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I've been missing the general chit-chat we used to share here, so I'm hoping to spur on some more posts by sticking my neck out and just sharing what is going on in my world.  It may not be all about quilting because my life is not all about quilting, so go easy on me.  ;0)  

Yesterday morning we saddled up early in order to try to beat the heat of the day to gather up the yearling heifers and sort off the bulls from the bunch.  It was a beautiful morning and they gathered and sorted perfectly.  It didn't hurt that they were wanting to come in to water anyway and hadn't treed up yet.  Reminds me to give thanks for days like that - when cattle, horses...and men...are cooperative.  :)  


The day before, Mom and I froze some tomatoes and peaches.  We didn't have enough of either one to warrant canning them, so we went this route.  We also made refrigerator pickles.  I enjoy spending time with her.  I'm reminded that there will come a day when she won't be around to do this, and the moments are all the more precious.  

We spent the weekend with our daughter and her husband in their home on the high plans of northeastern Colorado.  It is encouraging to see them make their own way in the world - making decisions, stumbling, recovering, growing and learning.   Latest crisis:  on Monday, their water heater gave up the ghost and leaked onto the laundry room floor.  Not the way they wanted to start their week.  Unsolicited Mom advice:  just be glad this didn't happen on a long weekend...in January...

This is part of a page from a ranch magazine.  Imagine our surprise when we opened the magazine and recognized the guy in the picture - our son.  This was taken in the Black Hills of S. Dak. last fall.  It was just a stock photo that someone had sent in.  The article wasn't about him... in fact his name is not mentioned.  It still makes me smile.  Especially the toothpicks in that sweaty old hat band.  (Just a tip...if he ever offers you a toothpick, you might want to decline...)   He's back in college for his senior year.  He rides colts for others during the school year in order to earn tuition money.  

Today I finished up another baby clutch ball (see last post for picture), and have also been working on more flannel burp cloths.  They sew up quick and easy and make great baby gifts.  I'm going to try to keep at it and finish up some other projects as well.  I am still amazed that when I decide on a project, in all my stash, it never fails - I can't find, or don't have enough of, that one CERTAIN fabric I "need."  Inconceivable!  (Name that movie.)   

That's enough from here for now.  I love hearing what all is going on in your lives - quilting and otherwise.  I realize the newness may have worn off for some, some have found their niche in small groups, others have started their own blogs, while others are hard at work with quilting and living life to check in anymore, but I miss all of you!  

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Comment by June Johnson/Wi on August 29, 2013 at 7:43pm

Enjoyed your update of what is going on in your life.  That is such a "cool" cowboy magazine photo of your son---a real cowboy!  Giddyup!

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on August 29, 2013 at 8:52am

Great reading about your everyday chores, PQ; I still smile when I remember my youth at my grandfather's farm.

Fall is in the air here in NH; got some much needed rain yesterday.  This morning I saw a hummingbird trying to get to the dahlias by my front window, tried to take a picture, but that bird was so fast all I got was a blur.  My cat Abby, must be getting old, she didn't even tweak a whisker while watching the bird fleeting about.

Nice photo of your son's back - he certainly is an embodiment of a real western cowboy, toothpick in the hat and all.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 29, 2013 at 7:33am

"Treed up" is a term we use when the cattle have all headed to the trees for shade during the hot weather.  We have a lot of cedar trees here, so the cattle are hard to find and even harder to move out of the trees once they've found shade.  

Our son didn't know about the picture until we called him.  He knew who had taken it and when and where it was taken, though.  

Comment by Janet/MO on August 28, 2013 at 9:23pm

PQ, it was so pleasant to sit here for a couple of minutes & read your blog before heading off to bed.  Did your son know his picture was taken?  I'll bet that was really fun opening that mag & seeing him there. 

Comment by Brenda Patterson on August 28, 2013 at 8:54pm

The Princess Bride!!!

Comment by Brenda Patterson on August 28, 2013 at 8:52pm

Just finished 8 jars of grape jam.yumm love eating the stuff you skimm off the top still warm.Grapy goodness. Love reading your post.Moven on to the peaches the dogs didn't pick off the tree,gonna jam them up too, not enough to can.Keep cool.

Comment by Barbara Graham on August 28, 2013 at 8:28pm

It's hard to type when the sweat is rolling down your face and dripping everywhere. I have always been a very unladylike sweat-er. I've spent most of today moving the hose. In Wyoming, if you don't water it--it dies. So, the garden is first, and then the yard. Our apple trees went insane this year and there are 18 million little apples on the ground. The deer eat some, the birds have already worked them over and the rest are waiting on my kitchen counter. I don't know what they are waiting for I have no plans or energy to deal with them. Bring on the snow!

What fun to see your son, unexpectedly, in a magazine!

I was working on a block for a charity project today aaand would have had enough of the right fabric but  I wasn't paying attention and cut a rectangle instead of a square and so I had to piece in a third fabric. Argh! Love hearing from you.

Comment by Barb/WI on August 28, 2013 at 7:51pm

Neat picture of your son!  This really is a busy time of the year for canning, etc.  As hot as it is, I'm having a hard time facing the fact that Sept. is just a few days away. 

I'm not sure where you are finding any time to sew!  I do want to do one of those clutch balls soon!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 28, 2013 at 7:23pm

What a fun picture to discover of your DS!  I'm visiting Mom daily and slowly getting the house packed up. The move is just 10 days away now! 

Comment by Pam/NY on August 28, 2013 at 7:16pm

It's 10pm and I just finished canning hot sauce!!!! It is HOT...it may be hubby's private stock! I am beat...lot of work for only 8 pts.! The weather is perfect to finish out the summer. The water warmed up and is refreshing. I'm glad you posted...we need to encourage everyone to post!!!!

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