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this is the perfect way to hide from the unwanted eye. So please help me out if you are one of the non-responders.
Thank you, in advance.....Ravelly Rhonda!!

Jul 18, 2018

The Gray Part 2

This photo is an example of all the gray horses Mr. Cowboy chose.
Hi everyone!! I have really enjoyed reading your comments. Yesterday I was laughing at the comments Carol and the Left-handed quilter wrote and then I saw what Needled Mom wrote when Mr. Cowboy walked in for lunch. Of course he wanted to know what was so funny so I showed him all the comments.  He "really" loved all your wonderful thoughts....hehehehehehehehe......and said that the next time we go to the races he was going to bet on all reddish brownish blackish horses.  I hooted with laughter with that one.
The next time we go back to the races will be next July so I'm sure he won't remember what was said by then.......I hope.
Here's a weird thought. I made tuna fish salad for lunch yesterday. Mr. Cowboy looked up from his sandwich and chips to ask why we always refer to it as tuna fish? We already know that tuna is a fish. I responded that it was too hot to contemplate why we call it tuna fish. Any thoughts on that out there is blogger-land??
And now for the weather.....today it was 101 degrees by 11:00am. I didn't think I'd ever cool off from just walking to the mailbox. Even the squirrels were napping in the trees. Whew! What's it like where you live?

Jul 16, 2018

The Gray

Greetings all.
Sorry, no photos today but I sure wish I had taken some.
So here's what happened.....Mr. Cowboy and I took his brother and the wife to one of their favorite places for his birthday......the horse races in the Dallas area. Mind you, I know nothing about horse racing and did I mention that I'm afraid of horses because they're much bigger than me and they have large eyes and big hooves that can kick you and ....... well, never mind.
So, as we were ordering dinner, the horse races were gearing up. You had to choose your picks for the several different races and all those stats were floating around the table as Mr. Cowboy and brother were discussing jockeys and wins so far. I was focused on ordering the meal because I hadn't eaten all day. Believe you me, I could have eaten a horse at this point.
The girl came around so the guys could choose their horses and Mr. Cowboy decided that he'd go with the gray horse. It's at this point that I really started to listen to what was going on and said to him, "honey, gray horses don't win." Everyone looked at me as if to say, "what is she talking about and what does she really know, anyway!!"  Mr. Cowboy rolled his eyes, placed his bet and we got to the most important part.....eating dinner.
Moments later, the race started.....everyone around us was cheering loudly and shouting, "come on so in so......but as mentioned....you guessed it....the gray horse lost, not only lost but was dead last. Now Mr. Cowboy brushed my prediction off as a fluke and promptly bet on the next gray horse, which I told him again that those don't win.
How do I know this? Well, I've seen enough races on TV to see that if the horse isn't a brownish, reddish, blackish color....they really don't stand a chance. Maybe I'm wrong but I wasn't this past weekend.
Mr. Cowboy cheekily said that he wasn't going to talk to me on the way back home but I mentioned that if he wanted his favorite meal anything soon, he'd better get over it.  We laughed but as soon as we hit the road, I fell asleep just like a toddler. He and his brother had a great conversation and the wife played on her phone. I'm very poor company when traveling a long distance.

Jul 8, 2018

A Great Time

Not only did we celebrate our veterans, we also had a wonderful parade with floats, antique cars & folks on horseback. I, of course was nowhere near those horses. 
My community used my dad's old truck decorated with names from around Plum Creek.

Jul 6, 2018

Celebrating Veterans on ther 4th of July

A big salute to the Veterans!!
 Here in central-ish Texas, my little community will be saluting, veterans past and present, this Saturday.  There will be a scavenger hunt and board games for the kids, a mini museum for the adults filled with items from way back when, a car show and of course, good eats!!!

These are just a few of my family, friends and community members who served with honor.

Jul 1, 2018

So Exciting

It's funny what small things can bring happiness into ones life.
This is my new spray bottle. I purchased it at a Sally Beauty Supply store. My "wacky" girlfriend, Kathy, told all the "wackies" about her new find and that she was very happy with the spray range and the rest of us really needed to get one and try it out.  Of course it took me a week or so to get to town but I tell you, I'm very happy with this little bottle. It mists the fabric with a gentleness, much better than my old spray bottle did.

Bye bye old bottle!

