Monday, July 27, 2015

Unbelievable!!! Fire at my apartment 11 days after I move

July 26, 2015
Fire burns 10 acres in and around my former apartment where my daughter still resides!

This is the view from one of the 4 main buildings where fire surrounded the entire complex.

The fire started about 4 in the afternoon. My daughter and her boyfriend just left to go grocery shopping. She heard all the fire trucks and then heard the fire was back at her apartment complex!
She called my son who drove over and got into the apartment and was getting ready the three cats you see in the photo above. 

He went outside and spoke with the firemen and they said he did not have to leave yet as the fire spread to below our building.  Then he was on standby to get out when they gave the word. Four hundred in the complex and neighboring houses were evacuated to a nearby WalMart where they were given aid by the Red Cross. 

The fire was reported in 3 to 4 other areas of the neighborhood spread out 10 acres as the fires were fanned by erratic high winds.

I have many friends in the areas that were in danger. Fortunately only two of the main buildings were scorched on the sides but are completely habitable.  Some out buildings on the property were damaged.  One mobile home was badly damaged I read. 

More photos some courtesy of

                         Building A which was down the hill from me where I was at building D
Fire retardant dropped
Parking lot at the complex
Apartments in the back and one of the helicopters that got water from the big lake by the apartments

Another view from the parking lot

Retardant dropped

Helicopter with the water from the lake 

Lake Couty news all about the fire:

Thankful for the firefighters who were diverted from other fires in Northern California in Mendocino county and Nevada county who had larger fires and came to help with our fire. 

I am sure if I was still living there, as I just moved out 11 days ago, that I would have had a severe asthma attack for sure which could have left me vulnerable to a heart attack. 

I would have need to be carried out from the third floor apartment we have as it is very hard for me to do stairs, that is why I moved. 

My daughter who still lives there had a bad night last night. I hope she recovers soon as she starts a new full time job next month.

Grateful, very grateful. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Articles in JAQUO magazine

JAQUO Magazine

One of the writers I met online, Jackie Jackson, started an online magazine called 


very day. This magazine brings you daily articles to enhance  

"Something new every day. This magazine brings you daily articles to enhance your lifestyle and - we hope - give you a chuckle too.

See the products our writers recommend, read opinion and views, learn how to enhance your lifestyle and plenty more."  ~Jackie Jackson 

See the products our writers recommend, read opinion and views, learn how to enhance your lifestyle and plenty more."

I have been accepted as contributor/author of articles.

This page will have a list and links for my articles and photos I have taken over the years.

                                              The Writers and me in JAQUO magazine: 

My first article at JAQUO is a book review. I finished the 15th book in the Dresden Files series! The first book was released in 2000 but I did not hear about the books or begin to read them until after the author, Jim Butcher, had written the 13th book.

I finished book one through 5 in 2013 and 6 through 14 in 2014.  Book 15 was released in May of 2014 and I finally got to read it via CD's from the local library. I was on the waiting list from May to the end of December 2014.

I am glad to have finished it!
Here is the link to the article at JAQUO:

More Articles

The Golden Gate Bridge is closing the weekend of January 10 through January 12, 2015 for upgrades to the barrier that controls traffic in the six lanes.
I wrote this article about it with links to many photos and stories.

Golden Gate Bridge closure

Here are some construction Photos:

The construction photos are from Pinterest and the car and the bridge photo is from Laurie Salisbury credit for photo of the car and the bridge being built 1936.

November 22, 1963

My personal experience of the events following the assassination of John F Kennedy and the next few days.

November 22, 1963

Island of the Blue Dolphins and Zia 

A book review of the book Island of the Blue Dolphins and the sequel Zia.  I love historical books and this is one that everyone should read.  The sequel was really good, also.

My Felt Dolls project

I made these two felt dolls in a doll house for my twin grand niece's. I have already shown all the photos at my blog here,  Jackie at JAQUO said she would love to have more crafting stories so I sent her the photos and pattern, She published it today in her JAQUO magazine online. You can see the story and the others above at this page:

My plastic canvas Big Bat project

Pattern Book

I make my projects just a little different from the pattern. I don't like carbon copy, I want my projects to reflect my personality and diversity.  I always give credit to the original author and artist.
Here is my story at JAQUO:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

My new rental!

