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Well as usual I have been having a busy time in my crazy life. I  took a bus trip to the Road to California which was so relaxing. Taking a tour bus is the way to go. Then the next event was Hubby and I going camping and that is precisely when I quit having fun. I got the worst cough ever.I could not speak without coughing a lung up.  I sat and coughed in our trailer for five whole days and four nights.

 But I tried to look at the positive of my being sick. I was able to at least get caught up on all of my audio books. My husband had a nice time taking pictures of birds and basically had a nice time without me since I could not talk lucky him. So if your going to be sick on a mini vacation sitting and feeding ducks is the best way to go.I stayed away from people so I wouldn't spread my germs and now I feel really good.
Today I got all my camping's laundry done and started getting caught up in my garden.
 Here are some quick pictures of my chicken Lady Violet and her rug.









                                                                          Violets rugs progress




                                                             
                                                                           Road to California




















                                                                  Hawaiian Quilts














                                                                This quilt won 10,000 dollars



























                                                 Hubby took this picture while we were camping
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I loved this little quilt


Such a pretty January day. This Sunday I put away my Christmas quilts with such ease and so quickly I was mildly astonished maybe after so many years I am finally getting organized wouldn't that be a nice thought.I think buying some big bright red plastic tubs worked the best for me this year.  I  just plopped my little  Christmas trees in the tubs and off to the garage they went. I had lots of little trees all over my home instead of one big tree.It looks just like Christmas but cozier.


 The nice thing about being a rug hooker and a quilter is you have a part of your art hanging all over your home every day of the year.
 Another quilt I made a Cheri Payne design 
 I had quite a busy Christmas season between my groups meeting for Christmas parties and friends coming over I was the busiest I have ever been. Also this Christmas season we went camping which was so relaxing.It was one of the most peaceful holiday times I have enjoyed ever.It was like we were in another quiet world.There was no running around frantically getting calls to bring this or that.No last minute shopping I could just rug hook and relax. Jack and I were still able to visit family on Christmas but we had all the other days biking and watching wildlife all to ourselves.


The little flag is my quilt in the quilt show



Yesterday hubby and I spent a couple hours looking for warm jackets.I found two red jackets one that would be perfect in the rain and the other would keep me toasty warm. We’re going to Alaska in the summer a trip in our life time we are both really looking forward to the trip.
I love railroads and we’re going to take a trip on the White Pass Railroad in Skagway Alaska.Were also going to visit Victoria B.C.
There is so much planning involved but that’s what I like about a trip being planned for the summer.It gives me alot of time to think about it and imagine what it is going to be like to be on a cruise.
                                                           Sew primitive is my quilt too!









Last Fall was the San Diego Quilt show and I never showed the pictures I took of the Cheri Payne Quilt exhibit. So for those that don't participate on Facebook here are the quilts that were displayed at the San Diego Quilt Show.



 I had two Cheri Payne quilts in the quilt exhibit .A little bit about Cheri Payne .
Cheri Payne is a quilt designer well loved by a ton of quilters. Cheri retired last year and has been bravely battling cancer.We all love her and admire her talent and her positive attitude. Cheri designs I have loved all my quilting life and like many of her fans we eagerly would scoop them up at the Country Loft over the years. There was never any rules to her quilts and her style is a style of quilting I love! I have a pile of her patterns that I still have to do in this life time of mine.




We also had a shed put in our back yard and surprise surprise  I
made it into my little rug hooking, quilting studio. Here are some quick 
pictures of what we have been doing.


