Friday, January 14, 2022

Cold and Winter Days

 Good Morning.

Happy Friday! Still painting but its going to be so nice and bright. I feel like its a win,win. De-cluttering and getting in shape and also refreshing the house. All at the same time. I think it is amazing how I can always do more than I think I can. Especially when flooring people are coming next week. This is the first time we have ever done this for ourselves. We normally only do this when we sell a house. So this feels so nice to finally be doing it for us. It only took 42 years.   

I joined Saundra at Woodland Junction, for a online hook-in. We will all be doing a version of a Granny Donaldson cow rug. If you go to the link above she has the info and pictures of what one looks like hooked. One of the things I love is early Americana and Folk art and antique rugs. I am currently working on Magdalena's Goat, from an antique pattern by Magdalena Briner. Saundra, has a wonderful selection of Magdalena rugs. Here is my progress so far.

Sorry about the glare, its kind of like that today. This is a big rug. This is really different style for me, but I do like it. I try and think about Magdalena and her life and how she hooked for her families comfort and I do it for art. 

I got my pattern for the hook-in from Here is my pattern.

 I think its very cute and I think it will be fun to hook with others and enjoy seeing the other projects. 

Ron is back from his errands. Time to get those paint clothes on and get in gear. Turn on the music and start painting. I am such a slow painter. I am glad he is painting with me because he paints circles around me. But it looks so pretty. 

Have a lovely Friday,


My other house on a foggy morning. I always liked seeing the sun rise like this through the fog. It was foggy like this today. We have had a lot of fog this year. It reminds me of the years when I was a kid and we had fog all of January.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Odds and Ends

 I am trying to be more of a blogger this year. To be more aware of my time and what it is I do all day and before I know it, Its time to cook dinner and I couldn't tell you what I did all day. I finally got the rest of the pieces of my new hooking frames last night. 

Here is the floor stand. It has that telescoping bar, I had to use it really early this morning and its going to be so nice. I am working on that huge rug, called Magdalena's Goat and Saundra drew out for me.

Then this is the little stand I got to do punch needle.

 Its going to be nice to try punch needle on that frame. No matter how hard I try when I am doing punch needle can I get the fabric tight enough. I hope this works. Still it will be fine for smaller rugs. 

We painted on Friday. We had to do two coats because the color of the walls was brown. I didn't realize how brown until we painted. Now when I walk by that room, I think the light is on, because its so bright. Before I really ignored the dining room because it was like a cave. 

The flooring will be put in next week. I am so excited. I guess I am keeping my dining room table. I offered it the boys when they got their new house. But Elliot's wife's parents have a pool table that they wanted to get rid of so they decided to take the pool table. I am glad because after I told them they could have it, realized that I use it for drawing out my rugs and I wondered what I would do then. So it all works out. 

Lauren had this link on her blog. I was looking for a small project to do during Christmas. It took me so long to hook it and then even longer to bind it. I have no idea why. But it was a fun project. Now I can put it away until next year. 

I am going to be hooking this pattern for Saundra's Granny Donaldson's Cow rugs. I had never heard of that before so it will stretch me I think.

This is Karen Kahle, Primitive Spirit. I think it will be fun to do something like this in between painting and tearing up the house. We have to get the flooring tore out before next Friday. It will get me into some kind of shape. 

I hope you have the best day,


"Joy is the best makeup." Anne Lamont


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

A New Year

 Happy 2022! 

As I slowly lift my head into the new year, I am very careful at how I greet this 2022. As I look back 2021 was okay as long as I remembered to keep the news off and stay off my phone. Life threw some curve balls that I didn't see coming. Ron is still working from home. The two weeks to flatten the curve, turned into almost two years. Now I am used to him working from home, I will have an adjustment to make when and if  he goes back. He is supposed to next week, but this is California so who knows. I am ignoring mostly everything that comes out of Sacramento now. 

I saw this and I pretty much hoped it wouldn't be a weird year. So my words for this year will be, "It is what it is." 

We are going to start painting the house on Friday. The walls in this house are brown. Lots of brown. My office is Millennial pink. We wanted to get the yard done last year, because we spend so much time outside. We bought the paint and I am ready to get started. We are going to get new carpet and flooring.

I thought that was a good way to start the new year, to freshen everything up. We are going to have a man who painted our old kitchen in the other house come in and do the cabinets in this house. Its hard to decide what I am most excited about.  

This year, I asked for new hooking frames. I had to pick it out because Ron didn't know what to get. So I did. Yesterday it finally got here. I found it on Etsy.

I hope you can see all three frames. Plus it came with a metal floor stand. It swivels and is very nice. 

It still smells really strong of stain so its not put together yet. Its going to be so nice once I start using it. I love my old frame, but it is old and the screws are starting to pull through. So I love this and man are those grippers grippy. So that is a nice addition to my hooking life. 

I am always undecided what is prettier, woods filled with snow, or the desert in the winter. I like them both. 

Though California is nice after the storms are past. I am enjoying a cold winter this year. I wish you the best for this year. I have decided, to live one day at a time. These first four days have been great. Last year my words were "Finding joy in the unexpected." It sounded pretty awesome and pithy, but things happened that just knocked me around. Maybe I am getting older and smarter, but I really doubt it. 

I wish you the best and I am going to try to laugh more, ignore those things that are out of my control. To just accept the changes and not get too upset when they don't. To love more and count my blessings everyday. To not drive my family crazy is big on my list this year. At least try not to drive them crazy. To try very hard to keep my opinions to myself, and look, I have done a blog post with lots of opinions. 

So that one is out. I wish you the best, and really I wish you a Happy New Year, welcome 2022. 


“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” —George Herbet

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

And Now Winter

 This is our few weeks of winter. I love it, seeing the snow, almost down to the valley. The rain, which is flooding my yard and flowerbeds. To sit in front of the fire, with a cozy blanket and reading books. 

As in times past, I have put all of December away. Christmas Tree, outside lights, everything that I put out in November. I think I just got into the habit. When we used to get a real Christmas tree, by the time the 25th rolled around it was a fire hazard. Then of course, we had six kids, if there was a baby that year, the baby would undecorate the tree, and leave a trail of ornaments that I would be picking up and putting back on the tree. Or, my particular favorite. My oldest daughter had an very large Iguana. She would let him go in the living room and he would always make for the top of the Christmas tree. Then like a distorted angel, sit on the tree top, blinking looking down at all of the faces laughing at his funny face. As she tried to get him out of the tree, his little hands would pull ornaments off and garland and I would decorate it all back. Or they played in the tree the games they had made up that normally they played outside, but the tree was such a warmer place to be.

 So, that was when I got into the habit. Putting things away. I purposely always got ornaments and my Nativity that wouldn't break, because I wanted them to love Christmas and be able to touch and handle everything. This was the first year, I decorated my tree with glass. It was a pretty tree, but so sad as I had no Iguanas to climb to the top. Aw good times. 

I decorated my mantel yesterday. I told Ron it looks like I am doing my January mantel for the Gold Rush of 1849. Ron got some of his grandpa's things from his mom and we were going through boxes and there was this great tiny anvil and that tiny hammer. He was a jewelry maker and these were some of his tools. In the background is his rock hammer too. He was also a rock hound and taught Ron all about polishing rocks. He was a very, very interesting man. 

So in the spirit of the winter, and the gold rush, my mantel for January. I should have lit the fire. That would have made a better picture. My kids know what a great fan I am of Bigfoot so my youngest son Peter got that for me. One day I will tell you about my experiences. 

I wish you the best of days, 


Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost