Saturday, July 23, 2016

Coastal Getaway


On Thursday afternoon, Phil and I were on board Gracie K, a 45' boat with Yaquina Bay Charters. Here's a short video I took on my cell phone to share with friends on Facebook. We had a good time, in spite of the seasick part that hit both of us. Bleah!! Well, I probably would have been ok except for visiting the "head" as nature called to go or wet my pants? Oh dear. I tried so hard to be brave and calm, which I was. Oh's all good and don't regret one bit about going!  It was so pretty out there and we saw 5 to 6 whales!  More photos coming. Promise! I just wanted to you to see where I've been. We left Wed about 5:30 after I got off work. Ate dinner at Otis Cafe. Spent two nights in Newport at the Comfort Inn. Our home away from home. This place is so quiet! Breakfast is delicious even though I have get out of pjs and into clothes to get it. Sigh!  Got home before sunset yesterday. We were both tired and still recovering.

A side note about video: I took for my coworker whose mother is in her last days of life. I asked Carrie what she wanted from the coast? A video of the ocean for her Madre. She got her request. I posted it on Facebook for her.  Please pray for her and the family in these hard days ahead. I've given a shoulder to cry on at work. It's not easy losing your mom. Been there. Done that.
(update:Carrie's mother died this morning)
Yaquina Head Lighthouse from the boat ride.
Bay water sloshing!

Sunset at Boiler Bay on Wednesday evening. 
Cell phone photos by not copy please. Thank you!

Happy weekend my friends! Enjoy! Now the laundry commences!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Brightened Evening Thoughts

 This evening I was outdoors putting my yard debris bin out after I cut back some weeds in the flower beds. I decided to photograph my solar powered lighthouse I bought last week from work. Phil had the idea that I should get the moon in a photo as well. It turned out nice! He'd just come out of the garage from work....he worked over time tonight.
 "For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light." Ephesians 5:8
 I'm enjoying this light. Much more than I did my work day today...and a couple days ago. So ready for the days off now. A few things happened that I didn't like, thank you very much to a person who tried to make life miserable for a few people. Not sure how the next few days will go. But I'm glad I'm not there. I just had to pray about the situation while at work, asking God to be present at the store and keep peace within.  Life in general hasn't been easy since last week and all the shootings and now Europe being hit with mass killings. What is this world coming to? So sad! 

This evening I spent time loading my car's trunk with items we no longer need. I still have to pull out some clothes to the car as well tomorrow. Headed for a charity shop. It amazes me how much stuff piles up and just by moving a few things....look! There's boxes to break down and put in the recycle bin for next week's haul! 
 This past week I took time to snap this photo before I did another chapter in my Armor of God Bible study. Strengthened my faith journey. I'm enjoying the Monday evening study with other woman of our church.
Last week I purchased a new timer while I was shopping at the Corning Ware store. My old one wasn't working well. I like the digital read out. It is fun to watch. Although the package says its a blue back light, the colors seem to change if you move different ways.  It is now TIME to sign off.  I will catch up with my weekends. I've been busy and have much to share. Take good care, my friends. God bless you and remember He's still in control! King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen!

"Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life." Proverbs 4:23

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Be Still My Heart!

Just 39 years ago today, my dear boyfriend, Phil, asked me to marry him. We were in the Rendlesham forest in England. A lovely spot between RAF Woodbridge and RAF Bentwaters bases where we both served/lived with US Air Force. As of today we are still happily married to each other. This evening he told me if he had to do it again, he would have both the ring and chocolate. Yep! I'd take both. Hopefully British chocolate. It's delicious!!

