2015 Was A Pretty Good Year

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The last day of the year seems like a good time to look back on the previous 364. Thanks for being a part of the journey as I stroll us down memory lane. Here are some of the highlights:

We said a tearful goodbye to sweet Wiley and wished him safe passage on his journey.


Sweet Wiley, in the desert, catching a little sun.

We had Easter and Spring!


The Easter Marshmallows.  We can’t have one without the other.



The beautiful peony that finally bloomed.

Justin began sewing.


He’s making a backpacking quilt.  It’s VERY light weight.


Stuffing the baffles in the quilt with down.  Yes, it did make somewhat of a mess.  We vacuumed, the floor, the furniture, the air, Justin’s arms, clothes, etc. and the mess left.


Corner detail on the quilt.  He did a GREAT job!


He actually made TWO quilts!

We welcomed little Stella into our hearts and lives.


The lady of the hour, Miss Stella


Looking regal

Some of the Daisies participated in a little non-OSHA approved tree trimming


Sometimes we are encouraged to do things in a way that they shouldn’t be done.  Once again, we were lucky. This little situation ended well.  Don’t try this at home.

Unbeknownst to us, we hosted a swarm of honeybees.


Bees in a tree


Chris, from Celestial Farms came out and rescued our bees…..twice.  Time one (maybe?) didn’t get the queen.  Time two definitely did.


Bees on a frame.  It was really pretty interesting.

Dad trapped gophers, moles, and voles.


Dad, the happy trapper with his very dead gopher.

I made my own prayer flags.


I needed a little push in my life at the farm.  This is made by pounding flowers into the fabric.  When times are rough, there’s nothing like using a hammer to solve your problems…..in a non-violent way, of course.

We had a summer party.


Bouquets of flowers with a lot of gathered stuff.


Stella’s corsage. I had a coordinating wrist corsage, just in case you were wondering.

I took Dad to the Antique Powerland Steam Up.


Threshing.   Just like they did it when Dad was growing up on the farm, in Indiana.

My wonderful cousin, Beth, and her equally wonderful husband, Greg, came to visit.


Beth and Dad looking at photos.

Kailin had a birthday.


My sweet daughter and I with the cake.  (Apple cake with fondant leaves, a couple of our little apples, and a ceramic cat in the likeness of Oscar, Kailin’s crabby cat.)

We had a beautiful fall.



The Clerodendron, or Harlequin Glory Bower, in bloom with Stella on patrol in the background.


Japanese maple

We picked apples, but more importantly, we fed the neighbor llamas.


Apples….I’m thinking these are the Gravensteins


We produced about 400 pears.  FYI -that’s a lot of pears.  I dried them and made fruit leather.  (We had about 30 quarts left on the shelf from last year.  No need to can any more this year.)


Kailin, feeding the llamas.  They happily eat what’s left over from pressing the apples into juice.

Stella figured out how to make herself comfortable.


Curled into a “Doberman ball.”  And, why yes, that is Tula Pink ribbon on her collar.


Lap dog


Nap time

Kailin and I paid an early visit with Santa at the Craft Warehouse Holiday Open House.


You can tell by our coupons that we are shoppers.

Justin had a birthday.


Dear son Justin with his birthday cake, at the bike shop.

Another one of the great delights of the culinary world.


Stumptowns holiday gift to the world.  It is wonderful.  Hot. Or. Cold.

No explanation necessary.


Actually, it’s not much of a mystery as to who is the dumbest person of 2015.

I did some Christmas baking.


The many moods of the season.

Stella got a coat.


She loves wearing it outside; it keeps her warm and dry.

Craig got a bike for Christmas.


Craig’s new fat tire bike, for riding around in the desert.  Talk to my dear Son at Crank Bicycles if you’re interested in one.  He’ll fix you right up.  Tell him his Mom sent you.  (Stella wasn’t too sure about this.)

Stella ran the neighbor cat up the tree.


It took another non-OSHA approved ladder operation to extract the cat.  Again, it all ended well, for the cat and the rescuers.

My little project became part of the Christmas decorations.


Fairyland.  The project I started in the desert.  It’s mostly finished, although I might add another piece.  Stay tuned for more!

And that pretty much wraps up the year.  Thanks for coming along and being a part of this adventure!  Wishing you and yours the best in 2016!

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