June 22st 2018

June 22st 2018
Sunflowers have Arrived

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Summer Morning

This morning, I was out watering my chickens. As I stood next to the water. Listening to the water burble and chuckle while the chickens drank that lovely cool water. I noticed in the background, the quiet hum of bees. As I looked into the blossoms of this Chinese Lantern tree, it was full of bees. As I watched them, I saw the tiniest bee I have ever seen in my life. It was maybe the size of the end of a pin. It was blue green and sparkled like a mix between amethyst  and emerald. We will begin June with perfect weather. We will touch 100-105 on Sunday and Monday then it will return to 90s. Its time for all of those wonderful things I love about living in California.

 We need those warm days so we can use this again. I don't know why I complain about the weather when I have so many nice things around me to keep me nice and cool.

I thought since I was walking around with my camera, it was time to give you a look at all that I see when I am here walking around looking at things.

This Hydrangea blossom is as high as my head. I was taking pictures this reminded me of my grandmother. One of my earliest memories is her taking care of her huge hydrangea bushes. She was still living in her house in town so I couldn't have been more than two. She let me drive nails all around her plants with a hammer. I was so proud of myself getting to do an important job like that while she carefully explained to me how the nails would help the flowers turn blue. All of the things that come to my mind as I walk around with my camera.

The Mullein is going to town. I am always so glad when I see it growing and I am reminded of how important it is to have medicinal herbs growing around your house. To me this was one of the most important ones with small children. When they would get colds, we would brew mullein and make a tea and give it to the kids with honey. It always broke up the cough. Its too warm now but I still have nettles growing in shady places and that is the best plant for Nettle tea when you are low on iron.

 I wanted to share with you the new pomegranates. They are so pretty in among the new leaves. I don't know if they still do this today, but when I was in grade school they would line us all up in lines and the principal would go up and down the lines looking at our hands to see if they were clean and would use a tongue depressor to look at kids heads for lice. I hated that so much because then they would make a big deal of taking kids with dirty hands and lice out of line and every single kid knew who those kids were. My grandmother had this huge pomegranate tree, and every time I would take one and break it open with rock I would get my hands stained. The next day at school would be that check day. I still can't stand to get juice on my hands.  I also still shudder thinking about how the kids who were called out of line would be ostracized until the next time we had to stand in line for that check.

 This year, the shade in the front yard is so deep. The grass is so green that I find myself setting on the porch, watching it. I know I have taken this picture so many times but I find I am still drawn by it.
Maybe because its the first year, there will be no little legs in among its branches. I find that the echos of voices and laughter seem to come at me every time I walk around now. The ghosts who live among us. Children of the past.

I cheated today and left Mr. Nosy chicken scratch so I could get his picture. He was scolding me when he thought I was going to pick his berries. I put some scratch out and then sat in my chair and waited. It didn't take too long. Mrs. Blue Jay was much more cautious. She stayed in among the branches and watched and waited for me to leave.

The outside living room
My berries not the blue jays.
How it looks when I am sitting in my outside living room.
I was trying to get a picture of the little ants stealing sugar from this sunflower. They were really tiny and very busy. So many memories today. The first time I saw sunflowers growing by the side of the road, when our road out front was just a country road with very few cars as well as asphalt, mostly dirt road. Sunflowers would grow in the summer. I wanted to pick a bouquet for my Mom. I wasn't supposed to go past my Great Grandmother's house, but I really wanted those flowers. So when the coast was clear, I ran as fast as I could to the clump of sunflowers. What I learned that day was, first of all you don't just pick sunflowers, you need something to cut them with as they are so tough, and the second thing I learned is they are filled with those tiny ants gathering sugar. My hands were full of ants. I dropped those flowers like they were hot potatoes and ran back home brushing off the ants. I never did pick them again. Now when I bring them in the house, I always soak them in a little bit of Dawn dish washing soap and warm water, and it works like a charm. I use my Black Eyed Susan's more for flower arranging, because the sunflowers are for the finches, the parrots and the bees.

 I will stop for now. My fitbit reminded me I have been sitting for too long. Once I jump up and go take 250 steps for the hour, my mind starts moving on to someplace else. Like real life and taking Ron to get tires on his car.
Thank you for stopping by today. My kids keep asking for memories so I am trying to do what they ask. For a little while.
I hope your day is as pretty as ours is today. With the sounds of the wind-chimes and the wind gently stirring the leaves and the smell of toasty warm grass and the birds singing in the distance.

“A person never forgets the landscape of their childhood'.”
― Kate Morton, The Lake House

Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer Projects and Happy June!

