Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Weekend

 Summertime and picnic season is here!!! My first potato salad on Sat, devoured on Sunday at the church picnic!! I chose to stay inside most of the day since the temps were near 90 although predicted higher.  Clouds came in the morning and it didn't get warmer til afternoon. Fine by me!
 After making potato salad, I ventured outside and took some photos of my hydragenea in our side lawn.

 Phil decided to mow the lawn. Out front is dried because we've chosen not to water. There's a drought going on in Oregon and saving on water is good. He'd sprayed dandelions, in the front, last weekend and this weekend mowed them down! Always a constant battle with them and the blackberries, which I chopped back the other week by the house! Again! Glad to have him home all weekend. He's had quite a bit of overtime at work these past few weeks!
 New little purple flowers under our big white pine tree. Almost looks like a bleeding heart.
 I didn't plant them.
 A lovely lady bug running around on these leaves.
 Two green bell peppers coming on in our garden. Megan jumped ahead of me in the gardening area this year. I was too busy with other activities so she forged ahead.  The garden below is small. Tomatoes have plastic around them as a green house affect. Gives them some warmth to grow better. I anticipated clear plastic not plastic bags.  The spot they are in isn't the best for sun. We need to move them into buckets and sit them in the sunnier spot to the east. Will see how these grow. Tomatoes don't grow well here as there's too much shade where we live.  Putting them out front isn't a good option. People tend to take things, so why grow them there?

Alas, another foxglove has appeared in the back lawn. Phil saved it from the lawn mower!
 Raspberries from our back fence neighbor's. He said we could eat what's on our side.  They have  big cabbages across on their side. No cabbage patch babies found! "Although with the cabbage moth flying around, there might be many footed caterpillars around, " said David, my neighbor.
 Fast forward to Sunday and outdoor church and picnic. Highway Home leading the singing.

 Looking up through the trees and seeing the fluffy clouds that obscure the sun for a cooler day. Felt a few raindrops when we got there. But rain stayed away. Maybe thunderstorms later in the evening!  A  last look at some of the trees. Plan is to build a big multipurpose building close to this area with basketball courts and place to hold weddings/receptions. Community outreach. Waiting for permits from the city to go forth.
 "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are children of God and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:1-2{NKJV}
 My tray of food. Little bit of potato salad in upper right corner by watermelon is all the potato salad I could get out of the bowl. Lots of people ahead of us. A friend of mine said she got some and people know I make a good potato salad. It doesn't last long. I could make bigger but I choose not to. We had a good time talking with friends afterwards while eating. It was 78 degrees when Phil 
and I headed home.
Highway Home bluegrass band. They are great to listen to. Rick, in the middle, and Randy, on the right, go to church with us. I was able to get closer to them after church. They were the music entertainment for the potluck dinner.  
We are headed into a hot week of weather so will see how well we do when out and about.
Till next time, have a great week and God's blessings to you! Thanks for coming in for a visit and leaving sweet comments!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Drift Creek Falls Adventure

It was time to get away from routine life in late April.  We scheduled a couple days off work and headed to the coast.  Once we got the car refueled our first destination was Drift Creek Falls, via highway 18 and turn at milepost 5. Turning left onto Bear Creek Road and we drove 9 miles on paved,
{often narrow and gravel} road.
Once we got there, we paid the $5 park fee. Headed off into the woods, trekking 3 miles round trip.
Moss on trees everywhere. 
 Big stump on one side and across the way were these pieces.
Apparently the same tree but divided by a walkway through the woods.

A log with a story to tell of it's life and fern.
Large-flower Trillium. It begins white then turn pink.
A hobbit sized hole in the tree trunk!
 Salmonberry flower.

 Mossy tree and another bridge over water with my husband ahead of me.

 This is not the bridge we were looking for. But we were getting closer.  Just a bit beyond this bridge, we saw another stump. Something like one could stand on and make a proclamation! I said, "Thank you Jesus, for all you have given us. For all you have done to keep us safe."  Little did I know how much those words would ring true sometime later.

This was the suspension bridge we were looking for to take us to the falls.

