Saturday, August 27, 2016

Liquid Sunshine...

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Gotta love starting off the morning with 'Liquid Sunshine....'
 easy as 1-2-3...
 Squeeze!
Luv a tall glass of liquid sunshine...   (1-grapefruit + 1-orange = YUMMM!)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

An Abundance of Love...

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An abundance of love,,, family farm that is..

My beloved Aunt and Uncle were 2nd generation farmers in Biola (West end of Fresno), California... now both are gone but are still wonderful memories in our hearts...
Now my cousin Stephen, 4th Gen., carries on the family farm.. and has made it grow well in these hard pressed days of farming.
Stephen has expanded the farm from not just raisin grapes, but to Almond trees and now he has added Pistashio trees as well...buying old farm land when possible.
He also added drip irrigation (trees) and other new methods of modern farming to be respectful to the soil and fruit.
Tomorrow harvest starts,,, the grapes will be picked from the vines,,, laid out on sheets of brown paper, called 'trays'.. allowed to dry and then the sheets are rolled and flipped so the other side of the grapes can dry in the heat of the sun.
An unexpected rain could destroy a crop drying on the ground,, causing mildew on the raisins....
The grapes are from the family farm and the grapefruit, oranges and apples are from the neighboring farm,, of my childhood friend, Karen's family farm, also a 4th generation farm.
yep, that's me,,, the 'Raisin Princess' of Weimert and Sons Farm..
Trust me,, I earned these bunches... as a teen my friend Karen and I had to follow behind the pickers to gleen,, making sure no bunches were left on the vines.... and yes it was a dirty job and the 'Yellow jackets' were relentless! but the pay-off back then was we could go swimming in the irrigation canal when we were done. 
All wonderful memories,,,,, and the grapes still taste as sweet as they did when I was a teen.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Eggs Anyone?

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I luv my 'Chicken Luvin' friends...

They seem to always have more eggs than they need and I love helping them by using some eggs.
We have gone through almost 3dozen eggs in the past 2 weeks and just got 2dozen today...
Now all that said,, poor Gary got attacked by the Rooster this morning... guess the Roo didn't like another good lookin' guy (Gary) around his hens! lol!
The eggs are anywhere from a modest 1" to a little over 2" in size,,, so a normal 3-egg omelet will take anywhere from 4-5 eggs.. but good none the less.
We are certainly eating our share of hard boiled eggs, omelets and French toast... I see egg salad sandwiches on tomorrows menu.. lol!

So now that I have a source for eggs,,, I look forward to a spike in my cholesterol! lol!

A New Do....

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OK,, we have been have (for way to long) very hot (think high 90's) weather... and I am sooo over it!
I decided to have my hair cut to help me survive the heat...
Not sure I like it but oh well,,, it will grow back....
Wowzers! when did I go soooo grey? lol!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Few UFO's Completed.

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I was able to finish up a few more UFO's from my stash.  Whoot Whoot!

I started this 'blue and pink' Scotty cross stitch well over two years ago..
I have a habit of working on cross stitch projects but never assembling them...
It will go out into my lil ol' Serro Scotty trailer....

More cross stitch projects that were from back when I lived in Spokane,, well over 3 years ago!
 My Tiger Lily cross stitch... I added a binding,,, but still have not decided what to do with it,,,
This little cross stitch pillow say's " A Mother's love, has no ends"...
I hand washed it in a vinegar  rinse, unfortunately some of the pink floss bleed a wee bit as well as faded.. I always wash/rinse my needle work in vinegar and water  to keep moths from feasting on the Aida cloth.

I also finished up a 'strip quilt' to donate to "Covers of Love" for ill patients in hospitals.
It isn't a UFO per say...as I have only been working on it for about 3 or so months.
I have another one sitting on my sewing table just like this one... but I ran short of the fiber batting to finish  the top quilt. It to will go to Cover of Love...

And last but not least,,, I finished up this sweet pin cushion,, it was a 'kit' that was sent to me for my birthday,,, tada!  it is now done!
Yes my fingers hurt from all the needle work,, and yes I did say a few choice words, directed toward my machine when the bobbing kept breaking...LOL!
And now to kick back and then tomorrow I can dig through my UFO stash for another project...
Thank goodness I am retired,,, or these UFO's would never get completed!  LOL!