03 December 2012

Catch Up

I've been sick for so long now I don't even want to think of catching up with everything.
I think that concussion is still messing with my head. (It's a good excuse anyway!)

We had family for the T-Day holiday and did that ever make my heart sing!
First to arrive....and you might say it was a very unique and "grand" entrance... were Ina and Warren.
The phone rang about the time they were to be here and Warren says, "Get Jack. Have bring his truck and trailer or his tractor; we are in a ditch!"
I asked where and he said, "Right by your gate!"

Jack and I walked down to find this:

I would have loved to see Warren and Ina crawling out of their Mini on such an angle!
Jack did manage to pull them out with his tractor.
Believe it or not, there wasn't a scratch on the car!

No one else arrived with so much excitement. The house was full and it felt wonderful.

Here's Ina doing what she loves best: curled up in the sunshine reading a book.

I would add more photos here but my computer is not uploading right now. You know, the more you pay for your service, the less service you get!
Anyway, it was a wonderful time.

Since company left, I've been in charge of face painting for the annual Children's Christmas Party. This is where approximately 300 kids come and see Santa, make ornaments, decorate cookies, get gifts, books, fresh fruit, a miniature tree, make crafts and get their faces painted.
I had so many helpers painting faces this year, I didn't have to paint at all. I was the runner for fresh water, etc.
Then I was in an art show this past weekend. Nothing of mine sold but it was fun just the same.
I know a bit more of what to expect next time. For some reason, folks in this area do not like to pay for art. It has been a complaint of artists since I moved here and it has not changed.
Matting and framing art is very expensive in itself. Then add art supplies and maybe a smidgeon for the artist's time and talent and still no one buys.
So I'll go to cards next time. I'll keep my originals to hang in my own house and just sell items for under $5.00. Who knows? It might just work.

I am going to just kick back and relax a bit this week. Maybe purge some closets. That's always fun.
Anyway, Happy December!!!

12 November 2012

How Many Scrapers Needed to Bake a Cake?

Answer: All that you own!

Jack made my birthday cake. I cleaned the kitchen. I got the better end of the deal even though he used every single scraper I/we own!

Personally, I think he is trying to make up for the fact that I went 25 years without a birthday cake! I'm not going to tell him he has a long way to go to fill that gap!
A long.....delicious....way to go ... mmmmmm!

10 November 2012

Black Eye Still With Me

Oh yeah, nothing like a concussion to make you appreciate your brain the way it was before you bumped your head. At least now, I'll have a REAL excuse for doing dumb things; I'll just blame everything on my concussion.
I still have a shiner but it is turning yellow around the edges.

It's hard to see, but the bruise appeared and it was a metallic purple. It was af if I had taken eye shadow and painted the bruise onto my lid. It is still shimmery but not as purple. This is 9 days after my fall.

08 November 2012

Good-bye White Interior Walls!

It's been a long time coming. 21 years, to be exact. I was so afraid of moving from sunny California to the Pacific Northwest that we would be in darkness. I didn't need to worry about that as our home is open and bright. Nonetheless, all the walls were painted white and stayed that way until the last five years.
My recent quilt pushed Jack to paint our bedroom, which was the last room that was white.
Now one wall is a deep burgandy and the other three are a deep olive sort of green but not too much yellow in the green.

We also ordered some vertical blinds. Something we need to BLOCK OUT THE SUNSHINE! And the heat in the summer. They have not arrived yet.

We rearranged the furniture a bit too so it is more orderly.

I know I'm posting prematurely because Jack is in the shop right now making nightstands. So once they are done and the blinds are up, I may update with new pics.

Oh....and after I've painted some new paintings for the room! Wow, I didn't even think about that but all my pastel paintings have to go into storage now.

03 November 2012

Quilt Show Ta-Dahs!

Okay....finally, the unveiling of my three 2012 quilts. (Well, y'all have seen two of these on my blog already.) I actually re-joined the local quilt guild so I could show them off at their annual quilt show.
This is a lap quilt I made after having made a baby quilt from the same fabrics. I loved the way it looked so much I put this together until I ran out of fabric.

