I am back here in my little house in Crest sitting at my old Grandma Larson table looking out my window.These are picture of the scenery around Crest when you get out of your neighborhood and walk on a dirt road to the back country.
It's a Sunny April garden day maybe a little too sunny because plants are already drying out. So here goes my first blog on my new laptop. My old computer just stopped running out of the blue and no I hadn't backed up anything.
I have a million things to do normally so I decided to do something else for a while instead of blogging.
One of the things I am doing is planting more drought tolerant plants. Before it gets too hot I have been walking with my husband in the trails around here.The hawks are back with a new baby hawk.
It seems like everyone is having health issues. Remember Cheri Payne my favorite quilt designer. Cheri has been an inspiration to so many of us quilters. Unfortunately Cheri lost her battle with cancer.Cheri was so very brave and she will be truly missed.
I love this house built up on a bunch of rocks. There was a man watching us on the trail.
Horses running thru Crest rounded up by firemen using their firetruck. Those are the horses from next door.All together four escaped.
I like to give them carrots
Doves checked out the bird house then went to my Jacaranda tree for a nest
Beautiful view on a trail
I have been finishing projects binding quilts learning how to make a log cabin quilt so far I have nine blocks finished. I am trying to do two blocks a day. I know everyone says that log cabins are suppose to be easy. Not! I had a little help from my friend. I kept turning out a rectangle instead of a square. I ended up sticking the small drawing in front of me on the wall while I was sewing.That did the trick.
I love my little studio it keeps me busy with my unfinished projects.I am out there every day.
Some of my rugs
Years ago I bought this quilt top from a friend. Some of the blocks are from the 1800's. I finally had it quilted and I attached the binding.One project done!
This last camp trip was kinda funny
We always sit around the campfire and tell stories so just sit in your nice comfy chair and listen to Cheri's camping story and my wonderful powers of observation.
This last camp out was with Megan Little Jack and of course Maulie. My hubby set up the trailer and we were on our own. It was so relaxing everyone helped out plus we met some nice campers across from us .There were even kids for little Jack to play with .The little kids would walk across in the morning knock on the trailer and ask if Jack could play. It was so cute! Most days after work my hubby would stop by and have dinner with us then drive on home. I really missed him not camping with us. I felt badly he was missing out and doing all the work for us. After work Jack and I would take a long walk to the dog park and talk about how our day went.
It was a nice California day in April dog and owner were walking on the cool grass because Maulie likes to walk on the grass so of couse we were going in and out of the path. Next thing I know my hubby is jumping up and says he almost stepped on a snake.
So I ask my husband what kind is it he says it's just a garden snake. When we get back to our campsite I told him to go back to the snake and take a picture.
Well I thought it was interesting to see a harmless snake so I told the people in the campsite next to us we had seen a garden snake. All the kids and several adults ran over to surround the snake checking it out getting close to it.
Meanwhile back at camp I download the picture on my ipad and notice that it doesn't look quite like a garden snake and I think I see a rattle.
My daughter was at the camp site across from us talking to another camper. I whipped out my iPad showed her the snake picture realized it was rattler ran back over to tell the kids to get away from it .Thank God they were back in their campsite and had just returned with the adults.
The reason why we thought it was a garden snake was because it was curled up and we could just see it's markings no head or tail. There was the added problem we didn't have our reading glasses on.
The staff came out and gave us a show catching the snake and relocating it.The staff that caught it gave us a a nature talk about Western Diamondback rattlesnakes.
Next morning the kids saw the staff checking for snakes because there was a possibility there were more snakes.
We were told to be careful because there were probably about four more baby snakes around. This was not brush we were walking in but totally green grass. The babies are extremely venomous since they don't control their venom. These snakes have a triangle shaped head and hunt at night. The End .
Enjoy pictures from my groups of Rug hooking and Quilting groups!
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.
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
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
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.....
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!
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
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 !
Little Jack and I at South Carlsbad State beach in September. Best camping spot!
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.
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
. 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
We hiked up the mountain.That little white dot left of the tree in the distance is our campsite
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.
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