Saturday, January 23, 2010

Winter Wear Part II

The weather report said it was going to snow,
so my person quickly made a hat and mittens for me,
and finished my knit scarf.
I was very excited to see flakes falling from the sky!
I waited for it to accumulate on the ground,
but then it stopped snowing
and the flakes on the ground started to disappear.
Oh no!
I grabbed my sled and headed for the biggest patch
of thin snow over the grass.
And got to slide a few feet...
right into the wet grass.

See, the snow was only in patches on the ground,
with mostly patches of grass that had gotten a little wet.

But, I borrowed a shirt and boots from a Boyds bear,
and my person finished my hat, mittens, and scarf.

I love the snowflake pattern!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Winter Wear Part I

It is looking a lot like winter!
After a day of rain in the city
and snow in the mountains to the east my person returned home to find that the baby sweater
she had ordered arrived in the mail.
The baby sweater was cut to a hat shape
and sewn on the sewing machine.
She added the pom pom she made last weekend
to the tip of the hat,
and now I have my own winter hat!
I wonder if she can make the sleeves into matching mittens!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Bear at School

A third grade student saw my picture
and asked if I would come to school to meet him. So, today, I got up early and went to elementary school.
The third grade boy said,
" I thought he would be bigger."
However, he made up for the comment later
when he asked for the name of the webite
and my person showed the students more Craggy Moor photos.
My person had to go to a math training after lunch,
so I had to get busy right away.
"How many pizzas will you need to buy
if 24 hungry bears are coming to your party,
and you want to give them each 3 slices?"

" How many hundreds blocks do you need
to make a thousands cube?"
The third grade boy said "4",
and showed how to make a cube shape
out of four squares (as the outside faces).
Close, but no honey..

Before we left early, my person did "show and tell"
where she showed me and told more about me.
I shook everyone's paw
so they could feel what wool and suede feels like.
I went around again and the students got to feel my muscles
(circular disc in the joints).
She told them about sewing with patterns,
and how the different pieces had to be sewn together.
And about how a long time ago, all toys were handmade and homemade
like we are still made at The Craggy Moor.
Maybe next,
the students will be able to make their own
two sided toy or animal with felt.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Garen Arrives

Mabel and Chelsea: He's here!
Our brother bear is here!Mabel: Hey, there brother bear!
Come out and play with us!
Mabel: This is Garen,
and today is his birthday!

Our Craggy Moor Family:
Chelsea, Garen and Mabel

Garen: Wow! It is so great to be home!

Is it just me, or is Mabel a little chatty?

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Today after lunch, we mostly went errand running,
but we took a blogger-tunity
to take a side trip to Corrales. This is a historic house in Corrales called Casa San Ysidro.
It is now owned by the Albuquerque Museum.
You can sign up for one of their designated tour times
if you want to see the historic furnishings,
but they don't let you take pictures inside
the historically preserved rooms with museum quality collectibles.
How much fun is that for a blogging bear?
Also, no tours are offered in December or January.
You see the dust on my nose?
The first time I tried to sit on this sign,
I fell into the dirt below.

This is why everyone in our Craggy Moor Family
must be brown!
New Mexico is very dusty.

In fact, even the buildings are made of dirt!

How do people keep clean with so much dirt?

This is an outside window.
See how thick the walls are?

And they are made of dirt!

Oh, excuse me.
which has straw and clay in it.
But I really don't see how it is any different
than building with dirt clods.

So I suppose it is remarkable
that the houses and churches
are so beautiful
when they are really just big dirt clods.

I was checking out places for a
Craggy Moor in New Mexico
family photo
we will take when Garen arrives.

Since we don't have a pretty ocean or bay
like our San Diego cousins,
and the Rio Grande is no more than wet mud this time of year,
I was thinking that a dirt clod...I mean historic adobe structure
might make a nice backdrop to say,
"Hello, we are in New Mexico!"

Do you think any of these places will make a good family picture?

