September ’17 Blog Hop

At The Zoo
Rushranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  85F, smokey
Listening To:  Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Mourning doves gracefully glide to a peaceful landing at the feeder on my front deck.  Regular, like clockwork, they are the first early morning visitors.  Their cooing to each other is a calm and soothing sound to me.  I need that soothing sound this morning.  I need all manner of man, woman, and child to feel that soothing sound this morning.  I am concerned for the people of Texas and Louisiana impacted by Harvey.  So many people have lost not only their homes but their sense of security and safety – their lifeline to who they are.  My brother and his family are in Houston. The country needs our kindness and our prayers.

Here at the Rush Ranch, things are normal.  Well, normal for us.  On my front and back decks, I grow four whiskey barrels of hops.  They grow such a dense, hardy bunch of vines and leaves that cover the deck pergola tops.  They provide some amazing shade throughout the summer.  I have strings of clothesline between the barrels and the top of the pergola, to help the plants find their way to the top in early spring, and those lines caused quite a bit of racket last night.  A deer with a huge set of antlers came by to raid the bird feeders, and somehow got caught up in the clothesline.  He struggled trying to get free, and that huge whiskey barrel went flying out into the front yard.  You can imagine the racket as he finally got free and took off for the hills. The plant is a little war torn, but will survive. The whiskey barrel?  That’s toast.  Always something going on, at the Rush Ranch.

The Blog Hop for September is called “At The Zoo”.  (Sort of reminds me of the ranch.  It can be a zoo around here at times….)  You can find all of the Pixelscrapper contributions to the blog hop at this link.  All of the other contributions are awesome, and some of the designers had some fantastic ideas!  I am always amazed at the talent and scope of imagination these designers have!  They keep inspiring me. We were tasked with selecting a particular animal and building our designs around it.  I’m not great at drawing animals, but I gave it a shot.   I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a polar bear or fox, so I chose the fox.  Below are my previews, and they are for any use including commercial. I simply ask that you pass along a kindness to a stranger.  Hope that you can find something in this kit that you can use.



Thank you for taking the time to look at my designs – Blessings and Blue Skies,





Download – Journal Cards

Autumn Journal Cards
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  91F, Clear Skies
Listening to:  The Weather Channel

Thinking about family in Texas this week, as Tropical Storm Harvey turns into a Cat 3 Hurricane, and then back down again into a storm.  Prayers go out to the people of Rockport and other locales that have been hit the hardest.  I have a brother that lives outside of Houston, in a town called Katy.  So far they are well prepared for whatever may come, including an evacuation plan.  In times like these we all – the five of us siblings – exchange “I love you’s”, so that we know without a doubt that we are loved and cherished, no matter the outcomes of a normal day, or a tragic day.  Come what may.  We are faith-based people, so we trust that all will be ok in the end.  And as the famous line from the “2nd Best Marigold Hotel” movie goes, “It will be ok in the end – if not, then it’s not the end”.  I actually have that saying on a board hanging in my kitchen.  I don’t know the original author of the quote.  In my research it has been attributed to a hundred different people.

I made some journal cards, in response to a prompt on the Designer’s Challenge Forum at Pixel Scrapper.  Instead of posting them to PS, I have posted them here.  I don’t know if you use them for anything, but I thought that perhaps you might be interested in them, even to use as tags if you sized them down a bit.  I will have a September Blog Hop download for you on September 1st, but in the meantime, here is a little something:


Download Journal Cards Here

Please let me know if you are a user of Journal Cards, I truly don’t know the number of people that use them.  Am I wasting my time?  Thank you.

Blessings and Blue Skies,



Free Download – The Darks

Feather Flowers – Darks
Rushranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx: 97F, Smoky
Listening to:  Andrea Bocelli

Today is Saturday, so I have much to do.  Throughout the week I have put together the church’s Sunday Program, and now it is time to print out the original and make copies of it on the church copier.  I wait until Saturday, because throughout the week if I get any reports from the missionaries that we support, I put the highlights of it on the back of our bulletin.  I also add any items to the monthly calendar on the back.   By Saturday (Hopefully earlier in the week!) I have made the decision of what I want to do in the kid’s Sunday School as a craft, so I need to gather supplies and make my sample.  (We are building a birdhouse)  Being the Church’s Treasurer also means that I need to pick up the mail (bills), write the checks, and update the books.  I love the volunteer work that I do for our tiny church with a big heart.  It’s my small contribution to the healthy unity of our church family.

I didn’t leave myself much time to write up a proper blog post today, and I apologize for that.  But I wanted to post the dark version of my feather flowers for you.  Free for any use including commercial.  Please pass along the kindness as you see fit.  You can download them here.


Look for the delight.  Look for the joy around you this week.