 Jack put the floor in and next is electricity then
insulation and then rough boards which I am painting 
vintage white

My first quilt








Yes I have been working on my lady Violet rug!
Next week I am going on a bus trip to the Road to California 
quilt show and I also have a rug hooking group meeting on Tuesday. Stay tuned for pics from my quilt day trip in a couple weeks I promise!!
Thanks to all  my blogger friends who still follow this little blog of mine over the many years. If you follow me on Facebook this is a repeat of pics but they're still nice to see. hugs cheri
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 Hi Blogger friends I am sitting here in Crest on a cold December day listening to Lady Violet yodel to her hearts content. She really wants to be out of her chicken coop. I usually let them out early mid morning but I am going down the hill later on today. I don't want to leave my chickens free ranging as a treat for a coyote. Now she has the whole group yodeling in a group effort to annoy me and make me feel guilty.
 My plans today simply are dyeing some wool. I want an old black for my background of my chicken hooked rug and yes I am still working on my hooked rug!
 Maulie is getting a bath shortly. I know she knows the word bath because she lays on her back and pretends she is a dead dog.
I hope all of you are doing well and have a Blessed Christmas.Here is a glimpse of my friend Dee's Christmas!
                                           
                                               Celtic music was playing as I walked thru door.....




                                                                   Even her door is creative



                                                                              Enjoy
                                                   Christmas at Dee's in Southern California
                                                           


                                                                   Carved by Dee



Log cabin made by Dee





Stephanie made this hooked rug for Dee





sweet angel






                                                                      Made by Dee










                                                                   





                                                                     



                                                                     Dee carving




































Hugs  Cheri
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This is  the second year in a road we have displayed Primitive rug hooking at the San Diego Quilt Show.  Donna and Kathy were demonstrating rug hooking. Enjoy!

 It's amazing you start out with little pieces of wool and make these beautiful rugs.







                                                         

                                           Donna use to teach rug hooking at the County Loft





Marjorie's rug







My rug hooking


Pam did an excellent job





                                                            Dee did a great folk art chicken































This horse was made by a Amish Lady in Lancaster Pennsylvania

Annie Lapp
Bev bought it an antique store she was working at about forty years ago. I bought a very large hooked Pig made by the same hooker.
 That is what originally got me interested in Rug Hooking.


Peace and Love Cheri
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Oh I admit it dear blogger friends I am a little behind with blogging. I promise I will catch up on everyone's blog because I really do enjoy seeing what everyone is up to. I have been having more fun days then boring days this summer and a mixture of babysitting.
Two weeks ago I took alot of pictures of the San Diego Quilt show, I will post them next week.The problem is hubby and I have been camping once a month like clockwork and there seems to be alot involved when we prepare for a trip.Jack and I also getting ready to put a shed in our back yard so we need to clear the area. It has to be level for the workers to assemble the shed.

Today was such a fun day.I mean a really fun day! I joined the stitchery group at Rosie's. I am setting a goal to get some of my UFO's done before my projects end up at the thrift store.I always feel sorry for thrift store quilts. You know someone worked really hard and just ran out of time and their kids bagged up a life time of work .
 After a good couple hours of working on my Crazy Quilt at Rosie's quilt shop I hopped in my husband's truck and was off to Dee's!!! I have been driving his truck lately it is a treat and so much fun. I feel so independent.I can pick up straw for Lady Violet and the girls at the feed store! I can even put a piece of furniture in the truck if I need to when my girlfriend Linda and I are exploring antique stores.





The San Diego Quilt show had a rug hooking exhibit and I hijacked two of Dee's rugs to put in the hooked rug exhibit.  So when Janet and I were picking up Bev's rugs I saw Dee's two folk art rugs that she had gifted to Bev and I snatched them for the show. Dee was so mortified with me as I tried to reassure her they were fine for the show.














                                                                       These rocks are unique



I slowly open the gate and Emily the cat observes me.Emily eyes me with a look of interest in her big cat eyes. I have heard she has a boy cat that visits and she is none too happy.The pathway is ahead of me as I cross the bridge.

 Dee is sitting in her chair and we start talking like a couple magpies. I am probably the most chatty of us two.We talk about what project were working on and then there is show and tell.



My show and tell


 I really think that is what keeps you young keeping your mind busy.
My grandson Little Jack always say "Nana your old young" that is what Dee is also old young!
Well Dee has gotten out her paints lately and her rocks were so unique to see.
 She wanted to share her Pumpkin rock art with me so we went into the kitchen to see her rocks.

I am blessed to have the friends like I do. When you have older girl friends you have women who have a life time of experiences to share

 My older friends have shown me by their own trials of life how to better handle my own crazy life. Life is a constant test with the constant ups and downs of health, illness old age and loss.So to learn to enjoy life to it's fullest in spite of what's sad that is going on in your life is a learned behavior.