On Sunday evening, we were eating dinner out at St. Paul rodeo grounds before the rodeo. He was drinking from a can of Coke. He turned the can around and said, with a smile, "Here. This is for you!"  Now is that romantic or what? Capture the heart of the moment I did!! This grandma feels blessed!! 
Thank you, dear Lord, for the years you've given us together, serving each other and You, Lord!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Birthday Ice Cream

Our sweet granddaughter, Melody, turned 8 years old in May! She's now our oldest granddaughter since baby sister, Lydia, was born, early May! AMAY-zing!!! We met up with the family at Sub-Zero ice cream in West Linn on a late May Sunday afternoon for ice cream. It wasn't just ordinary ice cream. It's ice cream frozen by nitrogen at -321 degrees below zero!

You cannot taste the over flow of nitrogen fog but it looks fun!
This is my ice cream ingredients prior to being frozen. You pick your base then you build from there. My base was yogurt then there's strawberries and Oreo cookies. Each one is done in a stainless steel bowl.

Now it's all frozen!

One of the workers showed the children what nitrogen does to a balloon. She inflated it with air and once she put it in a bowl of liquid nitrogen, it contracts the gas in it. Then .....

once she took it out it warms up and the balloon inflates again!

My waffle cone ice cream! It was good and it didn't melt as fast as normal ice cream. It has smaller ice crystals since it freezes faster with liquid nitrogen.

Melody reading her birthday card from us...all by herself! 
Eye see you!
Owen enjoying his ice cream.
Sibling photo, finally! Owen, Melody and baby Lydia, just 3 weeks old.
Aunt Megan with Melody and Owen. They have fun together!
Erin and Justin so in love and good parents. So glad to have them in our lives.
Grandparent time with our sweet grandchildren!

Little granddaughter Lydia. So fast asleep. Second time I'd seen her since she was born but not able to hold her...of course she had to be sleeping but better than (s)creaming for ice cream!!! I did get to hold her a few weeks later. 

Happy 4th of July weekend to all of you!  God bless!

For more information about SubZero ice cream, click on the link

Monday, June 27, 2016

Busy but Lazy Me!

Hello, this is grandma lazy. Or busy then tired and too tired to blog right now{as on Sunday evening.} Saturday afternoon I photographed my coworkers/friends wedding. It was in their back yard that was quite pretty. It went well even though the bride didn't appear til ceremony time. I was there early to take photos before the ceremony, as planned,  but that didn't happen.  So we did it afterwards. 
The Newlyweds....Joni and Mike!!
Coworkers....Becky, Mike, Joni, Fred (hiding), Carrie, Dennis and Trinity.
We are family...His and Hers and grandchildren!

  It was too hot out Sunday afternoon to go to a lavender farm out of Oregon City.  I was tired after we got home from church. Did a bit of grocery shopping after lunch. Figured out meals for the week. I'm gone a couple nights later in the week. Megan had not felt good most of the week and she didn't even make it to church that day. Well, evening service came and she felt well enough to go then and ate some dinner. She's figured out that it's  medicine and not her being sick from eating something.

Megan and I have been keeping our flowers happy while the hot weather has come these past couple days.  A couple of my tomato plants were sagging due to the weight of the tomatoes coming on. I found 2 tomato cages in the garage so I carefully placed them around plants. I shouldn't have waited so long. Hopefully I can get 3 more from my hardware store before all the cheap ones are gone. I'm excited to see buds on my blue satin rose. I moved it into the sun where it's preferred to be.
Now it's Monday went well and I enjoyed the Armor of God bible study discussion after work. It's been such a good study and it's only chapter 2! I've been blessed and challenged already!  Have a great week and a safe holiday weekend coming up! I'm looking forward to the rodeo again this year. I keep thinking I'll just leave my camera at home while I go to the rodeo. Am I sick or delusional?!?  :0}  If you know me well enough, you'd have to pry my camera away from me and put it in a lock box and hide the key!!! Hope that never happens or I'd just buy another camera!  Hugs!!!
'Jesus again spoke to them, "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." '
John 8:12

