Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Whatcha Working on Wednesday

Good Morning. It's Wednesday already! I am joining Leslie today for Whatch working on Wednesday. Visit her blog toady and see what everyone else is working on today. I am done with these "quick" mini samplers that took me fooooorever to finish. lol They are leaving my home today! We have school and that seems to take up a big chunk of my day.....then it's off to pot luck and cards with all my girls and my Mom. I am working on this little tool carrier. It was a TS buy, and I had painted it and stained it, but didn't like the way it looked. So, I am re painting it, (this is the undercoat color)and then I'll letter it and distress it. It will go in my DH office here at home.

This is what I want to letter on my carrier....the old ranch name and our brand....not sure of the graphic yet...

I have been working on painting this sign for awhile also. This is is our school room/spare bedroom/sewing room/craft room! lol

I woke up this morning around 2, I was restless from the dreams I had been having and I sat up to look at the clock and realized it was off. I woke up DH, who is on call this week and told him the power was off. It was nice he was on call because his truck was home and he had all his tools. Our transformer had tripped and wouldn't hold. Come to find out our welder had shorted it out, and when that was unplugged the recloser held fine. I was glad to get the power back on, and that we didn't have to call some other lineman out of bed to come fix our troubles, especially when it was our own fault! Whew! I NEED to clean up in my yard!!!!! It's even free dump week all this week......So I am hoping Friday that DH and I can take a load to the landfill.....:-) Three generations of farmers have lived in this old stone house, and farmed this land....and there are
three generations of "stuff" stored here! No joking...... Have a good one! ..........Kassie, we'll miss you today. :-( ♥

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I started these for Valentines day....I knew they wouldn't take long to do and would look fun hanging from a cupboard nob or something like that.........Then I told myself that I would get them done for Easter baskets, hummmm, yes.......well, close.....but no cigar. SO, now they are done.........mostly.............
I don't have a picture of them framed yet, as only three of them are. I did get all the frames painted and distressed though........

It was a beautiful day here yesterday and LBC and I went for a hike over on the hill. It's not far from home, about half a mile is all. We discovered some petroglyphs that I had never seen before in the 30 years I've lived here....and so close to home and my wanderings! As you can see by the pictures, someone else had previously discovered these same petroglyphs!!! Harry Thompson to be exact! Whoever he was! And Leon somebody, and MHM.. The knot heads! The funny thing is, I had seen The Harry Thompson name carved into the rocks lots of times and knew it was there, but I had never noticed the real petroglyph behind his name. They had absolutely no respect for what was there, and carved their names right over the top of it! In a few places! It was hard for me to see into my camera and know what I was taking a picture because the sun was very these are not too great. Later in the day was better, but I forgot my camera that time.....We went back over to the hill after my Dh got home from work because I wanted to show him this place and see if he remembered seeing these as a kid living here. He hadn't seen them he didn't think. And while we were standing there, looking up at them, I noticed some more lower down! I will post some new pictures and this time I'll try to get the entire petroglyph! I have a friend who just lives a mile or so around the road, and along her hill she has a lot of really nice ones, but we had never noticed any this close to our home before! I was excited! I LOVE LOVE LOVE history! I told LBC that ancient peoples stood where we were standing, I know I had chills up and down my, on the other hand was unimpressed . And later in the day as we were at the stack yard loading hay, I told him that whoever had drawn the pictures most likely would have come to get water from the creek by our house because it was the closest place for water, and his reply was, "I doubt it mom". ( in reality this could be true, cuz who knows where the water ran all those hundreds and hundreds of years ago....but I didn't even thing to bring that up...I would be interested to know his opion on that topic! lol) There is just no accounting for the interests of a 12 year old boy! He thought it was "cool", but nothing to rave about! (geeeeeze mom)

You can see the names are over the Goats? Sheep? I don't think it's deer because there is a good deer just above these and it is different. But the very far right of the goats, is a wolf or a coyote following the herd. I only got it's head because I didn't realize what it was until I went back over in the evening. I'll try for some better pictures.... But you can see Harry's name and Leon's over the picture. Harry's name has been there a long time, Leon's is a newer scratch. And to the right side of the MHM is the big deer buck, and the M is over another smaller deer. I don't know what the long squiggly things are, maybe river?, maybe snakes? They look like they have eyes, and the top one has something spouting up.....

closer view of the buck.

