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Bee Kind – May 2018 Designer Challenge
Location – Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon

I wanted to share with you a glimpse of my dear husband’s heart.  The kind heart that I fell in love with, the heart that makes MY heart sing.

For Mother’s Day, Husband ordered flowers for the widows of our church.  Those wonderful ladies that have gracefully grown with age well into their 80’s and still remain the kind and loving people they always were.  Their own families are distant or “forgetful”, and it is an absolute delight to see their glowing faces and hear their peals of laughter on Sunday morning after their surprise flower delivery.  THAT is the wonderful and priceless Mother’s Day gift that my dear husband gives to me – that joy, captured in their laughter and hugs. Yes – Priceless.

I talked a bit about our neighbor’s horses last post, Whinny, and Scratchy.  Their owner has become a single parent this year of three little girls. Obviously, their finances have been greatly impacted, and the horses are now dependent upon their grassy field for food.  My husband frequently throws alfalfa over their fence for the horses as a supplement.  Yesterday he called the owner and asked if she could do him a BIG favor, and bring her horses over to our field for the summer, because “our horse was lonely”.   Of course, this will allow us to feed them and care for them, which will help her out as well.  One less worry for her – she is a hard-working and kind soul.

I laugh at myself when I remember my husband and my first few “dates” (So long ago. Most likely, before you were even born….).  I made sure that the dates were always during the day, and I always brought my girlfriend with me.  The three of us, having lunch together.  Can you imagine?  And he just smiled right thought it all, a good sport.  Years later, here I am – partnered up with a wonderful fella………………

Well – I’ve bored you enough with my sappy stuff.  Thanks for indulging me.

The latest Designer Challenge over at Pixelscrapper was to come up with our own kit theme and color palette.  There are quite a few participants in the challenge, so I encourage you to go check out their designs – such talent and imagination!  But I am releasing my kit about 2 weeks early, so there is no final link to share yet for the other designers.  Here is the link to that forum, when the thread begins for the completed kits.  Be advised, some of them may not be a free download – please check the terms of each designer to be clear on the intended usage and fees, if any.

My theme was “Bee Kind”, because I love bees, and I love all things “kind”.   Bees have been a point of fascination for many,  since biblical times.  John the Baptist was documented as eating wild honey and insects to survive.  Egyptians thought that bees represented the afterlife and reincarnation, and frequently included bees in their burial tombs. Even “Childeric I”  the Merovingian King born in 440 AD was buried with over 300 golden bees with lovely insets of garnet.  Napoleon used the image of Childeric’s bee as his official seal as Emperor.   Throughout history, the bee has come to symbolize hard work, diligence, industriousness, and orderliness. Because it is also the producer of honey, the bee also symbolizes sweetness and benevolence.

All good stuff, the bee.

My designs are free to all, commercial use included.  As always, I just ask that you perform a kindness for a stranger this month.  Please note that I show two previews of elements, but there is just one download to get them both.

















May your blessing this month be bountiful.




May ’18 Blog Train

Theme:  Flower Power
Location:  Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon

My kitchen window faces the morning sunrise.  Three crystal prisms hang there in the sun, splashing brilliant rainbows against the walls. I take a deep breath and give thanks for all the small things and all the big things that can only exist through the grace of God.  My family.  My home.

I look out upon the upper fields of the Rush Ranch.  Sunflower (The wild mustang) is racing back and forth across the field this morning, expressing her displeasure that Lacy (the calm and gentle horse) has been taken away for the summer.  Lacy belongs to a neighbor teenager, and every summer he and Lacy become part of a “Great Train Robbery” show in Sumpter, Washington.  Sunflower loves having Lacy with her all winter, and hates it when Lacy goes away for the summer.  I hate it, too, because I am sad for Sunflower.   But Sunflower does have the two neighbor horses to visit with, across the fence.  There is “Whinny”, the beautiful white Arabian, and “Scratchy”, the Shetland.  Can you tell that they were named by the three neighbor girls, all under the age of 8?   The Arabian is such a beautiful and graceful animal; it deserves a name worthy of him, don’t you think?  Something majestic and royal, like “Sir Lancelot”, “Apollo”, or “Michelangelo”.

Scratchy_600px          (That’s Scratchy in the foreground, and Sunflower in the back.  Sunflower has
been rolling in the dirt, as you can see…..)

Scratchy is forever escaping his place of residence, and running over here to spend time with our horses.  Over here, he can share in the apple and molasses-coated oats that my husband feeds the horses for a treat.  Scratchy has never met an apple that he didn’t like.  We actually miss Scratchy when his owner comes over to collect him.  Each horse has their own treat bucket, even scratchy.  Husband dishes out the treats, and our lab then tries to steal the apples from the buckets before the horses get them.    In the summertime, both horses and dogs can go pick their own apples directly from the trees, so this game of swiping apples is a winter sport.

Murphy_Apr2018Our lab is 10 years old this month.  We have had him since he was a few weeks old.  A neighbor‘s dog had puppies, and our “Murphy” was a runt.  We immediately fell in love with him.  He now takes Rimadyl each day for his hip, and it is a funny routine that occurs EVERY morning.  Husband gives him a Rimadyl, and Murphy immediately spits it out on the floor.  The husband says  “You need to take that – it’s your medicine”.  Murphy picks it back up and eats it.  EVERY morning.  Murphy has his share of quirks too numerous to mention – he usually carries a toy in his mouth – We call it his security “boo-boo”.  Usually a stuffed squirrel or frog.  He won’t pass through a door unless it is wide-open. He barks if my husband gives me a hug or smooch in the kitchen.  When he goes for a walk with my husband, he barks for a full minute to let everyone know that he is VERY happy, taking his dad for a walk.

This month I participated in a free “Crochet Along”, also known as a “CAL”.  Rebecca over at Yarn + Chai led over 20,000 people on a CAL to make her Malia tote.  It was fun seeing all of the different colors people used, and how they enhanced the bag with lining or special findings.  The pattern is still free and people are still signing up, so head on over there is you want to try something new.  This is my first bag I’ve ever made, and first time working with mercerized cotton.  I learned a lot and enjoyed the camaraderie.  Here is my result:
malia bag 2

The theme for the monthly Blog Train over at Pixelscrapper is Flower Power.  Here is a link back to the blog train forum.  All kits are free to download, but will have different terms of use.  As always my work is free for you to use, both personal and commercial.  All I ask is that you pass along a kindness to a stranger this month.




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Have a great month!