Scrappin’ Your Heart Out – January

Designer Team:  Scrappin’ Your Heart Out
Theme:  Designer’s Choice
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

I have set this blog post up for a scheduled publishing date, so I am not able to respond to questions or requests at this time.  (surgery date 1/15)  Hope to be up and running by the first of February!  Thank you for your kind thoughts, prayers, and advice regarding the total knee replacement – your comments to me are very uplifting and precious.  I told the surgeon that I had so many people praying for me that my leg was going to look like a movie star when he got done – either Marilyn Monroe, or Ernest Borgnine……………



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Scrap Designer’s Blogtrain

Team:  Scrap Designers
Theme:  All Year Through the Year
Designer:  Rush Ranch

My husband and I drove over to the Orthopedic Surgeon’s Hospital in Baker City, about an hour away from my home.  I had an appointment to keep for my pre-op.  Our journey took us through what I call “Cattle Country”.   The road first winds through “Pyles Canyon”, named after James Pyle.  He cut the dirt road through the canyon back in 1864, and made it a toll road for settlers trying to get to the west. The cost was $5.00 per wagon!  I would have been very disappointed to have been a wagon train traveller, and not have had that amount to spare.  I imagine there were several families that didn’t have the funds to proceed, so settled in the area out of necessity.  The railroad came to the area years later, and set a track line through the canyon in order to haul freight.  The road now belongs to the state, so it has been paved as a two-lane highway, and it winds its way through several farms and the quaint town of Powder, until it reaches the interstate.

10696562A few of the older victorian homes are still standing proud on some of these farms.  I image that they are third and fourth generation farms.  I told my husband that living in the same proximity as these victorian queens make me feel so close to the earth, so close to history, and so close to the “salt of the earth”.  I’d rather be here, than anywhere.

Hey – a bit of news:  I’ll be doing a full knee replacement on January 15th, so I may be out of action for a bit.  Can’t wait to be out and walking on my bionic knee!  I know it will be hard work with the physical therapist, but I’m so ready to get back to an active lifestyle. Please forgive me in advance, for any interruptions in publishing schedules.

rr_jan19_april_rabbitScrap Designer’s Blog Train:  Each one of the Scrap Designer’s took a specific month to focus their kit on, in a calendar format.  My month is April.  SO………what I have made for you is several monthly and weekly calendars, a meal planner, and some embellishments to use on your calendars.  I also made you a fun “Think Pad” sheet, to doodle some thoughts and ideas on.  I only made three watercolor paper backgrounds for you, so it is a small download.

I put together a rabbit with my shape and warp tools and tried to make a few other animals, but the rabbit was the only one I felt was ok enough to include.   Her name is Abigail.  Please visit the other designers in the blog train, as there are some really cool items that I am going to be downloading myself!


Download Calendars
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Blog Train

Nellie Bell
AnnieC Digitals
Songbird Scrap Designs
Promethean Concepts
Skinni’z Statz,
Scrapz and Stuff

Joy’s Creations
Lady DG Scrap
DigiJen Scraps
Made by Angelhaze
Moore Blessings Digital Design

Thank you for your visit – Blessings and Big Dreams!


Scraptwist -January 2019

Design Team:  Scraptwist Free4All
Theme:  Celebrate Good Times
Designer:  The Rush Ranch
Date:  January 2019

As most of you know, I live on the slopes of Mt. Fannie, a small mountain that is 7,152 feet high. It’s named after the first woman to reach the summit.   This mountain stood in majestic silence as the pioneers crossed the Oregon Trail and settled at her feet.  It was not an easy feat.

I was reading some historical papers at the library about the early settlers, including Fannie.  I had to laugh out loud when I noticed that the old document had been annotated in pencil, with the word “wild”.  Mrs Frances Jane “Fannie” Cowles Paline, a “WILD” widow.  Who, from the late 1800’s, would have added the word “Wild” to Fannie’s description?  A prude that did not approve?  We will never know.

Life was hard for Fannie.  Her mother died in childbirth, and she lost her father and husband in the war.  She sold everything they had, and along with her brother and her uncle, headed for California.  As they neared the Rocky Mountains, they were attacked by Umatilla Indians and lost everything, including 17 horses. At least they didn’t lose their lives, as was often the case.   A short time later, Fannie’s brother died of Rocky Mountain Fever.

They spent two months in eastern Oregon trying to earn enough funds to restock their supplies so that they could continue on the journey to California.  But it was just too difficult and unrealistic.  They decided to settle in Cove.

They arrived in the winter of 1862 and set up their camp in a grove of fir trees at the base of the mountain. During that first winter, they dismantled their wagon, using the canvas cover as a tent.  They also used the wood planks of the wagon bed to make a floor for the tent.  The ground was quite muddy and cold at times.

Fannie filed for and received Homestead Rights and property. She was the first woman in the area to do so.  (Such a wild woman.)   She, along with her uncle, started raising cattle, farming, and planting an orchard.

On July 4th, 1865, Fannie married Enos Pascal McDaniel, casually known as “EP”.

It was in honor of Mrs. McDaniel that the mountain behind Cove was named “Mount Fannie”.  She was the first woman to have climbed it. The ascent was made in June of 1863.  Such a wild woman!  I imagine, but I don’t know for sure, that there must have been days that she even wore pants, instead of dresses.  Not many women of that era would have approved.

Mr. McDaniel and her uncle formed a partnership which continued for many years, and the two men engaged in stock raising, operating a flour mill and a general merchandise store. They also planted extensive orchards.

During this time EP also built a beautiful residence for Fannie and their family, which was surrounded with lovely ornamental trees and flowering shrubs.  Fannie took great delight in her flower garden, filling it with rare flowers.  She would make fancy flower arrangements and place them throughout the house.   They went on to have six children, and were very prosperous.  I would like to think that they lived happily ever after, that wild woman and her husband, EP.

The Theme for this month’s Blog Train is “Celebrate Good Times”. Many of the designer’s focused on New Year’s Celebration, and I just designed a more general kit.  I don’t go out on New Year’s.  Guess I am an old Fuddy Duddy, but I just feel safer and more comfortable at home.  We watch the ball drop on the TV, and have snacks.  That’s about the limit of the excitement in our home.  Truth is, we spend most of our time calming our dogs who are terrified of the fireworks happening in the neighborhood.  Murphy has a “Thunder Shirt”, but it doesn’t really help all that much.  My Husband usually has all those big dogs surrounding him on the sofa, as he keeps them snuggled up and calm.  A big lab, a big german shorthair, and a fat pitbull.




Marniejo’s House of Scraps
Nellie Bell
Songbird Scraps Designs
Dancing Tiger Designs
The Brown Owl
LEA Art Designs

And, if your come and participate in the forum challenges at Scraptwist Free4All, you will receive these small kits, for free.  Nothing to buy.  You won’t be directed to another page, you won’t be asked to buy anything, you don’t have to buy a membership –  just finish the challenge (usually a layout), and then you will be sent a private message with the download link for the bonus kit for that challenge.  I’d love to see you in one of my challenges that I host.  No automatic alt text available.

Have a very special start to the new year!