Saturday, June 25, 2016

Another Year Another Heard

I will never get tired of the summer wanderings of these beauties. 
Our apple trees and cherry trees are in great bloom this year and they are showing up each day and night checking the progress in anticipation of a sweet treat to come








 I have seen this herd before but not for some time. No new babies here... maybe in the next herd

Monday, June 13, 2016

One Thousand Gifts

Well it has been more than a month since I have recorded my Thankful blessings so I am staying up after midnight doing so... Yawn... To bed after a long productive day comes next

~ Learning the art of Weaving

~ I now belong to the Reno Weavers Guild... It was great to meet a few special ladies

~ A productive mess to work with while I learn weaving

~ The sampler I made is turning out pretty good... well at least I think it is

~ The physical part of weaving is repetitive and relaxing

~ My heart is so happy while weaving

~ Spending my birthday with my girlfriend on her birthday having a girls day out

~ Friendships that last, that are meaningful and significant in my life

~ A grandson that makes me smile



~ Great birthday gifts

~ Another girls day out this time with my sister xoxox

~ Special moments spent with the love of my life

~ Cold Popsicle on a sore throat (All better now)

~ Relief from a bad headache lasting two weeks

~ Laughing on the phone with my other sister (we can sure get silly)

~ Grateful for all my siblings... each one with a very different and unique personality

~ Having known a special woman who later in life suffered significantly but is now at rest. She will be missed very much by many

~ Reading... a love that has been rekindled and is now in full mode.

    1. Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff. A world war II rescue in Greenland
    2. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. Good story but it's about a psychopath serial killer (not              
         recommended and I will not be reading it again)
    3. Obsession by Nora Roberts... I am not a romance reader but this one was ok
And currently in the process of reading the following:
The Dog who Saved me, The heart of the sea, Tea for three and A Man Called OVE

~ A total reorganization of our bedroom closets... Phew now I can see everything YAY!

~ A visit to see my son in California but was unable to catch my daughter in law (She was working)

~ An acknowledgment given to me at work by my boss... Feels nice to be recognized for a job well done

~ High desert flowers blooming everywhere... So pretty

~ Making new friends

# 683 Making it through another year yet still missing my sweet baby girl... Love you baby girl

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Weaving Class

Things in our lives have really taken a hard right turn. Some roads are good others not so much but we adjust as we go. There most definitely has been changes in our life style, our needs, our wants and desires. I know that this is such a big part of life... all the turns that we take leading us here and there. But this time I am really aware of it all. Aware of life and how we all interact together, some struggle, some don't and some are so unaware that they wander helpless through life continuously looking for... Who knows what. I guess what I am saying is that it feels like we are on a new adventure, a new life and figuring it out as we go along. Finding the Joy in the new and holding tight to each other and making the best of what has been given to us. 

My husband and I are simply taking it one day at a time separating our self from the plethora of distractions in life and spending more time focusing on each other. 

For me a huge change has been learning how to weave, a life long desire finally realized after my 50 some years on this earth I took the plunge and have started weaving. 

This picture below is my very first attempt at winding the warp threads onto my loom. I had so much joy in each step of the process that I am now saving up money to purchase a loom for myself. The loom below is a rental. 

If you want you can find me over at "aroundthecorneranddownthelane.blogspot.com" (my site dedicated just to weaving) Weaving my little heart out. It takes time to make a piece of art and there in lies the love... The physical act of winding, threading, weaving and creating... 

You see each strand of yarn? I had to thread each one. Weaving is a manual project and I am loving each step of the way. Learning to weave makes my heart happy... I can hardly wait until my first project is done. YAY!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Remembering














Today we honored our service men the alive and fallen. Those we knew and those we never met. Two Cemetery's and many honored dead with the most beautiful day we have had in some time. Today I thank you for your service 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Weaver's Heart - One Thousand Gifts

Sorry I've been gone for so long. Life has been interfering with my blogging time. So much has happened since my last post that my head is still spinning lol. Every since I was ten years old I have wanted to do Floor loom weaving. I had gone on a field trip and a woman demonstrated Weaving and I was in love. I never took the time as I grew to follow that love until last weekend. I found the Reno Weavers Guild and joined then took a beginners class! Yay I love it. In June I take two more days to finish. Below is "Warping the Loom." Next month is Threading my loom and then weaving! I am sooooo excited :-)


You cannot tell by the look on my face that I am happy... I should have smiled bigger lol. This is a practice loom and I did pretty well for my first time ever weaving (I hope my arm doesn't break patting myself on the back) :-D
# 659 I had the best day... I can't wait until I've saved enough to purchase my first loom

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pineapple Plant update

First off let me apologize for not cleaning up before I took the pictures below, I was tired and had replanted all my indoor plants. Here is this plant when it first started. It's really growing large and fast so I needed to re-pot it. I still have about two years to go before it fruits! I am so excited
Look at those roots! Looks like a nice healthy pineapple plant!