Jun 29, 2018

Busy, Busy

Greetings all!!
I've been very busy lately. What am I saying......I'm always busy but for the past few weeks I've been helping to clear off, straighten up and mix & pour cement for benches in our community cemetery. It was hard, sweaty work, believe you me, but luckily I saw no snakes.
I'm also updating the Directory of the cemetery. It's been several years since I've had to do that. I find the recording of the headstones very interesting. I often think, "What was your life's story?," as I take down the names and dates.
I can't believe that July is a day away. We've been having some strange weather around here. Rain, strong winds and mild temps. This morning it was 82 degrees. That's nearly unheard of for late June. I wasn't complaining though, it was a great morning to mow the yard.
Happy end of June everyone!!

Jun 19, 2018

Too Close

Mr. Cowboy had just stepped off his 4-wheeler & was walking one of the fence rows when he heard thrashing in a wooded area. With little time to lose, a 200 pound sow charged him at close range. Two shots later my guy walked away from, what could have been, something I don't even want to contemplate. 
Wild hogs are everywhere around these parts. It's wise to always carry a rifle. When he texted me a photo then called to say how close that hog was, my heart nearly pounded from my chest.
I won't go outside these days at night fall anymore because of the hog problem. Several of our neighbors have started hunting with hunting dogs because we are so over run.
These hogs have no natural enemies & they aren't afraid of anything.

Jun 13, 2018


Mr. Cowboy asked me to help him participate in his cattle/soil/water conservation group project. Of course I said yes before he gave me the instructions.
After reading the instructions and listening to what he wanted, I was off and running with ideas.

I was really on a roll by the time I got to the water crane.

And was very happy with the deer minus the antlers for the moment.

Then I realized the tight fit for the 9 inch block. I decided to call and email a photo to the gal who's the head of the quilt group that will be sewing the blocks altogether. Boy am I glad that I did. At first that was dead silence on the line so I knew that things weren't going well on her end. She was kind to steer me in the direction need so back to the drawing board I went.

Here's the block Mr. Cowboy will be sending in. He liked it better that the three section block. I'm just happy things worked out. He doesn't ask me to do things for his organization so I wanted to do him proud.

Jun 7, 2018


Hi there! The old snake wrangler here. Not really! Can you say,' freaked out!'
I was out at our church running an errand when I happen to look down at the foot of the door I'd just walked through a couple of time already when I noticed a rather too thick of a tail to be a lizard. "Please let it be a lizard! Please let it be a lizard," I babbled as I was sure it wasn't. 
Of course I wasn't dressed for hunting snakes.

This is my normal attire for hunting critters.
Anyway, back to my dilemma.
As you could probably guess, there was no one, I mean, no one around to help me. So I grabbed the wasp spray thinking.....well, I wasn't really thinking very much at this point. I gave the snake two cans worth of the spray while chanting, "Please slither away," over and over. But alas, he didn't get that message. On two the next solution.....call everybody to help.
Wouldn't you know but the secretary was busy, my cousins had literally gone fishing, the neighbors were, I'm thinking hiding in their homes or something because absolutely no one was about.
I did manage to find a couple of garden tools but by this time, said snake had managed to wedge himself between two very heavy planters.
Praise be!!!! Two guys came along and I managed to flag them down and together we came up with a plan to slay the snake. Basically they told me to stand back and they'd handle things! That was all I need to hear. In a matter of moments the snake was dispatched as I watch on with frayed nerves. 
I actually thought about having a bit of Communion wine to steady my nerves.
No really!!
I thanked the guys profusely and offered them bottles of water before they went on their way. I did come home and took a couple of aspirin a little while ago.  I think I'll need a nap as well.....sigh!!
BTW, I am unable to respond your comments at this time. Blogger or someone needs to fix that situation but please know that I read & appreciate every comment!! 

Jun 6, 2018

Foiled Veggies

Here's an easy & great clean-up recipe.
Using heavy duty foil & a large over ready skillet, add loads of your favorite chopped veggies, salt/pepper & as shown in the last photo, pats of butter. Fold over foil & bake @ 325 degrees for 1 hour. 
Enjoy with a meal or serve as a meal with garlic bread!

