Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Two Tulip Farm Trips 2015

Spring has come to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Along with it comes lovely tulips. I have trekked to Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm nearly every year we've lived in Oregon. I never get tired of it, except for when I've walked all over and have had my share of the fields and the people. Late March, on a Friday, I was out there, late morning. Look at all the people. I actually had fun watching people as they were around me, talking, shooting photos everywhere!

Look, these tulips and my boots match!

These pink tulips resembled peonies. People were drawn to them as I was. People would sniff them...no scent. I watched as three Romanian women smelled them and chatted among themselves. I was tempted to take a photo, but I just watched. 
People lining up to climb on the pink tractor for a photo. 

Lovely finds among the mixed tulip variety. I never know what I will find.  Some tulips that were previously sold are now mixed in this batch due to less bulbs and not enough to sell.  Lovely oak tree in the distance.

Two steam traction engines out in the field. It was fun to watch them move out of the field.

The cow train that people like to ride, especially the children!
End of trip number one. I'd had enough that day. Only a couple hours out and I was done. Alot of people still coming in as I was going out. These photos are only a portion of what I took this day. 

Tulip trip #2 was on Good Friday. I met up with my blogger friend, Linda. We were there about 8:15 a.m. and were just loving the field. I gave Linda the tour of field an ideas. She'd never been out here. We had a fun time.  Notice how this photo is ....and then a few minutes later,
a different view....notice the light? Amazing! I love it!
These triumph tulips are lovely!!! Of course, my favorite color!!!

Tulip says, "I'm done, it's over!!!"

Megan, my daughter, worked out there this year. I caught her working when I went to the car to retrieve something!! Here she is showing off her vest when she came to meet Linda! Then she had to get back to work...finish putting down parking lines!

Photo of Linda and Becky (on the left).(See previous Good Friday post).. I was wearing my sunglasses on my head so I wouldn't smash them or lose them. We had some fun, tiptoeing through the tulips!

Lovely tulips with dew still on them. The pink ones are apricot parrot tulips. They are one of my favorites.
Interesting color combination. Queen of Night tulip....almost the end of the season now that they are here. 
A new parrot tulip ....and I procrastinated long enough that all the potted ones were bought before I got one. They are not available to order nor the ones that look like peonies. There's always next year!!

We rambled enough and decided to take a little ride on the tram. We came to the gift shop and then talked to a few people I knew that worked there and introduced Linda to Ross, the man who started it all. Now his children run the farm. 
Trying on new shoes...nope, they don't fit. But ya gotta try them on!
One last whim and then we leave the fields to head home. Can't forget our cut tulips!

The sunshine faded into clouds rolling in and the breeze came up. You could see the change coming. We left, heading into town and met for lunch before we parted our ways. By the time we got into Subway, the rain started falling! Oh how fun the four hours were with many photos on our memory cards. We will remember this for a long time!!!  

Linda has a blog as well and she has a post of our trip as well. Hop on over to see her blog!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mid Week Collage

Just last week I saw this snail near our front door. It had been up and now it's looking down. I am thinking it was scouting out it's territory. Looking for edible plants. It didn't last long...took this photo then it was history. There have been alot of snails lately. Our neighbor has them in his garden.  I am sure it was going to chomp on this abutilon red tiger that was below it. Well it's no longer there. I finally transplanted it. I could tell it was pot bound. It looks much happier now and there are a few more blooms opening up! Too cold for the hummingbirds to be out and enjoying it though! Sigh! I did put my rabbits outdoors on the side of the step. They are guarding against snails and slugs! :p}

Last evening I was over at my friend's house for Bible study. It has been awhile since we've been at her house as we usually meet at Denny's restaurant. We had dinner and then Bible study. I wanted a picture of Muffin. Tamara was giving him a treat so he would look up. He's quite the character!
It was chilly in the house so I asked for a blanket to cover my legs. Tamara brought out this crocheted star blanket that was made by David's nana. It was so pretty!  

At work yesterday, one of my co-workers asked me if I liked coconut. Yep! I turned around and he gave me this package. In it was one delicious candy! I ate it on my last break! What was more sweet, was a customer shared a snickers mini treat with me from a what she had....now that was fun! And free dinner and dessert!? What more could I ask for a perfect ending to my day. Tamara made brownies for dessert! Sweet!! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Beginning my Week

