Thursday, January 21, 2016

Take a hike with me on a cloudy day in Crest

Well this was a busy weekend! Saturday Jack, Maulie and I went on a two mile hike that lasted for a couple of hours.I had no idea it would be so long. The thing to remember is if you go downhill you have to go uphill.I especially did not enjoy that! It was a cool day and I was happy to just gather my thoughts as we hiked on Saturday away from the T.V and the phone.It was such a wonderful quiet hike we didn't even hear birds til we were on our way back to Crest.

We only saw one hiker a woman all by her self. She is braver then me. It seemed like you were out in the middle of no where.Who knows who is out there. I would be worried about Coyotes and just falling and breaking a leg.My neighbor use to hike this area and she always saw Coyotes. We kept Maulie on her leash til we got close to home just in case we ran into a coyote.

 So with a walk down our dirt road and across a paved road we were on our way.Enjoy our hike and be glad you didn't have to go uphill!

 Just remember beauty can be in a lush forest a beautiful waterfall but in our neck of the woods it is in the solitude and sparse shapes of plants and mountains around us.
                                                        We started our hike

This is a prickly pear cactus that the dye cochineal comes from.
It is an insect that attaches to the cactus. 
You have to squish it to get a red pink color 

Maulie was ready

Up and around the mountain we go

 Were going around the triangle hill

There is a house at the top of those rocks

 It feels like were on top of the world

This was especially hard to walk down

 The orange Witches hair or Dodder is a parasitic plant that grows on other plants.
It produces a natural dye color of orange and yellow.
I have gathered it before and boiled it.
 My color turned more of a mellow yellow.

  Sycuan Casino in the distance of Dehesa


New sign

Habitat restoration area

Singing hill golf course the other side of the mountain

 Lake in the distance

I was exhausted and then we had to go uphill!

Mount Helix and la Mesa 

 Beautiful but scary when it's wildfire season which is year round

We were pooped!

Up the Mountain we go

Maulie stopped in protest


Were back to Crest I love that windmill

Back Home
Final leg of our hike

Maulie was happy to be home and so was I.
Saturday was just the beginning of a busy weekend.
We would go to Long beach for my mother in laws 99th Birthday 
and then a day at Knotts Berry Farm with the family.
I am so glad to be home and hooking away on my rug once again.
Hugs Cheri

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Old treasures and friendships made


                                                               Stephanie cross stitch

 The Country Loft is retiring in six months!!
I am saddened today years and years of friendships and classes are ending. We are all hoping we can somehow meet once a month at a library or senior center we just don't know.

 I question if I should still continue blogging.I love blogging but with no Country Loft pictures I fear  my life is not going to be exciting enough Lol.
There are so many good bloggers out there and sometimes I wonder since I never seem to increase my reader count if it's time to close my key board and just read others blogs.I do get lots of hits on my blog though.

I have enjoyed all the friendships and pin pals my blogging has made possible. I do enjoy sharing all the ladies work in my blog.What to do?

Now on to the dilemma at hand. Like a quilt group a rug hooking group serves the same function.  Close friendships have evolved over the years by shared moments that have challenged all of us at different times. I would never have met some of my friends but for the Country Loft.

 Sometimes I have been overwhelmed by my daughters illness and frankly worn from worry by such ups and downs of her progressive illness and helplessness at the situation at hand. I see these talented ladies having their own life challenges and yet going on with dignity and great positive attitudes!  Plus of couse keeping busy. They have been good examples and treasures to me of what I want to be like as I age. I think we can always be inspired and shown by others on how to  handle adversity and not becoming bitter. Getting older is not easy!

                                                                     old treasures

                                                                     so pretty

                                                                 Donna made this rug for Pam

                                                             Beautiful old glass

 So even though Country Loft has been a little shop it has been so much more to me . It has been a little oasis from this crazy busy world.

Pam working away

Oh my

I am taking a Cheri Payne class in February

Stephanie brought this quilt to share

Thanks Lucy for the books for little Jack

old Disney material

Stephanie is so talented

I love 

I am still working away on this rug. 
Thanks Lauren for encouraging me
I am putting a window there
I know it's messy but I start with someones design and
then I have to modify to make it my own and more personal.

Good bye yellow brick road six months from now is counting down.


I stopped by Dee's after rug hooking to pick up some wood to use as a pattern.
I am going to have hubby Jack make me this for me he just
doesn't know it yet.

What Dee is working on

carved by Dee