Free Download – Feather Flowers

Pastel Feather Flowers
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx: 98F
Listening to:  Country

I had the most fantastic time with my sisters in Tennessee, and I will share some of that with you in my next post.  But in the meantime I wanted to get a download out to you.  These are my fluffy feather flowers, and you either love them or hate them – Seems like there is no middle ground among the people that have viewed them!  I had a special request for them, so here are pastels and I will eventually get some strong and dark colors for you in another download.

I really hope that you are having a wonderful start to the month – August is a busy time of year around here – farmers are harvesting their crops, and the world has gone crazy for the total eclipse which passes directly over Eastern Oregon.  NASA called up the Motel in the tiny town of Baker, and asked for 43 rooms……The motel only has 11 rooms……So, it is rather a crazy time with the tourists showing up for the big event.  We will even have folks camping out in our fields (Free, of course).

The well issue has been resolved (finally!) and we have all new equipment now.  Hopefully it should last another 25 years at least………..The expense was a challenge, but we have worked it into the budget.  All is well, with the well!

These fluffy things are free to use including commercial use, all I ask is that you perform a kindness for a stranger, in exchange.  DOWNLOAD HERE


I wish you a great week and many perfect moments of pure joy.


Digital Download – August Blog Hop

Good Vibes
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx: 90F
Listening to:  Soundtrack to Interstellar

People are interesting.  There is hope for this planet, one person at a time.  I truly believe that.  Here are three of the people interactions with “strangers” that I have had this week, that show me how precious people can be to each other:
1.  My husband and I were walking up to the entrance of our favorite restaurant.  A group of five women came out of the entrance and started hugging each other, sharing goodbyes and good wishes.  It was so lovely that I stood there just watching their joy.  After they finished and moved away from the entrance, I said to them “Gee, we feel left out”.  And they laughed, and hugged me!  Me, a complete stranger, hair in a ponytail and wearing flipflops, they embraced me.  I smiled for hours afterward.

2.  After our well equipment failed, we asked the neighbor if we could hook up our hose to their extra wellhead to water our horses.  They kindly said yes.  Their elderly mother was visiting, and every time my husband went over to turn on the hose to water the horses, he would sit town on our side of the fence as the horse trough filled.  The elderly mother would go sit on their side of the fence directly opposite him, and they visited together long after the trough was filled.  I so WISH that I had taken a photo of them, but I didn’t want to intrude on that precious time.

3.  I was invited to an Open House, for a beautiful garden.  It was a very big garden with all manner of plants and trees, fireplace, water fountain, brick patio areas, and too many things to really mention.  One of the amazing things was an iron dragon sculpture poised along the waterfall.  It was rather amazing, with individual iron scales, and wings.  One of my neighbors that was there told me that the artist lived right in my same town!  How did I not know this?  A woman that builds dragons out of iron?  And scrap machinery, old farm implements, etc.  How did I not know there was a female welder that created amazing things in her workshop?!  About 30 minutes later, I was introduced to a beautiful spirit names Tracy Case – the artist.  I held onto her hand for much long than I should have, but I wanted to feel her energy and countenance for as long as I could.  She didn’t seem to mind.  So gracious, and I hope to know her better one day.

This is Tracy’s dragon before it was delivered to its new home by the waterfall. dragon-tail

Since the well equipment failed, it is going to be a very expensive fix. (Minimum $5K – haven’t received the final bill as the work is still ongoing…) If a new well has to be drilled, that will be around $30K.  I decided that I just couldn’t afford to attend a reunion that my siblings were having in Tennessee, in August.  It is an expensive flight, and of course the expense of being there and doing things together…… was just an expense that I just couldn’t justify in light of my humble bank balance, and the unknown final total of the well fix.  So, I broke the news to my sisters and brother, and the sisters got together and bought my ticket!  I was very humbled at their desire to have me there with them, so I am totally over the moon about how wonderful and kind they are.  They are very special people.  I am blessed beyond measure!

So that was my week.  Despite well water issues, I had an opportunity to participate in the Pixel Scrapper August Blog Hop, called “Good Vibes”.  The color palette was just too much for me to handle:


but the other designers were able to come up with some great stuff!  It was interesting to me that I had issues with trying to design with these bright colors.  I don’t know if that it a personality issue, or a level of experience issue.  I think that it is more of a preference issue because I would have selected the pastel colors, but not the primary colors.

Please check out the PS Blog Train Forum to download everyone’s designs.
I put some things together in hopes that you will find something that you can use.  As always these are free to you including unlimited commercial use, and all I ask is that you pass along a kindness to a stranger.

PSAug2017_Rushranch_good-vibes_cuDOWNLOAD PAPERS1


And I wanted to pass along another site that will provide freebies to you – are you guys following Far Far Hill?  She usually provides paper downloads on a daily basis, and they are always lovely. (Warning – there are sometimes graphic ads on the download site….)

Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support as I work to improve my designing skills!

Blessings and Blue Skies,