                                                   
                                                    You can never have enough Pumpkins!













                                                                           Boo!














                                                     





                                                                 




                                                     
     





                                                   Blue and orange combination is so serene








                                                               
                                           
                                                 


                                                             " Oh Dear" says the little mouse!





                                                                 Looking out her window





                                                            What a beautiful piece









                                                               Dee Pumpkin art work





                                                              Everyone has a pumpkin



                                                                           Mittens and berries





                                                                 This doll is very old!














                                                                         Dee's three girls

















                                                                              Bye Emily

 And so my visit comes to and end back to my chickens I need to clean their coop! Today I have to
 work on my garden pull some weeds.My plants have endured a very hot summer. My one pumpkin still has no orange color maybe it's not a pumpkin I am thinking. I did put a bunch of seeds out this late spring!





                                                                               Bye dee !
         
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                                                 Little Jack and I at South Carlsbad State beach in September.
                                                 Best camping spot!


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My sunflowers are slowly bending their leaves and saying good bye to summer.It was a trial at times to work on my Lady Violet rug but a couple weeks ago we went camping at Santee Lakes and I finally made some headway.

For me the perfect time of the year to rug hook is in winter. Even if the air conditioning is on in the summer it just isn't the same as when it's cooler. In Southern California we don't get snow but the weather starts to try to cool down off and on in September and October.I get a little worried this time of year.
 Did anyone see the NBC dateline program about the Cedar Fire? That was the fire that burned over 200 homes around us in Crest. It sure brought back memories of how scary it was. Usually we get the devil winds or Santa Ana winds that drive wildfires off and on during these months.

I was sick last week with the worst headache so no rug hooking group for me. Michele was nice enough to take these pictures of the gals rugs. It seems like all the ladies in our group
 are getting ready for the San Diego Quilt Show at the end of September.Once again were going to display hooked rugs in the show at the San Diego Convention center.

About six months ago I did DNA testing using Ancestry.com.
Well the results were very interesting! First I knew I was Hispanic but when the test came
 back I had a little bit of Sephardic Jewish ancestry in my blood. My second cousin looked into our genealogy and there is a poet Rabbi Najera that was in my family.  I had over 33 percent DNA of Native American. The majority of my DNA is Iberian Peninsula. The Iberian Peninsula contains Arab,Spanish,Moroccan,France and Italy.I had one percent of hunter gatherers of Africa and two percent Britain two percent of all places Scandinavia.
It made me think about how crazy life is  More people should take an ancestry test they would  be amazed at where they originated. Maybe it would change how we perceive people.
Great job Stephanie!





I think of my husbands family that were German and Swedish.You know I think I am going to order a test for him!



My husbands dad was really into genealogy when he was alive.He even drove to Utah to get information from a genealogy library.
My daughter Megan started looking into what he had gathered and got back pretty far in the records with the help of other relatives on my husbands side. Apparently she could qualify for the daughters of the American revolution.Amazing.

 My late mother in laws Alice family were rug hookers in Ohio. Not for a hobby but out of necessity. That was the first time I saw hooked rugs and my interest was peaked.
I have this theory about  my DNA.
 I could never understand why I loved old houses so much, Jane Austen, gardening, all things British. Chickens, quilts and rug hooking. Not to mention being a avid reader of history.
I wondered how come I had such a love for color folk art and fibers. It must be that the DNA that was from ancestors in the past effects me in the present. I think that my ancestors DNA speaks to my heart and somehow that effects my passionate interests.I know it's not scientific but my romantic heart thinks its true.
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                                                                        Point Loma Lighthouse








                                                                             Tidepools




                                                                       surfer








This has been the summer of just a little bit of everything.We have been on several camping trips this summer.We still have one last camping trip to South Carlsbad State beach coming up in September! I finally finished a Cheri Payne flag quilt from last year.  There was the usual 4th of July parade in Crest with the throwing of candy to kids watching the parade .Little jack insisted on spending the night for the parade.It makes me happy that he loves to come to our home so much.

