South Rim and Colorado River. Grand Canyon Arizona

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Have A Latte Blog Hop. My Day


Thank you to Madam Samm and Joan at Moose Stash Quilting . Both ladies abound with joyful encouragement and support.  I have seen beautiful projects during this Hop. I hope you visit all the participants.

My projects are a very dotty wall hanging and snack mat. The red orange paisley fabric is from my stash.  I usually sew with bright primary colors. This was a change and I grew fond of these prints.  

Both items are lined with warm and natural batting. They are crinkled because I chose not to pre-wash the batting. I like the effect.  I will be ordering more of this fabric to make a small remembrance quilt honoring my sister. That girl loved her coffee! I will be using the prints in my photo plus the red and border fabrics.

Thank you for visiting. Today`s list of participants is below the picture.

April 23
    Cates Linens   
     Needled Mom
     Sew We Stitch

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Have a Latte Blog Hop Starts Today!

Today`s  and the following three days participants are listed below. This Hop is a coffee lover oriented Blog Hop, lots of nice fabric, talent and I`ll bet gorgeous projects as well. It continues till April 23 which is my day. Mdm. Samm of  Sew We Stitch is the creator of this Hop and Joan of Moose Stash Quilting has kept things in order. Thank you Joan and Madam Samm for your hard work. I will list the rest of the participants on Tuesday. Long Story! Thank you.

               April 13
April 14

Arizona Wildflowers. Another Page Turns.

We`had a beautiful spring thanks to late winter showers. My favorites are the white bells on the Agave farther down the page. It`s still cool, about 70. Nights are about 40. I`m well The year anniversary's of my family members deaths has passed. It was dreadful but I`m doing much better now. Rented space in a shop to sell my vintage collections and let someone else enjoy those things.  I had to bring Mr Cat indoors because he was making a major dent in the snake and lizard population. I don`t want him running into a rattlesnake. My life is good. God has been generous with his love and blessings.

Thank you for visiting

California Poppy

Poppies and Desert Mallow

Desert Primrose

Bells on my Agave. This is a banner year for Agave blooms. Every one has these luscious creamy flowers. Very unusual.

Old yard tools sitting against a Joshua Tree.

More Desert Mallow

I don`t know the name of these snowball white flowers. The gnarly tree is the base of my Desert Willow.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Precision Deluxe Stitchmatic Electric Sewing Machine

Good Morning. Yesterday I bought a Precision Deluxe Stitchmatic Electric sewing machine. Ten dollars at the thrift shop. I love everything about it. Made in Japan, almost no wear and since it is a Singer 15 clone my Singer short shank attachments and bobbin case fit.  I need to buy a foot pedal. Other than that it`s ready to go.

The last two nights there was  a light rain. The sun is up now making it just right for a walk. The temps will be in the 60'S. I am doing real well and waiting impatiently for the fabric shops to start selling the Have a Latte fabrics. I`m excited about this upcoming blog hop. The button is on my sidebar.

Thank you my blog friends and first time visitors for stopping by. I appreciate it!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Back To Normal

 I took an unexpected break from blogging this month. January 3rd was the first anniversary of my 
husbands death. It set me back for a while. I didn`t realize the start of year two would have as great an impact as it did.  As usual my friends were great, keeping me busy and on the right track. I`m almost back to where I was before the 3rd.

I`m  sewing again and looking forward to  Madam Sam`s March Blog Hop, Have A Latte. This Hop celebrates everything coffee. Wait till you see the Have a Latte fabrics!

My water delivery will be here shortly so I must break away. I truly appreciate your visit. I am finishing WIP`s and will share them as I complete them.

I bought a "to die for" six foot by four foot solid oak farmhouse kitchen table. It`s my work table now, sitting in my kitchen. I will share a picture when I get re-aquainted with my camera. It came with  2, two foot by four foot leaves too heavy for me to lift. I love it!

That`s all for today.

Thank you,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sunrise Welcomes 2015

My backyard just after sunrise. Beautiful! The Mohave Desert has many surprises. Click on the picture and it will enlarge.

Happy New Year Everyone!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Friends and A Few Pictures

This little fellow is my new friend. He was left here, alone in the desert, by his former owners. They moved and dumped him. I`m not creative with pet names anymore. I call him O.C. Short for orange cat. I already named him something else, but decided on something short and easy to remember.I have had 30 cats over the years. I chose the easy name. Till I have him neutered he lives on my enclosed porch.

I think you met OC in a previous post.

I`m wishing you wonderful holidays. Friends invited me to their Christmas dinner. I`m really blessed.  I have been occupied with everything except sewing.  The weather is lots cooler making it nicer to work outdoors.

 My best friend of 25 years died three days ago. So much loss this year.   None of us could believe my son and her son would lose a parent in the same year.  Our boys are close. Like brothers. Both are successful young men.  Her husband passed me this morning on his way home to `Vegas. I was going on a shopping trip down the road. Big hugs. Sadness comes to all of us and we work through it with the help of God and our friends. I have come a long way. Doing so much better.

Here a few pictures after the last rain a few days ago. No snow yet, but the rain froze on the ground. The plants are bright because they were were still soaked and the early morning sun was on them

 The view from my back yard.

Facing east you can barely see the cliffs in the background. The Colorado River is behind the cliffs.

Thanks so much for visiting. 


Friday, November 28, 2014

Appreciate Where You Live

I admit living in one place 25 years it`s easy to take where I planted myself for granted. Yes I miss the change of seasons I grew up with. But, I have to admit this is a place of beauty. Sometimes you have to take a second or third look.

This is my son. Had we not moved here he would not have found his passion for Wildland firefighting. He worked for National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management 15 years, retiring when he was injured.

Carlos Elmer. In my opinion this photographer put Arizona Highways Magazine on the map.

This is Carlos Elmer`s View. Just down the road from where I live. It`s across the road from the sign above.

Then there is Grand Canyon Skywalk.   An issue with many tourists is the Skywalk folks require you to give them your camera. No picture taking allowed. You can buy pictures after the tour. I prefer the Grand Canyon South Rim near Williams. Take all the pictures you want.

South Rim. You can see the Colorado River in the Canyon`s bottom.

 You get to keep your camera at the the South and North rims. This is the South Rim.

Then there is Lake Mead . Nice views, great fishing despite the lower water levels. It is getting harder to launch boats. Most of my friends fish from the bank. Real hot in the summer. It`s beautiful now.

This is a view I took from the Arizona side, about 10 miles from my house.

My next post will have more pictures and a little more history of the Meaview area including this:

Till next time,

Cathy (and you thought I was just about linens) haha!