June 14, 2017

In Kentucky for the Summer

We have been back a week, and since the cottage sits empty seven months, there is always a lot of cleanup.

I amended soil in three beds, planted Zinnia seeds in one, perennials in one and my annual herb garden in another. The herbs seem to like their new home.

I touched up the paint on the back porch, we added the furniture and cushions, and hung an old window for interest. Ready for evening back porch sitting. 

April 4, 2017

Beauty Close to Home

We were going to take a trip down to Anza Borrego to see the wildflowers, but that trip fell through.  Instead, we decided to go on a hike at Diamond Valley Lake right in our own "backyard".  My sister, Jodi, and I ended up being the only two who went on the hike, but it was a beautiful day and we had a great time.

We were a couple weeks late to see the California Poppies at their peak, but they were beautiful non the less.

We picked up a brochure at the Visitor Center that had pictures of all the different wildflowers with their description.

The lake is actually a water reservoir that was built several years ago.  Boating is allowed, but swimming is not allowed.

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I made Valentine's cards using vintage lace & fabric scraps, blank cards, card stock and a heart stamp with gold ink.  I sent them to my three sisters and my niece.

January 17, 2017

Visiting My Sister in Hollywood

I visited my sister in Hollywood over the MLK weekend.  We had planned to go to the Griffith Observatory, but there wasn't any parking even remotely close so we ended up going to the movies. We saw "Hidden Figures", and it was a great movie.  We shopped the local shops in Los Feliz, and had lunch at Fred's 62.

Sunday afternoon we went to Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Hollywood for a nice tour. We had been a few years ago, but since then there has been remodeling to take it back to the original 1920's state.  Photographs were not allowed inside, but it was beautiful.  Afterward, we drove over to Glendale to the Americana and had lunch in a cute bakery/restaurant.


On the drive over to Glendale, I noticed this cute shop in a truck, parked and open for business.

October 23, 2016


Our bike trip to Germany turned out to be a little disastrous.  I had a bad bike accident, and hurt my knee pretty badly. (still under ortho care 2 months later.)  The plan was to ride a mapped route from Heidelberg to Koblenz for a total of 120 miles.  We all rode the train the day after my accident, and then the last two days I rode a boat on the Rhine while the others rode bikes.

Anyway, I thought I'd share some of the pretty pictures I did manage to take in Germany.

Heidelberg Flower Shop

Building Detail - Heidelberg

Heidelberg Square - Castle on Hill

River in Heidelberg

Small Village Outside Heidelberg

Train Station
Courtyard Dining

Vineyards on the Rhine

Boat Travel on the Rhine

Castles on the Rhine

Castles on the Rhine

Picturesque Village on the Rhine

On the Rhine

Church in a Village on the Rhine

Castle Above Village on the Rhine

Pretty Village on the Rhine

Castle Above Village on the Rhine
Lunch on the Rhine

Dinner on the Rhine

Castle Above Village

Close Up of Castle

August 25, 2016

Trip to Kentucky

We have been in Kentucky since early June, and I have been absent from my blog.  Shame on me!  It seems that since I opened a Facebook account, I post more frequently there.  I didn't take too many pictures this year on our drive, but will share a couple with you.

We like to stop in Fruita, Colorado and eat at this great little pizza place (and craft beer) called Hot Tomato.

Also in Fruita, and very near Hot Tomato, is an iron art piece called "MIke the Headless Chicken."  OK, it is a bizarre story, and unbelievably there is a festival too.

We had a nice visit with my sister, Becky, in Colorado Springs.

I've taken some pictures since we have been back, but they turned out a bit blurry so I'll post some pictures soon.

You see, I get to go on another European vacation - Germany (bike ride on the Rhine) and two weeks in Spain.  I will try my best to share some of the trip while we are still there, but definitely will do so when we return.

I hope you are all having a great summer.

May 18, 2016

Lily, Lily, Lily My Pretty Girl!

Lily, Lily, Lily My Pretty Girl!

I cooed those words to her for the last time on Monday.
She lost her 2 1/2 month battle with Lymphoma,
 and we had to let her go Monday afternoon.
Saying goodbye after 14 years was difficult.

I am heart broken!

She spent her last night sleeping right next to me.
I'm not sure if I was comforting her,
 or if she was comforting me.

On Monday she went out on the patio.
I put her in her favorite chair, and spent time holding her,
 as well as petting her and talking sweet talk.

Lily was a constant companion to me.
She wanted to help with anything
I was doing.

After I put clean laundry away, she liked to ride
in the empty basket back to the laundry room.

She was always nearby when I sewed, and
loved sitting in this wicker chair.

She would sit outside any closed door, and 
wait for me to come out.

She wanted me to open her pet door
first thing in the morning so she could
go out onto her patio.
And she obediently came into the house
when I wanted to close up everything at night.

If I took a nap, I'd say night, night, and she
came to lay by me every time.

She talked kitty talk to me when I talked to her.

I have a hole in my heart where this kitty used to be. 

February 6, 2016

2016 Road 2 California Quilt Show and Goodies I Bought

My sister and I spent three days at the quilt show this year, and one of our long time friends was able to meet us there for the day.

The view out of our hotel window is of Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriel mountain range - we grew up with this view, and always love coming back to this area of California.

This is this years winning quilt.  Doesn't it look like you could just pull the pillows off the selves?

I'm not a quilter like my sister, but that doesn't mean that I don't find great things to buy from the vendors - here are a few treasures - new block print fabric, vintage and new trims and buttons as well as a new paisley block for printing and fabric paints (not pictured).

December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

We had a fun Christmas Eve at my sister's and brother-in-law's home.  My sister-in-law brought a selfie stick so we could all get in a group selfie.  Four brothers were there - but two sisters weren't able to come (one in Ventura with her daughter's family and the other sister lives in Colorado.)  It is hard to get the eight siblings together at one time.  It's always great to get together with my brothers and sisters, I love them all.

December 17, 2015

Can I Learn to Draw?

I recently won a giveaway from Marva at Purplepaint's Muse.  Her giveaway included this book by Danny Gregory that is a learning to draw tutorial, and a moleskin notebook.  I have always admired Marva's drawings, and I do wonder if I can learn to draw.  Marva assures me that I can.

I must confess that I have yet to draw the first thing, and the pages of the moleskin are pristine - always an excuse - you know, Christmas shopping and decorating etc.  But I will dive in one of these days real soon.  And when I've drawn something that looks better than my drawings when I was five, I'll share them with you.

Thank you Marva, I love it and promise to do my best!