Wild Horses. Pearce Ferry Road Near Meadview AZ

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hot,Hot,Hot!

I`m happy to be posting again! Thank you for visiting. Looks like we`ll be 103-104 all week, give or take a few degrees. This is unusual. Last summer was about ten degrees cooler.  Every morning about 5:30 or 6:00 A:M I doing yard work. This week I started to dismantle this travel trailer.


Somebody pulled the  roof staples on the edges for me. I still need to get on a ladder to free the center part of the roof. That`s going to be the hardest part. I peeled  metal and insulation from the front and one side yesterday. I hope to finish pulling off the rest of the metal on that side tomorrow and then attack the front again. The windows are out, the appliance hook-ups, gas line. bathroom and flooring need to come out. I plan to save the frame , putting a 500 gallon water hauling tank on it so I can haul my water again. I`m paying for delivery now and it gets expensive even though I`m thrifty with my water.

I am feeling the effects of the drought now. I hear the acquifers are dropping. This is the first year I`ve had to water my desert vegetation and desert willows. The Joshua trees might have a few years le
left.

 Pictures
This is a Beaver Tail my husband brought home . Somebody was metal detecting for nuggets, pulled out the cactus and left it. The pink flowers are just emerging and should be in full bloom before the end of the week.




This is a Barrel Cactus. Also dug up and tossed. BLM and Park Service frown on that. There are two buds in the center ready to open.  When we were prospecting we never disturbed the plants. We worked around them




Indulge me. Sam was watching me take pictures. He`s my cutie Lab/Dane.



Clouds forming behind the Grand Wash Cliffs. My backyard.



I made an ironing pad last week. My ironing board kept crashing at my feet. Not helpful! I cut binding to match the back side of the pad. The size of the pad is 23" x 23" . A nice size for me. I lined it with  Insulbright and Warm and Natural Cotton batting 


That`s about it.  I`m into 18 months of widowhood now (is there such a word)?  The second year is still hard, but for me somewhat better than the year before. The time goes so fast. Yes it hurts, yes I miss him. We have to go on. God is giving me these days for a purpose and I don`t want to waste the time he has given me. Any talents I have are a blessing from him. However most days I need a good shove from up above.

Thank you for visiting me. I appreciate it.

Cathy

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Have A Latte Blog Hop. My Day

Welcome!

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
Cathy


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!

Cathy

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,
Cathy

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!

Cathy

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. 

Cathy