“Misty Mountains” Poncho

This was a complete coincidence.

We bought yarn in the colors the little girl liked. I had wanted to try a zigzag pattern on the next poncho I made. Turns out, when you do a modified zigzag using colors with an ombre-type fade, it looks like mountains receding into the distance! Who knew?

The picture above is one half of the poncho. I made the other half identical, sewed them together corner to corner, and added a brown tassel:

I like this mountain-y look so much, I am tempted to make one for myself some day. But that’s off in (you might say) the misty future, as I have a few other projects to get to plus a nerve injury in one arm to baby.

Happy New Year! We are not going to die in a flood.

On New Year’s morning, my son and I looked out our window to the East, and this is what we saw …

A sun dog.

In just a few minutes, the sun dog had stretched or sprung upward …

… forming what was obviously one foot of a very large rainbow, the other foot of which was visible out our window to the South:

If you’ll notice, they are bending not inward but outward, which means that the bulk of the circle is above the earth.

Now technically, technically, the proximate cause of these rainbows was that there were a lot of ice crystals in the air on New Year’s morning. Someone sent me this picture, taken apparently before dawn, about an hour north of us:

So, yes, ice crystals.

But given that God is in control of all proximate causes, including atmospheric conditions, and given that atmospheric conditions do not always form a rainbow on New Year’s Day, I take this as a hopeful sign. From our house, the rainbow appeared to be stretching from the Shoshone-Bannock reservation north of Pocatello; over Pocatello; over the Snake River reservoir and several other small communities in our region. The rainbow was originally given as a promise to withhold a certain particular kind of judgement.

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations (!): I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is set in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

Genesis 9:12 – 16

Repetitive? You bet. God repeats important things.

So, thank you, Lord, for once again sending this sign. You know that our whole region desperately needs Your mercy, as does every region on the earth. I pray that You will continue to extend your mercy to Southeast Idaho in 2022, and in fact that You would pour it out more than ever before.

Two Book Signing Events

The Strange Land came out this spring. It features bears, and a people group hunting and gathering their way to the chilly Land Bridge. Hence this marble bear lying on some fur.

Now, you can get The Strange Land signed — or buy a copy from me personally — if you can make it to Utah on the second weekend in December.

I will be having a book sale/signing at Eborn Books in the New Gate Mall in Odgen on Friday, Dec. 10. (I’ll be selling copies of The Long Guest, too.) The address is:

Eborn Books – New Gate Mall Ogden

3651 Wall Avenue

Ogden, Utah 84405

time: early to late afternoon (starting about 1 p.m.? Maybe? Details still being hammered out)

and the location looks something like this:

Besides my books, they have a wonderful selection of used sci-fi and fantasy; and, as you can see, children’s books.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, I’ll have a signing/sale at another Eborn books location:

Eborn Books – Layton Hills Mall
1201 N Hill Field Rd
Level 1, #1052 (Next to JC Penny)
Layton, UT 84041

time: morning, so I can get back home that evening

If you live anywhere nearby – or find yourself traveling to Utah for some Christmastime skiing or anything like that – bring your friends! I’d love to see you!

Here are the books I’ll be bringing to sell! I’m so excited! Especially since prices are going to go up starting November 5.

Corn Cobs as Fuel

I wanted to know whether I could use the few pitiful dried corn stalks left over from my garden as a fire-starter. Poking around on the Internet, I stumbled across this blog post about burning corn cobs, which has a ton of fascinating historical information. My favorite part is the picture of a North Dakota housewife feeding corn cobs into her kitchen stove, with the baby in a high chair in the background, in 1940.