Looking west to the gold fields of Lost Basin just after sunrise. The Joshua`s glow in the morning sun. Most prospecting and gold producing was done during the depression era into the 1940`s. The majority of today`s prospectors use metal detectors
Brilliant red skies just before complete sunrise. Looking towards Diamond Bar Road. The Skywalk is about a 20 + mile drive via Diamond Bar.
It`s not summer till next week. Yeah right! Phoenix will be 120 this weekend. In this part of Northwestern Arizona it should be somewhere around 110. I`m watering trees and plants more often this past month. What hasn`t turned brown the rabbits have eaten. The baby quail have arrived. They look like peanuts now. No pictures because I don`t want to frighten them. I killed my first rattlesnake this season two months ago. There are lots of snakes this year..
The picture above is beautiful Indian Paintbrush.
My eye surgeries are complete. Long distance vision is great. I need glasses for close up work, but that may change in the next month. It`s nice to blog again, drive and sew.
The picture below is my friend from Iowa setting up his trommel so he can run the dirt he brought home from the desert. The gold and small gravels drop thru the mesh into the sluice underneath. The water running through the sluice washes the lighter gravels into a tub you can`t see and the gold being heavier than the dirt stays in the sluice box. This is a simplistic explanation.
My husband and I recirculated water in our clean up systems. If there`s clay in the soil your water gets slick and slimy real fast and the clay dries your hands. After your clean-up (the equipment), you need a really good hand moisturizer so your fingers don`t crack. Corn Huskers Lotion works real well. Make sure your hands are free of potions and lotions before you pan or whatever method you chose to use to clean up. Oils, as on greasy hands will float the gold out of your pan. We dredged in Colorado, metal detected in Utah and here in Arizona. No matter how you find your gold it is hard work. I loved it! I got used to scorpions dropping into my lap while sitting in holes. Sitting was more comfortable than standing. I was never stung.
This wide bush is Mormon Tea or Ephedra. The small bush to the left is Sticky Buckwheat .
Last but not least. I `ve had 20 star blocks sitting in my room for two years. My favorite is the butterfly block below. All the blocks are sewn with different scrap fabrics. Hopefully this is a quilt I will finish this summer!
A few more blocks.
Thank you for visiting! Sam the dog, Mr Cat (the cat of course) and I are happy. I wake up everyday to fresh air, a sleepy cat on my pillow, beautiful views and the sounds of cactus wrens and quail.
Hello Everyone! My blogging and sewing posts have been rare because I`m waiting for cataract surgery. The first eye will be done the first week of May , the second surgery the end of May. It will be wonderful being able to see again. So, I take pictures with the cell phone hoping for the best! My sight is so blurry, I see one and a half of most things and till I download the pics I can`t really see what I have. Sometimes I get lucky!
Lake Mead Arizona Side.
Desert farming dust on the way home. There is much concern about our water tables. These are out of state commercial operations. The dust travels miles.
More of the same.
Lake Mead AZ, South Cove Launch Area. Beautiful calm water. Fishing is great!
Launch area again. There`s a seagull, tiny white dot, at the edge of the concrete. Like I said, I can`t see so I point and shoot and hope for the best!
I can`t wait to sew again and I`ve wanted to crochet as well. It`s been very windy so I haven`t walked the past few days. I have allergic asthma. One more picture.
This is what happens when I sit on the ground to take flower pictures. Meet Sam, my buddy, my Lab/Dane. This is a great breed. Calm, gentle, smart, playful.
. I was raised with Great Danes. He was bouncing around so I was lucky to get a picture.
It`s nice to be back. Jack has been gone two years now. My life is more organized, not so much turmoil. Still sad, but I`ve made positive steps. Not an easy path, but once on that path we have to go on. And I know my husband would want that for me.
Since my post in December I`ve been working outside, sorting stuff and filling dumpsters. The weather has been beautiful. Outbuildings are in stages of repair and painting. I`ve had little time to sew. I love being outdoors.
A Joshua bud. They should start being fragrant about now.
This is a great place to live. Sam the dog and I are outside just before sunrise. No noise other than birds. Mr. Cat sits at a window watching quail and rabbits. It is time to be watchful of snakes. They like cool mornings. It`s been dusty lately. Thank goodness for Swiffer Dusters! Shopping is 45 minutes to an hour drive each way. We do have a gas station/grocery store, library,dollar store, four cozy restaurants and great views in every direction.