LBC standing and looking at it all. You can see the coyote?/ wolf? / dog? at the end of the goats/sheep . I don't think it's a dog tho....

Here you can see the eyes and the spout pretty good, and you can see the difference in color and depth of the drawings and modern scratches.

This is looking up, from down lower, you can see where we had to climb up to to get a good look. There horse that you can see when you click on the picture is a modern day petroglyph....maybe Harry Thompson was trying his hand at a horse. There is also a modern day train that is by another of his autograph's.

These are wild onions and they are everywhere on these hills. They smell so good! Go out and enjoy the historic things that are around your homes! I wish I could come and see everyone of them what ever they are! :-) We have a beautiful country rich in the histories of so many different cultures and peoples! Don't you wonder what they were all like? And what their lives were like? And how they lived from day to day? (yeah, yeah, I know I get a little carried away....but......don't you wonder?............)

A pair of 6 year old's came to visit me yesterday while their mom was having a hair cut....But they didn't hardly even come in the house..........they had more important things to do! lol

Hope you are having some warm sunny days in your neck of the woods this week. ♥

Monday, April 27, 2009

This morning I meant to show you some samplers I have been working on off and on for a while....however, the cord the to the camera is at my daughters I will show the samplers another day. We had a good week end here. We had some rain which was needed, and some snow, which didn't last long at all. But in between the cold rain and snow, we had some sunshine. My DH spent the weekend getting his wheel lines ready for water. He has been dreading these first water turns because it is still soooooooo cold in the mornings and evenings, and getting wet is inevitable. Each morning, today included, there has been ice on the ground under the sprinklers. LBC had a scout camp out this weekend. It was the"Spring Camporee" , and the lucky bunch of them managed to escape the rain. He came home Saturday bushed, but happy. They had a good time and when I asked him what they had done he replied "not much". Hummmm....yes, well, I know they do plenty at scout camps especially at a District camp.... As it turned out he won a second place in a survival pack up your stuff race, and came home with a prize. As the rest of the afternoon wore on, more details slipped out . Boys are funny! 12 year old boys are knot heads!!! lol Especially mine... The scout master wanted to go home and have a nap. I hope he got one, or at least a good rest! THANKS Vaughn for all the hard work you do for our sons!

On Saturday evening we went up to Bluebell to our friends home and did some black powder shooting . We had a fun time, and for me it was the first time I had ever shot a primitive long rifle! There is an order to things...and if you don't load it in order, you a mess. Three things to remember, powder, patch, ball. Well, truthfully there are more than three things to anyway, I said it over and over in my mind so I wouldn't forget.... powder patch ball, powder patch ball, powder patch ball........ LOL We had a good time! I even hit the target, which did surprise me. I am a little proud of myself........OK, you know how much I love history, and you know how much I love to go to Rendezvous and dress in my period clothing, and you know how much I love to sew 18th century clothing, ( I know, I know, you're all rolling your eyes at this point in my post and wondering if I don't have other things in my life to think about besides this......) Anyway, I have been needing, yes, NEEDING, to make some new stays.

J.P. Ryan pattern of 18th century Stays

I have some started from last year that I didn't get done....... and at this point I am trying to decide if I want to dress in mid 18th century clothing anymore, or if I just want to make a three hide dress and go "stay less"! lol :-) ......Hummmmm what to wear, what to wear.

Tomorrow, hopefully I will have my cable back , and can show you my samplers, and a few odds and ends of things I have finished up as well as some possible petroglyphs not far from this old Stone House.

BTW, If you are interested, go over to Aunties with Advise read about the Swine Flu... she has a good post about it today. ♥

Sunday, April 26, 2009

In Hymn Of Praise

Families Can Be Together Forever
Text: Ruth M Gardner B. 1927
Music: Vanja Y. Watkins b. 1938
I have a family here on earth, they are so good to me, I want to share my life with them through all eternity
Families can be together forever through Heavenly Fathers plan. I always want to be with my own family, and the Lord has shown me how we can. The Lord has shown me how we can.

While I am in my early years, I’ll prepare most carefully, So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.
Families can be together forever through Heavenly Fathers plan. I always want to be with my own family, and the Lord has shown me how we can. The Lord has shown me how we can.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

bee's knees!

