Monday, July 17, 2017

Today is my first official day of vacation!  Meredith and I went kayaking this morning at Whiskeytown Lake - putting in at Whiskey Creek.  There was a light wind, so the water wasn't as smooth as it could be, but it was still a gorgeous day.  We got off the water around 11:00,a and it was heating up already.  It's only supposed to get up to the low 100's today (a nice change from the weekend).

Meredith got a new kayak for her birthday, so she had fun trying it out....

We surprised a heron on the shore - and I was able to get a couple of shots of him taking off!  Not bad for sitting on a kayak!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I did it!  Last weekend, I finished up my Ooh-Rah quilt.  I absolutely love this quilt!  Since I got it done now, it's going to be a wedding resent for my nephew getting married at the end of the month, but I really hate to give it away.  It was a 'block a month' quilt, so there aren't any more kits of it, and I doubt that I could find the same fabric again, but....I can find similar ones, I'm sure.  I'm tempted to make one for me.....

I had some leftover yarn from the bookmarks I made with Meredith's yarn, so I started a scarf for her. She is warm-blooded and seldom uses a scarf (too hot!!!) so I'm making a very lacy one for her.  I ran out of yarn, but she's promised me more.....

We went to a Colt 45 game last night - you know you've been in Redding too long when it's 90 degrees at 10:00 p.m., and everyone is commenting on how cool it is......

Here's a shot of the clouds overhead just before sunset.

Friday, July 07, 2017

I'm a bad fur mom.....I let Rufus get matted up, and he had to go to the groomers.......

Luckily, he thinks he rocks the look.  (And actually, he does....)

And then there's this:

We are supposed to be back up to 110 today.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

I have a good excuse for not blogging - I've been sewing!  I'm trying to finish a quilt for a wedding this month (luckily, it's at the end of the month) and working on my quilt club projects.   I thought of a great way to keep my binding out of my way, but flowing freely when I sew it on the quilt!  Mom used this for her crochet thread, but it works just find for binding too......

I finally finished piecing the top of my quilt club project - a Christmas tree skirt.  Last month, while sitting at the club meeting, I realized I had done the prior month's work all wrong.    The leader had sent out instructions for making the 52 flying geese blocks using a ruler (that I had) and had written the instructions using "light and dark" fabric.  The book had instructions for creating the flying geese the long way, and called it "background and scrappy" fabric.  I had made 52 flying geese blocks with the wrong fabric (I had used 'light' scrappy fabric combined with 'dark' scrappy fabric). That meant that this month, I had to re-do all of those AND the blocks for this month.  The final project:

The only blocks I had done (correctly) when I started after the meeting in June were the red star blocks.  The rest were redone this month.  I now have quite a few 'extra' flying geese to use as well.....

No pictures yet, but I got my snowmen wall hanging ready to start quilting.  But first, to finish sewing the binding on the red, white and blue quilt.

After I finished putting my tree skirt together, Ralph and I went out shooting for a bit.  It wasn't as hot as it has been, but it was still warm enough I was done pretty quickly.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Woohoo!  A 'day off' for me today!  I ran around yesterday like a mad woman yesterday, and (with AJ's help) got the yard done, the house done, the shopping done, etc., so my day is clear today (well, except for laundry, cooking, cleaning the kitchen, etc....)! Yesterday, AJ mowed, and I sprayed the weeds with round-up, blew all the leaves into the yard so they can be mowed (this heat has shocked my trees - they are dropping leaves like it's October!) and weeded my garden, watered plants, etc., and then vacuumed, mopped, etc. in the house.  Whew!  I need the day off!  Even with all of that, I still had some sewing time yesterday!

Book club was last Wednesday, and we read "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty.  Good book!  It was a little slow at times, but I really enjoyed it.  Central to the story was a young girl found murdered, with a rosary in her hand.  The bookmark this month was 'rosary like'....if there is such a thing.   I really like how they turned out.

Meredith had been gifted with the yarn that I used - a beautiful ribbon yarn. I need to see what else I can do with it for her - she has several balls of it.

I found a quite large bee hanging out in my mint plant the other day - pretty impressive!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sunday, after breaking camp, Margene and I hiked (most of) the Flume Trail.  This trail takes off from the Castle Crags State Park Headquarters and goes along the old flumes used to bring water in for gold mining.  It then joins the Pacific Crest Trail.  We made it up to the PCT junction, but not much further (it was hot!!!!)

Before we started the hike, we went up to the Vista Point - about the only place you can actually 'see' Castle Crags from the park.

Then....Flume Trail....

We found this guy hanging out in a tree, eating pine needles.


We did find one place on the trail to see the crags.....

Not the best picture of me (did I mention it was hot???  That was the beginning of our heat wave - 100 degrees in Dunsmuir that day....), but we made it to the PCT!

Here are some pictures from the River Trail.  It was a nice little walk - not really a hike - unless you count where we left the trail and climbed down the the river for better pictures.  

One thing about vacation - it takes me a week to catch up on work! Margene and I took off Saturday morning to Castle Crags for a night of camping and hiking, and got back Sunday afternoon.  I have spent the last week trying to catch up with myself.  I had 435 e-mails when I got in Monday morning.....

Castle Crags was beautiful, but hot!  Saturday, after we set up camp, we went on the River Trail.  I spent most of the walk trying to get a good photo of the lilies that were blooming.  I don't know that I ever succeeded.  At least the walk up the Sacramento River was cooler than hanging out in camp.

There were other flowers along the trail as well.


Friday, June 16, 2017

I started something new....I enrolled in a 'yarn of the month' club. I'm not quite sure why, but, I can cancel at any time, and I just might find some new yarns I like!  I got my first yarn last week - Roving Silk Yarn.  Definitely  not something I would have picked up!  I started a scarf out of it - and changed to a different pattern, but still a scarf.  The club sent a pattern with the yarn, but the pattern was for baskets for air plants.  Cute, but not something I really wanted to make.  I'll post a photo of the scarf when I'm done.

I was on my in to town to meet Meredith for lunch on Thursday, and I sent her a quick text telling her I might be late - the traffic was at a standstill on I-5.  Eventually, I got up to the problem......