Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Barbara, me and Nancy (Barbara is the eldest sister to my mother’s 5 daughters, and a full sister to Nancy on my right). Today would have been Nancy’s 77th birthday; she and Barb are both gone, as is my next eldest sister, Sudie, whose birthday would be tomorrow.

Today was not a good day — I just felt out of sorts for most of the day.

I got my Bernina sewing machine out of the shop yesterday, brought it home and turned it on. That’s when I discovered that the light had burned out. I have no idea when it burned out but that meant going back to the shop to buy a bulb. Went back to the shop today and they didn’t have one to fit my machine — actually I did buy one, but we were pulling out of the parking lot in front of the store when I decided I’d better open the package and double check the bulb. Glad I did — wrong style. Back in I went — we did the money exchange and they looked for another bulb but couldn’t find one. They’re going to be a Bernina dealer, but they don’t have the machines (or parts) yet.

Went to the Chevrolet dealer there in Bakersfield to pick up parts for DH’s pick-up. Asked for an additional part. DH started to order yet another part, but I stopped him, saying that we’d already ordered that part from another place. Problem is, we’ve been piece-mealing this project, getting a piece here and a piece there without keeping track of what we’ve ordered.

We arrived back home and I immediately took the car and went up to K-Mart’s pharmacy to pick up the four prescriptions for eye drops for DH, who is scheduled for cataract surgery next month. I’d heard that these eye drops were expensive. That didn’t prepare me for the cost — $298.66 — and that’s WITH insurance! I wondered whether people who have Medicare pay anything at all. We’ll also be responsible for 30% of the allowed cost of the surgery plus the cost of the lens that will be inserted in his eye to correct his slight nearsightedness. I think we’ve reached our golden years because we’re surely paying some golden prices for healthcare.

I returned home and checked the answering machine — a message from the sewing repair shop here in town said that my Viking was ready for pick-up. I told DH I would be right back and headed back out to the car. I lucked out and was able to buy a light bulb for my Bernina there at the sewing machine repair shop, and then I asked if they had a small hand-held vacuum for computers. They did, but it attaches to a regular vacuum. Got it home and nope, it won’t fit, so back I go tomorrow.

I know there’s been days worse than this one, but for the life of me I don’t remember when. I did try to alter my frame of mind after the incident at the sewing machine store in Bakersfield, but it really didn’t change the rest of the day. We stopped at a Subway and I ordered a sandwich for the two of us — got to the table and opened it up and it hadn’t been cut in half. Now when have you ever gone to a Subway and they didn’t cut your sandwich in half??? <sigh> Small things, I know, but it was like Murphy’s Law was bucking me all day long. Little things, over and over again.

So now the day is at an end and I go onto Facebook and the first message I see on my homepage is that my cousin Dossie’s husband Hal has passed away. Dossie passed away two days before my sister Barbara (July 23 and 25, respectively). It feels like the cherry on top of the sundae of my day. His passing is as unexpected as his wife’s was, and it’s hitting me just as hard. My sisters are the ones I would go to for consolation when I had a bad day — they’re all gone except for the youngest one and we’re not on speaking terms anymore. So I call my daughter-in-law… she too has had a bad day and had called her mom for consolation.

Is it something in the air? I hope it’s as simple as that — I hope tomorrow is a better day. I’ll do my part and wake with a positive attitude. I’ll go slow through the day and not rush through it; I’ll take the time to savor every minute, knowing it will only be enjoyed once in this lifetime. Just maybe, that will help me retain a positive frame of mind. I surely hope so.

Be safe, be well and please be happy. I hope I haven’t been too negative here in my little corner of the Internet. I’m not sharing this post on Facebook, so the only ones who see it will be those who subscribe to my posts. I thank you for your kind thoughts and for being in my life.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

This is another apron finished for the Depot gift shop. I added the ruffle at the bottom after seeing aprons made by a friend here in town. Hers were all much larger/longer and more involved than mine. IIMG_4170 think I’ll  change from the 3-across pocket style to just patch pockets. Simpler, and possibly less involved than this style.





Here’s another apron that’s in the works — almost finished, except for sewing the side seams and adding the tie.


When this apron is finished, I’ll work on the remaining two that have been cut out — they’ll be adult size, and I’m not sure how I will embellish them. As I make these aprons, my mind goes back to the first apron I made in junior high home economics. It was half a yard of fabric, hemmed top and bottom, with a plastic ring/band slipped through the top channel. I haven’t seen aprons like that in ages — they were the first “One Size Fits All” in aprons. Quick to make and just as quick to put on or take off.  By coincidence, my first apron fabric was a brown and white gingham, much like the pink and white shown here. The photo caption says, “1960’s” which would be about right, time-wise.


Onward and upward, I’d like to get the last of the aprons done so I can move on to other projects. I have a few ideas for things to make for the gift shop, and I’m hoping they will bring in some extra sales revenue.

