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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

THE MANY FACES OF CAITLIN

When she is rich and famous and writes her tell-all book about friends and family, she can write a chapter about "We were so poor, my 75-year-old grandmother had to take my Senior pictures with her 'point and shoot' camera".  
I was hesitant when Caitlin first asked me to take her Senior pictures; but she kept saying, "We can do this."  She has good editing skills, so I knew she could remove an antenna pole growing out of her head if necessary.  I do have a decent eye for detail, plus lots of practice with the zillion pictures I have taken of her beginning with the day she was born.
She really hated to spend such a large amount of her hard-earned summer money for a professional photographer, as there are a lot of extra expenses during a Senior year in high school.  I'm not knocking the pros -- they really do earn every cent plus have an investment in equipment -- it is hard work, believe me! 
So, we ventured out.  She and I really are pansies (actually prissy) out-of-doors.  We enjoy looking at nature -- just don't want to interact with it too much, as we don't like to get dirty, step in unknown stuff, etc.  And, we did encounter wind, bugs, cactus, bear scat, and dirty rocks and logs.  However, we did see a lot of friendly people out and around.  At first, I thought they were smiling because Caitlin is so adorable; but then I thought they must be laughing at the old lady's antics trying to take the pictures. 
Now don't you laugh at that image in your head (but we laughed a lot). 
Over three different months, we did four different photo shoots -- first at two different parks in a neighboring big city; then in the countryside; on our local river walk; and at the historic city hall building where her Papa Bob worked for so many years.  She and I had spent many a time there waiting so we could take Papa out to lunch for a treat after pre-school.
And now, she is all grown-up!
 I used my trusty Sony Cyber-shot HX5V camera.  This little 'point and shoot' has photographed everything from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to cathedrals in Germany to shrines in Japan.  So why not Senior pictures?
And, Caitlin was right -- "We can (and did) do this!"  
I hope in years to come when she looks at these pictures, she remembers the fun time we had in this little adventure together.
These are some of the out-takes ----  (It's hard to stay focused ALL of the time.)

 Caitlin has given me permission to show off her many faces. Thanks for indulging this grandmother during this very long post! 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

A BIT OF CABIN STYLE

 I've always wanted a log cabin in the mountains, but that isn't going to happen.  We are happily settled in a cottage on the edge of a town with a view of the mountains.  I still get the urge for a little touch of that log cabin of my dreams, however.
 We've had this twig table for a few years, but it has always resided on our screened-in porch.  I decided to switch things around and use it for a coffee table in the living room this winter.
 With a few pine cones, it is a reminder of the mountain log cabin of my youth.  I was raised on the plains of southeast Colorado where it gets quite hot in the summer.  Before air conditioning was common, people who were able went to the mountains for a couple of weeks in the summer to cool off.  I often accompanied my Grandmother on her yearly trip in August to Cuchera, Colorado.  What fond memories I have of those trips to that log cabin.
  There is always a bright side -- if I lived in a log cabin in the mountains, there would be snow on the ground by now; and I wouldn't be able to enjoy the flowers that are still blooming in our lower-elevation garden!  
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

LAST TOUCHES OF FALL

Almost the first of November - I can't believe we are still experiencing Fall weather; but I suspect Winter is on it's way!  Thought I would share a couple more touches of Fall before the snow flies.
This painting, which typifies the Rocky Mountains in Fall, was painted by Bob's grandmother's sister-in-law.  It was a gift to his grandparents, and hung in their home until 1965.
In 1965, Colorado experienced major flooding and Bob's grandparents were victims.  With water flooding their basement, there was an explosion and their home was destroyed -- they were elderly, injured, and never fully recovered.  Bob's mother retrieved Aunt Lottie's painting, cleaned it up, and it then hung in her living room until her death last month.
And, now, it hangs in ours.

With everything that has gone on this Fall, I finally went out to cut my hydrangeas.
 It amazes me the metamorphosis of my hydrangea's color from Spring to Fall.  
 When they first bloom, they start out a beautiful shade of blue; then turn pinkish.

 Now that they have dried, they are green, brown, and maroon ---  the wonder of God's creations.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

"HAUNTED HANDS"

Every year Caitlin and I do a Halloween kitchen craft to share with her friends and family.  You can check out some of our previous attempts - some more successful than others -  here, here, and here.  This year Cait is busy, busy, busy; so we were short on time.  We had about 45 minutes, and this project was perfect and simple.
I found the instructions for these 'Haunted Hands' in the magazine section of our local newspaper.  Check out these other simple projects from the same source.
No instructions are really needed for this project -- In clear plastic disposable gloves; put Peanut M and Ms in the tips for fingernails; then fill with popcorn.
Tie off the cuff with some curly ribbon.
And that's it!!
Hope you have at least 45 minutes to spend with your favorite goblins this Halloween.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

CANE CONNECTIONS

We never started out to collect canes, but now we have three.  Like I have said before, we don't really collect; we just accumulate.  We have had the middle cane for a lot of years -- it belonged to my paternal great, great Uncle Asa.  You can read his story here.
 Upon Bob's mother's recent death, we inherited the two other canes.  They were made by her grandfather, Nathan A. Stout.
 At the time in the early 1930s, they spent time in Texas.
 The canes are covered with drawings and carvings.
Lots of animals and critters --
We've enjoyed our NEW collection --  checking out another connection to the past.