Well here it is Tuesday morning. I can not believe how fast the days zoom! Yesterday we helped to move one of our sons and his family. We have two little grandsons staying with us, and one of them is sleeping in my spot in the bed! :-) I am not as young as I once was, and not in very good shape. I was a tired woman last night when we got home. It is TIME to get out and resume daily walking!!

The baby has an official name. Ta Da......drum roll please..........her name is Paislee Jo.......So after all the debate, she was a Paislee after all. lol!
AT the Hospital
Sleeping in her Grandma C's arms in her new dress! lol

Of course we think she is BEAUTIFUL!


On sat. we picked up two new hives of bees. This is always a fun day for all of us. We buy our bees from Jones Bee in SLC. kids always talk their dad into new gloves, or a new veil, or whatever they thought they needed to have in order to "tend" bees, and they always come away with some kind of honey candy! Sometimes I buy wick for dipping candles, or taper candle molds, or sometimes I buy a new chunk of bees wax to wax my linen thread with. One of my favorites is to "people" watch. I know......... but I like to see what kinds of folks come to buy bees. I always get get a kick out of this, and then I realize, that I myself am one among the numbers!!!! lol!!!!! There are a huge variety of us........some look like hippies, some like yuppies, some look like farmers....some look like business men......some bring all their kids......some bring dogs......some come in company trucks, some come in mini vans, and station wagons.....some have suvs. Some are in a hurry, some take their time. The Jones Bee yard is filled with noise and laughter and people. I bet they are glad when the bees are all gone to their new homes, and there are no more people hanging around!

Our 2 and our DD's 1 hive in the trunk of the car at home

All the way home, the trunk of the car is buzzing with the sound of bees, and inevitably, the "hitchhiker bees" escape the trunk and find their way up in the car. This has worried some of my children more than others, and most of the time the errant bee gets squashed! LBC is no exception to the others. He had some yummy honey candy this trip, and he did squish a bee or two. Lucky, none of us are allergic to bees! We bought two new hives for ourselves this year, one for our DD, two for a friend, and two for a co worker of DH. So all together we had 7 hives buzzzzzzing in the car! It is a total family affair to watch and help put the bees in the hive boxes. Our little grandson, stepped on a bee in the house, and it did sting his little foot. I felt really bad because he kind of limped around on it for a while. That was the only sting this year, other than the dogs who just don't know how to stay out of the middle of anything! lol It has been a treat to have our own honey all these years, and it has also been a treat to watch as my children tended bees with their dad! Big guy in white bee suit, veiled and gloved, whole bunch of little guys in white or light colored clothes, the legs of their pants duck taped tight, wearing too huge of hats and veils tied on them, following after their Dad, talking and asking questions non stop!
.......................................... I think the honey was actually just a by product of tending

The lighter bees are Hitchhiker bees that came all the way from California on the out side of the boxes

This is how they come packaged, and then you have to "shake" them into the bee box.

DH and DD getting "suited"up

This is a close up of the queen in her little box. (pic in not too good :-(

SIL watching the bees crawl on his hand and arms.

Have a great week everyone!♥

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In Hymn Of Praise

I Am a Child of God
written in: 1957 by Naomi W. Randall
I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.

I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows too late.
I am a child of God.
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will
I'll live with him once more.
I am a child of God.
His promises are sure;
Celestial glory shall be mine
If I can but endure.

Friday, April 17, 2009

she's here! wahoooooo!!!!!!

