Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Vacationing in Park City

Let's see...what should I share. Here's the kitchen in our time share. I haven't made anything more complicated than a bowl of cereal in there so far.

This is the second bedroom...which we are not using. It is actually its own unit, complete with bathroom and small kitchenette.

(2nd bedroom area kitchenette..dining area, laundry etc.)

Main living and dining area. The couch is a sofa bed, as is the couch in the second bedroom. The timeshare sleeps eight.

(Not that I want to have six other people joining us...but for a group get-away, it would be fine.)

Fireplace, mountainside views...each bedroom has its own TV. We caught the movie "The Secret Lives of Bees" last night on HBO. Very relaxing way to catch up on movies!

Dining area....

The "master" bedroom...

With huge double wide tub, and vanity area across from it.

And another vanity, and huge shower.

The lobby had a story board of the upcoming re-decorating. Granite counter tops, new furniture, drapery, carpet etc etc.

We bought the Park City timeshare in view of using exchange privileges around the world. Not wanting to fly anywhere this year, we had to use up our "week" (we actually have four possible weeks) and this week was available at Park that was that.

I have to admit that it is somewhat annoying to realize we have NO ONE who wants to come up to Park City and stay with us. Next year, we are going to try harder to make friends.


Or bribe strangers who might be willing cook for us in exchange for the second bedroom at a very reasonable rate.

First night we walked over to a Mexican restaurant. That was Sunday night

Monday was our dunk in the Great Salt Lake. It was quite different than last year; the water was cooler, the wind was blowing, and our "bob around" time was much shorter.

Jeff and Rachel came by and brought dinner to cook up. The guys got right to it, we girls set the table and did the small details, including wash up after dinner...(thank goodness for the dishwasher!)

Tomatoes from Jeff's yard, cheese and basil for apps, grilled and steamed salmon, whole wheat garlic toast and pasta w/salad for dinner. Store bought carrot cake for dessert.
We are easy to please...l

Rachel and Jeff both sported their newly purchased jackets from their trip to British Columbia last month.

Tuesday I shopped the end of summer sales up north in Layton, while Jeff and Bernie got in a round of golf. This morning B. and I headed to our favorite breakfast shop behind all the hanging flowers.

Snow could happen in a weeks time, or not for three more months. Be proud while you last pretty flowers!

We mosey'ed around old Park City, taking in all the art galleries and ski shops. The sculpture above commemorates the Olympic meeting in PC a few years back.

Park City was founded in 1884...they are celebrating that fact.

Nicely non-packed old PC. You can hardly move through town during the Sundance film festival, or during ski season.
So now it is 3:30 on Wednesday. The cats are being feed, the bonsai watered, then we will head back up the hill and probably go on the Alpine slide.
Catch you later!

Monday, September 07, 2009

In Praise of the Worker

It is Labor Day...and I want to take a moment to praise my favorite worker: my very own Mr. B.

First of I write this he is mowing the back yard, even though we are "officially" on vacation up in Park City. We had to drop by the house on the way to the Salt Lake for our annual Labor Day salt water dip. He wanted to quickly mow the back before we left, so I decided a quick post was in order.

The open faced sandwich pictured above was his creation. The man makes the most delicious sandwiches ever!

Over the past weekend he began a home improvement project: bricking in the side of the garage.
The modern enormous trash bins do not fit inside the garage when cars are parked there too. Pulling the bins through the mud was a real drag (pun intended) so he tackled the task before snowy season arrived.
(The ash tree in back is "snowing" seeds everywhere...hence another good reason to mow. Those seeds are sharp!)
So while the grapevine flourished in the late summer heat...
B. was spreading sand...

And laying brick.

With appropriate "snoopervision" of course!

Tiggie FOC takes his snoopervision duties seriously.

Yeah, that brick is a little higher than the rest....
No, I am not wearing OSHA approved work clothes.
Yes, the downspout will be re-attached later.
That cat does not miss a single detail on the job site.
Later the next door neighbors came strolling by with their large boxer name Krause.
Krause was on a lead, and muzzled, even though he is the sweetest and most gentle boxer you could ever want to meet.
He went up to give Tigs a sniff...and Tigs gave him a swipe for his efforts!
Krause backed up, and Tiggie went after him...chasing him down the driveway with the dog's owner in tow.
B. had to grab Tigs and toss him inside.
How embarrassing.
Our cat: the boxer bully.
Well, the lawn is done and we are off to the Great Salt Lake, and then back to Park City again.
I'll be posting sporadically.
Thankfully PC is only 15 minutes from home.
Heaven help us if we didn't come home regularly to feed the cats.
As it was, after being away one night, Hart greeted me with a hiss.
These cats are really tough!