This twin size quilt is Jacob for entering high school. He hasn't seen it yet.

Finally, my king size quilt for our bed which has been 10 years in the making.It is paper pieced and it was a pain in the butt to say the least.The only reason I finished it is because of Jack nagging me.
Today, I went to admire it in the quilt show as Jack stayed home and painted our bedroom to go with the quilt! Gotta love it.

Whew! Now I might just get some actual artwork done. No quilts that I HAVE to make.

02 November 2012

Strange First Thought

I was headed out to volunteer at the middle school in the government class today and I stopped to feed the horse. I decided to jog to the horse stall and I slipped on the wet, mossy cement footing around the shop. I went down like a sack of bricks and my head hit the cement and I heard my skull crack. Seriously, a crack.
I laid there and my first thought was, "Oh man, Jack is going to kill me!"
Then I laid still and did a mental check....my eyes were working, no blood...oh wait, I had to find my glasses to confirm that!
I went on with my volunteer work and held an ice pack over my knot in between each speaker.
The kids were amazing. They were to support a presidential candidate and give reasons, support an issue and give reasons, or speak to the candidates with advice.
They had courage to speak about issues that are not easy to speak about but their passion came through and I'm glad I was able to be there.

So long story short, my head still hurts, I hurt my wrist and I'm a bit sore but everything else seems okay. 

Lesson Learned: I'm nearly 66 years old, I need to be more cautious!!!

29 October 2012

You Know Me...

No matter how many times I see those gas prices, I am still in shock over them. Our recent trip to CA and this is what we paid:

We started out by topping off our gas tank @ $4.01 a gallon. Now this is "cheap" gas and we have to drive 40 miles round trip to get this "good" price.

The next time we gassed up it was $4.40 a gallon. Same brand station (Costco) just a different state.

And further south it jumped again. This time to $4.76 a gallon.  

And of course the options for service add even more to the price.

In Oregon, we are not allowed to pump our own gas but we do wash our own windows.
In CA, you pump your own gas unless you slip into the "full service" lane.
Whatever you do, don't make that mistake unless you are prepared to leave your first-born child at the register while you go empty your ATM to redeem your child!

Some folks say Europe has been paying these prices and then some for years. This is true, but in Europe, their cars go 60 miles on one gallon of petro!
Grrrrr..... (can you tell this is a pet peeve of mine?!)

27 October 2012

I Voted.....Did You?

One thing about Oregon..... we can ONLY vote by mail.
I love it.
We get our voters' pamphlets nice and early then the ballots and we are done.
From here on out, we can toss the ads in the burn barrel and mute the commercials.

Then know that our vote doesn't mean a dang thing. At least not here in Oregon.
It is ALWAYS decided way before the West Coast voting hours are over with.

Every year, we watch the East Coast and Mid-West decide the fate of our country.
 Okay, sometimes California makes a difference but not Washington or Oregon. We might as well secede from the "union.!!

It doesn't seem fair to me.
But then if I remember correctly, only Walt Disney promised happy ever endings. .. and man-o-man, did I bite into that one!

22 October 2012

My Bad

Geeze Louise... I can't just be dumb in my own home; I have to go to California and almost kill my ONLY granddaughter.

Zoe was very sick when we arrived. Her fever was hot and furious. Danette (her mom)  was at work finishing grading some papers. I needed more tylenol-type medicine so I called D and she said she was coming right home and had some in her desk.

So I go to give it to Zoe and ask where it is. D says, "It's the purple bottle on the counter."
Great......(now mind you, both bottles were turned around and I didn't READ any labels. I just grabbed the closest and biggest bottle.)

Uh huh....I mader her take a teaspoon of bubble bath!

Here she is gurgling and spitting bubbles.
Luckily for me, she is one smart cookie and only swallowed a tiny bit because it tasted like soap!
Seriously, bubbles came out from between her teeth for a long time.

I may not be trusted to administer any type of first aid or "doctoring" any time soon.

