Friday, August 15, 2014

Far from the Lazy days of Summer

The weeks are flying by and I can hardly wait til it cools down and it's fall. I am super busy baby sitting little Jack and catching up with  my projects. This week I am trying to cut back a over grown climbing rose   because the old sprinkler finally broke. I need to crawl under the rose branches to find where the leak it  is a job! I have been waiting til the evening when it cools down to prune back the over grown Cecile Brunner climber.
Looking back at my teen years I realize now how as a kid you never realize how busy life will become. The summer of my junior year of high school  I can remember regretfully how foolish I was to have not enjoyed fully the summer of  driving to La Jolla shores all the time! My girlfriends and I were on a mission to go to the  beach  at least a couple times a week that summer.As long as we could all chip in gas money we would pile into someones car and off we went.That summer we were always trying to look bored and mature.We were such silly girls.We always  drove to La Jolla shores never Mission or Pacific Beach .La Jolla  was such a beautiful beach but had lots of rip tides so you had to be careful in the water.

 Once we were in La Jolla The gals would spread  out one by one and lay out like a bunch of harbor seals in a circle with Julie the hot bod teen as designated queen bee.

The girls were obsessed trying to get the perfect tan which meant they were always laying out and baking their faces in the hot summer sun. Every where we went  that summer they had to layout even if it was just someones backyard.We would all  read  glamour magazines and be fighting over Victoria Holt and  Daphne du Maurier Gothic romances. Leslie and I would  munch on of all things cottage cheese and Frito's reading away the day.
Those silly girls would put baby oil all over their bodies like buttered toast which I am  sure wasn't the smartest thing to do. I already had a olive complexion I didn't need to layout!  I was the one who just couldn't get with the program. I seemed like the only one of my friends in the waves whenever we went to La Jolla.  My then girlfriends didn't want to step in the ocean because of the baby oil slathered all over their white bodies.That summer in high school was the carefree days of youth no responsibility . I had no way of knowing how busy life would become.
 Years later instead of playing in the surf I am wiping a runny nose from a grandson and  wondering how did my life go by so fast. I am needed by so many and totally enjoy the simple act of just being home reading a murder mystery and having a sip of ice tea.Instead of a Gothic romance with the girl running thru the old castle in fear from the brooding master with anger issues.Today Gothic romances are vampire love stories. Now a days I am  reading murder mysteries by Anne Perry and enjoying my iPad where I can get books from  the library when ever I want.I am still a reader which is my biggest passion and now when I drive down near the beach its to just look at that amazing Pacific ocean while I drive to a plant nursery.  Life is such a journey I only wish I had really not taken those days for granted. They were so blissfully carefree!
Now lets catch up!
  I have been busy rug hooking and I am almost done with my little rug.Little Jack has a cold and so he is a little booger boy! Being a Nana is like reliving your young mom days it all comes back to you.
Here are some quick pictures of what's been happening with our little group of rug hookers and of course the cross stitch ladies too. I added a picture of my first quilt I ever did and some other pictures around the house. I forgot my camera so Michele thank you for sending the pics. Hugs Cheri

                                                          Jan is working on a purse or bag

Stephanie is working away as usual 

I began my rug and then.....

                                                               Where I was

Here I am 

My Amish Quilt
I hand quilted it.
It was my first quilt!

more dolls

 Little sick Jack he is on the mend from a summer cold

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hot Rug hooking days in Southern California

Summer what can I say I am tired of this relentless humidity in Southern California. I have been so busy that alas I have been a bad blogger.No matter how much I water everything looks terrible. I seemed to have computer problems all month first I dropped my computer and then I changed tables around and the screen wouldn't turn on. Apparently when I moved the computer I didn't hook up everything right. It was a simple thing all it took was plugging it up again which my son in law saw immediately yesterday when he came to pick up little Jack.
The look he gave me when he saw the problem was priceless.

This month was nuts talk about stress.Where do I begin little Jack is three and for some reason he felt the need to stick a penny in his mouth well it wasn't a penny but a nickle. I guess it tasted good and thank God I wasn't there when it happened  So one trip to the ER then because the doctor didn't like the way it looked after the Xray a trip by ambulance to Children's hospital in the middle of the night. Needless to say hubby and I was driving up to Megan's 1200 at night since my daughter could not go to the hospital with Jack. My daughter is having a round of Iv this month which lowers her immune system similar to chemo which makes  her real sick.Little Jack stayed the night at Children's hospital with Dad and Sunday he was back home. Fruit loops stickers and nice nurses and something to make him poop the nickle out he was back home again. I asked him about his adventure and he told me he had fun!
Here are some pictures from my different groups I go to and how my hooking is coming along

                                                                    My rug I am working on

                                                          One of the ladies heart in progress

                                                                      more rugs

Susan's pillow

                                                          Susan is working away on her rug

                                                                      I am still smiling!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

My heads too big and adventures with Grandpa Jack

Toddlers what comes out of their heads makes me wonder! For some reason if little Jack doesn't want to go somewhere he announces his head is too big and so he can't do it.He is so sincere its touching. I am not sure
where he got it .Looking back  it could be when we put his shirt on we struggle putting it over his head just a thought.

He likes to wear his sunglasses like that. lol!

