These flowers always remind me of flies you would use in fly fishing. I find everything around here intriguing. The baby was born on Sunday night. Kessie was in labor 18 hours. He is a tiny little guy. Here are some grandma brag pictures.

He was already smiling. Nothing better than the smell of new babies, except maybe holding new babies.

The kids were so excited to get home and see their new baby brother. I was so excited! Mom is so tired but so happy to not be pregnant.

I love these cactus! They just boggle my mind. We were on a walk and look at this funny thing I saw.

A bird had stuck all of these pyracantha berries on the spines of this cactus. Jody asked what kind of birds we have spotted so far. We have seen a roadrunner, a bright red cardinal. A crazy woodpecker climbing a palm tree making the weirdest noise at every hop. Lots of finches. Two hummingbirds that war over the bird feeder. Huge hawks and ravens and funny grackles. They have smaller bodies and longer tails than the ones at home.

It’s been an interesting trip. I wonder what we will do today? I added this video I took yesterday of these ants I watched in the afternoon.


Here is a video I took yesterday of all of these ants carrying flowers. It went on all afternoon. It made me laugh to watch the ground moving with tiny purple flags.

Settling In to a Routine.

The sunrise was beautiful this morning. I know why people move to the desert. I feel good all of the time. Yesterday was our zoo day. The kids were troopers and it was very nice. The kids favorite part was the little train that goes around the park.

I was riding with the older two and Ron the three younger. I don’t know how that worked out that way.

This is a tiny local zoo, it had one monkey, one alligator, it did have two bears, and two tigers. It was not like zoos in California. Just an aside, but being here is like really nice and free. I am struck all the time at how, like the frog being boiled to death slowly, California has become so restrictive and Socialist.

I am glad the two oldest have decided to leave.

Here is the gang. We had already been walking for two hours so they were happy to sit down for awhile. After the zoo we went out to lunch. Mom was missing her kids and the kids were getting homesick for normal life. We took them home and picked them up at bedtime. Ron read them My Father’s Dragon. It is so nice to see five more kids the next generation piled on Grandpa like it was a long time ago.

Today will just be hikes on the hiking trails.

I hope your day will be lovely.


Time Passes so quickly

We have finally settled into a routine. The kids are getting used to Granma and Granpa. We are learning too. Not being with them a year and a half is a long time to not be able to see them growing so fast. We are trying to pack as much in as possible.

I wish I knew the names of all the plants and trees. So many things have healing or eating or just plan poison qualities. Kessie has trained her kids so I am having to ask all the time the name of a cactus or tree or even animals.

I do know prickly pear. This morning I wanted to go outside to see what kind of a day it would be. (Cold, cloudy.) I walked outside and serenading up in the foothills was a pack of coyotes. I went back in the house and got the girls and we sat and listened quietly to their song. I can hear the quail talking and mumbling to themselves further down in the wash.

It’s going to be a hiking day today. The place we are staying at has 120 miles of hiking trails. Ron and I are in heaven. It’s a very nice place to visit.


Another Beautiful Day

It was another pretty sunrise. I wish I could describe the smell of the desert. It could be the trees or the clear air or how fresh it is but because I am not familiar with the trees and plants it’s hard to know.

I love how they use rocks and drought tolerant plants. It’s just makes so much sense.

There is this great big wash behind the house. This is how the coyotes and the javelinas get around. I haven’t figured out how to get down there to go explore. Maybe when I get the kids today we can figure it out.

So far my favorite thing besides being with Kessie and the kids. It’s been cooking! It’s so nice to be able to do that instead of going out to eat when we stay in a hotel.

I will stop now. It’s nice writing a post from my phone. I am in a comfy chair by the fire. I am starting to figure out this vacation thing I think!

Have a delightful day,


Greetings From Tucson

I have never wrote a post from my phone so we will see how it goes. We are waiting the arrival of our grandson. He should be putting in an appearance soon. I am getting to be Grandma again. It has been a long time to be away from these guys so I am loving every minute.

This was my view this morning. So far I love Tucson. I forget how much better I feel in the desert.

We sat this morning in front of the fire and had our coffee while the sun came up.

I feel very blessed to be here. In fact it’s better than Christmas!

Have a wonderful week!


Being Thankful in all Things

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This time of year the morning glories are glorious. They really do like the cooler weather. In the summer, they are closed sometimes even before the first rays of sun hit them if its going to be a hot day. I haven’t had the energy to fool with fall decorating much. I have put a few things out but not like in the past. I haven’t even had the energy to get any pumpkins. It has caused me to think about contentment and being thankful in all things.

