Thursday, July 23, 2015

A beautiful hawk and a little rug hooking

He is sitting on a bird house Jack made
Be sure and click the picture for a slide show

 It's the middle of the night and I am wide awake and still I can't sleep.
 The weather has been so humid and hot so I thought I might write a quick post of my day. 
Today I saw this beautiful hawk emitting a loud cry over and over. I was able to take some pictures of it. Maybe somebody who is a birder can tell me if it is a Broad wing hawk or a Red tail hawk?

 I love seeing wildlife and it may be a simple hawk but I sure enjoyed watching him.Last night a raccoon got into our trash what a mess! Someone has a sheep near by I can hear it when the windows are open at night.Can you tell that in San Diego county were having a humid summer.Too hot to sleep!

                                                       The hawk was calling out over and over

                                                                      The hawk took off

                                                          One of the ladies finished her rug

                                                                I thought she did a great job

                                                         I like this rug another hooker is making


                                                Well I am finally tired! hugs cheri



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mingei International Museum Black doll exhibit was wonderful!


It's one hot day in Crest. I have the air conditioning going on high and I am still sweating. I just noticed as I am sitting here a lady and a child walking their horse in front of my home.It seems odd since it's so hot a day usually people ride early morning or late afternoon. Morris my big orange cat is laying on the big brown easy chair taking a snooze and Maulie my little shitzu is laying on the kitchen tile taking in the cold tile on her chunky little belly.
So what better idea then blog about a wonderful day I had.  Now on to my memory of a wonderful  exhibit at the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park!

                                                             Balboa Park
The Mingei is an International Museum dealing with craft and folk art in San Diego California .For a short couple of months they had a wonderful exhibit on antique black dolls.
A collector from back east had generously allowed the museum to display just a small part of her black doll collection. My girlfriend and I went a couple days before it left San Diego and I am so truly glad I went.

 I have loved Amish dolls, plain faceless dolls,china dolls and of course black doll! I love folk art and here is a snippet of what my girlfriend Linda and I saw that day.

I have to say the picture quality is not good. The exhibit was lit with soft lighting to protect the dolls. No flash was allowed it was strictly enforced.The dolls were behind some kind of hard plastic everything reflected when I would try to take a picture. You can't see the details of the buttons for eyes or the embroidery on the faces.I did the best I could with my camera.
 I am tempted to buy the book.

                                                       The second story of the Mingei had quilts and folk Art

I sure wish my blogger friends could have seen how wonderful the exhibit was! 
Some dolls were only in their undergarments . The collector felt if the doll had the wrong era clothing on she tossed it.
 Also I learned black dolls were made for business to display outfits and also made for play. Some of these dolls were made before the sewing machine.
I could see this as a hooked rug!

I liked the embroidery

doll house


 I Hope you enjoyed the exhibit!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A new crop of Wool Crazy quilts and lightening

Yesterday I thought I was in the Midwest! I had noticed the sky becoming darker and the clouds stacking up filling with something I once recalled before the California drought.
Could it be that elusive weather phenomenon called Rain!
                                                 Talented classmates and their Crazy quilts

So I picked up the phone dialed Dee. Since I am up Crest and she is in La Mesa it would hit me first Well it came in like a Midwest spring storm on a rampage and ended as quickly.

 One minute I was talking to Dee about I think were getting rain to hanging up and having to try to close the skylight in the kitchen. Since by that time there was rain in the kitchen I couldn't get the dumb latch to close because the metal was so slippery. Then I noticed that the rain was all over the front of the kitchen because I had not closed the door and so all the rain was going thru the screen door.

Well now comes the silly part I was watching this crazy strong lightening and for some reason I wanted Dee to hear it. Since Crest is on top of a hill it seemed so near. I had secured the skylight I would then walk to the screen door so Dee could hear how strong the rain was coming down.

                                      This is the quilt by JoAnn Mullaly that started it all

 It's been a while since we have had lightening and it is usually at least 10 miles away by the flash.I could see the flash and the storm seemed to be coming right thru little Crest.So one minute I am chatting with Dee telling her how hard the rain is coming down and excitedly holding the phone away from me so she can hear when Kaboom!
                                                                 Every ones quilts are unique

As I was telling Dee to listen there was this huge lightening bolt I saw the flash and three seconds later the most explosive sound I have ever heard.
I put the phone to my head to tell Dee wasn't that the loudest thing you have ever heard?
Dee ! Dee! no Dee the phone was dead the electricity was out and no Internet.

In San Diego county our weather is milk toast compared to other places in the United States so it must seem silly when other states get spring showers every afternoon.So here I was with no phone service and a humid house heating up with no air conditioner going and not knowing if Dee heard the huge lightening strike.

 The electricity  stayed off til almost six and I was pretty hot all day.  Hubby came home I couldn't make dinner no electricity.He was a little annoyed hunger does it to a guy. I guess after feeding him some celery sticks and peanut butter I remembered Tuna sandwiches.As we sat there munching on celery sticks and now our unimpressive tuna sandwiches.
I told hubby how I wonder what the news is saying. Well why didn't I turn
 on the radio he asked.I forgot we had gotten new batteries.
Then he asked why didn't I phone him?

 The cell phone is not working the Internet is down I explained.
You have to understand I just use my phone for emergency when I am driving somewhere in case I break down.(I worked for Pacific bell in my twenty's which cured me of wanting people to track me all day on the phone)
So I barely know how it works well I gave it to him and he turned it on.

Feeling pretty silly I just looked at him and informed him I think I  could be sitting with a bowl of food in front of me and starve to death.