Coconino Plateau AZ

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

Friday, January 3, 2014

Life Changes

Some of you know I have not been posting lately because my husband was ill. He was in hospice care at home and passed away this morning. I lost the love of my life, 42 years of heaven. There is much I have to do, so I won`t be posting for a little while longer. Thank you readers.

Cathy

Friday, November 22, 2013

Blog Hops, Giveaways and Kona Fabric Sale!

Kona Solids were on sale yesterday at Fabric Deopt. I bought a few yards  for my projects in the upcoming Wake Up To Kona Blog Hop sponsored by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt.

Visit the bloggers participating in  the Blog Hop Party. You might find some new bloggy friends and there are lots of giveaways. I`m still working my way through the blog list.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways


Cold, wet and windy here today. We are snug and warm so no big deal. Snow is falling in Flagstaff getting their ski season off to a good start.There may be a light snow on the cliffs behind my house later. Pretty cool view from my bedroom window.


Happy Thanksgiving America and Happy Thanksgiving to our military members!

Cathy

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas Sewing

Happy to say I`m sewing again. I try to do an hour a morning after the treadmill. Beautiful weather, a little crispy in the morning. Perfect Fall desert weather.
I started a few scrappy little projects for gifts like these little mug rugs. The lion and wiseman prints were won in a Giveaway last year. The green fabric to right is Debbie Mumm.

More of the Christmas fabric I won including the gingerbread print.

This is a nine patch block for a scrappy table runner.

I am busy cleaning up flower beds, grooming dogs and getting ready for Thanksgiving. My son and daughter in law will cook the turkey while his dad I make dressing and pies. It`s going to be a great holiday! I am blessed to have this beautiful family. Friends from Iowa have been visiting . It`s been a great month.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Cathy

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Zippered Pouch and Arizona Pictures.

Good Morning! It is a beautiful Fall day in our part of northwestern Arizona. It`s not daylight yet, but the crispy air says it all.

 I made a nice little zippered pouch yesterday to hold my smaller crochet hooks. The outside  print was sent to me by a friend. I used  green calico for the lining.  I chose Heat`n Bond High Loft fusible fleece  to give the bag some body. It took me a little while to put the zipper in, bumbling fingers and all that. The bag is 7.5" x 5.5". I purchased the zipper, a lot of zippers, from Zipit, a nice Etsy store with super customer service and a huge selection of sizes and colors. This is the first time I purchased zippers in bulk. It`s great!


We drove to the well two days ago to haul water and we were greeted by these beautiful flowers. They
make my allergies go crazy. It had been raining all night. The Joshua trees and sage look extra green in the mist.


Still at the well while another storm moves in. The Grand Wash Cliffs and the road to the Skywalk is in the distant background. Every place has a beauty of it`s own.


 We`re supposed to be 70 today. Splendid!