Monday, April 21, 2014

Ranch Monday

 Stop !
And pay close attention ! 
If you don't like snakes turn back now !
The picture of Ranch Nuisance is to keep you from having to look at a snake if you don't want to.

This is my poisonous snake story.
I was working in my flower beds last week after a rain and noticed some of my mulch had floated out the end of it. I have a pallet of rock down at the tractor shed, so I got in the pickup and went to get some. I was picking through the rock and stepped back to go around the other side of the pallet when I looked down... and by my feet...
 I saw the last half of a copper head slithering under that pallet of rock.
 It had to have been in the grass right behind me ! 

 First I froze, then I screamed, then I thanked God for protecting me, then I got back in the pickup to go up to the house to call Ranchman. (He and Shane our son, were 60 miles away working calves) He didn't answer, so I called Shane and told him how big it was and that he should thank God that he still has a Mother who didn't die of a snake bite or heart attack. 
He said "Oh Mom, it probably just looked big, I'll see if I can find it when we get back". 

When they got back, Ranchman got in the tractor so he could slide the forks in under the pallet to lift it up and Shane was on the ground with a shovel. Up came the snake under it...then all of a sudden it fell out of the pallet which was 5 foot up in the air. 

My Heroes saved the day ! 
We didn't measure it, but here it is laying over the front tire of a 44/40 John Deer. 
Shane said "That was a big snake Mom".
 Ranchman said "I'm sure glad it didn't get my cook" !  

It's a beautiful color, but oh so poisonous !
Since it's getting warm.... humans aren't the only ones coming out of hibernation !
I'll leave you with a better image of something else that I found on the ranch last week. 
Indian paintbrush, my favorite flower.
Have a blessed day !

Saturday, April 19, 2014


 Psalm 107: 8-9

 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things.

 Thank you Lord Jesus !

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SWEET Things

Yesterday was meeting day at my local quilt guild, Bownwood Quilters Guild 
First rattle out of the box, I got the SWEETEST surprise ! 

 (Yes that's me holding the bag, but I cut myself out...I looked sick !)
My SWEET friend Connie gave me this wonderful bag ! 
You will never believe what she made it out of ! 

 And this SWEET gal is Doris, The Quilting Queen Online Blog 
Yes, we're in the same quilt guild ! She's lots of fun !

And here is 3 SWEETS
The SWEET lady on the left is Alice, she is the oldest active member of our guild. Recently she was sick, and while she was convalescing, SWEET lady #2, Cindy, on the right sent her this pillow she made especially for Alice. And let me tell you,  Alice was proud of it. 
Wasn't that a SWEET thing to do !

OH, yes, are you still wondering what my new bag is made out of ?
Fabric ? NO
 Jute ? NO
 Fiber of any kind ? NO, not really, unless you consider plastic a fiber.

It's made out of plastic grocery bags
I know, I couldn't believe it either !
Thank you Connie, you are so SWEET !

 I didn't get in this one.... but I'm cheering from the side lines ! 
Have a very blessed day my SWEETS.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ranch Monday

The Ranch Patrol Foreman enjoys the benefits of the weekend rain.

 Have a blessed Monday.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Playing around

 I've been pinning prayer flags on Pinterest lately...
I've made one flag already that you can read about HERE
But I wanted to experiment with bits and pieces of fabric, lace, buttons 
and what ever else I could get my hands on. 
I made this is for my oldest sister. I found some ticking and waffle fabric at Walmart....I used a piece of old quilt I had trimmed off when I was squaring up the top before binding it. The white heart was cut from one of the practice/warm up quilt sandwiches I've been keeping I know why. Yes, Yes, I know the hearts are on crooked, but that's the beauty of this kind of stuff....perfection isn't required.  
I sewed on some pearlized vintage buttons.... three hearts/buttons  represent the Holy Trinity. 

 This is for one of my other sisters.
The doily has a hole in the middle of it, so I put a very pretty vintage diamond button in it.
This reminds me of something I've heard....
we all have a hole in our heart that only God can fill.  

 I was looking through some of my Dad's stuff the other day and 
found an old post card he had written my Mother on October 18,1948. 
52 days later she would give birth to twin baby girls. Daddy was up in Tulia, Texas working on a combine crew and Mom was staying in Coleman, Texas close to Grandma and Grandpa.

                                                      One of the things he asked was
                                      "Honey is it very cold in the house your staying in ?". 
                                            Who knows what the conditions were back then. He said 
      "I know one thing, this is the last time I'm going away like this, is there any work around home ?
                                                              All my Love Aubrey"   

Daddy wrote this postcard in pencil, so I put tulle over it to keep it from smearing.
The lace at the bottom is some vintage lace that dates back to the 1940's or earlier,
 so I thought it would be most appropriate.
Little did they know that 8 years and 364 days later they would have me....SURPRISE !
My parents married October 30,1944 and had 5 children, they had been divorced for 40 years when my Dad passed away, but he still had things that reminded him of her. That just blesses me.
I love this little treasure ! 
You have a blessed day too !

Update 4/9/14
I've linked up to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts 
Let's Bee Social #15.............
Sew, bee social and check out all the other links and leave them some
 dripping with honey sweet comments !