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I found while being sick my mind would stray to when I am well I will do this. Or next week I will get this done. Then next week comes and I am not doing anything at all. What I am thankful for is I learned that each day is all I have the strength I have. This one day.

How can I make this one day a great day? How can I make this one person feel special and feel loved? How can I look outside of myself long enough to look upward and pray for whomever God brings to my mind. It has been challenging because I am a person with tons of energy most of the time. I have always been able to push through just about anything to get better. To have my chain jerked has and is a place I have never been before.

april photos 001 I am blessed to have a wonderful family. They have stepped in and taken up the slack. I called Emilie one day and she was at work and she dropped everything to check on me and bring me Sprite which was the first thing I could keep down. I have always been a woman who if I cried, it was in the shower, so no one could hear me. When I wept like that in front of Emilie I wanted to just die. What I learned from this is I am human. Weakness is not something I ever want anyone to see. What I learned from this is, by being like I am, my pride doesn’t like to accept help from anyone. Having to ask for help was tough. But what I found was, by being so prideful. I don’t let others get the benefit of serving. I think it was good to see my pride and how it sometimes isn’t good to try and be supermom.

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Is there a point to all of this? Yes, there is, just me saying that even in a place I didn’t expect to be, I found so many things to be thankful for and to find love when I didn’t expect it. It made my world get very small so that I could rejoice in the small things. Like watching the flicker eat ants outside in the yard. Watching the wind blow through the trees and see the flashes of gold and blue. Hearing the sound of the windchimes and think of Ben and Megan and where in the world are they now. To pray for a new grandson and his Mommy. To think of all of the wonderful little voices I will get to be with soon. Of Peter finally getting back from his trip to Bali and knowing that he is finally safe at home. On and on it goes. But like a Rosary each one of these prayers for others became precious to me. On my heart.


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If you are still here, thank you. I really need to write more often here than I do.

I wish you all of the best,



Thoughts and Sewing

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Can you believe we are almost to October? I love October. Today we have real fall weather. Its lovely. The house is all open and the breeze is flowing in from the ocean. We have rain in the forecast and snow in the mountains next week. This morning while out feeding my chickens, a Flicker flew over. His bright red underside was glowing in the early morning light. It made me so happy that they will be here for winter. To listen to the calls in the trees and at first, I think I have a hawk. I am glad I saw him today. Fall is here when they return. This last week I finally finished His Eye is on the Sparrow by Beth Twist.


I started this in January 2016 and I finished it in September 26, 2018.  Now to get it framed. I wanted to share some of the things I have learned while doing counted cross stitch.
“In life there are always mistakes. But like in my counted cross stitch, stopping right then and fixing the mistake is better than waiting for it to go away and ignoring the problem. Fix any mistake if I can right then.

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Follow the pattern. I need to repeat this over and over to myself. Quit trying to fix the problem by thinking I can figure something out on my own. Follow the rules. God gave us a book, it really is quite simple, so in life I just need to do what it says and quit trying to think I am smarter. I am not.

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Don’t give up. I have had this thought lately, I will never be a really good sewer, or hooker or crafter or gardener or even blogger or writer or wife or mother or teacher. On any day one of these pass through my brain. I keep sewing because I think if I keep ripping it out and if I keep sewing I will get better. If I am not happy with where I am then it is up to me to keep working only I can change the outcome and be where I want to be.

Pay attention. How often I will be doing a counted cross stitch and I just sort of enter in to this place where I don’t know where I go but when I wake up, I have added too many stitches and I have to spend 20 minutes ripping out. I have to always be paying attention in life, to notice things that really important to pay attention to those nagging little voices that creep in that I need to listen to instead of turning up the music a little louder.

Be myself. Enjoy the journey. When I am sewing or reading or even walking, I am in hurry up mode so I can say I walked 5 miles or I finished another project or I can add another book to my reading list. I need to slow down and enjoy what I am doing so what if my finished projects look homemade well heck they are and I am getting there, so why not enjoy the work of my hands instead of comparing myself to others.

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Be real. Yep, I make mistakes in my counted cross stitch that I just leave there because I am tired of the pattern and want to do something else. Stop being ashamed of what I do. Thank God that I have this time in life to sew.”

(reprinted from my other blog. January 21st, 2013)

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Thank you so much for visiting here. I wish you blessing upon blessing today,