Monday, October 14, 2019

No Fall Colors

None around my house, have to drive onto the Fort or into town.  This is fall to me, when wild AZ Sunflowers come up in late September.

Fence lines on north property have AZ Sunflowers all along, up past barn.  Equines are not interested in eating wildflowers.  Poppet is interested in whatever bugs are crawling about. You can see how bright this AZ sun is today.

 Inside my little side yard, out the window of quilting room.  I let it go after a devastating microburst. High wind and heavy rain turned into dime and quarter sized hail.  Left it all in tatters.  Some plants were spared by the mulberry tree.  That tree had everyone of its leaves shredded.  Much of the fig was spared along with a little apple tree and weeping pine. Trumpet vine lost leaves inside the yard, it was untouched on outside.  Hail was coming down sideways.


Our barren backyard during storm.  We have tried to grow trees and such back there but it's like the ground is poisoned.  That and 100 year freezes or flying masses of leaf eating bugs. 

Side yard during storm.  Patio table has since been moved under carport.  
Not sure why we keep trying. LOL.  Husband says he is going to take a welding class at our local Community College and learn how to make metal trees and bushes.  Hope he does now that he's retired.  I'll share some Spring photos next time.
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Hope to make it over to Tombstone October 20 for the parade.  We have never been.



Sunday, October 6, 2019

I Have Put Off Posting...

All summer. This has been a long hot summer, rain arrived late. 
I'll post some summer "highlights".

My quilting room is a converted covered porch, finished not that many years ago.  This year the roof leaked.  It's all repaired now after waiting three months for a trusted company to fix.  Their waiting list had 80 roof repairs ahead of us. Owner worked us in when he saw all my fabrics and quilting machine in danger. The ceiling had bulged right in the middle from water weight.
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LOL (gotta laugh or I could cry every time I look). I had pulled and stacked fabrics everywhere for the Gypsy Wife quilt. Now it all needs back on shelving.  Rain is gone for the season but I've been afraid to remove the tarp. I'm sure its been fixed up right, they showed us the old inferior materials and all new materials to replace. It's just so much to do in there but husband is going to help.

My health has been a roller-coaster ride for the last several months.  Trying new meds for the fibro and nerve pain, experimenting with dosages, new doctors and clinic. Depression. Sleeping too much. I've mostly been caring for our poodles, the horses and mule. But not complaining about that !
These guys... crack me up, keep me going.


The herd of five.  Husband chips in a lot to help with care.

Awesome storms this past summer...

Rain makes the desert green...

It actually feels a little bit like fall now. AC is turned off, nights are cool.
But in AZ you never know...




Thursday, July 4, 2019

July 4th 2019


I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.



Saturday, June 8, 2019

My How Time Flies !

 Today I'm throwing up (ha ha) all my completed Gypsy Wife photos.  I'm behind the FB group sew-along but pleased with what I've accomplished so far. 
My arm was sore from cutting strips, two fabrics at a time.  These are just a few so far. Steam and heavy starch are your friends in this endeavour. Lots of rotary blades too. 
 I'm sewing two quilts at once, one for my sister and one for me.  I cannot imagine cutting one quilt at a time, considering all the deciding and measuring that goes into a Gypsy Wife quilt.  As others have said, this is an exercise in precise sewing ! Better get your 1/4" down !
 I wasn't looking for a lot of contrast in my quilt.  Strips below are about half the number needed.  I'll mix in some deeper colored strips later on.

Some blocks I changed up like these, supposed to be square in a square but didn't want to loose butterfly wings.  Little changes make the quilt my own.
 Lots of novelty scraps are being put into use.  I did paper piece the little two inch blocks, easier for me that way.  (The FB group doesn't allow paper piecing but I won't tell on myself).  There are several other very difficult blocks I'll paper piece, I found free patterns on Pinterest so why not ?
 There's about a gazillion more of these 2" filler blocks to make. But it's fun choosing fabrics for them. I have learned to not be picky, just choose and sew.  O n e  a t  a  t i m e.

HST (8") block using the same print and mixed with black/grey/white for interest.  So many different colors and combinations you could choose, it was hard deciding.  Lots of ideas on the net.
The FB sew-along is going by sections each month but I decided to complete all my blocks first.  No, I don't know why, LOL.
Gotta keep slogging away,  I'm too far along with this quilt to quit and would be disappointed in myself if I did.

Friday, March 1, 2019



    For flowers that bloom about our feet,
    For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet,
    For song of bird, and hum of bee,
   For all things fair we hear or see,
   Father in heaven, we thank Thee!