Poor babe....stuck with me for her Gramie.

12 October 2012

Time to Return to France

I bought this in Paris, France 6½ years ago. I have used it sparingly and it is finally gone.
I can't find anything like it here in the U.S. so it's time to go back to France!

10 October 2012

Mohawk Rock

As I came back from the clothesline awhile back, I looked up to see the sun shining on this big rock above our house.
The grass growing from the top of the rock made it look like it was sporting a mohawk hairdo.
Camera time!!!

07 October 2012

Dowsing for Fabric

When I was young....very young...like 10 or 11 years old, I lost something. (I can't remember what it was right now, but it was important enough for me to complain about losing it.) My Aunt Ruby was visiting and she said she could find it. She proceeded to tie a metal washer onto a string and began dowsing. She found my lost item in nothing flat.
I was amazed. I asked her to teach me now to do it and she did. She told me to hang something heavy on the end of a string and then think about the item I had lost. The washer would start swinging when I got near my lost item.

Over the years, I have probably dowsed for lost items about 20 times and every time, I have found what I was searching for very quickly. As soon as I found the item, I would promptly forget how easy it was to dowse and when I lost things, I would just turn my house upside down. I only dowse as a last resort. I guess I enjoy turning things inside-out!

SooooOOoo, last week, I couldn't find some fabrics. I had them all together so I could make a new quilt.
I have a lovely sewing room. Mostly organized. I have 8 cupboards with fabric in them and 8 cupboards without fabric. I couldn't for the life of me find that stack of fabric I wanted.
Sure enough, it bothered me so much, at 2:00 a.m., I got out of bed and searched all night for my lost fabric. I turned the guest bedroom upside down. No luck.

Then Saturday, I talked to my sister, Ina, and told her I should just go dowse for it. I hung up the phone and looked for a heavy weight. I couldn't locate string so I used this notebook ring and an old key chain.
I held the large ring like this:

Then I opened my fabric cupboards and thought about my lovely missing fabrics.
Nothing. The key chain moved only slightly.

Then I stood in front of my craft cupboards. I did not open the doors because I KNEW the fabric was NOT in there. I had looked too many times already and besides, I NEVER put fabrics in my CRAFT cupboards!
When I held the keychain in front of the lower cupboards, it began to swing.
I opened the doors and held the key chain in front of each row of CRAFT supplies.
Sure enough...right there on the right, 3rd shelf down...see the blue basket with yarn?
The key chain went nuts there.
I pulled out the basket. Still knowing I had NO FABRIC in there.....

...except for the fabric I was looking for. There it was.

Next time I lose something, I hope to shout I will remember to dowse for it!

Thanks, Aunt Ruby, you are a good teacher!

06 October 2012

Girls' Day Out

Off to a quilt show in Hugo, OR. It is a sweet little quilt show in an old one-room school house. Lots of talent in that little building. I look forward to the show every year.

I can count on seeing traditional, hand quilted quilts.

..or traditional and machine quilted quilts.

There are always humorous art quilts. This one is by an award winning quilter.

Colorful, art quilts with embellishments are eye catchers.

This lovely one made me think of water color paintings.

Like I said, talent galore.

Half of the fun is shopping at the vendors outdoors. You neveer know what to expect. Jack used to sell his wood quilt racks but now only does custom orders.

Checking out the bargains.....

A good day with good friends.

04 October 2012

Hard Day's Reward

Seriously, Jack has been working my butt off lately and as you may know, I don't have one to work off to begin with. (Unless I keep up with the Wiggly Walking!)

He cut down dead trees along a steep hillside then sawed them up into log sizes to burn in his shop this winter. I told him I would hemp him schlep them up the hill. Oh dear, my body is sorry I made that offer!

I will say he is very, VERY appreciative of my help. He mentioned that he couldn't think of too many wives who would have helped with such a job. We've been hammering away at it every morning until I cannot climb one more step and I yell, "Enough!"

