Monday, November 30, 2015

It's A Wrap...Well, Not Really...It's An Afghan!

Good evening from the rancho!!

It's a wrap.  Well, not really a "wrap", more like an afghan.  LOL  I am not claiming to be a crocheter, but I now have a teeny, tiny bit of crocheting experience.  I put the afghan on a king size bed, so that gives you an idea of the size.

If you look really close, you can see that I finished with a "shell" pattern.  My dad's caregiver was in last Friday, working on a new project.  It was done all in shells and she gave me a quick lesson.  I think it is the perfect edge.   I'm very happy with my first project.  Smile....

I hope that all had a special Thanksgiving.  We went to our friend's as planned...53 people!!  I think that the group has outgrown me.  There were 15 children under the age of 10, and honestly, not a lot of parental supervision.  After I told one of the older kids to leave the cat alone (for the third time) and it wouldn't bite her again, I decided to head home.  Too many little ones in one place.  It was almost like work!!  I talked to another friend with no family in the area.  We will gather all the "family challenged" people we know and have them to my house next year.  We will keep it around 20.  That would be better for me.

My baby sister and I had lunch in town on Friday.  We had no plans on shopping, but since my "favorite" quilt shop was having their Small Business Saturday on Friday AND Saturday, I stopped by...I know, I know, what was I thinking...I figured that it was important to support small businesses and a quilter can never have too much fabric.  Right? Right.  All ends of bolts were 30% off.  I was very careful and chose all end of bolts. However, I kind of lost count.  Too much chatting with the very nice ladies that work at the store and trying to teach my sister the difference between cotton and blends.  LOL  When I got home, I think I got between 10 and 11 yards. Oh my.  Glad there's no expiration date on fabric...

Saturday night, Baby Sis stayed with Dad so hubby and I could run into town.  Stopped by Home Depot to find something for hubby, but instead, I found this for me....

I spend a lot of time feeding cows, chasing cows, tightening fence, etc, etc, etc.  I always have to borrow hubby's Leatherman.  This one is ALL mine.  I already keep a knife in my purse to cut hay bales open, but now I have this little pretty! was 60% off.  Win, win!

And my search for the perfect scone continues...I think I may be a bit closer.  I decided to make pumpkin scones this weekend.  I was out of regular milk, but did have a can of evaporated milk in the cupboard.  Couldn't hurt, right?  Well, these were the most tender and moist of all that I have made.  I was very careful to not over mix or over cook.  Between that and the pumpkin, yummy!

And here is tonight's creation for work tomorrow...pumpkin scones with maple glaze.  Thank you so much to Jocelyn over at Canadian Needle Nana.  Without you, I would have never tried to make scones!

I am off and running to finish up my night chores.  Good night to my peeps and peepettes.  Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I Am Thankful

I hope that your day is spent exactly how you would like...alone or with family and friends.  With a special meal or a sack lunch.  Festively dressed or in sweatpants.  Enjoy life!

Here's a few things that I am thankful for...

I am thankful that I am family and friends.

I am thankful that I have a home to live in...and a job to pay for it.  There are some that have neither.

I am thankful that I am healthy...even with the advance of my age, I am able to move freely and think clearly.

I am thankful that my father is not in pain...Hospice is an ugly time, but it would be so much worse with constant pain.

I am thankful for this has given me a place to chat, to worry, to share (and sometimes overshare). I've met amazing people that are supportive and kind and thoughtful.   On my darkest days, you were here to help me get through another day.

I understand that those of you not in the United States are not celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, but I hope that you take a moment or two to think of how special you are to others.

Enjoy the life you are given.  Be kind to one another.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Back to Work I Go....

Good evening, peeps and peepettes!

It was back to the grindstone for me this morning.  It is so dark at 4 am.  It was all I could do to crawl out of bed and go make that first pot of coffee. If the dog hadn't been woofing to go outside, I probably would have hid under the covers for an extra 10 minutes.  LOL

We had rain yesterday, almost one third of an inch!  I got a beautiful picture of one of my last roses, covered with rain drops...

One of the few chores I got done was tiding up my craft area.  I really need to finish a quilt and couldn't even get to the sewing machine!!  I had a stack of fabric here, a couple of hoops there, several boxes hidden behind my machine.   And then, I went a little crazy with fabric purchases on my vacation.  I needed to reorganize my entire shelving unit.  But...but...but it was all on sale!  Really.  LOL

I made more scones tonight.  I realized that last week, I used WHITE WHOLE WHEAT flour. Could that be why they were a bit dry?  Tried it with regular white flour, didn't seem to be much of a difference.  So, based on the fact that the whole wheat flour has more fiber, I will use that again next time. I need something healthy to off-set the butter and sugar.  LOL

I'm still working on my giant granny square.  I did a couple of rounds of black to give more depth to the throw.  I will do about 10 more rounds of the multi-color, then an outside border of black.  I think the black will be a nice frame for the throw.

Last Friday was my 55th birthday, so I decided I should take an awesome selfie.  Well, I took a selfie, but I don't know about awesome.  LOL  It took four tries, I just couldn't figure out where to look.

Wishing all a good week. If you are inclined, please pray for Paris.  Be kind to one another.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

What I Did On The First Half of My Vacation....

Good morning, peeps and peepettes!!  Happy Thursday!

Though my vacation is only half over, I thought I'd give a quick update.

Last weekend, hubby and I headed up to Alameda to visit Needle In a Haystack.  The store has recently moved and I was a little disappointed in the new layout.  It was hard to find patterns, but I persevered and managed to find a few things.  LOL.  They still have an amazing thread selection and lots and lots of fabric.  I picked up Olga from Plum Street Samplers (one of my favorite designers) and Peace on Earth from La D Da (another favorite).  The skeins are beautiful silk and the fabric is Pampas from Picture This Plus.  I don't have any plans for the fabric, but it was just too pretty to leave alone on that shelf!   LOL

Since my baby sister had volunteered to stay overnight with Dad, hubby and I headed over to Dublin to spend the night.  Next morning, stopped in at a Bass Pro Shop.  All I can say, this store is a tourist destination.  LOL  I didn't find a single thing to buy, but had fun checking out the fish and watching the people!

