Free Download – Southern Spring

Southern Spring
November 20, 2017
Location: Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  High 44F, raining

It is a blustery day here in Oregon on the side of my mountain.  The trees rock back and forth as my cats sit in the window, watching birds huddle down in the leafless trees.  The sky is alternating between stormy gray and promises of blue.  I rather believe the gray shall prevail.  A good day for baking, reading, napping, or doing crafts.

Busy.  Busy with family things for Thanksgiving and for Christmas.  Making gifts (Crochet), baking, planning, christmas cards, decorations……..and things are uber busy at church.  My Sunday school class is practicing for their school play, as well as putting together the props for it.  When the children range from ages of 1 year to 14 years, it is rather hectic having them all in the same class and working on the same project.  Yikes!  Our church has also participated in “Operation Christmas Child”, and another local charity called “Next Step”, so although I love the holidays, they can be so crazy/busy/tiring.  It’s important to remember the “Reason for the Season”, and tune out the commercialism of it all.   This holiday season I ask you to show a kindness to someone in your community – A plate of cookies to a neighbor, an invite to dinner to a widow or single mother, put extra coins in someone else’s parking meter, pay for the cup of coffee of the person in line behind you at the local shop, let someone in front of you at the grocery store line…….and pray for your country, your leadership, all manner of people – pray that they will recognize the need for doing the right thing, under the kingdom of heaven.

I came across a gentleman in my small town that cannot read.  He is an elderly fella and lives in a local care facility.  Every so often I will see him and a caretaker making their way along the sidewalk, he in his wheelchair enjoying   He is so polite and kind when I see him – I’ve been thinking of getting an audio book for him to see if it is something he might enjoy.  I can’t imagine not being able to read, but perhaps in his generation he was working in the fields at a very young age, and life just happened.  Makes me want to make it up to him somehow, having to work so hard and miss out on some of the things that are a luxury.  I’ve never thought about being able to read as a luxury, but there are so many people in this world that cannot read due to circumstances beyond their control.  It is a humbling experience to see beyond our own fences.

My latest free kit called “Southern Spring” reflects my inability to make decisions  – I really didn’t stick to a specific color palette, rather, there are various shades and tones that seem to go together.  I really didn’t find “my groove”, in building this kit, but I hope that you can use some of the items anyway.  The previews do not reflect all of the papers in the kit – I have only displayed a few of them in the preview. Although there are two previews of the elements, there is only one download for them both.  These are for either personal and commercial use.

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I will have a Pixelscrapper December Blog Hop kit for you on the 1st, called “Home for the Holidays”.  In the meantime, I wish you a great time with family and friends.

Sunny

Free Download – November ’17

Northern November
Location:  Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Beautiful fall, clear skies

Cold this morning.  20F.  I found comfort in my flannel shirt as I whipped up some oatmeal for breakfast this morning.  I shuffled around the kitchen in fuzzy slippers, sipping on a mug of hot cocoa.  Jake sat in the kitchen window and entertained himself by smacking my prism ornaments back and forth.  The sunlight bounced through them and rainbow splashes of color danced wildly across the walls.  Typical morning at the ranch.  My husband was rushing around this morning getting ready to take the truck in to have the windshield replaced.  The shop had to order one from Portland and have it shipped in.  I think I heard faint grumbling as he stuffed his checkbook in his pocket – poor guy.  He is a diabetic, so we have a checklist drill that we run through when he is going to be away from the house for any length of time:  Emergency candy bar, fluids, insulin kit, etc.

Eastern Oregon has a large number of hawk species, and we see them hunting in the fields every day.  Down in the valley below us, the farmers have large mechanical irrigation tracks that move across the field.  The hawks are incredibly intelligent birds, and have adapted to hunting in these lush fields of grain.  It seems almost like a “drive-thru” banquet for them.  When the irrigation tracks are watering the fields, the hawks will sit on the pipes and watch for the mice and gophers to exit their hiding spaces as the water starts to flood dens and nests.  One day I counted nine hawks sitting on the same irrigation track as it moved across the field – and they don’t really like to be in the same hunting area.  But I guess when the hunting is plentiful, they share the bounty.  I don’t really like to think of the hawks snatching up prey, but the circle of life is everywhere.
In case you have never seen the typical irrigation equipment, here is a photo of a set of irrigation tracks in the spring:

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We had a small sparrow hawk that kept coming around our evergreens in the backyard.  It is a popular place for nesting robins, sparrows, etc.  We discovered that the hawk was attacking a nest of baby robins, so we had to keep spraying him with the waterhose until he finally left the area. My daughter took the photo of him, below.  He looks rather majestic, but had no manners whatsoever.  (That is Sunflower the horse, in the background….)

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New thought:  I found a lovely new website that provides high quality free printables such as planners, calendars, digital paper, etc.  Take a look at the site if you are a planner person like me:    Printablesandinspirations.com

I have made a new mini kit for you, called “Northern November”.  The reason for the title is that in the southern hemisphere, it is spring/summer season, whereas in the northern hemisphere it is fall/winter.  So I have made a fall kit this time, and I will work on a spring/summer kit next.  Three downloads today, including Journal Cards that are 3″x 4″:

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Have a glorious week and for those in the USA, I wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Sunny
therushranchgmail.com

November ’17 Blog Hop

Enchanted Autumn
Location:  Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Fall, cool and clear

I have made a personal decision and will no longer be posting scrapbooking designs in the Pixel Scrapper’s “The Commons”, nor will I participate in their Designer Forums.    Not because of anything going on over at the Pixelscrapper community – No.  The folks there are helpful, nurturing and kind.  Really good to me.  Simply,  I have reached a personal turning point in my life where I want to do something different with the majority of my time. Walking a different path.  (Alright Lord, you can stop pushing now……)  When I design in the future – and I will continue to design –  I will be posting my designs here on this blog.   If you subscribe to my blog, you will always be alerted to a new download.  As always, my designs shall be free to download, and may be used as you wish, including CU4CU.  I simply ask that you do a kindness for someone you come across, in the future.

Things here on the ranch are gearing up for winter.  Fruit trees are being trimmed, New hay stored in the barn.  Garden and flower beds being cleaned up.  Tractors being moved into storage.  It may sound pretty straight-forward, but there is always a glitch somewhere.  This fall’s glitch is a result of the garden shovel hitting the windshield of the truck.  Windshield replacement has now been scheduled.  Apparently someone I am married to was putting his tools out on a pallet to clean and oil them before storage, but forgot that the handles stuck out to the side of the pallet, as he drove by them.  He ran over the handle of the shovel and it broke and the metal spade flew up in the air and came down on the windshield.  I ran outside and hugged him, because I knew that he would be upset with himself about it.  You never grouch at a good man, when he is down.  Here is a photo of the crack looking from inside the truck and up into the sky…….

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I have a scrapbooking question for you – do you use any of those borders that I make with the curved backgrounds, clustered with flowers and leaves?  Or, would you just rather have the clusters themselves?

The Blog Hop colors were a real challenge for a lot of our designers, only because the colors and the theme didn’t seem to be compatible.  “Elegant Autumn”, with not a single rust, burgundy, gold, brown, red…………
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As usual, everyone seemed to make it work.  That’s the thing that really energizes creativity, being tasked with ideas that are outside of the norm.  I hope that you will find something you can use in my kit for this Blog Hop.  By the way, I have two previews for the elements, but there is only one download needed for them.

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Have a wonderful start to your month of November!

Sunny
therushranch@gmail.com