I was outside still trying to get better taking pictures with my new camera. I still can't get the look I want, but I will keep at it. I just love when the apricots start to get ripe, sunshine growing on a tree. Its a race between me and the birds. We have a front tree that really has the best apricots. It is really early apricots, but this year its late so both trees are ripe at the same time. We have had a much cooler spring this year. (Yay)

I am going to give you a book review today. I don't do many book review. Just because everyone has such different kinds of reading styles and likes and dislikes. I also don't really like modern writers. Unless I am in some kind of guns and espionage and fighting against the government kind of mood. So I will read Grisham or Baldacci. Which I don't tell you about. I also read cozy mysteries. Though I haven't read anything like that in awhile. I always have some kind or 10 books I am reading around here. I am doing three Bible Studies for summer too. Anyway, my book report is on The Lake House by Kate Morton.  A blog friend starting reading The Forgotten Garden by the same author and told me it was a really good book. Since we both have the same taste in books, I went to the library. It was good too.

But nothing like The Lake House. I can normally figure out endings and mysteries. This one was unique. I don't want to ruin it, but as books go, this was the best of the best. Ron did say after I finished it last night, " Oh good, now I can have my wife back." I guess I have been in really deep. I have one more library book left by Kate Morton called The Secret Keeper. I might wait just so I can think about something else. I did get up really early this morning and reread the last part of the book because I loved it so much. I don't do that either normally. I will buy this book. Which is about the highest praise I can give it because I am trying not to buy books. Though I just bought the reissued
Elisabth Goudge series The Elliot Family Trilogy, The Bird in the Tree, Pilgrim Inn, The Heart of the Family. Our library must have did a purge and these aren't in the system anymore. Sad how all of these wonderful authors are going by the wayside, for writers that are just one notch from Cat in the Hat. (Sorry for the commentary, The Lake House isn't like that and I had to look up words in the dictionary.)

I drew out my newest rug this week, for a summer project. I will dye some wool today. Its always a wonderful day when I get to dye wool.

This pattern is from Winter Cottage, Terri Leaner.

One of the sweet goodies she sent in the package was a rug label.

I am so bad at labeling my rugs so I thought this was the nicest thing to send with the pattern.
She has a whole series of rugs called Sunday Rugs and I might like to do them.

When I was working on the quilt I made for my granddaughter, I needed a machine that could do zig zag. My little workhorse, my Singer Featherweight, doesn't do stitches like that. I happen to have my Grandmother's Singer. Its a very nice machine, but I haven't ever used it very much preferring my Featherweight. I got out her machine and it does such lovely zigzag. I now have a machine to zigzag the edges on my rugs. I really like that machine, and as I was sewing, I thought, maybe I need to think about doing some more sewing. So we will see how much more my ole brain wants to learn.

Can you see that pretty bloom on that pumpkin vine? I didn't plant any this year, but this one came up on its own, so I think I will keep it and see how it grows.

Well the dryer buzzed so its time to go get the day going. Oh by the way, since Blogger changed something on the 25th, I am not getting your comments in my Gmail box. Does anyone know a fix for that? I thought it was my computer being new and all of that, but its on  bloggers end. I would appreciate it if anyone has any idea on that front.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, have a wonderful weekend,


“Boredom, as her mother had always told them, was a state to be pitied, the province of the witless.” 

“May your past be a pleasant memory, Your future filled with delight and mystery, Your now a glorious moment, That fills your life with deep contentment.” 
Kate Morton, The Lake House

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A New Computer

I finally broke down and had Ron get a new computer for me. I was still on Microsoft Vista. That is how old my computer was and nothing was updating anymore. I was hardly getting on my computer or even turning it on because I was so scared of it. I am now on Windows 10 I have this snazzy computer that I am having to learn. I have a new camera that I am having to learn too. I made it though a new phone okay. I thought I would write a blog and see how it goes. You know it really helps me that Elliot and Peter and Ron all are in the Computer industry. They know so much. I am still having to play catch-up because I am not a tech person. AT All!

I hope you had a very nice Memorial Day weekend. It was a nice weekend here. Tomorrow is Peter's
23rd birthday. Our youngest son will be 23. How can it be? He was my first and only C-section. What a challenge that was. What a downfall it was too. Super woman became mortal. The kids at that time were newborn- 2-4-6-10-14. Until that point in my life, I was able to leap buildings in a single bound, with a baby strapped to my hip. I am thankful for that period in my life. As I was reminded this morning, it became the most defining point in my character. I had to let my pride go and I had to ask for help. I don't think I was ever the same. The greatest lesson I learned, was God was greater and I could learn to trust Him in every single circumstance. For home schooling that year, lesson plans slipped and we spent hours, me reading out-loud, and everyone else playing with Lego's. So now, as a 23 year old, I am thrilled beyond measure at how he has turned out. He is a very nice guy.

Can you see that guy we caught on the game cam? Its a possum. He is so huge. I still enjoy that game cam. We have caught such fun things on it.