It seems that every day has been filled with "stuff to do".  I've had lunch with a friend, shopped for quilt fabric (just because, LOL), did a little de-cluttering.  Then last night, I made scones.  I am almost 55 years old and never, ever, made scones.  I always thought there was some secret until I read a recipe from Jocelyn over at  It didn't seem too hard and Jocelyn said they were very tasty.  English scones, from a Canadian blog, made by an American. 
LOL  Here is the result...

Not too bad, a little dry, but add a giant cup of coffee and JUST RIGHT!  I think I will get better with practice.  LOL

I've kept up on my giant granny square...

I've got 5 more skeins to use.  I don't think it is going to be enough, but maybe I'm just overthinking it. Worst case scenario, I finish up with black yarn in the same brand.  I've been looking at some "straight granny stitching". Maybe my next project?  Once again, I'm planning more projects and I haven't finished the first. Sigh.

Off to get my day started.  I've got care for Dad today, so I will get a bit of housework done and then work on some projects.  I am looking forward to the down-time.  

Have a great day and be kind to one another.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

I'm Happy, Happy, Happy...Did I Say Happy?

Thank goodness it's Friday....And, it is the beginning of my vacation.  Please excuse me while I step outside and do a wild happy dance!

My last "official" vacation was in June.  I counted (on my fingers, thank you) and that was five months ago. I am so ready for a few days off.  And what am I looking forward to?  Why, that would be sleep!  LOL Hubby wants to at least take one overnight trip.  Baby Sis said she would take care of Dad, so we are off tomorrow morning.  We have two choices....Alameda to shop at Needle in a Haystack, or to Angel's Camp (in the Sierras) to visit one of hubby's relatives.  Take a wild guess which way I am leaning...LOL  LOL  LOL  Of course, if we head to Angel's Camp, I do know of a few quilt shops on the way!

It's been a long week.  Work, work, and more work.  Hubby has been home for the past week, but it seems that he has forgotten how to run a vacuum cleaner.  LOL  He has done laundry, so I suppose that I shouldn't whine.

Last night, we did a quick trip out to do the Cow Patrol.  This is my sweet baby...if you look closely, you can see our brand, V/J.  Notice all the brown in the background? Welcome to drought stricken California.  This is why we are feeding hay four days a week.

And here my baby's momma!  LOL  My heifer is definitely a throw-back to her great, great grandcow.

When we first got to the lease, we only had three cows and three calves come to the feeder.  That means that you head on over the hills to find the missing cows.

We found them over in a little valley.  Gave a couple of cow calls and they headed over to the truck. Up the hill to the hay...Ah, the joy of dinner.

Sat for a few minutes watching the cows and then looked over my shoulder to find this sunset...beautiful...

Over at the rancho, the half inch of rain we got last week really perked up my roses.  On the left is Brandy, on the right is Sunset.  

Here is the lavender that I planted in a pot earlier in the summer.  It has really taken off.  Isn't that light green delicate looking?

And because I'm sure that everyone is wondering how my giant granny square is coming along...

Only ten more skeins to go.  LOL

I'm off and running for the evening.  A few things to pack and final instructions to Baby Sis.  She's sure that she can do this.  We've got back-up coming later Saturday, so she should be okay.  I will take lots of pictures to share...never know what I will find.  LOL

Have a great weekend and be kind to one another.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weekend Winding Down

Here it is at the end of a long weekend.  Hubby's surgery went well on Friday, much less manipulation needed than planned and no cutting.  He is already out of the sling and washing dishes!! He can't help with Dad, but I'll give him a few more days to recover.  LOL

My brother is out of town, so we were on cow patrol this weekend.  Here is a picture of part of our herd:

Notice that they are doing what they do best...EATING!!  LOL  Tried to get a picture of our little white heifer, but she was hiding behind momma cow.  My husband loves the red cows, so there are quite a few with our brand.  Brother doesn't care, a cow is a cow.   No personal relationships there. LOL

Warning:  If you don't care for large spiders, skip the next picture.

Here is a little friend that we saw crawling our way.

Can you see the hairy little legs?  Mr. or Ms. Tarantula was in a big hurry to get under the haystack. Thank goodness we had already fed.  I don't mind watching them, but I don't like when they sneak up on me.  Can you imagine if I had picked up the bale and found THAT?  LOL

The property that we lease is part of a vineyard.  Only about half of their 600 acres are in grapes, so we lease about  200 acres per year.  I don't drink wine and I'm very annoyed with the vineyards that have taken up all the dry farming and ranching land. I try to find the beauty in all and I did get a great picture of the grape leaves changing color.  Very pretty.

I haven't done any work on my stitching, of Dad's caregivers is a crocheter.  I was talking (whining) about how I was just not able to "get" crocheting.  She laughed, said anyone could do it.  I assured her that I was of the few in the world that was definitely crocheting challenged.  Well, Friday afternoon, she proved me wrong!  This is my amazing granny square.  I am just going to keep going, and going, round after round.  I should end up with a king size granny square by the time I get done. LOL  I've been stalking Pinterest, but most of the sites use all those fancy abbreviations when they talk about crocheting.  Guess I'll only be doing granny squares for a while.

So I'm off to finish my Dad chores and get ready for tomorrow.  It has been tough doing everything by myself, but it has made me more appreciative of what hubby does with Dad everyday.  

Have a great week and be kind to one another.