February 2019 – Two Blog Trains

When my husband and I lived in Alaska, we spent the weekends at a cabin we built along the Ninilchik River, within sight of the Mt. Redoubt Volcano and across the waters of the Cook Inlet.  I’ve talked about it before.  It was a place filled with serenity, and…………an electric palm tree.

We would put the tree up for Christmas, because we were there only during the weekends, and it made us smile.  We would turn out the lights, snuggle on the sofa in front of the wood stove, and enjoy the sparkle lights of the tree.  I hung tiny, stuffed flamingos from the branches for ornaments.

I tell you this now, because my darling husband just bought me an electric palm tree.

20190122_123632Now THAT’s true love.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  As soon as he plugged it in, I couldn’t stop smiling.  And my daughter grabbed the Kermit the Frog that I keep in my kitchen window, and wound his arms and legs around the trunk.  PERFECT!  You know, sometimes, a palm tree can be better medicine that the one I am taking – Both of them combined?  Priceless.

The full knee replacement surgery went well.  Today is day six, so the leg is feeling swollen, tender, and various colors of the rainbow – an alien rainbow.  Dark purple, bright greens, blues………The body’s way of entertaining itself during the healing process.  And I am doing good.  I start my Physical Therapy sessions tomorrow, so I am not looking forward to that at all, because I want a few more days of being pampered, waited upon, and spoiled beyond belief.  I am a simple woman, with simple tastes – ANY bit of spoiling will do. My husband has been an angel through it all.

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Design Team:  Pixelscrapper
Design Theme:  A Walk on the Wild Side
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

The Pixelscrapper Blog Train theme is “A Walk on the Wild Side”.  Of course there are a great variety of ideas that suite this theme, and I chose Wild Horses.  As you know, we have a few wild horses that we have rescued, so I went with this idea.  You can download all of the other designer kits here.

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Design Team:  Scraptwist Free4All
Design Theme:  Sweetly Unique
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

The Scraptwist Blog Train theme is Sweetly Unique, and to me, it gave a vibe of babies, sweetness, innocence…….I made a little bear in a pocket, and the color palette is soft.  There is also a little ladybug.  Please visit the blog train list of designers below.

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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.
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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!

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Nellie Bell
AnnieC Digitals
Songbird Scrap Designs
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Joy’s Creations
Lady DG Scrap
DigiJen Scraps
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Moore Blessings Digital Design

Thank you for your visit – Blessings and Big Dreams!

Sunny
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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.

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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.

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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!

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Trimming the Tree

Design Team:  Scrapping Your Heart Out
Theme:  Trimming the Tree
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

My father worked for Bell when I was little – The aviation company, not the telephone company.  When I was 6 years old, we relocated to a small town outside of Los Angeles, so that he could fly helicopters for them out of LAX.  Every so often I would get to visit the hanger, and I would sit in the chopper and pretend to fly. And I DISTINCTLY remember him hovering above the house one day and dropping a pineapple to me, directly from his work visit to Hawaii.  I also remember him dropping big buckets of water from that helicopter, on forest fires.

I remember one time that a friend of my father came to visit us.  He was on furlough from the Navy, and had arrived in his very handsome sailor whites.  Oh my goodness, what a sight for a 6 year old.   I immediately went to work.  I knocked on every door of the surrounding neighborhood asking if they had a daughter that would like to meet “Chris”.  Awesomely enough, at the very end of our street lived not one but TWO young ladies that were willing to meet Chris. My parents were somewhat surprised when I walked through the door with two young ladies.  After that first meeting, he and the eldest daughter hit it off.  We had back-yard BBQ’s, popcorn nights with the TV, lots of innocent family-type stuff.  Chris and Donna dated for more than a year and a half, and then his Navy assignments became too distant and long for them to continue. I was sad about that, because she was pretty cool.  She and her sister had played their violins on the “Mickey Mouse Club”,  and for a 6 year old, that was pretty much the MOST exciting thing that could EVER happen in a person’s life.
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The Scrapping Your Heart Out Blog Train theme is “Trimming the Tree”, and will provide you some awesome designs to scrap your holidays!  I know that I am downloading the kits from our other designers, because they are really special.  Check out the blog train participant list at the bottom of this post.  rr_Dec18_tree_gnome

I really enjoyed making the polar bear, and that goofy gnome.
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Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Guiding Star

Design Team:  We Believe
Theme:  Guiding Star
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

