Last Friday, my friend and neighbor invited me to attend a breakfast with her that her sister was hosting in Yorba Linda. And then after that, we were going to go pickin' at their family property nearby. Their family owns a large parcel of land with several acres, that has recently been sold to developers. She comes from a very large family, and they all grew up here on this land. There was many, many years of collections to be seen. But first, the breakfast at her sister's house. Jane's sister, was chosen on one of the first episodes of Extreme Home Makeover, with Ty Pennington. She had just lost her husband to cancer, and had 9 children to raise. I saw the house being done from the outside, 10 years ago, but had not ever been inside. I didn't have my camera this day, wouldn't you know it. But what a fun morning, at the ladies breakfast, and then later at their family property! Martha greeted us at the front door, with a fresh smile, and her kitchen smelling divine. She poured us coffee, and soon the ladies began to arrive. She served a lovely breakfast of Pioneer Woman's baked ginger and coconut french toast, fresh fruit, and breakfast breads and goodies. I brought this loaf of banana and blueberry bread.
Jane's other sister, Mary lives in the home that they all grew up in. I had not ever been there, inside, and had so looked forward to this trip. Mary also raises chickens. I was eager to see her set up. When they were children, their family raised hundreds of chickens for eggs. Now Mary has a couple dozen or so. Along with ducks, goats, turtles, dogs, rabbits whatever else I may have missed. Meet Skeeter. He was quite curious about our visit, and seemed to take a liking to me. And he stunk to high heaven too!!!
Strolling along, we came upon this odd thing. It was a homemade chicken plucker. I have never seen anything like it before!
Mary had two beautiful Silkie Pullets for me. But I decided not to take them. I will wait for Spring and raise my own chicks, as it is much easier to incorporate new chicks to an established flock than mature birds. But I was very tempted.
One of the homes on the property is emtpy now. It was a lovely home though, in it's time. With beautiful original hardwood flooring throughout. Built in niches for the telephone, and closets. Original tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. And this lovely piano...sitting all alone by the front door of the now empty house.
I was hoping to find an old apron front farm sink along the way on our pickin' trip. I didn't find an apron front, but I did get a large cast iron utility sink, and another double sink. And a fabulous Maytag Wringer Washer, and footed bathtub! They were delivered last week, and I haven't even cleaned them up yet. But just you wait......
The wringer washer is going to be a patio cooler! It is on casters, and cleaned up, I think it will make a wonderful holder for ice cold drinks by the pool! The sink will be used in my garden as part of my potting area. I still need two of the feet for the tub. Oh what a fabulous time we had that day! I wish that I had taken my camera. These were all taken from my iphone.
We went to Big Bear weekend before last. It was cold and there was still quite a bit of snow on the ground. We have some friends who have just bought a cabin a stone's throw away, and they were moving in that weekend. So we went down the road and helped them unpack their cars, and have a look around at their beautiful new home.
Their new place is near our Swedish friend, Stins.
Stins will say, "Forest, count to four." And Forest will tap Stins' hand as many times as the command asks.
Greg went to town and got some firewood. And I went to town, to visit some of my favorite thrifts.
On my drive back, the traffic was terrible, since this was the weekend before New Years. There were a lot of people vacationing up the hill, and driving anywhere was a challenge. I made the best of it, and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery. This is the walking bridge at the Stanfield Cutoff.
We always bring the pups up with us. They are good mountain dogs!
We stayed until almost dark on Sunday night. The sun was so pretty as it was setting. It looked like a ball of fire, falling from the sky! I took this on the drive home, with my iphone. (All of these photos are with my iphone)
I uploaded the photos from my phone to my computer for the first time ever. I had quite a few on there. So this post is to document these things.
This one is of Greg and I on the fly bridge of the boat. He was driving, and I went up to sit with him. It was COLDY, COLD up there! I didn't last long. Greg was looking down, and I didn't get a good picture. But you can see his smile.
A week or so before Christmas, I had a little craft night with my three little ones. They had a ball, and so did I! I will be doing this every year with them.
Greg and I snuck out one cold night before Christmas for dinner and a movie. We enjoyed walking around the center with our Starbucks and seeing all of the pretty lights.
One night at my daughter and son in laws house, I spotted this quilt upstairs. I hadn't seen it for many years. I made this for them as a wedding gift, 11 years ago. Her husband Jake is from Boise Idaho. And they were to be living there. So I made a Northwest pattern I had seen in a Fons & Porter magazine a long time ago. I personalized it some, adding the applique shapes of the states from where they come. Idaho and California. Then made an applique heart with arrow through it, for them to go on. I also put a cruise ship, underneath the stars, as this is where they met. We were on a cruise with our family, and he was on a cruise with his family. We sat next to their table in the dining room all week. It is done in all flannels, and backed in a beautiful Northwoods print. I didn't show it here. I unfurled it from their landing upstairs, and Greg took a photo of it with my phone.
We took Noah to see a fun house near us that decorates their entire front yard for months ahead of the holidays. With manger, train, and the biggest Christmas Village I have ever seen. Music and lights, and so much fun!!
Thanks for sticking it out to the end, if you made it, that is.
I will be back soon with some January photos of what has been going on since New Year's.
Time to go watch the Broncos win, and sit in front of the fire with yarn and hook.