This last month has been a series of summer fun and now this week My daughter started again with some tough medical treatments.I was at her home for three days and it was nice coming home last night.Hubby Morris and Maulie were happy to see me.Last week I would drop Megan off at the doctor appointment and then see what I could do with a toddler for a couple of hours,Jack loves fish so we went exploring and I found  an aquarium store he loved it between the clown fish and blue fish he was in heaven.Jack was terrified of pond fish in open tanks for some reason,
The bad part of my story is this sounds crazy now adays I don't own a cell phone and I guess I should get one because we had never been to this doctors office and  we got our signals crossed and poor Megan was waiting outside of the  medical center in the heat waiting for me I guess I was in the wrong spot.
The good part when your in the mist of your own suffering sometimes you come upon another and Megan told me of an interesting conversation with the veteran who was also waiting for someone. She made me smile when the vet told her she had an interesting Life. Friday I left her home in time for evening traffic rush after she had been gone all day having a IV treatment similar to chemo.Little Jack and I hung out and read books and watched Dino Dan til I thought my head had turned to mush. He loves Dinosaurs!
  What can I say being a mom is hard when your kids hurting. I am ashamed to say I cried alot driving home to Crest.But tears are cleansing and by the time I got home I was worn out but
feeling o.k and knew there would be a better day tomorrow.. So today  Megan is having a better day still not feeling well but not as bad as yesterday.Little Jack and Daddy Mike went to the pool and I started my time at my home doing grocery shopping and running to the library and just for me I went to the Country Loft and picked up some wool. As I searched for the perfect wool the loft was ablaze with a cackle of women.There were several classes going on and I couldn't help but overhear ladies telling their stories.Were all so much alike aren't we with sorrows and joys loves and just
trudging thru life with steel in our womens veins.It's the hard part of life developing the steel in which we can be used to help others but we all have that choice.
Now on to my pics this in the Antique Gas Steam Engine Museum in Vista.Twiice a year they have some of the tractors and old machines running for the public.
Little Jack loved all the tractor! I still have pictures of 4th of July and the Del mar fair to share. I do have a busy life sometimes. Rug hooking is Tuesday and I will take lots of pics hugs Cheri

Baking cookies using a woodburning stove! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rughooking, computers and snakes again Oh my!

                                                  Primitive Rughookers love to hook animals

What is a girl to do my old computer quit working last week.So today I have been fighting with it trying to figure out if something got unplugged. It's ridiculous I unplugged everything under the sun and then plugged the cords in again but no power.  Well I have a slight confession It didn't help I accidentally dropped it.Note to self never ever have a computer on a antique treadle sewing table It's too small and narrow. It worked for days after the drop so I still do think it's something simple I keep telling myself.
Right now I am trying to use hubby's really really small laptop to write this post. It has taken me hours to update this computer. I couldn't even get into blogger until I added chrome. I am hunched over inches from its itsy bitsy monitor just to see the screen.What dedication.
This month I joined back up with Donna's rug hooking group called Primitive Ruggers that has started to meet once a month in the day time at the Country loft.It was so much fun. I used to attend Donna's evening group but once I moved back to Crest I didn't want to drive up the long grade at night.It was so nice seeing the hookers I hadn't seen in years. The last time I had seen some of the gals little Jack wasn't even born yet.Time sure flies by.They sure made me feel welcomed back.

What a great job! 

 Today I was working in my garden and a lady on a golf cart stopped to admire my crazy painted chicken coop. I have been repainting my coop and thinning my  twenty year old Cecile Brunner rose bush. Unfortunately hubby found a baby snake wiggling under the arbor when we moved it last weekend all I can say it was too big for it to be a worm. I am getting so jumpy that I scared myself just telling my cousin a couple of days ago about the baby snake when I spied a wool worm on my bed!What a goof I jumped.

I am such a coward anything living outside that startles me freaks me out when I am gardening.So these dumb snakes that keep popping up are seriously freaking me out.Then today I was sitting on the porch telling my cousin on the phone about all the birds and how Morris is such a Hannibal lector cat
when what do I do I almost step on a dead bird on my welcome mat.  I felt horrible I wish he would just stick to lizards and gophers.I said a little prayer for the little bird and tried not to think about it.
                                                                     another nice hooked rug

                                                           Antique paper pieced quilt Janice shared

                                                                still working a way

Friday, June 13, 2014

Looking back at the last two weeks of this Simple Life of mine

                                                            I love Dee's colors

 The last few weeks flew by what can I say I left my camera in a diaper bag and didn't pick it up til this week. I went to a Fairy garden event at Summers Past Farms last Saturday and boy did I miss my camera. So this week when I was visiting my daughter I happily retrieved my camera downloaded my pictures from a couple of weeks ago and was back on blogger track.  Looking back on the last few weeks I realize I do keep busy!
Antique quilt of Janets

Antique quilt

Today I am a little bit tired from being out in the garden all morning it was pretty hot.  I found a gopher head no body thanks to Hannibal Lector Morris. I saw three lively monarch butterflies dancing around in my garden.Right now I can hear a squirrel making a distress sound Oh dear watch out for Morris! I am hoping a certain someone has a long nap so I can finish this post.
Here are some of what the gals had been up to.
In the last two weeks I went to rug hooking group,a trip to Dee's. A visit to Linda's garden to see her new patio.Her patio is so pretty it looks out at her backyard garden and has huge plantation fans.Looking out at her garden was so relaxing. It was like having an extra room to enjoy.
I picked up some plants for my garden and a pile of bricks from Linda.
 Not much done sorry to say

 I also squeezed in a doctor appointment I might have carpal tunnel I have to wear a brace for a while. The doctor didn't say I can't rug hook? I also drove to Buena Creek Gardens in San Marcos. Plus baby sitting little Jack and helping my daughter. I then stopped in and enrolled in summer reading at the library.It's so nice when your librarian knows your name it makes the world a little less impersonal. It's a simple life enjoying the good days and healthy days and never taking anything for granted,Hugs Cheri enjoy your life!

Stephanie has been busy 

Michele made these for her mom



                                                           Little Jack loved the goats and cookies

Buena Creek gardens goats 

Fun nursery

 Little Jack was playing in that water forever
A future gardener I hope!

little update
I am working on that pile of wood today 
one log at a time!