Monday, July 27, 2009

Back from the ranch

"The Ranch"
Family outpost...
The place where hubby and I raised our 3 boys.
The place where my parents and brother still live.
The place we will always be connected to.
...and who knows, maybe retire to?

Its a beautiful place...
remote, quiet, peaceful, full of wildlife, beautiful...

...and very snowy in winter, high desert with pine and juniper trees.
I must admit that since moving down to the California coast,
I've become spoiled by the mild weather
in which I can garden year-round, should I choose to.

When we lived at the ranch,
I was always ready for spring by January 2...
It never arrived until at least May 31! LOL!
The growing season is short at the ranch... 100 days would be lucky!

Winter Back then...

My darling boys... and 3 of their boy cousins... sure miss these days!
And ice-skating on the "resy" ... always fun!

Summer NOW

The main ranch house & barn...

Picnic spot (:

The reservoire, dubbed the "resy" by our kids...
It sits at the end of the valley, and is the place
where the kids and I spent every day in summertime
with a packed lunch, rubber rafts, a good book or two...

Summers back then...

And at this point I just have to say to all
who are young Mom's with children who may read this blog...
...enjoy every moment of your children's childhood!
It is only a very short time...
and one day "you're gonna miss this..." as I do today.
I miss my little boys and the many years of fun.
I do have my grandbabies to have the same memories with...
but just say'n ... "You're Gonna Miss This"

Sorry to make this such a long post...
but I'm obviously feeling a bit nostalgic.

My beautiful niece now ...
in the same spot my little boys and I played.
Isn't she gorgeous? I think so (:

On to family specialities...

My Dad's pride and joy!
Yes, we are John Deere people! LOL

And my Mother's pride and joy...

A note on my Mom first....
She has American Indian blood that runs deeps.
She loves it, and has spent many years teaching us kids
"the ways..." as all the grandkids would say. (:
She taught us survival skills, spinning, weaving,
an appreciation for nature,
and identification of wildlife, wild foods, etc.

For her 70th birthday, my dad bought her a Tipi...
a dream she's had for years!
In this Tipi we've had family gatherings,
family passages (another story for another time),
and special alone times for her.
She has given each of her children, grandchildren
and now great-grandchildren an Indian Name...
based on each one's personality.
American Indians put great thought into these names,
and my Mother is no exception
We spent a summer painting the images of those names onto the tipi.

This is the image of my deceased niece's name,
"Little Woman of Great Courage"
Daisy passed away at the age of 21,
a few years ago on August 14 due to birth defects
that finally took her life way too early.
(another story for another time)

As you can see, each name/image has the handprint
of that family member beside it.

Every image painted onto the tipi has a meaning...
(also another story for another time, as this post is getting very long!)

Mom's prized loom sits straight to the back
This tipi can hold 24 people sitting in a circle...
yes, we've done it! LOL

And a few for the road...
My favorite outbuilding... it holds an old woodburning cookstove
that I hope to put into a house one day.
It makes the best home made bread!
(sorry no photo of the woodstove ... its tucked behind a bunch of things)
Left-over Peonies from my old garden ...
my mom has made sure they still live! (:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We're off to Oregon

We're off to spend a week at the ranch in Oregon, but first... a few pictures of our little Sophia while on vacation to our house! (sorry if I'm over-doing the photos of her, but I can't seem to control myself).

Loving on kitty after nap time

Drawing on the back sidewalk with chalk

Playing at the beach

We couldn't believe it! We had sunny warm weather
for the whole week they were here!
How did that happen?
After 4 weeks of fog... thank goodness! (:

... and amazingly, the day they left, the fog came back!

And after the sun went down... SMORES by the fire! Roasted marshmellows, chocolate and graham crackers (No fat here, right? LOL)

Playing in the yard (with a carrot from the garden)

A day in San Francisco
Here in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

At Pier 39 on the Merry-go-round

and a ride down Lombard Street

And last, but not least...
she is such a ham! (just like her Daddy)

Before we head out for Oregon tomorrow morning,
we had to get the corn picked, shucked and in the freezer...
What a job, but its done!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

She's here, She's here!

My Sophia is HERE

for a whoooooole week! (:

Today she helped Nami (that's me) in the garden.

Tutu's are perfect for the garden!

Don't you think?

We picked fresh tomatoes,
Italian Parsley, Thyme, and Oregano

Bet ya can't guess what we did next...
(sorry this is a bit fuzzy... we were moving)

We made Spaghetti
She loves spaghetti!
We all do

Washing hands after picking stuff from the garden

Saturday, July 4, 2009