Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mini vacation and looking back at my life

Sometimes in this amazing world for one moment you pause for a second and think about your life. It has been a crazy ride.I have been kissed by a whale chased by a moose robbed by a robber in a dairy store.I had my picture in a nationwide employee Gap magazine.I have so many happy memories of my father when we would drive up to Julian in his red econoline to work on his cabins. I have been a character played by an actor in a theatre.
I was almost homeless when the Cedar Fire came to Crest and over a couple hundred  homes were lost.It came eighteen feet from our home. Three days not knowing if we had a home was terrible

Happy memories of my childhood of elementary school where you could walk around a playground and feed a horse during recess.
There are cherished memories of sitting under the pine tree planning my little cabin with my dad  which is a happy memory of happy days past but not forgotten.Even though the cabin is gone it is still a memory that can't be lost.I was blessed with a attentive father who I was very close to.
My husband puts up with me as I continue to have him fix things for me and I know I can be demanding but he loves me lol. As chatty as I am hubby is the opposite. It is true opposites attract!
I raised a daughter who has made me proud as she faces her own challenges.
  I wear many hats in my life mom, wife and friend. I encourage others and try to have positive thoughts going in the mist of tough situations.I give wonderful advice to others I think.I enjoy learning new things and am a avid reader.I love reading!The core of me is a sunny disposition.

I have been there for very sick people and even though I cry at seeing suffering of loved ones I don't run away.I have witnessed death of a loved one first hand and watched as life stopped. I have sat by  my Dad who I deeply and completely loved and just stroked his soft arm after his death as his body cooled and his spirit left. For some one only five foot one I have faced some heart breaking moments.

 Well I think I am kinda funny.I love to make people laugh.I have lived a simple life but it has been mostly enjoyable.My favorite vacation was seeing the Amish in Bird in Hand. As we left an old Amish man waved in his wagon that was filled with straw. I have been told they don't usually wave at tourist. It was such a special moment for me. I have loved quilts by the Amish since I began quilting so it was a wonderful vacation.I have been blessed with kind friends that have held me up when my daughter has been ill with her chronic illness. I have seen examples of how to grow older with kindness and strength.

 My best childhood friend Mary used to say Life is filled with lessons and sometimes you just keep
repeating things til you get it right.I didn't believe that. I think that the lesson I learned about Life is that Life is good and that even though at times it is heartbreaking you keep going because eventually there will be happy moments. Surround yourself with positive people if you can.Keep busy, keep moving and Attitude is everything.Now don't I sound like I am going to be 62! So now that I have poured out my heart you know a little more about me and my life.Oh yes keep learning new things about Life and people. It's a wonderful Life and ends way too soon.
                                                       Can you just see me rug hooking  

What would make me celebrate a birthday and make it special for me. I am turning 62 on Monday which to me is crazy! I have had a lot of challenging experiences in my life but the most thing I am proud of I have kept my faith and it grows as every challenge happens.My friend Debbie say "I am like a little train that no matter what's in it's way keeps going"
 So one day I decided to just make a reservation for a couple days in a little cabin on a lake.I wanted to have a Birthday I wouldn't forget. So I have rented a cabin on a lake to do what ever I wanted which is rug hooking. Hubby is going to be there and little Jack and Megan. Her husband has to work so it will be just the four of us. Our friend is going to house sit Maulie, Morris and the girls.It's a mini staycation. It starts Monday and ends Wednesday. I am so lucky to have a house sitter staying at my house with my animals.Everyone will have to fend for themselves as I am going to be a little selfish.
                                           (It's a floating cabin we will be in the last cabin)

I want to wake up and  feed some ducks have a cup of coffee looking at the lake. Relax and have a little change of scenery. At night the coyotes howl so that should be interesting. I have no plans but to enjoy this moment and have some carrot cake.
I am sure my daughter will bring her knitting. Little Jack is bringing his scooter. I know we will have fun checking out the lake.There are paddle boats that come with the cabin so we can ride around the lake for fun.
Hubby has a book to read. It's close to where we live but far enough away. I bet you can't guess where I am going to be. Lol


                                                                   Country Loft

                                                      I love Country Loft and will miss it

                                                                 Darling rug by Donna

Now on to the gals at rug hooking. Donna finished her rug. Pam is doing an excellent job on her large rug. Janice made a quilted baby blanket.

