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girls weekend away

In early April, I met up with my mom and sister, my aunt and cousin in Ellensburg and we had girls weekend away!  We have done this every spring for quite a few years and it is always fun! On the way to Ellensburg I made a stop at Palouse Falls State Park. I had heard it was pretty spectacular with all the spring rains and runoff.  I wasn’t disappointed, it was beautiful! The amount of water coming over the falls was amazing and the hills surrounding were starting to green up.  If you ever get a chance to stop and check it out this spring do, it is worth the 2 miles in on the gravel road.

Palouse Falls

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The next day us girls traveled up north to Birch Bay, WA.  It was raining and continued for the most part of the stay!  That didn’t stop us from exploring the area.  We pretty much stopped at every antique shop from Birch Bay to Bellingham and even found a few fabric and yarn shops!  I love to shop for antiques, it is so much fun and if you look long enough you can find some treasures.  I really like listening to mom and my aunt talk when they shop.  So many things bring back memories of their past and then they laugh and giggle telling us about it.  I love this time together, we talk, eat junk food and chocolate, laugh and have no place to go or schedule to keep.  We just pile in the suburban, I drive and my copilot sister, tells me where to turn.

The day is was supposed to not rain too much, we drove into Canada.  We explored White Rock and walked out on the pier.  It was a little windy and chilly but no rain!  the second stop in Canada was at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  It is such a fun place. we all walked across the bridge and then my sister, cousin and I explored the treetops and the hiking paths. It’s not really hiking but walking along the canyon on a boardwalk. You should check this place out if you are ever in Vancouver BC.

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On our way home, it just happened that is was the only sunny day day of the entire trip! It worked out great for us to stop at Roozengaarde Tulip Farm in Mt. Vernon. The tulips were just coming into bloom and the daffodils were in full bloom. In past years, we drove by and viewed the  fields from the car, but since not all the fields were in bloom, we stopped at the garden and boy was it worth it! Lots of pretty gardens with spring flowers and fields in bloom close by.  They also sell fresh cut tulips, of which I purchased and brought home for Easter.

Roozengaarde Tulip Farm

 

In this last picture, I have the tulips in 3 tumblers I picked up at an antique shop. Just one of the treasures I found on the trip!  Looking forward to the next girls weekend!

 

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Enjoy the many laughs and joyous times you spend with family.  God will bring these memories to your mind and it will bring joy and sweet smiles to your soul when you need it the most.

 

 

 

 

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progressing slowly….

I thought I had better share with you my slow progress with Carson’s quilt.  I have been working on some blocks that will be the main focus. It has been fun and challenging.

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Last fall I had visited family in Nebraska and my aunt showed me a quilt that had barns on it.  I asked her where she got the patterns for the barns and it was in an Eleanor Burns quilt book on American Barns.  It took me awhile to find a book, but finally found one on her website,  I should have looked there first!

I reworked a barn so it would look similar to our own barn and made the silo look more like a grain bin.

 

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The ruler on the book was a must for the next block. I wanted a tractor pattern and found one on Craftsy.  It was a paper pieced pattern that looked difficult, but it was the only one I liked so it just had to be done.  The only experience I have with paper piecing has been at a one hour class many years ago.  So the next best teacher is the internet and I found a YouTube video.  The Add-A-Quarter ruler was the main tool she suggested and I have to say it was worth the money.  I looked locally at a couple of fabric stores but to no avail, so Amazon is where I picked one up.

This is my work in progress.

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This week is Holy Week and Easter is coming. I have lots to do in preparing for Resurrection Sunday. We will have family here on the farm and Church to celebrate our Risen Lord, and of course a feast to prepare and eat together!

It is still pretty cold here, but I managed to take a few pictures of some spring flowers that are making their appearance in my flower beds.

 

He is Risen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bringing color to my life

Living here in Eastern Washington, summers tend to turn to many beautiful shades of brown.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the color brown, especially the gold tones, but this girl loves all colors, the brighter the better when it comes to flowers.

 

Iris are so easy to grow and they take a back seat row in my garden space.

 

 

 

 

Hollyhocks are one of my favorite, I would love to grow more but I’m finding out they need a little help to keep them standing straight!

 

 

Look what came up this year, a Lilly!   I don’t even remember planting it.  If you look closely you can see a bee.

 

 

Flowers pots are my container of choice, simply because I don’t have to weed them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t have flowers without a little treat for the humming birds.

 

 

There is nothing better than sitting on our front porch, eating homemade ice cream and watching the flowers grow.  Did I say homemade ice cream, that just might have to be another blog!

