Saturday, May 30, 2009

I Did, call me crazy!!

Well how fun is a swap, a primitive porch swap actually. I got my package and wouldn't let myself open it until I got my package in the mail.
So I was going out of town to help a friend search for a summer home for her daughter in Eugene. She was delayed so I took pictures in the front yard and garden of my creation. Put it all in a box with the camera on top and packed my car. Drove myself to Sandy's home and off we went to Eugene.
I wanted one more item for the package and didn't find it in Bend. so I left the box open!!
So we had fun looking all over Eugene, around the U of O. Home of the Oregon Ducks! Where Sandy's darling daughter will be taking 21 credits this summer for her degree!!!!!
We made a stop at a store on campus I knew would have what I was looking for, and I also knew Sandy would love Hiron's Drugs. Full of curio fun cute stuff, drug store with a convenient mailing station in it. ( I should have got my camera and taken pictures, afterthought).
I found what I was looking for and some Thera-tears, grass pollens were through the roof in Eugene. So I went to the car got my package ready and mailed it off with my delivery confirmation. OK!! Feeling very good now!!!
Fast forward to today........ I opened my package last night, fun cute stuff can't wait to decorate my porch tomorrow and take pictures for this blog..........
Well.........where is my crazy camera?

Can't find it anywhere....not in my purse......or my overnight bag...pick-up......Sandy's minivan....

OMG......I think the last time I had it was taking pictures of my swap gift!!!! Yes......I mailed it to my swap partner in Ohio!!!! LOL...........
I can not believe it, well yes I can....its me!!! My husband came home today and I told him....yeah he got a chuckle.... YOU DID?!!!
Soooo.......I will send pictures of my swap and a wonderful prize I won too. It is the cutest little stitchery and I am so sad I didn't download that picture before I sent my camera to Ohio!! LOl...

Well, I have decorated my front porch area Cindy and I love everything. DH approves and gave a cute smile.......ya know the one!!! Humoring my past times with the blog and all!!!
He better smile, while he's been bringing home the bacon I have been doing his chores!!!
LOL......actually my youngest son owes me big time so I have him doing the that part!

So please humor me while this menopausal crazy blogger has no pictures to share of her first swap.... I know I will soon. At least I hope that camera went to Ohio....Oh I am not going to even think I totally lost it.

Have a great weekend, I am going to watch a movie with my DH and catch up!!

Crazy in Bend!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day with Mom

We had a beautiful weekend in Central Oregon. The weather was warm but not hot and mild breezes, just perfect!! We even had our first pop-up thunder & lightening storm. Which thankfully fizzled out before it caused any threats. But it does remind me that with the warmer weather we have the upcoming threats of fires.
Joe is working out of town for a couple weeks, he came home saturday and brought his mother too!! It is always fun when Boots comes for a visit. She is happy to stay home so you have to do some fancy steps and talkin, if that doesn't work you just have to pick her up and bring her along anyway!! LOL..... She lives with Joe's brother and their family needed some time together to go on a camping trip fishing. It gave my BIL and his family a much needed break...... its a priviledge to be able to care for your parents and it puts a demand on you too.

I took a couple pictures of Joe and his mom together before they left on Monday. I really like this one, even though her eyes are closed from the sun. I just thought it captured a tenderness, and that is how Joe feels about his mom. We got on the web-cam with my son in Omaha and the triplets. You know I love it, but it was fun having Boots get to see the boys.
I worked in the yard after they left early Monday, they had to drive over the passes and it is crazy on a holiday weekend. Every campground in the state of Oregon was full this weekend. Which means the roads would be extremely busy with trailers, boats and every other type of recreational vehicle.

I got busy on some much needed grass pulling and garden bed clean-up. My back is particulary sore this morning so I guess I accomplished something. I got some annuals planted in pots and beds too. Hopefully they will not get frosted like my tomatoes did.