Our baby girl is here! I think this waiting might be a tad more nerve racking than the actual being there and doing the labor! JK My DH works out of Roosevelt, and he mentioned that he was going to stop in every now and then , when he had a minute, and see how it was going, and he would call me and let me know. He never called. It may have been because he hadn't had the time to get there yet, and it may have had something to do with the fact that I called him a zillion times! When he finalllllllllly had time to go see how it was going, Angie was pushing. So then he called me, and dutifully reported his news! lol And that was good news because we knew it wouldn't be much longer after that. She only pushed about 15 minutes. Not too bad! Then came the phone call I had been biting my nails waiting for all day long!
Cell phone rings.......I answer.......
Lee....Hey, how ya doing?
Myself....very good, annnnnd how are you? ( i am laughing because i can hear the happiness in his voice)
Lee....real good....wellllllllll,.......she's here!
Myself........... how are they doing? Is everything OK with Angie?
Lee....ya, she's good.
Myself......wellllllll, tell me all............................
Then at last he spilled his guts and we got down to all the nitty gritty. What an absolute blessing a baby is! What an amazing Miracle! I can not describe how it feels to watch your own child, hold and lovingly gaze at their own new born baby! I get all silly and gooey! So, she was born at 4:44 pm, April 16th 2009, she is 19 inches long, and weights 6 pounds 12 ounces! AND she has HAIR! I don't now why that is so startling to me, some babies do. She has her mom's nose, and long fingers. Of course she has a beautiful little rose bud mouth! Her little eyes are still all swollen from being born, but oh my goodness, her little spirit filled the entire room! And our poor little baby remains..............nameless! lol But both Mom and baby are doing good! Angie is sore, you know how that is, and I'm sure little Paislee (that was her name until last week....) is sore from the work of being born too. She is so small, but it's hard to imagine how she fit into that small little space!!!!! lol Can't wait to see them again today! We were up late so I have let LBC sleep in, but we have got to get school underway! There are a million things that have to be done before this day ends.
Angie and "Paislee" (i just can't call her, baby girl....)

Lee was afraid she was going to be sooooo ugly that he wouldn't be able to love her. lol

I just laughed and told him not possible!

No doubt about it, our son is smitten!

LBC and his new little niece. He's smitten also!

What a pretty little round head she has..........see that hair! She looks so tiny in Grandpa's arms.

Oh we will have wonderful times with this blessed little girl!

She will lead all of her handsome, energetic, ruff and tumble, loving, curious, total "boy", boy cousins a merry chase. I just know it! She will have them all eating out of the palm of her hand! lol

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Good morning everyone! It's a little chilly and overcast here this morning, but it's a beautiful day all the same! Our Son and DIL have gone to the hospital to have a baby this morning! I am just waiting here, on pins and needles, which really makes no sense at all because babies come in their own sweet time, and most of the time, that isn't fast! Angie is being induced, as her blood pressure has been high and just getting this is a good thing. I CAN"T HARDLY WAIT FOR OUR NEWEST LITTLE GRANDCHILD TO MAKE HER APPEARANCE!!!!!!Her dad has decided he doesn't want to name her the name they had picked out and have been calling her all along.....and Angie, has kindly given him his choice.....even though she loves the name they had picked out. I told her to stick to her guns and not let Lee have his way totally.....( aren't I a good mother in law?) LOL! It will be fun to go and meet this little girl and what ever name she has, will fit her fine and be a good one! and,...................................I'm so very glad it's not me down there with the pit,and in labor!!! LOL !

On a much more sober note, our dear blogger friend Linda, from Behind My Red Door, has asked that we become more involved in a volunteer service in any of it's many forms, for cancer victims and their families. This is a subject that is close to my heart because my DH is a cancer survivor. It was a hard and devastating time in our lives. I know beyond a shadow of doubt, that Our Heavenly Father blessed our home and our lives and sent us much comfort and love and support and help in the form of good friends and neighbors, and family, and many many other persons. We had very good insurance, and financially we were OK. But many aren't. They don't have the means to cope, physically, spiritually or financially. There are many ways we can step in and be a volunteer and help these families. Because as Linda said, it is a disease that affects the entire family, not just the victims. It takes much strength to endure the plague of cancer. Linda has a special request of any who are willing, You should read her post and her request. She has been a volunteer for many many years in her own area, and has a deep understanding of the trauma that families go through as they struggle to cope with, and understand this disease. In your own area you may already know of ways that you can offer your services to help a family or a child and their family in need! Sometimes, our own selves, and some time are a beautiful gift to offer to those in need!


Hand to Serve, Hearts to God


Monday, April 13, 2009


It's amazing how much fun, for a long time, kids can have on a parked four wheeler!

sticky face and fingers....yeah, and a fat lip! (he fell on the sidewalk) :-(

This is our "baby", that is until Thursday!!! Cute little face! This was before the smores, and a fall on his knees in the cactus..... :-( darn it!

We enjoyed a busy and full week end, and I personally ate soooooooooo many jelly beans that I never need to eat another in my entire life! We had very HEAVY rain on sat, so we had our picnic inside. We built a fire in the wood stove and opened up the doors and stuck our hot dogs on roasting sticks and went to town roasting away in the living room!! We had a good time.

