Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Good Morning from my Kitchen Window...

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Good morning dear friends,,,, this is the sweet view from my kitchen window....
and this is the view as I walked around the house this morning... sorry the photos are not real clear, I was out taking photos at 7:30 when the morning light was uber bright!..
It was such a nice morning until
Aacckkkk! we had a Deer attack!  Darn it! How can such a sweet looking creature evoke such anger and frustration in a human?  I was almost thinking,,, Venison for dinner wouldn't be so bad! lol!
 let's see.. they chowed down on 2 of my sunflowers,,,,
 ate all the leaves around the plums, and the birds are doing their damage to the plums that the deer haven't eaten... Seriously Birds??? ya gotta peck at each plum? can't you just eat 1 whole plum???
 one of my sweet roses,,,, yes they got to all of them,  this was the worst of the rose damage...
 my darling Hibiscus is now only a foot tall of branches...
  and this is what the rest of my roses look like...

So... I have lived in the 'Burbs"... no gophers, ground squirrels  no raccoons and no deer!

I have lived on the West Plains (wheat farm land) of Eastern Washington... where I learned that gophers, ground squirrels and deer will desimate a garden over night... so hubby built me a 20 X 30 garden with a 6ft tall fence around it... And I did container gardening... haha! stick that in your pipe and smoke it you little vermants!

Now I live in the mountains of Central California and I get to add raccoons to my list of most hated!
I see a totally fenced in garden next year.... yet another 'Honey-do' project for my dear hubby.

Oh and did I mention the deer stripped my almonds trees bare? Yep!

So I have 2 options,,,, hit a Martini Bar and drown my Garden sorrows... or,,, deer, raccoon and  rodent proof my garden for next year! ... hmmmm, thinking, thinking... lol!
So, How was Your morning?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello, I am a Cat,,, What are You?

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Our little neighbor kitty loves to come over and visit with our tortoise 'Scooter'...


See ya later Mr Tortoise...

A Little This and a Little That...

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I was able to sneak in a little creativity this weekend...
2 lavender wands, using my own lavender cuttings...


Then I made a sweet little lavender filled Mug Rug... I used a downloadable embroidery pattern, some scrap fabric and wool felt and of course some of my dried lavender buds,,, so sweet.







hmmm, I think I need to go fix myself a sweet cup or tea now! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

4 Mini Quilts... and 100 degree Weather!

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When the temperatures hit 100 degrees, I go hide out in my sewing room... well it has been super hot these past few days... so I got a lot of sewing done...
This one is for my neighbor back in Spokane, Washington...
 Andrea loves wildlife and rustic nature...
I attached square 'yoyo's' on it....

Then I made one for my friend Pam,,, who loves Moose...
 Pam and Ray just got married in April...

Then I made a wild leopard print one... for my mom....
 I wish my photos were better... but the colors in this one are fun!

and last but not least... I made one for my beautiful daughter... Meri...
 I call it "Meri's itty bitty Minki"
 for those days when she needs a hug from me...and I am not near.,..
I embroidered, "Mother, Daughter, Friend, I Love You." on the back side.

Hmmm, if it continues to stay hot, I'll get a lot of sewing done! maybe even get some of my unfinished projects finished up!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Silver Polish...

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Am I the only one left on the Planet that enjoys polishing Silver?
I have been given many pieces of silver, from goblets to tea and coffee service sets... and everything in between... from family and friends and what I am told is,, they don't like to polish silver..
Well bring it on! I love looking at the intricacies of the art work... I wonder how it was used, did the original owner ever use it, was it a gift?  Oh if only the silver could talk...
I do keep a lot of my silver pieces wrapped in flannel cloth and in an air tight container or zip bags.
Doing this slows down the tarnishing process... but then if you use your silver on a daily or at least weekly basis that to keeps the tarnishing at bay....
 I don't recall who gave me this pot,,, but I use it to hold  (silk) flowers.
 Sometime I will set one on the entry table by the front door... just because I can!
As you can see, here is one holding flowers... but the best part, is the pedestal that it is on.. This pedestal came from my Oma's home back in Germany... I know it is at least 60 years old.... and it has been dragged back and forth from Germany to the USA several times at least 4 times... and now it has a permanent home with me... Thank you Oma and mom...