Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Happy Wednesday, dear friends!

I hope you had a wonderful and safe 4th of July!
I spent the day still recuperating from a nasty bug I got almost 3 weeks ago!
It's NEVER FUN to get sick!!
I'm finally feeling more like my old self again!!!

Our son and his two precious girls came for a visit and a small vacation earlier last month 
and it was SO GOOD to see them!!!!

We certainly did have a GRAND TIME as we went to the 

Sophia and Bella in our Pink Jeep!

Grammy and Sophia, all ready for our adventure!

Grandpa and Bella being silly, as usual!!!

Our first look!!! WOW!!!!

Absolutely BREATHTAKING!!!!


Our son Jeffry and Bella, taking it all in!!!

Glorious colors!!!

There are not enough words to describe the beauty!!

God's MARVELOUS Handiwork!!!


Daddy and Bella enjoying the view!!

Grammy and Sophia taking a little rest!

Jeff and I enjoying this amazing moment together!!!

There are just NO WORDS!!!!

The Zakrzewski Family Vacation!!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit along with us and would hope that if you have never made the trip
to see this marvelous wonder, that you will add it to your bucket list!!!

It was TRULY GRAND!!!!

I am so happy that I did not get sick till after we got back from our trip!!!
It would have spoiled our time together!!!

Hope you are all doing well and trying to stay cool during this especially HOT time of year!!
Our highest temperature so far was 120 degrees!!!! 
What has your high been?

Take care everyone and stay well!!  
I will be back soon to share my progress on my applique piece 
and another new project I have started!!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and leaving your sweet comments!!
I appreciate each one of them, and YOU!!!

Wishing you GRAND TIMES, my friends~



Mugwump Woolies said...

You truly got to see "America the beautiful" over the 4th! Great pics of you and your sweet grands. So glad you were feeling better and able to enjoy the day! Seeing the Grand Canyon is on Mr. MW's bucket list...he wants to run it...people do that...crazy people. I once flew over the canyon and still remember how big and beautiful it is.
Very hot and humid here...it's July in Florida...lots of rain. I've given up on my herb garden...it drowned.
Been thinking about you.
Hope you are feeling better every day,
Robyn xo

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Robyn,
It truly is "America the Beautiful!" I actually could not breath when I got my first glimpse!! Totally AWE INSPIRING!!! The girls enjoyed it so much and the weather was just perfect for taking it all in!! I hope you and your family get to see it in person, and maybe hubby will get to run it!! He is a VERY BRAVE MAN!!!! Can really empathize with you on the heat and am so sorry about your herb garden!! Keeping cool by staying in doors and happy I am not coughing anymore!! Now to just get my arm totally healed!! It keeps getting better so am happy for that!!
Big Hugs to you and Annie, my friend!!
Heart Hugs~

Saundra said...

What a beautiful sight and one that I did not take advantage of when living on the west coast, lol.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Saundra,
It is truly a beautiful sight and I'm happy I could share some of it with you via pictures!! There are many places I wish I would have been able to see, too!
Hope you enjoy your week, my friend!
Heart Hugs~

Winnie Nielsen said...

Thank-you for sharing your wonderful photos of the Grand Canyon!! We went to see it a few years ago and it is truly one of the most beautiful and awesome National Parks we have. I am glad you also got to spend time with your darling grand children too. Summers are about making memories with those you love.

We just got home from a two week trip to France where it was 103 for the first two days of our trip! Now back home in Florida, we are stuck in the low 90s with suffocating humidity every day. Not much will change until the end of October around here. I am already dreaming of Fall with this weather! What about you?

Glad you are feeling much better! It is no fun being sick when there is so much you want to do. Stay well and I look forward to a peek at what you are creating with your new project!

marly said...

Wow. Grand is right! Sorry you were ill but glad you are feeling better. As for weather, first time ever the furnace ran at the end of June! Hot hot to cold cold. Torrential rains have ruined the garden, no peppers this year, maybe not even tomatoes.