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

CELEBRATING AUTUMN RANDOMNESS

Fall Randomness #1
You know that when I can't think of anything to blog about, I show you a quilt.
I made this quilt top in 2002, which was then machine quilted by Terri Lynn Ballard.  We then donated the quilt to the Colorado Quilting Council to use as a raffle which raised several thousand dollars for the organization.  The quilt is 71" x 95" and contains almost 2000 pieces.  I chose a large variety of gradated fabrics to achieve the "glow" in the center of the quilt.  We named it "Autumn Glow".  It was later published in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in May 2003. When you make a fundraiser quilt, you always hope the winner enjoys it as much as you enjoyed making it.

Fall Randomness #2
Having just had surgery 10 days ago, I was reminded of another October surgery in my past when I was a young mother.  It was of a much more serious nature, and I was in the hospital for a week.  In those days, they didn't allow children to visit on the surgical floor; so it was a loooooong week.  I'm sure I was much more traumatized by the separation than my two-year old was.  
Is there anything cuter than a squeaky clean two-year-old 
 in their jammies and ready for bed?
Not only did I miss him, but I missed Fall completely during that week.  Due to Montana's fickle weather that year, when I went into the hospital it was summer; and when I came out it was winter.

Fall Randomness #3
These pears were such a beautiful Fall color, I had to take a picture of them.  That's what blogging does to you -- you withhold food from your family until you can get your camera out!

Fall Randomness #4
There's gold in them, there hills!  Colorado mountain gold!


Fall Randomness #5
This mum plant from my mother-in-law's funeral is so beautiful, I just had to show it again.

Autumnal Joy, Everyone!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

THE END OF AN ERA

Here at Salmagundi we lead a very uneventful, peaceful, and thankful life.  But, every once in awhile; there's is a bump in the road.  Last week was one of those weeks.  
We have known all summer that Bob's mother, who celebrated her 100th birthday in May, was deteriorating.  We were called in last Tuesday to her bedside (100 miles away).  Bob and I, his sisters, and hospice were there.  She passed away peacefully on Wednesday. 
I had previously scheduled gall bladder surgery for Thursday.  After some thought, we decided I should go ahead with the surgery.  I hated to miss the funeral, but traveling wasn't an option.  Bob was gone for a couple of days to the service and to help his sisters clean out the apartment; but I got along just fine by myself.  I'm so thankful that my surgery went very well, as Bob certainly didn't need anything else to attend to.
Beautiful mum plant from the funeral

My mother-in-law was the best MIL anyone could have had -- we had a very good relationship for 56 years.  Is that some kind of record? Who has a mother-in-law for 56 years?  She never interfered, she loved our kids and grandkids, she taught me so much about sewing and cooking, and treated me like another daughter (only better).  I knew I was welcomed into the family when she told me I could put a diaper on a kid so much better than her own daughters could!!!  She said that their kids' diapers always sagged down around the knees; but mine were pinned up there good and tight -- oh, the days before disposable diapers.   

We will miss her very much.

Hopefully, next week I will return to my usual blogging schedule.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A BIRTHDAY AND A BLOG BREAK


18 YEARS IN THE MAKING!


From day one you stole our hearts.  We'll love you forever!
Happy 18th Birthday,  Sweet Cait.
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  I will be on a break from the blog world for a little while.  My surgeon has decided that I need a cholecystectomy!  I'll be back when I return from anesthesia la-la land.  Ugh!!!!!!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

AUTUMN GLORY

For your Fall viewing pleasure -----
 All of the wonderful colors of harvest time ---

 Wrapped up in one glorious punch bowl ----




Blank from Limoges, France; Hand Painted by Pickard Studio, Chicago. 

Thanks to my Great-Grandmother DeLong for her foresight in purchasing this punch bowl many, many years ago; and for choosing me to be the caretaker of it during my generation!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

FARM SALVAGE MEETS AUTUMN ON OUR PORCH

 I usually hang something seasonal by the front door on our porch -- this year for Fall I went with something rustic.
On our last visit to the farm salvage yard (my favorite shopping mecca), I picked up some grain elevator scoops.  I had no idea what I was going to use them for -- just loved their shape and patina.
 Bob mounted two of them on a couple of old boards, and I filled them with a touch of autumn. 



I've written before about my love affair with farm salvage yards!  You can check those posts out here and here.

 Here's a picture of my favorite farm salvage yard -- if you see one along the way, don't pass it up -- treasures await!

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