Saturday, June 2, 2018

This is the first of 16 blocks for a Mystery Quilt that the Tehachapi Loose Threads group is sewing. We had a choice between selecting three different fabrics or going scrappy. Well that was a no-brainer for me because I have SCRAPS all organized by size!DSCN2468

I only have 15 more blocks to sew, plus the border and the backing and binding.

If you bring a quilt that you’ve sewn that hasn’t been shared before, your name goes into a drawing for a prize. There were six of us that shared today. I had one simple nine-patch quilt while others shared huge quilts that had already been quilted. Some quilters shared three and four quilt tops. Made me feel like a slacker! This baby quilt is made with two packs of charm squares (Charm Packs are 5″ pieces of fabric, usually 42 to a pack). The quilt still needs borders, backing and binding.

Baby quilt

But, because I shared, my name went into the pot and it was drawn for a prize. I picked a quilt kit because I’ve never owned one–never bought one because I’ve always had fabrics given to me or bought fabrics to go with what I already had.


I’m really going to enjoy making this quilt.

That’s all for now. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to remind those you love that you love them. Know that you too are loved.


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May 28, 2018


A very happy Memorial Day to everyone, especially to those who have paid the highest price for our freedom, and those who continue to live with the memories of the wars they have fought. I can’t imagine the pain of carrying those memories every day of your life. Blessings to you.

Our peace is being disturbed today by the sound of gunshots from across the valley. We live in the county and I realize that it’s not illegal to shoot guns in the county, but it makes me nervous to hear them as I don’t know what the shooters are aiming for. I don’t want to call the sheriff so will stay indoors and hope for the best.

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


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Saturday, May 26, 2018



We were in Bakersfield yesterday. I had a pulmonary test in the morning and then we went to breakfast. After breakfast we headed for Lowe’s to see what they had in plants that would work on the layout. We bought Irish Moss (as a contrast for the Scotch Moss already in use), several Purple Lobelia plants, a Green Beauty Boxwood, and a Golden Breath of Heaven. We also bought a vine whose tag I haven’t pulled yet. It has yet to be planted.

I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ve been down for close to two days now. Nothing super-serious, but I’ve felt like I’m coming down with the flu again. Horrible stuff that just saps your energy. Plus, the weather has turned cold again–hovering around 50 degrees out on the deck, dark clouds overhead and slight misty rain this morning. Makes a person want to curl up on the couch with a fire going in the fireplace and hot chocolate on the table next to me. Oh! And a good book! LOL I have several of those going. I’m working on Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” and have to say it’s a real piece of work. Or rather, Trump is…

Michael Wolff

I’m alternating between Wolff’s book and Janet Evanovitch’s “Turbo Twenty-Three.” Evanovitch is a sure-fire asthma attack from laughter. I have to take her a bit at a time because she cracks me up. Ahhh me. Laughter is good for what ails you…

Not much else going on… watching the sun finally appear around the far edge of the valley, it’ll climb the mountain across the way before crawling back down for the day. Yesterday evening’s sunset was almost fluorescent orange. Phenomenal colors… I don’t know how to go back to that day’s YouTube video of the Tehachapi Live Train at West Cable and I failed to photograph it. One of these days I’ll learn to grab my camera instead of just sitting or standing there in awe of Mother Nature at work

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Know that you are where you are meant to be and there is truly a reason for everything in life. Blessings to you and those you love. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Strange mood today…the mayor of Bakersfield died this past Friday, cause unknown, but he went very quickly. He was diagnosed on May 8, 2018, and passed away on May 19, 2018. Yesterday, our own beloved mayor, Ed Grimes passed away. Again, it was sudden and no cause of death was given. Other than the fact that I knew, liked and admired Ed Grimes, he was born in 1943, the same year as my husband. Seventy-five is not old these days, and it makes me realize that more than ever, we are living on borrowed time.

Hubby has an appointment in Bakersfield this afternoon with a Urologist. We went to a Nephrologist a while back, thinking incorrectly that Hubby’s kidney situation was best followed by a Nephrologist. Not so, apparently, so we obtained a referral for a Urologist. Today is our first appointment.

Never more unsure of the future as I am today. I know I need to keep the faith and remain upbeat and positive. Please take care — tell those you love that you love them, be happy and enjoy your life — appreciate each moment for it is precious and won’t come again in this lifetime.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Facebook will often bring back a post from years past and ask if you want to share it again. This one popped up from 4 years ago and I look back and remember that I gave a lot of my crafting supplies to the grandkids and my DIL. Have not missed them one whit.

Words of wisdom from Dan Galvin’s TFTD: “If you keep anything long enough, you can throw it away.”

My thoughts on this at that time — As I sort through all of my paper crafting supplies for things to pass down to my grand-kids, his words surely ring true for me.

It’s an overcast day today and I’m a bit sore and tired from yesterday’s events, so will make this post a short one and wish you all blessings. Be safe, be well, and be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. One final word — a friend sent me an article on chronic pain that had 17 tips on living with any chronic health problem. The 17th one resonated with me — “17. When all else fails, go to bed!”

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

I love how neat my fabric stash is now that I’ve gone through everything. It took me the better part of a week to cleDSCN2339ar it out, sort and refold the fabrics. As I went through everything, I set some fabrics aside to donate. I folded the pieces of fabric that were the size of a fat quarter (11″x22″) and stored them by color in plastic bins.

A recent blurb in a quilting blog suggested that fabric scraps could be rolled into color-sorted rolls. I need to begin to sort and roll my fabrtic strips!


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








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Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Some of our new plants have fared better than others. I plucked a few of the double blooms of this little plant to share with our departing guests who have been visiting for the past couple of days. Luis and Rosa were our neighbors when we lived in San Diego and we’ve been friends for over 30 years.  Rosa wanted to press some of our California Poppies that are in bloom all over the place and I felt that a bit of blue to go with the orange would be nice. Our other neighbor/friends, Larry and Anita, were here about a week and a half ago. It’s so nice to be able to see long-time friends. They love our view just as much as we do.


This is a photo of our Armeria.  It’s a very hardy, flowering plant that we had great success with on our layout in San Diego. When I saw it at the nursery, I picked up a six-pack of it and every single plant has not only survived, but thrived! I love its beautiful pink blooms. They remind me of Dr. Seuss’ book, “Horton Hears a Who”. That tiny pink puffball of a flower that Horton carries around with his trunk is just what this Armeria looks like. Such a cute plant.  See more photos here:

I took photos of the plants I’ve put in the layout over the past day or so and uploaded them to the FaceBook page for the Sunset Pacific Ry.  If you have a moment, please check out the FaceBook page.

Not much going on for the rest of this week. I have cookies to bake to satisfy a promise I made to a fellow railfan, and I have aprons to sew for the Depot gift shop. I made an apron and took it in on Sunday. It sold in the next 10 minutes. I neglected to take a picture of it so can’t show you how cute it was. I will try to do better in the future.

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


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