Sunday, March 21, 2010

Call me crazy?

Yes you may call me crazy, but I''m pretty sure about what I'm going to tell you. this was a fun week-end, Friday Lonny and I went to Wenatchee, just for a fun day of errands and shopping. The weather couldn't have been better, it was sunny and warm. We had plans to have dinner at the Olive Garden, since a new one was built recently, but when we got there it didn't open till Monday the 22nd. Oh well, so we went to Subway instead. So we got home just when it got dark, and when I came into the house, there on the breakfast bar were two gifts, one was from my friend Katie and the other was from my friend Jan, a very nice surprise, because the next day was my Birthday. Not just any Birthday, my 60th one, yes you read wright. So Saturday was not only my Birthday, but the first day of spring and so Lonny and I did some spring things, like take down the Christmas lights, and put away all the other Christmas stuff. Then we took the tarp off my Dad's trailer and took a look inside, just a couple of bugs, this is good. The best thing of the whole day was, while we were taking down the lights, something caught my eye, call me crazy if you like, but there were my blue birds flying in and out of the Blue Bird house, and you ask, "How do you know it's your Blue Bird" Well last summer. for those who may not know, I got very friendly with the pair that nested, I fed them worms, and when I did I would always call the female bird Mama, and she would fly to the fence post were the dish I would feed her in would have been. So when I saw them I said " Mama is that you, and she flew to the fence post and sat there waiting for some worms, and she wasn't afraid when I walked near by and talked to her. My heart is full of happiness, because I will be able to enjoy having Mama and Papa bird and their families to come this summer. We also added another nesting box for the off spring from last summer, ten live babies, lets hope all goes well for them this summer. Now I will digress, a week ago Saturday was spinning over the Mt. to Omak. This time it was at Diane's house. Now I had never been to Diane's, but I was really looking forward to it. She lives on property that was home stead by her Father's family, and Diane and her husband and kids have been building a house there near the old homestead. Well the road that you drive on to get there is right off of Hwy 97,but it's eighteen miles up the Mt. My friend Teresa drove, so her and her two little ones and I headed on up there. The land scape went through a lot of changes over the miles, but when you got to the top, and I mean to the top, it was awesome. Here was this big Victorian type house sticking up in the sky, and mostly nothing else around it, but a few out buildings. It was flat, and when you looked across the land you saw sky, and it was a beautiful warm sunny day with just a few clouds. This was a very nice adventure and fun to see Diane's home and she's a kind and a warm welcoming friend. So for a spinning project to take and do while there, I spun some fiber I got in Oregon, the fiber is Pygora. This is a breed that started out as a cross between a Pygmy goat and Angora got, which produces Mohair. So what you end up with is a small fiber producing little goat, and they are so cute and fun, and I really like their fiber. Another thing I had to say was one year ago this month, I join a weight loss club here in the valley, and a this point I have lost 42Lbs, I still have some to lose, but I'm feeling really good about the whole thing.
Lichen hangs off the cliffs to Diane's

Rock formations at Diane's, made by 1 mile deep ice glaciers

Diane's Ranch

1oz Skein of Pygora

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I Won !

I won this Pendleton blanket, isn't it nice. I bought a raffle ticket from a friend to support the school districts bowling championship. What was interesting is, I have a Pendleton poster that is on the wall in front of my treadmill, it has all the blanket designs they have used for the last 100 yrs. So while I'm walking I can look at all the beautiful blankets, and this one I knew was called The Spirit Salmon. I love it, but won't be able to use it because I have a cat, and seems the cat hair finds it's way to everything. So this last week I went to the coast, to help my youngest son out. Many of you know that five and a half years ago, at the age of thirty two he had cardiac arrest, we almost lost him. He has now recovered, and the battery in his defibrillator- pacemaker was at it's end and needed to be replaced. So last Monday was the big day, and all went well. I just talked to him and our Grand Daughter, and they just got back from Hiking, he said it feels fine. So every Spring we get lots of Eagles, and this year is no different. When I got home from the Coast Wednesday we had about six adults and two immature Eagles. Unfortunately a deer had to die, probably from a car, and it was in the field below us. Our place sits on a bench above a large ranch, and in our sight from the back yard is a large Ponderosa Pine, that grows on the land below us, so we can see the middle and the top real easily. Yesterday they were just hanging out on the tree, and I just caught this on taking off. They are a beautiful sight to see.

On a different subject now, this is a web site that someone sent me a link to, and boy is it the greatest. She has developed hundreds of recipes, that are low calorie and has the points for those who follow Weight Watchers, give it a try,

I have also been doing some weaving, I have yarn that I got when I worked years ago for a local yarn store in Everett, Wa. Over the years I've used a lot of it up, or given it away, but this was a good yarn of worsted wool, called German town. So I think I had planned on an Afghan sort of thing but now I think it may become fabric. We shall see, and continue my stash reduction.