Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Rabbits

My old bunny gained a new friend late summer 2014. My friend gave the purple one to me a month after my mom died. It is
so cute. They are good together. They hopped inside the house this winter when it was freezing and very cold rain.  They are still inside but will be out soon. Heavy winds awhile back were not friendly to items outside that could blow away. The two-legged caretaker likes them too much to see them fly away to a neighbor's house or the Land of Oz!   Happy mid week, my friends!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Beauty in the Shadows

Day faded into evening light. It caught my eyes in the kitchen.  I stood there a couple minutes. Walked to the front door, opened it and stepped out.  Looking up---around at the trees. Helicopter flying over head, a train clattering away a mile away....a bird nagging. All the while, what was the feeling I had?  I watched a yellow leaf spin around and around on a tiny limb on the tree in our lawn. It kept spinning...spinning...afraid to let go? I continued to watch.    

What was the message?  I felt sad, maybe alone, even though my husband was home.  Hard to touch the reason. I listened to music on a CD "Be still my soul"  Yes God fill me. Right now!

I'd felt some grief lately. It was the month my mom would have celebrated her 91st birthday...if she was alive. No cards or gifts or party. But my soul was needy this day. I felt God amongst the dimming light of day, the dimming of my soul that needed refreshment.  Beauty in the shadows.

"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it."  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24  (NKJV)     

(I found this writing that I wrote mid Oct 2014. My mom passed July 2014)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

My Trip to Yard, Garden and Patio Show

Last Friday in February, I joined a group of people, mostly women, for a trek to the Convention Center in Portland. We met at the Garden Gallery in Hubbard where we gathered before our bus trip. Here is the line of people getting on board. We were given a bag with our lunch inside. The lunch was inside a cooler bag that we got to keep! It cost $40 for the whole ticket, bus ride and lunch! I didn't have to drive into Portland or find a parking spot. We were right by the door!!! Made a new friend and had a good day out!

Inside the convention center was this dragon boat hanging above the hall.

My ticket. It would have been $3 more if I'd bought it myself. These were bought months in advance!

Some fun ideas. This guy was nice but expensive!

What people do with welding and old cast off items.

Garden in raised cedar beds. I was talking with the vendor but he began talking with someone who he knew that left me out. That annoyed me and I didn't get my question answered.

I bought the small version of this plant. I'd seen it last year at another garden show but didn't get around to buying the smaller version elsewhere. It attracts hummingbirds.

Various hellebores in a shallow dish with water. This is lovely!

I bought the chocolate sign. I nearly bought the marriage sign as well but didn't want to spend that much money. My friend Anne and I went together and bought one each so we'd get a better deal from Sara. I will buy the other sign another time.

Here's what the sky looked like on our ride home from Portland. I continued to watch the beautiful sky throughout the trip home. There was so much to see that day and so many things I could have bought but didn't buy. I splurged and bought a Pepsi even though it was $3. I needed my caffeine fix for the day with delicious turkey sandwich we were provided. Chips and apple slices as well. The Provost bus ride was comfortable. Even sitting in the back!! I nearly took a nap!
My plants I bought. The bottom two are rex begonias. The taller one is abutilon red tiger. (like the one I talked about above). Flowers are striped orange/dark blooms and grows to 4 feet!!

These are air plants.This variety is called Tillandsia. Their leaves trap water in the air for nourishment. Since their roots don't feed them, there is no need for soil.  I love the color. One for me and one for my sis, who I would see the very next day. (She loved it...she'd thought about getting one, I "heard" the message!)  I put hers in a cute little bucket with glass gems inside to hold the plant up.   I also bought a telescoping bypass pruner. It is one that is medium weight and will help in pruning the rose bush and rhodies.  Megan actually used it a few weeks ago when she pruned the rose bush. She really liked it!   It was a fun day and felt inspired to garden soon.  =====  As for the wind storm I talked about in my last post, winds were 58 miles an hour. Cause was a low pressure area meeting with a high pressure area!!! It was felt quite a bit in most of Oregon!  We did not have much rain once the wind died down.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Birthday Time

Just last month, I had a birthday. A birthday where both digits of life's odometer flipped over! I am 60!!!  I found this glass vase at dollar store to help me birthday and valentine's day!! 

My daughter made me these thumbprint cookies for my birthday. She repurposed one of my MnM tins to put them in. Easier to store that way and hide from me. (In her room) They were so delicious!

I had them with a cup of tea.  It was a recipe from a Swedish dessert cookbook she bought from a sale at the library.  Good job, Megan!
My friend, Tamara, gave me this for my "60teath Birthday"! She searched for six different boxes of Twinings tea. There is a dark purple mug and Walkers shortbread cookies and birthday cake MnMs.  I love it! I won't run out of tea for awhile!  Phil and I went to Dennys for my birthday. You get a grand slam free for your birthday. Then later we watched the movie "American Sniper". It was good but sad....of course it's a war movie. Phil got me a bigger memory card for my camera. It will come in handy for our plans to go whale watching in April!! Video time!
I found this plant at Trader Joes on Sunday and I brought is home with me. It's a perennial campanela and it will come up again.
Birthday gifts from friends and cards, with the plant behind the Precious Moments piece....which I did not have. I really like lambs, as a girl, they were my dad would bring in bummer lambs to be fed from a bottle and that was my task. I enjoyed it.