Ben when he was here when he was weed eating the pasture for us. This made us laugh. He worked so hard when he was here. My goodness. He got us so caught up on our outside work not to mention fixing so many things that were broke.

I wanted to show you the bench Ron made me this weekend. I bought some new chairs for the quiet porch, but being short I needed something for my feet to rest on because my feet don't touch the ground. I showed him a picture of what I had in mind, and less than a hour he had this for me. Well, not exactly this, I had to paint it and then Ron did the stencil. Isn't it cute?

Its such a nice place out there. I keep telling myself I am going to stay out here longer than five minutes very soon.

We got all of the flowerbeds mulched again.  Front and back. Its so pretty now. It has freed my mind.
Now it takes me about an hour to keep them clean. Compared to in the past when it takes me three days at least.

I loved this porch this morning as I was taking pictures. This is where we used to sit until they put the road in. Now its just to noisy, but its still a nice area.

I have been in fixing up the house. I feel like I woke up. Ron said that I have been off of gluten for six months now, and it takes that long to get out of my system. Every morning now I wake up excited about all of the things I am going to get done. So its nice really. We are going to do 30 days of Whole 30 starting June 1st. It was nice to take May off, we never really strayed away from it though.

I love this view of my dining room. I would say it is finished. If anything can ever be finished.
Makenzie got this tablecloth for me for Mother's Day. I just love it so much.

One more thing. I finished Mrs. Peter Rabbit. I got her all bound and she is hanging in my office. I just had to show her to you. I think for the first time in 8 years since I started hooking rugs, I made a break through in my hooking. I am still a far cry from where I want to be, but with this rug, I can finally see that I could become a good rug hooker.

I love her face.
So that is how it looks from my fence post this morning. Thanks for stopping by to read my scribbling. Its taken me almost 3 hours to write this post, but I got it done.
I hope your last week of May and the first week of June will be splendid.


"An older missionary said something to Amy Carmichael when she was a young missionary that stayed with her for life.
She had spoken of something which was not to her liking. His reply was, "See in it a chance to die."
---taken from the devotional A Lamp For My Feet, by Elisabeth Elliot

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Post

On my birthday, my son gave me his camera. Its much fancier than mine. I have been trying to learn this camera and my pictures will look different for awhile. Its a very nice camera, so its the person behind the camera than needs some work. I am learning.

Ron took pity on me and helped me finish the pool fence. It only took us four hours rather than eight if I had been doing it alone. I am so thankful still. I have to tell you though. The reason I wanted the pool fence painted was because of my beach sign. I saw this beach sign way back on my friend Debbie's blog, "Its All About Purple." 

I loved that sign and I found the letters and I got the board painted. ( You can buy the letters from Hobby Lobby.) But, the fence looked so bad, I knew before I could put that sign up I had to paint the fence. Can you imagine? That is how my mind works though. Here is my sign, finally!

 Ron helped so much. Debbie thank you for posting that picture too.

So then I got to put our chairs and umbrellas out and Ron put some plants out there so one of our outdoor living places is ready to go.

I hope they do okay out there. I hope its not too hot. We can always move them on the porch.

Speaking of porches, I finally finished the Quiet Porch. We spend so much time outside this time of year.
The Quiet Porch is where I do my quiet time and  because its just off the office where I stitch and hook my rugs I go out there a lot.

You can see the town in the distance and the sea trains they have brought in.  Its quiet though.
My end tables are grape boxes I got from Megan.
I do love old boxes from all of the farming that goes on around here, these are from Giumarra Farms.

Last summer because of the heat, I let my hens out in the back yard too much. This year, I didn't want them in the back yard. We have it all nice and pretty this year and I just didn't want them taking dust baths in the flowerbeds. Ron came up with a solution.

He put a little door in the back wall of the chicken coop.

As soon as I let them out of their house in the morning and open the door, they race to go outside.
Now they have this nice little area to stay out in and take dust baths and they watch me when I am outside walking or working. Its very nice for me too. They are under the trees and its much cooler out here. We will see when it gets really hot though.

Just a little picture of my three tomato plants and my peppers and zucchini. I feel like its the neglected garden. I still haven't got the rest planted as we have been doing so many other things. At least I have some green tomatoes.

My last sign.

Maybe I have never mentioned but since I was a little girl I have been obsessed with big foot. When they showed that Patty film on the news it has never left my mind. I saw this sign and I knew I needed one just on my fence before you go out in the pasture. Ron and I hope to take some time off this summer and go to Northern California and visit some of the big foot museums up there.

Anyway, just a little of what has been going on around here. I think I am caught up. I will have to come up with some more projects this week. I am a little tired though.
I hope you have a lovely week. Thank you so much for stopping by.


“You must learn to know the difference between tales and the truth, my Liza, she would say. Fairy tales have a habit of ending too soon. They never show what happens afterwards when the prince and princess ride off the page.”
---Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden