Monday, January 16, 2017


Good morning and a-little-sad Monday.  Sigh.

Dropped Baby Boy at the airport last night.  Miss him already.  Sigh.

His visits always go fast.  We try to pack as much into the day as we can, but sometimes, we just sit and talk.  I think I miss that the most.

So, our blow-out family day was Saturday.  Took a trip over to the beach.  My son loves the diversity of our state.  He likes Iowa, but misses our hills and trees.  And the ocean?  Of course...

It was an absolutely beautiful day.  Not a cloud in the sky.  This is the boardwalk in Cambria, California. The sky was so blue!



Due to the storms, lots of driftwood.

The all-important family portrait...

My son is so patient when I am on a photo hunt...

Driving around, found another cow from the cow parade.  Love the colors in this one.  It is named Moo-n Drops and Moo-Maids.  LOL

And a picture head-on...isn't this color luscious?

No real knitting or stitching while Baby Boy was here.  Once I finished the scarf that was going home with him, set everything aside to spend time with him.

I know that I will be feeling up in a few days.  I go back to work tomorrow, that will keep my mind occupied.  LOL

A wonderful week to all, be kind to one another.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

And Still The Rain Keeps Coming...

Happy Wet Wednesday to all the peeps!

We are on on third storm and still hanging in there.  Between Saturday afternoon and this morning, 
6 1/3 inches of rain.   I was really surprised when I checked the rain gauge on Monday morning.  It looked like there was no all!  But as I leaned over, and looked under the fence, I realized that there was no water line because the gauge was filled at 5 inches!!  SURPRISE!  Northern California has taken the brunt of the storms, lots of flooding and damage.  But, we are still doing okay in our area.  The river that runs through town has barely had any winter water for many years.  Today, it's running strong.  In a way, it is a good thing, washing out all the dead bushes and trees in the river bed, creating a healthier environment.  So far, no flooding.  We are lucky that we have one day of rain, then a break, then another day of rain. The water has been able to soak in before the next storm. Please keep the areas that are flooding in your thoughts.

Staying busy with Baby Boy.  We've went out to lunch, hit a lot of the thrift stores, and are looking into semi-matching tattoos.  WHAT?  I know, I know, I'm 56, what am I thinking? When I got my ears double-pierced, my father went ballistic.  Keep in mind that I was almost 30, had been married for 10 years, and had a child!!  I have considered a tattoo for almost 10 years, but could never settle on an appropriate design.  When I was visiting my son in Iowa, I realized that my life was led by one simple rule, be kind.  And, I taught him this same rule...all people are equal, no matter their color, their age, their religion, their gender.  You treat everyone with respect and kindness.  It makes me proud to know that he lives this each and every day.  Sooooo, he has a pattern picked out (he already has several tattoos) and will add the words BE KIND.  I have chosen to have a small bird placed on my ankle, designed by him, with the same words.  It will be visible in the summer when I wear capris, but not when I am wearing my work clothes. I'm brave, but not that brave!  LOL 

So, now that you've picked yourself up off the floor (LOL), let's get to some pictures.  These are two views of the same vine.  I was surprised to find some of these vines still on the wall.  I love the red and pretty! 

My son brought me one of his handmade ceramic bowls.  I was very excited...then asked for five more! They are the perfect size for dessert bowls.  LOL  It is glazed with dark, dark green on the inside, but a special white glaze on the outside.  Very rough and primitive.  His favorite style.  I love it!

And by coincidence, the friend that I made the scarf for, sent me this special candle holder.  Also handmade, but more refined than my son's style.  Same color glazes, filled with a soy candle.  She is very talented. You can see the outside of my bowl in this picture.

I finished "the" scarf!!  I am sending it home with my son...hopefully his friend likes it!  My son said that if she didn't seem excited enough, he'd keep it for himself.  That's my boy!  LOL

I am off to finish my rest for the wicked...or weary...depends on how my day has gone. LOL Be kind to one another.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Is That Rain? Why, Yes It Is!

Good morning and happy soggy Sunday from the rancho!

I have my Baby Boy home.  BIG SMILE.  I drove up Friday morning, missing the rain completely. Spent the night in the Bay area, then drove home yesterday.  We were very lucky.  We hit rain for only 75 miles of the 200 mile trip.  It was more of a light rain with a low fog...we did okay.

WE HAVE REACHED A GOAL!  Our area has finally hit 100% of the annual average rainfall!  I know that there are so many areas that are getting too much water, but we so desperately need the rain.  We received about  5 inches in the last week.  That is twice the amount that we usually get in January, with a full annual average of about 13 inches.  With that said, no significant flooding.  Our dirt road is a bit uneven (it's like playing a pinball game, driving back and forth to miss the potholes, LOL) but I can live with that.  This is being touted as the biggest storm in the last 20 years.  Since we've been in a drought the past 10, well, I'm not really that impressed.  LOL  I'll let you know at the end of the week.  I lived through a 30 inch winter, I can do it again.

Our morning sunrise...

Did a little shopping at my favorite yarn shop in the Bay, Avenue Yarns.  I need to make a baby blanket for a co-worker and just couldn't find the right yarn.  Ran into some beautiful multi-color that they showcased with a baby blanket.  Perfect!!  I love the colors and think it will be just right for the new baby.  I'm halfway through the first skein and am very happy with the color changes.

I worked a bit on "the" scarf, but just more black.  No need for a picture.  LOL  I have to have it done by Friday, so I am planning on knitting for at least one hour a day this week.  No problem!  LOL

I am off like a herd of turtles...I've got stuff to do!  Have a wonderful day, be kind to one another.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ze Plane!

Ze plane, Boss, ze plane!!  LOL  (Fantasy Island reference if you feel the need to look it up.  LOL)

It is almost time...for Baby Boy to fly in to the Bay Area.  I will be counting the hours tomorrow.  He wants me to pick him up on Saturday.  Hmmm.  I'm trying to respect his personal space, but honestly, once he's in California, he's in MY personal space.  No respect necessary.  LOL

On the craft front, almost done with my scarf.  Just to bring to your attention, trying to make random stripes is much, much harder than it looks.  LOL Should have this finished by the weekend.

Once again, poor care of my orchids has paid off.  I have spikes on both my phalaenopsis and dendrobium.  LOL  My outside cymbidium is still hanging in there, too.

And now, here is Moto and George sharing George's bed.  First, George doesn't like Moto.  He avoids him like the plague.  If Moto is sitting in the hallway, George will wait until the cat moves.  It is embarrassing.   Today, Moto decided that it was too cold to sit on the tile, didn't feel like staying on my lap, and for some reason, walked right over and plopped his behind right next to George.  Oh my, if looks could kill.  But neither of them would give an inch.  LOL  It wasn't until I stood up that George decided it was safe to complain by woofing at Moto...not that Moto gave a bunny's butt...he just stalked away like he had somewhere else to go.  LOL

I am off to finish up the evening.  If anyone has an extra two hours a day, please send them my way.  I just never seem to have enough time to finish all my projects.  LOL

Wishing each of you an amazing week.  Be kind to one another.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Early, Early, EARLY Saturday Morning

Happy EARLY Saturday morning from the Rancho.

4:44 am, Moto Kitty not-so-gently wakes me's time for him to eat.  4:45 am, George jumps on the bandwagon.  Time for him to eat, too.  I drag myself out of bed, head towards the kitchen and get the food bowls taken care of.  Well, well,, they are both back in their beds and I am left awake at 5 am on a Saturday morning.  Definitely see a nap in my future...Sigh...

Christmas was very quiet this year.  Only me and hubby, but, I did get a few pictures!!

Me and my Christmas bow...I'm so pretty, so pretty...LOL  LOL  I think that my pink jammies definitely put this outfit on a new level.

Here we are...being silly...

I was impressed with the light that morning, definitely evened out my wrinkles.  LOL

I have learned a new medical term...sciatica.  And not in a good way...

After making fudge the week before Christmas, I felt a little twinge in my hip. Not unusual, I was standing on a cement floor for about 4 hours, in my slippers.  Very. Bad. Idea.  Then, the pain went from my hip, to my thigh, to my knee.  It has been two weeks and I'm still trying to find the right combination of stretches and OTC painkillers to keep me going.  I believe that giving birth to quintuplets would have been less painful.  I have never, ever had back pain.  Now, walking hurts, sitting hurts, standing hurts, laying down hurts.  Does that cover every position?  Pretty much.  I'm giving myself until next week and if I'm not better, I'll head to the doctor.  I know what she'll say,..lose weight, exercise more...I'll get right on that. LOL

Another quiet weekend planned.  Baby Boy heads this way on January 4th, so I need to get his friend's scarf finished.  I think I've got about another 15 inches left.  No problem, I can do that.  I would say I could do that with my eyes closed...but knitting and closed eyes do not go together.  LOL

I leave you with my favorite Christmas picture.  Back story...

Baby Sister came over to visit.  She was taking selfies and "sissy" pictures with Snapchat.  I don't know what filters she used, but I love this picture.  I look about 25 years younger!  And the flowers? She added those later.  Makes me feel special.  LOL

I promise, my next post will have less pictures of me.  LOL

Wishing each of you a Happy New Year.  May your life be filled with love, laughter and joy.  And all your dreams come true...

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas to All

Good morning and Merry Christmas to all!

My Christmas wish for each of you is to find joy in every day, see smiles on the faces of strangers, time to show kindness in your actions, and love in your heart.

I want to say how grateful I am for each and every one of you.  Over the past four years, you have been here for the very best of the good times and the very worst of the dark.   I have built friendships with people that I may never meet, but hold me in their thoughts and prayers.  In this world, you cannot ask for more.

Again, thank you to all for being YOU...

Be kind to one another. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Little Chillier Than Usual....

Happy Saturday from chilly California.  I had to put on a sweat shirt, long pants, and shoes today...oh my poor, tiny, cold toes...

This morning, I took a walk out to the garbage cans.  Here are a couple pictures of my car:

Snow you ask?  Oh no, just frost.  I'll be honest, I don't like cold.  Anything under 40 degrees is really unacceptable.  It was down to 28 degrees last night and has stayed around 43 degrees most of the day. It rained on Thursday and Friday, so I should be glad that it wasn't cold then!  We got one and three quarters of an inch of rain.  Yay!

Less than 50 feet away, you will find my flower pots and rose bushes.  Really?  Really-really? LOL

These plants are next to the house, so I know that's why they are still blooming.  But, it seems wrong. LOL

Meanwhile, my son sent me a video of him in Iowa City...yes, it is snowing and holding at about 17 degrees.  I don't complain to him.

It's been a long week.  Asleep on the couch last night at 8 pm, but did move to bed at midnight and up at 5 am.  At least it wasn't another 13 hour power sleep.

I've tried to work for at least an hour every night on my current project scarf.  I think I made it 3 out of 5 nights.  LOL  The grey stripe at the top will be 7 inches wide, but then there will be more and smaller stripes going towards the end.  Very uneven color changes, but I think that will add to its charm. I wanted to send it to Iowa for my son's friend before Christmas, but I don't think I'm going to make it.  LOL

I starting my countdown to Baby Boy's visit...only 17 days left until his arrival in California.  I sure do love that kid.  I call him almost every day.  We are making plans. 

Dad is a bit congested.  He is still eating, but not with the same gusto that he usually shows. Sigh...His 84th birthday is January 24th.  Will that be the end?  I guess that no one really knows.  I am trying to keep up the Christmas spirit.  Hubby is doing better than I expected, though he keeps asking what I want for Christmas.  I feel like I have everything that I need.  And as for "want"...I am wanting less and less these days.  I have my family, my health, and enough money to pay my bills and still have some for crafts. Again I ask myself, when is enough, enough?  I think that time is now...

Have a wonderful weekend.  Be kind to one another.