 We took a trip to the Point Loma Tidepools with little Jack while he was spending days with us .We had him for a little bit while his parents were away. His mom went to Brave Girl camp in Idaho and his Dad went to Palm Springs golfing. We did a  nice staycation in San Diego. People come all over the world to see all the tourist spots in San Diego so we just were like tourists enjoying southern California.
 I called it Nana camp.We had train rides at Balboa Park which has been around since I was a kid.Little Jack loved it!







I have been using Facebook more then blogging because it's easier to use with my iPad.I just post a picture. But I know
not everyone uses Facebook.I joined Facebook so I could be in some rug hooking groups on line.I am going to continue blogging but maybe just once a month for a while.

                                                                             4th of July
                                                                   





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The San Diego quilt show is going to have hooked rugs again this year so I am putting two of my rugs in the show.I need to put a sleeve on them and they will be ready for the show in September.




                                                               Oh and then a wildfire scare!

                                                Scary day there was a wildfire below Crest
                                                  I took this picture                                        

                                   


                                                       A neighbor snapped this pic


                                                     I gave little Jack my hat at Santee Lakes



Rug hooking in the summer seems like such a chore. I have been in a slump trying to get my mojo back to my rug hooking. So when I was packing to go camping I had to include my wool's and my Lady Violet rug.I needed to force myself to get going on my hooking project.

 William Heise Park was a lot of fun and was perfect for hooking away. There seem to be no distractions for me except feeding my husband breakfast lunch dinner.
It was just me and my husband in our trailer in a spot that only had two other campers in the camping loop.It was like having the park to ourselves.It was so relaxing! The fact we were so close to Julian was perfect.
 Jack and I went on some really nice hikes where you felt like you were all by your self deep in the wilderness.It was so quiet.We saw this sign which was a little scary.
It was kinda unnerving at times as the paths got narrower and denser and with my imagination I was sure some crazy animals could jump out at us.
 The bugs were out so bug spray was a must but besides that it was like being on a retreat.




I bought a cool walking stick at a bird shoppe which Jack promptly painted it full of pretty flowers for me.


                                                                   My walking stick



My husband has discovered painting rocks so he brought his paints and I brought my hooking and during the heat of the day we worked on our projects.It was bliss!I finished my 4th of July quilt just in time for 4th of July a couple weeks ago.
                                                      We spotted deer when we drove to Julian







At night we would walk over to throw our trash away and look at the beautiful stars.The best part  was seeing deer and we even were pretty lucky and saw a couple wild turkeys. On the last day two mule deer jumped out of the bushes and ran in front of us at our campsite.That was exciting!



                                              Little Jack just spent one night camping with us


                                                                Some progress




             We hiked up the mountain.That little white dot left of the tree in the distance is our campsite

                                                                             Hugs Cheri
                 
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The older I get the quicker the months fly by and my simple little life goes on with the constant yo yo of ups and downs.


 I just let Morris our old cat in the house before he gets munched on by wild coyotes.   Tonight I can hear all the frogs in the park croaking away it is such a gentle noise. One more of Gods little creatures.I bet the life of a frog is uncomplicated.
These last months have been by far harder then usual.
 Sometimes it seems as though one day drags on after another no change in my daughters
health and then it starts getting slowly better she can feel parts of her leg again.  The hope of a better health day finally returns .


 I finished a Julie butler design while camping


On Facebook you can pretty much say a sentence or two but my blog seems more personal. I fake it pretty good but sometimes it catches up with me.
                                          We have been having a enjoyable time watching Soccer games.
I have been really busy this last month in my garden . I have some sunflowers I am protecting from my chickens. We had a bunch of trees cut down what a mess.
I have new neighbors of four horses. They are relaxing to watch .They stare at me I stare at them. They do like my carrots.
 I discovered bike riding again and have been having fun with my cousin and friends.
I love camping with new friends and family at least once a month.We just got back from Chula Vista RV Resort which was great!I saw my Aunt Sophie who looks amazing for her age.

