Grand Canyon Arizona

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cats and Cactus

I call her Autumn. She`s not a stray. She`s well fed so she lives somewhere in the neighborhood, stopping by to visit nearly every day. She must be desert smart because the coyotes haven`t grabbed her. She is more a creamy color. I always kept my cats indoors. 





My Agave. It does well in drought.

My New Journey

Not so new now. It`s been 10 months and I`m moving along. Realizing I did what I could to help my husband. Survivor guilt is gone.  I`m learning to not feel guilty for laughing or admitting it is indeed a beautiful day. It`s okay to be happy. It`s still a bother cooking for one. My dogs keep me sane. I made an extra effort to renew friendships.  I do sew, just in short bursts. Getting ready for the church craft show in November and the next blog hop. Check my sidebar.

I sorted scrap metal today for a trip to the landfill. It`s everywhere! Stored sheet aluminum for my son. He`s having another spinal fusion  December 3. There are great surgeons in Flagstaff. He won`t need the metal for a while.Took a few pictures. They were blurry because I sometimes have vertigo caused by water in my ears from allergies. Going to buy elderberry syrup again. It`s great for colds and allergies.  Washed the car. Used what I thought was a clean towel to dry it and now my Ford is covered with fur!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are well and happy. It`s autumn now. Cool nights and mornings. I am really blessed.

Cathy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

See You In September Blog Hop, My Day


Thanks to Shari, aka Fearless Leader and Madam Samm, the creator of this Hop, for giving us a platform to share our creations. We are required to make three projects, one showcasing Riley Blake Gingham. RBD was considering discontinuing their gingham line. How silly was that! The medium gingham has been saved. Alas the small and large patterns will be gone. Hey, we still have the medium, which I find just about right for my projects. The other items we made were our choice.

 My last minute pictures were taken in the rain. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert are passing through today and tomorrow. I won`t be covered in dust, a bonus.

I crocheted a warm, cozy  hat with a pom pom on top.  Just for me. The dog carried it to bed a few days ago. A stamp of approval!



A hot pad for my daughter in law. The pad is lined with Insulbright and Warm and Natural Cotton Batting. I`m also going to make her a matching table topper. The fabric was given to me a few years ago. I like the quaint print. I love my daughter in law!




I made this table mat for me.  The gingham is Riley Blake. The print is Moda`s Glamping. It`s lined with flannel and backed with lime green Kona Cotton. I liked working with scraps.

Below is the list of today`s presenters. Please visit them and enjoy their creations.
Quiltscap

I haven`t been able to visit previous posts for this Hop. I promise that I`ll catch up with all of you. 

Cathy

Monday, September 1, 2014

 Grief is a bear. I have more to deal with right now. I`ll be okay. I`ll be back. Thanks for your support.

Cathy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quiet Mornings and Quail

Mornings and sunsets are the desert at it`s best. The quail visit twice a day for a drink of cool water. I fill the containers about 6 a:m and 5 p:m  Coyotes drop in about mid morning. I`m going to cut that low branch on the Joshua. The weight is too much for the tree. That`s the Grand Wash Cliffs in the background. I like the haze. Usually by noon huge storm cells float behind them. It`s quite a sight. And now I present my quail friends.


The quail are below the Joshua Tree branches. The rabbits fled when they saw me coming. The round tub has gold bearing dirt I haven`t run yet. That tarp weighs about two hundred pounds. That`s why it`s still there. I`m going grab another cup of tea and sit outside while it`s quiet and cool.

My best friend of 25 years is near death. Her name is Sue. She has stage four lung cancer.  Our sons were born the same year, same day.  Her son was best man at my son`s wedding.  They are still the closest of friends. Shortly after my husband passed Sue told my son who would have thought he would lose his father and her son would lose his mother in the same year. Wow!  Sue is the friend you could confide in and trust. We both love our tea. I will think of her with each sip.

Cathy

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Peaches, A Tablecloth and Steps Forward!


Beautiful day. That`s Iron Mountain in the background. You`ll pass it if you visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk.  I love the clouds. There`s a few homes up there and I hear it`s about ten degrees cooler in the summer. A sweet view from my front yard.


My neighbor brought me peaches and nectarines this morning. I didn`t know his late wife had fruit trees, let alone peaches and nectarines. They are ripe, juicy and cold. How did she do this in our drought stricken desert?

The fence was not the place to hang my little quilt top but there was a wind problem. I wanted a cloth to cover my  kitchen  table to catch flour and other dry ingredients when I am making bread. I usually have flour everywhere and I may drop a little sugar or salt. I am a prolific baker! Now when the bread, cake or pie is in the oven I just shake out the cloth. It will be backed with flannel scraps.  So much easier than trying to dig the dust out my old table. I`ve had the nine patch blocks for years.