 Stephanie brought in a beautiful piece .I forgot to ask her what it was.I think it's a little bag. I loved the colors of the antique material! Michelle had some items from a quilter on Etsy by Sarah Havener.
                                                          Michele bought these from Sarah

I joined the Cheri Payne friendship group on Facebook. It's a really inspiring group of quilters.This is a scrap basket quilt which is what I needed to clear out some of my stash! I have been working away on my four and a half inch blocks. I feel like I have become rusty at quilting since I have been mostly doing wool applique. I still need to square them up. There will be a four and a half square in between each  block. My contrasting blocks will be grey. Seeing everyone completing their quilts on Facebook makes me try harder at doing my little blocks. I used just what I had in my little quilt room.I needed a good grey fabric for the blocks in between the squares.  So I had to breakdown and buy some grey material when I was at rug hooking.
                                        I have not cut any threads yet or squared up the blocks .

Today my girlfriend Linda came over and helped me tackle a huge dead rosebush.
You know you have a kind good friend when they help you with an unpleasant task.The rabbits hang out in the rosebush and that silly cat is not bothered by the thorns. Morris killed another bunny and left its liver or  on the door step.Yuk!!I think that is now five rabbits.

                                                      I think that old can looks cute

                                                             Sunny California

 After filling up two huge trash cans Linda and I went to lunch and stopped at Summers Past Farms. A perfect day a little bit of work and then a reward.
I bought a chocolate mint plant for my train garden and some sunflower seeds.

Well the chicks are spending the night in the coop and as usual the biggest chick is the biggest baby. Lady Violet has been yelping and tweeting I am not sure what you call it when it started to get dark. I put their heat lamp in the coop so they should be warm enough. The girls are on crumbles and I swear every night they grow like crazy. I feel like a nervous mom. LOL.

                                                                 First night in coop
                                                                 Lady Violet is not happy!

                                                                       note.... They survived

                                       Thank you to my blogger friends that
                                        I have shared my stories with.
                                        I love hearing about all of you and I feel like
                                        I know you all.
                                                                                hugs Cheri


Saundra said...

Such a warm, inspirational and loving blog post. I'm glad you consider me a friend and what you said about yourself is true: you do inspire, you do exude love, laughter and insight. Happy Birthday and enjoy the new but temporary 'home away from home' vacation. Another memory to tuck away in your mind and share with others in the future.

Sure wish I was 62 again, I haven't seen that age in 12 years.

Hugs, Saundra

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thank you Saundra I am so excited this will be like going to a rug hooking retreat by myself. Lol hooking on a lake. I felt a little self conscious talking about me since most of the time I think you should think about others before yourself. But if not now when a day to think back during a milestone birthday.
Most of my friends are their seventies and eighties and from what I have observed you get kinder,wiser and more active in your creative endeavors. You might be having challenges but you become more resilient. I really enjoy your life stories and getting a glimpse into a rug hooking artist life.hug cheri

Julia said...

Happy birthday Cheri, it sounds like a wonderful idea to have a few days away on the water. I think you deserve it well. Wishing you a fun filled mini staycation. I'm turning 70 in November and I don't know how I got almost there so fast, not there yet though but I know time goes faster as we age... lol.

After being chased by a moose, I think you deserve a break for sure. That sounds dangerous and must have been scary.

I love that Country ABC quilt. So beautiful.
Take care and enjoy your mini stacation with your love ones.

Nancy in MT said...

Such an inspirational and soul searching post, Cheri. I really enjoyed it and want to wish you a Happy and Healthy Birthday.

Farm Girl said...

I think your birthday sounds so nice. A floating cabin sounds like my idea of a retreat. What a lovely full life you have led. I wish you many more birthdays.
Lots more life. I love your sweet heart and your sweet attitude.
Your poor chicks. I never do good when I first get them. I worry about them way too much.
I hope you have a lovely time doing what you love to do.Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Nancy , Thank you for sweet comment. I appreciate it. You are so creative and your quilts and pictures are priceless.hugs cheri

Larkrise garden girl said...

Julia, I don't know how you take care of all those cows when I worry a bit about my four chickens.I can see them from my front window at night.They look so innocent. Life goes by quick but think of all we get to do. Hugs cheri

Larkrise garden girl said...

Farm girl I know what you mean . I forgot how it felt putting them in their chicken coop for the time. My last chickens I wasn't as worried but lLady Violet is a squacker . She is the white Brahm. Wish me luck tonight . I have to plug in the heat lamp. Hugs cheri

Rugs and Pugs said...

Happy, happy birthday. What a beautiful post! You are so lucky to have had such a wonderful father. Everything about this post was uplifting. You mini vacation sounds like heaven to me. I hope you have plenty of time to hook, relax and just enjoy your family.
LOVE your little chicken coop and sign.
Hugs :)