Rugs and Pugs said...

You are so right about the Grand Canyon. "There are no words" "Breathtaking" Pictures just don't do it justice!
The grands are just adorable. I just love Sophia's toothless smile.
So happy you are finally feeling better.
Looking forward to seeing what you have been working on.
You don't want to hear about our weather. We've had some hot, humid days, but many that have just been glorious.
Happy day after the 4th :)

Julia said...

Wow, what a beautiful place to take a vacation. I'm so glad that your family was with you to witness this masterpiece of nature. Breathtaking beauty.
Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.
I hope you feel all better soon.
Hugs, Julia

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Winnie,
So happy you have been able to visit the Grand Canyon in person!! Everyone literally had their mouths open....including me!!! Such an incredible sight!
How wonderful to visit France, but sorry it was so hot, and then to return to the heat and humidity of home, too!! Oh for cool and crisp breezes!!! Yes, I am dreaming of fall as well!!!
Hope you can keep cool in the AC!!! That's what I am doing!!!
Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments, Winnie!!

Hi Marly,
GRAND is indeed the best way to describe it and it TRULY IS GRAND!!!
It was no fun to be sick and seemed to hang on FOREVER, but am almost back to normal again so very thankful for that and happy no one else got the bug!
Cant believe you had to run your furnace in June!!! We had our own furnace outside with triple digits almost all month!! So sad about your garden, too!
Will be very happy to send you lots of AZ sunshine!
Thanks so much for visiting, Marly!

Hi Lauren,
I was thinking of you while I was there, remembering your visit!! It indeed takes your breath away!! Just INCREDIBLE!!!!
Sweet Sophia has been toothless for so long and is so adorable, but we all look forward to those teeth finally coming in!!! She and Bella have both grown so much and we really had fun being with them!!
I felt terrible for so long and am finally almost back to normal!!! Yay!!
Hoping to share my projects soon!! I have really enjoyed seeing all of your pieces lately!! Yes, I think most everyone has better weather than we do right now! lol
Thanks so much for stopping by, Lauren!

Hi Julia,
Masterpiece of Nature is THE PERFECT description!!! It IS and WE DID!!!! So great to be able to share with our family!! Precious memories!!! So happy you enjoyed our visit!!!
Yes, I am feeling so much better and so happy I am almost back to normal!!
Good health is indeed a blessing!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Julia!!

I hope you all have a great week and stay cool, and healthy, my friends!!
Heart Hugs~

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

I've never been to the Grand Canyon but would love to go some day! Looks like you had a great time with your family! Sorry you got sick but glad it was after your trip!! No heat here in NC mountains just lots of rain and cool temps. Stay cool!

old crow said...

Hi Julie, what a wonderful trip! Thank you for sharing! It truly is Majestic!! Happy you were able to share with your son and sweet Granddaughters! Gosh, they are getting big! I can only imagine how much fun you had with them!! Sorry to hear you have been so sick, no fun getting sick in the Summer months! Glad to hear you are on the mend! We are enjoying lovely weather here.......no rain in sight!!
Take care of yourself!
Hugs, Mona

Jan Conwell said...

Well, y'all were just north of us a ways...we're an hour or so south of Flagstaff, in Prescott, AZ. Beautiful photos--it's hard to capture the absolute grandeur of the canyons with pictures, isn't it? Glad you had such good family time.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Louise,
So nice to see you blogging again!!! Yes, the Grand Canyon is an amazing place and we are so happy we could share out trip!! It was a blast!!! Getting sick was NO FUN but happy it did happen later and no one else caught it!!
Would LOVE some of that cool mountain air and a bit of rain!!
Take care and thanks for your visit!!!

