Sunday, November 6, 2011

Memory Lane and Apples

Several months ago my mother, Betty, suffered a mild stroke. Thankfully she suffered only a short term memory loss, no changes to her walking, talking, etc. My father takes very good care of her, and has for years. But as you might expect he needs a break now and again to re fuel. He has a monthly golf date, and has had since he was still in the workforce, with some of his friends from work. On these days we try to have someone be with mom and keep her company. Try as she might, we don't leave her alone.
Yesterday, was the day for dad's golf so a trip up to Oak Glen, Apple Country, was planned. Friday was a very wet, cold day, so I was a little reluctant to be driving up past Yucaipa for this outing with Mom. Shellie convinced me that the road trip was still in order. I was driving dad's truck and the three of us piled in. Mom's wheelchair and walker in the bed of the truck.
 Oak Glen is a place that we have been visiting for as long as I can remember. As a child we would all pile into the station wagon, Auntie flo and Uncle Jim would drive up to in thier car. We would spend time buying our boxs of apples, watching the cider press, waving off the bee's that were always present. After we were done there, we would pile back into the cars, drive across the mountain to Big Bear and picnic and hike, and eat apples. Over the years, as we children got bigger, the trips became less frequent.
 While I was pregnant with Katie, 29 years ago we drove up once. This time it was mom, dad, Jaydee in his car seat, and myself. Several years past until we went again. About 2000, we drove up, took our families, picnic'd  in the bed of my truck. Just to share some of our memories with our youngsters.
 Five years ago, a new generation started. Katie had her first baby and up to Apple Country we go!
 Last weekend Buddy and I went to score some cranberry walnut bread, and some pink ladies. The weather was so warm, I was wishing I had worn different forward to this weekend...
 So mom is so excited, it has been 5 years since she has been up there, and she won't be bothered by the weather. She dressed warmly, with her silk long underwear and away we go.
First stop Mom's for the cranberry walnut bread for Buddy, and some pink lady apples. These are my favorite. Next, Los Rios Rancho, the place we ALWAYS went to. Drive around a few bends in the road and SNOW. This is new, it never snowed on us before.  There we loaded up on more apples, cobbler, apple butter, marmalade, candles, just about anything mom could hold.
Drive back down a little, stop at Hudson's Snowline for some cider mini donuts, consumed those right in the parking lot, while we were looking at the lovely snow. It was quite beautiful.
 What a lucky girl I am to have a family that did things together, made memories that will last a lifetime. Especially if you keep feeding them with new ones.....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

stand up !

I will try VERY hard not to be a downer..
 What is the matter with people in the world. Why is everyone so afraid to stand up for what they believe in?
It isn't easy, making a stand. You usually make some enemies, people that are on a different wavelength than you, or just prefer things of a different order.
It  happens with your children, sometimes they are involved with things or people that are a danger to their well being. As a parent it is your responsibility to steer them away. I have time and again. Told my kids "I love you enough for you to hate me". Your kids well they love you again, eventually.
Family members that are mean to others, put up your hand and say "enough".
Friends that have been beat down by their partners, help them up and to get stronger.
So why is it that most people take the easy way out?
Turn their back?
Say nothing, or just a little?
You don't have to be a jerk, but we should all care more for the people God put in our lives.
He gave us two legs, and a free thinking mind, stand-up and quit being a door mat.

Friday, October 21, 2011

a days work...

About a year ago I received a link from my friend Glenni, for these darling fabric birds. So today I decided to try my hand at some. They go together real fast, and you can just use from your scrap pile. I will include the link so if you so desire you can make some yourself......
I am going out now to look for some sticks to make the mobile...

p.s. Yes, I used pink thread because I was too lazy to change......

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Money Monsters

Making good on my goal to list new things on my Etsy account, which has the same name, Tangerine Pug. Listed my original design, Money Monsters! Little, well really on the bigger side, wool coin purses made from re cycled wool sweaters. Zipper closure, keeps money safe inside. Large enough to hold bills and coins. These all have a tongue, which sticks out when you open it. Please click on the link below to see the Etsy listing.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A day late.......

Yesterday, I set a goal for myself, list something on Etsy. Well since it was such a fun filled day with my good friend Debbie, of Cucaroo. spent at  Glitterfest! Held at the Elks Lodge in Santa Ana, what a treat! So many talented ladies in one room. Then Lunch at Mimi's Cafe. Thank you to Linda of LinSueRay, what a enjoyable day.
So after all the fun, a little family dinner celebrating my sister Shellie's 50th B-Day.

As you might guess, I never got around to doing the listing until today. Better a tad bit late, than never.  I have had these charms for a bit, all of them are done with quality Silvergleem solder. They are beautifully done. I just need to thin the herd a bit, enjoy.....