Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mile High Road and Fall in Julian


                               Solitude and a cold misty damp day is something to treasure in the fall.
A good friend and I were off to Julian a little mountain town in Southern California this week. This time of year it seems the only way we get a touch of fall in San Diego county is to travel up to Julian. I have such happy memories that awake in my heart  any time I travel there.
My Dad and I were always going up there in my Dad's old red truck driving with a load of lumber or a bag of cement to his cabins on Mile High Road which was about three miles from the main town of Julian. It was a ritual of spring and summer after his day job with the navy my Dad zipping along on the windy road in his old red work truck. My Dad would know every curve by heart as he drove up to the cabins in the Cuyamaca mountains. He was such a hard worker! When I got back from living in Sheridan Wyoming I missed the rural life. So my Dad let hubby and I build a small one room cabin below his main cabin at the top of the world.

It was my one room Thoreau cabin minus the Walden pond. I found a antique stained glass window that I fought to have them frame in to the cabin.My dad thought it was foolish and would let the cold in since it was old but I had my way. If it was going to be a little cabin at least it would be unique. The sweet stained glass window was above the large back window.It was the first thing you saw when you opened the door to my country cabin.I remember the rays of sun and colors that shot out from the window were so pretty in the fall. The large back window view was of  a group of apple trees my parents had planted. It was my little Heaven.

We were all there every other weekend working on the small little blue cabin with the white shutters. My Dad  and I were the dreamers and poor hubby had to do the work.My hubby was a saint as my parents got older he would keep all the weeds down for all the property for my parents .Rattlesnakes were always a concern so that was important to keep up with.
My dad made a separate road and gate below his top cabin for us. On the weekends we would open the gate to get to our tucked away little cabin. When we had the cabin built my cousin who was a contractor framed everything and then hubby did the rest.I remember Jack up on the tall roof learning how to be a roofer. My Dad took Jack under his wing and taught him all sorts of carpentry skills.My brothers weren't interested in working on cabins and so it was my hubby that got the time with my father that bonded them as men.
My dad would get a cup of coffee at his cabin and then walk down the steep rock stairs to our little cabin then we would sit under the huge oak tree and look at the view of trees and little tops of cabin roofs in the distance.  My father had a friend  at a near by cabin loan him a donkey for Megan for the weekend. So all weekend there was that donkey outside my little blue cabin under the oak tree. All I can say is there were tears at the end of the weekend as the donkey was walked slowly home.

The little cabin is gone now it was sold when my mother sold the cabins and property after my fathers death almost twenty years ago. About six or seven years ago the Cedar Fire went through the area where the cabins were and everything burned up in a couple of hours. Jack and I  drove up there after it happened and found a small piece of stained glass melted into a glob it now sits in my china cabinet a reminder to me to my little sweet cabin .
 I may not have that little cabin anymore but what I learned in those times planning and working on that little cabin has given me a appreciation of what's truly important. The end was not what I expected but some people never have those memories and boy I am so lucky a person to have enjoyed those happy times and yet learned the most valuable lesson.
 Life is a journey and I wouldn't trade that time with my father for all the cabins in the world.
The cabin was just a tool the good Lord gave me to have that time with my family and I will have that in my heart when I think of all the hours I was given to be with my loved ones.

                                                                     Megan and the Donkey
                                           Have you ever blown a Donkeys nose in the morning
                                                     Jack has and just picture the biggest Bubble!!        