Back in Washington State

My oldest daughter, her husband and her two teen daughters are my new housemates.   They rented a very nice three level home in the Spokane area.  They moved in 5 days before I arrived from their other rental here in this same town. They had been in this town for the last two years. They had previously lived in Minnesota for 7 years. Prior to that my son in law lived in Washington state most of his life. They have been married 20 years.

We have been looking for a house to rent together for the last 4 months. We were waiting for just the right thing plus the end of the school year.

The house features 2 bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs for the two teen daughters.  The main floor has the usual Kitchen/Dining room and open living room. Then there is a full bath in the hallway leading to my very large bedroom with a large L shaped closet. 
My room is at the front of the house and features a bay window with three windows, 2 small and one large.  Very nice!
Then in the hall is stairs to upstairs and stairs to a full downstairs area.  Downstairs is a full bedroom, huge bathroom, and a family room.  My daughter and her husband use that downstairs area. 

Here are some photos:

 The front of the house showing my bay windows, to the right is the small front porch

        View from in my bedroom out the bay windows

                              I bought a new Queen size bed

             Dining room and living room from the Kitchen, gas fireplace

       Kitchen and Dining room. Large print on the laptop for me!

There is a back porch and a front porch!  There is a built in small cylinder shaped BBQ off the back porch area.  We will get a big flower pot and add some bulbs that will bloom over the course of several months for next spring. Then next Summer we will have potted tomatoes and some other veggies!!!

There is an attached two car garage you can see at the left side of the house.  The house is on a cul de sac with 7 other homes which all belong to a Home Owners Association.  There is a big box type mail box that has all the keyed boxes for each house on the road just outside and on the corner of the main road.  Packages delivered to the door!  This is convenient for us!  I order a lot from Amazon and online.

I could only bring 3 large suitcases with me as well as a backpack with my laptop and electronics this first flight in.  Each month my daughter in California will send me as needed items.  She is still at the rental that her and her boyfriend and I all rented together. My son will move in and rent one of the rooms in that 3 bedroom apartment.  

So adjusting to my new rental and will meet all the people in my Church group Sunday.

I have lived in Western Washington on the Peninsula for 6 and a half years.  I was in California for last 4 years after my years in Western Washington.  Yes, I get around!  

So on to my new adventure!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Niece's Family

June 2015

My niece wrote the following on her Facebook page:
"Four years ago today my beloved Carlos became an angel. He is in my thoughts everyday and especially today.
"Love doesn’t die with death. Love is like liquid; when it pours out, it seeps into others’ lives. Love changes form and shape. Love gets into everything. Death doesn’t conquer all; love does. Love wins every single time. Love wins by lasting through death. Love wins by loving more, loving again, loving without fear.  ~Kate O'Neill"  

This post is dedicated to his memory. His twin daughters were born 2 weeks after his death from a cerebral haemorrhage. Carlos 1971 ~ 2011

                                                    Carlos in the mid 2000's 

                                                    The twin's June 2015 age 4
Tell them you love them every day, as we never know what tomorrow will bring or how long we will be together on this Earth. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer will be here soon!

                                                        "S" is for Sherry - that's me!

June is here!

Well June has arrived!  It has been a very long winter and I have had every cold, flu and whatever-is-going-around illness you can think of!  Sick and tired of being tired and sick!  I am working on changing up my routine, my medications for pain and other things to help with this issue.  

I have reduced my prescription pain pills[Tramadol]. I was taking 8 a day when I started in 2010 to one or one and a half a day.  I have started Turmeric to see if that will help with inflammation issues.  I have increased calcium at night.  I still cannot sleep more than 2 hours without having to go to the restroom. I only can sleep 4 hours at a time. So I have a four hoep at night and a one to a two hour nap in the day.  I have tried to stay awake all day to see if I can eliminate the nap. I has been unsuccessful so far.
I think after I move and settle down this issue may resolve itself. I sure pray for that!

Still sorting and packing. One last visit to see my Mom before I go to Washington. So it's busy, busy! Summer is almost here!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Crafting projects take a break

Crafts on Hold

As I am preparing to move this summer to my Daughters place in Washington state, I have set aside crafting projects.

I have a lot to sort thought and decide what to bring, what to keep, and what to get rid of. I set aside a lot to give to the Hospice Store. The proceeds of their sales supports the local Hospice group.