My first glimpse of Drift Creek falls.
It would've been fun if there had been a squirrel walking across it! Oh well!
One of  two favorite falls photos.
A creative photo. Falls through a wire rope thimble.
My second favorite photograph of the falls!
Young couple that we talked to once we were off the bridge. They'd been down and around the corner and saw the falls from a different vantage point. It wasn't far. So we thought about it. By this time, the rain was a bit harder than a mist. I didn't wear my rain coat but I had a hood on my sweatshirt.
We stopped and decided what to do...go down or not. Ok not far. So Phil went ahead of me and there was some more roots and roughness in the way. He lost his footing and slipped. Oh dear me!!! Not far of a slip but a bit scary for me!
We assessed the damage when he got up. Muddy pants was the extent of the damage. No messed up hands or arms or legs or knees.  Since it was getting slippery, we turned back as it was downhill and then back up hill. Nope. I have enough photos!
 I'm sure he was shaken within and no sense of trying again.
A photo from under the bridge.  Then looking down at the huge hardware that helps keep the suspension bridge intact!

We lingered a bit longer before heading back. Here's another tree that's been cut down. Look! It's smiling at me!

 Clover, that seemed to be everywhere. An orange/red mushroom.

We headed back over the bridge. It was raining. For some reason we walked a bit slower back to the trailhead and our car. A bit tired and aftermath of the fall?  Half way back, I realized what I'd said earlier about Jesus keeping us safe. I told Phil about how we thanked Jesus earlier and now we are doing ok, all safe? Yes. We thanked him for His provision of safety, once again.  Once we reached the car,  Phil changed out of his muddy pants. We had a snack again and turned right, headed back to the main road. Turned left and went into Otis where we ate a late lunch at Otis Cafe. I tried to dry my coat out since it was warmer in there but to no avail. Good thing I had another jacket.  Once we got to the hotel, we got some laundry soap from the front desk. And freshly made Otis Spunkmeyer cookies! Later Phil soaked the pants and hung to dry in the back of the shower.  We found out that we could have driven into Lincoln City from Drift Creek Falls if we'd turned left out of the parking lot. But we knew where we wanted to eat lunch.  It was an adventure and so glad we went. One more waterfall in Oregon for me picture books! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

,,,how many months til Christmas?

six months til Christmas. Are you ready yet?  I am thinking about it and maybe I have a few gifts.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Be Prepared

 Last Saturday evening I was sitting at the dining room table. Reading. The lights flickered. Then they went off. A/C went off. Really?  It was getting late and the sun was going down. I lit a couple candles. Megan called from the shower..."did the light go out in the other room?"  "Yes", I replied.  Oh great!  I busied myself and washed the dishes since it was getting darker by the minute. Some light coming from the kitchen window.  I was able to boil hot water for tea. Our cooking stove in gas but it has electronic switches. I used a long nosed lighter and turned on the gas and the flame came on!  An hour later, the electricity came back on. We rarely go without power. The lines are underground. I was prepared. Candles...check. Flashlight....check. Battery powered lantern....check. 

I got to thinking about being prepared for life in general and in my faith walk. Do I have the tools to be prepared and do I know how to use them?  How do I handle a bit of a crisis that comes at work, which happened on Tues? Was I calm?...yes. A bit frustrated?....yes. Did I pray and ask God for help in this situation?....yes.   It turned out better than I'd ever imagined.  I was apologized to from the (supervisor) man who was not too happy with the situation over the phone. He didn't even use bad language, which was amazing!  He came in to apologize to whoever he talked to over the phone. Yes, that was me. I accepted his apology and told him that he was forgiven. Then I extended my hand and we shook. I will remember what can be done differently next time with the company's people who come and purchase items on an account.

Thanking God for my wits to be calm.  Be the light, in all situations. Be true. Be in the Word. Be merciful.
Evening came and work was over. I headed over to pick up a couple RX for me. Once outside, I happened to look up. The clouds were great. We'd had blue sky for days with heat. The clouds were refreshing and beautiful. To ME!  I look to the sky and see what He has for me. Loveliness in the hard times to make it through. Surprises of clouds and flowers.

Megan had seen some flowers under the big tree out back. She didn't know what they were or who put them there. Lovely foxglove, also known as digitalis. I saw them on my way out the door to work. In the evening I stopped and took some photos. I enjoy these flowers. Maybe a bird dropped a seed and it started to grow without our knowledge. Who doesn't like surprises?!  Keep your eyes open for you may see a sweet surprise any given moment. Be thankful. Be prepared. 

Speaking of thankful, Phil and I were able to go whale watching on the coast yesterday! It was a fun time!  Details coming soon! 

"Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one." 
Colossians 4:5-6