The Grandwash Cliffs dusted in snow and the Joshua trees a little greener. Beautiful backyard view.
My best and favorite Christmas Apron. It`s about 50 years old!
Did you have a Flexible Flyer? My sister and I steered into snow drifts and sometimes tossed from our sleds. There were a few times when that snow drift was ice. Ouch!
One of the most beautiful places on earth, the Uncompahgre Plateau in Colorado. My first hunting trip was there and it was a balmy -13F.
Last years snow Christmas week.
Iron Mountain towering over the Joshua Tree National Natural Landmark. A half mile up the road from me.
Natures beauty is a joy. I am blessed to be surrounded by these gifts from God. I will be posting again between sessions of gift making. Thank you for stopping by. I will post the gifts I made after the recipients open them. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Hello! It`s my turn to share my Halloween Haunts project. Please visit the other folks taking part as well. Their links are below this post. I wanted a reversible table mat perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The pumpkin and floral fabrics were in my stash. I purchased the scarecrow fabric on Etsy. I`ve been wanting to use the floral print for Christmas a long time. The reds, greens and metallic threads are perfect. The pumpkin / scarecrow side is sixteen, 6 inch blocks. The back is one piece. I`ve had that fabric a long time. So glad I was able to use it. The finished size is 22 inches square.
Thank you Marian, our hostess and creator of this Hop. It`s been fun!
Below is today`s list of participants with more projects to share. Some are sharing tutorials and many are having Giveaways. Thanks for visiting!
This is my son and daughter in law. This was taken in Williams about 3 hours east of me. Catie is now working the Willow fire in Mohave Valley. It`s 6,000 acres as of last night. In a nutshell she makes sure the fire fighters have what they need. She`s a firefighter/EMT. The fire is about a two hour drive from here. We had a lot of smoke two days ago. It was better yesterday. My son was also a firefighter. He`s disabled. He flew Helitak for NPS and BLM. I`m proud of them.
Desert Paintbrush. Not too much of that this year. Too dry.
Leftovers of monsoon rains last week. That sure was welcome. Temperatures dropped about 20 degrees. That was great!
This stone building was the Lost Basin Post Office 1884-1894. Lost Basin is where the mining claims are. This building is disappearing stone by stone. I know there was an application to get it on the Historic Register to protect it. I don`t know how that turned out. People have camped inside off and on since it closed.
I had more pictures but since the upgrade I can`t upload pics into the computer. It needs a bug fix. I always intend to post more often but I have discovered, as have others,that second year widowhood has it`s own issues.. I have sewing projects heaped on my kitchen table. I sort of shuffle them around. good intention etc. I`m moving along. It`s taking a little longer than I thought. Thanks for visiting. I appreciate it. Prayers for all the firefighters on all the fires and their families!
Scraps are like old friends. I open a bin or drawer and I think" oh, I remember you". This is a tiny bit of the scraps that live in my closets, drawers, cupboards and plastc bins. I pulled this small lot this morning with no particular project in mind. Not very tidy. The table is covered but you get the idea. I need to sort them and if I`m lucky an idea will come forth. Over the last month I completed placemats and hot pads for my kitchen table. I have lots of WIP`s I`ll share in my next post. Mostly Halloween and Christmas projects
This was last nights sunset. Awesome colors and I love the starkness of the Joshua trees. I`m honored to live in this beautiful area.This is looking towards the Lost Basin mining claims area. There was lots of mining in the 1930`s and earlier. We used to metal detect the old dumps and camps. I don`t know how they coped with the heat 100 years ago. Clicking on the pictures will enlarge them.
This is my favorire sunset picture of all time. Same view, same Joshua`s. My husband snapped this picture after a late afternnon thunderstorm in 2008. He walked outside at the right time. Many of you have seen this picture before.
I`m still working on the major yard clean-up. I start about 5 in the morning and stop shortly after sunrise. I have allergic asthma and despite wearing a mask, if it`s windy I go inside. That limits my time. Lots of wind lately. When I`m inside I`m chasing the cat out of the flower pots.