Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blues in California

Last summer on our trip to California, there were so many opportunities for some great photos.  In keeping with Blue Monday with Smiling Sally, I've loaded up a few of these.  Hope you enjoy them.

We drove north from San Francisco over the Golden Gate to Salinas and had a wonderful vantage point for sail boats emerging from the docks.

The California coast offers such great views of rocks and water, so hubby captured this one  The sea was pretty calm, so not a lot of swells up onto the rocks.  You can see where the waves have been on the rocks. 

The sea is still beautiful at Sunset on a calm day with perfect weather.  I'll save more pictures for a later blog.  Thanks for hosting the Blue Monday, Sally.

Linda Kay
Smiling Sally

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quilt Show Review for Sunday

Some of you enjoyed the pictures I posted about the quilt show.  By the way, they haven't called me yet to let me know that I'm the winner of the raffle quilt!  ;-)  So for a quiet Sunday, I thought I'd just post a few pictures for you to see just a few of these amazing works of art.  Most were prize winners, but mostly I just loved the colors and the amazing stitching.

Judge's Choice

"I remember Fredericksburg"

This is a tree skirt, 1st place by a novice!

First Place in an art category - it's kind of 3D

Amazing color on this one!

A really cute one by some ladies in my neighborhood.
Have a restful Sunday
Linda Kay

Friday, August 29, 2014

Birds at the Zoo

Happy Saturday, my friends!  Our recent visit to the San Antonio Zoo gave us some great shots of some beautiful birds.  I am not a bird expert, so hope I got all the names right.  Please let me know if there is a correction.

This first one is a wood duck.  I love the amazing colors on this duck, each line so distinct and perfect.  Lots of reflection in the water, right?

Swans are always so beautiful and graceful.  This one swam up close to the shore and was under a bridge reflection.

Another miracle of nature is this parrot with so many colors in the feathers.   We couldn't get him to turn our way for a front picture.

This Blue Parrot, however, wanted to pose for us.  Isn't this coloring beautiful?  The second one behind this one actually appears to be even a darker blue.  Not sure about the male/female thing on parrots.

Hope you enjoyed this colorful display for Eileen's Saturday Critters at Viewing Nature With Eileen.  Saturday's Critters

Linda Kay

Quilts and Covers

My first inspiration for quilting was to use some of my collection of old hankies, crocheted on the edges by my dad's mother (Grandma D).  I shaped the hankies like butterflies and hand stitched them onto squares with a little embroidery for the antenna.  This one went to my older daughter as a keepsake or to use as a cover or hanging.

I did take a quilting class and made a quilt in that class to give to my younger daughter.  I don't have a picture of that one.  Then the biggest project was a king quilt for our bed.  Because of the cost of the materials and the professional quilt stitching, there is probably more money in this than if we had purchased two covers!  I have decided to stay with small baby quilts and spend more time writing,

But the most phenomenal quilt for me is the one that will be raffled off this weekend by the Vereins Quilt Guild here in Fredericksburg.  Several of us went to the international quilt show in Houston last year, where this quilt one a first place prize in the category of entry.  A number of the ladies in the guild contributed to the quilting in end product, and it was stitched with a long-arm machine.  I have my raffle tickets purchased, but the chances are so slim.  Everyone wants this quilt, and I understand it has been appraised quite high.  We also have a great quilt shop in town called One Quilt Place, where the fabrics and ideas abound.

Sharing today with BYG Adventures pondering the word "cover"!  Thanks for hosting!
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Linda Kay

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ghost Town Cemetery Fence

It's Thursday, and time to link up with Theresa at The Run A Around Ranch Report for Thursday's Fences.  I have some pictures from a miner's ghost town in Garnet, Montana, to share with you.  It's way up in the mountains, as this first picture shows.

As we were travelling up the mountain on a very winding and dusty road, we came upon the Sandpark Cemetery, where there were only these four tombstones in the background still standing, probably from the miners who were residents of the ghost town.

Some of the buildings still standing.

This picture is an indication of the prosperity that was once the town.

An ad for the One Stop Shopping.

The hotel and the dining room inside the hotel. Note the wallpaper still there.

The tree grew around this wagon wheel.

I guess when you live in less than ideal conditions, you don't mind sharing a toilet space with someone.  My daughter says that her desert assignment in the military during Desert Storm didn't offer much privacy either.

And my final pictures from on our way back from the mountain and a stop at the resort of Paws Up.

Thanks for hosting the fences, Theresa!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bad Hair Day

I wanted to share some pictures with you from our county fair critters.  Hope you get a chuckle from these.

Now I'm sure you know this is not hair, but feathers on these chickens.  Also note that it was very hot in the tent, so that's why their wings might be out a bit, and their beaks open. Any idea of what the breeds are?

Now these are a variety of sheep....imagine how hot these fellows were in the animal barn.  Ugh!  Not sure how they even see anything.

Now, just so I can participate in one of our many challenges for memes, I'll join A Southern Day Dreamer for Outdoor Wednesday with this picture.

This is a very old water well house and tank just a block off Main Street in Fredericksburg.  It sits behind a historical preserved Sunday House, so not likely to be destroyed.  It probably dates back into the 1800s.  A Sunday House is one used by the ranchers when they would come into town on a Saturday night and needed a place to stay for Sunday services.  There are a number of these in Fredericksburg, and all protected.

