Sarah Arrives Home!
March 3, 2007 - HayPatch, UT -- A
familiar face recently returned to the HayPatch after serving an
18 month mission for the LDS church in the Atlanta North mission
Sarah made her appearance at the Salt Lake International airport
a little late on February 22, 2007. (Are the flights
missionaries return on EVER on time??). Anxiously awaiting her
arrival we stayed near the gate rather than down by the luggage
carrousels where most other families were waiting. (We wanted to
see her as soon as possible!)
Finally, she was seen coming through the gate. Ivan and Erin
pushed and shoved to get at her first! They aren't very well
known for patience when it comes to giving/getting hugs.
Smiles, hugs and laughter was in abundance as we got
reacquainted with the much-missed missionary.
Prior to the airport trip, the HayPatch was adorned with a
"welcome home" which was originally to be hung between the large
elm trees. Rather than attaching it to the trees, it was decided
to tape the sign to the white house. A very good decision as the
winds remained fierce throughout the day.
After returning home, Sarah had a tour of the white house,
donned some mukluks to meet the llamas and new sheep, and went
out for a bite of lunch at "Old Home" with family and friends.
Meeting the llamas for the first
In Unrelated News on the Haypatch...
Ivan and Erin install the new
March 3, 2007 - HayPatch, UT -- For
those of you who have had the pleasure, or displeasure as
the case may be, of using the bathroom in the dark
brick HayPatch house, you'll be happy to hear that it
finally had a facelift!
Erin and Ivan worked on the bathroom over
one long weekend. First, they painted the top half of the
wall, then nailed the bead board, and then they constructed
the flooring. Finally, a new sink/vanity (We even have hot
and cold water that mixes to make WARM in the sink! Yay,
welcome to the 21st century!) was installed along with
re-seating the toilet and hanging new shower curtains. They
did such a great job, there will be a bonus round of pinã
coladas to come!
While there was some
discussion as to whether the paint was purple or blue (it's
periwinkle for gosh sakes!), everyone agreed that the update
to the bathroom was a smash success. It's like
stepping into a different world now. (The final photos below
really don't do it justice.)
Signs of Spring!
Twin desert painted sheep.
March 3, 2007 - HayPatch, UT -- Sure
signs of spring at the HayPatch: cute little lambs and
treasure hunting in the dirt that's "like butter."
The lambing season has been good and bad. Two ewes were lost
due to complications with giving birth and several lambs
died during birth or immediately after. Just a few days the
ewes and lambs died, twin desert painted sheep were born
giving us a little bright spot to the season. We also had
several other lambs born and all are happily prancing
through the HayPatch mud.
Along with lambing,
the other sure sign of spring is treasure hunting. While the
weather has occasionally provided warm temps, we seem to be
stuck in a pattern of snow/warm/snow/warm...which makes for
some muddy adventures. There's a lot of construction in
downtown Salt Lake right now, so there are many, many places
at which we can seek treasure.
Ivan located a 1866 coin
during this outing.
Remnants of a dig in Salt Lake.
Beautiful coat rack.
March 3, 2007 - Near HayPatch, UT --
The ever talented Charles Hutchings of ChuckleBerry
Productions has been very busy creating these awesome
pieces. It's a collection of simple objects of an era long
since gone. It's recycling. It's historical beauty. While
he's designed them to be functional coat racks or towel
racks, they really are art. While all of the pieces
shown here have been sold, rumor has it he's working on
more. If you're interested in finding out more, drop an
firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get you in contact with him.