It’s All About PINK

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Black and White

I am having the most perfect snow day. I woke up to a foot of snow, and the electricity is still on. Coffee in all its smokey goodness. The heater was billowing warm air. My computer works. I am able to read under the yellow lamp glow…

But, first I took a walk in the feathery perfection to take pictures.

I seem to be having a problem uploading pictures, and I have more to add. I want all of you to see how beautiful and peaceful it is here today. I guess your imagination will have to fill in the blanks. It is quiet… no traffic, and no snow plows. Just sleeping Golden Retrievers and the quiet whisper of pages turning as I’m reading my book.

I hope your day is as peaceful.

Busy

Before I really start this post, I want to acknowledge 9/11. I know that I will never forget!

We are having thunder and lightning, and thankfully rain. As you know I live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and we’re in prime fire country. Keep your fingers crossed for us, as this weather is supposed to continue for a few days. Right now, I’m loving it! I love the smell of rain when I can have the windows opened!

I’m sorry that I’ve ignored my blog, but I’ve been so busy with other things… My granddaughters have been for a visit!

My vegetable garden is producing like mad. We’ve finally had tomatoes. The zucchini is overflowing my harvest basket. My knitting is flying off of the needles. The Halloween projects are moving ahead! The Autumn decorating has begun!

It’s just so busy…

Dragonfly Peony Farm

This morning, after english muffins and strawberries. (and by the way the cherry jam from the Farmer’s Market is fabulous)… Anyway. Where was I?

We loaded the cooler with water and left for Wilseyville. It’s up Highway 26, off of Highway 49. It’s about 3,200 ft. elevation and absolutely beautiful. There are oaks and redwoods and firs. Very few pines. You can just tell that they get a ton of rain.

It is the home of Dragonfly Peony Farm. Oh so many to choose from… From snowy white to ruby red, and bright sherbet pink. We even saw a tiny little green frog. We came home with three new shiny peony’s this year and just ordered one more.

Now we need to go plant them…

Happy sunday!

June-uary

It is so cold up here and stormy, and rainy, and we may have thunderstorms tonight that they closed our lake for the weekend! It may have happened in the past, but not while we have been living here.

We have had a fun weekend with “our” boys. We really liked the movie Kung Foo Panda. It was very cute, even for us “old” people! We’ve had M&M’s, and cookies, and fish crackers, and Nuggets and fries, and movies on the TV with Papa. We played with the dogs so much that Montana was sitting in Papa’s lap and begging for help. The dogs spent the rest of the weekend in the sewing room.

My garden thinks that it is in Oregon, and so do I. I’m not complaining. You all know that the one thing I totally can Not abide is heat. We don’t have air conditioning, and we live on a very sunny piece of Twain Harte. Oregon weather I can live with.

 

Back to my boys!

So Lucky

This weekend we’re having two of our Grandson’s up for a sleep-over.It will be Alex’s first time. Keep your fingers crossed… We are going out to eat junk food and going to a movie, and if it isn’t storming to beat the band, we’re going to the park. It will be way too cold to go to the lake. In fact, every day when I go down to the lake for my walk it is totally empty. It feels like late Autumn, not June.

We’re supposed to have rain, but please hope for me that it’s not really stormy…

Fun, fun, fun…

OK

Alrighty–I’ve been back for a week, and somehow we have slipped back to Winter, or something. It was thirty-four degrees this lovely Spring morning…Not that you will hear me really complain. The only weather that I can NOT stand, is when it is boiling, unremittingly hot! I’ll even take snow over heat. (As long as I have power).

Our garden is slowly getting back into shape, thanks to my hubby, and youngest son. I worked a bit, but I haven’t been out there for a month. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I also haven’t really done any sewing in a month either. I did work on the Crayon Box Jacket like a whirling fiend. Then I went to babysit my perfect Grandchildren-just kidding-and while I was there, I managed to knit one square. Big fat halto to the momentum.

This week I have my quilt group here again, and the preparations have begun in earnest! The cleaning is happening, and I made one of my desserts today. Ice Cream! Perfect! By the way, did you know that Nutella will not stick to frozen ice cream? My dessert will not be perfect. I tried to pipe decorativeness onto my ice cream, but alas…  It was thirty four degrees this morning, and we’ve had popping fires all weekend… I hope my friends wear turtlenecks.

Pictures and more fun to come!

Oh No!!

I have another blog post planned regarding my sewing habit, but first I just have to rant about this…

We might have snow this weekend! Oh, No, I’m not kidding.My tulips are blooming. They can’t handle being filled with snow and bent to the ground… My poor little trees have new leaves and blooms on them! We’ve lost so many trees this Winter, and I just don’t want to lose any more. When it snows this time of year, the snow sticks to the new leaves and pulls the branches down to the breaking point. Sometimes it pulls the whole tree over. I had planned on not having a vegetable garden this year, because of travel plans. Now I’m very happy that new seedlings won’t be buried under snow. It’s disturbing to have a garden in it’s infancy ruined. Especially after the hours of backbreaking work and months of nursing fragile plants. OK…Now I’m just whining.

We have been doing yard clean-up for the last week. We haven’t even made a dent. Our son is here for the second day in a row to help us. I think he’s going to be here tomorrow as well…

Happy Mother’s Day

We were planning  to spend Mother’s day by ourselves working in the garden. We can only handle the very hard Spring work in small increments. I’ve decided that if we spend one hour a day each, we can accomplish the overwhelming clean up that we have this Spring after our very hard Winter.

After two days in a row of the “clean up”, I’m not so sure that today-day three is going to happen.

I may just be happy with my French-Toast…

I love my boys, and I wish that they were here! I hope that you each have a great day with those you love!

Bags

This is a cute little bag that I finally finished. I started it two years ago, and it then was placed at the bottom of the to do pile, and I mis-placed the pattern, and I didn’t like it, and I just had way too many other things calling out to me to work on. For an unpopular project, it turned out rather cute? I love the little yo-yo’s, and the embroidery. I LOVE the polka dot fabric. It may be the best part. I don’t know what I will use my cute little bag for. Possibly transportation of in -process knitting projects?

Those of you who don’t live in Twain Harte have no way of knowing that the Pharmacy is THE place to buy fabric, or maybe you do know. I’m always surprised when I’m away from home and tell people where I live. Many times the response is “Oh, you have the Pharmacy…”. Lovely cottons are in flat folds on tables. It’s like a very, very fun scavenger hunt, where you win fabric as a prize! Look what I found, high on the top of a shelf. Bee-u-ti-ful canvasy colorful goodness. I needed it.

It needs to bee-come a bag itself.