Hellllooooo? #2 Still Talking

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Jules, your site can't be any easier than it is. Very easy to maneuver around. I wouldn't change a thing.
Lucky you having a 'summer kid!'

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

Actually, there is room for improvement, and I've gotten a couple of really good suggestions from someone who wants to remain anonymous.
However, I think we are off to a good start. : - )
Summer kids are pretty wonderful, even when they aren't. Did I mention that my Summer Kid,
Jason, is also a very talented musician? He really rocks! : - )
He can even dance! LOL! He doesn't garden or take photos though. : - (
I always wanted more kids. Love 'em to death. Just was lousy at being pregnant, and since YS was a preemie and we didn't know how it was going to affect him, I opted out of the baby making job.
Not raising them though. I have several summer kids, along with family kids, and a couple that I just found along the way. : - )
I still wish I could have more kids, foster kids or something, but with my health problems, it just isn't going to happen. : - (
Thank goodness for the Emma's of the world. : - )
Got to run for now! Don't be shy about comments or suggestions to make the web site easier to use and more informative. I'm trying to think of all the questions I get tired of answering over and over again and putting them down on the web site. Time consuming, but it will be worth it.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

Very nice Jules! The only critique I can think of is that your directions leave out Orange County. I'm sure most of us know how to get to the 91/15, but there is also the route thru Elsinore. Perhaps a larger area map would do it? Gosh, I took that route to Escondido for years but switched to the coast route. Now I can't for the life of me remember where Bundy crosses the 15. Is it North or south of Lake Elsinore?


Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

I'm not really happy with the map either, and I'll have my WM Jason take care of the directions.
Bundy Canyon Road crosses under the 15 fwy east of Lake Elsinore, but near the southern most point of the city, QG would know where Wildomar begins and LE ends. : - )
I think you are thinking of the back way, taking the Ortega Hwy, which would get anyone turned around, without directions. I used to commute on rare occasions from here to Santa Ana using that route. But you are right and it is closer for a lot of people. Especially if they are coming from San Juan Capistrano or points north of that. A larger map wouldn't hurt.
Or were you going on the old 395 Hwy? That got turned into the 215 which merges into the 15. Also Hwy 79 or 74 are lessor known and used rural routes. : - )
Good suggestions, Carol. Thank you. : - )

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

If this helps, lake elsinore ends at Malaga. (street casino is on) after that everything on the east side of mission trail is sedco hills (which i think is part of wildomar). everything on the lake side is elsinore. same with corydon. everything on the lake side is elsinore, other side is wildomar. hope this helps.

No Central, AZ(Zone 7b)

And then, where Corydon meets Grand, the lake side is an unincorporated area called Lakeland Village, but that is neither here nor there as far as how to get to the "Wickerd Farm". And yes, Sedco Hills is Wildomar.

Jules, the web site looks great. Halloween and Christmas looks so festive! I can;t believe it is so close and I have never been there for those events. Is the tree flocking done in the bee barn? That is a whole lot of flocking on all those outside trees, hill and ground to make it it look like snow!!! Just kidding. What year was that anyway. I know the first year we were here, in 2004, there was snow east of the I-15 on the Sunday AM before Thanksgiving. Took Ariana down Bundy Canyon near the Farm to play in the snow, but it was a real wet snow and I did not care to get into it. Too bad she was alone, it would have been fun for her to have someone to play in it with her. I think it was gone by the time her friends got up and it was not on our side of the 15.

The map on the directions page only has a line from San Bernardino, that is the only thing near to negative I see, so good job!

"Summer Kid" - is that like a temporary adoption for a couple months? Then, I guess we have had "School: kids, the ones who have lived with us during the school months.

I need to go fertilize my veggies. Lots of green happening still in tomatoes, squash and melons, but not much fruit. Tomatoes and peppers are not flowering much, but melons and squash are and the bees are busy, so there should be more fruit. Have lots of blooming wild buckwheat, so plenty of bees.

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

Yup, your school kids seem to be equivalent to my summer kids, although since we are on year round schooling, I mean during school breaks, easier to say summer kids. All children of my heart.
You nailed the date. We were open for early Christmas reservations that weekend, and boy was I surprised when my neighbor (who gets up at 4:00 am daily) called me at 6:30 to share the news. The snow stopped just past our farm. It was wonderful while it lasted. 2004 was the year before my accident and the last time I got to play in the snow. Didn't sell any trees that day, but everyone had fun! : - )
You'll be seeing your suggestions implemented in the near future. Jason and I found a photo of one of the early events at the farm, and QG, we're going to post a photo of Bob Nett and his portable smithy on our web page. : - )
He was an important part of our community for many years, and just because he is gone, he is not forgotten. Jason is going to scan the paper photo onto the computer for me. : - )
We also started up a facebook page. Same address, I think? I'm not quite sure how it works but if I had your email addy, you've probably rec'd a friends note from me.
Down at the beach, reading, practicing guitar (did you know the wood expands and contracts due to the moisture in the air? I didn't really think about it until the first time I tuned her, and the second and third times, wow!) Taking walks and lots of naps. Trying to put on a winter layer of fat. I have a feeling I'm going to need it. : - )
I'll check in as I can. Email down here is a pain, and posting photos is almost impossible these last few days.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)


Scanned your last post. Fat on you???? We can only pray for that fat!
Love ya, have a very,very relaxing time.