Have a good hair day!Outdoor-Wednesday-logo_thumb4
 Linda Kay

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to the Fair Parade

As I mentioned before, this is County Fair weekend.  Our first involvement with the fair this week is the creation of our float for the parade.  Note that we have a bench that has a quilt draped over it.  It's kind of hard to see the wire framing on the wagon, but it's meant to be a buckboard of sorts.  We have bales of hay and various colorful plants and what nots.  Our plan was to look like an old fashioned fair entry and we won a blue ribbon in our category.  Those who rode on the parade wore coveralls and boots to complete the look.

Every parade needs a band, and we had two marching bands and a band that rode on their float.

This float was especially colorful from the local grocery store chain, HEB.  They really put a lot of work into this one.

How about the Watermelon Queen and her court??  Really?

In Texas, you have to have the cowboys and their horses, ten gallon hats are part of the show.
I thought this pirate ship idea was pretty unique.  It's a float from a bar.

I should explain that the parade goes down one side of the street, then turns around and comes back up the street on the other side.  That's why you see a float with a bunch of high school football players and cheerleaders behind this Shotgun Weddings float (or pickup truck, actually).  Pretty cute.

As we were getting ready to leave, grandson Carson suggested that we had to go to Mr. Gatti's Pizza, so he could play the games to get the points he still needed to earn a football. With the funding we have done on his game card, Grandpa and I decided it would have been cheaper to buy the football outright.  But I guess it wouldn't have been nearly so much fun.  He has discovered which games produce the most points.

We went out to the fair for a while, but it was really very hot.  I love to go visit the animals. Watch for an upcoming blog on the animals. ;-)

Linking up with Josie 2 Shoes for the words "bench" and "leave".  Thanks for hosting!

Two Shoes Tuesdsay

Monday, August 25, 2014

Questions, Questions

I would like to thank Michelle  at New Horizon Reviews for nominating my blog for a Liebster Award.  This is my first nomination, and I'll answer Michelle's questions below.

 (1) What made you start a blog? 
When I started looking into e-book publishing through Smashwords, I found that they recommended starting a blog to help get your name out.  I had done a blog twice before: once for a class reunion, and once for a trip we were on in the Mediterranean.  So at the end of May I jumped in with both feet (or hands? or eyes?) and started blogging. on a more regular basis.

(2) What is one tip you would offer a new blogger? 

Get everything set up and write up some ideas for posting on your blog.  Then ask lots of questions on Google to find out how things are done to make it more interesting.  Also other bloggers are wiling to help out.

(3) Where does your blogging inspiration come from? 

This is a really tough question.  I decided to write about adventures in retirement, including some fun.  Then I started getting into the memes that other bloggers are posting, and those are so much fun.  They are also a great way to get more blogs to follow.  Now I have more ideas than I have days in the week to post.

 (4) What do you like best about blogging? 
Without a doubt the best part of blogging is getting to know so many wonderful people sharing their experiences and pictures.  My world has grown exponentially since I started.

(5) Are you a morning person? Why/Why not?
Yes, I'm a morning person.  I get up every morning with my two dogs to take them out at 6:30.  And I pretty much bounce out of bed.  After a quick breakfast and a 30 minute walk, I'm ready to tackle the day, and it is still there for me.

(6) Who has the biggest influence on you? Why? 
My husband has the biggest influence on me, because he believes in me and all the crazy ideas I get.  He encourages me to be independent.  I also have three wonderful kids.

(7) What is your favorite book?
There are many, but the first one that comes to mind is "Heidi".  I've always loved the story and named my older daughter after Heidi of the Alps.

(8) What is the first book you remember reading?
Dick & Jane stories In grade school with  Puff and Spot.  I don't remember having a lot of children's books before school.

(9) How do you feel about print books versus e-books? 
Since I'm an online person, I do most of my reading through Nook or on the computer.  I have also published one book and soon will have another with e-books.  However, I am going to have printed copies of this one.  I have to admit that on occasion I like to feel a book in my hands.

(10) What is your favorite piece of furniture? Why?
My piano is definitely my favorite piece of furniture.  I took piano and organ lessons for many years and put in some time playing for my church.  Over the years I let it slide and lost my touch.  So with a small inheritance after my mother passed, I bought a baby grand and took piano lessons.  I play only for myself and an occasional friend.  My puppy howls whenever I start playing.

Thanks, Michelle.  This was fun. Everyone, check out Michelle's blog to see others who are nominated to answer questions for the Liebster Award.

Linda Kay

Blue Monday and Mosaic Monday

This is my first attempt at a collage (mosaic), created for you with PicMonkey.  I'm linking to Lavender Cottage Gardening for Mosaic Monday, and Smiling Sally for Blue Monday. 

Last year in March we met up with some friends in Arizona, and toured some areas around Tucson.  The first large picture is of the copper mining area of Bisbee, Arizona. The three under that picture are also from Bisbee.  It was once a thriving city, its wealth coming from the copper mines.  On the right are pictures from Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. It is preserved for the history of the Desert People.  Lots of blue sky in March in Arizona!

Thanks for hosting.   
Smiling Sally
Linda Kay
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