Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lotus Club Breakfast...

On the Saturday before Mother's Day Mr. C and I hosted our Sacramento Lotus Car Club at our home for Breakfast before they continued on their day of cruising to Malakoff Diggins and Downieville for late lunch at the St. Charles.  It was a gorgeous day in the Sierras.

Of course I neglected to take any before photos of the foods offered.  I made several different quiches and a hash brown cheese ham casserole and orange French Vanilla and Chocolate muffins.  We also had fresh fruit, croissants and bagels with fixings.  Of course I forgot to put out the deviled eggs I prepared.  I don't believe anyone left hungry. I also had waters and home baked chocolate chip and oatmeal craisin cookies bagged for their drive.

It was a wonderful get together and all seemed to be very comfortable and grateful for the food and surroundings.

Mr. C and I did not go on the drive as we had a day of critical appointments to deal with.

I love seeing all the amazing cars in our driveway.  Lotus Elises, Evoras, and an Exige along with a Miata, Acura NSX and of course Clara our vintage Rambler.

Here they are heading off to Malakoff Diggins and Downieville.  The reports were all very positive and everyone enjoyed their day of play.
Spring is here in all her blooming glory.  Last night we had quite the thunder rain storm.  So nice to have fresh rain water to give the plants a much needed drink.
I hope each of you are enjoying your Spring.  Blessings and JOY...<3

Monday, May 14, 2018

Crazy Quilt ATC Swap...

Some time ago I participated in a Crazy Quilt (CQ) ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap through Pam Kellogg and her Kitty and Me Designs blog.  Pam also creates a wonderful CQ magazine.  Please check her link for full information.  I am new to CQ and this tiny size (2.5" x 3.5") was daunting at first.  This "Key to Anywhere" ATC I received from Denise Waterfield, Ohio.  Thank you Denise...I love it.

When I was stuck on how to begin, my blog friend Renee Younger, Oregon blogged tutorials which were so very helpful and took the fear out of beginning.  This "Spring Tree" ATC is actually created by Renee and I feel so fortunate to have received this in the swap.  Thank you Renee...I love it.  Renee's blog is http://monkeyandmutt.blogspot.com/

I submitted two ATCs and unfortunately I cannot find my pictures.  Pam notified me that I had a winning entry and therefore I received this bonus CQ ATC from Mary Anne Richardson of Ontario Canada.  Mary Anne is an amazing CQ artist and her blog is http://magpiesmumblings.blogspot.com/
Mary Anne was very helpful and encouraging in my CQ ATC journey.  Thank you Mary Anne...I love it. 
This CQ ATC swap was sew much fun and I hope to participate in the future when the opportunity comes again.  Thank you Pam for hostessing and organizing this.
On a personal note, I can only say California is the most difficult state to experience an escrow to sell a home.  May I merely say I almost wish I had not announced anything because every day is a trial in patience and perseverance on our part.  I need sleep and peace of mind...Please!
Our weather is glorious and Mother Nature is showing her best growing and blooming trees and flowers.  The sun is shining and the sky is blue.  I am grateful for this.  Creative Bliss My Friends...<3

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Merry Month of May...

My oh my the days, weeks and months are quickly passing.  We are now in full Spring season and the flowers and trees are in glorious growth and buds.  As many of you know Mr. C and I have been trying to sell our home and move out of California.  Well...if you all promise to cross your fingers and send good positive thoughts I can say we are in escrow.  Our buyer however has the right to cancel clear up to her 60th day of escrow and not forfeit any of her deposit.  We have lived here and built our dream home with lots of blood, sweat, tears and money however it is time to move on.

It is time for us to change our lifestyle and minimize our workload.  Our Sunset years are upon us and we wish to enjoy them fully.  These last 20 years we have enjoyed living in the forest and being close to Lake Tahoe and the beauty it offers.

Now, with God willing, we are wanting to live here in Southern Utah very close to Zion National Park.  The surroundings are stunning and we will have amazing days of exploring all the wonders of Nature.  I have linked Zion for you to see what I am talking about.