It’s late.  Almost midnight.  The wind is blowing the stars around tonight, not to mention every loose thing sitting on my porch.  Intermittent power, so I better get this posted before I lose my internet service.
I stood outside for a bit before I went to bed, just to see if the sky was clear enough to get a glimpse of the meteor shower – but it seems with every celestial event, I have a cloud-covered sky.  I have a star scope, but don’t get to use it very often.
I’m writing this as I snuggle under quilts on my bed.  Douglas the dog is asleep between us, and twitches every so often as he dreams.  Hubby is asleep.
Tomorrow I have an annual checkup with my dentist.  I am hoping for a clean bill of health, so that he can notify my orthopedic surgeon that all is well and I’m ready for my full knee replacement.  I had my medical checkup and tests this past Tuesday, and got the go-ahead from my GP.  Have you had knee replacement surgery?   What was your experience?  Any advice for me?
daisy_600pxI have been working on handmade projects for Christmas.  ALMOST done with a shawl.  My cat, Princess Daisy, insists on sitting in my arms as I crochet, so I don’t make progress as fast as I would like.  I told my husband that I need a kangaroo pocket on my shirt, to put her in.  She seems to need extra loving and touching these past few weeks.

Need to finish up a baby blanket, too.  I’m running behind this year!  My husband will take a quick three-day trip to Alaska next Wednesday, so hoping that I can use the time to finish up everything.  It’s tough when you have seven kids and fourteen grandkids.  LOTS of projects to accomplish.
Here are my designs for the We Believe Blog Train.  I apologize for the fact that a lot of it is just extractions rather than designs.  You are going to love all of the beautiful kits from my fellow designers!  The blog train role is at the end of my download links.

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A-M Designs
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Songbird Scraps Designs
Nellie Bell
Crystal’z Colorz
Moore Blessings Digital Designs
The Preacher’s Gal
Lori Imel Designs

 

rr_dec18-frost_mouseMerry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday with friends and family.  Remember, during this special season, to do something kind for a stranger – Money in a parking meter, spare change in the Salvation Army can, pushing grocery cart baskets back to the store – you get it.  Thank you.

Sunny

Scrap Designer’s Blog Train – Dec 18′

Design Team:  Scrap Designers
Theme:  Touch of Frost
Designer:  Rush Ranch

Years ago, before I started my career with the Federal Government, I worked for a school District as their Finance Director.  It was in a small town in Alaska, and we operated out of a 2-story building that (I think) might have been a department store in its day.  My prestigious office looked out over the local tavern’s parking lot, where a big green dumpster was a popular place for the ravens to gather.  Oh yes. 

With such a prestigious view, I could either gripe about it to everyone and no one in particular – or, I could make it interesting to myself.  I began to observe the obvious, that a larger number of ravens gathered there in the summer.  The number reduced greatly in the wintertime.  The summer was filled with the usual raven arguments over a piece of pizza or half-eaten burger.  The winters were a smorgasbord for the hearty ravens that braved the cold.  An occasional squirrel would drop in for a tidbit or two.

Over the years, I starting linking the number of ravens I counted, to the temperature.  For example, a temperature of  negative 34F degrees was measured by approximately 1 raven an hour.  A temp of +34F degrees was measured by approx. 6 ravens an hour.  I had an entire gamut of temperatures linked to the number of ravens at the tavern dumpster.  Most of the co-workers were amused by my silly temperature conversion.  The Superintendent would pass by my office and say “It looks like it’s going to be a six-raven day”, meaning it was going to be a cold 30 degrees or more.  Eventually the whole office was doing temperature comments with the raven equivalency.Raven 2  I left the School District after a period of seven years.  My husband was taking a job in Washington DC, so I was relocating from one dumpster view, to another – so to speak.   Oh, I’m so sorry!  I should NOT say bad things.  I apologize.  About two years later, I received a call and the person calling says “It’s a 12 raven day here!” It was the Superintendent!  Bless his heart, it was good to hear his voice on the other end of the phone.  He was retiring, and saying goodbye to current and former co-workers.

Today, in Oregon, we don’t have ravens – but I have lots of quail.  Today is a six quail day.

The Scrap Designer’s Blog Train rolls out on the 10th of each month.  Our theme this month is “Touch of Frost”, a lovely winter theme.  Please visit the blog train roll at the end of my downloads, to pick up all of the lovely kits!

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Promethean Concepts
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Songbird Scrap Designs
AnnieC Digitals
Joy’s Creations
Made by Angelhaze
Lady DG Scrap
DigiJen Scraps
Moore Blessings Digital Design

Please note that there are blizzard conditions in some parts of southeastern USA, that may have an impact upon the designer’s ability to update their website.  Songbird Scraps is one of those designers, at this time.  No electricity or internet service.  If her site is not updated as of 12/10, please return for her update.  Thank you!  

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Merry Christmas, dear friends!

Sunny
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