4November2011

Fall is on the wing…

Posted by Sunny Chandonais under: Uncategorized.

Well, here it is early November. We went to Michigan recently – gone for a month. Ron’s mom passed away, and we will miss her very much. Cold and rainy, and we are anticipating a long, wet winter again.

Ron has been busy making cupboards for the new kitchen, but that has come to a halt until next spring when the shop will be warm enough for gluing again. At least the kitchen is usable, and we love the new appliances. Grandchildren continue to grow; and Casper and his parents were here this summer, although we did not go outside much because of the mosquitoes!

Kitchen Remodel Progress

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28May2011

Spring 2011

Posted by Sunny Chandonais under: Seven Springs Ranch Projects.

After a very long, cold, snowy winter, we are having a wet, chilly spring!  Ron is busy building cabinets for the kitchen remodel, and I am making things on the sewing and embroidery machine to sell.  Am also taking a couple of online classes, and coming up will take a class sponsored by the Flathead Quilters Guild which I just joined.

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31August2010

Whew! Where did summer go?

Posted by Sunny Chandonais under: Seven Springs Ranch Projects.

We have been very busy this year (as usual).  I just finished rebuilding the rock walkway after it had sunk.  This is the third time I have done this, and the last!  Grandchildren Forrest and Raven and their parents visited and we loved having the Littles here.  We just returned from a weekend in Glacier National Park, too, and met up with good friends from Berkeley.  I have been taking online classes from http://shelaghfolgate.blogspot.com

Also taking monthly lessons on digitizing embroidery designs from clipart.  I love doing this!  I finished a few sewing and quilting projects this summer, in spite of having lots of yard work and other things to do.  We had some wonderful families rent the guest cabin, but it looks like fall will soon be upon us!  We are looking forward to getting a couple more camping, fishing and boating trips in before it is too cold.  Last week we floated the Flathead river in our canoe – we want to do it again! Here are some things I worked on

Quilt for newest baby in the family:  Morgan McKay

Quilt for newest baby in the family: Morgan McKay

Denim ragged-edge quilt

Denim ragged-edge quilt

Center blocks in gold

Center blocks in gold

I will try to be more punctual in writing!

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18April2009

April and Spring is here

Posted by Sunny Chandonais under: Life.

It has been a year since Ron’s shoulder surgery, and he is almost all the way back to normal.  So that means we will have lots of projects:  re-siding the workshop; putting sheet rock inside, building a shed for the boat, cutting up trees that fell during the winter.  Not to mention all the mowing and cleaning of streams.  But almost all the snow has melted, save a patch or two in the meadow.  The birds are out in force, and this morning I heard an osprey bawling me out.

Ron has been away for two weeks and I have been “hibernating” in my sewing room doing lots of projects.  I am also taking two online classes:  one in drawing using a drawing program and then turning the output into an embroidery design, and another on embellishment, using a needle punch machine.  The latter is being taught by an instructor in City & Guilds (a very well-known school in Great Britain) and I am excited about it.  I am also learning how to make lingerie – starting out at first with a camisole and panties for Raven, our little granddaughter. Here is a link to some of my sewing work:  http://tinyurl.com/d2snlm

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13March2009

2009 – Where did 2008 go?

Posted by Sunny Chandonais under: Life.

As I sit here, it is beautiful outside – cold, but clear and the sky is resplendant.  We just came back from cross-country skiing, but it looks like our days are numbered as to how long we will be able to ski, since the snow stuck to the bottoms of our skis and no glide!  The deer have been checking our the tips of the tulips, so we’d better get busy putting wire up to fend them off.  Three nighs ago it was minus 17.6 – but this morning it had warmed to minus 7!  We are SO looking forward to spring.  Ron has much chain-sawing to do, and I have yard work to do (repair work) plus we have siding to put on the workshop and a few other jobs waiting.

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6July2008

Summertime…

Posted by Sunny Chandonais under: Life.

And the living isn’t easy! With the warmer weather and the wet spring, lawns and weeds are growing as if there were no tomorrow. Mowing, spraying, trimming and planting are bywords now. The weather ranges from warm to hot during the day and cools down as much as 40 degrees F at night from daytime temperatures. Birds abound – we love the songbirds. And we see occasional fawns with their mothers. An intermittent thunderstorm keeps us on our toes, running to close windows and turn off computers. But Ron’s arm is on the mend, and we look forward to family visitors and guest house renters. We love meeting people and sharing our little bit of paradise.

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4June2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away!!

Posted by Sunny Chandonais under: Life.

For the 4th of June, we have yet to see some prolonged spring days. All the rain and clouds have succeeded in making the grass grow (as well as the weeds in the meadows). All has turned green instead of brown after the thaw. Ron is also on the mend, but I fear it will be another four to six weeks before he can do things with the arm. The rain is better than what the poor Midwest is getting — thunderstorms and tornadoes.

We were visited by Ron’s nephew Eric and his girlfriend over Memorial Day, and in spite of cloudy weather, we all had a great time. Come again Eric! We are counting the days until grandchildren and parents visit in July, also. But we are both sad that we may not see little Casper (our other grandson) until the holidays. But who knows – life surprises us sometimes!

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19April2008

Spring? and Ron’s Shoulder

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We went from a weekend of temperatures in the 70s to snow and daily  temperatures in the 40s.  It snowed 3 inches last night and is supposed to snow up to 7 inches or more tonight! WHEN is spring coming?  Even the deer are tired of it, looking desperately for something to eat beneath the white.

Ron had rotator-cuff surgery Wednesday, and today is Saturday.  He is doing better and we are looking forward to  his being healthy and fit again so we can get on with projects!  (Hah!  The doctor says “Not this year.”)

Even though we are cooped up indoors, we do web-cam with the grandchildren, and it makes everything better when we see those little ones smiling and happy.  And little Casper with his helmet!  I do believe he loves to go for bike rides.  It’s hard to believe he will be bicycling with his Poppy and Mommy one of these days.  We used to go on the “down-ups” with Tatyana and Patrick in California and thoroughly enjoyed it.

In hopes of warmer weather, I have planted tomato seeds indoors and some dahlias outside!  Once I see little sprouts I will feel better.

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29March2008

Spring is here (almost)

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While it is still snowing, the calendar says it is spring. We arrived home Thursday, March 27 after leaving March 14 for a six week trip to Utah and California then back. We saw some beautiful scenery in Utah and hope to return to Zion and hike the slot canyons. Ron has a recurring shoulder injury that prevented us from seeing the grandchildren (boo-hoo), but there are some great pictures on http://flickr.com/photos/sunnysewsit/collections/

Check out Spring Trip to Utah, Parts 1 and 2. We will post on Ron’s shoulder as soon as we find out more information.

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9March2008

Winter on the mend

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It is March, and although we still have occasional snows, the birds and animals know it will soon be warm. We have even had ducks try out the pond which is finally thawing. The sky is a brilliant blue, and the stars at night are clear and crisp, allowing Ron to enjoy his new telescope. The other night he saw the Horsehead Nebula in Orion’s belt. Exciting stuff! We are looking forward to warmer weather, guests, and more fishing and boating!

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