Dec 28, 2009

Why Do You Have A Couch?

This is why we have a couch, or anything else in our home.

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I think we live to make a home for our animals, they just make themselves at home.  We find them were ever they want to hang out, as you can see.  My Christmas village is surviving, but I’m not sure how.  They seem to just tiptoe through it and the dog tails seem to miss the village and the Christmas tree.  And the cats seem to know (after being sprayed with water last year) not to play with the ornaments, so I guess we should be happy they allow us some enjoyment.   Or maybe they just enjoy Christmas.moma kitty

   Just before Christmas Ray and I Had to go to Sierra Vista To take the car in for repair as it was early we walked across the street to get some breakfast.

here's to you Hearty breakfast

And at the restaurant I noticed the after Christmas sign.

Happy New Year

All went well with the car and we got out of Sierra Vista before noon.  So we headed out to Bisbee.

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Copper Queen mine Copper Queen mine Ray

Bisbee is the place I would love to live if I didn’t have a place here on the Old Christiansen Ranch.

Today on the way home we stopped  on Gleeson road and got some photos of the Sandhill cranes.

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Sometimes they seem to know who the leader is :)

Have a good night !

Dec 24, 2009

The Night Before Christmas !

This was sent to me by my friend Peggy, a long time quilter.  I thought some of you might enjoy it.  Because it is the night before Christmas :)

'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.
Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.
She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night! 
Author Unknown

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For all who celebrate Christmas, take time to remember what it’s all about.nativity

                                                                                             Have a good night,  and a wonderful tomorrow !

Dec 23, 2009

I Think it’s Fascinating

Today Ray and I went to visit our friends Bob and Barbara, Ray was following up on their new high speed internet install  that was done this morning. Barb and I were going to do some sewing.  Well it never happened, the sewing I mean.

I just find their house very fascinating.  I asked if I could take some photos. The request was granted so I got out my new camera and started shooting. (250 pic’s :)

One of my favorite things is a panorama.  Built by Bob in an old stone fireplace that was no longer used.  To house the old west mining figures that his uncle had carved from wood and made from leather, etc.  I don’t know if the chains were made or chains he bought and used.

Bob's panorarma 3 miners sitting in their camp breakfast, tools bedroll and backpack
coyote howling on the rock cliff buzzards feasting on the bones of a longhorn steer a family of skunks in the mine behind the wagon
a rattlesnake hiding in the cactus freight wagon mules hitched to the wagon

Are you tired of my photos yet or are you fascinated like me.

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There is more.

horses harnessed to the wagon and each other this is a working wagon all hand made handmade leather harnesses
wagon packed with goods even a barrel of saltpork all the harnesses are a different type and authentic

Bob’s uncle worked in a harness shop in his early years, and later owned the <> G  Riding Stable, both in WI.  The panorama is not small, I think the horses are about 5” tall. I’ll save the rest of the house for another time :)

Have a good night !

Dec 17, 2009

Keeping Busy

Keeping busy is never hard there is always something that needs doing.  And never enough time.  I didn’t get to my blog last night because Ray and I didn’t get to sleep the night before  or should I say yesterday morning until after 6 a.m. On Tues. night/ Wed. morning Ray was sick with what we think was food poisoning.  

I had been wanting to visit a group that meets in Elfrida every other wed.  called Keeping You in Stitches.  It is a quilting and crafting group.  So my BFF and I headed out at 11:15 to get there by noon leaving us enough time to stop at the bakery to grab a doughnut.  The group is working on lap quilts for a Douglas nursing home and refrigerator magnets and pins to donate to the Elfrida community garden to sell as a fund raiser.  So Kathy and I spent the day helping.  

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After the group Kathy treated me to a late lunch.  Was an enjoyable day.

Today Ray and I are off to Sierra Vista, again.  Ray’s hard drive is going out and he wants to get a new one to install before it crashes for good.  He has all his important stuff on an external drive so he will just have to reinstall all the stuff that makes it run :)  

Have a good day!

Dec 16, 2009

He Went To Jared's

Well that’s what my BFF Kathy said to Larry, when she heard about my day.  Can’t print what Larry had to say.

We headed out to Sierra Vista today to visit the thrift store on base.  I found a few nice things, one was a lamp shaped like a handbag :)  I’ll have to take a photo to put in a later blog.

Then we headed for the PX.  Their was a vender outside selling beautiful things from Mexico.  I think I said something in an earlier blog about my nativity and how I add something to it every year.  Well I found the perfect group of figures to add this year.  Joyful noise







A little group of Mariachis ( if I didn’t spell it or anything else right I tried, my editor has gone to bed).  Now think about it, they are happy and singing and making a joyful noise.  So I think they fit.







I was thrilled to have these to add to my nativity.  But that wasn’t the end.

Kathy had said she was looking at cameras, because the one she has, just has the screen to view when she takes a photo.  So while we were at the PX, we decided to look at there cameras.  We found the perfect camera, FUJIFILM FINEPIX S1500.   And Ray bought it for me.  It is sooo… cute.   So you see it was better then going to Jared’s.  At least Kathy and I both think so.  I took 161 photos before we got home :)  Stopped by Kathy’s to show it to her, hope she gets one.  That’s a kitty she rescued at the bottom of photos.

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I’ve been having fun.

Have a great night!