 
                                                                                So as Linda drove down the road I watched the scenery  swirl by and thought of such perfect times. Between the windy road with all the changing fall colors and the Apple cider it was a perfect day . We saw a group of wild turkeys right after we got back on the road after I had taken these pictures of Cuyamaca lake. In Julian which use to be an old gold mining town the main theme is Apple pies there are an endless variety of apple pies to choose from. Except this year a lot of the apple orchards are closed. Families  can't pick apples because there are fewer apples because of the drought in California. So it  seems.as long as your happy with just buying pie and not picking  apples you will be content in Julian .
Talk about happiness it was overcast cold enough for a sweater and believe it or not sometimes sunshine is over rated . It felt wonderful to be bundling up walking into the nut shop and tasting the boysenberry apple cider. One of the places we visited was a new knit shop in Julian and a bird watching shop.The Cider nut store is a must! Free samples of apple cider.We had lunch and stopped in at a couple more shops before we left.If your a knitter be sure and stop at Kat's.
 This darling knit shop is now located in Julian. Linda was really busy shopping for Christmas and I saw some wool yarn I thought maybe I could use it in a hooked rug. Ever since I saw how someone had accented a hooked rugs with yarn I thought maybe I will try that on one of my rug hookings .We were met by a real nice friendly shop keeper who made you feel right at home. Kat's is tucked away off the Main Street and well worth the visit when your in Julian.
 I like knit gadgets I had bought this key chain during the yarn crawl last time I was in Julian. This knitting gadget is shaped like a sock with the Kitchener stitch on the back. When I get to the end of a sock I am knitting I always forget that stitch !

 Ducks at Cuyamaca Lake





Cuyamaca lake





Julian Apple pie 





 The cutest knit shop










Kat's











Afghan Cashmere 



Free pattern with purchase of yarn

She has interesting knit projects that help
Women in struggling countries make a living





wool's wool's wool's



 I loved this knit gadget 
I can never remember the
Kitchener stitch














Down town Julian



What colors should I do the heart?

I am going to do a hit and miss border of different colors

This hawk was watching me in my back yard or maybe 
 he was watching the birds


Tuesday is my rug hooking groups can hardly wait!
I will take lots of pics hugs Cheri

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Primitive Rughookers have a new place to visit on line

                                           All done I finished it last night and I am so done!!
                                                   
 Last weekend was so relaxing I did nothing all day it was wonderful. While checking out blogs I noticed that Notforgotten Farms blog was starting a new rug hooking group .What a great idea another place to check out what other rug hookers have been creating. Lori at Notforgotten farms started a group on face book which quickly grew as hookers jumped in to reach out to others and share what they're doing.It's a great place ask questions get advice and just plain have fun. It was so addicting as hookers typed out their names and locations all over the world to see where everyone was hooking from.
The group is called The Out of Hand Rug Hookers. Lori is giving a free pattern to copy called Santa Claws it's a primitive cat with a stocking cap.I better look in my stash pile for some off white.
I didn't get much done between watching Lori's group explode with hookers and between  pinning on  my Pinterest on Sunday.
I have been trying to collect as many pictures of primitive hooked rugs on my Pinterest  site . I love Pinterest it is so addicting . It's like eye candy for anything your interested in. Just click on my Pinterest button on my site and you'll see all sorts of goodies from antiques to recipes. I have a lot of hooked rugs I have found while checking out Pinterest. Sometimes I am looking at different color combinations in a hooked rug . It helps when I am hooking instead of having to tear wool out because I don't like the color combinations. I think if you hook something and don't like the colors in your rug then just tear out the wool because it's always going to bug you .
I feel recharged finally! I was up at my daughters for a couple days this week with Maulie my Shitzu what is it about girl dogs they don't get along? Maulie Brown did not play well with others she had a little Napolean complex with Megan's cocker spanials she kept barking at them. Maulie thinks she's a person and just thinks that they're her underlings.Thank goodness Morris is the model of cat behavior
did I say eating and sleeping all day.
Where I put some of my wools 
I have tubs and another big red
dresser. 


I finished my rug and now I have a couple more I want to do  I am obsessed lately I keep finding rug patterns that I want to  hook.I have three I want to do right now which is a lot for me!


These were some pics I took of little Jack
at the Crestridge Ecological Reserve with 
me.It's never too late to love native plants.

