Creating, crafts, gardening, quilting and life on a little ranch.

Baby Alone.

baby pigeon

Baby dove has been wandering in our garden from one spot to another all by itself.  I did see one of the parents once, and my hubby has seen both parents once or twice.

It doesn’t look like it can fly yet, but I hope it learns quick, because many stray cats and other creatures visit our ranchito.  A few weeks back we had a family of coyotes living under our storage shed.

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Thursday’s Photo

morro bay fog

This past weekend our youngest daughter, two grandkids and myself escaped to the coast to get out of our Central Valley heat.

It really was our annual girl’s trip, but our oldest daughter was unable to make the trip, so her oldest son took her place.

When we arrived we were greeted with fog at Morro Bay.  Fog is my enemy because my hair  turns into one big ball of frizzy, fuzzy, uncontrollable big head of hair.

But at least it was cool and we were loving it.

The kids managed to do some boogie boarding the next day, which started with more fog but the sun finally appeared making a beautiful day at the beach.

boogie boarding

It looked like everyone from the valley had escaped to come to the beach.

avila beach

We enjoyed our little trip.  Here’s hoping we can do this again next year because it’s getting harder and harder to get together with the kids.

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Heat and More Heat.

rose bush

This is what one of my favorite rose bushes looked like back in May when it first bloomed.

Right now it’s looking a little sad because of our excessive heat and the bad air caused by the fires up in the mountains.

Yosemite National Park has also been affected, causing tourists to be turned away from certain areas of the park.

As of today we have broken the record of 19 continuous days of 100º or above.  Today will be 107º.  We are sizzling here in the Central Valley of California.  We need relief, but looks  like we’re having one more week of these extra hot days.

Hope your day is a cool one!

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Sew E-Z Project.

We’ve had such a busy summer I haven’t had too much time to sew, but I did manage to finish two items.

One of these is the easiest project  that I have ever made.  I definitely  will be making more for my craft shows.

All I needed was a dish towel and small pot holder, but you can use a regular sized potholder.ez-project.jpg

I gathered the middle of the towel and then stitched it to the center of the pot holder on the underside.  ez dishtowel

You then need to sew a button on the opposite side of the loop to be able to fasten it closed when hung on the oven  door handle.  Sew simple.

I also had time to make another apron. It’s bright pink and very cheerful.  I’m hoping the owner will feel like cooking gourmet meals when she wears it.

pink apron

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To Texas and Back.

What a wonderful time my oldest daughter and I had visiting our cousins in Austin, Texas, my birthplace.

We had  lots of fun acting like tourists and taking many pictures at different locations.

Downtown Austin is filled with unique and interesting places.  We came across  the Bat Bar.

For those that have never been to Austin, there are thousands of bats that live under the Congress Bridge and come out in the evenings to amaze many tourists.

bat bar

We  also walked to the State Capitol.  It’s such a beautiful building.

capitol

On my list of things to see was the old Briskill Hotel,  it’s been around since 1886.

briskill hotel

San Antonio was our next stop. The river walk was crowded with tourists like us. The water looked so refreshing on this hot, humid day.  It’s beautiful with all the sidewalk cafes and the boats that cruise the river.

san antonio river walk

Before we went to the river walk we visited the San Antonio Mexican Market square, which I love because it reminds me of Mexico.  While there, we had lunch at the famous and popular restaurant, Mi Tierra.  This is the most colorful and vibrant restaurant I have ever been to.  With Mariachis singing and the beautiful decorations hanging from the ceiling and walls you feel like its one big party, plus the food is delicious!

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We also had the pleasure of visiting The Magnolia Market and Square in Waco.  This was on my daughter’s and my bucket list. What a thrill to be there to see the huge silos and the gardens, plus the shops.

Here we are with our cousins that so graciously took us to visit these places.  We are so appreciative of their kindness and Texas hospitality.

cousins

There was so much more, but I don’t like to write long blogs. But this is one vacation that I won’t forget!💜❤️💜❤️

P.S. If you ever get an opportunity you should visit Texas, there is so much to see and so much history.

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Friday’s Photo.

butterfly

I like to pretend that this butterfly comes every year to visit me.  It seems that I always just see one butterfly in the summer.  There are never two or three, just this one that floats from  flower to flower.

In any case I usually chase it around my garden until I get a good picture of it.

There is a small white butterfly that comes to visit me,  but it moves too quickly for me to capture it with my phone camera.

butterfly on yellow flower

 

P.S. Just got back from Texas.  I will share on my blog some of the sites I visited next time.❤️💜❤️💜

 

Wednesday’s Photo.

vinca flowers

My barrel of  Vinca plants are my go to flowers for the summer.  They are so easy to take care of.

Just water and they bloom all summer long.  I also love that they come in so many different colors.❤️💜❤️💜

 


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