Please excuse Mabel's sarcastic attitude today.
She had to sit in the car longer than she expected
during the "errands" part of this adventure.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

More Craggy Moor Photos of Garen

Here are more Craggy Moor photos of Garen
before he hopped into his box for travel on Saturday.
He has reversible overalls,
with blue corduroy on one side,
and blue/green tartan on the other,
which Christy claims are the
best overalls to come out of the Moor yet!

He also received sweet hugs by the resident
6 year old
and watched "Little House on the Prairie" on TV.
I have seen pictures of Christy's home cooking,

and I'm sure there has to be more to his full tummy
than polyfil.

Garen is 13 inches tall,
made from caramel colored wool,
has suede paws,
has extra weight added to stuffing
along with a hint of lavender!
Garen was a commissioned request
after seeing Kinder, Christiana, and Sandy,
who all have a similar look to them.
He was named after a sweet little kindergarten boy
I once knew in a child care I worked at.
The real Garen is at least in his mid 20's by now,
but I remember a small, simple picture of house
he drew for me, which I kept for a very a long time.
In French, Garen means "guardian".

Friday, January 15, 2010

Garen Bearington Robert

When we met Kinder,
he was even more irresistible in person
So we made a special request
for a brown, wool bear like Kinder.
Introducing Garen,
who we hope to see soon!
Photo Property of

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Mouse in Santa Fe

Last Monday, Mabel was in by the bay in San Diego.
I could have gone,
but I decided to sit at home and wait for Santa Claus
while the family was away. When the opportunity came up on Saturday
to go to Santa Fe,
Mabel put on her poncho,
but then let me go instead.
Our first stop was Canyon Road.
Canyon Road is a very old, historic
narrow road in Santa Fe.
It used to be a residential street,
but now it is lined with galleries in historic buildings.

I found this charming Victorian porch
with a snow covered garden and icicles.

The wicker furniture on the porch
remembered summer days of reading,
and napping and chatting;
memories now asleep in the winter.

The sign on the white picket fence
said that visitors were welcome,
so we entered through the front gate.

Although there are some private apartments
within the building, it was a historic house.

I found more icicles dripping off trees
in the shady side of the building.
We could go no further due to the private resisdences,
but the icicles and peeling paint were secret delights!

Better than the expensive art in the art galleries!

We walked down the main hall
back towards the garden we had first seen.

We will have to return in the spring or summer!

We continued walking up Canyon Road,
looking at buildings and art sculptures...

...and signs of residential life.

We drove a short distance in the car to
the San Miguel Mission Church.

The church was established in 1610.
It was ruined in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680,
but rebuilt in 1712.

Although it is still a place of reverence,
it is also a place for tourist to learn about the history
of the church.

Up front, there are windows on the floor
showing the top steps of an early dirt stairway
and excavation of the earlier structure.

I'm reflecting.

The original bell was cast in Spain in 1356.

The silver charms along the wood frame
are milagros, or tokens for miracles.

The bell, confessional, old photos and paintings,
and window covered portions of old adobe
educate visitors toward the back of the church.
There sure is a lot of history in this little church!

After we visited the church,
we walked through the Inn and Spa at Loretto.

What a scenic place!

The architecture is meant to remind people
of the Pueblos, which have boxes built on top of each other
and next to each other.

The electric bags (farolitos) still line the roof
like Southwestern Christmas lights on a building.

The Loretto Chapel
is another early Santa Fe church,
built in the mid 1800's by a group of nuns.
This is the church with the famous spiral staircase.

We did not go inside this church.
It was too busy for good pictures.
This gothic style church is now attached
through a side room to the hallways of the Inn and Spa at Loretto.
The sisters of Loretto were the first in Santa Fe to educate girls.
Their dormitory/residence used to neighbor the church.
Santa Fe is known as "The City Different"
but the full name for the city really is
"Our City of Holy Faith".
Today, I got to see just a few historic sites and churches
that make Santa Fe a spiritual center
as well as an art and tourist destination.