Friday, January 20, 2017

Rug hooking and camping in January

Bravery is seven little letters but so much in those letters. Observing the friends in my life and all the groups I belong to I am amazed how brave my friends truly are and special. Not because they don't speak what comes from their heart but that they go on as bravely as they can in spite of with good attitudes. Chronic illness is such a hard situation there is no magic bullet that fixes everything.It's not like a bad cold or flu it's just trying to get thru the day with as much dignity and hope that it will be better tomorrow and feeling wiped out and exhausted and in pain. Your whole family feels the ripple effect of you feeling helpless and sad for you.Chronic illness is something that makes you dig deep inside yourself to make it to the next day.  I don't know how many times I have said I am sorry to my daughter because she is in pain .It's tough.

  As a sick person you have the added stress of waiting for treatments to be approved.You fight with insurance companies when your ill and wait for doctor visits hoping and praying the specialist has more information about your illness. If you need a handicap spot and you look O.K.  you are harassed by people expecting you to explain what's wrong with you. Sometimes you are having a good day and don't need a cane. You feel normal and yet some judgmental person wants to try to ruin your day. There are so many hidden disease where you look so called normal but just walking or going to the grocery store is such an achievement! I am amazed at how many of my friends are going thru illness and loss and still can be brave kind and constantly showing their wonderful character. Brave people inspire more Brave people!

The fact that a person does not become bitter is the bravest part! The old John Wayne idea of bravery of being stoic, not being real is not what bravery is believe me. Talking about what's bothering you to close safe friends and realizing you are not alone helps them and you on this windy path.Sometimes you are just an example to others of coping skills  A lot of times your dealing with one health crisis after another one problem and you barely have time to come up for air. But oh when you come up for air it's glorious.Life is wonderful when your having good days.

                                                                      camping and hooking

The bravest people discuss what their going thru and ask for help and understanding from friends and family. A brave woman can cry get angry and just be pissed because they're sick of being sick. (that's the only word that fits)

 Camping has been such a welcome relief just being to have some time with my husband has been priceless. We relax watch the ducks regroup and can help again.

  Unfortunately this month is going to be a tough month for my daughter trying to get her pain under control. She is going to have IV once a week and will get sicker before she feels better. So I will be running back and forth to her home to help.I get to see all the cool moms again waiting for their kids in their skinny yoga pants and this little Nana will be picking up the funniest little kindergartner .I was face timing him yesterday he kept scrunching his eye brows up and down and he informed me that is an eye brow Hello. Now I know you think this is a Cheri serious post but I think that sometimes when your looking at peoples post you think what a wonderful life and it is far from it. They learned to find the friends that support them and rebuild a new life with this new shadow in their life. The fact your family can still find happiness in spite of this chronic situation in your life is another use for that seven letter word Bravery.

OK well back to the rest  my Life. Sometimes I think I compartmentalize my life ya think? Remember how I was saying how awful the coyotes have been? Well now add a mountain lion to the mix it was spotted in Crest last week. All this rain is effecting wildlife for some reason.They are getting Bolder.
Last weekend we went camping again. My husband had a three day weekend so we went camping in January. It was my very own hook in and perfect.  I hooked away on a cute log cabin rug . I was having a fun time bike riding and taking pics of the different birds. Maulie went  riding in a bike with Jack. I had to laugh when I saw her riding by me . I am really looking forward to a big trip were taking in May to the Ocean with five couples.

                                                               I hooked outside and when it rained
                                                               I went inside


                                                                    My camping project

Coyotes seem to be following where ever I go.
The irony of the coyotes that have me worried since I lost one chicken is I go camping and see a coyote about 50 feet from our trailer trotting slowly by. There I was riding in the afternoon and saw another one across the brook from me. We had a fellow camper tell us how they hang out in the area we were camping at probably because there is a stream of water. Today I  went to my rug hooking group it was fun as usual Enjoy what my fellow rug hookers are working on.

                                                        Pam is getting it closer to being done

                                                               Michele wants to repair this quilt

                                                            Janice finished her stocking !

                                                        As usual Donna has a beauty of a rug

                                                              Stephanie work

                                                                  I am getting there

                                                                     hugs cheri

Monday, January 9, 2017

Primitive Rug hooking in Crest and coyotes

It's January and with a new year I have been busy battling with nature! Maulie is bugging me as I try to write this post. She actually puts her paw on my Ipad and keeps scratching at it!
First we recently had coyote problems.I wrote about it on my face book page so if you saw it sorry for the same story. The weather in southern California has finally been wetter. I am hoping were out of the drought.The wet weather has brought alot of vegetation and there has been a pack of coyotes
 roaming in front of our house at the wee hours of the night.A couple nights ago we heard  blood curdling sounds across from us in the park where a small dog was fighting for its life. The yelps of coyotes in the distance is one thing but a pack near you is awful.

 It was a foggy night and one thirty in the morning hearing those sounds was spooky and horrible. For some reason on top of Crest there is an echo sound where we live and sounds travel. So add that to the blood curdling yelping and barking I was unable to sleep.The frogs stopped croaking
the closer they got to our yard.My husband whispered to me as we were trying to hear if the small dog got away. I can only assume it was a small dog we could see nothing because of the fog.

It's not like we could run into the park it was completely fogged in. Alot of times dogs get out in Crest at night and who knows what animals are roaming in the wooded area and trails.
The next night the pack came back again. Three thirty in the morning was the witching hour and as usual my husband jumped out of bed. The lights are on outside at night now but they are now stalking our chickens.The girls are free range but go in their chicken coop at night.I can tell they're upset in the morning. Last night no coyotes because of the rain I guess.

 I know they can jump a fence now we recently lost one of the girls when they got in the yard.
 That's why I was worried the sounds were so close!
So now I am super careful but as my chickens are big talkers the coyotes know where they live.
This weekend hubby installed a fido shock around the coop so at least now we can get a normal night sleep.
If they get in the yard they will be shocked and we will have time to react.

My chickens are pets and silly as it sounds chickens have personality and are quite entertaining.I love them.

Well now to rug hooking. I took of Violet and I am going to make a hooked rug of her. It took me awhile to get all the white wool but it's here now.
I also have a smaller project I am starting of a hooked rug by Julie Butler. It's darling!

                                                        Prickly pear cactus down the road
                                                        good for a pink color

This weekend were going camping . As usual we have a house sitter and chicken sitter.
So I am going to have my very own Hook In. Were going to be near a little stream and I am going to have fun biking with my husband. Maulie loves camping.

                                                   A block from our home and a walk across the street