Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ocean and Sky

 "Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,

Measured heaven with a span,
And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?
Weighed the mountains in scales
And the hills in a balance?
Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counselor has taught Him?"
Isaiah 40:12-14 (NKJV)

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Selfie and Daughter

I popped into the Wooden Shoe Tulip farm today, on my way back from a dentist visit. Met up with my daughter, who has been working there this year. It was a beautiful afternoon. I was tired, since I worked 4 hours. {It was also Abby's pizza/Subway lunch at work today.} Then my mouth a bit tweeked from dentist visit. Tooth has a temporary crown on it. It will be installed in about 3 weeks. I didn't roam. Just enjoyed the beauty for half hour. {I have a season pass} Left and came home. Rested. {Yes, there's a mud puddle in the row between us} Tomorrow I'm planning another trip to tiptoe through the tulips with my Canon camera and tripod. Until next time, happy tracks where'er you roam!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Celebrating My Birthday

It was a day before my birthday when all of a sudden, my daughter brought me a present! She didn't know where to stash it. I love it. I'm looking forward to getting some plants in this box!! Sweet! Locally made as well!
My birthday was in mid February.  Phil and I went out for the day. I was off that day so I thought we'd have a fun day out. Our original plan was to eat lunch at Multnomah Falls that day. But there was an avalanche that closed down parts of I-84. So this was plan B.  We weren't displeased.  We went to Bob's Red Mill  in Milwaukie. There's a tour that starts at 10 a.m. every day except Sunday.  We watched a video then got to see the production of flours, mixes that are sold world wide.

This is a display of many mixes that are available. There's a good selection of gluten free mixes and flours as well. Those are produced in a separate building so there's no dust from something that has gluten in it.

After the tour, we went a mile away to Bob's Red Mill Restaurant and store and bakery for lunch. They were celebrating Bob's 85th birthday so I had to get a picture of us together. I told him it was my birthday as well. His actual birthday was a couple days later. He gave me a good hug! {This cake wasn't edible, even though it looked like it! I tried to touch the icing but Phil said no! }

We were waiting for our lunch to arrive. Our number was 88 but Phil put it sideways which stands for infinity.  Here's our lunch and notice a piece of chocolate cake from Bob's celebration. I made sure I snagged one as they came around. Must have chocolate cake! Our lunch was so filling that we could only eat half of it. I have onion biscuits that I bought later. Scooped them up since they were on discount rack. Never know if someone else would scoop them up. They were delicious {much later!}

Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Bob. Then there were messages from some of the workers that were shared. It was a fun time! He also went upstairs and played a couple pieces on the piano. There was a band as well.  Loved it!

Granite mill stones, c. 1880, from France outside the building.

We weren't quite sure about these signs. I'm thinking it had to do with parking and visibility in the area. We had to walk 1/2 mile to the restaurant/store/bakery. Parked in a business' parking lot and they said it was ok to park there. "That place it always busy," replied the receptionist. That's a good thing, I guess!
Canadian geese couple didn't mind me taking their photo. There were quite a few in a flock in one spot, but I didn't get a chance to photograph them.

When we got home, Phil brought out an ice cream cake he got me. I wasn't really hungry but he wanted to celebrate before Megan had to go to work. It was very good! Almost like Oreo cookies. Yummy!

Here's the goodies I bought. My veggie roll, gluten free brownie mix, brown rice flour, oat bran muffin mix {which I gave to my sister}, gluten free honey oat granola, and gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix. I'm trying out a few gluten free products for snacking. I'm not going gluten free completely but I've found that eating gluten free items through the week has helped me lose a little weight.  I also bought a scrubby and a hot pad. I could have bought more since there was so much to offer. We did get 3 samples each after our tour. Some of it is long gone. Still working on the mighty good breakfast cereal that's gluten free. I made too much of it one Sat. a.m. so I gave the other half of it to Megan. She liked it! We are trying to eat a bit healthier for various reasons. None of us are getting any younger! It was a good day! Then I think we went shopping for a watch for me!  Cool!  Thanks for stopping by~I'm enjoying the comments you all leave. 

{Did you notice the translate on the top right of my blog, 
those of you who from other countries that read my blog?}
Take care and God bless you one and all!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Be a Light

When I first started to work at my computer, there was light coming from my window. There's fresh spring cool air coming through the opened part with a screen between me and the bugs.  Now it's growing darker. Almost need a light! Light is bright enough on the lap top screen, for now. My large snowman tea cup is by my side. Relaxing me. Long day. Good day. Warm spring day. Figuring life out day. A visit to an attorney with a free consultation was good this a.m. Clarified my standings for my mom's needs. Live and learn. It's all good. He's there to help if the need arises. My daughter's friend is his secretary. It's nice to know people who know people.

Just as I need some quiet and dark, I need light. It comes in knowledge. Going to the right person to help. Reading the Bible gives me knowledge and truth from God. He brings light in the darkness. Well, it's time to turn the light on now. {Reach. Click.} Often we can be the light to someone else. At work the other day, a customer had a stretchy black bracelet that read {in white letters} God Is Enough. I told him I like the saying on his bracelet.  We talked a bit and I wound up giving him a little hope for the day. His mom {I think} said that's he's been going through some rough times. They were happy we talked and said "thank you" when they left.  All it takes is a bit of caring. Sharing. Nothing preachy.
{I don't do it when there's other people around.} God appointed moment. Shine the light!

