Sunday, May 18, 2014

Where Green Things Grow ---

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Come walk with me where green things grow lush and deep within the woods of Buck Mountain!

After this morning’s washing machine flood fiasco, I just had to get OUT of the cabin and get away from all of the things that were fried or blown, and wet….I was mostly holding my breath, waiting for the next shoe to drop, and I decided that a walk would be just what this girl needed.

So out we went.

Sadie LOVES going on walks in the woods – she gets all happy and chipper, and comes down with a huge case of what we call “The Zoomies” I have never seen a dog with such out and out utter joy at being able to run.

It’s amazing how everything has greened up and leafed out in the past 3 weeks or so since I’ve been up to Buck Mountain.

Take a look at my girl on the go:

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Come on mom, what are you waiting for?!?

There are miles of trails similar to this all over the mountain, which is one of the reasons we purchased the cabin there.  It’s not a “manicured, paved and maintained” type of place..but it is perfect for those of us who love a bit of wilderness on our getaways and don't mind a bit of mud on our running/hiking shoes --

You can see what a lot of rain we have had lately, it has carved huge ruts in the trails as the water wound its way downhill ---

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There are creeks and rivulets everywhere!

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These ferns were not even up 3 weeks ago!

The summer heat will have them growing lush and tall, carpeting the forest floor all over the mountain side.

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More streams – the sound was delightful and just what I needed!

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After the rains pass, and the lightning storms and damage are over…the sun still shines!

We are home –this weekend has been a real trial, and I know people are helpful but it got to the point where I turned off email notifications and facebook and just couldn’t read people’s opinions on what I should have could have done differently, or what I should or must do in the future and so many people giving up their helpful opinions on how to best run my life is too much too much too much for me to listen to right now.

If lightning strikes a house, no amount of expensive surge protectors are going to help you.  They all fried, and yes we had them.  That’s all I’m going to say ---We will deal with it one thing at a time.  Of course this all happened on a weekend and we were extra lucky to get a phone guy to come on a Saturday.  Try to find an electrician on a weekend? Just wasn’t happening in such a rural area so we will get a call in this week and the DH will have to deal with it while I am out of town.

We may be lucky in one area – the washer/dryer and other appliances are covered by our one year home warranty which is not up until July.  Those we can claim on.

The kitchen floor may have to be replaced due to water damage.  The carpet may have to be replaced due to water damage. But we will handle one thing at a time. In our own way.

And now it’s time for me to pack up a Trunk Show and get it ready to head for the airport to fly off to Los Angeles at 4:15am tomorrow morning.

Have a great evening ,everyone!

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  1. Anonymous8:48 PM EDT

    I have no advice.

  2. I think everything you did was perfect.

  3. Well said! You have beautiful trails for hiking and just plain enjoying at Quiltvilla. Have a good night and a safe trip.

  4. Anonymous9:18 PM EDT

    I look forward to seeing what the walk did with your creativity! Something great has to come out of the walk as your photos are inspiring.

  5. Anonymous9:26 PM EDT

    People were just trying to be helpful because 'you' posted your woes online in a place where comments are accepted and most of the time expected. If those comments are not wanted nor appreciated, then do not post your troubles in the first place. These people are your followers and are really just trying to help and post from experience. They are not trying to tell you how to run your life.

  6. Ah Bonnie you ROCK! Thanks for sharing your life adventures. Keep on designing & sharing. God Bless.

  7. Anonymous9:43 PM EDT

    When you open your life to the world several times a day to collect the rewards from ads on your page, expect comments. If you can't deal with it, be more private in your posts.

  8. You did what I do...walk, walk,walk into the trees. It's like an outdoor cathedral.

  9. Anonymous9:44 PM EDT

    Some days it's best to turn off the noise and take a long walk. Love you

  10. So sorry to read about the troubles at your home away from home, as well as some of the negative feedback. Sometimes when we vent, people want to help/offer advice when all we want is to share what's going on (good or bad).

    Wishing y'all all the best in your dealing with all the stuff and have a GOOD trip to LA.

  11. Hi Bonnie,
    Your pictures of the mountain are so beautiful, no wonder you love it there. Have a safe trip. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Linda King

  12. Having had our house hit by lightning.....let me just tell you, in the lyrics of Donna Summer..."YOU WILL SURVIVE!!!" It's a mess for a short while, and then things start falling back into place. And hey - my insurance guy told me there's less likelihood of being hit by lightning than winning the lottery, so maybe ya better go buy a ticket:-)

  13. Anonymous10:04 PM EDT

    Travel safe!

    Rose - ChCh, NZ

  14. Anonymous10:17 PM EDT

    Hi Bonnie - . . . . Anyway, I have a box of accessories my mom gave me. Long time ago, she had a treadle, but this looks like the box from my featherweight. Am wondering if you would like it?? I can take a picture and send it to you, or just package it up and send it to you. Love your site, wishing I could see you when you come to California, but . . .
    aurora - louaurora@yahoo.com

  15. Anonymous10:33 PM EDT

    Keep your home life private then if you don't want comments from your fans.

  16. Anonymous10:45 PM EDT

    Wow Bonnie, I just wanted to tell you that I admire how you cope with everything!! My goodness your house was struck by lightening??? Since I am from So. Calif. I don't have a clue. Reminds me of the time my son's car was stolen at the mall and the next day was used in an armed bank robbery. What we call in Calif an "Erma Bombeck" sort of day!! (Remember her???) Carolyn Barnett csbbobbin@yahoo.com

  17. I am sorry if all the comments stressed you out, I do think in your earlier post you asked what you should do. Soooo... I guess you faithful followers were just trying to be helpful, not put stress on you, or tell you how to live your life. Love you posts, but will keep my opinons to myself from now on.. Love your web site.

