Friday, June 19, 2015

Turkey Stampede in Del Mar it's Fair time!

 This last month and half has been an emotional roller coaster my daughters mother in law died of a heart attack on Mothers Day. It was beyond sad we got a frantic call from my daughter while they were at Sea World celebrating Mothers Day. Mikes brother called to say he came home from work and his mom wasn't breathing! He had just talked to her and she sounded fine.
 Megan and Mike had little Jack with them and didn't want him exposed to the police and paramedics as they were trying to save her .While Mike ran into the house Megan sat in the car down the road from his parents house with little Jack until we arrived. We took our grandson home and sadly got the call she didn't make it.

Christine who had been an art teacher had been taking care of her husband who had dementia for the last couple years.Bob was in the last stages of dementia which is not easy.Unless your around someone with this condition you have no idea how hard it is to see them go down this horrible path.   Between trying to place his father in a facility and planning a funeral it mostly rested on  my son in law. Bob who also had been an art teacher and a great potter went down fast after she died and last  Friday night he died in the hospital.

 Losing your parents in about a month and a half of each other is not a common event and is a hard loss to take for anyone.So this Monday another funeral this time little Jack isn't going it's too much for a little guy to grasp.Little Jack is being more clingy then normal and didn't want to leave his Daddy when he got dropped off at preschool. I will baby sit him for the day with a visit to his great Aunt Sophie and a stuffed dinosaur present from my cousin..

 It was early Saturday morning when we woke up to a call Bob had died.
 Talk about feeling guilty I wanted to go to the Del Mar fair and we had  been looking forward to the fair. We were going on a mini date which seems to be getting harder and harder to arrange. There was nothing we could do right then so we went for a couple of hours which basically all I need to see everything. I needed to recharge myself. Sometimes being there for others can be harder on you then you think. You can't take away the pain of grief of someones loss. There are really no words! I just try to stress your faith is what gets you thru this short life.
We met up later in the afternoon so we could babysit little Jack as Megan and Mike  met up with his brothers to plan another funeral.
 It seems like lately in the last years there is always a story behind the story I am telling you and I catch myself thinking should I be so honest and open. Hummm then I think maybe just tell a happy story.  The truth of  my life is filled with moments like this. The only way to survive this life with a good attitude and be a help to others is realize we need to take some time for ourselves to recharge ourselves for the ones we love.So on to my story!
                                                          Waiting for the stampede


You have no idea this California girl has a history of enjoying turkeys in so many ways.
When I was a kid we would take the bus to school . The big yellow school bus would wind down the road and eventually we would see a turkey farm filled with turkeys . I was always looking out the bus window daydreaming. Those fat birds can always made me smile.The not so good part was shortly before Thanksgiving we would drive by the Turkey farm and there would be no more Turkeys.


Next I was living in Sheridan Wyoming in the 70' when my girlfriend asked me if I wanted a wild turkey. Her husband was a game warden in the Big Horn mountains and this turkey had been shot illegally and if I would pluck it she would cook it. So with my pliers ready I plucked away.Jeanie singed the turkey to get rid of any small hairs on the turkey.In honor of that turkey I kept those turkey feathers for years.
When  we got back from Wyoming I would take drives to Julian and several times I  saw groups of wild turkeys running along the base of the mountains.

 As our families gobbled down the turkey I felt like pilgrims sharing that Wyoming meal. I recall  a distinct nutty taste to that bird .I am not kidding that was the best turkey I have ever had in my entire life! Maybe it was the work involved or maybe because that turkey had a great diet but it was super moist and delish.

So when I saw the sign Turkey Stampede it caught my attention.Not to mention all the people walking around munching on giant Turkey legs.

California is known for many thing but I bet you didn't know that Ramona was the turkey capital of the world at one time.So grab your smiles and enjoy the pictures of the Del mar Fair

Get that food!

Winner Winner Turkey dinner


 I took these pictures from the Ferris wheel


Behind that building is the Del Mar horse race track
Where the surf meets the turf

Animals and Kids at the fair


4H rabbit judging

                                                                I am intimidated by that judge Lol!


Del Mar beaches from the ferris wheel

Next blog post on Thursday

Michele's quilts


Saundra said...

Goodness, such heartache and turmoil you and your family has endured this past month. Glad you followed up the sadness with a lighter touch and it looked like a very fun event. Sounds like the potential for another of your fantastic story rugs. You know I admire your hooking style.

Hugs Cheri.


Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Saundra ,It has been a hard month for my daughters family what can I say it is a mess.
We did have a nice time at the fair. It gets to the point where you just have to roll with the punches. Grief is such a solitary emotion. Losing your parents is extremely hard.
I am working on my hooked rug and a small quilt this week . Have a great week hugs Cheri

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Oh Cheri,
How very sorry I am to read of your SIL and daughter's traumatic loss of both of his parents!! Tragedy is never easy to deal with but I trust their faith and live and support of friends anf family will see them through!!
I know they are grateful to have you there for little Jack!!
Glad you were able to go to the fair for some much needed stress relief!! We ALL need that!
May God's peace surround you all!
Warm Hugs~

Larkrise garden girl said...

The lord is always around us I know hugs and tonight I am going to get caught up with everybody's blogs!!

Julia said...

Dear Cheri. I'm so sorry for the turbulent month you and your family are having. It must be so painful loosing both parents so close together and having to settle the estate and making funeral arrangements and all this must be so confusing to little Jack. I'm glad you went to the Turkey Race, It must be hilarious. I'm sure that it took your mind off the sadness even just for a little while.

Children are like barometer and can sense when something is out of the ordinary.
All this sudden change must be wearing your daughter and her husband also and I know that it affects you as well.

I hope that the rest of the summer is less troublesome for all of you.

I'm so glad that you are working on a rug and quilt. I'm anxious to see your work.
Blessings and peace.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Julia, I am working on three projects at once am I crazy or what !
Thanks for the nice comments . It has been a tearful month. Hugs cheri

Farm Girl said...

My goodness Cheri, I am so sorry, you have been through so much in such a short about of time! Your poor, poor Son in law and your daughter. I bet they are just reeling from all of the loss. I just wish I could come give you a hug.
Turkey races. I don't know if I have ever heard about them but it looks like a lot of fun. I do hope you get to pick up a hook or a needle or just pet some wool. :)
The world always seems better after a bit of time just hooking. I am so sorry, I will be praying for you.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi farm girl , I just feel so bad for my son in law. I am doing fine .I am hooking and trying to sew a small quilt. Life goes by so fast. Hugs Cheri

Kim said...

Oh Cheri, such sadness within a short time frame. My heart aches for what the family must be going through. Hugs to all

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Kim, I am fine I just feel bad for my daughters little family .
I am trying to get something done. I have been trying to get back to some kind of schedule.
I am glad to see that cute little dog and your fun girl friends , hugs Cheri