                                                                           




                                                                        hugs cheri


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Bravery is seven little letters but so much in those letters. Observing the friends in my life and all the groups I belong to I am amazed how brave my friends truly are and special. Not because they don't speak what comes from their heart but that they go on as bravely as they can in spite of with good attitudes. Chronic illness is such a hard situation there is no magic bullet that fixes everything.It's not like a bad cold or flu it's just trying to get thru the day with as much dignity and hope that it will be better tomorrow and feeling wiped out and exhausted and in pain. Your whole family feels the ripple effect of you feeling helpless and sad for you.Chronic illness is something that makes you dig deep inside yourself to make it to the next day.  I don't know how many times I have said I am sorry to my daughter because she is in pain .It's tough.


  As a sick person you have the added stress of waiting for treatments to be approved.You fight with insurance companies when your ill and wait for doctor visits hoping and praying the specialist has more information about your illness. If you need a handicap spot and you look O.K.  you are harassed by people expecting you to explain what's wrong with you. Sometimes you are having a good day and don't need a cane. You feel normal and yet some judgmental person wants to try to ruin your day. There are so many hidden disease where you look so called normal but just walking or going to the grocery store is such an achievement! I am amazed at how many of my friends are going thru illness and loss and still can be brave kind and constantly showing their wonderful character. Brave people inspire more Brave people!
                                                                   




The fact that a person does not become bitter is the bravest part! The old John Wayne idea of bravery of being stoic, not being real is not what bravery is believe me. Talking about what's bothering you to close safe friends and realizing you are not alone helps them and you on this windy path.Sometimes you are just an example to others of coping skills  A lot of times your dealing with one health crisis after another one problem and you barely have time to come up for air. But oh when you come up for air it's glorious.Life is wonderful when your having good days.

                                                                      camping and hooking

The bravest people discuss what their going thru and ask for help and understanding from friends and family. A brave woman can cry get angry and just be pissed because they're sick of being sick. (that's the only word that fits)





 Camping has been such a welcome relief just being to have some time with my husband has been priceless. We relax watch the ducks regroup and can help again.

  Unfortunately this month is going to be a tough month for my daughter trying to get her pain under control. She is going to have IV once a week and will get sicker before she feels better. So I will be running back and forth to her home to help.I get to see all the cool moms again waiting for their kids in their skinny yoga pants and this little Nana will be picking up the funniest little kindergartner .I was face timing him yesterday he kept scrunching his eye brows up and down and he informed me that is an eye brow Hello. Now I know you think this is a Cheri serious post but I think that sometimes when your looking at peoples post you think what a wonderful life and it is far from it. They learned to find the friends that support them and rebuild a new life with this new shadow in their life. The fact your family can still find happiness in spite of this chronic situation in your life is another use for that seven letter word Bravery.




OK well back to the rest  my Life. Sometimes I think I compartmentalize my life ya think? Remember how I was saying how awful the coyotes have been? Well now add a mountain lion to the mix it was spotted in Crest last week. All this rain is effecting wildlife for some reason.They are getting Bolder.
Last weekend we went camping again. My husband had a three day weekend so we went camping in January. It was my very own hook in and perfect.  I hooked away on a cute log cabin rug . I was having a fun time bike riding and taking pics of the different birds. Maulie went  riding in a bike with Jack. I had to laugh when I saw her riding by me . I am really looking forward to a big trip were taking in May to the Ocean with five couples.



                                                               I hooked outside and when it rained
                                                               I went inside





                               



                                                                    My camping project




Coyotes seem to be following where ever I go.
The irony of the coyotes that have me worried since I lost one chicken is I go camping and see a coyote about 50 feet from our trailer trotting slowly by. There I was riding in the afternoon and saw another one across the brook from me. We had a fellow camper tell us how they hang out in the area we were camping at probably because there is a stream of water. Today I  went to my rug hooking group it was fun as usual Enjoy what my fellow rug hookers are working on.


                                                        Pam is getting it closer to being done



                                                               Michele wants to repair this quilt

                                                            Janice finished her stocking !



                                                        As usual Donna has a beauty of a rug











                                                              Stephanie work




                                                                  I am getting there

                                                                     hugs cheri
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