The days are longer but the work is still there. When I reach the end of my work week, I often wonder what I actually accomplished during those four days, especially at home. Often my evenings include going on a walk with Phil after eating dinner. Blogging or attempting to blog but am too tired from the day so I read other blogs and don't get anything accomplished. Or little accomplished! I am doing better at walking away from my smartphone and not looking at it in the evening. Don't turn on the computer. Worked on photos since I've got tulip photos to go through and get delete ones that are duplicates or bad. House chores, including menus for the week and staying on task with food for lunches since we work. Leftovers work. Cheaper than eating out, which I rarely do during lunch break. Clean ups in minutes in kitchen, living room, dining room.....through the week help the house look better. I get lazy about some cleaning but it needs done.  As in life's walk, I keep tabs on where my heart is with the Lord.  Where was I wrong this week to make it better? I try not to get upset at myself for wrong things. I heard something yesterday at a conference that was spot on! Don't tell yourself anything that you wouldn't want others to say to you...as in putting yourself down. Good thought!------Since it's tulip season we've had lovely tulips in our house, courtesy of Megan working at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.  The other evening she said, "Mom, ya gotta come see this!"  So I walked into her bathroom and saw this lovely arrangement. I had to take a photo! The colors are awesome!  I laugh at the laudanum bottle in the back corner. She found it somewhere last summer. She studied criminal justice and she wanted to add it to her bottle collection.  Nothing in it, thank goodness!----A new week has begun and I look forward to what it brings. Work, love, happiness, staying healthy and putting up with allergies. Last week was busy but it ended well. I was at Faith and Culture Writers Conference and was blessed and encouraged.  I've much to show you in the weeks ahead, including Easter photos, tulips again and my experience at the writers conference.------Heading out to finish off this weekend soon with a walk in the lovely sunshine but it's chilly so need a light jacket. Still a chill in the air, and grass too wet to mow. It rained Friday evening....I had to drive home in the dark and rain...sigh. Never a favorite of mine.--------- "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, says the Lord, and I will be found by you." Jeremiah 29:11-14 -------Have a blessed week, my friends!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter is Here

"But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee, there you will see him. See, I have told you."  Matthew 28:5-7 (ESV)

Beauty in the creation God gave us...even in tulips!
"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created." Revelation 4:11

My friend Linda and I......Happy Easter!!!Happy Spring!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday Cross

I met up with a friend this morning for a time out at the tulip farm.  I carried my cross with me to do a Good Friday/Easter shoot. I made the cross a couple Christmas' ago during Advent.

"Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?' that is My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?" And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, "This man is calling Elijah." And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were there with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"   Matthew 27:45-54 ESV     (to be continued on Easter Sunday)

photo of Jesus on the cross was at our church's Good Friday service.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Birthday Fun (Again)

I am finishing the series of birthday fun early on this year!  Oh little did I know all the happenings for this 60th birth year for school mates! But it has been fun!!  I went along with three friends, Beth, Sandy and Laura on a wet Saturday,March 14, to Lincoln City. Beth's husband, Bob, drove the van of us and his aunt Betty went along for the ride. She was a sweet lady and I had a chance to talk with her as we sat by each other. The ride over wasn't too bad, with some mist and then getting a bit more rain once we got to the beach.  But it was fine since we were dropped off at the front door by Bob. He said "it looks like it might be raining." He and his aunt went out for lunch and did some fun stuff while us girls had our fun. Indoors!!  Here's the mantle over the fireplace at the beach house we were at for the afternoon. The girls decorated it well. Joan did not know we were coming and it was so fun to see her jaw drop open as we came up the stairs!!!  I did not get a photo of that though.

The damp deck shows the weather conditions.

Lunch time. Granted it was sandwiches but it was fun to eat with friends and share laughter. Beth then Joan and then her two daughters to her right. There was alot of food and it was so good.

These sugar cookies were so cute. Having a Ball since 1955!!! Oh so delicious. Of course I had one after much lunch with a big cup of tea.  Cookies were made and decorated by one of the daughters.

photo taken by Pam Shelter
Here are the ladies of the 60 birthday club!!! Sandy (who will be 60 in Aug), Joan, who we were celebrating this day, Laura, Becky and Beth. 

Treats in Ball jars and lovely flowers!

The beach house where we spent the afternoon!!! It was spacious inside and we got the grand tour. I'm so glad we went and had some fun. When Bob and Betty came to pick us up, he said "I think it might be raining." It was his saying for the trip which was funny...since he said is quite a few times...lol!!!  There was more rain and wind on the way home...definitely raining!!! It was a precursor to the windstorm we got the following afternoon....55 mph for a few hours!! No fun!!
Silly me. I didn't even think to ask Bob to drive down to the Road's End where we could have at least have seen the ocean. I was more set at getting myself into the seat and find something in my camera bag. Oh dear me! Sigh!
Here is the group of ladies celebrating Joan's birthday...friends, neighbors, daughters, daughters in law, a sister in law, two sweet little granddaughters,  a niece.....and one more lady behind the camera. The lady to the right of me actually lives in my neighborhood! Sweet!! I have met her a few times where I work at the hardware store.  It was a fun day.  (The two group photos were done by P.a.M. Photography and More). 

Now going backwards about a couple weeks......Feb 28...I met up with my sister at Red Lobster in Kelso, WA for our birthday get together. We both have birthdays in Feb. Here's our lunch...I needed clam chowder and we enjoyed the ever present cheesy biscuits with our meal. Kerri had fish tacos and they were good. We were given free ice cream for dessert in honor of our birthdays.

My sis, Kerri and me! 

After our meal we wandered til we found this antique store. We had a good time looking. Here's a few items I liked.

Only a couple things were Fiesta ware. I liked the color.

Chandelier anyone?

Cute flower cart outside the store.  I bought a black and white photo of Multnomah Falls, in black and white, on Columbia scenic highway. Not sure what year is was.

We ran out of time to find another thrift store. So we stopped at Ross Dress for Less. Here's the cart we shared. My items are the brown basket with some other items in it. Most of them will be used for a bridal shower.  We had a good time and then we parted company. Kerri drove me back to my car at the restaurant then we left for our respective journeys home........Hope you have enjoyed the review of my birthday celebrations!!!!