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Little Blessings

 I am a busy lady lately. Amazing how working on Bible study can take up my time. Each day. Then work. Weekends have been full with an activity or two each week. I'm studying the Armor of God with 11 ladies from our church. It's been a good study already. I've gleaned some things I'd read in the past but now it makes more sense. We are in a spiritual battle. Daily. We need to gird ourselves with the belt of truth. Put on the Helmet of salvation.....Ephesians 6. The study goes into other scripture to tie in with the daily work.
   In these past weeks we've had sadness hit our family again. Steve, Phil's brother, died last week from effects of ALS.  He wasn't well that weekend and from what I gathered on Facebook, it didn't sound good at all. We got a phone call a few early mornings later that he was gone.  This weekend I was able to hold my sweet little granddaughter. Later that evening I felt so much better. Our family has a new life and so thankful to love on Lydia. Our lives move forward.  Enjoying our family and friends and what God has blessed us with. 
I am truly working on another blog post. Photos loaded. Nearly ready to go. 
Thanks for stopping in for the continuing story of our lives thus far. Thankful for your comments and prayers. God bless you, one and all.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fruitful Words

 Life has been busy and late spring weather has been crazy. Heat one week that makes one want to stay indoors instead of planting tomatoes. Or coolness and rain and one must stay indoors. Or be tired from working 4 days a week and not caring about anything but what really, truly needs to be done.
I finally planted my tomatoes evening of Memorial Day. I chose to plant in buckets this year. They are deeper than the square foot garden plot. And I can move them for more sun if need be. I enjoy having my wheelbarrow that I can load up my soil and work on my patio. The kneeler bench has two functions. The one you see here is a seat. It saved my back from bending over and over again. Other way to use it with the pads lower to ground and the part now on ground is up. You then can pull yourself up off the knees easier than just getting up without help. I like the cushions for my "over 40" knees!
 All five buckets are done! Sitting on the patio at this moment. Moved to another spot where sun with get them in the morning and afternoon. Even though is was warm out, I had my boots on. Kept my feet from getting dirty and wet if I was so inclined to get them wet while watering tomatoes and other plants.   I am happy to report that I have 3 small tomatoes growing on one my Oregon red tomato plants as of last week. Today I checked and there were 5 small yellow pear tomatoes on that one plant. I guess they are liked the G&B Organics raised bed potting mix.

 Late last week there was a basket full of delicious cherries in the break room. One of my co-workers brought them in on Wed. I had some on Thurs and they were quite good. I got to thinking about how life is bowl of cherries. It can mean it's something pleasant.  I decided to look this phrase up on the internet. Here it is:

Life is just a bowl of cherries,
Don't take it serious, it's too mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can't take your dough when you
go, go, go.

So keep repeating it's the berries
The strongest oak must fall
The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you've never owned?
Life it just a bowl of cherries.
So live and laugh at it all.
 --a song written by Lew Brown/Ray Henderson

Phil and I had just been discussing our role as Christians in this world. So much is built for man's pleasure and their pride....look what I did! We are here to help spread God's word, wherever we are, at our jobs, in the stores where we meet people where they are. I was sharing how I interact with people who visit the hardware store where I work. I've been there 11 years this month and I've got to know alot of people. We have good interactions. I pondered how old I'd be in 9 Don't even want to think about that age! Where have the years gone? I enjoy most of it. I also realized come August, will be 40 years since I joined the US Air Force. Oh dear me. That's another story to share. I figure out how to better myself in various ares. Pain in the feet seems prevalent.  Wishing I could do more fun things, like tending to my knitting like other people do. Finish my half read book. Hours turn into days. Days into weeks. Weeks into years. But it's ok. It's been a good life thus far. Not too many regrets. 
Thinking about all the years gone by and what's ahead can make me feel deflated. At times. I'm not as young as I once was. But there's many good years ahead. I keep myself active, walking and working and enjoying life with my husband and daughter and other family members and friends. 

"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him.
I will be glad in the Lord."
Psalm 104:33-34

Have a blessed week and thanks for stopping by. I've enjoyed your comments so much, especially congratulations to our daughter's university degree completion!