 

 

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rock garden in the drylands

What better place to have a rock garden than in this dry country, don’t you think.  I had the perfect place for it in my back yard.  I wanted to disguise the dog kennels or at least make them a little less noticeable.  I had an idea in my head and making it happen was quite a chore.  We have lots of big rocks around here and I wanted the ones that had lichen on them.  This involved a backhoe and loader and of course my own ‘rock placing company’ in other words, my husband, Mark!  He was a gem and helped me get the rock in the right place around the mound of dirt he had hauled in.

 

 

The hard work was done and I now had the fun part, planting all my plants, choosing ones that are for drier climates and rock gardens.  I wish I had written all the plant names since I can only remember one and that is Lupine.

 

 

I really wanted a bird bath, but I haven’t had good luck with them in the past, the reason being that our big dogs like to drink out of them and they end up broken.  I found this bowl and just loved it. It is perfect and my son found the old faucet and thought it would be perfect over it.

 

 

 

 

Mark’s dad also got in on the action. He made this flower box to go on the axel between these two old iron wheels we found in an iron pile.   There are lots of treasures to be found around this old farm and this one works just fine as a flower box.

 

 

 

 

I think it turned out just great!

 

 

 

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in the Blue Mountains

Mark and I drove to the mountains the other day and I always bring my camera just in case. He is so nice to stop the truck and let me shoot some pictures. The timing was perfect, in the late afternoon and there was plenty of wildlife to see and of course flowers. Here are a few of my favorites!

 

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Doe peeking out from the trees

 

 

 

 

A couple of elk

 

 

 

 

These last three pictures are from a sunset a couple of nights ago.  After the sun set the sky turned a beautiful shade of pink and blue!  God painted a pretty picture for us to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May your week be full of God’s Blessings and Beauty!

 

 

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Fabric Flowers and Watering Cans…. and computers too!

Spring is finally here and I have tulips!

 

I’m trying to get in some sewing before I get too busy outside. I have been working on a tablecloth for our picnic table. I wanted it to be summer like and fun.   I looked in my Floral Inspirations quilt book by Debbie Mumm and found a watering can block and thought it would be perfect.

 

 

I wanted something to go with the cans and thought about adding flowers and found three flower blocks in Block by Block by Lynette Jensen, that just happened to go perfectly with the watering can blocks.  How sweet is that!  I like not having to re size a block to make it work.

 

 

By using my left over stash fabric the blocks came together quite fast and now I am quilting it on the frame.  I decided to use flannel for batting. I thought about not putting any in but wanted a little padding to weight it some since it was to be used outside.

 

 

I have had a few interruptions this last week, so I don’t have it finished.  My son, Jesse, built us a new computer and I have been transferring everything from the old to the new.  I have 2 computers running under the desk, two keyboards, two mice and two monitors.  It gets kind of confusing sometimes when the mouse won’t work on the right screen and typing on the wrong keyboard.

 

 

Hopefully I will win this battle with the computers this next week.  I will say that my most frustrating issue has to do with ITunes and syncing my IPad and IPhones.  I never thought moving music and apps would be such a problem.  Whenever I moved my CD’s I just moved them!  They didn’t have to be compatible with one another or lose the ability to play because the original file wasn’t there!!!!  What I want to know is where the original file went between one computer and the other!  I will succeed at this game, even if it takes me into the dark of night!

 

I just had to take this picture the other evening while I was taking a break from the computers, it was just too pretty to not share.  I love the sunsets off back road.  These pictures that God gives us are a great reminder that He is in control and that the little frustrating moments we have are temporary.  That is Good News!

 

 

I am planning a special blog for Mother’s Day.  It’s about Mom, of course!

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He Is Risen…He Is Risen, Indeed!

A couple of years ago, my friend Steve asked me to make him a banner that portrayed Christ surrounding and giving us the strength to live day by day with Him. I thought and prayed about it for quite some time and could see in my mind what it was to be , but didn’t have the ability to draw it out and knew I needed some help. So I asked an artist friend, Robin, to help me out. She drew out the picture and then I made it into this quilt.

 

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I am continually learning to grasp the strength that Philippians 4:13 describes. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” I am learning that this strength has a lot to do with the contentment I have when I continually walk with Christ and know that I can cope with anything that comes my way.

 

 

My Flowers are blooming!  Maybe one of you might know the name of this pretty little one.  I am no expert, I just know what I like and if it can grow in our region I will plant it!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Easter Day is going to be full with church, preparing Easter dinner and then sharing it with family and friends.  Hopefully the sun will shine and make the day even better!  My tulips are not blooming yet, so I bought some to enjoy.  Here is a picture with a lonely egg!

 

 

 

 

I love this Hymn,  especially Easter morning!

He Lives

I serve a risen Savior; He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living, whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy; I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him He’s always near.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives. He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary I never will despair.
I know that He is leading, thro’ all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing will come at last.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives. He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian! Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ, the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives. He lives within my heart.
Written by: Alfred H Ackley

Have a wonderful Easter!

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