Friday, August 5, 2016

Got Hobby ?

Hobbies are a great thing. I know I probably have to many but I enjoy each one. Yes, I am a person who a long lost friend said "Oh Lani you make coffee nervous" Now this is and can be a good thing. I do admit it does have it's challenges but good all in all.


As a woman who has grown up, aged, developed, matured, put mileage on. Humm, nice way to put it. Now that I am a person who has more time to enjoy the things I so love to do I find that as long as no one else throws much more drama I can develop my hobbies.  I have many a neighbor who have hobbies and I so admire these woman. Jesus and some even work full time.

I have one woman Karen who lives down the street that has a full time job, 3 horses and 700 chickens. She is amazing she is even raising a child at the same time. Where I live there are so many woman (and their partners) who stay so busy even the more mature ones like myself are not just sitting around.

Ok Ok here are a few examples with pictures because I know you love the pictures.

First and foremost my canning. I do so love this. My granny did some mean ass canning. She was of the Mormon Faith and I do believe it is a part of their thing to keep a good stock of The World is Ending Supplies. Well with that I have been able to get super creative with my jam's. I have some super flavor's that people truly love and are surprised at the taste.

Two koo koo ones are Cranberry Banana and Strawberry Balsamic. Plus I make pickles , soups rubs, all kind of stuff. Good to get back to basics like Granma!

Next we have Quilting this is a on off hobby. I have had so many "issues" in the last few + years thatok off subject.

I have been quilting for about 11 years. I have made several quilts. I love the quilt cronies I get to gather with. I started quilting because one of the girls I use to work with wanted to take a class and I once again said  "Oh I will go with you" . She stopped I kept going back. I do so love it.

That is my baby under her quilt ! Since this is an old picture that baby had a baby !

Different Post !

Next we have Watercolor something I longed to so my whole life and now at the ripe ole' age of wisedom I went for it. I started this adventure in 2011 just because. The Senior Center here has classes and we have a some nice Senior Center. It is beyond me why more of us do not participate at the facility. "Oh I just not there yet" As they walk away with their walker and oxygen!

I love that I can sit and go into another world. Plus there are a lot of nice people. This is my teacher Linda I Wuv her!

Gardening a given for anyone with dirt and hands.I have 1 acre and it would take to long to show you all the stuff I have done. From the good to the just and darn stupid. Oh and the What the Hell happened to that?????

Here is a link for My Dirty Lil' Blog all about my Garden Adventures !

Thank you for stopping by I will do my best to get this Blog back into action.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


You know I have had a tremendous amount of loss in the last 5 years. 5 immediate family members and a best friend. Now only last week we had to put our horse down. No shit. Today I am so sad and miss my sister Casey so very much. The thoughts of her gone always bring tears to my eye's. Yes, those kind of tears that make you do the cry-hick-up. You know.

She was my older sister and the "One" . What made this woman so special.

Well she told me to never ever let anyone or anything change me. Never feel bad when cussing or flipping someone off. Let your creative juices flow. Do not lie and do not say anything you would not say to someones face.

Most important we had made a pact to never stay mad at one another. When we we upset or angry we would always confront each other. I can remember once there was a some family bullshit. Which is what most family shit is. And she asked to talk to me and she started crying saying that she did not know what she would out without my friendship and loyalty. I do not know if she knew what an impact she had on my life but there is not a day I do not think of her. I never understood her more then when I lost her.

She made me brave.

The day I told the hospital I was taking her home. She told me to "Get Me the Fuck Out of Here"  I can remember she asked the transport peep's to let her be outside to smell the air and look at the sky. She had been in the hospital 2 weeks. This was not a homebody girl she was all about outdoors! We set up her hospital bed up in the living room and my twin bed next to her. Ever night we would she would call my name and I would let her know I was here and I loved her. It was the last two nights I would be with her. I can still hear her the night before she passed. She called my name and I always answered "Right here Casey. I Love you and she said for the first time "I love you "more" . She lost her battle the next morning and I can now say it was the Saddest Day of my Life!

My message today is to make sure that that certain someone knows you - Really ! Hug often and learn to cuss ! Really do you really think you will go to hell fire for cussing? And bullshit that it is not lady like. You chew gum right yeah cow's chew to! xoxo

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Casey

Happy Birthday Casey

To the woman who taught me so much

A. How to flip people off and not give a shit! Her ability to teach us this was extremely time consuming but we got it! Even the kids

Even at her worse she proved to be quite the flipper offer! IS that a word?