My daughter that I live with now is helping me to do these things. They have a large storage locker that has a lot of things in it already from my late husbands estate. His house sold so they have even more things to get over there. They said there is plenty of room. My furniture will stay. The bed I am using is an antique my late husband got before we got married. So my son is going to use it when I move and he moves into my room. He was living at my late husband's house [his father.] So it looks like a big musical chairs event for me and my kids and grandkids. My daughter who I live with now will stay here and that is why my son will take my room here at this rental.

I have a ton of crafting supplies which I need to sort and label the boxes. My daughter here will send the boxes to me.
As mentioned the furniture will stay here as all of it was my daughters that I was using. So I will have to get a new bed when I move to Washington.
I like to get a new bed often anyway, especially when I move state to state. I move a lot. I lost track but it is somewhere in the 60's!

The time between moves grows less and less as I get older and older!

So off to work I go!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Felt Projects: Easter and Dolls

Easter and Dolls Projects

I made a lot of Bunnies and Eggs for Easter gifts this year. I also made felt dolls for my nice's twin daughters birthday. They are 4 this year.

I used felt for all and cut out all then added the embellishments such as lace, ribbon, buttons and beads to the Easter Eggs.  The Bunnies have embroidery and a white pompom tail. The side view bunnies have a white felt tail.  Some of the eggs have an opening to add something inside them. 

All the bunnies are lightly stuffed with Poly-fill. The eggs that do not have the openings are also lightly stuffed.

The dolls eyes are embroidered. I sewed their undies on so they do not come off. The clothes are supposed to be like the old paper doll style. I made two sides and they are held together with straps at the top.

I made a pink purse and a purple backpack for the dolls.  The book style storage starts wiht the cover to look like a door and three windows with a flower garden at the bottom. Inside the left side has a dresser where all the clothes are kept with the hats.
The right side has a bed that is a pocket like the dresser where the dolls slip in with two pillows.

I forgot to take a photo of the back which was 10 rows of beads that go from one bead to 10 beads for counting. The beads are the "Biggie Pearler Beads" the same you see as the necklaces for the dolls. 

I saw the idea from a pattern on Pinterest. See photo at the end of my photos.

Lastly I made a cat with the same pattern I used before for cloth cats I made two years ago. 
I have cut out more felt as well and will post what I did with that next week.

Here are all the dolls and their clothes and the Easter felt projects.

The two girl dolls with their sewn on undies
The girls with their necklaces in the bed. Each pillow is lightly stuffed and added lace on the edges

The doll on the left is wearing the backpack and the doll on the right has a purse The tops and pants are attached at the waist

                                   Close up of the purse, the front flap opens
                 Close up of the backpack, the flap opens where the pink button has a button hole
                             Two more outfits one orange and the other blues with matching hats
More outfits one dark pink and the other is red and their matching hats
The last of the outfits, two orange colors, the black has glitter already attached when I bought it
The front of the book is a house with three windows a door and a flower garden with buttons as the flowers and felt leaves, a purple ribbon is the spine of the book
Close up of the flowers and leaves
The dresser has buttons on the outside. The dark purple is the back of the dresser for added strength. There is an opening between the purple and pink to store the clothes 


Eggs with buttons and beads, lace and ribbon. The blue ribbon was fraying at the ends, I should have cut the ribbon longer and turned under a 1/4 inch. Instead after I embroidered the ribbon and saw that it was fraying I used nail polish to stop the fraying

Two bunnies and one egg. The yellow bunny has a white pompom tail
Bunny and basket of flowers with beads on the handle
Purple bunny
White base egg with buttons and beads
Dark pink egg with rick rack
Light Pink egg with pink heart bead

Close up of one of the baskets of flowers with beads on the handle

Felt Cat
Melissa says "Oh that looks like 'Catburt' from 'Delbert' cartoon. So this one is hers!

I made about 24 eggs and 20 bunnies out of felt. I made 4 baskets of flowers and cut out four cats. I have not finished the cats.  I cut out 4 Owls and two smaller cats different pattern. I will add those soon to this blog.  I decided to do more felt last year as a change of pace from the plastic canvas projects I had been doing
 for the last four years!  I made a ton of plastic canvas and had them on a web page. I will add the best of the plastic canvas here. 
Have a great Spring!
Doll pattern as requested she is 5 and 1/2 inches wide at the legs and 8 1/4 inch tall. The arms are 6 inches from hand to hand area.