Saturday, August 29, 2015

Late August Week

 Time's been flying by this summer. I find it hard to keep up with life at home and in general. I rarely read any news which I should. When I do it's depressing but I need to stay informed. The week I was sick I had little time for anything but figuring out what was really wrong...mostly stomach flu and a bit of vertigo. All have gone away. That same week I received this fun Matchbox M&M Smokin' Grille from my friend Connie! She knows I like M&Ms and I collect a few besides eating them. It comes after being at the Woodburn Firehouse Cook-off that I photographed, again this year. I am enjoying my food cart van and yes, I took it out of the package!!! It made my day brighter when I was not feeling great!

Friday, last week, I had a  fun few hours out with my friend, Jill, shopping at Costco and Fred Meyer and eating lunch between the two at Qdoba. Our schedules don't always match and we finally had the chance to get together. Thankful for a good time with her as now she has some medical issues that need attended to, including surgery.  For dinner I made up some ground turkey soup with tater tots and veggies. Megan added the chow mein noodles. It was delicious. Enough for leftovers for the following week's lunches.

 Oregon has had quite alot of wildfires this year, partly due to extreme dry conditions. We've not had rain in months. Last Sat our sky was full of smoke. I went out to the mailbox and this is what I saw. It hung around all day. I ventured to out two times and then back inside. The smoke was thick and my mouth felt it too! My asthma flared a bit and thankful for my medicine to help me through. It was a bit better on Sun but you could still smell it but smoke was less visible.

 August arrives and so does tomatoes from friends who have a garden. One of Megan's co-workers brought her some in this little box. I put all the tomatoes in a bowl on the table. Looks nice as a center piece. We've added it to our food and snacked on them as well! So delicious!
From zucchini to muffins on late Sat. These came out of the oven same time dinner was ready. I never figured out why I wait so late to bake. Phil and I had hot dogs and fresh peaches. I decided to eat one hot dog in a muffin. Yep, call me crazy! It's bread though and it was good! I still have 3 cups worth of zucchini left in ziploc bags in the freezer as well. We've been eating these all week since I made a double batch, thinking I'd take half to a party on Sunday. We didn't go because it was outdoors and there was still too much smoke for us to be out and about for a good length of time. Second party I missed in a row this month!

 Wednesday once I got home I cooked up boneless chicken breasts. I'd forgotten to do it the night before and now I'm sorry I waited til now to do it! Better write a note next time! I cut it up and we had burritos and it was delicious with tomatoes and lettuce and sour cream and cheese. I'd bought these on sale at Safeway last month. Made up a lunch for Phil to take on Friday. Enough leftover for another meal as well.
I brought this bountiful box of fruit home with me from work. Not sure who brought it but nobody took it Wed so I did. I left some of the plums and people have been eating them since it's on the table in the break room. I'm cutting up the tomatoes today with onion and peppers. Cook them up a bit then freeze in pint bags. Great for soups and stews/chili. 

We were happy to hear the rain return last night. I'd felt a few little drops when I was out late evening watering my potted plants. We had two thunderstorms come through. The second one made me really want to see the rain again. So I watched it out the living room windows. So thankful the Lord heard our petitions for rain so badly needed in the Pacific NW. Rain is to continue through Tues of next week!  

Now I need to be productive. Off I go to get laundry washed and tomatoes frozen. Next week on Thurs, which is my last work day of the week, I'll have something to look back on and remember I did productive duties in the three days I was off. It's hard to be productive on the evenings I'm off. I find just little each day helps alot. 

One of my favorite scriptures from NT Bible study this week was: 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 "You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart." 

