We Believe Blog Train – Aug ’18

Theme:  Trees of the Forest
Location:  Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Hot, smokey

Yes, Portland has a chicken beauty contest.  The quirkiness of Oregonians is on full display at the annual Lents Fair, where the winning beauty is chosen by popular vote.  I love the “Silkies”, and the “Frizzles” chickens, but frankly, they all make me smile.  There was even a sweet blind chicken that competed last year – she was a plump black beauty that made sweet and low clucking sounds when she came up to you.  I must have had an awesome experience with chickens when I was young, because every time I see our neighbor’s free-range chickens, they just make me feel good.  I smile or laugh as they scamper along looking for bugs or grain.  I can’t say the same of the one neighbor down the road – she is not too fond of the chickens crossing the road and searching her manicured lawn for worms and bugs.  First she would turn on the sprinklers every time the chickens would come over, but she soon found out that the chickens loved the cool water during these hot August days.  She changed her tactics.  Just last week she was seen scooting the chickens back across the road with a broom.  It appears that this week the chickens are now grounded, and are no longer free range.  They are in an enclosed yard now, so I shall miss them very much as I walk by their former gathering spots. I don’t raise chickens, but I would love to do so.  Unfortunately, my daughter has a dog that would go after the poor ladies, and I couldn’t bear to have them in jeopardy.

And speaking of chickens, have you seen the chickens wearing sweaters?  Yes, apparently it is a “Thing”, for chickens in a cooler climate.  Very fashionable, these ladies…….
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Here below is my contribution to this month’s We Believe Blog Train, with the theme of “Trees of the Forest”.  The color palette was a mixture of mauves and greens, which, to me, set an atmosphere of peaceful, cool serenity.  I included the same Vatican Cross that I had provided you in last month’s kit, because some folks didn’t see the separate link for the cross.  (The emerald and diamond one).

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Nellie Bell
Songbird Scraps Designs
A-M Designs
Dreamn4ever Designs
Crystal’z Colorz
LEA Art Designs
Amanda’s Digital Studio

Here is a sneak peek of all the designer contributions to this month’s blog train:
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Scrap Designer’s Blog Train – Aug ’18

August Theme:  Let’s Hear It For The Boys
Location:  Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Hot

If you haven’t heard of my debacle with Jake the cat and a skunk, be happy you haven’t heard me moan and groan about that.  It involved water, a”de-skunking” recipe, scratching and wrestling. But we have both survived.  We shall overcome.

The sunflowers fill the valley below, an awesome sight.  Miles of them.  The farmers are going them for seed and oil.  I can’t wait for the blooms to come on, because my daughter and I love to photograph the fields.  Now that the flowers have bloomed, the farmers stop watering them so that they will spend their energy making their seeds.  When the back of a sunflower turns golden brown, the seeds are ready for harvest.  The flower is called a “plate”, and the harvester drives along with a special attachment that looks like a bunch of forks.  The farmers harvest the plates, and the rest of the plant is so dry that is just explodes in dust.  The farmers have to ensure that they blow the dust off of their equipment every day, or even every few hours.  If you are interested in the process, here is a great website of information, and a few videos of the harvest.  This photo below was taken by my daughter just yesterday.

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Sunflower Fields of Grande Ronde Valley

The Scrap Designers theme for the month of August is “Let’s Hear It for the Boys”.  I only raised daughters, so I don’t have much experience with boys.  I just tried to think boy colors and see what I could come up with.  I think that you will really be pleased with some of the OTHER designer’s kits that you can download from the blog role below my kit.  Please stop by their blogs and give them some love and encouragement.
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Promethean Concepts
Songbird Scraps Designs
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DigiJen Scraps
LEA Art Designs
Moore Blessings Digital Design

Be sure and visit all the awesome designers in this train to get all the fantastic kits, and remember, our designers are across the globe and in many time zones. If their part is not yet available, please come back later!!