Yup there she goes !

For her ability to make sure I continued the tradition Dad taught us all

 "When in doubt don't give a shit but smile like you do! "

 Be creative and find your inner artist. She would tell me "All the Clayton's have talent" and then she would flip me off!

My sister Casey was a "Creative Genius"

 She brought out my inner artist.

 And most important she made me laugh so f*&^&  hard. We would always always always Pad up. Yes we had to wear pantie pads. We would laugh so hard we would pee.

Many a times we had dropped to the ground laughing !

This is when she made Mama and me a Indian dinner she always dressed the part! LOL

Happy Birthday Casey and Thank you for You!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


noun \╦łfrend\
The definition of friend is someone who is on your side. An example of a friend is an ally in a protest. Friend is defined as a person that you are fond of, with whom you talk or spend time. An example of a friend is the person you have known a long time and trust. 
  • a person who you like and enjoy being with
  • : a person who helps or supports someone or something (such as a cause or charity)
 Let us start at the beginning. Yup my first friend. Debbie Dunham. We grew up together lived three houses apart and most of my childhoodie memories include this little one.
 I was able to reconnect this last weekend with Debbie and it just overwhelmed me the amount of time she was in my life while I was growing up.

 I can only hope to reconnect and get that back! xoxo
 Moving on let us go through other friends from Elementary to High School. Yes, back in the day we only attended two school one for grades 1-8th then off to High School. Josephine Martini now Moothart was a good friend. I can remember spending many a night at her home.
This girl to your right is Kathy Gelfuso grand friend and walked me through so much. Through thick and thin. High School Rocked with her. And we still gather. She was there for me when my Daddy was so sick. And she never missed a time to celebrate by coming to my Big 60 party. 
Everyone has a group or a click of people they stay together with through the years. Kathy is my click there was never a need to have any more then her friendship throughout the years.  

The Gelfuso/Perkins Family xoxo

As we grow older we expand the friend circle to fit what we are growing through. Thus my Brit. I do have to say we laughed gut wrenching laughter. 
We spent many a day rolling in the sand at the beach ! 

She was there when the kids were growing up and walked me through that time of my life. It seemed that we get just the right people in our life if we just stay long enough to see it! xoxo

 Linda and Bob have been friends of myself and Pa for going on 14 residential year's . Neighbor and friends they are such a delight to have in our lives!

And along came My Shelly. She was a gift for 10 years of my life and the funny thing was I knew her long before Simi Valley. We had met in the Valley prior to getting reacquainted in Simi years later.

This one was a keeper that I lost ... such is life

 As I write this and think about how many loved one's I have lost in the past 4 years I find that I have reunited and found fiends that never went anywhere. 

So with this I want you to not focus on all the friends you had but take off the blinder's and notice the friends and loved one's you still have right there ! Thank You Debbie ! xoxo
If one friend needs the support of the other on a consistent basis such that the person depended upon receives no benefit other than the opportunity to support and encourage, while the relationship may be significant and valuable, it can't be said to define a true friendship. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

It's Time to get to blogging again!

Yes it is time to get posting again and I swear I have told you this a few times in the past 4 years. I use to be a blogging picture taking fool. Well I'M BACK

Look who is Pregnant yup out Little Ms. Independence what a surprise. Look at poor Mr. Merritt below her look so confused.

Well with so much happening this 2016 Year I do not know where to start. I do have some sad news my Daddy and his Wife Mommy #2 have passed.

Dad was going on 90 and had a grand life. Lynn his wife that was just a F**&^% tragedy one week later.  Still trying to wrap my head around that one.

 But they were married for 42 years and through good times or bad they stuck it out. God bless them both!

My friend Kathleen gave their Dog Mia a grand home. The home came with two loving parents and three other pup's to play with. I am so very blessed to have family and friends who care so deeply about. 

Check out this picture of my baby brother Pace how cute is it. He is going through Cancer treatment right now. Throat cancer BUT he is going to be alright !

Well enough of the whole tragedy shit. Life is good. We have gotten enough rain to get my yard back to normal. Everything is in bloom and the fruit trees are overflowing with buds. Every where in the yard thing are blooming. Even the Whatever Tree up top that has been in the ground 10 years has a few blooms!! A garden Miracle!

See Ya! xoxo


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