Country Chatter Newsletter
      May 2013        
Issue #13

Welcome to the "new" Country Chatter





Calico Kitten Designs is so happy to welcome Country Chatter Newsletter to our website.
The newsletter is just my way of sharing my part of the world with everyone, and helping people with their businesses. I am hoping to make the world just a little bit better for a couple minutes, to bring a laugh or a smile to your face and just a way of saying thanks.

Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's day, my son got me a card and bought home dinner from P. F. Chang's, and of course we had to have lettuce wraps, which I love.

I spent the weekend building a new fence on the side of the house and then stained it a dark walnut.  Did you know if nails are over 25 years old, and you pull them out - the head of the nail comes off.  Now I am not a fence builder but............ my fence looks a lot better than it did.  All I need to do now is built a new gate and it will be done.  New painted pots in front of the fence and we will be done with that side of the house.  Happy Feet and Baby Stripes have been out there supervising me until it gets to hot for them but the cutest thing that they did was when I got now to the last two slats to hammer up and both of them were in the hole peeping out at me, that was one time that I wished that I had my camera with me to take a photo of them.  Baby Stripes has been out there with me the whole time but Happy Feet only comes out once in a while - to hot for him.

My patio is full of wonderful things for the back yard.  I have tomatoes. herbs and strawberries growing on the patio, with grape vines growing around the patio. Joanne and Claudia have gone to downtown Glendale and Catlin Court looking for wonderful treasures for the back yard.  Have you checked out Flea Market Gardening yet?  So many wonderful ideas, which I am using for different corners and walls in the backyard.  But the sad part is some of the new people at Home Depot now know me by name and keep asking me how the back yard is doing - so sad but........ You can tell when I have been painting pots, my hands are covered in paint.  I will include photos next month.   I got the most wonderful birdbath at Vintage Green in Catlin Court, one of my favorite shops down there.

Summer has arrived, triple digits have showed their face but it will cool down in the 90's this weekend.









The Rules of Spring

This spring, you must follow these rules
In order to have success.
This spring, you must not break these rules,
Or you will be trapped in stress.

This spring, you must roll in the dirt
And smear some on the doormat.
This spring, you must get soaked in rain.
All you heard was a faint splat.

This spring, you must get green grass stains
On the jeans you’ve had two weeks.
This spring, you must watch baseball,
But you cannot stand such freaks.

This spring, you must hear birdies sing
Before everyone awakes.
This spring, you must feel weather, warm
No more hints of soft snowflakes.

This spring, you must scrub your house clean
And toss half the things you own.
This spring, you must spin the time forward;
An hour of sleep long gone.

This spring, you must miss school a week,
A great freedom called Spring break.
This spring, you must have striking fun
Swimming in the still-cold lake.

This spring, you must intently watch
The season for all these things:
Dirt rolling. Rain splashing.
Grass staining. Freak watching.

Bird singing. Snow melting.
House cleaning. Sleep loosing.
School skipping. Sun dancing.


Happy Feet's Corner

Well, Baby Stripes has done it again!!!!!!!!!  His mom's name is Tuxedo and her sister is Little Girl, both of them are outside cats.  One of them stays
in the front yard and the other in the backyard and they do not come into each other's space.  But Baby Stripes likes to walk the street and he found
some poor hungry cat and invited her home for a meal.  And she has been here for a couple weeks and now the sisters are sharing the back yard but
keeping their distance from each other.  They do not know who this cat is and of course our Furless Mom will not yell at him and she feels sorry for
this cat and keeps feeding her.  Now can I issue a complaint???? My Furless Mom's son calls me FEET, now a cat as pretty as me should not be called
Feet, even my paws are pretty, so when he does this, I jump up next to my Furless Mom and give him the evil eye.  So once again, I will see how much
trouble I can get Baby Stripes into this month.  Hugs to everyone





Activities Around the Valley

This is for my friends who need a little reminder about what is going on around my part of the world.
Well, this is the time of the year that we all live out for out here, not to hot and not to cold, you need a light jacket at night.  So much to do, go and enjoy before it gets too hot.
Time to take a class or two at the Park District or your local craft shop

And my favorite - The Farm at South Mountain is open again
Farmer's Market every Saturday and they are offering different classes, too
Check it out at

Phoenix Community Farmer's Market
Located at 721 N. Central Ave. Phoenix
Hours - Every Wednesday 4pm to 8 pm
Every Saturday 8am to Noon
Worth the trip down to see it.