May 31, 2018

My Other Habit

 I can't believe that it's the end of May already. Where was I during all of it?! Not sewing anything, that's for sure. But it's hay season......again, so I've been busy making lunches for the guys and running around gathering baling stuff. I did get started on my latest watercolor project. I'll need to paint in the sky and do a bit more work on that pitiful tree. The bluejay is a little on the heavy side but I like him, I think.
How's your end of May going?

May 24, 2018

After Six Years

I know this is a poor photo but bare with me. See that prickly thing in the center of the plant? That's the results of  Mr. Cowboy and my endeavor to grow a pineapple from the cut off part of a fresh pineapple........I know by this point you are scratching your heads thinking, 'what is she babbling about?'  Well, Mr. Cowboy has insisted that I keep this little project going until something happens. I tried moving the plant to the other side of the house or to the front or back porch and he's always ask what I'd done with the silly thing. So you see, I couldn't just throw it away although I thought of that many, many times over the years.
The other day I looked over and discovered that growth.....out of nowhere. Of course Mr. Cowboy was quick to say, "See, I told you something would grow!"
I don't think anything else will grow but now he's really excited to carry on with the experiment. Stay turned. Of course this could take another six years.

May 16, 2018

We Have A Winner

Greetings Everyone!!
So sorry it's taken me so long to post the name of the FQ winner. What with Mother's Day celebrations and church services, I've been really busy. But Mr. Cowboy did remind me that "he" needed to draw a name from the hat. WOW, can you believe that he reminded me. I think he secretly likes his job....LOL
Without further delay.....the winner is........

SWOOZE! Congrats girlfriend.  Mr. Cowboy didn't understand the name, so I explained to him that it's your blog handle.......like mine is Ravelly..........he went away shaking his head.

May 8, 2018

How I Spent My Tuesday; A Winner & Another Give Away

Mr. Cowboy decided he needed some blades for cutting hay. He ask if I wanted to tag along. Not thinking clearly, I said, "Sure, why not." Several hours later...& several stops later...sigh. Of course I forgot my Kindle and any hand work I could have done but Mr. Cowboy kept me in stitches so all was not lost.

Next, I went with Mr. Cowboy's suggestion to add the tree. He loves trees & he was so excited to help.
Now for the most exciting part, Mr. Cowboy pulled the name for the FQ..& the winner is  A Left-handed Quilter. Congratulations to you.
If you've made it this far on this post, I'm giving away another FQ, you can see it below. Isn't it pretty? All you need to do is leave a comment to participate. Good luck!! 
Another FQ give away!!!!

May 5, 2018

Happy Cinco de Mayo & A Mini

Hi everyone! Well I'm back at it. Here's the latest mini. A giraffe in love with his next meal. This measures 9" by 13 1/2".

Here's a close up of the giraffe eyeing the leaves.

My cousin Clark has a beautiful blooming tree in his front yard and I just had to snap a couple of photos which doesn't do the tree justice at all.
And then I've decided to do a FQ give away. Isn't this fabric so pretty. Just leave a comment to be counted in the give away and I'll have Mr. Cowboy do a drawing next week. He just loves that process.....hehehehehe!!

May 1, 2018

Mini Tutorial - To Stitch or Not To Stitch

Happy first day of May everyone!!
Thanks to all who have commented on my previous post on minis. And thank you for reminding me that I didn't follow through with the entire process.  The stitch or not to stitch part.

These two minis are not stitched. If you are not going to be washing or using your mini as a mug-rug, there is really not need to stitch it down. You can hand wash it gently, lay flat to dry and then press carefully with no problems.

I do raw edge stitching which I will show at the end of this post. I do the raw edges and also quilt inside and around each piece.

Here's a close up of the eagle's beak and feathers plus stitching around the area.

Here's another example.

Here' you can see where I stitched around the head of the buffalo, inside the body and around the piece.

Same with the beaver.

Stitching around and inside the areas also adds texture and depth to your project.

Here are three sizes of needles that I use. The smaller the needle, the less fraying of your project because you will be stitching very close to the edge of your pieces.

Here, I hope you can see that I've moved my sewing needle as far over to the left as possible. If you machine doesn't have this capability, you can adjust your project so that the needle will land near the edge.

Here you see I have positioned the area I'm about to stitch. It's hard to say how close to the edge I stitch....probably at eighth inch or less.

And here's a better view.  I hope this helps and again, thank you everyone for your great comments!!!


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