So after today's call of "enough", I came up to the house and showered. He went to the shop to WORK some more. I don't know how he does it.... anyway, he calls me and says, "Sandee, come on down and we'll pick apples and bring the camera. I have a perfect photo for your blog!"

I told him there wasn't enough money in the world to get me to walk to the shop today. I was glued to my house. The apples can wait until Saturday and the photo op will have to wait too.

He agreed after many attempts to get me to mooooove. Instead, I stayed inside, he brought the photo op to me.....
What a nice reward after such a tough morning.
I love living where we do.

This is the most amazing wasp nest I've ever seen. They started along the branch of the madrone tree and incorporated the leaves into their next. VERY COOL!!

01 October 2012

2 Months and Spots are Gone

No... silly, not my spots, the fawn's spots! (Don't I wish I could get rid of unwanted spots in just 60 days.... sigh!)

So the fawn's spots are gone and a fuzzy coat is starting to grow for winter. Amazing how fast they grow. Luckily, Mom and baby are still together.
Well, not so lucky for my succulents - as someone has acquired a taste for them!
Go figure!

July 27th - first glimpse of this little one... born later than the rest.

July 28th

September 29th

28 September 2012

Wiggly Walker

I'm sure you have noticed women who wiggle their butts when they walk. It amazes me how some of them sway so far to one side but they don't fall over. Not to mention wiggling like that while wearing 6" heels!
Well, I don't wiggle much. I know, because I watched my shadow today coming up from the mailbox. Nope...not hardly a sway.
Then I noticed some bulges on my shadow near my waist line. (Notice, the bulges are ONLY on my shadow!) Uh huh.....I need to shed some pounds or some bulges!
So I started thinking....I bet wiggling my butt would help burn more calories and who knows, it might even build up my flat butt.

I began to wiggle. And I wiggled and I swayed as I walked up the hill. Oooooh, I could feel those calories burning those bulges right off!

Then I started limping. Next thing I knew, my right hip was killing me. I was limping like a 3-legged dog! I must have wiggled myself out of alignment!
So I stopped wiggling and slowed my pace and gimped the rest of the way home.
So much for burning extra calories.

27 September 2012

Our "Orchard"

Our little orchard either produces fruit or it doesn't. Period. We never know. This year, there were cherries; last year we had none. This year we had no pears; last year we had a few.
This year we have tons of apples....okay, they are "mini" apples, but they are apples. Last year we had not a one. And this year, we had one peach... the size of an apricot and Mmmmm Mmmmm, was it ever delicious! All one mouthful of it.
So we just picked our Golden Delicious. These are so sweet and tasty. For me, it takes about 4-5 bites and the apple is gone. For Jack it takes 3-4 bites. And for my horse, one bite and it's history!

25 September 2012

New Bag

Here's my latest bag. I wanted one that wasn't so HUGE so I wouldn't drop everything into it.
I wanted black and white but my stash was very low in that department. So I decided to start cutting and when I couldn't cut any more strips, I would be done with my bag.
I like it.
.... a lot!

I made a sleeve to hold my water bottle. You will note that I do NOT have a pocket for a cell phone. I HATE cell phones and don't want one to follow me around wherever I go! Nope... my pockets are for tablets, erasers, pencils, kleenex and aspirin. You know, the IMPORTANT things in life!

And my little "snap" bags for my art supplies.
Oh yeah..... I am so thankful for my sewing machine, my sewing room, and the ability to create things out of fabric. The training, the time, money, desire, energy....all that... I am thankful for.
And for my dad who taught me how to use my first treddle sewing machine!... and for my next door neighbor who helped me to read patterns. I was a fortunate teenager and I am a fortunate grandmother.
(All this because of a bag!)

24 September 2012

Do Dwarf Fruit Trees Grow Dwarf Fruit?

ANSWER: In our neck of the orchard, in the year 2012; YES!

The two "normal" size apples at each end come from a friend's orchard while our WA Delicious and Granny Smith are teensy weensy. Three bites literally took care of the Delicious!
But I guess tiny apples are better than no apples.