  18. Sometimes we just need to know someone is listening!! We're listening Bonnie! ♡.

  19. Funny how water in one situation can be a stressor, but in another one can be calming. you're lucky to have the escape. things are just things...Enjoy life.

  20. Streams in the forest are so much better then in the kitchen - you are so smart to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature with Sadie - the perfect companion!! Safe travels and enjoy the love of your fellow fabric/thread addicts!!!

  21. Beautiful photos! Live the green. I can almost hear the streams and smell the fresh air.
    Welcome to California!

  22. Have a great trip Bonnie! I posted what I thought was a helpful comment earlier, I sure didn't mean to tell you how to live your life! I sincerely apologize for any part I played in stressing you out. You've been through enough, hang in there, this too shall pass!

  23. Bonnie the greenery was the way to go. I can't sleep and I am at my son and his family house in Camp Verde. Anyway. All I really want to say is Give Yourself A Hug you deserve it. Safe trip.

  24. Marilyn.sholtis@yahoo.com8:41 AM EDT

    Bonnie, I am sorry that some folks think they know better than you about things in your life. How presumptuous. I know you were relating your misfortune as information that we could identify with and to commiserate, not scold you or tell you what to do. I do feel badly that you had to go through all that and then get rude responses from your fans.

  25. There are always people with an opinion out there. I love how you've been so positive and DH got a new toy in the process. Everything always works out one way or another. Happy travels. See you on the other coast!

  26. Anonymous10:04 AM EDT

    Is this the reason you refer to your fans as the "quilt crazies" on the secret facebook group you belong to? Has it not occurred to you that some of your "crazies" belong to that group too?

    None of the comments you received were meant to demean or disrespect you in any way. People who consider you a friend made helpful decisions to hopefully make your life better. It's what normal friends do.

    You don't seem to appreciate that your fans make it possible for you to afford your glorious home and getaway villa and all the toys you love to brag about.


  27. I think all the anonymous posters here need to chill out and have a tiny bit of understanding that just maybe given the weekend Bonnie had she may not have had it in her to read another 100 comments full of advice. Well meant or not. So get over your snit and offer support if you can and go do something else (quilt?) if you can't. This is a positive, polite group. Let's keep it that way... life's too short for this nastiness.

  28. Well said Britt, I noticed all the nastiness are anonymous. Thought that was interesting.
    It is great Bonnie shares so much with us, hope you have a great trip to LA Bonnie.

  29. You are such a generous person to share so much of yourself with your fans. I would think that it would feel painful to have those you share with be unsupportive. You know that people mean well when they give advice, because that is the kind of person you are too. I'm sorry you have all the "crap" to deal with. I love your blog and website so much even though I don't usually post any comments. Thanks Bonnie! You are amazing.

  30. How envious I am!!!! .... of the beautiful nature surrounding you AND your ability to just "turn it off" when all the noise of others turns into irritating static!

  31. Pam Jolly2:18 PM EDT

    Bonnie - I am so sorry this happened to your cabin. I think going for a walk was the best idea and I loved the photos!

  32. Our Sadie Anne (who looks a LOT like YOUR Sadie) is the same when we go for rides or walks ... she absolutely SPINS around trying to get into the car and then wants to be the FSD (Front Seat Dog) and navigate ... she's hysterical!! Walks will find her ZOOMING way ahead of us and then running back and find out where the heck we are and can't we walk faster. Or she'll be like a teenager and pretend like she doesn't even know us ... what people? THOSE people? I don't know those people ... I'm not with those people ... she makes us laugh so hard sometimes. Adds so much to our lives and puts everything in perspective at times ....

    Have a good trip ... travel safe and enjoy the week ... you are a blessing!

  33. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net4:47 PM EDT

    No advice, but I am so very sorry. Your pictures you took outside are lovely. Have a safe trip. Hope you can put everything aside and enjoy your trip. I always enjoy the pics you show on your trips.

  34. Enjoy your walk in the forest and forget about the electricity mishaps!
    Life goes on even if you don't post for a day... ;)

  35. Beautiful just looking at those woods makes you
    feel rested......have a good trip and be safe. Sometimes you just need some Bonnie Time.I love
    reading your blog and seeing all of your beautiful
    creations.Thanks for all you do for the quilting world.

  36. I know folks mean well, but really sometimes you just need them to listen and commiserate! I am SO sorry all that crap happened at your place, I am glad you and yours are safe and things can be replaced! HUGS!

  37. Thank you for the walk in the woods. Its been a long time since I was able to do that and I really miss it. You are a good guide.

  38. I grew up having a cabin on a lake. It was nothing fancy. The first yrs didn't include plumbing or electricity. I was a little girl then and just thought it was a little bit above a campout. In the years to come, we had a cabin with all the conveniences, but never a TV. After my dad died, Mother sold the cabin. I miss those times of communing with nature, listening to the wildlife and being away from all the hustle and bustle. Your pictures took me back to those days.

  39. I am sorry that you have had so many problems.....I don't know how to prevent it, so I have no "free advice". Just remember the advice is free, you don't need to take it!!
    On a lighter note, have you ever had to put an insurance claim in for a submersible water pump, in a well, that got fried in a lightening storm? The insurance company thought I was nuts! Nothing else got fried!!!
    Hope you have a good trip to California.
    Carol Nye

  40. Thanx for posting all the beautiful, lush, green photos.....I will probably come back and savor them in depth in a couple months when everything around me here in central Washington is brown -- except of course, all the wonderful fruit trees. This is the Apple Capitol after all.


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