My New Life
I`m making time for friends again. The longer one separates from people, the harder it is to make that move back into your friendships.  The "friends" who knocked on my door three days after my husband died, asking me what of his things I was selling (or giving away) are no longer friends. Shame on you.  I am moving along, doing better every day. It was hard to accept help from friends. I`m getting better at that. God didn`t give me beautiful days just to throw them away. I resisted calling my future my "new" life. I didn`t want new. But it is my new life and I`m making the most of it.

Thank you for visiting. I appreciate it.

Madam Samm, Thanks.

Cathy




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fresh Eggs


Aren`t they beautiful! I love fresh eggs  A five minute ride to my neighbor`s (too hot to walk)! It`s nice knowing where your food comes from. Her rooster is an extra benefit. I call him food for the soul. Every morning he announces the day.  I grew up hearing roosters, watching squirrels steal corn from the corn crib and dodging a friends gander who liked scaring the bejeebers out of two little girls. When you are small that wingspan makes him look like a 747.

Our air is less humid and temperatures are rising. After I walk Sam in the morning I fill outside water dishes for the quail, rabbits and whatever else comes along. One summer day we found a King Snake chillin` in a water dish. Late afternoons I deep water my willows and lilacs. This morning I packed up hubby`s clothes to donate to a local charity. Big step. I`m also donating all my vintage and antique linens and glassware. My Quaker Lace tablecloths too.  Why keep that stuff packed away taking up room?  I reconnected with two half sisters I haven`t seen in years. They found me. It is nice. Making plans to paint the house exterior and rent a dumpster to clean up the acre. So much stuff!
 
 I have pack rats in one shed. I`ll deal with them next week.  When you put some light on where they stay they tend to go elsewhere. So, I`m clearing that building entirely out leaving no room for them to hide. Yuk! I don`t poison critters because something else, perhaps an owl, vulture or hawk  will eat them and also be poisoned.  I`ll be sewing in a few minutes for the See You In September Blog Hop. I am so happy to be motivated again.

That`s about all for today. Thank you for stopping by.
Cathy


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rain and Other Good Things

After four months it finally rained. A nice steady deep soaking ground rain. 

Yes, the shingles aren`t looking their best. I don`t get on the roof anymore. I`m planning on a metal roof next spring. 

 Two evenings later, an early evening rain left behind this gorgeous double rainbow. Not the greatest picture but you get the idea. That`s my yard.
I can`t leave Sam out of my post. He rescued me from the depression after my husband`s death. Sam is in my bedroom / sewing room just after he was caught pillaging my scrap stash. He doesn`t eat or chew, just drops fabric around the house and goes back for more. He`s a Lab / Shepard, eight months old.

What have I been up to? I joined a blog hop. It is  another great Hop created by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt.  Please click the link in the sidebar for more information. Three finished projects to be presented in September. One project must be created using Riley Blake Gingham Fabric. Riley Blake is considering eliminating their gingham line, so we will be showcasing the gingham in one of our projects.  The Hops motivate me, get me moving, generate incentive which is just what I need.

Thank you for visiting,
Cathy

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Vacation!

I drove to my son and daughter in law`s home in  Williams for a short visit. Great trip, fresh air, tall aspens and mature blue spruce in the front and back yards. My dog had a playmate making this visit extra nice. Here are a few pictures of our picnic at Dogtown Lake on the outskirts of town.



My son and daughter in law


Hard to see the sheep in the background.

Williams is beautiful. I expect to spend lots of time there. It is set up for tourists but you still get that hometown feel. The Grand Canyon Railway is headquartered there making day long trips to the South Rim and back. 

Here is a picture of my new adopted pup Sam. Eight months old, a Lab/Shepard mix. This was his picture in the newspaper the day I brought him home. He is very special.


Till later,
Cathy

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I`m Back!

Thank you Followers and other visitors. For those of you who don`t know what`s been going on I was widowed five months ago. Three months later I lost my twin and her husband in a fire. It`s been a rough ride but I`m having better days and back to sewing. I finished my first project in eight or nine months, a bag for my daughter in law. I always drift to bags. It took me a month to finish it. The fabric was cut two months ago. It`s been hard to sit and I had a short attention span. Sewing for people I love has been wonderful. I am eager to do more.


This is a lined bag with two lined pockets on each side. The print fabric is Michael Miller`s Trailer Travel. The solids are Kona Solids. The tutorial is  Fresh Lemons Farmer`s Market Bag 
The corners are boxed and it`s a decent size.

 The drought is continuing. No wildflowers, none.  My lilacs, rosemary and  pine tree are hanging in there. That`s it for today. Thank you for visiting. I`m okay and I`ll continue to post.

Cathy

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Renewal

It`s spring here. Always a sign of renewal. I`m not sure if this new phase of my life is a renewal. I guess in a way it is. God`s hand is leading the way. I am so very blessed.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.


The air is fresh,  Flowers are blooming.

Year after year a neighbors yard blooms.
The creosote put on a white display.

Grand Canyon by helicopter

Bright Angel Trail Grand Canyon fresh and green

Our beloved wild horses

Sunset
Thank you

Cathy