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Love Is In The Air
Rush Ranch, Oregon
Wx: 45F, overcast, high winds

February is blowing in with the wind, wild and reckless.  The air is warm, and the heavy snow is disappearing as fast as it can.  Streams of water run down the mountainside, and farmers in the valley below are upbeat and hopeful about this year’s crops. We will have high water tables to nourish those fields of plenty.

I’ve had a good week.  My Sunday school craft went over well with the kids, thanks to the abundance of ideas at the website  We did a cute little bear that holds a heart.  I modified the hear3t to say “Jesus Loves You”.  I only had boys in the class today, very unusual but fun.  They sputtered a bit when they thought the bear had on a skirt instead of just an apron, so several of them modified the apron to look like a pair of shorts.  Can you tell the boys are all very young?  1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders.

Being a Sunday School teacher is not something I would have EVER imagined that I would be.  But when we want to hear God laugh, all we have to do is tell him our plans.  He puts us where he needs us.

I have a new download for you.  The Pixelscrapper designer challenge was to make a mini kit for the theme “Love is in the Air”.  We were also challenged to pick an unusual color palette, something other than the usual pink or red.  So, I chose a sage green and plum.  Well, I *THOUGHT* I was choosing a sage green, but then I have since discovered that it is rather a gray-blue.  I am slightly color-blind when it comes to the color green.  I hope you think that it turned out OK. As always, these are free to you, for personal and commercial use.I simply ask that you pass along a kindness to someone else this week, no matter how small.  My Terms of Use are included at the bottom of this post.



I have used three poems from other artists as Word Art.  If you have an opportunity, I encourage you to follow Christopher Poindexter on Instagram and Tumbler.  He also has a store on Etsy.  His typewritten poems can be rather stirring and lovely. I also used a sweet poem from John Mark Green.

I will have some additional downloads for you within the next few days.

Wishing you a lovely week,



Digital Scrapbook Free Download

Winter Fun                                                                 Current Temp:  15F
Rush Ranch – Oregon
February 1, 2017

The theme this month for the Pixelscrapper Blog Hop is “Winter Fun”.  If you have been in the midst of this winter blast, I’m sure you are like me and are looking forward to the weather improving.  We have about 18″ of snow and ice, and the cold has been down to minus 22F (30C).  Gads, it has really been a rough time for farm animals and wildlife.  Not to mention the number of driving accidents across the state too numerous to mention.  But it’s not all bad.  The neighbor children are having the time of their lives sledding down the hill, and the hoarfrost on the trees make everything look magical.  Below is a photo that I took outside my bedroom window:
Yes, a winter wonderland.  But you see, I spent 46 years living in various parts of Alaska.  I was so looking forward to much milder weather when I relocated to Oregon.  Yes, Alaska is beautiful, majestic, and remote.  All of the things that I loved.  But after a certain age, the cold became too cold for too long, the dark became too dark for too long……I wanted to spend my “Retirement years” in the Pacific Northwest, but with a much shorter and warmer winter.  Alas, winter has followed me here like a dog follows a trail………..But it’s all good.  I received my first garden catalog in the mail just yesterday – Spring is on its way.

Here below are my designs for the February blog hop.  You can find the other designers at the Pixelscrapper Blog Hop Forum.

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Be well,

Digital Scrapbooking – Free Download

Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx: 41F, cloudy with high winds

The Pixelscrapper Design Team has provided the theme of “Texture” to this month’s commercial use (CU) blog hop for templates.  If you are not familiar with the CU Blog Hops, the participants create from 1 to 3 items in the scope of the theme, and then publish the results by the 15th of the month.  They must be for Commercial Use to our audience, but you may use them as personal use (PU) as well.   As always, the group is very talented and offer very high-end products; I am honored and humbled to be among the group.

Here below is my offering, which can be downloaded from my dropbox account. As always, my products are free to you, I simply ask that you pass the kindness along in some small way to keep the positive vibes going.  My formal Terms of Use are provided at the end of this post.  Please feel free to sign up for my Newsletter, so that you are notified anytime I upload more designs for you.  Just a reminder, these are JPEG templates that you may recolor as you wish. You can find the other designer’s templates at this forum link.




Thank you for visiting my blog.

From the Rush Ranch,


New Day – New Way

Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Temp: 40F

Here I am.  A new blog on WordPress as I transition from Google’s Blogger platform.  I hope the change isn’t too inconvenient for you.  It just seemed time to make the switch with the advent of the near year.  Snow is falling, the world outside my window is grey and cold, therefore, I need change.  I need beauty and color and the ZEN of creating something new.  And I FEEL it!  I feel the joy surging through me as I extend my thoughts and dreams upon this page.  I am in the right place.  I am in the right space.  I am home.

Let me go fetch myself a mug of hot chocolate on this dark winter’s night, and then I shall tell you my story – well, a bit of it.  I don’t want to bore you with minutia, but I do want you to know what inspires me, what keeps me sailing in calm waters…………

I’m back. Mexican chocolate in a pottery-thrown mug.  I love my mug.  My sister bought it for me as a gift this summer.  The yellow and blue glaze across it reminds me of a large field of summer wheat, white clouds billowing in the sky.  See?

Things have influenced my dreams and desires in the past few years.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 (Triple Negative Invasive Carcinoma).  I went through a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.  Of course, I didn’t go through it alone – my darling husband and family was with me every step of the way.  So supportive.  So loving.  And I had the most caring and skilled physicians.  I was blessed.  But the Chemo took a hard toll on me.  My bone marrow stopped making platelets.  I was near death.  The Chemo burned my insides, right down to the bottoms of my feet. I had to have more surgery to repair the holes that had formed in my bladder and colon.  My memory and thinking was impacted, including my skills for graphic design.  I had to learn some things from the very beginning, and all things from a cloudy memory.  I am still re-learning my skills, and I shall endeavor to regain my flow.  But no matter, it’s all good.  It’s all a lesson from God, who shows me his mercy, his grace, his love EVERY SINGLE DAY.  I am truly blessed in enormous ways.  I am grateful for all things.

I volunteer on a regular basis.  My church has kindly allowed me the privilege of teaching the Sunday School craft to match our lesson.  I am the church clerk and keep track of our five missionary families all over the world.  I am also the Assistant Treasurer.

I love watching old black and white movies, eating summer dinner outside on the back deck, photography, reading, etc.  I love watching the garden grow and eating the fresh harvest there.  I love watching the many birds sharing our five bird feeders and three hummingbird feeders.  I use too many commas in my writing.  I don’t worry about the rules of writing, I just write.  I write like I think, sometimes a free flowing rush of words. My husband and I write love notes to each other in erasable marker on each other’s bathroom mirror.  He is 71 years old.  I am 65.  And we still make sure we tell each other that we love each other every single day.  We hold hands often.  We hate to be apart for a few hours, much less for a few days.  We have a “Fifth-Wheel” RV that we take out every now and then to wide open spaces that smell of pine or sea salt.  We always take Murphy where ever we go. He is our “Baby”, since our children are all grown adults now.  We have lovely grandchildren.  But then, all children are lovely and precious.

That’s a little bit about me.  Feel free to answer any questions.  Thanks for visiting my blog, and I shall have new digital scrapbook kits up soon!

Be well,