My Field of Dreams

My Field of Dreams

Friday, October 24, 2014

Racing Through October

My flowers are so tired now. I think the last of my zinnias will be coming out today. The weather has been hard on the flowers too. I have never had much luck with zinnias reseeding. I will save all of the seeds I find today.

I have some roses in my backyard, and every year I say I am taking them out. Then they bloom like this and I keep them. They are a odd rose. The are so pretty, but when you cut them and bring them in the house, they droop and drop the petals by the next day and then they go pale as soon as they are cut. I have lots of rose bushes but none that do that. Not much smell either.

The lemons and the oranges have made it through this Hell of a summer. I have watched the trees and now that they are starting to turn a bit yellow, I know we aren't out of the woods, but I think we will possibly get a crop this year. Our routine for these lemons is the day we decorate the house for Christmas, one on my sons will eat lemons off this tree like candy. That is when we know the citrus is starting to get ripe. We always decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving. Funny Tradition isn't it?

I hope you have a lovely Friday.My friends in Canada in the path of the Nor'easter stay safe. You are on my heart and mind. 

 " Help me to live this day quietly, easily:
To lean upon Thy great strength trustfully,
To meet others peacefully, joyously;
To face tomorrow confidently, courageously."

---Taken from the book Secure in the Everlasting Arms, Elisabeth Elliot."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Just Thinking

I hope you have had a lovely week. I thought really I should entitle this, " Another Ole Boring Post."
I was listening to a Pod cast the other morning as I walked and the person was talking about how in the 1930s when the Great Depression hit that people were able to make it because of self-reliance and we still had an agrarian society. He mentioned that if the power grid went down how people would just die. I thought about that all week, because I know just in simple power outages, I have to work hard at getting my mind to figure out cooking and all of that on my BBQer.

 I was talking to my lovely Meg yesterday and she mentioned about Ben her husband, hunting and talking to the ranger. The ranger was telling Ben about a lady he talked to who had been hiking. She remarked at how dry it was and how the streams were dried up. The ranger said, " yes it was very dry now." The women said, " Well, why don't you just turn the steams back on?" The ranger told Ben "he was so stunned, he didn't really know what to say to that, so he just said, " Budget cuts Ma'am, budget cuts." 

Did you know that there is a problem in National Parks? People don't go visit like they once did. You know why? No wireless connections, or cell service. Here this year because of the ongoing drought. Bears have come down from the mountains to town. People rush over with cell phones to take photos instead of thinking about it being a cornered wild animal.  In the mountains, the mountain lions have reproduced in such numbers they are running in packs. I am afraid, that the Disney mentality had invaded the culture so bad that even if people do decided to go hiking and whatever, they will get eaten because the animals they have seen on T.V. are nice and don't eat people. Oh, and don't forget the pot growers. Ben saw a pot farm when he was hunting too. 

The news here in California keeps talking about that earthquake that could hit at any moment. I try to keep myself prepared in case of a disaster. But what happens to people who aren't? Anyway, been thinking about that and pondering.


"It often takes more courage to be a passenger than a driver."
---The view from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg, 1996

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I woke today with lots and lots of clouds. Lovely cooler weather. October weather. Before the sun was up I kept staring at the sky because I thought it was a cloudy day, as soon as it got light enough to go traipsing around I did. I feel like my brain finally came back online. I don't think we will get rain, but clouds are such a nice change from all of that sunshine.

 It is starting to look like fall around here. Here is a secret that I just told Ron the other day. I don't remember growing up, really thinking much about trees. I knew where all of the good climbing trees were and which trees tried to kill you if you climbed them, but that was about it. For the record, my favorite climbing tree was our fig trees. This tree that is now the favorite climbing tree in my yard, when I was a kid it was a killer tree, limbs would just break off for no reason. It has aged gracefully.

After we got married, we lived in town and the places we lived, planted ever green or other landscaping trees, or I was so busy, I just never noticed. That first year we moved out here, when it was fall, I got myself in a panic. I couldn't understand why all of the trees were dying. I took to dragging the hose watering every tree that just kept loosing its leaves. Finally, about November, it dawned on me. They were supposed to do that. I felt really silly. Oh, and look, I write a gardening blog. How funny is that? I still found myself even this year, pointing out to Ron our  "dying" nectarine tree. I am glad today finally looks like a fall day in October.

I finished my rug yesterday.


I like this rug, but then I say that about every thing. I drew out a couple more rugs this weekend. I am anxious to start them. I think they will be so much fun to hook. My oldest daughter, Kessie, sent me three patterns that she was dreaming about the other night. I can't wait to get those drawn out. I love how she draws and they are my favorite rug patterns. She has an art degree. Not to mention those years of art classes I took the kids to, I am so glad I did.  Now I can have a ready supply of rug patterns. I just wished I hooked faster. I sold my third rug this weekend. I love getting to do what I had only dreamed about for so long. 

I hope you have a lovely day as well. I shall enjoy this cloudy day very much. 


" A good detective is always in demand. "

---Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Hidden Staircase,
Carolyn Keene, 1930

xxxooo Kisses and hugs for Alex, " I love you. ---Grandma---

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Photos

Gift from the season.
Morning Glories

The last of the crabapples 

My sweet hen

White Pumpkins
Regular pumpkins in my wooden pumpkin basket

Sunlight captured in the Morning Glories.

My favorite tool (rug hook) of choice.
Here is hoping I get to spend some time in the garden, visiting with the hens, playing with pumpkins and then
maybe a little hooking this afternoon. Just a perfect kind of day.
I hope you get to have time to do what you love today.


"Little things have big results sometimes."
---Willie Without, Margaret Moore, 1951