mix.  The left knee joint is bone on bone and will never get better until something is done with it.  So – here I go.

But this also means I’ll have no excuse not to write every morning.  And by the time I would be back up and thinking of doing other things I should have a wonderful morning pattern of writing established.  30+ days usually sets a pattern.  I’ll take it.  I want to blog, write Historical Fiction “Eliza B” and my Children’s Book on #Enough.  Won’t all happen in six months, but could get very close.

I’m going to use my platform to write these stories, so stay tuned – – – – – – – –

 

 

My Summer Rewrite –

I’ve spent a great deal of time this summer thinking about writing and my blog.  Should I change it? Should I quit? Should I change the focus, or how about giving it one?

We spent almost the entire month of August on the road, and I had lots of time to reflect on what I really want to do.  I decided on two efforts – writing and basketry.  And then realized I could, in some ways, put them together. So that’s what you’re going to see in the coming months.

I’ve been working on a picture book to go with my #enough baskets and am enrolled in a class on how to create them.  Wow – that’s another project on its own.  And I’ve almost finished a class on guest blogging and becoming certified as a guest blogger.  We’ll see where that goes.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my refined focus and will let me know what you think in the comments.   I need and appreciate your feedback.  And if you have specific topics you’d like to see let me know that as well. 

Until next time - -   Jana