Have a blessed weekend my friends!!! Appreciate your kind comments from all of you...wherever you are! Hugs!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Beach Weekend with Girlfriends

Years ago as girls, we'd have sleepovers at my house or another friend's house. It was blankets and sleeping bags. Games, snacks and talking and giggling. Parental supervision.  Fast forward to our adult years, we sleep in a beach house that Sandy and her husband own in WA. They rent it out as well.  Sandy contacted us when the best date would be in May. Four of us packed my Ford Focus' trunk by the time we picked up Beth in WA. Drove over to Ocean Park, WA, just north of  Long Beach.  Stopped in Ocean Park to get a few groceries and managed to put the pizzas in the back since there was a hole just that size to slip it into. So thankful Sandy knew the "ropes" of the area! Here's the view of the master bedroom that was my room for two nights!  Two others had their choice rooms so I took this one. It was so cozy! Door beyond lamp had a huge tub (I didn't use}, double sinks, a toilet and a closet. Another bedroom and bathroom were on the same floor.

Downstairs in the morning we had breakfast. I really liked the lighthouse theme in the kitchen. Beyond the kitchen was a bathroom and a bedroom.
Sandy's daughter bought her this dinner ware set. I think it was at a thrift store. Quite the find!
View from the second story window in the living room area that has a tv. No cable connection but movies available to watch on a DVD player. My room was right next to this room.
"Guard dog" just as you come upstairs. It scared me the first time I went up there. Good thing it kept quiet all night and while we watched a movie on Sat night!
Decor from the 2nd floor.
Coming downstairs to the main floor was this wall hanging. Yep, we relaxed and talked alot! Laughed and knew when it was time to sleep. No parental supervision!! And walked on the beach!
Checking out the weather conditions on my cell phone.

We headed out the door from the dining room to the beach.
Catching up with my girlfriends: Sandy, Beth and Laura. It was a bit cool and foggy but we had a good time. Walking, talking. Watching the ocean!

Foam rolling along!
Velella velellas here as well! I shared with you some photos of our beach trip in OR in April where I discovered these creatures for the first time.
A jelly fish I've not seen prior to this trip. Any one familiar with this jelly fish? The research through photos on the internet lead me to the conclusion it's a Portuguese man of war jellyfish. Or blue pacific jellyfish. It's right next to the creatures above.
We'd talked about having a 60th birthday celebration photo taken on the beach. Our friend, Joan, had a big 60 at her party. Since we didn't have one, Sandy drew one in the sand. I searched the beach to find someone to take our photo. I found a man willing to walk our way and snap a few photos. My camera was the last one used. After a few shots, this was the best one. I turned it black and white. I like the vintage look.

After all, we are vintage, since we are 60 years old and from the last century. We come a long way, baby!!! Good times and memories!
Heading back to the beach house.
Lovely little sweet peas on the path back.  We cleaned up and rested. Sandy fell asleep just by sitting down on the bed for a few minutes. We figured out what we wanted to do after a bit of a snack of leftover pizza and salad.  So we headed into Long Beach for a bit of shopping and walking the "World Famous" Boardwalk!

Kites and an interesting read of the shipwrecks in the area. It's close to the mouth of the Columbia River.

After finding a parking spot in Long Beach, we shopped a bit. I like this column by the cross walk.
Checked out a statue

Back into the car where we headed to see one of two lighthouses. Thank you, Beth, for paying our fee to park and have fun at this destination in WA.

steps to nowhere?
Mouth of the Columbia River and the jetty and Pacific Ocean.
Lovely Queen Anne's Lace!
North Head Lighthouse ahead.....{to be continued!]

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015


"And he said unto me, 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me'."  2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)

My strength was tested as I struggled with my health. I didn't feel well the majority of the week. Slowly my body is recovering. Low temp made me feel weird early a.m. My thoughts run wild, thinking I'm dying, never get to hug my sweet grandchildren again and on and on....stop it all ready!  Missed my uncle Nat's 85 birthday party. My family goes anyway. He needs all the happiness today. His sister, who was my mom, died about a month and a half after his wife died in 2014. His only two children died within months of each other, of cancer, in 2013. Nat's had MS for years. It's a bit far to go in an afternoon but worth it. 