Mosaic lizard

Friday, October 3, 2014

Welcome friends it's October at Dee's home in California

                                                      Come on in friends and family

                                                                 


Take off your shoes grab a cup of tea picture yourself sitting in a girlfriends home and just relax. It's fall at Dee's home. Monday I went over to show her how my primitive hook rugs are progressing and as usual my friend Dee was so encouraging of my rugs We both love to share what were working on and always I get great ideas to run home with. Dee has a great personality she is so bubbly has a great laugh! I love having friends with such positive ways of looking at Life.Like all of us bloggers she has    so much enthusiasm for all her projects it can't help but rub off on you.
From Dee's love for finding a good thrift store bargain to her endless stream of friends and family that visit her home she is truly a blessed woman Dee doesn't carve as much as she use to but she still whittles a heart or a pumpkin or two.I brought over a succulent plant for her to enjoy in her garden.
 We both seem to talk at once when were visiting and always laugh alot. Of course in the middle of talking there is always time for a little cup of orange sherbet and a shortbread cookie.
Dee is so lucky when it comes to thrift store shopping she found the cutest chair and touched it up and she loves it. Her warm and comfy home as always is filled with pumpkins this time of year.I loved the pumpkins she carved and the birdhouses she made from scratch.Enjoy!

                                                Dee made the cute pumpkin sign and hearts
                                                   She loves to carve hearts                   

                                                                   

                                                                Her thrift store find



                                                        Prudence is ready for the fall



                                                                I loved her wheat stalks
                                                               another find at the thrift store 



                                                                          beautiful





                                                               A birdhouse she made
                                                                  her carved hearts

                                                                    aged pumpkins
                                                         




                                I wonder if Emily her kitty is looking out the window





                                                                    I loved this pillow




                                                                another pumpkin she made



I love this piece of furniture it's really old.











                                                     This smaller birdhouse she made for a
                                                                    relative


                                               Pumpkins tea dyed and covered to look old
                                                                          by Dee

                                                         Another pumpkin made by Dee









 
                                         Only Dee would put a pumpkin a cross and a abalone shell together
                                                                  I love it!




                                                       

                                      Bye Dee thanks for the visit and I hope your
                                      not too embarrassed I took your picture.One last thing
                                      Dee used to correspond with Lori from Not forgotten Farms and Dee
                                     says Hi!





Saturday, September 27, 2014

Disneyland and the Griswold family



                                                The Haunted House at Disneyland


I am laying in bed watching Scooby Dooby do with little Jack munching on his pop corn and as little Jack watches TV I have a chance to write on my iPad. Last Monday was Disneyland with hubby and we had so much fun! Our Day at Disneyland started with driving a couple of hours up to Anaheim. We left at six in the morning.  I knew since it was a week day it would be a crazy busy commute drive to Disneyland. The park opened at ten but I figured if we got there early we could get thru security and then  relax and people watch til  the park opened.
Well we got there early saw the signs Disneyland we turned into the parking lot and there it was a closed gate! I had to laugh I felt like the Griswold family in National lampoon Vacation movie when they get to Wally World and its closed and the Dad loses it.The gate didn't look like the gate we had gone in last time we went with little Jack so I told hubby lets go grab breakfast and then try again . After breakfast we tried again and drove past the sign and there was another sign and that gate looked like people were driving in and sure enough that was the right one.
 So there we  were at Disneyland after fighting traffic in line to go in the happiest place on Earth except in all my researching making sure we were going on a proper day for Southern California pass holders I had neglected something.  I should have checked what time the parking structure opened so there we sat til eight thirty when the parking lot booths opened.
  During the day we were in line with a sweet family from New Zealand and a family from British Columbia.It is a small world. The park is decorated for Halloween so enjoy the pictures. Did I tell you my first date with my husband was at Disneyland forty years ago. I was seventeen and we were at our high school after grad party. Wow a lifetime ago.




                                                                   open open open




                                                                         Main street



The Haunted house





It was a fun ride

Materhorn

 The lines were not bad on a Monday




Spooky

The undertaker 






California adventure the second amusement park






Fun ride we rode 10 rides by six no wonder I was aching



Woody at the parade
 Where the characters come out of to start the parade




                                                    Mater and McQueen from the Cars movies

Mater





Lightning McQueen all the kids love that car


                                             Here are some quick update on my rugs


I am having the hardest time evening out my border.
I know I should do my border first but I never know what color the border
will be.






                                                        Have a good week , Hugs cheri