Sunday, September 27, 2020

This, That and TMI

Good morning and happy Sunday from the rancho.  It seems that the weeks are just flying by.  Last week I was scheduled for a medical procedure and by the time I fully came out from the anesthesia, it was Monday.  LOL  Not really that bad, but didn't do much but snooze for a few days.  For those that love TMI, I have a family history of colon cancer.  I am on the amazing five year plan.  After the fifth procedure, there's not much left to the imagination regarding my innards.  But...the possibility of cancer is I drink the "stuff", spend the day close to home (and the bathroom) and am happy to get thirty minutes of uninterrupted sleep.  Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  Listen to your body...get the tests...and for the ending of this tiny little polyp was not cancerous.  All is good.

Back to our regularly scheduled fun...

My garden is still in grow-mode.  It's been in the 90's here so I'm getting tomatoes and zucchini on a daily basis.  Last year a friend gave me a few strawberry starts.  I've now filled three planters and have led the runners into an old tub.  This metal tub was from my dad's place and I'm excited to give it a new job. I should be getting lots of strawberries next year.

Got some length on my shawl.  I've got a long way to go, but the variation on this yarn is beautiful.

I have another finish-finish!! This is a Pineberry Lane kit.  The pattern's name is Witch's Garden but I don't stitch witches.  So...I gave her a new hat and traded in her broom for a shovel.  I love the changes.  It was "supposed" to be a pinkeep but I had an unfinished paddle board that just pushed its way to my craft table and begged to be used.  LOL  I painted, sanded and waxed the paddle before mounting the stitched piece.  If you look closely you can see the tiny pom poms around the piece.  I just love using Lady Dot trims.

Here is my in-between start.  It's a Scattered Seed Club kit pattern.  Not my usual style but I really like the deep blue with the greens.  The fabric that it came with is lovely.  This will be my third start and maybe finish this month.  Hmmm...has my retirement stitching mojo finally kicked in?  LOL

My roses are on now on their third bloom.  It's been warm here in California but I'm not getting the hot afternoon winds as usual.  This is a two or three-year old bush and I wish I had picked up a few more of them.  Absolutely gorgeous!!

Now I'm back to my coffee, watching the sun rise and listening to the birds.  I wish each of you a wonderful day.  Be kind to one another.


Sunday, September 13, 2020


Good morning and happy Sunday from the rancho!  My herd of animals woke me up at 5:00 am.  Moto Kitty decided to perch on top of me, purring as loud as he possibly could.  Imagine a white noise machine that sounds an awful lot like a cat.  LOL  Yep, that's my life.  At least the dog wasn't barking as usual, just sticking her nose in my face...yay!

I've been very focused the last few weeks.  Since I was caught up on my SAL I decided that I would get going on one of my many, many kits that I've collected over the past three years.  LOL  One group that I belong to is the Dying to Stitch Quaint Country Ladies.  Pulled out one of those and got started.  I made a few changes and stitched it into a pillow.  Love the outcome.  It originally said "gather" but thought that "autumn" was a nice alternative.  I made the rusty bell myself!!

Finally got started on my green shawl.  This yarn is so incredibly soft and I am in love with the color.  It has a nice variegation to it.  This picture DOES NOT do the color justice.  I will try for a better one next week.

The weather has been much cooler due to the smoke cover.  I think we only reached 100 degrees once in the past seven days.  No wind so my roses are surviving the heat quite well.

A friend gave me a pot of Lantana.  She runs a day care and recently found out that it is a poisonous plant.  It moved to my house and is blooming like crazy this week.

I planted some yarrow a few months ago.  It has its own beauty.  The color seems odd but there is no filter on this picture...just the smokey skies.

With cooler is baking time!!  Thank goodness, we were almost out of cookies.  And since I had over-ripe know the rest. LOL

California continues to suffer with fires.  There are over 3 million acres burned, 3% of the total land in our state.  The death toll is climbing every day.  I'm cannot imagine loosing everything you own, but to loose your loved ones is heartbreaking.  We are about a hundred miles from the nearest fire.  Please keep our state on your heart. 

I leave you to your weekend.  Stay safe, be kind to one another. 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Feeling The Heat

Happy Saturday from the rancho.  Major heatwave here in California.  We hit 109 degrees today with the next few days showing a high of 115.  It is 7 pm and still 102 degrees!!  Outside chores are completed by 8 am and then I find a place to hide in the house.  LOL  Of course that does give me more time to stitch and knit.  

I completed the September section of my SAL.  Added two news color, paprika and mustard seed.  I know that I've only got three months left, but I've got quite a few mini-motifs to fill in the empty places so I can sneak those colors in.  Loving it!!

I finished a few more projects for my friend.  First is a sweet little basket.  This basket used quite a few techniques that I was not familiar with.  You make your own basket with Skirtex.  I'm used to using either wooden or paper mache boxes.  I will definitely use this technique again.  No more searching for the right size box!!

My friend is such an amazing stitcher.  Lots and lots of specialty stitches in this one.

These roses are from before the heat. 

I'm missing my dad these days.  Not sure why...just miss him.  My cousin sent me a picture of my dad, uncle and aunt.  They sure do look alike!  My dad is in the patterned shirt.  And yes, I look just like them.  I have their noses...eyes...ears...teeth.  LOL  

This is a picture of me from last year.  Recognize the nose?  LOL  I love to stop at thrift stores and try on hats.  One of the things I'm missing during Covid.  Sigh.

Still got vegetables growing in the garden.  Zucchini and tomatoes are coming in by the bushels.  Lots of cantaloupes but only a few watermelons.  And...I have my first cucumber.  I planted these a little later in the season, so glad I have anything.

So off to settle in with some stitching.  I think I'll need a tall iced tea and a fan.  LOL  Have a wonderful weekend.  Be kind to one another.