Hi Mona,
We really enjoyed our time together and yes, the girls are really growing up!! I'm sure your grands are, too!!!! They don't stay little for very long! sigh!
It was a really bad bug, but am almost back to normal and so happy no one else got it!!
I can just imagine your gorgeous weather and am really envious!! Want some extra sunshine??
Take care and enjoy that beautiful weather!!!

Hi Jan,
We actually live in Peoria, so we are about an hour or so south of you!!
We LOVE Prescott and have been there several times!! Such a lovely place to visit!!! The Grand Canyon is truly incredible and I'm happy my pictures turned out as well as they did, but they still don't do it justice!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

I hope each of you have a wonderful week and thanks so much for your visit!!
Heart Hugs~

Prims By The Water said...

How Grand indeed! Your pictures are breathtaking Julie. Colors abound. How fun to The highest temp has been 82 here. My stepdaughter was in Arizona visiting a friend in Phoenix during your hot spell. She loved it. Glad you had a wonderful 4th. Janice

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

A very LATE Good Mornin', and happy you are doing better. Your Grand trip sounds wonderful, especially enjoying it with your Grand children.
We have driven past the G.C. State Park, but never ventured into it. Some day, I hope, as I understand it is a magnificent and a breadth taking sight to behold.
Hope you can handle this heat. I become 'hermitized' when it is above 100. Today we expect 107...YUK. One good thing, it is dry heat. Humidity really knocks me for a loop.
So happy you are back to Blogland...I will be back visiting soon.
Take care friend, keep healthy and Kool.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Janice,
I was happy my pictures turned out pretty well, but they really don't do the place proper justice!!! It truly is a sight beyond words!! 82 degrees sounds like heaven!! We are still in the triple digits and last night it was still 107 at 10pm!!! Crazy!!! Glad your step daughter enjoyed her visit, even with it being so hot!! Take care and hope you enjoy your nice weather!!

Hi Barb,
Me, too!! Hate being under the weather anytime of the year, don't you?? It was such a wonderful time with the family and a trip we will never forget!! I hope you and your family can make the trip and see it in person as it really is a marvel!!! I have also been a hermit and stay in where it is cool as the heat just drains me!! We are still in triple digits and it was actually 107 at 10 pm last night!!! Craziness, indeed!!! Humidity really does the same to me and sadly it will get very humid here next month during Monsoon season! NOT looking forward to that, but will just keep cool with my best friend.....The AC!!!!
Take care and so good to hear from you!!!

Hope you both have a great week and thanks for visiting, my friends~
Heart Hugs~

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Hi Julie!!! I re-found you on another blog and then looked at my favorite blogs that I have posted on my blog ---that I list and yours was not on there anymore :( so I went to my layout and re-entered your address. Don't know why it disappeared?? All is okay for now...has this ever happened to you? No wonder I haven't seen any updates of your Blog.

Anyway, looks as though you had a fabulous trip and love, love your beautiful pictures! It's warm here in Des Moines, Iowa in the high 90's and very humid

Hug's, Carolyn

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Carolyn,
So happy you "found me" again!! Not sure how those things happen, but seems to happen to all of us!!! We DID have a wonderful time and made so many happy memories together!!! Still in the triple digits here, 110 yesterday, and 109 today!!! Keeping cool inside with some projects is the PERFECT WAY to beat the heat!!!! So great to hear from you and thanks so much for visiting, my friend!
Heart Hugs~

HomeSpunPrims said...

Hi Julie,
It looks like you had a wonderful vacation together! I'm so glad you could do that. Your granddaughters are so cute! I'm sure you both enjoyed spending some time torgether. They are getting so big! Take care my sweet friend, Lori

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lori,
Yes, it was such a wonderful time!! The girls are both live wires and so much fun, and we all enjoyed being together to share this amazing trip!! Both of the girls are reading really well and have amazing vocabularies!!! Our son is a great father to them!!!
Hope you are doing well and I'm sure you are busy making something wonderful!!
Thanks for your sweet words, dear friend!
Heart Hugs~