"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Awww Monday! August 31, 2015

This time of year apples are
ripening and some do fall on the
ground if not picked....

This time of year I wish I had
some of these apples to
give to our lovely deer..... 

But all there is for deer to eat where we live
are all the acorns falling off the Oak trees.
But our buck doesn't seem to mind...
Have a great week and be sure to
tell Sandee of Comedy Plus
"Thanks for Awww Mondays"!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Six Words and Sunday Shadow Shots! August 29-30, 2015

Some mornings must have hot chocolate!!
I love Mexican Hot Chocolate....
much better than coffee (for me).
But if you must have coffee.....
you could always make a Mexican Mocha!
Just put some Mexican cocoa mix in
your cup before adding the hot coffee.
It will put a bit of zip in your day! 

And here's a bit of sculpture whimsy
to add another type of spice to your day!
It's called the Diver and was created
by Candace Miller who is a local artist
in Dunsmuir, California.
You can see more of her art at this Link.
Meanwhile for even more entertainment
do go to Six Words and Sunday Shadows!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ta dah! Feline Friday!!! August 28, 2015

They might be discussing what's for dinner?
Or they might be thanking
 Sandee of Comedy Plus for this weeks
Feline Friday!

Monday, August 24, 2015

It's Awww Monday! August 24, 2015

Lots of Jackrabbits this year!

They love to graze on our lawn.
Russell encourages them as it means
less mowing for Russell!
Below is a close up - a bit fuzzy
since I took this far away. 

They really are nice little animals.
Meanwhile, have a great week and do
pop over to Comedy Plus and
thank Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Six Words and Sunday Shadows August 22-23, 2015

Creating a quilt is a process.....

Selection of fabric colors....
Sewing many strips together....

Arranging the squares into a pleasing design....
Finally it's all constructed....
( the outer material is the backing )
Close up below.

And off to the quilter it goes! Yay!
While I was at the quilters I picked up
the other quilt I made 3 weeks ago.
Now I just have to sew on the binding.
I love making these baby quilts!
Have a great weekend and be sure to visit

Friday, August 21, 2015

Time for Feline Friday! August 21, 2015

Well, we all know that Steve of BFDude
started Feline Friday because he wanted
to prove to us that he truly loves cats....
Maybe he went through this experiment?

Have a purrfectly great day!

Monday, August 17, 2015

It's Tiime for Awww Monday! August 17, 2015

Just who belongs to these toes? 

Nope- not this gorgeous steer...

Certainly not this sleepy little goat...

Or this ewe guarding her baby...

It must be this traveling, ride giving camel!
We went to the fair a few days ago.
Had a great time and even met up with Smoky!
Have a great week and don't forget to
thank Sandee of Comedy Plus
for Awww Monday!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Six Words and Sunday Shadows August 15-16, 2015

Fiery summer shadows are timely reminders.  
We are reminded to be careful and
to make sure our land is safe . 
Sungold tomatoes are such tasty bites. 
Summer brings us such delicious
fruits and vegetables.
I love this time of year. 
Have a great weekend and do check out

Friday, August 14, 2015

It's Feline Friday! August 14, 2015

Our sweet Lucy is such a habit cat.
Her morning nap is always upstairs
in the guest bedroom on
one of "her chairs".
When she takes a nap- it's a serious nap!

Have a great Feline Friday
and don't forget to thank Steve

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summertime and It's Time for Pickles!

Every year I make lots of
hot spicy dill pickles...
but this year even more were made!
I drove up to Medford Oregon and
taught a friend how to make them.
We made 6 dozen quarts in 5 hours.
Not too shabby! 

Here are Paula's 2 dozen jars....

And here are the 4 dozen I took home!
I am only keeping 1 dozen as the other
3 go to my two sons and my nephew Doug
who has become addicted to having
one pickle a day!
Have a great day and don't get in a pickle!

Monday, August 10, 2015

AWWWW Monday!!!! August 9,2015 Our Annual Music Party!

Every year for at least 15 years we have
had a music party in the summer.  

It's partly to thank friends and family,
but it is also just plain ol' fun! 

About 60 folks showed up to
listen to Tom and Leslie play
some familiar tunes and some new
songs written and composed by Tom!
Here's a link to listen to:
Everyone brought delicious food to share...
And they played on....

But the sweetest was yet to come....
Two of our friends grandchildren
asked if they could play music also....

So after Tom and Leslie were finished...
these two kids did an amazing job
of entertaining us with musical skill and poise.
Grandson on the harmonica...

Grandaughter on the ukulele....
We were all so impressed. 
What a special treat! 

Recycled Party Utensils  August 9, 2015
Meanwhile the next day I did my
recycling due diligence by washing the
plastic utensils so I can re-use them
again. I've had these for at least 5 years
and even though my library buddies
tease me about my frugal ways,
it just makes sense to me.
Does anyone else out there do this?
Thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus
for Awww Mondays!
Have a great week !

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Magpie Tales #282 Smokin'

Image provided by Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales
Even blindfolded
She could discern Dragon Berry Cheddar
From Psychosis Cheese

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Six Words and Sunday Shadows August 8-9, 2015

We have been busy this week.....
Orange sunrise due to wildfires 
August 7, 2015

Smoky skies create an eerie light
inside our home....
Russell has been tremendously
busy cutting down dead trees due to pine beetles and the drought.

Lots of nicely stacked wood
waiting for the log splitter we
will be borrowing from friends.

Everywhere I turn there's another pile!

I think the "Chefette" owes him
a big steak dinner?? 


We listened to these incredible musicians... 
who are here for a week of study
and performances.
This is the third year for this event.

And after our Friday hike they came
to a friends home to play after
we had eaten our pot luck lunch... 

And here's why children should have
music lessons....
Have a great week and do visit