Friday, August 25, 2017

August Rughooking and looking into my DNA

My sunflowers are slowly bending their leaves and saying good bye to summer.It was a trial at times to work on my Lady Violet rug but a couple weeks ago we went camping at Santee Lakes and I finally made some headway.

For me the perfect time of the year to rug hook is in winter. Even if the air conditioning is on in the summer it just isn't the same as when it's cooler. In Southern California we don't get snow but the weather starts to try to cool down off and on in September and October.I get a little worried this time of year.
 Did anyone see the NBC dateline program about the Cedar Fire? That was the fire that burned over 200 homes around us in Crest. It sure brought back memories of how scary it was. Usually we get the devil winds or Santa Ana winds that drive wildfires off and on during these months.

I was sick last week with the worst headache so no rug hooking group for me. Michele was nice enough to take these pictures of the gals rugs. It seems like all the ladies in our group
 are getting ready for the San Diego Quilt Show at the end of September.Once again were going to display hooked rugs in the show at the San Diego Convention center.

About six months ago I did DNA testing using
Well the results were very interesting! First I knew I was Hispanic but when the test came
 back I had a little bit of Sephardic Jewish ancestry in my blood. My second cousin looked into our genealogy and there is a poet Rabbi Najera that was in my family.  I had over 33 percent DNA of Native American. The majority of my DNA is Iberian Peninsula. The Iberian Peninsula contains Arab,Spanish,Moroccan,France and Italy.I had one percent of hunter gatherers of Africa and two percent Britain two percent of all places Scandinavia.
It made me think about how crazy life is  More people should take an ancestry test they would  be amazed at where they originated. Maybe it would change how we perceive people.
Great job Stephanie!

I think of my husbands family that were German and Swedish.You know I think I am going to order a test for him!

My husbands dad was really into genealogy when he was alive.He even drove to Utah to get information from a genealogy library.
My daughter Megan started looking into what he had gathered and got back pretty far in the records with the help of other relatives on my husbands side. Apparently she could qualify for the daughters of the American revolution.Amazing.

 My late mother in laws Alice family were rug hookers in Ohio. Not for a hobby but out of necessity. That was the first time I saw hooked rugs and my interest was peaked.
I have this theory about  my DNA.
 I could never understand why I loved old houses so much, Jane Austen, gardening, all things British. Chickens, quilts and rug hooking. Not to mention being a avid reader of history.
I wondered how come I had such a love for color folk art and fibers. It must be that the DNA that was from ancestors in the past effects me in the present. I think that my ancestors DNA speaks to my heart and somehow that effects my passionate interests.I know it's not scientific but my romantic heart thinks its true.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer in San Diego County

                                                                        Point Loma Lighthouse



This has been the summer of just a little bit of everything.We have been on several camping trips this summer.We still have one last camping trip to South Carlsbad State beach coming up in September! I finally finished a Cheri Payne flag quilt from last year.  There was the usual 4th of July parade in Crest with the throwing of candy to kids watching the parade .Little jack insisted on spending the night for the parade.It makes me happy that he loves to come to our home so much.

 We took a trip to the Point Loma Tidepools with little Jack while he was spending days with us .We had him for a little bit while his parents were away. His mom went to Brave Girl camp in Idaho and his Dad went to Palm Springs golfing. We did a  nice staycation in San Diego. People come all over the world to see all the tourist spots in San Diego so we just were like tourists enjoying southern California.
 I called it Nana camp.We had train rides at Balboa Park which has been around since I was a kid.Little Jack loved it!

I have been using Facebook more then blogging because it's easier to use with my iPad.I just post a picture. But I know
not everyone uses Facebook.I joined Facebook so I could be in some rug hooking groups on line.I am going to continue blogging but maybe just once a month for a while.

                                                                             4th of July

The San Diego quilt show is going to have hooked rugs again this year so I am putting two of my rugs in the show.I need to put a sleeve on them and they will be ready for the show in September.

                                                               Oh and then a wildfire scare!

                                                Scary day there was a wildfire below Crest
                                                  I took this picture                                        


                                                       A neighbor snapped this pic

                                                     I gave little Jack my hat at Santee Lakes

Rug hooking in the summer seems like such a chore. I have been in a slump trying to get my mojo back to my rug hooking. So when I was packing to go camping I had to include my wool's and my Lady Violet rug.I needed to force myself to get going on my hooking project.