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor can men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." 
Matthew 5:14-16

{Photo of Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport, Oregon at sunset}

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Oregon Winter Wonderland!

We experienced snow in Feb. I've shared some photos with you. These photos are from my cell phone Feb. 9. Since my daughter had chains on her tires, she drove us to church. I sat in the back seat and took photos. This house is close to us. {Later we found out that the new tires Megan's car has are slightly larger than old tires. That's why Phil had trouble putting the chains on!}

Turning the corner and stopping! This is to our left but we headed straight. In the slush, ice, snow. My husband was game to go so we went! I went along for the adventure. Church was open to those who wanted to venture out!

Dutch Bros was open, but we didn't stop!

Parked at church! Sigh of relief of safe drive to church, Megan did well.

Matt leading worship music. Krista, to the right, his wife, has got computer running for music on cell phone! It was a good time. Third service, biggest one of the morning! Jesse, pastor, said they would rethink issues about open church on snowy Sundays. We heard Miriam speak about her work as a missionary in another land. I've known her since she was a baby! Lovely young woman with a heart for reaching other for Him.

On our way home, we stopped at the grocery store, much to Phil's dismay. He doesn't like shopping. But it was good to have him along with me, helping me pick out a few things so we could be out of the store quickly! I'd not  gone out on Friday or Sat since the snow was so deep and I didn't want to drive in it. There are such crazy drivers in the snow!  Here's a bright colored building on our way home, that is contrast to the snow!  Speaking of crazy drivers, Megan almost hit someone at off ramp,from interstate...they were supposed to stop and we had a green light. He wasn't even watching the lights! Sigh! He finally let us go! Crazy!

Fast forward to that evening. I was gonna stay home. I had asked Phil what we were going to do for dinner. He said he was all for walking to Arbys. Really? Ok, I said, grudgingly!   Down the street on sidewalk. Finally figured out how to walk without falling down. Then it became more fun.  A few other restaurants were closed. Arby's wasn't very busy at all. Mall was closed.  From the window I saw this bush that looked like a frosted donut!! We went out the side door by drive thru to get this photo. (Sorry for quality of this one.....should have taken another one, but it was so cute!)

Hello, may I take your order?  Snowman built by the workers since they were bored.

Going home, this is the scene.  It was easier to walk, slushy. Phil said it was because we weigh more since eating so the weight presses the snow down better....yeah, right! :0}

My shadow, foot and snow!

My heart I made on Saturday through the window and screen from inside my warm kitchen. My daughter said the birds came up to it and looked around, walked inside the heart.  I took the cans and bottles out of the snow on Monday.  I went to work on Monday with my co-worker, Mike G. since he lives a few blocks away. I didn't want to drive. But it was good. Melted all by Tues. It was nice while it lasted.  Now we just have rain and mud and wind and sunshine then rain and wind cannot seem to make up it's mind!  I hope the tulip field is doing ok with all the wind! Take care!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Slumber

"For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.  Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing."  1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (NKJV)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Water my Thoughts!

Just yesterday, I had an appointment with a specialist for a root canal. I was sitting in the chair.
 While I was becoming numb, I had a chance to look out through the big window onto Mill Creek. flowing by. I watched it then would look up on the grassy bank with trees. Watch birds eat. Watch a squirrel go from a branch on ground. half way skitter up the branch. stop. look around. go into ivy on tree. I looked back into the quickly flowing creek.  If I watched it too long then look back up the bank, the bank and trees moved....what?
Then I realized the movement of the water was playing tricks on me!
But the creek was fascinating.
 I thought how important water is for us. We need it to quench our thirst. drink it for good health. We use it to bath in. water plants. water our lawn. cook with. ride boats on it. fish. swim. enjoy walking along the ocean beach. extinguish fires with it.
Water holds life within it. fish. octopus. sharks. whales. plankton. amoebas. tadpoles.

  But it's also a hazard. Too much rain brings floods that wash away homes. creates land slides.
 You can drowned in it.
capsize your boat you were fishing in.
Wash away your very livelihood.

 Just as I was thinking of all the bad things I remembered that Jesus is the living water.
The water we drink will need drunk again since we thirst.
But the water Jesus gives us will not make us thirst. The water will become in us a spring of water welling up to eternal life......John 4:13-14 (some is my words)......interesting as well is the fact that both offices have water close by. One has a creek while the other has a fountain. Refreshing! Relaxing!
Yes, Jesus is all that! He refreshes our souls and can help us relax. He did it while I was at the appt. Amazing how prayer helps! 

 By the way, the root canal was done with no pain. The dentist and hygenists were great. I had a famous star hamburger (at Carl's Jr) with my husband before we left for home. I smooshed the whole thing down before I pulled it out of the wrapper. It took me a bit longer to eat but it was fine. By the time we finished, my lower left lip awoke. Phil said he could see the change. One Aleve after lunch helped me through the afternoon. One before bed, with water,  to help pain stay away and sleep. Today I'm better. Again took an aleve with water this a.m. at work. Made it through the day with minimal pain.
Good day or night. Now I'm off to make tea from hot water to relax and refresh myself! :0}

**Photo is Pacific Ocean near sunset at Seaside, OR**