Thursday, May 5, 2016

One Thousand Gifts


 ~ A surprise lilac bush beside my bedroom window sending in it's heavenly scent

~ Morning doves greeting me each morning with their mournful cry's

~ Watching the Doves feed their little ones in the nest they built in the tree by my other window (I will try to get pictures but don't want to upset them

~ The beauty of this mornings thunder storm and dark clouds

~ Home made turkey enchiladas by my sweet husband (Very yummy)

# 658 The pure joy my heart still feels each time I see my husband (I love that man)



Monday, May 2, 2016

Plarn Mats






I think that my mother is so clever! She is spending time making Plarn Mat's that can be used for camping, or for the many homeless people here in Reno. It's my mothers goal to hand these out to those who sleep under the night sky along with other useful items. The plarn mat is a very light weight material and another plus in making these mat are that she is up-cycling plastic bags keeping them out of the land fill. Way to go mom! I love it




Monday, April 25, 2016

Sharing Love

Sometimes the biggest and best things in life are small. There are many within my sphere that I love so much!
When my husband was in the hospital he received mail from my Auntie and Uncle. Inside the envelope was this letter

This simple note, one that only took a minute or two to make made a tear appear. (a happy tear)
This message is a tradition that my Auntie does when someone is sick, had surgery and so on. I was so touched that she took the time to do this for Joe. Below is the picture of his band aid that we put on his booboo

Many people surrounded our family to show love and support! I am so grateful for the family and friends that I have in my life. I thank all of you from the depth of our souls for your support xoxo. I hope that I never get the chance to return that favor... But... If needed I will be there for you too Love you all. xoxo


Sunday, April 24, 2016

One Thousand Gifts "Living On The Edge"

That's what my husband says "Living on the edge is the only way to live" Well this past week he almost fell off that edge.
I am very happy that he allowed me to take him to ER. After many tests, 1 surgery and a 6 day stay in the hospital he is home and recuperating.

#652 The blessing of being in a country that has advanced medical care to save my husbands life!
Here is my sweet husband in the hospital trying to smile... When I took this picture he said "Don't put that picture on FB!" SOoooo, I put it here. He was embarrassed about his unshaven face after six days and did not want to look sloppy. I'm just happy he is still alive! The Vascular Surgeon told us on the morning he discharged my sweet man that he would have been dead within two weeks or less had he stayed home. We still have issues to deal with but nothing to bad. He is going back to work on Monday. He had Ministering Angels watching out for him and us this month and I am so grateful for this blessing! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Pitter Patter of Little Ghost Feet

I do believe that we have a playful.... Ghost, spirit or what ever you want to call it. We have two touch lamps in our office that need to be touched to turn on. Often we find them on and no one has turned them on. I have tried bumping them on, touching them on with objects other than skin but nothing works other than touching them with your bare hands. (Please excuse the dust)

Here this morning I found this lamp on and the other off, Two days ago both were on. They have three settings of brightness and are usually on the low setting when mysteriously turned on. One minute they are off and then the next they are on and no one notices it. I am not spooked but my family are. Often when they sit on the back porch they see some one walking into the kitchen. When they come in to see what's going on no one is there. This happens a lot!!! I myself was sitting in the front room one day right next to the door when someone knocked on the wood door. When I opened the door I found that the security door was closed tight and no one was there. When you open the security door to knock it makes a very distinctive noise that was absent that day. Other times when home alone I hear the floor boards in the other room creaking as boots thump across the floor in my direction. Thinking that someone has come home I go out to see who it is... and no one is there. More things happen but nothing scary or harmful. We live in an area that was close to a minors camp during the silver rush days of Virginia City... Maybe they are the haunting's of the men who lived, loved and worked here?
Either way it's fun and makes me smile when I see them on. Someone's way of saying hello
On a lighter note 
I took my Mandy tree to Home Depot today and had them try to figure out what the species was... Drum roll please.... LOL just kidding. They think it is a "River Birch" I think they are right. My little tree needs constant watering or the leaves slightly wilt... I was wondering why a tree needed so much water and such moist soil and now I have my answer. They did give me a bit of warning though... They said that this tree is a fast growing tree and I can believe that. The picture below was taken on Sunday and the one below that is the first picture taken two weeks after valentines day... What a difference
Now I have to find a bigger pot lol