 I sit and write a post, feeling unsure what to say.  But this I know, God is with me and my family as they travel. Continued strength He gives me each day and peace. God's with my uncle and his remaining family through their struggles...leaning on Him. Grace, freely given by our loving Lord. 
We receive it and live out our lives in a way, 
pleasing to Him.

I am grateful for the gift of rain we had on Friday. My sister, who lives in Washington state, said they had rain all day. I pray for more rain to squelch the wildfires here in our state and Idaho. Praying God gives grace and protection to the fire fighters in their battle against fatigue, heat, sweet rest and safety. 

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Friday, August 14, 2015

My Corner in the World

My little corner of the world has been busy and a bit wacky all at the same time.  On Sat. after the firehouse cookoff, I was so overloaded with meat and bbq sauce, even after a bit of strawberry shortcake. This official photographer came home after taking a ton of photos. Chilled out with some Umpqua chocolate ice cream with blueberries and iced tea. 

Fast forward Sunday evening, Phil and I were eating at Arbys in our corner table. I saw these little birds sitting on the fence next to a new restaurant soon to be open. Can you see them and then there were a bunch on the ground!
Afterwards we took a walk and here is a cloud that was fascinating. I hoped for rain but there was none here for our weary and dry land.  A bit later, Megan called to me to come outside.  Look at the lovely sunset!

Then skip over to Thursday evening, when I came into the kitchen from the living room. I'd been on the recliner for over an hour, reading 1 Corinthians 9-14 and read commentary from to clarify a few selections I've had trouble understanding. Our culture is much different from the Bible times so it's good to get help in that area. I was headed outside eventually to water. But this orange sunlight on my lace valance drew me outside quick to see the sunshine.

Sun shone brightly as it slowly sinks into the west. This was a good shot without completely blinding me. There have been forest fires to the west and east of us. The sky is a bit hazy at times from the smoke. The clouds were interesting as well. It was a nice evening to be out and watering my plants that were asking for water.  Potted plants, fresher water in the bird bath then watered the areas by our two trees.

Under our big white pine, there's alot of ground cover and I watered it as well, since it helps a bit with the tree. Here's some berries I'm thinking the birds will enjoy.

In the garden is a bell pepper that is actually yellow. Still a bit too green in some spots. Yellow cherry tomatoes coming on. The garden didn't do real well this year. Not me planted it and the weather was really hot for awhile, high 90s for days on end. I wanted more beans planted but they weren't til too late and only a few put in. Sigh!

Cabbages in my back fence neighbor's garden are growing so the little cabbage moths haven't completely eaten them.
Back corner of our lot that meets 2 neighbors in the evening light. Squash vines are cascading over our fence. Will probably cut them back, since we are allowed. I like the lovely dark pink flowers under our big tree branch. I think that branch needs to be cut back as well. Sigh! The sky continued to be lovely with pink, blue and white til the sun faded away. I watched it as I watered our front lawn rose and lilac bushes and rhody as well. 

Today I stayed home from work as I'd not felt good yesterday nor Monday either. A bit of dizziness/lightheadedness culminated in me leaving early yesterday and going to the dr office to check things out. My co-worker, who works in the office, suggested I get checked out since I wasn't feeling myself and dizzy, which usually doesn't happen to me. Never know but you hear stories that scare you! Nothing major. Thank you, Lord! My stomach is better today after resting most of the day and eating light. 

Monday when I got to work the restroom door wouldn't unlock with the key I had. It had been re-keyed so then I had to get another key for my work keys. That evening I went out to my car and my key wouldn't work. WHAT?  Well I finally got it to work as the steering column was locked. That came with not feeling well that day! The incident that I was fearful of didn't transpire. Instead I had to work myself through being sick most of the week and working through most of it til yesterday. I couldn't deal with anything so it was dr. office then home.  I'm feeling much better tonight. I need to go head for bed. The rest of laundry folding can wait! 

Good night my friends. Thanks for your kind comments on my last post. I appreciate your friendship!

All photos are taken on my LG 90 cell phone....copyright Becky Lowmaster 2015