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.
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Now it's Monday evening.....work 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!!!
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'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.  Oh.dear.me.  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 years....Oh.my.goodness. 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! 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Days Afterwards

Our days have been full of prep and party and finally it's all over. I worked today and am relaxing on recliner. It was crazy busy today with the heat still here. Day of party it hit 100 deg.F. Mid 90s today. Store has air conditioning but still low 70s in the store. Feet up, lap top on lap, photos downloaded from two parties. I finished taking the last bit of photos this evening of flowers from Megan's grad party. I bought her the pretty callalily for her party. A friend of hers brought roses in a jar.  Hopefully we can replant the lilies outdoors and maybe they'll grow again next year.  We moved the table back where it belongs.
Megan's memory board is still up. I took close up photos of it.  She put stickers on paper by some of her photos. She had fun putting it all together. Our guests enjoyed it. We had a great time. I am so glad we could have a celebration for her. She worked hard for this degree. Now we are waiting for a good job to open up for her. 
That's all for now. I just wanted to let you all know we're all doing ok. Just getting back to "normal" life after putting on a party of a life time! So is it ok to now give away big platters I don't need any more? Still pondering while trying to down size.
I'll be back soon with more photos of 2 parties!
Have a great week and stay cool!

"In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory."
Ephesians 1:13-14








Saturday, May 28, 2016

My days in Photos

 On Friday a.m. I photographed the pile of books I left on my recliner the night prior.  I'd read "Simply Tuesday" book Thurs after our Bible study that Phil and I had together. I wanted to finish a chapter before I headed for bed. Little did I realize how tired I was. I fell asleep for half an hour. Then I really had to make myself finish the chapter prior to my real night sleep! That's what a tired feet in a  4 day work week does to me lately.
 That morning as I was cleaning the last of our son's hen eggs, I realized these would be the last of them. They decided to get rid of them due various reasons. So friends have them now and their back lawn will be a larger space for the grandchildren to roam. It was a good learning adventure for the children and their parents. I'm gonna miss those eggs!
 They are taste much better than store bought eggs. I've been picky lately and try to get cage free eggs, which is my preference. I used some in cookies I baked today for Megan's graduation party that's coming up. Megan hard boiled a couple so she'd have them for breakfast.
 Megan shows off grad party signs I bought at Dollar Tree just this week. It will help mark our house where the party will be!! I also pre-ordered a balloon bouquet in which I will pick up morning of the party.

 Necklace was one my mom used to wear. At times I will wear it. Other days when I want to wear it, I can't bring myself to wear it, due to sadness. Still hard to not have her here to visit occasionally. It will be two years this July since she died.
 This afternoon I drove over town to the hardware store. No, not in this car, but I saw it drive into the parking lot when I got there. I'd seen it while I was at work, this time I was able to photograph it, since I wasn't working. It's a Polaris. The driver wears a helmet.  I had to get another hose to hook with a 50 ft. hose I'd purchased a couple weeks ago. One isn't enough to reach the tomato area in our lawn. So I bought another 50 ft. hose and 2 pc nozzle set. All on sale. Shopping for hoses isn't fun especially when what I want isn't on sale. A 25 ft. hose, with my discount, is almost as much as the 50 ft. hose that's on sale. 75 ft. hose not on sale. Sigh! By Monday the tomatoes will be planted. My days aren't long enough! 
 A couple weeks ago we went to Olive Garden late Sat. for a surprise birthday party for Eric. He's the third person on  your right. His wife, JoAnn, who is right behind him, secretly asked friends to come. He was surprised when they got there. I was a bit bummed as we didn't make it til a bit later. Still he was happy to see us. His two grandkids were at the other table with a couple adult cousins. Quite a few of us go to the same church, which was even more fun.

 Here's Phil and I with Dan and Loreta. He's a Marine and so was the man in the hat who sat beside me. They exchanged stories and it was fun to hear.
A few months back I went to a  Wine and Canvas Paint nite. I was supposed to go with a co-worker, but she got sick. So I called around and was able to have a friend go with me. I picked Cleo up and we went into Silverton. We had a good night. I am finally liking my painting. I'm still not quite sure of painting. I'd rather be a photographer any day! I went to one with Phil before Christmas which was fun.   That's the end of my photo stories for this day. 
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Hope your 3 day weekend is good and safe. 
Remembering our freedom isn't free, thanks to those veterans of our military 
for giving their all for our country. God bless their families as well.


 God bless you, my friends.
God Bless America!