I also made a laptop background for myself, for the month of August.  If you are interested in it, you may download it, here.

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August Blog Trains

Location:  Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx: Summer (85F)
Listening to: Purring cat

The smoke from distant forest fires fill our skies here in Eastern Oregon.  The Substation Fire was a difficult one for firefighters to control.  Fields of wheat fed the fury.  Wheat, dry and ready for harvest, was no match for the flames.  Farmers lost their crops, their homes, their farming equipment. One kind gentleman died – he was trying to save the neighbors crops, because that’s what neighbors do for each other.  It’s hard to see these multi-generational farmers standing there watching the wall of flames take their world and turn it into smoking ash.  And although most had insurance, insurance never covers the financial part of losing it all.  The emotional toll is heartbreaking.  There are weather tragedies happening all over the world, so let’s keep them all in my thoughts and prayers.

The last few weeks of July were difficult for my precious husband – His  “Most Bestest” buddy passed away on July 15th, after a difficult struggle with cancer.  The friend was a good man, with a good and kind heart.  He will be missed greatly. I am making sure to be EXTRA kind and gentle to my husband this week, as he adjusts. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is just sit quietly and hold their hands………

I love to work my family’s Genealogy.  I find interesting stories or blank holes that interest me.  For example, this week I found out that the first black man to ever hold the Priesthood in the Mormon Church, Elijah Able, born in 1810, was a distant ancestor.  We descend from the same set of Grandparents (x6). I descend from the son of these GGGGGG-Parents, and he descends from the daughter.  The daughter married and had a son named Andrew Curtis.  They had a son named Andrew Curtis, Jr.  THAT son, is Elijah’s father.  Apparently he impregnated a servant named Delilah, and was promptly sent off to join the Army at the age of 18.  Military records indicate that Andrew deserted the military shortly thereafter.   What a scallywag!  Anyway, the family’s records indicate that Andrew died at the tender age of 18 – but…….. I think that Andrew deserted the Army, and never returned home!  I believe that he knew that he would disgrace his family further by coming home a deserter – so he set out to establish a new life for himself in a distant area.  I wonder if Andrew ever regretted leaving his family, or if he knew that Elijah had attained a priesthood……Just supposition on my part.  I don’t belong to the Mormon church, but my sister does, so she was interested to hear the latest.  I had my DNA tested several years ago, and it has been an interesting source of connections!

I have two blog trains and two other kits for you this week,  The first one is for the Pixelscrapper Blog Train, and the theme is “Kids Ahead”.  Please visit the Pixelscrapper Blog Train Forum for access to all the offerings in the train.

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I also participated in the Pixelscrapper Designer Challenge “Brought to you by the Letter M” – a Masculine themed kit. I enjoyed learning how to make marbled papers, so I was happy with my papers that I made – I can’t always say that because there are times that I just don’t come up with papers that I am satisfied with enough to post!  I have posted this kit link before at the Scraptwist Freebies Facebook Page, but just in case you missed it, here it is:

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The Theme for August for the Scraptwist Free4All Blog Train is “Garden of Your Mind”.  I had so much fun making the seed saver packets for you!  I checked to insure that the images from Beatrix Potter were in the public domain.  And, as usual, I couldn’t help throw in a few pieces of jewelry images, too!  There is just something elegant about a jewelry piece, when you place it with a cluster.

Please visit the blog role below.  The designers work hard to bring you their best designs, so show them some love, please.

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BLOG ROLE:
Dancing Tiger Designs
Nellie Bell
Songbird Scraps Designs
Marniejo’s House of Scraps
KJDdesigns
The Brown Owl
LEA Art Designs
Lady DGScraps

Preview of all August Blog Train Kits:
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I am also the “Designer Of The Month” over at Scraptwist Free4All, and I have a free kit for you to download there, if you visit the forum.

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And that’s not all!  This preview below reflects all the stuff you can get free, just for participating in the August Scraptwist Free4All Challenge Forum:No automatic alt text available.

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