Be safe, be well and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

IMG_4159This is a panel that I used to create a Quillo to be sold at the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum Gift Shop. I didn’t take a photo of the completed Quillo because I was disappointed in the way it turned out. I have a Quillo that my step-mother-in-law bought for us many, many years ago and I was trying to use it as a guide while creating this one. The big difference is that the one I own was bigger than the panel I had to work with. Consequently, when the quilt is folded up into a pillow, it isn’t very full. But it’s attractive, and I’m hoping that someone will want to buy it. I have a couple more panels and don’t know whether I’ll attempt another Quillo or just turn them into wall hangings. Will have to discuss it with the Gift Shop manager.


And I completed this apron for the young girl who will be cleaning the Depot bi-weekly starting this next week. I haven’t a clue what size she is, so I’m hoping it will fit her. I received a request for deep pockets so deep pockets is what she’s getting. It did turn out nice…

The friend who gave me blackberry and black currant plants sent me a message the other day and told me to come pick blackberries at her place. Off I went with two large containers. I came home with enough to make a blackberry cobbler. It was fantastic — I used Splenda instead of sugar and you couldn’t tell the difference. Awesome. I took some to my friend and missed seeing her at her house, so I hung the bag (with the cobbler in a container) on her kitchen doorknob. I sent her a message asking her if she’d found her cobbler and she said no — she’d gone in and out through the front door and completely missed it. When she did retrieve it, it had been warmed by the afternoon sun and was like it was fresh out of the oven! Haven’t had blackberry cobbler in soooo long.

Well, it’s late and I really do need to get to bed so will close with blessings for all. Be safe, be well and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

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I rearranged my art room yesterday, swapping out the bookcase for the table. The cutting table now has both table ends set up with my large cutting board on top. It’s taking some getting used to, but it’s much nicer than before. I managed to get nine pocket tissue holders sewn for the Depot Gift Shop, and have a quillo put together to be sewn later today or tomorrow.

We have Depot Duty today so the tissue holders will go with us, along with a bag of selvage trims that I’ve been collecting for a friend who works there at the Depot.

We were in Bakersfield on Wednesday of this past week and stopped into the Orchard Supply Warehouse to see what they had for squirrel eradication/removal. We purchased a trap, brought it home and baited it with peanut butter on bread. No takers, but the bread dried up so we put in a fresh piece and loaded it up with birdseed on top of the chunky peanut butter. Still no takers… But the squirrels did stay away for a day or two after the appearance of the trap. I think they knew their time was limited… I hate to admit that we’ve begun watching their antics by the birdfeeder. Gads… if we keep them to keep us amused, we must have no life at all… Nah, we have lots of better things to do with our time–it’s just that they’re fun to watch, just like the birds or the bunny rabbit that almost fell head-first into the water dish the other day. Wildlife can be such fun!

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be grateful for your life and for what you have (and don’t have). Tell those you love that you love them — OFTEN. Life is precious and we have no guarantee that tomorrow will be available to us, so enjoy today.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

downloadUnconditional love — it should be so simple to just love and accept people as they are. I try to love everyone unconditionally, and I like to think I’m successful in my efforts.

I think of my sister, and  I remember a time when she was scolded for the way she walked, and the person doing the scolding tried to justify her words by saying, “I’m only saying this because I love you.” I would mentally cringe and think, “If you loved her, you’d accept her as she is, and not belittle her or try to change her to fit your image of what or how she should be.”

We have no guarantees that we will wake up tomorrow morning or the morning after, so we should always strive to be happy, and to show unconditional love to those around us.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them, and let them know you love them unconditionally. It’s such a little thing, but it can mean the world to a person who’s never experienced that degree of love.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

I found a really neat coincidence when I followed the link below. The Writer’s Circle Facebook page posted the link and the suggestion “If you need some unique vacation ideas, try following in the footsteps of some of your favorite novels. Explore where some of the world’s greatest novelists received their inspirations with these 10 destinations to give you a keen sense of place that gets your own creative juices flowing.”

The first place suggested was North York Moors, U.K., which is where my cousin lived before moving to Barton on Sea. Robert and I visited her back in 2004, and I fell in love with the green rolling hillsides. This visit was the catalyst for our decision to look for property in Tehachapi. Obviously, we found our dream property and built our dream home.

Catalyst for a life change

We continue to be blessed.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.


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Monday, July 11, 2016

I finally got my trellis for my Blackberry vines! Our son needed to keep the truck for ‘one more week’ so I told him I needed a trellis. He offered to go to Home Depot and pick one up for me–what a great kid!!! He brought it by and he and his dad attached it to my planter. The spacing was a bit larger than I had wanted, but it works. When all of the Blackberry plants and the Black Currant plants are full grown, the trellis won’t even be seen from the front. And I also have some mint and Cosmos planted there. My box is getting crowded and I need to ask for another planter box!! I’m going to have my garden after all, and it’ll be at a height that I can work at without pain!













Be safe, be well and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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