No Central, AZ(Zone 7b)

SW, you're not still at the beach are you? This would have been the time, although I understand some coastal communities still got to 100+. I remember when I was pregnant with Ariana and had to drive to Bay Area for a meeting. We stopped in Santa Cruz, to show DH the Boardwalk, and there was a heatwave. He said he did not like SC, cuz it was so hot. Told him it was unusual. Then, the next day we picked up his DD in the city of SF and it was 103!! That must have been a record. Usually in July in SF the sweatshirt vendors are doing a brisk business! LOL, last night on KFI the host was talking about all the hot weather and said their guest could not make it - his topic was to be "debunking Global Warming"!

That will be such a nice commemorative to a super sweet man, with that Bob Nett reference.

Hey, I know, we can do a fat download from us to you. More available than you could ever want. Hope you had a good time. Really miss living on the water. Only made it once to the beach this year, so sad. How can I have an 'Inlander' family, I ask you?!!!

Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9a)

If you want fat, just follow me for a few days.

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

LOL, Sharon,
Yes, I'm still at the beach. It was warm over the weekend. Went boogie boarding on Monday, which was the warmest day, and much less crowded. Forgot how tiring it is. I'm getting old. Sigh . . .
Coming home this Sunday. Then we work hard until Christmas. We do get a few days off in Nov., but we have the Bee Conv. to go to. A very busy time of year.
I hope you got some good photos of the "weather" yesterday. We got 1/2 inch of rain. Lightning and thunder. I didn't get any photos of the lightning and sun was in wrong position for rainbows.
Sigh . . .
Been seeing flocks of birds migrating South for the winter. Also I've been seeing a pod of dolphins out in front playing just about every morning. Almost as hard to photograph as hummers. : - )
I miss you all too. Internet down here is iffy, so I'm saving the photos til I get home.

No Central, AZ(Zone 7b)

We use a lot of Ribbon for Ribbon Shirts, and our Dresses. Fewer people are sewing their own clothes these days. It's becoming a lost art.
Remind me to show you my Autumn Cloak, sometime. I love the way that you created the kids outfits. : - ) Got to admire your ingenuity, QG.
Working with leather isn't too bad. I make my own outfits/regalia for wearing at pow wow. I have so much beading to do before my doe skin outfit is finished.
Then I can make a new Cherokee Tear Dress. : - )
Can you help me with them dratted gussets? LOL!

I don't know how to make the above show up in a box, as I have seen done.

When DD used to do Folklorico Dancing, in San Diego, their Jalisco style dresses, in particular, used lots of ribbon. We were fortunate that the class Director bought, made or had made all our costumes. I made a replica of DD's dress for her American girl style doll. I guess fewer people make their clothes, although I usually see lots of people buying patterns and fabric at JoAnn's. I used to make ALL my clothes from 8th grade through about 22 y.o. Then, while working downtown LA, I discovered month-end sales, etc and found I could purchase them for less.

I helped the kids make their outfits. They did the design work and cutting, Ariana did a lot of the actual sewing machine work and even Roman did some of that. I helped cobble some of the few existing patterns I had with some she has bought and it all worked out. DD has found metal stays and grommets online to make her 'corset' from a vest pattern. I may very well be able to help with your gussets. Do you have a printed pattern?

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

Well yes, and no. I do, but since I don't like to use the tissue paper, I always trace out the pattern before I use it, on heavier paper. I have been known to make alterations to patterns. My Tear Dress is just a little bit different because I added a proper waist band. It's a lot harder to make than you'd think since you have to attach the ribbons to each piece before you sew the pieces together. You have to make them match up exactly, or very nearly so. The other women judge you on how well you sew, among other things. : - )
A lot of Indian men sew too. But they usually try to get the ladies to do their bead work. Some outfits are covered with so many beads you can't hardly see the material beneath them. It also means they weigh a lot.
Do you remember rick rack? My Gma used to always put rick rack on my dresses. Of course in the '60's Gma was working at a sweat shop sewing 10 hours a day. Those were hard times, but eventually my Gpa got a better job and she was able to quit working.
BTW, a gusset is a square piece of cloth that gives you extra stretch space when you raise your arm. It's placed in the arm pit.
I have a corset that I used to wear to the Ren Fair. Made my own skirts and blouse, even a cape for DH.
Will have to put thoughts of sewing aside, til I get all the lights up for Christmas and the inventory done. It's always something. : - )

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

boy i have not thought of rick rack for years. always loved to have clothes that had some when i was a kid (yes, back in the 50s and 60s)

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

I hated it. I always thought it meant we were poor and couldn't afford to "buy" clothes. I still remember my first store bought dress. It was a pretty little sailor style dress, with no rick rack.
If I remember, rick rack was a pain to iron flat too. Yes, they had me up on a chair doing dishes and ironing as soon as I could reach the counter top or ironing board standing in that chair. Might be why I still hate doing the dishes, and ironing clothes. Thank Goodness for permanent press! : - )
Contrary to family rumors, it is not why YB#1 has a burn in the shape of an iron on his stomach. He managed that all on his own. Of course I was chasing him at the time, and I did treat his burn, seemed like I was always patching up my younger brothers. : - )

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