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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Today we expecting more heat. Some weathercasters are predicting 109 degrees and others say 108.  Well, it really doesn’t matter because both numbers are hot.

house block

Staying inside today is my plan and I hope to get started on this little house block.  I’ve been wanting to make a block like this for the longest time.  I’m using some fabric from my stash, but I’ll probably change my mind when I get started.

fabric for houseThe house block is in a book that I checked out of the library and has several cute ideas.

quilt bookStay cool❤️❤️❤️❤️

tree trunkWrinkled tree trunk in Cambria

wilted begonia

Lately the weather has been torture.  The heat is frying all of us and my poor little flowers have crispy edges and so does my creativity.  It’s hard to do much of anything when outside is a scorching 102 or 103 degrees,

Last saturday when I visited Walmart, which was nice and cool, I noticed they had flip flops for .99,  and my little brain started working.  I’ve been wanting to decorate and embellish flip flops for myself.  By the way, when I was growing up we called flip flops “zoris” or is it “zories” and I’m not sure when the name changed.  Does anybody remember that?

This is a great craft for kids.  I used washi tape and rhinestones, but you can use whatever you think will work, such as beads, ribbons, permanent markers, along with your favorite glue that works on rubber.

I will be ready for the 4th of July in my patriotic flip flops.


My youngest daughter kindly let me take a picture of her cute feet.🌺


He likes bee-ing in my red apple plant.


Hubby and I are usually the last to try new trends or fads whether it’s food or clothes.  About 2 months ago I decided to try making smoothies and we both decided that they tasted good and were refreshing.

Instead of cooking breakfast, I make smoothies for us in my old blender, no fancy machine here, but it works fine. We have them at least 2 0r 3 times a week.

Our favorite is the strawberries and bananas. I always use frozen bananas and just change up the fruit.DSCN0902My recipe is as follows:

1 1/2 frozen banana

about 8 strawberries, fresh or you can freeze your fruit ( or you can decide how much fruit you want in it).

1 cup yogurt ( I like vanilla).

1 cup almond milk plain or vanilla flavored

about 4 ice cubes.

flax seed meal or wheat germ ( I put in about 3 tablespoons).

honey (optional) you can decide the amount

Blend all together.

This makes enough for 2 16 oz. servings.


Pour, serve and enjoy.♥♥♥♥


I am not a dietician, so I’m not sure what the calorie amount is, or the nutrition information, but this definitely works for us.

Thank you for stopping by.♥

The ranchito vegetable garden is doing well, along with my flowers despite the heat, but this is just the beginning of the intolerable hot weather that we have here in the San Joaquin Valley.  I’m dreading the time when it really gets here.

Although I consider myself a haphazard gardener, my thumb just might have a tinge of green on it, and I am still amazed at what grows in my little garden.

My grandson Jake is admiring my dahlia.


This is a new flower that I planted this year, it’s called Liatris,  which does good in drought conditions.


As I was taking pictures  a guest arrived to visit the vegetable garden.


I had the hardest time trying to get his picture as he kept flying about.♥♥♥♥



 I saw a turquois colored “Puya” plant (bromeliad) that blooms every few years, in Cambria.


Years ago I watched the movie, Stepmom, with Susan Sarandon.  If you’re familiar with the movie you know that the mom is dying of cancer and she decides to make a memory quilt for her children.  It was quite the tear jerker.

Well, I’m not dying but my wish is to make a quilt for my the grown kids as a remembrance of me, their mom.

I’ve made one for my son and daughter-in-law,  and now I’m working on one for my youngest daughter.


Her color is purple, so I have that down. The design is something I’m having doubts about.

She says she loves it, but I don’t know if she’s just saying that to make me happy.♥


Our tastes in things are miles apart. I like flower prints, she doesn’t, I like frills, she doesn’t, and so on…..

There’s more work to be done on this one, so hopefully at the end I’ll be pleased with it, if not, I will start all over again.

The next one will be for our oldest daughter.♥♥♥♥

Getting stressed.

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