Sunday afternoon I met up with friends at Columbia River McMenamins for our 60th birthday. Here's our delicious food. It was worth the wait!!
Laura, Becky and Beth....60! together!!!! Our birthdays are all in Feb. We grew up together...first thru seniors in high school! Even went to VBS together before school!! It's great to still stay in touch. We have been through alot over the years, supported each other and prayed for each others. Not just friends but sisters in Christ!! 
Columbia River and looking toward the bridge that goes from Oregon into Washington (or vice versa!) The little dot in the sky is an airplane. There were alot of sailboats out as it was a lovely day. A three day weekend as well!

Blooming flowers already, mid February. It's unusually warm in Oregon this year. As I write this post, we are having wind gusts. Yesterday it rained alot and over the night as well. I think we are getting more once this wind calms down....and we have to be out later this afternoon with our grandchildren and grandchicks. That's another story!
Older house with two additions of brick apartments on either side of the house.
After our lunch, we walked to an ice cream parlor for our dessert. It was really delicious. Laura and I both had this delicious ice cream in a cone. I shouldn't have had the waffle cone....way too much after the meal I had. But it was yummy. and Beth had a type of ice cream cake.  There were 3 teen age girls, inside the parlor, enjoying ice cream as well. They walked out as we were finishing our treats.....kinda like us....only years older.
Tile in the bathroom at the ice cream parlor. Nice!
Later in the week, I went into Silverton, in search of different double pointed needles for a project. I realized I didn't not have the correct size for my project. So I found a fun knitting store. I bought these needles that are actually square, which keeps the stitches from falling off!  I also bought some stitch holders and little stops to keep my work on the needles once I'm done with project and put away til next stitching session. I was good and didn't buy any yarn. I must knit what I have right now!****Will be back with two more birthday with my sis, whose bday is also in Feb and just yesterday....another classmate's bday. Have a blessed week!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Life as I know it this week....

Have you ever thought how our lives are like a roadway....with the green color as a roadway with free flowing traffic, where the red is slow/congested/stopped; the blue and purple off roads to adventure?  My life has been that way this week. I felt stopped at work when it is so busy and a co-worker who is scheduled for work doesn't show up!!!. I get help though and I feel like life is flowing again. Work has been busy and there have been bumps in the road. It doesn't help that it was daylight savings time change this past weekend.  Glad I am feeling more rested today. These colored circles were given to me by my sweet granddaughter. They glow in the dark and only last a few hours.  She brightened my evening!! She sent them home with grandpa.

At lunch this week at work I had a iced tea from the cooler. There's always a little saying underneath the cap. Here is a new one. I like it!  So true!  I am downsizing, decluttering my house/life.  It is hard to part with things but I can't take them with me!!! (Red road)

The other night we were at a shoe store where I returned some insoles that didn't work for me. I went outside to see where Phil went. I turned around and saw these "tribbles"!!!!  Actually they are koosh balls but I like to think of them as tribbles from Star Trek!!!

Last night I was so weary from work, it being a busy day and just got home and crashed a bit on the couch. My right hip had hurt most of the day and I had a headache and just needed to sit and relax.  I had another phone call from my friend, Sandy, telling me about a different route they were taking to the coast this weekend....would I still be going, she wanted me to go with the other 2 friends.....well dear I sat down later, wrote out a list of things I needed to do. A few, top ones, have been put off for awhile. After I wrote....adding more to be done later.....I felt better. Yes, will wait and see what Friday was like. Yes, I am feeling better.  I actually got a few things crossed off the list, applesauce is nearly done cooking and one blog post almost finished.  I am looking forward to the get away, a relaxing, fun time with girlfriends, celebrating another birthday!!!! Both husband and daughter encouraged me to go since I like to coast anyway.

I did a bit of shopping today. Didn't find what I wanted in fruit in the grocery store. Took a drive to Baumans fruit stand.  I found a few things I could use.  Here's an example of how Oregon's weather has been. Rhodys are blooming...already? It's not April yet. I checked mine tonight coming home from our walk. Nope, mine aren't blooming, since it is a later variety. But my neighbor's is. Sigh! Today is was 65 degrees!!! Cloudy. No coat for me with long sleeves!
Apples cooking in the kitchen. Smells so delicious!!!  Day is nearly done!  One more thing to share is a quote from a church reader board in town. "God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called". On that note I am off to get a few things done before heading for the blanketed bed!! Tomorrow, I'm headed on a blue/purple road of adventure!!!  Have a blessed weekend and thanks for your visit!!!  What are ya up to this weekend? 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Beautiful Words

I visited a ladies' restroom a few weeks ago and found this inscribed on the wall. I found it thought provoking. I smiled.  I believe I am beautiful but more so from the inside out. Outward appearances can be deceiving!  In this life, I seek God to help me walk the paths of His choosing.  Listen to His calling and growing mature in my faith walk.  That is being beautiful. "For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with victory."  Psalm 149:4   Although the beauty on earth is temporal, what we do for God remains pleasing to Him. No matter who we are, what we look like on the outside, God loves us!  "For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:5-8 RSV.  Your comments are welcome on this subject.  Thank you, my beautiful friends!
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Friday, February 27, 2015

a cookie and a plant

If you leave a delicious looking cookie like this out on a dessert table, this grandma will take it home with her. She was too full to eat it at the Marriage Conference last Sat. So when she got it home, she took of photo of it. Then she proceeded to enjoy it with a cup of tea!!

I purchased this Lenten Rose Hellebore at Costco on the way home last Sat as well. I wanted to add another hellebore to my collection.  It is so pretty!!!  On that note, I bid you adieu and head off to some blankets calling my name!!! Have a good weekend my friends!!!