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Surprise Graduation Dinner

A week ago Friday I surprised Megan with a graduation dinner that evening. Liberty University was having it's graduation the following morning, in Virginia.  So I decided to have a graduation dinner for her. Our girl who studied online worked hard for this day!! We had already planned to be gone for dinner with friends for a surprise birthday dinner on Sat.  I cleared off the table and put out decor. Added a bag that had gifts inside for her.
She saw me making her favorite dinner....BBQ Chicken and Cheesy Biscuits at the very beginning. Then she saw the table later! 
She was happy...can  you tell?

She's wearing the RIPCITY hat a friend gave her and the shirt I bought her. She's a Portland Trail Blazer fan. And she enjoyed the sox! I really like them too!

A nice flag pin that goes with her school and career field. We also gave her money to buy a ring that she's been wanting. Her affordable class ring. She found one she liked but had to get a smaller size so she's waiting for it to arrive. She had priced class rings and the least expensive were $300! Hefty price for even our budget. She's getting a stone the same color of her degree...blue. The one she's getting is pretty and it works for her. 
After a walk we ate cake. Her dad was ready to eat it right after the main course. But since the guest of honor wasn't going to eat, he said he'd wait, with a sigh! We like this Rocking Chocolate Chip Cake from Trader Joes.

On Sat. this past week, I went to the mail box. In the big locked box was an envelope. It held Megan's diploma!  I put it on her place at the table. Watched out the window to see when she'd pull up in driveway from work. Then I went to my computer with camera in hand. Patiently waiting til she came into the room.
She was excited to get her important paper work...her diploma from Liberty University! It finally was a reality! Thank you Lord for getting us through some tough times. I told her not to give up. Perseverance!
Our happy graduate from Liberty University with a BS in Criminal Justice!! 
 WAY TO GO, MEGAN!!!
 CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flowers and a Car

 Earlier in the week we received some papers from Phil's brother. I pulled out a newspaper clipping that had this handsome AF man's photo! Be.Still.My.Heart!  It was Phil after he'd completed his basic training. Yes, I saw him a few years later but never saw him in dress blues uniform. So handsome, even without his moustache!   Here's a photo of Jim, Phil's dad, that was taken by my niece, Christy, a few years ago. I found it while searching through photos on line. We're going to miss him...well, we have already.

 Wednesday after work Megan and I went to Wilsonville to look at a car friends had for sale. Phil met up with us after he got off work. We looked at it and talked with Mark. Megan went for a test drive with her dad in the passenger seat. She decided to take it!  We went to Wendys for dinner then came back and she signed papers. She's a happy girl now! It's a nice 2002 Subaru Legacy Outback. Phil had to do a bit of work on it today, and now it idles better. Thankful our friends were able to work out deal with Megan. Now all she's waiting for is a better paying job. She has an interview next week for a job in  her career field. So with anticipation and prayer, we wait and hope for the best.

 Friday afternoon I went to Baumans to get some strawberries. Oh.so.good!  Also bought frozen marionberries to make up a crisp for the grad party coming up. Looked at flowers. So many pretty ones.

 Thought these might be nice for color on the table. But not sure if they'd still be blooming by then. I've not decided yet. Plants or cut flowers? Hard to find blue flowers so will stick with red and white.



 Here's my cache of purchases I bought Friday after my dentist appt and lunch. I had an issue with a tooth and it turned out better than expected. A bit of work, no pain and evened out my bite again. With a bridge, the bite can change. It's better today. I went to Hi-School Pharmacy after lunch as I'd not been in one. I found stickers galore. A few for graduation, including the roses on the left that are burlap to accentuate photos. The paintings are part of granddaughter Melody's birthday gift later this month. Little pouches are for graduation gifts for girls from our church I know. Found a fun photo booth frame to put ours in from the aquarium a couple years ago. Found a few good sales. Spent a bit more than I should,.....oh yeah, some sports sox that I like as well, not in photo and Seattle Chocolates that we like.  I'm always on the look out for stickers since I like to use them on envelopes and greeting cards and calendars that I make. Duck Dynasty HAPPY sticker is mine for my car! 70 cents...big sale!

After our evening walk I found this lovely flower blooming on my abultion red tiger plant outdoors. Apparently it was there on Thursday but I'd not seen it. I was so tired that day from work I just went into the house. Usually I look at the plants on the patio as I walk by. Not this time. Lovely and hopefully more will bloom this year. Last year there were few blooms and it was probably due to the heat!  

That's all I have right now. I am headed for bed as I'm not feeling too good. Had a few itty bitty spider bites on me over night. I was able to take a Benadryl tablet and that helped. Neosporin to the rescue too. Now my stomach hurts and I'm tired. It didn't help that I didn't get alot of sleep either this a.m. Sigh. But the itching is gone and so.am.I. Happy weekend, my friends.