Schnepf Farms Peach Festival
Saturday May 18 to Sunday May 27
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road,
Queen Creek, AZ 85142 .


Summer Band Schedule
     June 6, 13, 20, 27
     July 3*, 11, 18, 25
     Concerts are at 8-9:15 p.m.
     @ Murphy park amphitheater

AZ Watermelon Festival
June 8th at Murphy Park Downtown Glendale
Activities, Artists, Music, Fun


Soon to be published is a full month of "crafty classes" you can take in Historic Downtown Glendale. From milk painting, to jewelry making, baking, and more, the schedule is nearing completion. PLEASE reply to this email, if interested, I'll send to you as soon as I get it (instead of waiting til next months newsletter).

Free Historic Tours
Historic 1895 Main House Tour
Visit the historic Main House (built between 1891-1898). Learn details about the house, its role at the Ranch and about the people who lived there. Through May 31, the house is open Wed. thru Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. The Main House is also open in June and July, Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed in August. Main House tours will resume Sunday, September 1.

We have a new feature in the newsletter - I will be featuring a wonderful shop -
so that you can go and visit.  I will also be featuring one of
our favorite restaurants, too.
This month I am doing something different - I am featuring some of the shops in
Catlin Court

Catlin Court


Crafter's Corner

If you are in the Phoenix area and are interested in any shows, please get in touch with the kittens, opps I mean kitties at and they will be more than happy to send you a list of shows.

Bear is in charge of link exchanges and was wondering if anyone would like to exchange links with Calico Kitten Designs.
You can get in touch with him at and he will be more than happy to sent you ours. One small note from Bandit, if you have any EXTRA Pringles (the original favor) he will make sure that you on the front page of the links.

Starting with the June newsletter, Country Chatter will be adding two new sections to the newsletter.  One will be the craft shows here in the valley and the ones that will be coming up for this fall.  I have met so many people that need some help with finding shows so, everyone knows that I have a big mouth and love talking to people.  Now if you would like to share them with me regarding shows in your area, please email me at  and I will include them, too.  The other section will be some of the articles that are included in Flea Market Gardening.  So many ideas and not enough time and besides it is or has gotten so HOT out here.  Now isn't this a cute idea for an old wheel barrel?
How to plant a rusty wheelbarrow for the garden





Each and every month, there will be a special section for them. 
This month we are featuring just some wonderful recipes

If you would like to have yours in the next issue of Country Chatter, please email Bandit at and he just loves samples.

Homemade Tomato Salsa


  • 7 large Roma Tomatoes
    2 medium onions, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    3 seeded and stemmed jalapeño peppers
    3/4 cup fresh cilantro
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    fresh ground pepper to taste
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    2 dried ancho peppers, seeded and stemmed
    juice of one lime


First, use a large skillet and place the seeded and stemmed ancho peppers in.  Cook over medium heat for a few
minutes until they just start smoking.  Transfer from skillet to blender, add cumin and blend until turned into a fine
powder.  Remove the mixture from the blender and transfer to a small bow!  Save the skillet

Core and halve the tomatoes, then set them cute side up to the skillet.  Simmer for a few minutes or until the tomatoes
start to soften.  Quickly peel the skin from the tomatoes.  Transfer the tomatoes into the blender with the hot peppers
and cilantro and blend.  Back at the skillet, sauté the onions and garlic for only tne seconds.  Add the blended tomato
mixture to the skillet and stir.  Season with salt, ground black pepper, and the cumin and pepper mixture.  Simmer on
medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until salsa sufficiently reduces.

Add lime juice to temper the spiciness if desired.
Enjoy !!!!!!

The Craft Project this month is "Patriotic Wreath". 
Memorial Day and 4th of July are Coming
You can find the instructions here



Well, I hope that you have made it down to this little part, I love talking about
Arizona, sharing this state with everyone.  I want to share a part of my world
with everyone and doing this newsletter is my way of thanking everyone for being a friend. 
Say a prayer for our Armed Forces and pray that they will be home soon. 
Happy Memorial Day

Count your blessings, hug your family and friends,
thanks for being a part of Country Chatter

Cindy and the Kittens and
Happy Feet and Baby Stripes says me too


Country Chatter
Cindy Kingren
(after 3 pm - pacific time)