My sis is here (at my mom's house) from Idaho, so this week will be filled with lots of card playing and laughing.....Last week our DIL was here, and I was so busy we hardly had time for much playing. I really dislike being so over loaded that my time isn't my own. We did have the baby shower, and our little mom still hadn't delivered so I was glad for that. (sorry Angie, I know how much you want to be done...LOL) ****** UPDATE ON ANGIE................she just got home from a doc apt. and they are going to induce her this Thursday!!!

Our DD and DIL, are doing cloth diapering! I am proud of both of them! I remember well when we stopped needing to use cloth diapers! LOL I loved being able to throw that messy diaper away! But there are all kinds of moms out there now a days, who have become involved in what they feel is a better way! :-) For budget reasons, or for Green reasons, or because they feel it's better for their babies behinds. There is a plethora of info out there on cloth diapering. Not justa folded diaper, pinned and covered in plastic pants any more. We're talking hemp and bamboo inserts, ( very soft!) covered with the cutest little cloth snappie diaper covers, and then covered with a wool soaker which has been lanolinized. Sounds like a lot of stuff huh? These girls...hummmm, I mean young women, are pretty savvy about this! They're on the ball! I have a very good friend who cloth diapers also. She has been a wealth of info for my girls! Thanks Vilate. If you have any interest in finding out more about the new diaper.....jump over and visit her web page.

The "new" cloth diapers are pretty amazing. The down side, yeah, you have to wash them out...LOL BUT, did you know, they have a diaper sprayer that goes on your toilet? Kind of like a dish sprayer.........

So this morning, I am needing to recover the house. Only, I don't know how faithful I will be. Last day of spring break, which this year with "home school" has an entire new meaning..........I have lots to do and places to go!

Yeah, so I'm going to be like this headless boy of mine, and hide my head in the sand....or my sweat shirt...and throw it to the wind for awhile! LOL (no will still be here waiting for me, when I return! ) Maybe recovery came happen tomorrow! LOL

Saturday, April 11, 2009

In Hymn Of Praise

I Know that My Redeemer Lives. Samuel Medley, B. June 23 1738.

I know that my Redeemer lives. What comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, he lives, who once was dead. He lives, my ever-living Head. He lives to bless me with his love. He lives to plead for me above. He lives my hungry soul to feed. He lives to bless in time of need. He lives to grant me rich supply. He lives to guide me with his eye. He lives to comfort me when faint. He lives to hear my soul’s complaint. He lives to silence all my fears. He lives to wipe away my tears. He lives to calm my troubled heart. He lives all blessings to impart. He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend. He lives and loves me to the end. He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing. He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King. He lives and grants me daily breath. He lives, and I shall conquer death.He lives my mansion to prepare. He lives to bring me safely there. He lives! All glory to his name! He lives, my Savior, still the same. Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:“I know that my Redeemer lives!”He lives! All glory to his name! He lives, my Savior, still the same. Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Laundry Swap Bootie!

I joined in on a Primitive Laundry Room Swap hosted by Char @ The Pickle Pepper Patch a while back, my swap partner was Kim from Up On A Hill. And today, my package came in the mail. It was so fun to open it. I swear to you I was giddy! :-) Everything is so awesome! I think I may be the luckiest swap partner out there! Thank You again Kim! I have showed my beauties to everyone that even came close to coming in my house today, and each time I did, I could hold them and look at them again! I LOVE MY PRIM GOODIES KIM! When I get my out of control mudroom/laundry room over hauled, I'll post some pictures. :-)

This little towel was made from an old salt bag. In the light you can still see the words. I love it!

These little baby socks are so sweet! They have holes in their toes! They are a treasure!

I love this little peg rack! I love the colors.

Kim was so brave to send this in the mail! But I'm so glad she did! I love the label and the clothes pins.

I love this little heart chalkboard! It reminded me that even doing the laundry, life is good and I am blessed. I have lots of clothes and none of us are in need......and what a fun idea to make a little prim chalk board!!!


Thanks Char for the fun! Hay fans, Don't forget Chars newest swap.....Primitive Porches!

My Mom brought me home a prize from her last trip to the city. These way cool apron patterns! I have plans for these babies!

I love aprons. I NEED aprons!