Today I am going to finish up my Primitive Porch Swap and get it in the mail later in the week. I hate mailing it so close to the deadline but my partner is out of town and I don't want it to arrive while she is gone.
And since she is out of town and maybe, hopefully wont see I will give a peek to the flag I am making for her. I need to make a decision about the batting, I want it to not be to stiff or bulky but still look quilt like.
As I said my DH is working out of town for the week so I have alot of time to sew and garden. I have more things I want to do than time will allow. I will give it a good shot anyway!!

I am going to have lunch with a couple friends at a wonderful place, if the weather stays nice maybe I can get a picture.

I am looking forward to seeing what Karen has been working on for Farmhouse Woolens. In all her spare time, from moving into her new home and the challenges that come with that, she will be updating her business website.

I am finishing up the stitching on my last two blocks from Wool Garden, they are so beautiful. I love they way the quilt is coming together.

Spring blessings,


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Catching bugs and catching up!

Oh, I am a very bad blogger.....I can not get words together. After a long fortnight of a very nasty bug. Sore throat, cough, more sore throat I am feeling so human, sounding human too. But thats no excuse, my mind will not stay focused enough to get anything done. I am behind so I am going in circles.

Last weekend my daughter and oldest grandson came to visit for my birthday. It was so nice to have them. Tylor is a bundle of energy and just the nicest young man. He entertained me with antics in the yard. Oh to be 14 again, or just energetic...
This one better... and one arm.....I would break my neck I think.
Ty and Casey playing some frisbee....
Oh dear Pepper wants to get in the fun and this went on a while. Pepper is an athlete and no one caught her until she was ready.Flowers are starting to bloom and my lilac will be pretty for a short while, it has a blight of some sort that ruins the bloom. Next spring I have to do some spraying for it. But for now it is heavenly in the evening and early morning.

I planted radishes and they are sprouting, the cool mornings haven't damaged them yet.

A pink tulip in the garden, the moles get my tulips in this area so I am glad to see a small clump made it after last summer.

My sister sent me a gift, sisters are the best. And I agree with her on this, she is my best friend.
She is always sending me some wonderful yarn, and a couple years ago she bought me this plate.
I love antique dishes. And some very delicous chocolates, with caramel inside. Yum!!
The yarn is silk and merino, so soft. I believe a scarf with cable would be perfect, but we'll see.
Yellow petunia basket from Matney and Tylor. I just love yellow and these are so pretty.
Tylor took pictures of some other creatures living at our place. Joe and friends made a new flight pen recently for these Chukar. They are in the partridge family. The enjoy there rock pile.
And Pilgrim is our TWH we use for field trialing. He is pretty sweet, but right now he isn't very happy about being taken off the green grass. Darn!! Yucky old hay when the fields are so rich and lush. Mean old people anyway!!
I went to Sisters to a little handmade merchant mall... looking for something good for my porch swap.
I have enough benches around the place but they sure had some fun ones out front.
Cute birdhouses, can't have to many of those....
Crazy yard art too...
Then one afternoon this guy came into my backyard....
This is my DH Joe, bringing me some good soil for this abused flower bed. Between the mole, the dogs digging for the mole and putting in a new irrigation pipe it is ruined. New rich soil to get ready for a new tree and shrubs.
This is our business, delivering topsoil, sand, mulch and rock products for construction, landscapers, homeowners etc. It really is a big guys toy. Joe just loves this business. I mean its just a remote control 70,000 lb toy. And it makes your job easier, he places the material most the time right where you want it, or over the fence anyway. Makes people very happy!!
And he loves meeting people and making them happy.
Now I know most people can't have the darn truck drive through their back yard and it surprised me too... I love living out of town and having space around me.
Next time you see this flower bed it is going to be looking so much better!! Right dogs!!

