Thursday, July 28, 2016

One Thousand Gifts

~ Favorite breakfast... it's cool, sweet and just delicious
~ Found two unknown cousins, having fun trying to do family history 
~ The honor of having known another friend who has passed this year :-(
~ My broken loom fixed... "Let the weaving begin"... Again lol
~ A work relocation in the works... Looking forward to that next month!!!!
~ Yellow butterflies following me for the last two weeks
~ And finding black bird feathers practically everywhere I go... Humm Someone saying something?
~ A much larger horse pack roaming our neighborhood this summer. Two new foals 
~ A gift from a co-worker
~ Sun glasses protecting my vision and keeping the eye-headaches away!
# 720 The taste of summer fruits on a hot day, the juicy, sweet variety of our selection right now

Inspired by this lovely lady

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

One generation passing the next stepping up

Last week we said goodbye to a friend of 20+ years. It's hard to let go especially when the one you love has a zest for life. Dee Dee was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.

Dee Dee specifically asked of us to celebrate her life with laughter, love and fun memories.

After becoming a mother Dee Dee became a stay at home mom taking in children to care for so she could stay home with hers. when they were all in school she became class mom to each of her four children. she attended all the events that each of her children were involved in.

When her children married she became a very loved grandmother and she did the same for them attending all the events with them.

Dee Dee was known to let her kids then grand kids eat dessert as an appetizer before what ever meal anyone wanted to eat it at. She was also known to hand out treats when parents did not want any given out telling the grand kids to run as fast and far as they could.

Two of the last things she did were to take a trip to Disney Land which was her most favorite place to be. (In her honor at the service three people she knew whore mickey's large hat from Fantasia)

The second was to ride a water ski something she had never done. One of her grand daughters asked if she wanted to take a ride and she said yes. Laughing they thought she was joking (Dee Dee was a big prankster) With the help of others she was helped down to the shore with her cane and oxygen to the water ski... Once settled on the ski oxygen in place they said "Is that enough now? do you want to go back?" her response was a loud NO... I will tell you when I am ready to go back. So on a water ski trip she went around the lake,

Dee Dee was a twin who lost her sister several years ago but as children they often traded spaces with each other in school and events trying to have a look at each others classes. They were a lot of fun and I miss them a bunch

The service was one filled with love and respect. It was the grand children who made a difference in the ceremony. All of them grown and raw with emotions... They made the service so wonderful by the love and memories they shared. Dee Dee and her children have some pretty exceptional grandchildren.

I am happy to have been a part of her life. Dee Dee you will be missed by many xoxo

Thursday, July 21, 2016

One Thousand Gifts

~ The enjoyment of a bit more energy this week
~ Happy that I can see for now... not taking eyesight for granted anymore (will enjoy it as long as I can)
~ Fresh summer fruit always makes my heart happy
~ The sweet taste of a creamy Popsicle melting down my throat (not good for me but mmmmmm)
~ Time
~ Memories
~ Coolness of the evening breeze through my window
~ Family
~ Sunglasses on a too bright sunny day
~ Weaving a new sampler
~ My parents having returned home safely after being gone a month from a much needed vacation
~ Grateful that my mother in law made it through her surgery and is now in the process of recuperating
~ A chance to see all the great old cars cruising around our town getting ready for Hot August Nights
# 709 Scriptures for guidance
Inspired by this lovely lady 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

One Thousand Gifts

 ~ A chance to learn how to fix broken selvage threads

~ Weaving

~ Weaving

~ Weaving

~ Oh and did I mention Weaving lol

~ I finally saved up enough to purchase my new loom! I am so in love with it. Made between the late 1940's and early 1950's once owned by author and designer Lois Ericson  and purchased from her daughter. It needs cleaning but I am up for the challenge (ssooooooo excited)

~ A visit from some friends and a lovely dinner out

~ Finding a couple boxes of books to read.... Yay makes my heart happy

~ The sweet smells of summer especially the pine trees 

~ This little guy at 6 months old sitting up all by himself. He is a very intent full child
The kids took him to sesame street live and he watched non stop for one full hour. he is always watching and learning. If you talk to him he watches your face as if he understands every word



# 695 Another story in the making

Inspired by this lovely lady

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Granny Smith Apples (one thousand gifts)

My brother in law has one of the best landscapes at his house and in his neighborhood and some of the best Granny smith apples.

Each year I take bags from him when ever possible but this year he gave me starters. I am so excited to try and plant these pretty little shoots.

My sweetheart brought these home last night and the leaves were all rolled up and closed tight so I put them in water and a shot glass and placed them in the window. I wish I had a before picture because this is dramatic change from last night. Leaves are open and there are small roots pushing out of the sides. Now comes the dreaded part lol trying to keep them alive.

Family and sharing # 684

Inspired by this lovely lady

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Another Year Another Herd

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