Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oh My My My . . . .

Another year almost just zipped by - but I'm still here.  :0)  So much time gone and so much to share - where to begin?  hummmm

I'm surely not in the swing of things posting regularly as I'd like and it seems the less time you spend the harder it is.  Though I've had many things pop in my head - no time to sit and post.  I haven't made time to do so.  :(  Maybe its an excuse, or things are complicated, hummmm ~ maybe I'm just busy enough it keeps me away.  I just don't know.  I've been in this - it takes to long to sit mode ~ keep moving!

What I do know, I was blessed to finally see our little "Sweetman" Logan. To actually hold him and give him hugs - a truly wonderful visit I will cherish always.  My new motto is:


And, "Sing Like A Cowboy!"

December was a difficult time for us. My husband went in for a checkup to go into emergency surgery on his neck.  Couple rods, screws - a 2nd surgery repairing the first and halo "contraption" to wear for a few months - I'm singing like a cowboy!

With a continuation of physical therapy an the rest of things sometimes I'd love to run away from; I'm singing like a cowboy!  Many times my husband and I, as well as a few close friends, often say "I don't know how people go through trails without the Lord in their lives."

The Lord has blessed us greatly and I believe that even with the trails in our lives.  How can I not say that with that sweet little man "singing like a cowboy." As our youngest son says, "seeing him makes me happy."

I do have things to share and one day I'll get to all of it.  Meanwhile, I'll show a few pictures I took from a little time away - enjoying the mountain I'm blessed to see from my window and visit once in awhile.




We took a little lunch with us after we got home from church.  This little jaunt was long over due ~ We met a few older ladies whom thought the same bringing a lunch from KFC.  It was nice seeing them enjoying themselves also.  I took their picture together and one of the ladies took ours.


As my Gram would have said, "I'm no worse for wear."  Well I think I'm a bit desert weathered from when we moved here - It was a good day ~


Sunday, November 24, 2013

November ~

Yep, with another full year coming to an end, I'm sitting here this morning with so many thoughts of what to say.  It seems in my efforts to post more often has been spaced farther about.  We've (the sand people, ha) finally been getting a reprieve from what seemed like the longest summer on record.  Now enjoying a cooler and much appreciated rainier climate.  It's so wonderful when we get any rain I just want to enjoy this blessing.

Upon opening my page I noticed that a blogger I follow posted; Winter Rain In The Desert - I had to share her beautiful pictures with you via links.  Margarethe Brummermann has a wonderful blog called Arizona: Beetles, Bugs, Birds and More - I hope you check it out.  I need to take the time also I missed many of her posts; and others.  (Breaking news)!  It is snowing 7AM Sunday morning - :) snow! Though short lived is now mixed with rain a desert refreshing for the sand people. :)  Our mountain this morning has completely vanished in all the cloud cover I can't wait to see it's beauty when it reappears.  :)

This morning I'm missing my companion Sweet Sophie - she pasted away with bone cancer in September.  Sophie (mostly, and not to forget Miki) had many adventures with me to share and was always close by while posting.  She would definitely be enjoying this weather!


Miki not so much she enjoyed warmth and liked being cozy, however, not when she was on a good hunt!  Both are dearly missed.

Earlier this year I started posting on the newest activity or projects with many "phases" - involving the building of the shed / Taj mahul as I refer to it and I planned updates.   Well LOL!  I took several pictures most of which were deleted I'm sad to say.  I also had, what I thought, comical story lines to go along with a few.  One example would be a picture of the mover I took sitting under the tree waiting patiently for the completion of the shed.  When finished a fine place for it to spend out of the weather when not in use.  Well it's finally in the building - though the building is mostly done.  What a process it has been for this shed/ Taj mahul project!  The projects first posting was in February and over the months were irritations, frustrations, many starts and stops - to numerous to write in  "phases" intending to be somewhat humorous; lead us to where the shed is today - oh / Taj mahul.  And, bless his heart, my dad worked both physically and mentally at the point of obsession that we are so happy its just about done.  Posted are a series of photos and without the tales ~



For myself, I did work on a few of my own projects and actually planted winter greens in the semi-restored garden.  Though I don't want to make this post any longer and I have much more I'd like to say, I'll close for now.

In ending Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  It has been a very tough year and I still can say I have much to be thankful for.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 EVS

I needed to post a couple more as you can see the mountain is still covered and hasn't been out at all - now being 4:45 PM and the garden looks cold but I hope they make it.  I didn't get any straw yet or make covers :(  I need to work faster :/



Saturday, August 17, 2013

Reilly's Blanket ~

It took some doing with some delays but it finally went into the mail this week!  Yippee! After the birth of our grandson Logan, our great niece arrived just about four months later. Neither, I'm sad to say, I've been able to hold and hug.  I'm hoping to one day soon. Babies can grow so fast and I was hoping to get this done for Reilly to use - Lap quilts are nice to! LOL


I had fabric I used on another blanket for a special little girl I got the above I idea from.
I used part of the fabric to boarder.



A few of the blocks are the same as in Logan's all made in like manner.  Three of the children's are blocks copied from a quilt that was made for our gram in the early 90's.   For hers the kids made a few blocks each and I choose a few more suited for Reilly a bit different from Logan's.





When I saw the print I thought of Reilly and used it in blocks and backing.


As with Logan, I made a pillow for Reilly using the pattern on my pillowcase totorial here.  I just shrunk it down.





I'm pretty much pleased with how it turned out.  :)  Reilly received her blanket/quilt - I was waiting to post this tutorial but not wanting show it before it was seen by recipients. :)  I hoping to post a picture of Reilly and her blanket soon.

Yippee!! Reilly got it.  .  . I'm happy happy happy ~