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.

Download Elements


Download Papers


Download Journal papers

All my love to your and yours during this Holiday Season.  May blessings abound for you in the new year!


33 thoughts on “December 17′ Blog Hop

  1. Your small town sounds much like the small town I grew up in 🙂 thank you for sharing your story. You may consider your blog train contribution “the usual” but I love it! So very pretty. I particularly love the journal cards – they’re so beautiful. Thank you again!


  2. You live in a very beautiful area. We used to live in Montana and Utah, and have traveled all over the west…I do miss the mountains and uniqueness of small town living… I love your work and generosity. Thank you very much for sharing your work and life..


  3. Thank you so much Sunny! I downloaded both the Northerrn and Southern kits as well. I really do appreciate your generosity and love to read your posts as well. Thanks!


  4. Thank you so much for the pretty kit and the holiday wishes, Sunny. Have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic 2018. Love and hugs from New Zealand..


  5. Your “usual” is still “exceptional’ Thank you very much for these wonderful things!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Michigan


  6. Love your kit; thank you. I live in a similar town in Montana, wouldn’t trade it for any place else (and moving a lot I have tried a lot of those places). I did love living in The Dalles for the weather, but our small town almost makes up for that!


  7. I’ve never lived in a town quite as small as Cove, but I enjoy hearing about them! I grew up in Richland, Washington, and still live within 10 miles of my childhood home. My dad was a Hanford Site worker who left Utah in the 1940s to move to Washington with his little family. He never left and lived in the same house for nearly 60 years until he passed away in January 2001. Thank you for your efforts! I love your kits and don’t mind the “same old” at all!


  8. I loved hearing the story of “Cove”. Thank you for the time to write it! Our daughter and family (4 children) live in Clio, Iowa, population 80! right in the middle of corn country! They love it! Course my daughter has to make her schedules work to make a once a month full day shopping/refill trip as there are no groceries available in town!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas time with your family in your corner of the world! Thank you for the beautiful kit!


  9. Thank you so much for your stunning kit (i don’t think it’s “same old same old” at all, lol !! Thank you for an overview of your town .. it sounds idyllic!! I live in South Australia, in a suburb of the capital city, Adelaide, within 2kms of the beach. I have always lived close to the ocean, and will drive out of my way for a view of ocean!! My father came here from England, by himself, at just 15 yrs of age, and was indentured to a cherry farm for two years as payment for his passage. I have to say I do not share his adventurous spirit .. I used to cry just going interstate for a couple of weeks holiday. I have got better, and have done a couple of cruises to the South Pacific Islands, and to Bali. They are beautiful destinations, but Australia will always be my home. Sending you and yours wishes for a very Merry Christmas, and hope that 2018 is full of love and laughter 🙂


  10. Many thanks for all this. It’s a really lovely kit. Where you live sounds like where I lived when growing up – in Central Otago, New Zealand – where everyone knew everyone. Not so much the case now as the population has grown a lot. It’s a dry hot/dry cold climate and a big fruit growing area. As kids we’d wake in the morning with soot in our nostrils (and the cats were covered too) from the lighted oil pots under the fruit trees in winter. These days fruit is protected with electric windmills and, I guess where they can be afforded, choppers (helicopters) that fly over the trees in certain weather conditions to create wind to deter the frost. I love the beauty of winter. Not so much the slush that follows thawing.


  11. Now that’s the type of town I would love to live in!! Thanks for sharing with us. And thank you for your part of the blog train, it’s is beautiful!!


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