The Exorcist?

Exorcist Playset

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This just goes to show that there is a pattern for everything! If you want to make it, you can find it on Ravelry.

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It’s just a jump to the left…

and a step to the right.

Glee is going Rocky Horror this week!

I know it won’t be as good as the original but ya gotta give them credit.

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Back again

I’m back again after a very long hiatus. Things have been so busy that I haven’t had time to breathe let alone write. Still teaching Spanish, no library job yet, but I’m still looking. It’s hard when you have a very limited area to search, especially when it’s a rural area! I have tons of students this year, at least for me. I’ve picked up one new school as well. So far all the kids are great but I need to get more organized.

I haven’t been knitting much. Well, actually I should say I have finished much. I have a neck scarf I’m working on, a bag I need to finish, a shawl I want to start, mittens to finish and who knows what else in down in my craft room!

I’ve also taken up cake decorating again. Now that I have my grand-daughter, I have a great excuse to make cakes for birthdays. I’m tackling a Dora the Explorer cake for her 2nd birthday. It’s not too hard but uses fondant, which I haven’t worked with before. Hopefully it will turn out great!

I’ve joined the 2010 Birthday Swap on Ravelry and am getting some great stuff for my partner. I hope she likes it. I thought about buying a pattern with the needed yarn but decided that might not be a good idea. What if she didn’t like the yarn? So I’m buying her some patterns and some yarn she likes. Plus I’ve picked up a few little goodies for here. I need to go to the Kansas store to buy her some made in KS items. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow. Take daughter & G-daughter with me and we can stop off for a picnic.

My goal is to continue this blog so I can have a place to post what’s happening in my life. No one will probably read it, but it’s good therapy, right?!?

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Crazy Horse

We’ve been back from South Dakota for a couple of weeks now but I still want to talk about Crazy Horse. That place was amazing! I didn’t realize that basically the family of the man who began carving Crazy Horse are the ones working on it. I also didn’t realize that they don’t accept federal or state funding. It is completely funded by private donations.

We went in the evening which gave us time to look around and watch the laser light show. I really enjoyed that. It depicted the passage of life in the United States, and the process of work that Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski went through while working on the monument. It was very interesting and I enjoyed it very much.

There are also an American Indian museum and you can see other sculptures that Korczak Ziolkowski made in his lifetime. There a grand plans for the ground including building an Indian university for medical studies. All of this will take a great deal of time and I will be surprised if it is all finished within my lifetime, especially the monument. Although with the equipment and technology we have today, work on the monument is probably going faster than is was when Korczak Ziolkowski began back in 1947.

The monument as it is today. I didn’t realize how large it was. Mt. Rushmore can fit into the uncarved part behind Crazy Horse’s head. Also the tunnel you see is 10 stories high!. They are working on the horse at this time and the white outline you see is part of the horses head. The tunnel will eventually be the opening between Crazy Horse’s arm and the horse.

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An upclose night shot of the head. You can get an idea of how large it is by the equipment beside it. That is not toy!

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This is what the monument will look like when completed. It will be a 3D monument.

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Custer State Park

We went to Custer State Park today. It was a little rainy at times but the weather was very cool. We took the Needles Highway to the park which is a scenic route with winding hairpin turns. I really enjoyed the park and surrounding area. There was great scenery and lots of animals to see. We stopped at one area and there were several people looking at something on the rocks. It was ground squirrles, which like prairie dogs are cute but incredibly annoying. This is the type of park that has animals, such as buffalo, walking whereever they want. We passed by this one on the side of the road.

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Most of the others we saw we out in the fields.

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We also saw some antelope.

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As well as a few donkeys!

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I really enjoyed this drive. Tonight we are going to Crazy Horse. I’ll let you know how it is!

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Prairie Dogs, Deadwood, & Free Roaming Cattle

There are prairie dogs here that are the size of small raccoons. They are huge and apparently well fed! The tourists stop to take pictures of them, which I can understand. I, on the other hand, think they are one of the most annoying creatures around. I’m not sure what they are good for except hunting practice.

We went to Deadwood on Thursday. We had planned to stay until the Jack McCall trial reenactment at 8:00 pm but there really wasn’t a whole lot to do there, except gamble. We did visit the Adams House museum, Wild Bill Hickok’s gravesite, saw where he was shot, spend $40.00 in a slot machine, and walked around town some. There really wasn’t enough to do to justify staying all day except gamble and we didn’t feel like doing that.

On the way back we drove through Keystone and stopped to eat and shop. We ate at the Ruby House Restaurant. It was very good and if you happen to go to Keystone, SD I would recommend it. It is a little pricey though but worth it. We drove back on the Old Hill City road which the 1880 train winds around. It was a very curvy and slow driving road but with great scenery. Just a few miles out of Hill City we came up on some cows roaming down the road. There were about 10 head and they were all young, maybe a year or two. A little farther down we came up on several more head grazing in an open, unfenced area. I assume they got out of somewhere but who knows, maybe someone still believes in free range cattle! LOL

It was a good day in all. We relaxed in our room and watch a little TV, something we really haven’t done since we got here.

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Mount Rushmore

We went to Mt. Rushmore today. Of course we come to South Dakota and we bring the heat! The weather last night said this was the 1st heat wave of the summer and it was expected to get to 95 today, which is a heck of a lot better than 100 or more but still hot! Even with the heat though, we enjoyed ourselves and spent a few hours there. We took tons of photos, I think Les had over 250 photos so I won’t post them all but I will show a few. More will be on facebook but probably not until we get home.

It was exciting to see everything in person. Sure we had seen Mt. Rushmore on TV and movies but there is nothing like seeing it in person. It’s just amazing to think about the work that went into constructing the monument and the fact that is was constructed from 1927 to 1941! It was very dangerous work.

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There is a crevice in the rocks you can go into and take a picture. I loved the effect.

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Some of the pictures Les took look like we were right up by the monument. I think Roosevelt is my favorite of the carvings.

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We came back later for the night show. It was nice and I’m glad we went but I enjoyed the day trip much more. Lighting up the monument at night was very beautiful though.

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