Tuesday, February 10, 2009


About two weeks ago, some of our family made a trip to Montana for skiing and reconnecting with friends. We met Jean and Jerry when we moved to Alaska in 1971. They had seven children and we had four. We all lived in a camper park outside of Anchorage because this was the height of the Pipeline and neither family could find a home to accommodate the size of our families.
At that time Debbie, who with her husband and family own the lodge we stayed at, was four years old. Now she is the mother of four beautiful children.The Lodge is called Flint Creek Lodge and is just outside of a delightful little mining town called Philipsburg, just south and east of Missoula.
There were 12 of us there. All of the little kids learned how to ski. The older ones already knew how. Amanda and Shay are Boarders. They tell me they do not ski.
We shared our accomodations with many dead animals. We were able to put this elk to good use.
I went shopping in the lovely town of Philipsburg and bought this great pot. It fits in my new kitchen perfectly.
While the family was skiing, I curled up next to the fire and worked on my socks.
I got this much done on the second sock while we were there. I had made the first in the week prior to our trip.

Finished them after we got back home.

This is the yarn I used. I do not think I will buy it again. It is a bit coarse on my feet. Not soft and cozy like I prefer.

Driving time both ways was about eight hours. Worth it all the way. Everyone is ready to return, maybe in the summer.


Homestay Mama said...

I really liked Montana when I visited back in the summer of 1986--but I didn't like it for its snow. I loved the lush vegetation, the flowers and the hummingbirds in Kalispell. If I went in the winter, I'd be sitting next to the fire like you!

Julie said...

looks like you had a great time and love the socks, sorry they aren't soft and cozy

Glenda, saved by grace said...

What a great time...I love the socks!

Debby said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the weekend. I used to ski but I'd do what you did now. Nothing like a cozy fire and some knitting!

Kathi said...

Oh what fun. You have such a great family and wonderful tradition. I wish my family had done something like that. We never did. It's so neat to see your sweet family. Hugs, Kathi

Gramma 2 Many said...

Kathi, your family is not grown yet. There is still time:)

Frizzy said...

I LOVE THAT POT! I miss MT! You had to go and make me all homesick now didn't you.;) I tried to comment on your post from Newsweek but it wouldn't work. Looks like they're going to sign on the dotted line tomorrow. I'll be saying lots of prayers again tonight!

Cristie :) said...

Glad you were able to have some "project" time while with your family! Now that you're home you'll have to teach me so I can have a fancy pair of socks! :)


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