While Matney and Ty were here we went to the Pole, Peddal, Paddle event. The finish is in the Old Mill District, it was a beautiful day and outdoors so I could go and keep my cough to myself...
The last event is paddleing your canoe, kayak whatever then running to the finish line a short distance away from the river.
Don't you just love this guy paddling this big board...
Both sides of the river were lined with people, restaurants enjoyed business side with many people dining on the patios watching the event.
Our friend came by and shared his strawberry from crashing his bike....ouchee Gary!!
Yes, even the pets came.... this little pot belly pig didn't hold still for a picture....hey if a pig can go I surely can go with my cough..... And sitting back and people watching was very fun, we were not disappointed......... I wish my legs looked like hers....but then I would have to run 40 miles and bike 100 miles a week probably and thats not likely going to happen any time soon.This group was very fun and mixed sexes let me tell you this much....
those arms on the right are not a me....Ty wasn't brave enough to get a face shot...LOL....
Yeah it was so fun getting out and dreaming about next year.....Oh yeah DH we are really gonna do this next year....LOL .....
I have been catching up on my BOM and finishing a couple swaps so next post I will give some pictures of quilty things. I even went shopping and spent my birthday money at The Stitchin Post, who has everything 25% off for their birthday sale. Online if you want to browse them just click on the link.
I have so enjoyed the many blogs sharing about quilt market last weekend. Oh so funny!!!!
And Anne celebrated her birthday and it wasn't!! The ladies really know how to celebrate their short time together. If you haven't read through the saga from market this year do.....I so enjoyed it so much, I even shared it with Joe and the kids while they were here.
Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We are so blessed to be able to live in a country with so much freedom. God Bless!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just Another Hang-Up!

Suzanne at Just Another Hang-up is having a darling giveaway. Hop on over and sign up for a perfect summer bag.
Oh!! She is a stickler for rules make sure you follow directions.

Gardening on the Edge, Daisy Mae

The Tulips started blooming and are so pretty.....I needed to do some shopping at Costco last Friday and was a bit side-tracked with the rows of flower baskets and trays of petunias. Soooo.. having no self control I picked up a basket and some trays. Daring to garden on the edge, a risk to be to early, daring the frost to take them away..... but so worth having the color in the flower beds.

I planted some vegetables and herb seeds in the garden. This weekend I think the flowers will go in the ground.

The Petunia's and Viola's will give some color, I need to buy the ground covers and some plants for pots too. But it is so fun to get the first blooming flowers.
Winter just is hanging around to long.

We had a busy weekend with our club Hunt Test and I just want to share one picture of Joe and Daisy. Daisy Mae passed her final test to achieve her Master Hunter title. She is now Joe's Lil Daisy Mae MH. I know..... so impressive!!! She is nine years old and Joe decided when she was 5 1/2 to go for the title. You can teach dog's new tricks, it just takes awhile, and you have fun along the way.

Have a great weekend, we are expecting a wonderful warm weekend. I am sure the garden will get some more planting. Saturday we will enjoy watching a local event Pole, Pedal, Paddle.
Even with a slow economy the entries this year are larger than the past year. It is a competitive event which individuals and teams ski, bike, run and paddle a boat to the finish line. I will show some pictures on Monday. Tylor and Matney will be visiting and Ty is bringing his very cool camera and we will get some good shots in all the sunny weather!!

Spring Blessings,


Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day!!

I remember participating in May Pole celebrations in grade school. Crepe paper was used and it was always so colorful. It wasn't in a field of daisies like this picture but it is engraved in my memory as a very exciting experience. The weaving in and out of our streams made such a beautiful braid down the pole.

I received an email this morning letting me know I won an embroidery prize at Lovestitches.
I am so excited to win her darling embroidery, it really is a great way to start my day. Thanks Steph for sharing your talent so generously.

I have been stitching and sewing away on my PIF and Prim Porch Swap, they are fun projects and it is exciting seeing them come together. Both will come to fruition and be mailed before the end of this new month. So no pictures of anything to share. Sorry, but later I will.

Thank you for all your helpful comments on my last post. I have shared and discussed them with Joe, they really have been so helpful, giving us experiences and solutions to discuss.
My medications have been helpful for my migraines, and my night swets have eased off with the headaches. I have been reading on rebound headaches, which can be caused by taking to much medication, to frequently. What?...... so I have put up with the little headaches and stopped taking the excedrin migraine that had been helpful. And they have seemed to go away too, for now anyway. It's all a learning process and things work differently for all of us.

Take care and enjoy the warmer spring weather we are having. We have so many birds right now, I love listening to all there singing and chattering, soon there will be all the babies.

Spring blessings,