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Nostalgia
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Cold, Windy.  25F

I must admit that I am a recluse.  I don’t think that I am a full-blown Agoraphobic, but I wouldn’t mind if I was.  I prefer to stay home, hang out with my own company.  I have chores, hobbies, and volunteer work at my church that keeps me busy.  I tell you these things, because on the rare occasion,  I do get out.  My husband belongs to a Lodge, and they were having an “installation of officers”  function where the wives were invited.  And since this night was important to my husband, I got dressed up in some flouncy clothes and joined him for the event.  Usually I have to force myself to go, to smile, to try and feel comfortable in the company of others.  I then leave as soon as I possibly can.  But this time, I felt that I needed to go.  Once there, I realized why I needed to be there – it was to listen to a broken heart.

When I got to the function, the various wives were in the kitchen chatting.  I gave them a greeting and stepped into the main auditorium to watch the people set up chairs and otherwise prepare for the evening.  One lady whom I did not know came over and stood by me.  For some reason, I felt prompted to put my arm around her and give her a squeeze, and she stepped right into my arms for a full-blown hug. We sat down at a table, and after a few exchanges of conversation, she told me that she had lost her lovely daughter to breast cancer. Because I had my own bout with breast cancer, I KNEW why I was there and that the most precious gift I could give to this lady at that very moment was to be fully present for her and truly LISTEN, not just to her spoken words, but also to hear the words that remained unspoken, the ones that are the most painful of all.

As you can imagine, it was hard to hear and see her grief. But I believe that the Lord was there with us, helping her pour out her story – she needed to tell someone the things that were so important about her daughter, and they were delightful things indeed.  About how positive and upbeat her daughter was throughout the entire difficult and painful journey.  How she had such an amazing impact and positive influence upon so many people.  That at her funeral the church was overflowing with people, that they had set up TV screens for folks downstairs and upstairs to watch the proceedings on the main floor.  After she shared with me these precious and tender things, I told her that it was a reflection upon her, that she raised and influenced such a special daughter.  She smiled at me and said that no one had ever told her that before – and I told her well that’s because it was so obvious to everyone else, I was just stating the obvious.  She smiled for the rest of the evening.

I’m not sharing this interaction with you for pride or conceit.  I share as an example, that the greatest gifts are free.  Even when you are a MESSED up loner like myself, we can still make a difference by being kind.  Please, in this month of December, no matter what or when you celebrate your beliefs, please pass along an unexpected kindness to someone out there.  The world is hurting.  We can’t change the big stuff, but we can change our views, our outlooks, our actions – and make a change to our circle of influence.  Pay attention to those small nudges and gentle instincts that tell you to do something – they are important.

 

Christmas Ornament 1I made a goofy looking christmas tree ornament for a neighbor of mine.  She likes me to call her “mom”.  She has been a widow for many years, and is the sweetest and FUNNIEST 85 year old beauty I have ever known.  I adore her.  I crocheted her that ball and tassel in the photo to the left.

My download today is called “Nostalgia”.  The paper preview reflects only a few of the papers, as there are 30 floral ones, five solid, and five watercolor papers.  I prefer to work with neutral colors, but it does have a few splashes of strong colors in case you wish to use them.  As always, these are free to use for any purpose including commercial. I hope that you find them useful.

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I pray that you are blessed in new ways that inspire and encourages you.  I’ll have a January blog hop package for you, if I don’t get something else posted in the meantime.  Merry Christmas!

thanksgiving-day-2017_2.jpgHere is a photo of my husband and I as we start to put up our Christmas tree.  Things are going according to plan, at the Rush Ranch!

Sunny
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December 17′ Blog Hop

Home For The Holidays – December 2017
Location:  Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
WX:  50F, Partly Cloudy

Cove, the town that I live in, has an interesting history.  I live on the slopes of Mt. Fannie, looking down upon the beautiful and fruitful Grande Ronde Valley.  Grande Ronde means “Great Round” in the native languages. The valley is surrounded by the Blue Mountains, of which Mt. Fannie is a part of.   Historically, the valley was the gathering place for many different tribes during the winter months, and there was a steady peace between them while wintering together in the valley. The mild winters here were very favorable to raising their families and the hunting was plentiful. Today there are seven officially recognized tribes located in Oregon.   We share, honor and respect this great land together.

Mt. Fannie is a strange name for a mountain I suppose, but it was a sweet honor to name the mountain after Fannie Cowles McDaniel, a very adventurous woman that climbed the mountain back in 1863 – the first known woman to do so.  The City of Cove was so named because it is a small community nestled into a nook of the mountain.  It was originally named “Forest Cove”, but the post office was quite frustrated by trying to keep the mail between “Forest Cove” and another Oregon city named “Forest Grove” separated.  Cove finally dropped the “Forest” from their name in order to satisfy the USPS.  Today we have approximately 500 people living here.  We have one school, one combination small store/gas station/ laundromat, one bar, one hamburger joint, a Sportsman’s Gun Club, and five churches.  Mennonite, Methodist, Episcopal, Seventh Day Adventist and Baptist.  If you are a Latter Day Saint, you drive 10 miles to the south of Cove to the small town of Union, to attend the Mormon church there. The various churches are also open to other community activities, for example, the baptist church hosts the bi-weekly senior meals, the “AA” Meetings, and an exercise class called “Fit Seniors”.  The Methodist church hosts the Friday Food Bank.  The Episcopal church hosts weddings and an annual “Cherry Fair” on their very lovely grounds.

Our small, local store keeps a running paper tab of your purchases if you wish, then you pay it down once a month.  And if you have any extra veggies from your garden, you can place them on the free table outside of the store for your neighbors.  In the spring I have picked up a few tomato and flower starts, too.

Cove used to be a very large fruit growing area, mostly cherries.  But over the years, the cherry crops failed too often due to colder weather, and the market prices were unfavorable, too.  The majority of orchards have been cut down and the land returned to their natural state for cattle grazing.  So, that’s a small glimpse into the history and environment that I thrive in.  I like the small town atmosphere.  Everybody waves hello to each other and takes care of each other.

The Blog Hop this month is titled “Home for the Holidays.”Palette

I wish that I had been a little more inventive for you, but it seems that I just came up with the usual clusters, borders and brads.  The holidays are such a busy time for me that I think my creative self is shared by too many different projects – I shall strive to be more inventive in my next offering for you!  As always, these are free for any use, personal and commercial.  All I ask is that you do a small kindness for someone else.  Please.
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All my love to your and yours during this Holiday Season.  May blessings abound for you in the new year!

Sunny