This might be our view.  We both love this and really hope and pray our home will close escrow and allow us to stop living in limbo for the past three years.  And none of you faithful friends and followers will have to listen to me moan about selling woes.  I am so grateful to each of you who have been so supportive and encouraging.  Blessings and enjoy every day with Creative Bliss...<3

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sunny Outdoor Vignettes...

It is a gorgeous Sunny Friday here in Nor Cal at our Home For Sale.  As part of the staging process for showings, I set some vignettes outdoors...when the sun is shining.  This is the table setup for the kitchen and great room deck.  There are 2 sets of double French doors leading out to this deck and it is perfect for entertaining.  As you can see, I am not fancy.  Melamine plates and plastic ware.  Lovely fabric napkins courtesy of my dear friend Donna of Brynwood Needleworks.  I feel like Spring is finally here.  The lemons are brown wooden ones I painted and I am loving them and the money I am saving from not buying fresh ones each week.

Same deck with my tea cart and some beverage glasses.  Nothing matches and that is because we are going for color to draw people outside the house.

This patio is directly outside my Studio French door.  I love the simplicity of this vignette.  The bench is hand made by Mr. C and very sturdy.  You might say I have a bird theme going on with the pillows and another set of fabric napkins from Dear Donna.  Thank you my friend.  I smile every time I set out these vignettes.

A simple Mason Jar for a cool beverage break while out gathering weeds or pine needles or maybe reading a book.  Now that will be refreshing!

Down at the Pond, which Mr. C built after he went to Pond College, I have another simple vignette.  There used to be two lovely teak benches but time and weather were not kind to them and they fell apart.  So I merely bought the dreaded plastic Adirondack chairs and we actually love them for ease of moving, cleaning and sitting in.  More bird themed pillows.

I have a piece of granite sitting on a large vase and it makes a handy table.  More of Donna's bird themed napkins and a pitcher to fill glasses.  Sipping away the afternoon while enjoying the froggies and the birds serenade us.  Life is Good and we are Blessed.
I shall close for now as I am busy with household chores like laundry.
May each of you begin to have Spring and enJOY the most glorious green leaves and colorful flowers and birds, butterflies and froggies.  We also have hundreds of caterpillars doing whatever they are doing...crawling, climbing and just being everywhere.  Spring Smiles...<3

Monday, April 9, 2018

Sears Point Sonoma

This past weekend we left the deluge of rain and drove to Sonoma California to enjoy the CSRG Vintage Auto Races at Sears Point Raceway. Our weather was gorgeous and the rain stayed away.  The track gets very windy so it was cool and we bundled up.

Mr. C was enjoying his weekend watching the club racers drive this historic track.  In fact in his racing days he drove this track and it is one of his favorites.  I know he is wanting to get back into racing and this group of folks is very friendly and enjoy racing their vintage automobiles.  However for us the logistics of buying a car and all of the equipment necessary is not feasible at this time while we are hoping to sell our home and move out of state.  And a big Happy Birthday to Mr. C this April 12th as he turns 75.  Another reason this CSRG club is right due to many others who are this age.

If we could wave a magic wand this is the car Mr. C would like to own and drive.  An amazing Chevron that is wicked fast.  Danny Baker owns and drives it very well.  It is always good to have a dream and a goal.

My pictures are not good but I at least got the cars in the frame.  We were way up on the top of a hill at the back of the track.  The views were awesome.  And you can see the hills are emerald green.

Yes, I was there and bundled up.  The wind really blows up on the hills.  Gorgeous days and we enjoyed visiting with friends who are drivers and meeting and chatting with so many of the club members. 
What hobbies do you enjoy?  We love Formula 1, Indy, Club Racing and so many others.
I am enjoying the longer sunshine each day.  We still have rain predicted for a couple days this week. All the new Spring growth will be very happy.  Flowers blooming and trees budding.
I would like to share something creative however I haven't done anything worthy of sharing.  I barely have time to keep up with all the Random Acts of Mail, Love Notes Fairy mail and this month of April that is National Letter Writing Month.  This year I am only participating in NLWM unofficially. Last year it got too crazy for me and I mailed about 300 pieces across this world.  No time or extra money for that this year. 
Happy Birthdays to my Sisters Joyce,  Marie, lots of friends and my dear husband.  Let us Celebrate and eat CAKE!!!  <3