 William Heise Park was a lot of fun and was perfect for hooking away. There seem to be no distractions for me except feeding my husband breakfast lunch dinner.
It was just me and my husband in our trailer in a spot that only had two other campers in the camping loop.It was like having the park to ourselves.It was so relaxing! The fact we were so close to Julian was perfect.
 Jack and I went on some really nice hikes where you felt like you were all by your self deep in the wilderness.It was so quiet.We saw this sign which was a little scary.
It was kinda unnerving at times as the paths got narrower and denser and with my imagination I was sure some crazy animals could jump out at us.
 The bugs were out so bug spray was a must but besides that it was like being on a retreat.

I bought a cool walking stick at a bird shoppe which Jack promptly painted it full of pretty flowers for me.

                                                                   My walking stick

My husband has discovered painting rocks so he brought his paints and I brought my hooking and during the heat of the day we worked on our projects.It was bliss!I finished my 4th of July quilt just in time for 4th of July a couple weeks ago.
                                                      We spotted deer when we drove to Julian

At night we would walk over to throw our trash away and look at the beautiful stars.The best part  was seeing deer and we even were pretty lucky and saw a couple wild turkeys. On the last day two mule deer jumped out of the bushes and ran in front of us at our campsite.That was exciting!

                                              Little Jack just spent one night camping with us

                                                                Some progress

             We hiked up the mountain.That little white dot left of the tree in the distance is our campsite

                                                                             Hugs Cheri


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Primitive rug hooking and quilting at Rosies

  First I have to get you all caught up with my busy life.  We are currently having a awful heat wave in Crest.The snakes are out with this warm up.  A couple weeks ago I had a very large snake on my patio. I am the biggest coward when it comes to snakes!!
Morris my cat must have made the snake angry because as I opened my patio door I heard this loud hissing sound. I thought what's that noise? Morris then nonchalantly walks past me into the house.

I stopped took a step and saw this huge snake! It was looking at me and hissing and in a strike position. It really freaked me out. It was staring me down and I didn't know what to do so I called 911.My daughter said I should not have called them but I had no idea if it was a rattle snake 🐍 or not. I have encountered a couple snakes in my yard but they were small and not angry 😡 and loudly hissing at me!! It sounded like a bunch of locusts.

So 911 transferred my call to the fire dept in Crest and within five minutes I had three firemen at my house. I didn't want the snake to disappear from my patio before someone came so I did not move. I kept staring at him the whole time while I waited for the firemen.I could hear the sound of the fire engine coming down the dirt road as I waited.Thank goodness no sirens. I yelled to the firemen and they came to the back of my house to look at the snake.
The tallest fireman said it wasn't a rattler but it was a very angry snake. I really think Morris had something to do with that.
Well the other two firemen watched as the tall fireman got this gripper thing and picked it up. Then he proudly held the snake up to show me how long it was! Well he turns towards me I am gone .I hear him say to the other firemen Where she go? So I knocked on my French doors and said here I am. Once I saw him start to pick up the squirming hissing snake I bolted in to my house.
Well long story short. They said since it wasn't a harmful snake but a good snake they can relocate it up to five miles away. So I told them to take it five miles away.That was an easy decision.

The younger firemen tried to make me feel better and said think of it like a bunny rabbit! Really?
Then he started to explain to me even if it had bit me . That's when I stopped the conversation and told him if it bit me I would have been on the patio floor.

 I was smart watching the firemen thru the french doors because the tall firemen dropped the snake when he was showing me how long it was.  The snake then slid over to my husbands outdoor fire pit. So once again I dashed in the house. Finally the tall firemen walked out to the firetruck with the hissing snake. I  was busy talking to the other firemen as he explains where in my yard snakes would be when the tall firemen that took the snake returns with no snake. So I look at him and say where's the snake? He told me my neighbor wants it and they put it down his gopher hole. Really? Men..... Don't bother commenting how good snakes are I just am scared of them.
 Stephanie went  on vacation and brought back some nice antiques.  


                                                   One of gals is working on a quilt

                                            I started my Lady Violet rughooking while camping.


                                       My chickens keep getting in my sunflower raised bed!

                                                                     Donna still working away

                                                                       No sunflowers yet

                                                   Dee found this cute mouse then dressed it up